Saint Tail

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Saint Tail
Saint Tail manga vol 1.jpg
Cover of the first manga volume (Kindle edition) featuring Meimi Haneoka as Saint Tail.
怪盗 セイント・テール
(Kaitō Seinto Tēru)
GenreMagical girl[1]
Written byMegumi Tachikawa
Published byKodansha
English publisher
Tokyopop (former)
Original runOctober 1995December 1996
Anime television series
Directed byOsamu Nabeshima
Written byShinzō Fujita [ja]
Music byHayato Matsuo
StudioTokyo Movie Shinsha
Licensed by
Original networkABC
English network
Original run 12 October 1995 12 September 1996
Episodes43 (List of episodes)
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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 and coming soon streaming to funimation in January 24, 2022.

Video games were released for the Sega Saturn, Sega Master System 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!"[2]


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.


Anime dubbing[edit]

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.[citation needed] 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".[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] The notice scenes are cut from the Korean dub.[citation needed] In Korea, several episodes were cut entirely and not broadcast.[citation needed] Additionally, the twelfth episode was broadcast after the third episode to match with the real Christmas season.[citation needed]


Tokyopop licensed Saint Tail for an English-language translation in North America, and published it from April 23, 2001 to December 10, 2002.[3][4] This translation has since gone out of print.[3]

2017 contest[edit]

In 2017, Kodansha held 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 asked fans to create the story of a new phantom thief who appears in Seika City.[5][6]


  1. ^ Frost, Marc (March 29, 2014). "Saint Tail". The Anime Guide. Retrieved September 22, 2020.
  2. ^ "Saint Tail, Volume 4." Google Books. Retrieved on March 31, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Saint Tail Volume 1". Tokyopop. Archived from the original on December 12, 2005. Retrieved April 4, 2015.
  4. ^ "Saint Tail Volume 7". Tokyopop. Archived from the original on December 12, 2005. Retrieved April 4, 2015.
  5. ^ "Saint Tail Holds Contest to Create Manga's 'Next Generation'".
  6. ^ ""Mysterious Thief Saint Tail" Manga Sequel Recruiting New Artist".

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