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Ribbon no Kishi  
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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?


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Princess Knight

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Latest Release(s)

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)

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User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 7 / 10.0 (34 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.84 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 24th 2017, 3:41pm PST



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

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

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Vertical (2 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #651 increased(+143)
Monthly Pos #1303 increased(+399)
3 Month Pos #2354 increased(+813)
6 Month Pos #4050 increased(+407)
Year Pos #4591 increased(+772)

List Stats
On 27 reading lists
On 142 wish lists
On 7 unfinished lists
On 63 custom lists

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Very Entertaining   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by NoOneSpecial75
November 12th, 2016, 8:15pm
Tezuka is clearly borrowing from the early Disney shorts and films, and once
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Hecate and Blood die
, the plot becomes far less engaging. (To be honest the ending feels rushed.) However, the colorful characters make this an endearing story. My friend and I like to read manga out loud together and do voices for each character, and I had a lot of fun doing to voice for Sir Nylon. Gotta love the schnoz. I'd say give the first few chapters a try, and if you're entertained, you'll probably like the rest. If not, then give it a pass.

There is an anime based on this manga, which I have never seen, as well as a live action musical from (2014?) The musical is decent. The acting is amusing, but the singing is pretty meh.

Update: I've just finished watching the 52 episode anime series straight through, and I've got to say, unless you like campy episodic cartoons from the 60s without much of an overarching plot (they adapt bits of the manga but take the manga's plot completely apart with no sense of cohesion) then stick with the manga. I did enjoy the anime ironically, and it's a piece of history, but dang if all that repeated stock footage and choppy animation didn't seriously get on my nerves.

... Last updated on August 1st, 2017, 4:55pm
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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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