Examining Old School Anime: What Profiteth a Man to Gain the Whole World and Lose His Own Soul?

Here’s my latest post for my Examining Old School Anime Column on Beneath the Tangles. For a change of pace, I write about a theme in The Rose of Versailles.

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Let me take a break from Space Pirate Captain Harlock this week.  Thanks to the enthusiastic recommendation of iblessall, I have picked up an awesome new anime titled The Rose of Versailles.  You might have never heard of this gem from 1979, but I can assure you that every fan of exciting swordplay and historical fiction will become endeared to the story of Oscar Francois de Jarjayes’s adventures in Pre-Revolutionary France.  (If you liked Rurouni Kenshin or Carried by the Wind: Tsukikage Ran, watch this old school gem!)  Within the first episode, Oscar becomes the commander of Marie Antoinette’s bodyguard and soon becomes one of the new princess’s favorite courtiers.

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Immediately upon setting foot into Versailles, Marie Antoinette manages to start a controversy.  Court rules dictate that a lady of lower station is forbidden from first addressing one of higher station.  When Marie Antoinette gets a bad…

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