Romeo x Juliet Anime Version versus the Classical Shakespeare
August 8, 2009 3:41pm CST
"In the fantastical aeropolis of Neo Verona, the noble house of Capulet had ruled peacefully for generations - until fourteen years ago, when the ancient grudge held by the rival house of Montague led to a mutiny, and the Capulets were deposed and all wiped out in a bloody coup. Now, as Neo Verona suffers under the thrall of its new masters, the fates of two star crossed lovers are about to become tragically entwined... As the citizens of the city suffer, the Capulet clan struggles to strike a blow against their enemies, and the Montagues tighten their grasp on power, an unlikely love blossoms between Romeo and Juliet - but in the face of such adversity, this ill-fated love may be doomed from the outset. Triumph or tragedy; only fate knows what awaits Romeo and Juliet... A young girl, Juliet, is the only member of her family to escape the massacre of the Capulet family at the hands of Leontes Montague. Fourteen years later, Lord Montague rules the land of New-Verona with an iron-fist as Juliet helps the common folk in Robin Hood-like fashion, and Romeo Montague protests his father's cruelty. Juliet and Romeo meet by coincidence between revolution and devotion (Please take note that in the Shakespearean version of Romeo and Juliet that Juliet and Romeo know about the other ones family and still choose to love eachother, the only conflict in the whole play is the conflict of souls in a race for power and love as Juliet and Romeo say their last goodbyes along with their vows. There is little to no revolution in the play, even though the story of Romeo and Juliet is shown and read around the world.) - Neo Verona - An aerial city in which the story is set. It is likely named after the city of Verona, Italy, in which Shakespeare's story of Romeo and Juliet takes place. - Ryuba - A winged horse with the tail of a dragon, similar to the Pegasus. Ryuba are capable of transporting people on their backs and are handled using reins in the same way as normal horses. More than a means of transportation, winged ryuba can be considered a symbol of status as they are not something that common folk can own, and are only seen ridden by members of the aristocracy or nobility. Ryuba with degenerated wings, thus unable to fly, are often owned by commoners. - Great Tree Escalus - A huge and enchanted tree inside the Montague's castle, which is the remaining of a pair of trees that gives support to Neo Verona. According to its caretaker, a woman named Ophelia, it gives blessings to people, but it also weakens if the persons don't have love in their hearts. When it is thriving, it drops shining fruit from its brances. Since it had been in Montague's care, the tree has noticeably begun to wither. It is likely named after Prince Escalus from Shakespeare's play. - Carabinieri - The Military Police of Neo Verona. The name is the same as the true Carabinieri of Italy.