Alpen Rose

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Alpen Rose
AlpenRose vol1.jpg
Cover of volume 1
(Arupen Rōze)
Genre Drama, Historical, Romance
Written by Michiyo Akaishi
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Ciao
Original run April 1983May 1986
Volumes 9
Anime television series
Honō no Alpen Rose: Judy & Randy
Directed by Hideto Ueda
Produced by Kenji Yoshida
Written by Hiroko Naka
Mitsuko Naka
Shigeru Yanagawa
Sukehiro Tomita
Music by Joe Hisaishi
Studio Tatsunoko Production
Original network Fuji TV
Original run April 6, 1985 October 5, 1985
Episodes 20
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Alpen Rose (アルペンローゼ, Arupen Rōze) is a shōjo manga series created by Michiyo Akaishi. The story was adapted into an anime by Tatsunoko Productions in 1985, with character designs by Akemi Takada.


Lundi is a young boy who lives with his aunt and uncle in Switzerland in the early 1930s. One day while walking around the Alps, Lundi finds a little girl who is the only survivor of a plane crash and has lost all her memories. She is named Jeudi by his uncle and both of them are raised together. As they grow up together, Jeudi and Lundi develop a deep friendship for each other. A few years later Jeudi wants to find her past. Her only clue is a song that she is constantly hearing in her head, a song called Alpen Rose. At the time of World War II, Jeudi and Lundi set on a journey to discover Jeudi's past and in the process learn the depth of the love they have for each other.


  • Lundi (means Monday in French)

Full name, Lundi Courtot. A Swiss young man who lives not too far from the Alps with his aunt and uncle. As a little kid, he found a girl around his age and her pet cockatoo lying in a field of flowers, and convinced his aunt and uncle to take her in. After an incident with Count George Germont in which he and Printemps are almost shot by him, and then Jeudi is taken to the Count's castle by force, he helps her escape and they must flee their village. This also gives them the chance to both get hitched and to start investigating Jeudi's strange past.

  • Jeudi (means Thursday in French)

She was found amnesiac and unconscious by Lundi, who gave her the name "Jeudi". She was subsequently taken in by a shopkeeper (manga) or nursing school (anime). At age 13, Jeudi catches the eye of Count Germont when she protect Lundi and Printemps, and he takes her by force to his castle to make her his concubine. Lundi comes to her rescue and they flee to the town of Bern, where they realize that this is the chance to look for Jeudi's family—specially after they begin to have leads about her true identity.

  • Printemps (means spring in French) a cockatoo

Jeudi's pet, who was with her ever since before the fateful accident that brought her to Lundi's life


The manga series was originally serialized in Japan, in 1983, in the weekly publication Ciao Magazine by Shogakukan, with the first volume of the series being released in October 1983. The second, third, and fourth followed in February 1984, July 1984, and November 1984. And from then on chapters of the story were released periodically over the next three years with volumes of the manga series being released in a 3- to 6-month period. The series was finished in late 1986, finishing the storyline in nine small volumes of approximately 180 pages. The remaining volumes (5, 6, 7 8, and 9) were released in February 1985, July 1985, December 1985, June 1986, and September 1986.

The manga series was reissued 1993 by Shogakukan through the publishing branch Flower Comics Wide Magazine. This new version was released in four large volumes of at least approximately 350 pages. This new version included new covers, colored pages in each volume as well was pin-ups at the end of the volumes. More recently the series was reissued in Japan in 2009 in four volumes by Flower Comics DeLuxe with different covers which were a combination of black-and-white photos of different parts of Paris, France with picture of the main characters of the series in the center.


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