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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.

Saint Tail
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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
Written byMegumi Tachikawa
Published byKodansha
English publisher
Tokyopop (former)
Original runOctober 1995December 1996
Anime television series
Directed byOsamu Nabeshima
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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The Tokyopop book summary describes Saint Tail as "Robin Hood meets Sailor Moon!"[1]

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.[2][3]


The story of Saint Tail follows a simple formula: middle school girl Meimi Haneoka transforms into the mysterious thief Saint Tail-(hence the series title), and steals back random belongings that where stolen or taken dishonestly. She's assisted by a classmate/best friend 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.


Anime dubbingEdit

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 would not have this restriction.


Tokyopop licensed Saint Tail for an English-language translation in North America, and published it from April 23, 2001 to December 10, 2002;[4][5] this translation has since gone out of print.[4]


  1. ^ "Saint Tail, Volume 4." Google Books. Retrieved on March 31, 2012.
  2. ^ "Saint Tail Holds Contest to Create Manga's 'Next Generation'". Anime News Network.
  3. ^ Komatsu, Mikikazu. ""Mysterious Thief Saint Tail" Manga Sequel Recruiting New Artist". Crunchyroll.
  4. ^ a b "Saint Tail Volume 1". Tokyopop. Archived from the original on December 12, 2005. Retrieved April 4, 2015.
  5. ^ "Saint Tail Volume 7". Tokyopop. Archived from the original on December 12, 2005. Retrieved April 4, 2015.

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