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Title (English) Little Princess Sara
Title (Japanese) Shoukoujo Sara

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Fantasy Novel

Notes English name: Little Princess Sara or Young Noble Girl Sara
Ger.= "Die Kleine Prinzessin Sara"
From the book by: Francis Hodgson Burnett (A Little Princess)

A title in Fuji TV & Nippon Animation's World Masterpiece Theater (meisaku)TV anime series of adaptations of classic children's books.
From novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Classification WMT
Synopsis Sara is a little rich girl, treated like a princess, whose only surviving relative is her father. When he disappears, leaving her without money or support, she is left in the power of the unpleasant headmistress, Miss Minchkin, of the school she attends. Forced to work as a servant, and ignored or humiliated by most of the girls, she displays great fortitude.
Review Sara & Lavinia | Sara & Becky | Becky
Sara is an orphan working as a servant girl in a big town house used as a school for rich girls, and run by the Headmistress from Hell and her mostly unpleasant servants. I believed it was Japanese as (1) who else could make something this good, and (2) Sara's friend Becky looks at one point extremely like a little girl from "Porco Rosso". Again, it's a period London setting, and not a comedy. Sara's formerly wealthy parents are dead or missing. There's a mysterious Indian (from India) who keeps hopping across the rooftops to help Sara. The story plays the Ill-Treated Orphan card rather a lot, but isolated episodes play beautifully in an atmosphere of magical realism. Well worth checking out. One of the best WMT series, though I found it too depressing for repeat viewings.

Taro Rehrl writes:
DIE KLEINE PRINZESSIN SARA (translates to 'Little Princess Sara') This is my favourite anime! Original title 'Shoukoujo Sara' The original novel is the well known 'A Little Princess' by Frances Hodgson Burnett written in 1905. Sara should be one of the first if not *the* first ill-treated orphan around. I would also recommend the book greatly.

Credits Series Director: Fumio Kurokawa
Character Designer(s): Shunji Sada
Data from Ben Ettinger
Episodes 46
Release Jap:DVD, Jap:VHS, Jap:LD, Fra:VHS, Ger: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 1985 January 6 - 1985 December 29
Production Nippon Animation
Broadcaster Fuji TV
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or in "The Anime Encyclopedia" (Clements & McCarthy, Stone Bridge Press, 2001).
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