Berusaiyu no Bara is in part fact and in part fantasy, mixed in a way that you probably won’t doubt the truthfulness of it’s characters, to the point that if you ever get your hands on a book about the French Revolution, you’ll probably look through its pages trying to find the name Oscar and the troops that participated on that terrible day of July 14.
This is thanks to the talented imagination of Riyoko Ikeda, a young 25 year old woman, that created a story within a story, making it so real, so strong, so close to historical facts, sustained in between these but not interfering in them.
Ikeda as a philosophy student had the knowledge and having researched the events that caused the French Revolution, wanted to give these events a feminine point of view, her point of view, a deeper glimpse than just political highlights that would reach Japanese girls of all ages. Creating though this Berusaiyu no Bara, an 1700 page manga, an epic that reached non-imaginable popularity by its editors. It appeared during 82 weeks between 1972 and 1973 in the magazine titled Shukan Margaret, that now a days is re-edited in a five volume collection.
Ikeda‘s drawing style is Shoujo, its classic form, its stylish characters, with big expressive eyes, the main characters with blonde hair, their antagonists with very dark black hair, like the femme fatale of Spanish literature. The background set in 18’th century Versailles, the language and clothes of the time, Riyoko Ikeda left nothing to chance, explaining though, that the military war style was used in the Napoleonic period. Berusaiyu no Bara unites all the attributes of Shoujo, in a way that it was made a standard; having fans all over the world.