Drama, historical, kids, slice of life.
Voices Hidaka Rina, Kobayashi Yumiko, Amano Yuri, Nagasako Takashi, Koorogi Satomi, Nakatsukasa Yuuka, Ikeda Masako, Yamaguchi Nana, Wakusawa Rika, Shimogama Chiaki, Tamura Seiko, Kawata Taeko, Satou Setsuji
Follows Anne Shirleys life from 6 years old to 11 years old, beginning with her life in the Thomas household, the Hammonds, the orphanage and leaving for Prince Edward Island and Green Gables.
I sort of wish I had managed to watch this before Akage no Anne, but it’s still good watching it afterwards. The first 26 episodes have Anne living with the Thomas’ who took her in after her parents died. With that much time spent with them, you get to learn a decent amount about this family. Oddly enough, I actually liked the father the most of all of them. He was a drunk that liked to gamble and just waste his money. But in a way, you feel bad for him. He was apparently attractive and he and the wife loved each other, but he never really fully grew up and took responsibility for anything. Even when he did do good, his wife always nagged him and made him feel horrible about himself, leading to him wanting to drown his sorrows. But you could tell he really cared about Anne and his family. As for school with them, there was a boy that really liked cows and although it makes me feel like a traitor, I actually think he’s better suited to Anne than Gilbert was.
Then around episode 26 she goes and stays with the Hammonds, who are the couple with 3 sets of twins, plus two other children. Nowhere near as many episodes is spent on them, and in all honesty, I didn’t much care for that family. The children were constantly sick, there was nothing likeable about the wife, and the husband seemed even more useless then Bert Thomas, even if he wasn’t a drunk. He would constantly make promises he didn’t keep, he’d never wake up when there was an emergency, and the only reason his wife married him was because he lied to her.
At episode 32, Anne is sent to the orphanage. Oddly enough, even though less time was spent in the orphanage than with the Hammonds, you get to know the people there more. Although I ended up only actually liking one of the people she meets there. The others sort of annoyed me…
But of course, in true Anne fashion, she helps and/or cheers up everyone she comes across.
I’d say it’s definitely worth watching, at least if you want a little more Anne Shirley.