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Title (English) Princess Knight
Title (Japanese) Ribon no Kishi

book cover

Fantasy Novel

Notes Alt title= "Ribbon Knight"
From a manga by Osamu Tezuka, published in Nakayoshi magazine.
Classification shoujo
Synopsis In the manga, the heroine, Sapphire, is born to a king and queen who need a male heir and raise her as a boy. The mischevous cherub Tink has given Sapphire two hearts, a man's and a woman's. She grows up as a boy, learning all the masculine skills and doing her best to please her father and the people. In public she acts as a prince, but privately longs to be a girl. If it becomes known that the heir is a girl, the succession wll pass to the corrupt Duke Jeralmin.
When Sapphire falls in love with the charming prince Franz Charming, she faces a terrible dilemma - duty or love. Evil forces in the kingdom try to prove she is a girl and unqualified to inherit the throne, and a wicked witch tries to steal her female persona.
Review A near-legendary shoujo series, now over thirty years old. It looks surprisingly Disney-ish, reflecting the influences of the time. It now looks as though it was made for younger children.
Credits Series Director: Osamu Tezuka Episode Directors: Masami Hata, Osamu Tezuka, Yoshiyuki Tomino, Sadao Tsukioka
Episodes 52
Release It:TV
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Date 1967 April 2 - 1968 April 7
Production Mushi Productions
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