English Title: The Pirate and the Princess
Japanese Title: 少女海賊ユーリ — Shoujo Kaizoku Yuuri — “Pirate Girl Yuri”
Author: Mio Chizuru
Illustrator: Ayako Nagamori
Translator: Tracey West
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Children’s
Original Run: 2001 – 2007
English Run: 2007
English Publisher: Seven Seas
Volumes Published in English: 1 (Discontinued)
Note: The second volume (The Red Crystal) appears planned to have been released in 2009, but was cancelled.
Synopsis: Welcome to the Eurastia, a legendary pirate ship whose captain holds a dark secret. Her name is Yuri, and once, she lived in the future. Unable to return until she rights a terrible wrong, she must redeem herself and fulfill her destiny. Ten year old Princess Noelle is not from another time, but another place — a land invaded by evil conquerors who killed her parents and kidnapped her younger brother. The Princess herself is taken hostage until Yuri saves her. It is then that they both learn that Noelle holds the key to Captain Yuri’s destiny. Both Yuri and Noelle want nothing more than to return home. But neither can, until Noelle finds her brother, and Yuri vanquishes the sinister forces that she herself accidentally set in motion.
Volume 1 — The Twilight Stone
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I feel so stupid. I read this in middle school and had no idea this was a light novel….
I always wondered what happened to this series since I could never find the sequel. A shame it was discontinued. Do you happen to know why it was? I wish I could’ve continued it.
This might not be technically a light novel — it’s probably more accurate to just call it a children’s novel from Japan. Many of these books have a look extremely similar to light novels.
I imagine it just didn’t sell well enough. Seven Seas discontinued all of their LNs around that time.
Ah, makes sense haha thank you for clearing that up, Cho! ^^ And that’ a shame. Almost sounds like the Tokyo Pop crash haha
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Where can I find copies of these books. 1.The pirate and the princess- 2.the limelight stone- 3.the sea and the dragon’s tears the red crystal # 2. thank you
Unfortunately, only book #1 in this series (The Pirate and the Princess: The Timelight Stone) was ever published in English before the series was cancelled by its English-language publisher. #2 (The Red Crystal) and #3 (The Sea Dragon’s Tears) were apparently close to release when this happened, as they had ISBN numbers assigned and were listed on many book marketplaces. However, to our knowledge, no English-language copies of these books were ever printed or sold.
This appears to have happened a number of times with series that were planned for release before digital publishing emerged as a less financially-risky alternative to paper-and-ink publishing. Hopefully the new generation of publishers will consider relicensing some of these titles as they grow more confident in the new marketplace.
I for one would pre-order all the remaining books in the series if they got licensed today (and I’d buy the first one again if it got a new translation)! Even if this series is aimed at young kids, this was exactly the kind of genuine fantasy I look for in light novels!
I play the role of Santa at a Mall. One request that I received was “The Pirate and the Princess”, The Red Crystal.
I told the girl and her father that I would do whatever possible to procure the book myself or at least get the address from a bookstore that would have it. All the bookstores that I got in touch with didn’t have or was on backlog. I called and/or got on their web sites.
Now I have an answer to give them when I see them this year that will let them know that Santa did not let them down for the lack of trying. This was very important for me.