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Title (English) Lucy of the Southern Rainbows
Title (Japanese) minami no niji no ruushii

book cover

Fantasy Novel

Notes English name: Lucy-May of Southern Rainbow
Creator(s): Phyllis Piddington
A title in Fuji TV & Nippon Animation's World Masterpiece Theater (meisaku)TV anime series of adaptations of classic children's books.
Nippon Animation, 1982
From a little-known novel by Phyllis Piddington
Classification WMT
Synopsis Story Beginning Date: 1840: The Poppel family moves to southern Australia, then a land of hardship and great opportunities. Lucy is the youngest daughter. After many struggles, they set up a family business in the new city of Adelaide.
Review Girl & kangaroo
This is an attractively animated series, and looks to be a fairly low-key adventure. There is a huge amount of background detail: tents ships, animals, aboriginies, woods, etc. It's not without humour, especially in the facial expressions. Lucy looks about six or seven; her older sister has a better character design.
A typical scene: the two girls are sleeping in a barrel when a kangaroo hops up and has a look at them. Cue baffled looking kangaroo and scared little girl.
The Polish edition used the Japanese episodes, with the Japanese dialogue partially overdubbed in Polish; but for some reason the Japanese text of the credits has been removed, which is why the screen for the end credit sequence is mostly blank!
Credits Series Director: Hiroshi Saito
Character Designer(s): Shuichi Seki
Data from Ben Ettinger
Episodes 50
Release Jap:VHS, Jap:DVD, Pol:TV
TV Showing See the whole series for free? This series may be syndicated to regional cable, satellite or terrestial TV stations. For Europe click here.
Date 1982 January 10 - 1982 December 26
Production Nippon Animation
Broadcaster Fuji TV
References & Help Look up the latest data on this title at:
Richard Llewellyn's Animated Divots, or
Anime News Network (see Encyclopedia section) ,
or in "The Anime Encyclopedia" (Clements & McCarthy, Stone Bridge Press, 2001).
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