Nostalgia Lane (animated classics)

I’m a pretty nostalgic person. Just about everything and anything reminds me of ye olde yesteryears, though I’m never quite sure why. It’s not as though I do it on purpose, mind you. I simply can’t help it if a quiet, sunny road with a canopy of trees up ahead reminds me of being young and excited to go to the beach for a full day of fun. Or if the muffled pitter-patter of rain brings me back to being an Elementary pupil barely even noticing the lessons on board and just staring out the window, letting my imagination roam wild. Or if seeing an ancient animated show get memed on Facebook poignantly reminds me of watching that same show years ago and barely understanding the plot but still rooting for the main character anyway.

I think I just want to go back to being young and carefree, but I digress.

Anyway! About a year or so ago, the animated adaptation of The Little Princess (or Little Princess Sara) somehow erupted on Facebook because of this potato meme that I never really understood. The memes weren’t really that funny (because the context was just so… nonexistent) but it did inspire me to watch the series, ancient it may be. So I spent the better part of the next few months keeping up with little Sara. Needless to say, I enjoyed it.

At first I couldn’t understand how a modestly simple story could stretch up to more than 50 episodes. However, as the story progressed, the episodes kind of just flew by. I barely even noticed just how many episodes I had binge-watched. The story was just so engrossing, you know? I had read the book and knew what happens in the end but still… Sara’s story was still so tragic. Damn that Miss Minchin!

I particularly loved this adaptation of A Little Princess because, unlike the live action movies, the anime version was more faithful to the book. No Disney Death for this adaptation *side-eyes 1939 and 1995 versions*

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Oh Sara… peel those potatoes, girl. I kid, I kid.

After finishing this charming show, I quickly found myself hungry for more. I thoroughly adored the classical feel of that old shoujo anime and wanted to watch even more shows similar to it. As luck (and fate) would have it, the same animation company that did Little Princess Sara also did Anne of Green Gables! I, an ardent lover of Anne of Green Gables (and the succeeding books), was ecstatic. Anne!

Finding the show online proved to be difficult though as only one anime streaming website had it. When I started watching it though, I couldn’t stop. I literally fell in love with Anne Shirley again. At the time, I had nearly finished the Anne Shirley books so the anime was a real treat for me. I had nearly forgotten just how many scrapes Anne got into before she grew up and calmed down. Not that she stopped getting into trouble as she got older. The scrapes just became… more complicated.

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My Anne-girl!

Sadly, though this show also had more than fifty episodes, it still didn’t take me too long to finish Anne’s adventures.So I started searching for other classic-turned-anime but found it frustrating how few anime streaming websites offered them. I still can’t find the anime adaptation of Pollyanna or Little Women or even Little Lord Fauntleroy (Cedie).

What I did find, however, was an all too familiar show, one that also aired in local channels some years ago.

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I still find  the ‘daddy’ weird, to be honest.

Daddy-Long-Legs was such a popular show back in the day but I confess that I never really got into it. I don’t know, the premise didn’t appeal to me at the time. Though, to be fair, Princess Sarah only ever appealed to me because of the word princess. I thought she was royalty, okay?!

I have yet to finish reading the book though I’ve already seen the first ten episodes of this show. To be honest, I actually purposely spoiled myself of the ending of this show after finding out that the Judy Abbott in the anime is three or so years younger than the original Judy (Jerusha) Abbott. Judy’s in high school instead of college in the anime, which is really weird. I suppose the anime director wanted to appeal to a younger audience? *shrugs*

I’ve taken a temporary break from watching this anime. I’ll come back to it when I’m done with the book. It’s pretty short compared to other classic novels so it shouldn’t be too long.

 

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