Princess Knight Musical's Digest Video Streamed

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Stage musical based on Osamu Tezuka's manga to play in Osaka on December 3-6

The eplus ticketing platform began streaming a 30-second digest video on Wednesday for the stage musical adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's classic shōjo manga Princess Knight (Ribon no Kishi).

The commercial advertises the musical's upcoming run at Osaka's Theater Brava from December 3-6. The musical already played at Tokyo's Akasaka ACT Theater from November 12-17.

The musical stars:

Erika Ikuta (Nogizaka46 idol group member) as Sapphire

Keisuke Kaminaga as Prince Franz

Tsunenori Aoki as Blood

Reika Sakurai (Nogizaka46 idol group member) as Hekate

Tomoru Akazawa as Plastic

AiRI Kanda as Tink

Masakazu Nemoto as Lord Nylon

Shōko Haida as Hell

Other cast members include Yukiko Ikeda and Shinichi Katori as the queen and king, respectively. Kaoru Noguchi plays the nurse, and Shinichi Chiyoda plays the doctor. Yūichi Yasoda plays Duke Duralumin.

The musical production commemorates the 60th anniversary of Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine.

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.

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