The Rose of Versailles Giveaway and The Case of the Missing Interview

It still feels a little unreal to have The Rose of Versailles legally on DVD as well as streaming online in English. It was one of the last big White Whale titles still out there. As a seminal work in shojo, as well as anime in general, it is an important title for anyone interested in the history of the medium. It has shaped countless titles since its release and become a fixture in consciousness of fandom. If you aren’t interested in the history of the medium, it is still a damn good show.

For the poor uneducated and unfortunate souls who have not watched this series yet, we have a chance for them to correct that error. All you have to do is answer a simple question for a chance to win.

But first, a minor point of modern history.

The Case of the Missing Interview

You may remember a while back we posted the questions we’d love to ask Riyoko Ikeda. At that time, Right Stuf along with Anime News Network were asking for submissions for a special bonus feature to be included with the U.S. release of The Rose of Versailles on DVD. What a rare opportunity indeed! Apparently, it was too good to be true.

Perhaps they were hoping we’d all be too overjoyed to receive our copies of The Rose of Versailles to notice this missing piece. And believe us, if we hadn’t written a post about that very interview, we probably wouldn’t have chalked it up to wishful thinking on our parts. But the internet remembers (unless it is in its best interest not to)!

Indeed, this does not sully the wondrous beauty that is this release of The Rose of Versailles, but we can’t deny having just a smidgen of disappointment to not have those burning questions (even if they didn’t pick any of ours) answered.


We have both boxsets of The Rose of Versailles looking for a good home.

Just leave us a comment telling us your favorite historical setting for stories!

Entries are due by Saturday, August 3rd. The winner will be notified on Sunday, August 4th. U.S. residents only.

25 thoughts on “The Rose of Versailles Giveaway and The Case of the Missing Interview

  1. Jared says:

    My favorite historical period for stories is the War of the Roses. Lots of politics, betrayal, and war amidst the backdrop of the Late Middle Ages. It was also the historical inspiration for George RR Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series.

  2. Buddy Cop Doug says:

    Many of my favorite stories take place during eras of strife, feudalism, and lawlessness. Times such as America’s frontier/wild west days and Japan’s Warring States period.

  3. houseofresin says:

    I’m particularly fond of the Victorian era myself. Refined and dignified while still managing to be over-the-top in self mourning. (Not Gothic Victorian as we think of it today… true Victorian.)

  4. Franklin Raines says:

    Playing a ton of Hakouki wants me to say 19th century Japan when Western-ism started to change the fashion of Japan…what, those new military outfits are hot.

    From there, all the time periods I am interested in are random points in history for countries in East Europe, simply because they are setting people rarely use, if at all.

  5. Scarlet says:

    I’ve always been drawn to stories set in ancient China-inspired settings, like The Twelve Kingdoms and Saiunkoku Monogatari. The landscapes, costumes, and architecture are all beautiful. Those are more fantasy than historical fiction, but I’ve enjoyed actual Chinese historical fiction like Dream of the Red Chamber as well.

  6. chaosyoshimage says:

    The Meiji Restoration period in Japan for me. I loved it in Rurouni Kenshin and find Japan having to adapt to modern ideas fascinating.

  7. theconfusedmuse says:

    I’ve loved stories set in turn-of-the-century Europe or America since I was a little kid. The old-fashioned elegance and ways of thinking contrasting with new technologies and a changing social landscape never gets old to me. There’s a lot to be mined from that time, especially the class disparity.

  8. cpacuk says:

    My favorite historical setting is during the early Middle Ages–when Roman influences were still high and countries were still establishing themselves :)

  9. Jennifuu says:

    Definitely 1920s Shanghai. I love the juxtaposition between the ancient and the modern, the East and the West. People are both excited and apprehensive about the rapid changes in technology and culture, and the imagery is very easy to romanticise: cameras and rickshaws, women in tight-fitting qipao next to men in Western suits and glasses. I love the duality of stories told during this time too.

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