• News Rose of Versailles Gets Screen Adaptation, Game in School Setting
    Sep 03, 2017
    "Private BeruBara Academy" reimagines Riyoko Ikeda's classic historical shōjo manga

    Otomate, a brand for romance games aimed at female players, announced on Sunday that Riyoko Ikeda's classic historical shōjo manga Rose of Versailles is inspiring a Shiritsu BeruBara Academy ~Versailles no Bara Re*imagination~ (Private BeruBara Academy: Rose of Versailles Re*imagination) project. The project has both an unspecified "screen adaptation" and a game adaptation simultaneously in the works.

    Sunday's "10th Anniversary Otomate Party 2017" event previewed the project with a video:

    Text: Fully Supervised by Riyoko Ikeda Production Text: That Masterpiece … Now Raises the Curtains on a New Stage Text: Private BeruBara Academy: Rose of Versailles Re*imagination Text: Otomate Presents Text: Rose of Versailles' 45th Anniversary Work Text: Private BeruBara Academy: Rose of Versailles Re*imagination Original Work: Riyoko Ikeda's Rose of Versailles Project Collaboration: Power Ambitious Director: Momoko Terashima Illustrator: Mozu Totsuko Story Editor: Chiharu Tōno Text: Screen Adaptation & Game Adaptation Projects Simultaneously in the Works

    The announcement does not specify if the "screen adaptation" is animated or live-action, nor does it specify the adaptation's planned medium or venue.

    Ikeda launched the original manga in Shueisha's Weekly Margaret magazine in 1972. The story is set in the intrigue-filled court of Queen Marie Antoinette before and during the upheavals of the French Revolution. Lady Oscar is a young woman raised as a man to serve in the palace guards.

    Udon Entertainment announced in July 2015 that it has licensed the manga series and planned to release the first two-in-one omnibus volume in the second quarter of 2016, but has not yet released the manga.

    The manga inspired a 40-episode anime in 1979-1980 that Right Stuf released in North America in 2013 in two DVD sets. In addition to the television anime series, the manga inspired a 1990 animated film, a long-promised but unreleased animated film remake, perennial musicals by the all-female Takarazuka Revue since 1974, and a live-action 1978 French/Japanese film. Most recently, DLE Inc. created authorized parody shorts with Flash animation.

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