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Rose Of Versailles Thoughts - Part 2
Monday, June 12, 2006
Here are my thoughts on episode 11-20 of Rose Of Versailles, still enjoying this series a great deal and highly recommend it to those looking for some good drama who have overlooked older shows. These nine episodes have only really continued to hook me in to the setting. Rosalie becoming a more prominent character was also a nice touch as she turns out to be a rather interesting individual going from a "nice girl" to "still a nice girl, but with a burning desire for revenge". All the little plot arcs here were entertaining with some very dramatic and disturbing content arriving by the 19th episode. Episode 19 certainly showed the most serious side to the show so far.

As you can probably tell by the above screencap while it's completely one sided I like Rosalie's crush on our heroine Oscar. The amount of time she spends thinking about her over the course of these next few episodes is certainly pretty high. Rosalie totally idolizes Oscar, and to begin with I just thought she was merely very grateful about Oscar sweeping her up from the gutter and giving her a chance to avenge her mother but I certainly now feel it's more than that. The fact that she laments that Oscar isn't a guy shows she has romantic feelings for her, and dancing with her uniform is far from normal appreciative behaviour. Oscar (rather irritatingly) seems to continue to be oblivious to her fangirl drooling over the course of these episodes, but still there are some nice moments between them. The fact that Oscar can so fully distract Rosalie from her plot of revenge ocasionally is also a nice touch.

The "schoolgirl crush" (o.k well she's not in school that we actually, see but she's the age to be in school) syndrome is something that appears in the tragic character that is Charlotte. The girl quite evidently worships Oscar in a crush type of way, totally shocked and mortified when she realizes her own mother was involved in an attempt on the lift of Oscar. Certainly the life of a 18th century teenager seems to have you angsting over stuff that make homework seem totally trivial. Anyway, not soon after that angst episode do we discover that poor Charlotte is going to be married to a drooling creepy Earl, many, many years her senior. I can't really stress enough just how creepy this guy is, the type of character that makes my skin crawl. Being forced into the marriage totally pushes Charlotte over the edge resulting in some facial contrition that would give Suigintou and Tomoe a run for their "lets see who can look the most insane" money. Before she takes her life by leaping epically from the top of a tower (suicide/attempted suicide certainly seems popular with the manga-ka who penned the original story), there is a brief dramatic scene with Oscar in which she takes a white rose from her uniform (pictured below). This scene was certainly one of the most dramatic of the series so far, with the obviously distressed Charlotte rushing past Oscar after collapsing against her in a flood of tears. What this series does so well are dramatic scenes like this, especially when they are followed up by the amazingly beautiful stills like the one below.

So by the time episode 20 roles around a lot has happened. Mary Antionette has faked a pregnancy, Charlotte has killed herself, Rosalie has found out a lot about herself and Fernsen has returned to fall even more madly in love with the Queen. Oh and many, many years have past. I don't think I've seen an anime cover as many years as this does so rapidly over so few episodes. I mean when the series starts the lead cast are only fourteen and they are well into their twenties or so after these episodes have run their course. They still look the same too! My only issue for the series is that it does feel a bit rushed at times, but with so much going on I "suppose" it's necessary.

Anyway, that's my thoughts for the second quarter (thereabouts anyway) of Rose Of Versailles. More coming soon of course! It still remains highly recommended.
posted by Mangaminx On Monday, June 12, 2006  
  • On Tuesday, 13 June, 2006, Anonymous eurys said…

    I was so sad for Charlotte and disgusted (and I was 8 or 10 years old)...especially when I realised it happened often at that time. And I think Charlotte was very young, like 14 or 15.
    Oh and I loved the music.

  • On Tuesday, 13 June, 2006, Blogger Mangaminx said…

    Yeh, I assume that a 14 or so year old being married off to a 40 year old was fairly common at the time, it is certainly a tragic set of circumstances for her.

    The music isn't actually something I have paid much attention too actually (although I like the OP), I need to listen more.

  • On Wednesday, 14 June, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It's even worse, Charlotte is 11 (at least in the manga). That old pedophile...

  • On Wednesday, 14 June, 2006, Blogger Mangaminx said…

    She may well have been 11 in the anime too, I couldn't fully remember her age when it came to writing other than she was a lot younger than the pedophile Count guy. A very tragic set of circumstances anyway, and some of the most serious content I've seen in an anime for a while.

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