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Old 09-11-2011, 07:26 AM   #1
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Rose of Versailles
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Old 09-11-2011, 08:38 AM   #2
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Buddy group? How many per day? I'm about 3 eps in so far, would love the motivation to watch more.
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Old 09-12-2011, 07:30 AM   #3
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Episode 1:

If I had to sum up the first episode I would say SPARKLES!



Well that and Oscar get punched in the face multiple times. I get it this show is about breaking gender stereotypes during a time in history when the roles of the genders were clearly defined. I think the show is going about it in an extremely obvious manner showing absolutely no subtlety. I can't say it's a bad thing just yet but with all the sparkles the first episode felt a bit cheesy. Especially with the grandmother constantly crowing about how Oscar should be a woman and her father loudly holding up his baby daughter and proclaim it's his son for the sake of his own honor. What I'm getting at is the show really went all out in setting up it's themes from the very start. I'm okay with that as long as it can actually develop them.

Oscar is born and prejudged by her father to live her childhood, adolescence and adult life as a Male in order to fulfill his dreams of an heir to continue the family responsibility towards the French court and the military. Oscar is torn apart by the dilemma of choosing between ladyship, womanhood and Love and between her enforced duties.

I pretty much wanted to watch this because it's supposed to have been a big influence on Utena. After the first episode it seems pretty clear that this does have several themes in common with Utena. I'm guessing there will be more similarities between the two as this progresses. What I can say right now is the first episode wasn't boring but I'm not sure if I like it yet or not.

Oh and I also liked the OP.
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Episode 1:

And this is why shoujo was better in the 70's (or maybe it's that my sample base is too limited...). Best introductory episode I've seen in a while (miles above Ikkoku) and I really see where Utena got part of it's aesthetics from.



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Buddy group? How many per day? I'm about 3 eps in so far, would love the motivation to watch more.
Three eps a day.
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Episode 2:

Man, the Empress of Austria was kind of frank about her daughter's faults, though she's obviously right. She could've added annyoing to the list, as well.

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My subs also said Jean was a man.

Episode 2:


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Episode 3:

More intrigues and more melodrama. The novelty has worn off, but it's still a solid show.

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Episode 3:

It looks like we agree DuBarry is pretty much a nastier version of Nanami without the flights of fancy. Although I do find DuBarry abusive relationship with Versailles' decorations to be a bit disturbing. It was kind of amazing how much she was able to destroy in just one episode. I don't think she's going to strike the same balance that made me enjoy Nanami so much though. Still she's more interesting than Marie by far.

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