Berusaiyu no Bara, also called BeruBara is considered one of the best manga of the shōjo genre.[citation needed] It later was adapted into an anime, The Rose of Versailles.

About the manga


The series was published on 21 May 1972, in the Shueisha Margaret magazine's 21st edition. Publication lasted 82 weeks. The series garnered much acclaim, and topped sales ranks regularly.[1]

The serialization of the manga finished in the autumn of 1973, with the publication of the last installment in the 52nd edition of the magazine.

Later editions

Compilations published after the completion of the original manga were also successful, especially among women. The following compilations were published:

Name Publisher Number of volumes Year of publication
Berusaiyu no Bara - Shueisha Shueisha 5 1976
Berusaiyu no Bara - Shueisha Manga Bunko Shueisha 10 1977 - 1978
Berusaiyu no Bara - Chuko Aizôban Chuokoron Shinsha 2 1987
Berusaiyu no Bara - Shueisha BunkoChuko Aizôban Shueisha 5 1994
Berusaiyu no Bara - Shueisha Girls Remix Shueisha 4 2002
Berusaiyu no Bara - Fairbell Comics Fairbell 6 2004 - 2005
Berusaiyu no Bara (Edition Parfaite) Shueisha 8 2005 - 2006

In 1983, the first two volumes of The Rose of Versailles were translated in English by Frederik L. Schodt for the purpose of teaching English to Japanese speakers and released in North America by the North American branch of Sanyusha.[2]

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Japanese name English title
Atarashii unmei no uzu no naka ni In the Waves of New Destiny
Eikou no za ni yoishirete Basking in the Seat of Glory
Yurusarezaru koi Forbidden Love
Kuroi kishi wo toraero Catch the Black Knight
Osukaru no kurushimi Oscar's Suffering
Moeagaru kakumei no hi Flames of the Revolution
Utsukushiki ai no chikai Vows of Beautiful Love
Kami ni mesarete (1972) - Mizukara no eranda michi wo (1994)
Itamashii ouhi no saigo (1972) - Kami ni mesarete (1994)


The Berusaiyu no Bara Gaidens are small stories written by Riyoko Ikeda. These stories were published in two separate magazines in 1974 (first publication) after the serialization of the manga Berusaiyu no Bara, and 1984-1985 (second publication).


Takarazuka Revue

In 1974, Takarazuka Revue made a musical version of Berusaiyu no Bara.


  1. Script error
  2. L. Schodt, Frederik. "Translations of Manga". Retrieved 2007-04-04. 

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