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Princess Knight Musical's Visual Shows Main Cast in Costume

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Musical adaptation of Tezuka's classic shōjo manga debuts in Tokyo on November 12

The official website of the upcoming stage musical adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's classic shōjo manga Princess Knight (Ribbon no Kishi) revealed a new visual for the musical on Wednesday. The visual reveals some of the main cast in costume.

Nogizaka46 idol group member Erika Ikuta (background) will star as the main lead Sapphire, and another Nogizaka46 idol, Reika Sakurai (right), will play Hekate, a witch's daughter and Sapphire's love rival. Keisuke Kaminaga (center) will play Prince Franz, and Tsunenori Aoki (left) will play the pirate Blood.

Other cast members include Tomoru Akazawa as Plastic, and Yukiko Ikeda and Shinichi Katori as the queen and king, respectively. Kaoru Noguchi will play the nurse, and Shinichi Chiyoda will play the doctor. Airi Kanda will play the angel Tink, and Shōko Haida will play the wife Hell. Rounding out the cast are Masakazu Nemoto as Lord Nylon and Yūichi Yasoda as Duke Duralumin.

Pia Channel also began streaming two videos on Wednesday. The first shows Kaminaga commenting on his role as Prince Franz, and the second features Aoki commenting on his role as Blood.

The musical production commemorates the 60th anniversary of Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine. The musical will run at Tokyo's Akasaka ACT Theater from November 12 to November 17, and then at Osaka's Theater Brava from December 3 to December 6.

Tezuka's Princess Knight manga revolves around Princess Sapphire, who was born with both the soul of a boy and a girl and raised as a boy so that she can inherit her kingdom's throne. Tezuka drew the original story in Kodansha's Shoujo Club magazine from 1953 to 1956. Princess Knight and Toshiko Ueda's Boku-chan (1951) are among the first shōjo manga in history. Tezuka later created the Twin Knight sequel in Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine from 1958 to 1959, followed by a 1963-1966 Ribbon Knight remake in the same magazine.

Moyashimon scriptwriter Natsuko Takahashi launched a manga remake of the original manga titled Sapphire: Princess Knight in 2008 with artist Pink Hanamori. Japanese publisher Home-sha's online manga magazine Puratto Home launched a rebooted version by Shouko Fukaki (The Battle of Genryu: Origin, Guardian Dog) in 2013.

Vertical published the Princess Knight manga in North America in 2011, and also published the Twin Knight sequel in 2013. Right Stuf released the 1967 anime adaptation on home video. The manga also inspired an anime film in 1994.

Source: Comic Natalie

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