Ribbon no Kishi (1963)
Princess Knight
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Ribbon no Kishi (1963)

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Japanese: リボンの騎士
English: Princess Knight
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 5
Chapters: 27
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 3, 1962 to Sep 3, 1966
Genres: Action Action, Adventure Adventure, Drama Drama, Fantasy Fantasy, Romance Romance
Theme: Crossdressing Crossdressing
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Nakayoshi
Authors: Tezuka, Osamu (Story & Art)


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A remake of the original Ribbon no Kishi, and the much more well-known version of the story.

Taking place in a medieval fairy-tale setting, Princess Knight is the story of young Princess Sapphire who must pretend to be a male prince so she can inherit the throne (as women are not eligible to do so). This deception begins as soon as she is born, as her father the King announces his baby is a boy instead of a girl. The reason for this is that the next-in-line to the throne, Duke Duralumon, is an evil man who would repress the people if he were to become king, and because of this the King will go to any length to prevent him from taking over.

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Ribbon no Kishi was published in English as Princess Knight by Vertical in two volumes from November 1, 2011, to December 6, 2011.


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Apr 5, 2021
There’s this common belief that Princess Knight is the first shoujo manga ever. While this is not necessarily true, what is true is that Princess Knight is the first shoujo manga serialization. The first long-story of the genre.
It’s the Astro Boy of Shoujo, and that makes sense, because it’s mangaka is very much Astro Boy’s own Osamu Tezuka.

Written in 1953, Princess Knight is nonetheless a very important landmark in the history of manga as a whole. But I’m not here to review the 1953’s version of Princess Knight. Mostly because I didn’t read it, as a matter of fact, I doubt most people who have ...
May 13, 2020
Mixed Feelings
This is the third Tezuka's manga that I read and it was the only disappointing so far. The drawing is excellent and it is very appropiate for the fairytal that Ribbon no Kishi is. On the other hand the story is not that good. Tezuka is constantly introducing new sitations and characters but it feels improvised. He could finish it in so many chapters and it wouldn't make any difference at all. Nevertheless there are some interesting ideas about gender equality and gender roles. An achievement in the 60's Japan I guess. Also most of the characters are simple but great. I think the only ...
Mar 17, 2022
Princess Knight is a tedious read.

The characters are paper-thin, all copied and pasted (as is the story) from various European fairy tails and mythologies; the events follow each other without setup and with no thought given to pacing or structure; and important moments aren't given any weight or significance, all lost in a narrative that only runs forward (with its eyes firmly closed).

Something that made me laugh was the appearance of a certain Greek deity, a few chapters before the end, despite the overbearing presence and many, many mentions of the Christian God.

The only redeming qualities in Princess Knight are the humor (both written and ...

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