Saint Tail

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Saint Tail
怪盗 セイント・テール
(Kaitō Seinto Tēru)
Genre Magical girl, Kaitō, Romance,
Manga
Written by Megumi Tachikawa
Published by Kodansha
English publisher United States: Tokyopop
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Nakayoshi
Original run October 1995December 1996
Volumes 7
Anime television series
Directed by Osamu Nabeshima
Studio Tokyo Movie Shinsha
Licensed by United States: TOKYOPOP
Network ABC
English network Philippines: RPN Network
Original run 12 October 199512 September 1996
Episodes 43 (List of episodes)
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Saint Tail (怪盗セイント・テール Kaitō Seinto Tēru?, also known as Mysterious Thief Saint Tail,) is a phantom thief magical girl manga and anime series. Originally a twenty-four part manga by Megumi Tachikawa, the story was adapted into an anime television series by producer Tokyo Movie Shinsha, with forty-three episodes and one short, broadcast by ABC. Tokyopop translated the manga series, and subtitled and partially dubbed the anime series.

Video Games were released for the Sega Saturn and Sega Game Gear in Japan, and are considered collectors items by Saint Tail fans.

The Tokyopop book summary states that it is "Robin Hood meets Sailor Moon!"[1]

Story[edit]

The story of Saint Tail follows a simple formula: school girl Meimi Haneoka transforms into the mysterious thief Saint Tail, and steals back what was stolen or taken dishonestly. She's assisted by a classmate and sister-in-training, Seira Mimori, whose position in the church after school each day allows her to hear the troubles of those who have been wronged and have come to pray to God.

While Saint Tail steals to right the wrongs done to innocent people, she's a thief to the police force. Her classmate Daiki Asuka Jr., called Asuka Jr., and son of Detective Asuka, is hot on her trail. Saint Tail delivers notices of her planned capers to Asuka Jr., to give him a fair chance to catch her.

Characters[edit]

Meimi Haneoka / Saint Tail (羽丘芽美 / セイントテール Haneoka Meimi / Seinto Teiru?)
Voiced by: Tomo Sakurai (Japanese), Mela Lee (English)
The main character of the series. Meimi is a typical cheerful orange-haired fourteen-year-old student at St. Paulia's Private School. By night she transforms into the mysterious (yet magical) thief, Saint Tail. In this guise, she takes back what bad people have stolen. She is given information by her classmate, and nun-in-training, Seira, of misdeeds. And she likes Asuka
Daiki Asuka Jr. (飛鳥大貴 / アスカJr Asuka Daiki / Asuka Jr.?)
Voiced by: Kousuke Okano (Japanese), Joshua Seth (English)
Daiki Asuka is a detective boy fourteen-year-old student at classmate of Meimi, and is a top student in his class. But in the anime Asuka likes Meimi.
Seira Mimori (深森 聖良 Mimori Seira?)
Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (Japanese), Anjuli Cain (English)
Seira is a quiet and mature, fourteen-year-old student classmate and best friend of Meimi. She is a nun-in training at the school's church. she is the only person who knows the real identity of Saint Tail.

Anime dubbing[edit]

Only the first four volumes (15 episodes) were dubbed to English. Volumes 5-8 were released on DVD with English subtitles only.

The first two volumes (seven episodes) of the English dub removed references to God in a possible anticipation of a TV broadcast. This is especially awkward, "considering Seira Mimori spends half of the time in a nun's habit, one wonders why they thought they could do Saint Tail without references to God". According to producer Kenneth Lee, who took over starting with Volume 3, the remaining episodes will not have this restriction.[citation needed]

In the Italian dub, when Asuka Jr. reads a notice from Saint Tail, rather than display the notice written in Japanese, a short scene of Saint Tail running in the dark is shown while her voice reads out the notice's message. The notice scenes are cut from the Korean dub, presumably due to the Japanese text. In Korea, several episodes were cut entirely (they had not been broadcast) because there was so much content with Japanese culture or text. The 12th episode was broadcast just after 3rd episode to match with the real Christmas season when it was broadcast in Korea.

Title names in dubbed versions[edit]

Language Title lit. translation
English Saint Tail Saint Tail
Italian Lisa e Seya, un solo cuore per lo stesso segreto Lisa and Seya, a single heart for the same secret
Japanese 『怪盗 セイント・テール』(かいとう せいんと・てーる)
(Kaitō Seinto Tēru)
Mysterious Thief Saint Tail
Philippines Sweet Tales of Saint Tail
Portuguese A Ladra Meimi Thief Meimi
Russian Грабительница Святой Хвост Robber Saint Tail
Spanish

(Los Angeles)

Las Aventuras de Saint Tail The Adventures of Saint Tail
Spanish Re-dubbing

(In process)

La Misteriosa Ladrona Saint Tail Mysterious Thief Saint Tail
Korean 천사 소녀 네티
(cheonsa sonyeo neti)
Angel Girl Neti
Chinese 怪盗 St. Tail
(guài dào St. Tail)
Mysterious Thief St. Tail

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Saint Tail, Volume 4." Google Books. Retrieved on March 31, 2012.

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