Odaiba on the other side of Tokyo's Rainbow Bridge is an island of food and fun with the added perk of great views of the city, including Tokyo Tower and Sky Tree. But for Japan Fan Boys and Fan Girls, there's way more to it than that.
It may very well be that happily ever after narratives are no longer the right medicine, and that the stories American children are gravitating toward are the alternative fairytales that can help them cope with the shifting tides.
Why would a series set in 18th century France appeal so widely to Japanese and Western audiences in the 20th century? The answer is actually quite easy: Rose of Versailles is unprecedented in many ways among the manga and anime of that time.