Saint Tail is a seven-volume shōjo manga series, created by Megumi Tachikawa. The series is about Meimi Hanoka, a 14-year-old girl who attends a Catholic school called Saint Paulia Academy. Meimi is far from an ordinary schoolgirl, however. She’s also a thief who goes by the name of Saint Tail, and uses magic tricks and illusions to pull off her heists. With the support of her best friend, Seira (who is training to become a nun), Meimi steals back items that have been taken from their rightful owners, including: jewelry, artwork, sporting equipment, and even pets.
“Dear Lord, forgive me for the tricks up my sleeve…”Saint Tail, by Megumi Tachikawa
Saint Tail does have a problem, however, in the form of a classmate who goes by the name of Asuka Jr. He wants to be a police detective when he grows up, and he’s determined that he will be the one to capture Saint Tail. As Asuka Jr. pursues Saint Tail, Meimi begins to send him challenges, letting him know where she will strike next. However, she has to keep her true identity a secret…a task that may become much harder as she begins to develop feelings for Asuka Jr.
I first encountered this manga series when I was a high school student, not too much older than Meimi is in the series. I fell in love with the art style and story line, and especially loved the idea of a thief who uses magic. I also really enjoyed the relationship between Meimi and Asuka Jr. The way they interact is highly entertaining, both when they are at school, and when he is attempting to capture Saint Tail.
This was actually my fourth time reading the series, and I enjoyed it just as much as I did the first time. If you’re interested in shōjo manga, this is a wonderful series to try out. It has also been made into a fantastic anime series, which is definitely worth watching.
Unfortunately, it does seem to be rather difficult to find copies of both the manga and anime right now (unless you’re willing to spend a significant amount of money for used copies on websites like eBay or Amazon), but you might be able to find individual volumes in the comic book/manga section of your local used bookstore, or at your local library.
If you have the chance to read Saint Tail, I hope that you love the story (and the characters) as much as I do!