The Rose of Versailles (ベルサイユのばら)



 This Manga (まんが) became an epic hit in Japan in ’70s. As you see it, Riyoko Ikeda (いけだりよこ) is, no doubt, one of the most skillful Japanese cartoonists. The story line was based on the historical events during French Revolution and made “The Rose of Versailles (ベルサイユのばら)” an unforgettable piece.

news_large_margaret01  Although I myself was not such a big fan of this manga in those days, I had to admit that no Japanese person could have ignored this phenomenal social trend in those days. Ikeda Riyoko, because of “The Rose of Versailles” only, instantly became the Japanese J.K. Rowling (

 The Takarazuka Revue ( たからづかかげきだん: immediately picked up this piece and put it in their most popular repertoires.


 You cannot but talk about Japanese Manga without talking about “The Rose of Versailles.”  “The Rose of Versailles” will stay in Japanaese Manga history forever!