It is confirmed today that Exhibition of the 50th anniversary of the Rose of Versailles – The Rose of Versailles forever –a special event exhibition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Riyoko Ikeda’s historical romantic manga in the 1970s, The Rose of Versailleswill be held at TOKYO CITY VIEW (Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52nd Floor) from September 17 to November 20, 2022.
The manga was serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Margaret shoujo manga magazine from April 1972 to December 1973. The press release reads, “The epic historical drama set during the time of the French Revolution has overturned the common perception at the era that historical stories were not appropriate for girls manga, and the series was a huge hit, winning the hearts of girls from the start, and became so popular that it received dozens of thousands of fan letters per month and became an immortal masterpiece that changed the history of shoujo manga.
This exhibition, which will be held this year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the serialization of the manga, will focus on Marie-Antoinette and Oscar François de Jarjayes, the two main characters of the story, and will present rare original drawings, as well as Ikeda’s thoughts and words at the time. In the Takarazuka Revue section, the play’s “Oscar Hall” will be recreated, and stage costumes and props will be displayed to showcase the play’s beautiful world. With materials from TV animation and nostalgic products, the development that continues to the present day will also be traced.
Message from Riyoko Ikeda:
Fifty years may seem distant, but “The Rose of Versailles” has been passed down from parents to children and grandchildren. It’s a dreamlike bliss that I couldn’t have imagined during serialization. As an author, I would like to thank them all. The publisher, the Takarazuka Revue, the animation company and others supported the work at every opportunity. And now, in the midst of this Corona disaster, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to everyone involved for organizing the 50th anniversary exhibition and celebrating with us. Hoping that as many fans as possible will enjoy it.
Original cover of the 1st tankobon volume:
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Source: Mori building press release
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