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~ SYNOPSIS AND Translations ~
 

KAMEN NO ROMANESQUE
 
STAFF
 
Original Story by You Higuri, based on Les Liaisons Dangereuses
CAST
 
Valmont
Merteuil
Danceney
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Marianne
 
 
Takane Fubuki
Hanafusa Mari
Todoroki Yuu
Wao Youka
Hoshina Yuri
SYNOPSIS
Kamen no Romanesque is set in 1830, during the street uprisings made famous in Les Miserables. It's the story of Valmont and Merteuil, two French nobles. Valmont has his sights set on Madame Marianne (a married woman whose husband is out of town) as his next conquest, but Merteuil proposes that he "corrupt" the young Cécile Volanges, a sweet, innocent girl. Danceney is a kind young man who falls in love with Cécile. Danceney makes the mistake, though, of developing a crush on Merteuil and so he becomes friends with Valmont. Valmont pretends to be delivering letters from Danceney to Cécile in order to make his move, but he takes his time at actually making love to her, which annoys Merteuil. Merteuil accuses him of falling in love with M. Marianne (whom Valmont visits in secret, and whom has fallen in love with Valmont) and demands that he leave her for the sake of his reputation. Because Valmont loves Merteuil, he breaks up with Marianne. Valmont loved Marianne as well, though, and breaking up with her hurts him... so he takes out his frustration on Cécile. When Danceney discovers this, he challenges Valmont to a pistol duel.
 
 
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This is the part You Higuri changes from Les Liaisons Dangereuses. In the original novel (as well as in all four film versions and one opera that exist of it) Valmont was supposed to be killed by Danceney. But in Kamen no Romanesque, Valmont survives and returns to Merteuil.

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