Speaking of cross-dressing, Ikeda-sensei is publishing new BeruBara stories and no one told me?! Excuse me while I go swim to Japan. I should get there by August, right?
Contains some major spoilers for BeruBara. But it’s been 40 years, right?
Original:『ベルばら』新作読み切りで仏革命後のアラン描く！40年ぶりに新刊発売も決定 on Ameba News. Translation by me.
Drawing Alain after the French Revolution: New One-Shot BeruBara Story! First New Volume in 40 Years!
The shôjo-manga magazine Margaret (Shûeisha Publishing) will publish The Rose of Versailles “Episode 4,” a new installment in manga-ka Ikeda Riyoko’s famous historical manga The Rose of Versailles, in issue #12 on May 20, 2014. Shûeisha has also announced their plans to publish an 11th volume of The Rose of Versailles along with a reprint of Vol. 1-10, featuring a retro cover [ed. I have the five-volume set, in which each vol. contains two of the original volumes].
The Rose of Versailles ran weekly in Margaret from April 1972 to December 1973. Lovingly referred to as “BeruBara,” the best-selling manga has sold over 20 million copies. In the past, BeruBara has been adapted into a variety of media in the past, including an anime, a film, and a Takarazuka Revue musical, and even now, the series is a widely recognized and popular part of the cultural landscape, with BeruBara stickers for the LINE text app and character goods.
The self-contained (one-shot) piece in issue 12 is the fourth in a series of continuing new works called The Rose of Versailles: Episodes that began in 2013. The protagonist of “Episode 4” is Alain de Soisson, Oscar’s subordinate in the army, and his life after the French Revolution and the deaths of his beloved Oscar and sister Diane in a 56-page (5 in color) manga.
The new Episodes series will be collected and published as an 11th volume. The gorgeous color pages will be reproduced and the 15-page “Episode 1” will be retouched for printing in the first new work in 40 years (a miracle indeed). Furthermore, in honor of the 11th volume’s publication, vol. 1-10 will be reprinted with a retro design.
Issue 12 of Margaret will be loaded with BeruBara news and will be published on May 20. The Rose of Versailles Vol. 11 will be published on August 25, 2014 (price not set). The entire reprint of vol. 1-10 will be all at once published on July 1 (each volume will cost 410 yen).
The drawing style looks more flat and the backgrounds simpler than in her original manga. Alain isn’t the type of person to be surrounded by flowers and sparkles, I guess? Has anyone read Episodes yet?