RIGHT STUF, Inc. Acquires THE ROSE OF VERSAILLES

Posted by: Christy

RIGHT STUF, Inc. Acquires THE ROSE OF VERSAILLES - 09/12/12 10:55 AM

RIGHT STUF, Inc. Acquires
THE ROSE OF VERSAILLES
Nozomi Ent. to release classic anime as limited-edition DVD sets in 2013 and
to conduct fan Q&A with creator Riyoko Ikeda;

Viki to begin streaming series in December 2012.

GRIMES, Iowa, Sept. 12, 2012 – Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to announce the acquisition of The Rose of Versailles anime series from TMS Entertainment.

Also known as "Berusaiyu no Bara" and "Lady Oscar," The Rose of Versailles will be released via Right Stuf's Nozomi Entertainment as two limited-edition DVD box sets in 2013. The series will also be streamed, beginning in December 2012, and made available exclusively to fans in the United States and Canada on Viki (viki.com), as part of the site's growing anime lineup. This will be the first time the entire anime series will be available to English-speaking audiences in North America.

Additionally, Nozomi Entertainment wants fans' questions for an upcoming Q&A interview with Riyoko Ikeda, the creator of The Rose of Versailles. Please submit questions, via the form located at the official series site (rov.rightstuf.com), by 4 p.m. CDT on Thurs., Nov. 1, 2012. 

Right Stuf's President and CEO Shawne Kleckner said, "The Rose of Versailles is one of anime and manga's truly legendary and iconic stories. It is an honor and privilege to bring this beloved series to DVD, via Nozomi Entertainment, and work with TMS and Viki to introduce our English-subtitled translation of the anime inspired by Ms. Ikeda's masterwork to North American fans." 

"We're thrilled to work with Right Stuf to bring The Rose of Versailles to fans in North America and add this famous title to our growing library of classic anime," said Razmig Hovaghimian, Viki CEO. 

"The Rose of Versailles has been released several times in multiple formats in many European and Asian countries until now but was never released in North America for the English-speaking audiences. I would like to thank the team at Right Stuf and Viki for making the North American The Rose of Versailles DVD and online release possible. When it comes to amazing shows, you never get tired of watching them, and I believe The Rose of Versailles is one of these shows. It would be a pleasure if the North American fans enjoy The Rose of Versailles as much as I have," said Katsuki Masai, Deputy Manager of TMS Entertainment USA, Inc.

Set during the years preceding the French Revolution, The Rose of Versailles is a tale of romance and political intrigue that centers around Oscar François de Jarjayes, a young woman whose father has raised her as a man – and trained her to be an elite and skilled soldier – so she can succeed him as the commander of the palace guards.

The Rose of Versailles is based upon the best-selling manga (comic) by Riyoko Ikeda (Dear Brother, a.k.a. Oniisama e...), which was originally serialized in Shueisha's shoujo (girls') anthology magazine Margaret, from 1972 through 1973, and later collected into 10 volumes. In addition to its anime adaptation, it inspired a short story collection (also written by Ikeda), a French-Japanese live-action film, and multiple musicals staged by Japan's famed Takarazuka Revue.

This 40-episode anime adaptation of The Rose of Versailles originally aired on Japanese television from October 1979 through September 1980. It features animation by TMS Entertainment, as well as direction by Tadao Nagahama (Romance Robot Trilogy) and Osamu Dezaki (Nobody's Boy – Remi, Dear Brother, Aim for the Ace!).

For more information about the series and to submit questions for the Q&A with Ms. Ikeda, visit rov.rightstuf.com.


About RIGHT STUF, INC.
Currently celebrating its 25th year in business, Right Stuf, Inc. was one of the first players in the U.S. Japanese Animation ("anime") industry, as both an anime producer/distributor and a retailer. Right Stuf works to promote knowledge of its own products, as well as the anime and manga industry, in general, through its online storefront at RightStuf.com and a variety of media including podcasts and special publications. Its video and print publishing division includes the Nozomi Entertainment, Lucky Penny, and 5 Points Pictures studio-labels.

About NOZOMI ENTERTAINMENT
A publishing division of Right Stuf, Inc., Nozomi Entertainment is its signature label, dedicated to high-quality releases for collectors. True to the Japanese word that inspired its name, Nozomi's focus is on "what fans want." By focusing on a limited number of anime properties each year, the Nozomi production team ensures each release receives the care and attention to detail it deserves.

From anime classics like Astro Boy, Kimba and Gigantor to modern comedies, dramas and favorites such as The Irresponsible Captain Tylor, His and Her Circumstances, Gravitation, Ninja Nonsense, The Third: The Girl With the Blue Eye, Emma: A Victorian Romance, Maria Watches Over Us, ARIA, Gakuen Alice, Rental Magica, Dirty Pair, Junjo Romantica and Revolutionary Girl Utena, Nozomi Entertainment releases quality programming for fans of all ages and interests.

For more information, visit www.rightstuf.com and www.nozomient.com.

About Viki
Viki is a global TV site with over 12 million monthly viewers who come to watch their favorite TV shows, movies and other premium content, translated into more than 150 languages by a community of avid fans. With over 1 billion videos viewed and nearly 250 million words translated, Viki uniquely brings global prime-time entertainment to new audiences and unlocks new markets and revenue opportunities for content owners. In 2011, Viki announced $20M in Series B funding from strategic investors including BBC Worldwide and SK Planet, a subsidiary of SK Telecom; as well as from existing investors Greylock Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, Charles River Ventures and Neoteny Labs, among others.

About TMS ENTERTAINMENT, LTD.
TMS Entertainment, Ltd. (better known as TMS), one of the world's largest and most distinguished animation studios, has rapidly won recognition from the international filmmaking community for its highly acclaimed animation, pioneering techniques and proud commitment to quality. With its headquarters situated in Tokyo under the supervision of a dedicated team of top development, production and design executives, TMS's growing reputation is reflected by the versatility, artistry and originality of the remarkable volume of programs the company has produced for international markets worldwide. Established in the year 1964, TMS has produced more than 100 features and over 100 TV programming series, in total of 8,000 half hours, for global distribution. TMS also proceeds with restoration projects of the titles to keep its highest quality for the next generation. TMS is proud to uphold our tradition of presenting to you unforgettable images from the finest animation produced anywhere in the world. TMS's programs have attained worldwide recognition, and we continue to strive for excellence and lead the animation world throughout the century.

Posted by: J.E.S.

Re: RIGHT STUF, Inc. Acquires THE ROSE OF VERSAILLES - 09/12/12 11:15 AM

...
W. O. W.
That's all I can say.
I most definately will pre-order this when you put it up.
I hope this title does really well for you and thank you so much for picking it up! laugh
Posted by: Tsunami3k

Re: RIGHT STUF, Inc. Acquires THE ROSE OF VERSAILLES - 09/12/12 11:33 AM

This is an absolutely brilliant acquisition by Team Nozomi! Congratulations on the major win!
Posted by: BWBODDY

Re: RIGHT STUF, Inc. Acquires THE ROSE OF VERSAILLES - 09/12/12 12:50 PM

Question... Unless I missed it
Is it DUBBED
?
Posted by: joelgundam01

Re: RIGHT STUF, Inc. Acquires THE ROSE OF VERSAILLES - 09/12/12 12:56 PM

Originally Posted By: BWBODDY
Question... Unless I missed it
Is it DUBBED
?

Nope!

Quote:
It is an honor and privilege to bring this beloved series to DVD, via Nozomi Entertainment, and work with TMS and Viki to introduce our English-subtitled translation of the anime inspired by Ms. Ikeda's masterwork to North American fans."
Posted by: DavidSh

Re: RIGHT STUF, Inc. Acquires THE ROSE OF VERSAILLES - 09/12/12 12:58 PM

Any chance you could get rights to include the French-language dub?
Posted by: poehitman

Re: RIGHT STUF, Inc. Acquires THE ROSE OF VERSAILLES - 09/12/12 01:53 PM

In other words, it's just a glorified fansub.

I can't believe they went through all the trouble of a big announcement for a 32 year old anime.
Posted by: DavidSh

Re: RIGHT STUF, Inc. Acquires THE ROSE OF VERSAILLES - 09/12/12 02:27 PM

Originally Posted By: poehitman
In other words, it's just a glorified fansub.

I can't believe they went through all the trouble of a big announcement for a 32 year old anime.

Glorified fansub? Quelle gloire!

And 32 years old is a little young, but not too much so.
Posted by: Tsunami3k

Re: RIGHT STUF, Inc. Acquires THE ROSE OF VERSAILLES - 09/12/12 04:01 PM

Originally Posted By: poehitman
In other words, it's just a glorified fansub.

I can't believe they went through all the trouble of a big announcement for a 32 year old anime.

Quiz time!

Which is more unbelievable?

A) A fan-oriented distributor known for cherry-picking anime gems licensing a title that's remained relevant and popular among fans and scholars for nearly a third of a century.
-or-
B) A [totally hypothetical] unenlightened troglodyte who would carelessly dismiss such a property going out of their way to broadcast their own self-imposed ignorance on a site graciously hosted by the very people wanting to share their excitement with us?

Yeah, pretty unbelievable...

I've been reading about The Rose of Versailles since I first got into anime. It perennially pops up in various academic spaces like the Mechademia series as well as countless review sites and "Top ### Favorite/Important/Influential/etc" lists. I don't know that I've even seen so much as a single frame from it but, after hearing about it for so long, I'm really excited to finally experience it firsthand.
Posted by: Cheap One

Re: RIGHT STUF, Inc. Acquires THE ROSE OF VERSAILLES - 09/12/12 05:24 PM

It's a fictional anime about the French Revolution. I'm personally not excited for it.
Posted by: SoundMonkey44

Re: RIGHT STUF, Inc. Acquires THE ROSE OF VERSAILLES - 09/13/12 08:52 AM

I'm really glad RS picked this up! Its always nice to get more classic anime brought over to the states!

*two thumbs way up to you Nozomi!*
Posted by: Nia

Re: RIGHT STUF, Inc. Acquires THE ROSE OF VERSAILLES - 09/14/12 05:28 AM

I've seen Rose of Versailles, and yes part of it is fictional. But a vast majority of the story is based on fact not fiction. The events in the series pertaining to the royal family and the French Revolution are all fact. The only real fictional part of the story is the character of Oscar herself. Almost everyone else was a real person, and almost all the scandals, drama, and big events actually happened. That's what makes this anime so great.
Posted by: Nia

Re: RIGHT STUF, Inc. Acquires THE ROSE OF VERSAILLES - 09/14/12 05:31 AM

Originally Posted By: Cheap One
It's a fictional anime about the French Revolution. I'm personally not excited for it.
Posted by: Nia

Re: RIGHT STUF, Inc. Acquires THE ROSE OF VERSAILLES - 09/14/12 05:57 AM

THANK YOU!!!!!! I am soooooo excited about this license!! I have been waiting for years for someone to pick this up. I love this series. It is one of my all time favorite anime, and the first anime to ever make me cry.

But I think I am about to cry again. Is it true? Is it sub only? Please say it ain't so. I've waited so many years for this gem and for it not to be dubbed is beyond heart breaking.

I beg you, please, please, PLEASE dub this anime. I'll pay extra! I don't care. This anime is too important and too long awaited to be sub only. It is a CLASSIC! It should get the royal treatment. And royal treatment doesn't mean a fancy box.

Without an English dub, to quote Poehitman, "it's just a glorified fansub."

Every other country that has released this groundbreaking anime has dubbed it in their native language; Korean, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Portuguese, and even Arabic. How can there not be an English dub!! Please don't make us the odd man out. Because Rose of Versailles is that important.

In your own words, " Nozomi's focus is on "what fans want." .... the Nozomi production team ensures each release receives the care and attention to detail it deserves." And this title deserves the care and detail of a good English dub.
Posted by: Manhiem

Re: RIGHT STUF, Inc. Acquires THE ROSE OF VERSAILLES - 09/14/12 07:25 AM

Please don't get the wrong idea. I would love for Rose of Versaille to get an English dub. I wish distributors would give every anime an English dub. But it would be more likely that Nozomi would bring over the existing French dub than that they would put out the money for an English dub.

An English dub for a 40 episode series could cost close to half a million dollars (depending on whose estimates you believed). They would have to be able to sell enough copies to make their money back. If they were to raise the price per copy by $20, they'd have to sell 25,000 copies to make their money back. If they raised the price per copy by $50, they'd have to sell 10,000 copies. If they raised the price per copy by $100 they'd have to sell 5000 copies. Sounds great, right? The higher the premium charged per copy, the fewer copies they need to sell to break even. The problem is, the higher the price point, the fewer copies they are likely to sell.

Rose of Versaille is indeed an important and influential anime. Even so, most of today's fans are likely to view it more as a historical curiosity than a "must have" for their collection. How many copies do you honestly think they could sell if they had to double their normal MSRP?
Posted by: sevi

Re: RIGHT STUF, Inc. Acquires THE ROSE OF VERSAILLES - 09/16/12 07:07 PM

Meh.. It may be seen as a "classic" by some but to me it's just yet another yuri series.
Not my thing and hence I'll pass frown
Posted by: Manhiem

Re: RIGHT STUF, Inc. Acquires THE ROSE OF VERSAILLES - 09/16/12 08:24 PM

Originally Posted By: sevi
Meh.. It may be seen as a "classic" by some but to me it's just yet another yuri series.
Not my thing and hence I'll pass frown
I'm confused. Lady Oscar is a cross-dresser, yes. She is occupying a role that would normally be filled by a man, yes. But how does any of that make this a yuri series? I haven't heard anything about this series that would indicate that it was a girl + girl romance. Do you have some reason to believe that this is a yuri series, or are you just confused about what "yuri" means?
Posted by: sevi

Re: RIGHT STUF, Inc. Acquires THE ROSE OF VERSAILLES - 09/16/12 10:55 PM

I admit that most of my information came from different websites, but for the most part everything I've read indicates that all the female characters develop romantic feelings for the female lead. If anyone could lead me to information that would prove otherwise I might change my mind.
Posted by: Cheap One

Re: RIGHT STUF, Inc. Acquires THE ROSE OF VERSAILLES - 09/16/12 10:59 PM

Originally Posted By: sevi
I admit that most of my information came from different websites, but for the most part everything I've read indicates that all the female characters develop romantic feelings for the female lead. If anyone could lead me to information that would prove otherwise I might change my mind.


This is true, but it isn't all out yuri like you might find with Strawberry Panic. Where you see two girls kissing and such.
Posted by: sevi

Re: RIGHT STUF, Inc. Acquires THE ROSE OF VERSAILLES - 09/16/12 11:35 PM

So it's basically there, it just isn't explicitly shown? Kinda similar to how manga used to get labeled "yaoi" even when there was no physical romance shown. Just to clarify, I'm saying that it's something I'm not really into, not that it in anyway is a bad series. I guess I'm just a tad bitter because yuri/ shojo ai is considered mainstream but yaoi fans are frequently segregated from other anime fans and treated like pervs in many groups frown
Posted by: Cheap One

Re: RIGHT STUF, Inc. Acquires THE ROSE OF VERSAILLES - 09/16/12 11:54 PM

Originally Posted By: sevi
So it's basically there, it just isn't explicitly shown?


I wouldn't go that far. Marie Antoinette likes the main character, but I wouldn't call it a yuri relationship. Though with my dealings with Yaoi fans I guess they would call it a yuri relationship. As they like to push any boy/boy relationship as yaoi.
Posted by: sevi

Re: RIGHT STUF, Inc. Acquires THE ROSE OF VERSAILLES - 09/17/12 12:08 AM

No I wouldn't consider all male/ male relationships yaoi. Many fans of the so called genre constantly disagree with that topic. It's just easier to shorthand it that way because that is the way it's labeled by the media. It's just basically used as a red flag for people who don't want to be exposed to the material rather than what we choose to call it, hence why it would never become mainstream.