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Title (English) Little Men
Title (Japanese) wakakusa monogatari nan to joo sensei

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Fantasy Novel

Notes English name: Tale of Young Grass: Nan and Miss Jo
Ger.= "Missis Jo und ihre Frohlisches Familie".
Creator(s): Louisa May Alcott (Little Women series)
A title in Fuji TV & Nippon Animation's World Masterpiece Theater (meisaku)TV anime series of adaptations of classic children's books.
Classification WMT
Synopsis 12 year old tomboy Nan arrives at the progressive school run by Jo (of "Little Women") and her husband. She proves to be a match for the boys. Jo tries to tame her using feminine influence, and also has to sort out various mischevous, disturbed or deprived boys.
Review Nan | Nan in Boston | Group | Nan with horse
A sequel to the "Little Women" anime. Surprisingly, this is NOT "Little Women part #2" but a much later book by Louisa M. Alcott, set in a residential farm school run by Jo (from Little Women) and her husband. The main character in the anime is Nan, a somewhat impetuous and tomboyish girl, who in the first episode arrives at the school and after being booby-trapped with a pail of water, chases and sorts out all the boys.
Later episodes have a variety of comedy, drama and sadness spotlighting various of the younger characters, notably Dan. This is a delightful series; it already seems as good as several of the other WMT series, and there is every sign of a meaty script with a strong interest in education. Jo's educational methods seem progressive even by 1997 standards. In some scenes, Nan looks uncannily like Kiki in "Kiki's Delivery Service. Jo does not look or act in the least like the "Little Women" anime character, though it is, as later episodes reveal, the same person, and the twins Demy and Daisy are the children of her sister Meg. It's worth making the effort to watch the opening and closing minutes of the first and last episodes, as they reveal that the whole thing is presented by an adult Nan.
I got a copy of "Little Men", which is still in print. As the original title suggests, Nan has a minor role in the book, and does not appear till halfway through, wheras in the anime she is the star. (My mother watched several episodes with apparent enjoyment.)
Credits Character Designer(s): Yoshiharu Sato
Data from Ben Ettinger
Episodes 40
Release Jap:VHS, Ger:TV
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Date 1993 January 17 - 1993 December 19
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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