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Anne of Green Gables 

Akage no An (original title)
Based on the books by Lucy Maud Montgomery, this 50 episode series tells the story of Anne Shirley, a young orphan living in 19th century Canada.
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1981   1979  

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Eiko Yamada ...  Anne Shirley 50 episodes, 1979
Fumie Kitahara Fumie Kitahara ...  Marilla Cuthbert 50 episodes, 1979
Michio Hazama ...  Narrator 46 episodes, 1979
Ryûji Saikachi Ryûji Saikachi ...  Matthew Cuthbert 44 episodes, 1979
Gara Takashima Gara Takashima ...  Diana Barry 37 episodes, 1979
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Based on the books by Lucy Maud Montgomery, this 50 episode series tells the story of Anne Shirley, a young orphan living in 19th century Canada.

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Some of the episode names are the same as the names of chapters in the first book. See more »

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Edited into Anne of Green Gables: Road to Green Gables (2010) See more »

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the definitive film version of Anne of Green Gables
18 May 2006 | by bumpy-9See all my reviews

I tend to be against adapting books into movies, because you generally don't have time to be at all faithful to a book in such a short running time (the first couple of Harry Potter films were quite long because they wanted to hit so many plot points, but they still cut out all the character development). The popular Canadian miniseries from the '80s was a perfect example of this. It got a sense of the story across, but only just.

This is different. Fifty episodes are enough to do justice to a 38-chapter book. There's only one incident of any note that was cut, and several that were much fleshed out or added (plus one or two dull episodes that were mostly clips of earlier shows). You can be assured the creators really understand the characters and interpersonal dynamics of the story.

But is the story worth your while. You bet! A lot of folks link this series with Miyazaki, though he only worked on the first 15 episodes. More important were fellow Ghiblies Takahata and Kondo. But it FEELS like Miyazaki: strong, young, imaginative female lead steeped in the magic of Nature, learning to be loved by a grouchy but kindhearted elderly couple. All it needs is some flying machines!

It is worth digging on eBay for the possibly semi-legal region-free English subtitled DVDs. Don't mistake it for the recent Canadian animated series (which boggles the mind--surely it would've been cheaper to license and dub Akage no An!). This is, and surely always will be, the definitive film version of Anne of Green Gables. (You even get used to the "Konichiwa, Diana!")


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13 December 1981 (USA) See more »

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Nippon Animation Co. See more »
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(50 episodes)

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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