North American DVD cover
|Genre||Comedy-drama, Magical girl|
|Original video animation|
|Lingerie Soldier Papillon Rose: Tsubomi no Yume wa Yoru Hiraku|
|Anime television series|
|Papillon Rose: The New Season|
|Original run||February 9, 2006 – March 16, 2006|
Papillon Rose (パピヨンローゼ Papiyon Rōze ) is an erotic comedy anime series which parodies the magical girl genre, particularly Sailor Moon and Cutie Honey. A 24-minute OVA was released in 2003 followed by a six-episode TV series, broadcast in Japan in 2006. A DVD collection containing the OVA and TV series was released in North Americain 2010. The origin of this anime series is different from most other anime series' as it is not based on a previously existing Manga series.
Papillon Rose started out as a metafiction joke on a website with a pictures of characters (which were usually copied from scenes in Sailor Moon, with the artwork changed) and a lyrics to opening and ending theme songs. Demand grew due to people finding the page and assuming it was for an actual series. Subsequently an episode guide for the (non-existent) first series and manga was also made available, as well as a set of CD-ROMs containing a 2-minute animated promotional clip, eight songs (six BGM and two vocal songs), system voice clips for computers, a Papillon Rose mahjong game, and two screen savers. The CDs were only made available for Comiket, and were not distributed outside of Japan. The homepage was redesigned and updated with fake manga covers and notes from the fictional author. Amateur voice actors and singers were also contacted to provide sample character voice clips for a handful of the villains and heroines. In 2001 a 25-episode ONA series was promised and an animated teaser trailer for the series was posted but nothing else was ever released online. By 2005 all of the websites have either been taken down or replaced with a placeholder page with all of the former content removed. There is no evidence that any fan-submitted material was ever used.
Papillon Rose OVA
A 6-episode series titled Lingerie Soldier Papillon Rose, Tsubomi no Yume wa Yoru Hiraku, ランジェリー戦士パピヨンローゼ was also proposed. One episode was released as an OVA in 2003. More material may have been produced for this "first season", as an outtake from the final scene of the last episode of this series appears at the beginning of the first episode of The New Season. In addition, the The New Season series continues the story with new characters presumably introduced in the first season and without characters presumably lost in the first season, without explanation.
OVA episode list (2003)
|01||"Tsubomi's Dreams Blossom in the Night"||April 25, 2003|
|The main character in the story is Tsubomi, a young woman working a part-time job at a Lingerie Pub "Papillon" (The French word for "butterfly"). She meets a talking cat named Rama who informs her that she is the lingerie clad soldier Papillon Rose and must transform to protect the people of the city from the evil minion Sister Biene who has been sent by Regina Apis to steal people's sexual energy.|
This OVA was included in a 2010 North American DVD release with the six-episode Papillon Rose: The New Season TV series.
Papillon Rose TV Series
A six-episode TV series titled Papillon Rose: The New Season was broadcast in Japan in 2006. The TV series images and dialog are toned down considerably from the 2003 OVA. The TV series covers a time beginning a year after the ending of the OVA events and introduces new characters. The Earth, specifically the Tokyo otaku district of Akiba, is under attack by a trio of powerful alien women along with their minions. The Papillon team is reassembled and the enemies are won over by the team's magical powers and their "charms".
TV series episode list (2006)
|#||Title||Original air date|
|01||"Is Akiba Blooming?!"
"Akiba wa moete iru ka!?" (アキバは萌えているか！？)
|February 9, 2006|
|02||"Jasper and Gold Butterflies Dance in Akiba"
"Akiba ni mau hekigyoku to kogane no chō" (アキバに舞う碧玉と黄金の蝶)
|February 16, 2006|
|03||"Our Seven-Hour War"
"Boku-ra no 7-jikan sensō" (ぼくらの７時間戦争)
|February 23, 2006|
|04||"Dance Once More, Jade Butterfly"
"Futatabi mae, hisui no chō" (ふたたび舞え、翡翠の蝶)
|March 2, 2006|
|05||"The Crimson Butterfly Dies"
"Shinku no chō, chiru" (真紅の蝶、散る)
|March 9, 2006|
|06||"Akiba is on Fire"
"Akiba wa moete iru" (アキバは燃えている)
|March 16, 2006|
The runtime for the TV episodes is approximately 24 minutes.
North American DVD Release
In March 2010, Section23 Films announced plans to release the six-episode TV series and the OVA on DVD for North America on behalf of Maiden Japan. The DVD was released on June 8, 2010. Papillon Rose was the first title licensed by Maiden Japan. The spoken language of this DVD release is Japanese with English subtitles.
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