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Ribbon no Kishi  
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Description
Princess Knight is a fast-paced tale of a heroic princess who can beat any man at fencing, yet is delicate and graceful enough to catch the eye of Prince Charming.

A mischief-making angel’s prank goes too far when the newborn princess of Silverland ends up with two hearts—one male and one female. Since the laws of Silverland only allow a male heir to ascend the throne, Princess Sapphire is raised as a prince. But will the avaricious Duke Duralumin discover Sapphire’s true nature and snatch the crown for his own son?

Type
Manga

Related Series

Associated Names
Princess Knight

Groups Scanlating
N/A

Latest Release(s)
N/A

Status in Country of Origin
3 Volumes (Bunkoban, by Shogakukan in 1969)
3 Volumes (Bunkoban, by Kodansha in 1977)
2 Volumes (Bunkoban Shoujo Club Edition, by Kodansha in 1979)
2 Volumes (Reprint, by Kodansha in 1987)
2 Volumes (Bunkoban, by Kodansha in 1999)
5 Volumes (Nakayoshi Edition, by Kodansha in 2009)
3 Volumes (Shoujo Club Edition, by Kodansha in 2009)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
N/A

User Reviews
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User Rating
Average: 6.9 / 10.0 (29 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.86 / 10.0
10
 17% (5 votes)
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8+
 24% (7 votes)
7+
 17% (5 votes)
6+
 21% (6 votes)
5+
 7% (2 votes)
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 10% (3 votes)
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1+
 3% (1 votes)

Last Updated
March 16th 2015, 10:15pm PST


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Year
1953

Original Publisher
Kodansha (1977, 1979, 1987, 1999, 2009)
Shogakukan (1969)

Serialized In (magazine)
Nakayoshi (Kodansha, 1963)
Shoujo Club (Kodansha, 1953)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Vertical (2 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #1103 increased(+146)
Monthly Pos #1810 increased(+793)
3 Month Pos #3889 increased(+274)
6 Month Pos #4977 increased(+697)

List Stats
On 21 reading lists
On 134 wish lists
On 3 unfinished lists
On 51 custom lists

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Princess Knight   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Doki
November 30th, 2015, 10:04pm
One possible misconception that needs to be dispelled is that Princess Sapphire is, sadly, not a transgender character ahead of her time. Despite having both a male and a female heart, Sapphire does not feel she is both genders -- she was raised as a prince not because she wanted to be one, but because of a miscommunication. If anything, Tezuka was (arguably) working with feminist themes, not deeper issues of gender and sexuality.

Regardless, Ribbon no Kishi takes an important place in manga history as the first serialized shoujo story manga. No, it doesn't really look like shoujo today, and reads more like an adventure shounen with a female protagonist, but it was an influential work nonetheless.

Ribbon no Kishi is definitely one of Tezuka's more childish works and may appeal to adults primarily because of nostalgia, but it does have its own charm and humor. Tezuka blatantly borrows from fairy tales and mythology, which is fun to spot.
Those overly fond of modern manga may not like the Disney-inspired art style, but I personally think Ribbon no Kishi is worth a read.
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