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Ribbon no Kishi

Alternative Titles

English: Princess Knight
Japanese: リボンの騎士


Type: TV
Episodes: 52
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 2, 1967 to Apr 7, 1968
Premiered: Spring 1967
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: Fuji TV
Studios: Mushi Production
Source: Manga
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


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Princess Sapphire is a girl raised as a Prince. Through the mischief of an angel, the princess is born with both a girl's body and boy's mind. Since there is no boy successor in her kingdom, Sapphire is raised as a boy, but evil ministers try to reveal her secret. Unable to put up with the kind of vicious conduct prevailing in the kingdom, Sapphire disguises herself as "Princess Knight" and wields her sword of justice.

This is an animated version of the girls' manga featuring Sapphire's romance and adventure, which marked the first made-for-TV animated program geared towards girls in Japan.

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Tomino, Yoshiyuki
Episode Director, Storyboard
Hata, Masami
Episode Director
Tezuka, Osamu
Original Creator
Tomita, Isao

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Dec 5, 2009
Pessoa (All reviews)
Ribbon no Kishi is one of the early anime, made in 1967. It's from the period Japanese animation hadn't gained its distinctive characters. Thus, Ribbon no Kishi is more like American cartoon of the period than today's Japanese anime.

Princess Sapphire was born with girl body and boy's mind (whatever it is). She is the 'prince' of Silverland. In the kingdom there's a iron rule that only males can inherit the throne. Being the only child of the royal family, her gender is kept secret from the public. However cunning ministers, especially the main antagonist, Duke Duralumon strive to reveal the truth in order to read more
Jan 17, 2016
OlivinePeridot (All reviews)
Oh my god, is this anime dated. The animation is awful and the plots range from generic to ridiculous. But I love it.

When you start watching this, you have to remember that Ribbon no Kishi is the Ur Example of shoujo. It was revolutionary and genre-defining for it's time; most shoujo series that came after have been inspired by or deconstructed the elements Tezuka introduced. To truly appreciate this anime, you need to watch it as a study rather than expecting something refreshing or deep.

Like most classic anime, the animation was done on the cheap. Cells are blatantly recycled (even from the intro) and there read more


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