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Title (English) Little Women (2)
Title (Japanese) ai no wakakusa monogatari

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Fantasy Novel

Notes Fr.= "Les quatres filles de Docteur March"?
English name: Love's Tale of Young Grass or Little Women
From a novel by: Louisa May Alcott
A title in Fuji TV & Nippon Animation's World Masterpiece Theater (meisaku)TV anime series of adaptations of classic children's books.
From the famous semi-autobiograpical novel by Louisa M. Alcott.
Classification WMT
Synopsis For those unfamiliar with the book: Mother and 4 daughters move to a New England town to escape the American Civil War. They have lost their mansion and money, and the father is in the Federal army.
They endure genteel poverty, enlivened by the society of a rich boy, Laurie, who lives next door, and a rich but stingy and cantankerous aunt. Jo, the main character, has aspirations as a writer.
Review Group | Jo | Amy | Jo & Amy
Most fanboys would probably rather die than be seen watching a show with this title. Too bad for them. It's an irresistibly charming adaptation of the famous American novel. The character designs have something in common with those for WHISPER OF THE HEART, and the characters of Jo and Amy are so well brought to life that one rapidly gains a vivid impression of them. A few minutes and I was hooked. Recommended as a cure for depression!
My mother says that in the book the March household was poverty-stricken; they don't look so poor in this anime. Except that in the bits I've seen they always wear the same clothes. This is evidently another of those WMT anime.
The first fifteen or so episodes are a prequel originated by the Japanese using material culled from the book, and insert some dramatic American Civil War material which is conspicuously absent from the original. You can download the original novel. (having done so, it seems that where it meshes with the animation, many scenes are faithfully adapted. The structure of the series departs widely from the first book in that the first episodes are additions and the latter chapters are not animated. The book starts about ep#17 of the TV, and the TV ends at the end of Part 1 of the book (ch.23)). The un-adapted Part 2 of the novel, (often published as a separate volume) significantly depicts the sisters as adults. 
Credits Series Director: Fumio Kurokowa
Character Designers: Yoshifumi Kondo, Yoshiki Yamazaki
Data from Ben Ettinger
See also:LW (german) and
LW (english)
Episodes 48
Release Jap:VHS, Jap:DVD, Tur: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 1987 January 11 - 1987 December 27
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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