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Princess Knight, Part 1 by Osamu Tezuka
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Princess Knight, Part 1

by Osamu Tezuka

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This work has elements of Snow White, the Swan Princess, Robin Hood and other well known fairy tales whose name I can't remember right now. Saphire is given the heart of a girl and the heart of a boy due to the mischievous angel Tink. Tink is sent to earth to retrieve Saphire's male heart. Meanwhile Saphire's kingdom will only allow men to rule, so her family and advisors let everyone believe she is a boy, and her male heart is actually quite helpful. Then hijinks ensue as a Duke tries to figure out if she's really a boy in case it means he can put his son on the throne and Saphire falls in love with the neighboring kingdom's prince. There is also an evil witch/devil and a dashing pirate who I hope to learn more about in the next volume.

The artwork is clearly inspired by Disney and I wonder if the subject matter wasn't inspired by Disney as well. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
This work has elements of Snow White, the Swan Princess, Robin Hood and other well known fairy tales whose name I can't remember right now. Saphire is given the heart of a girl and the heart of a boy due to the mischievous angel Tink. Tink is sent to earth to retrieve Saphire's male heart. Meanwhile Saphire's kingdom will only allow men to rule, so her family and advisors let everyone believe she is a boy, and her male heart is actually quite helpful. Then hijinks ensue as a Duke tries to figure out if she's really a boy in case it means he can put his son on the throne and Saphire falls in love with the neighboring kingdom's prince. There is also an evil witch/devil and a dashing pirate who I hope to learn more about in the next volume.

The artwork is clearly inspired by Disney and I wonder if the subject matter wasn't inspired by Disney as well. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
This work has elements of Snow White, the Swan Princess, Robin Hood and other well known fairy tales whose name I can't remember right now. Saphire is given the heart of a girl and the heart of a boy due to the mischievous angel Tink. Tink is sent to earth to retrieve Saphire's male heart. Meanwhile Saphire's kingdom will only allow men to rule, so her family and advisors let everyone believe she is a boy, and her male heart is actually quite helpful. Then hijinks ensue as a Duke tries to figure out if she's really a boy in case it means he can put his son on the throne and Saphire falls in love with the neighboring kingdom's prince. There is also an evil witch/devil and a dashing pirate who I hope to learn more about in the next volume.

The artwork is clearly inspired by Disney and I wonder if the subject matter wasn't inspired by Disney as well. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
This work has elements of Snow White, the Swan Princess, Robin Hood and other well known fairy tales whose name I can't remember right now. Saphire is given the heart of a girl and the heart of a boy due to the mischievous angel Tink. Tink is sent to earth to retrieve Saphire's male heart. Meanwhile Saphire's kingdom will only allow men to rule, so her family and advisors let everyone believe she is a boy, and her male heart is actually quite helpful. Then hijinks ensue as a Duke tries to figure out if she's really a boy in case it means he can put his son on the throne and Saphire falls in love with the neighboring kingdom's prince. There is also an evil witch/devil and a dashing pirate who I hope to learn more about in the next volume.

The artwork is clearly inspired by Disney and I wonder if the subject matter wasn't inspired by Disney as well. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
Another book that's advertised as being something that it is not. This is a fairly generic children's fantasy story, delineating standard gender roles for the main character. When the "boy" heart is dominant, she fights. When the "girl" heart is dominant, she likes to wear pretty dresses. Far, far removed from the "proto-feminism" described on the back of the book. Not terrible, but nothing in the story is particularly suited for our modern world. The art is pretty (though at this stage Tezuka is heavily cribbing from Disney), but one would need fairly simple tastes to enjoy this fully as an adult. ( )
  randoymwords | Jan 20, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 193565425X, Paperback)

Set in a medieval fairy-tale backdrop, Princess Knight is the tale of a young princess named Sapphire who must pretend to be a male prince so she can inherit the throne. Women have long been prevented from taking the throne, but Sapphire is not discouraged and instead she fully accepts the role, becoming a dashing hero(ine) that the populous is proud of.

The playful cartooning style of Princess Knight is comparable to that of Disney, à la Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Considered by many as one of the first major shojo works, inspiring comics for girls such as Revoluntionary Girl Utena, Cardcaptor Sakura and Sailor Moon for generations to follow. A rare shojo property from the godfather of manga, Princess Knight has been long considered one of Tezuka's most popular works worldwide.

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YA. Fantasy fiction. Graphic Novel. Set in a medieval fairy-tale backdrop, Princess Knight is the tale of a young princess named Sapphire who must pretend to be a male prince so she can inherit the throne. Women have long been prevented from taking the throne, but Sapphire is not discouraged and instead she fully accepts the role, becoming a dashing hero(ine) that the populous is proud of. The playful cartooning style of Princess Knight is comparable to that of Disney, la Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Considered by many as one of the first major shojo works, and one from the godfather of manga, Princess Knight has been long considered one of Tezuka's most popular works worldwide.14 yrs+… (more)

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