Papillon Rose

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Papillon Rose
Papillon Rose DVD Cover.jpg
Artwork for the DVD case front cover for the North American release by Maiden Japan. The character Tsubomi as Papillon Rose is shown at the top center, Anne as Papillon Lily left center and Shizuku as Papillon Margarette on the lower right.
(Papiyon Rōze)
GenreErotic comedy,[1] parody[2]
Original video animation
Lingerie Soldier Papillon Rose: Tsubomi no Yume wa Yoru Hiraku
Directed byYoshihiro Oda[3]
Produced by(Echigoya) Junichiro Tanaka
Atsuhiro Iwakami
Ikuo Kato
Kozue Kaneniwa
Written byShiji Tobita
Shoan Egashira
Music byKURi-ZiLL
Licensed by
Runtime24 minutes
Anime television series
Papillon Rose: The New Season
Directed byYasuhiro Matsumura
Produced byShinichi Nagakubo
Yakki Tokashiki
Written byKazuharu Sato
Music byMasaya Koike (4-Ever)
Licensed by
Original networkTVQ
English network
Original run February 9, 2006 March 16, 2006
Episodes6 (List of episodes)
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and manga portal

Papillon Rose (パピヨンローゼ, Papiyon Rōze) is an anime series which Lampoons 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 America in 2010. The origin of this anime series is different from most other anime series' as it is based on an Internet hoax rather than a previously existing manga series.


Papillon Rose started out as a metafiction joke on what was claimed to be the website for a new anime project Lingerie Fighter Papillon Rose. The website posted 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 tracks (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 Japan. The project homepage was redesigned and fake manga illustrations and notes from the fictional author were added. Amateur voice actors and singers were also contacted online to provide sample character voice clips for a handful of the villains and heroines. A 25-episode ONA series was promised in 2001 along with the release of an animated teaser trailer.[4] Nothing other than the trailers were ever released online or elsewhere. On January 2002, a second season concept was introduced, named Lingerie Soldier Papillon Rose R, aiming to be released as an artbook on Comiket.[5] On April 2004, a movie finale concept was introduced as well, named Lingerie Soldier Papillon Rose G.[5] Subsequently, all of the project websites were either taken down or replaced with a blank page with the former content removed. There is no evidence that any fan-submitted material was ever used for either the OVA episode or the TV series.[5]

In the fall of 2014, a blog was opened featuring new artwork for what claimed to be a new version of the Papillon Rose series, a rebuild of the original idea as a film trilogy. A new website was opened a few days afterwards, advertising a Papillon Rose booth in the 2015 Comiket. A new doujinshi artbook was released together with two pencil boards, featuring new artwork for the characters and a similar storyline to the original incarnation of the web series.

Lingerie Soldier Papillon Rose OVA 2003[edit]

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 released as a single 24-minute OVA episode, produced by Echigoya.[3] This one-episode OVA was distributed on VHS and DVD formats by Pink company and Office F&O in 2003.[1]

This OVA episode is included in the 2010 North American DVD release with the six-episode Papillon Rose: The New Season TV series.[2]

Papillon Rose: The New Season TV series (2006)[edit]

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.[2]

Plot Summary[edit]

We find the girls in town going about their lives without any memories of their past exploits or ability to transform. Tsubomi is approached by Rama, the cat, whom, at first, she does not understand. But the Earth, specifically the Tokyo otaku district of Akiba, is under attack by a trio of powerful alien women along with their minions. The explosions around her restore her memories and she reassembles the rest of the Papillon team to defend the town. The Papillon team is reassembled and the enemies are won over by the team's magical-girl powers and their "charms".

North American releases[edit]

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 collection was released on June 8, 2010, on a single DVD titled "Papillon Rose." This title was the first licensed by Maiden Japan for release in North America. It is in the Japanese language with English subtitles.[2]

In January 2014 the six episodes of the TV series and the single OVA episode were posted on the Anime Network website for online streaming.[6]


The North American DVD release was reviewed by Chris Beveridge on the popular media blog and given an overall grade of B. He summarizes his review:[7]

″Papillon Rose serves up just the right kind of parody of the Sailor Moon and magical girl world with this release. I do admittedly prefer the OVA more than the TV series because it's concise and has a much dirtier mindset to it. The TV series tones things down for obvious reason but it still has a good deal of fun and manages to get dirty in its own way. This was the kind of show where its reputation certainly preceeded [sic] it and you always fear it may not live up to expectations. With the broadcast version of the TV series here, that's a definitely downside. But for what we do get, it's a lot of fun and a good way to spend an evening watching pretty anime girls doling out justice in a slight smutty way with smiles on their faces. It's a title for discerning tastes, to say the least.″


  1. ^ a b "Papillon Rose TV Series". Anime News Network. September 27, 2005. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d "Section23 Films Adds Papillon Rose, La Corda D'Oro (Updated)". Anime News Network. March 3, 2010. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Papillon Rose - Complete collection (DVD) (in Japanese and English). North America: Maiden Japan. 2010. ISBN 978-1-6161-5029-7.
  4. ^ "New Anime series to be Distributed on the 'Net". Anime News Network. January 15, 2001. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c パピヨンローゼ (in Japanese). Archived from the original on February 3, 2004. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  6. ^ "LEWD-icrous Fridays: Papillon Rose Premieres". Anime Network. January 3, 2014. Archived from the original on February 1, 2014. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  7. ^ Beveridge, Chris (June 22, 2010). "Papillon Rose Complete Collection DVD Review". Anime/Manga Reviews. Archived from the original on March 25, 2015. Retrieved June 27, 2015.

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