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Sapphire

Explanation

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  • Sapphire is the cross-dressing heroine of the great classic of Shojo Manga (Manga for girls) "Princess Knight". Her character represents a fusion of all the influences of Tezuka Osamu's childhood in Takarazuka; only he could have created a character like Sapphire. She later blossomed into a mother in the sequel, "Twin Knight". After her appearances in this representative Manga series, Sapphire was solely assigned feminine roles. What's more, whenever she made a guest appearance in the "Black Jack" series, she habitually symbolized "the sorrows of women". She portrayed a teacher who burned to death whilst protecting one of her students, and although on one occasion she used her beauty as a weapon to make a rapid ascent into fashionable society, she was tossed by the hands of fate, falling onto hard times to become something like a vagrant. Tezuka Osamu though did not see her as a female swordsman with the heart of a man, but was intent upon the "woman" at the heart of Sapphire.

 

List of the works

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    • COMIC
    • 1952
    • The Adventure of Rock (as paraticipating in a conference with Bird Man)
    • 1958
    • The Three Who Glimpse The Future (as the person listening to the prophecy by Higeoyaji)
    • 1960
    • Astro Boy / Uran (as the spectator of the Robotting game)
    • 1962
    • SHIKYOYAMAENGI Picture scroll
    • 1965
    • Astro Boy / Heroes of Tezuka Osamu Manga (as the fiancee of Count Red)
    • 1966
    • Flying Ben
    • 1969
    • The Crater / The Bell Rings (as the native people of the Malay Peninsula)
    • 1970
    • Gachaboi's record of one generation
    • 1973
    • Black Jack / Anaphylaxie (as the nurse)
    • 1974
    • Black Jack / The Heroine of the Tunnel (as the techer of the kindergarten)
    • 1974
    • Black Jack / Two Loves (as wife of Akira)
    • 1975
    • Black Jack / Swindler Apprentice (as mother)
    • 1975
    • Astro Boy / Astro Boy II (as the passerby)
    • 1976
    • Black Jack / U-18 knew (as the patient)
    • 1978
    • Black Jack / The Case of a Woman (as the patient)
    • 1979
    • NEC Advertisment
    • 1979
    • Tezuka Osamu on American Comics
    • 1983
    • This is what's going to happen in 1983
    • 1984
    • Dream cars and cars of the future
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    • ANIME
    • Princess Knight
    • Marine Express
    • The Last Mystery of the 20th Century
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