World Masterpiece Theater Seres Aired in the Philippines Part Two

Anne of Green Gables / Akage no An or "Red-haired Anne" (1979)

Anne of Green Gables is the sixth entry of World Masterpiece Theater adapted from the novel Anne of Green Gables by writer Lucy Maud Montgomery. This series tells about Anne Shirley's life in Prince Edward Island who was raised in a orphanage and was accidentally adopted by the Cuthbert siblings,who thought they requested to adopt a boy to help raise the farm. With Anne's vivid imagination and chatter, the Cuthberts thought nothing will be same in Green Gables without her.

This is the one of the series became popular in exporting countries in Asia especially in Europe. If you watch any of it's series, you'll notice the character's dialogue are similar to the original novel. That's because Isao Takahata chose Anne of Green Gables to make anime series very true from the original source rather being altered unlike his previous works (Heidi and 3000 Leagues in Search of Mother). Miyazaki on the other hand, produce the setting and layout until the 15th episode of the series.The novel Anne of Green Gables is still loved and popular around the world even from Canada (Canada considered the original novel as their icon and every people knows Anne). The novel and it's anime version are still loved even today that Nippon Animation is planning to make the prequel entitled Before Green Gables. Although it is also based from the novel but not from the original author, let's hope that the young Anne Shirley will be the same as when she's in Green Gables. More information about the anime's prequel here.

The last time I've seen this adapted anime was last year in Q. I'm waiting for next more months to Q re-air Anne of Green Gables like they did in Rascal. Anne of Green Gables was nominated in 2008 Anak TV Seal Awards.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer / Tomu Sōyā no Bōken (1980)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is another adapted anime series in 1980 directed by Hiroshi Saito. The anime is based on the popular novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. A mischievous young orphan named Thomas "Tom" Sawyer goes through series of adventures and scrapes with his friends including his best friend Huckleberry Finn. Set into the fictional town of St. Petersburg, Missouri. Though Tom's morals and mischief who knows that he wanted to be a pirate or become a detective someday.

The last time this chum aired was in ABS-CBN last year. Ran 49 episodes.

The Swiss Family Robinson: Flone of the Mysterious Island / Kazoku Robinson Hyōryūki Fushigi na Shima no Furōne (1981)

Journeys of a Swiss family set up in this anime version. The story is based on the novel "Swiss Family Robinson" by Swiss author Johann David Wyss. The big difference between the original novel and the anime is that Fione is a new character in Nippon Animation and not present in original novel. The main characters aside from Fione are the father, mother and four sons who get many adventures from being shipwrecked in the East Indies. They must find the way by being "castaways" and survive in the mysterious island.

I have no clue when is the last time this one aired but ABS-CBN is the one where Swiss Family Robinson shown. With all 50 episodes, I think ABS-CBN didn't finish airing the series.

Lucy of Southern Rainbow / Minami no niji no rūshi or "Southern Rainbow" (1982)

The 1982 adaptation appeared in World Masterpiece Theater series based on the novel Southern Rainbow Phyllis Piddington. A young girl named Lucy and her family encounters a lot of tests and hardships as they from England and Australia to set a new farm. Hiroshi Saito still direct this series like his previous works (Tom Sawyer and Swiss Family Robinson).

GMA did air this one but I'm not sure when is the last time Lucy of the Southern Rainbow aired (unless if Q has any plans to re-air this).

Alps Story: My Annette / Arupusu Monogatari Watashi no Annetto (1983)

This is the fifth entry of World Masterpiece Theater series and was based on a children's book entitled "Treasures of the Snow" by Patricia St. John. 12-year-old Annette lives in the small village in the Alps together with her family and her dear young brother Denis. She has also a best friend named Julien but the crisis came when Julien is responsible for Denis terrible accident. Annette has to find ways to get her strength to forgive Julien, while Julien has to find ways to save Denis and prove his friendship to Annette. Kozo Kusuha is the one who direct Alps Story: My Annette. Isei Takamatsu and Kazuo Takematsu are the character designers for this series while Taizaburou Abe was the background designer.

Alps Story: My Annette was last seen on GMA in the year 2003.

(continue to part 3)

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