Cover of the first manga volume (Kindle edition) featuring Meimi Haneoka as Saint Tail.
(Kaitō Seinto Tēru)
|Written by||Megumi Tachikawa|
|Original run||October 1995 – December 1996|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Osamu Nabeshima|
|Music by||Hayato Matsuo|
|Studio||Tokyo Movie Shinsha|
|Original run||12 October 1995 – 12 September 1996|
Saint Tail (怪盗セイント・テール, Kaitō Seinto Tēru, Mysterious Thief Saint Tail) is a 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.
Kodansha is holding a contest through pixiv for fans of Megumi Tachikawa's Saint Tail to become the artist for the "next generation" version of the manga. The contest asks fans to create the story of a new phantom thief who appears in Seika City.
The story of Saint Tail follows a simple formula: middle school girl Meimi Haneoka transforms into the mysterious thief Saint Tail and steals back random belongings that were stolen using magic tricks. She's assisted by her best friend, 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 considered a thief by 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.
The first four volumes (15 episodes) were dubbed to English as well as subtitled. Volumes 5-8 were released on DVD with English subtitles only. In the English dub, the first seven episodes 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.
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. In Korea, several episodes were cut entirely and not broadcast. Additionally, the twelfth episode was broadcast after the third episode to match with the real Christmas season.
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