Musketeer Rouge

  • I have two light novels I absolutely want to see getting officially licensed/translated. Both are historical novels where the stories take place in a medieval fantasy world (but without magic). But since they are completly related with each other I think it is fine, just to post one novel for the start and I do this with the one I would like to read more.

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    Name: Musketeer Rouge
    Author: Yuki Shima
    Artist: Chiho Saitou
    Genre: Adventure, Gender Bender, Historical, Romance, Shoujo
    Volumes: 9 (Complete)
    Publisher: Kadokawa
    Manga Adaption: Yes (You can find a sample of the first manga volume here.)
    Description: (Attention: This synopsis was google translated, it may not be correct.)
    Julia, a young girl with good sword skills, grew up like a boy. After her grandfather suddenly talks to her about her marriage, she decides to take her destiny in her own hands. Changing her name to Julian and dressing up as a man, her aim is to go to the capital and become a musketeer. On her way, she meets three handsome musketeers. Furthermore she gets caught up in a huge conspiracy against the queen of Aquitaine.

    This novel has a sequel named 'Rosenkreuz', which is actually the main story and 'Musketeer Rouge' is it's prequel, where the story takes place ca. 100 years before 'Rosenkreuz'. Both are (or were, since it has been some years, since they were published) quite popular and many drama cds were released for both series. Besides this, I really can't see anymore isekai novels and I always loved musketeer stories (in my country exist quite a few). I really hope they can someday be picked up! Friends of me who could read japanese already have read the manga of 'Musketeer Rouge' and the novels of both the prequel and the sequel and where totally exited about it, since the stories were so good and really refreshing. There is a lot of action, drama and of course sword (and also probably gun fighting) fighting with a lot of political intrigues and dangers (in the first volume the main antoganists are the (surpisingly handsome) cardinal and his guards, but in the later volumes more and definitely much scarier and more unscrupulously enemies are appearing), not forgetting the romance in this series (although it's definitely not a harem story). The world is somewhat based on a parallel Europe, well, mainly France, although there are other countries mixed in it too. Interesting is also, that the female protagonist is crossdressing to become a musketeer, since a woman can't become one and there is constantly the danger of her getting discovered, not only by her enemies, but also by her friends (at the beginning she has quite a hard time getting liked and accepted by them) and collegues in the musketeer corps (although the male lead discovers it very early, but he keeps quiet about it.) What also fascinates me is, that she isn't such a weak protagonist, who is always crying for the male lead or other men to save her.
    Overall the story is very exiting and it doesn't get boring, since there is always the next intrigue and adventure waiting on the next corner. My friends told me a little bit about it and got me more hooked up on these books, as I already totally am. I soooooo want to read these novels too!!!

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    I read your post and I think you should just post the one LN and say it has a sequel series. I thought you wanted 2 separate LNs.

  • @drone205 Thank you for your suggestion. I already changed it.

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    I think you should shorten your post, the long character introduction and the PS will likely not interested those who are just taking a look whithout knowing the serie, and i get the feeling that they're spoilers.
    It's clearly a niche title so you should rather try to convince people that that genre could interest them. Maybe try to target the people who want gender bender or LGBT title or those who like the shojo side of JNC novel.
    Or on the other hand if it's more an action title, speak of the fights, the political plot, the world building ...

  • @raitoiro Thank you for your suggestion, I've changed it.^^

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  • Musketeer stories are always nice to read, that alone is already enough for me to get interested. But aside from this I got the manga adaption of this novel at home and loved it and I sooo want to know how the story will continue!

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    A Musketeer story is always nice for me to read. And this one certainly didn't disappoint me. I couldn't wish for a better Musketeer light novel! For the sake of international readers who love such stories, this one must getting licensed!!!

  • Sounds totally interesting, I would love to give this a try! You’ve got my upvote!!!