Little Women (1981 TV series)
|Little Women: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy|
The March sisters, clockwise from lower right: Jo, Amy, Beth, and Meg.
(Wakakusa no Yon Shimai)
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Kazuya Miyazaki|
|Produced by||Juzo Tsubota|
|Written by||Eiichi Imado|
|Music by||Takeo Watanabe|
|Studio||Toei Animation (studio),|
|Licensed by||Enoki Films|
|Original run||7 April 1981 – 29 September 1981|
Little Women, also known as Wakakusa no Yon Shimai (若草の四姉妹, "Four Sisters of the Young Grass"), is a 1981 Japanese animated television series adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. The series is directed by Kazuya Miyazaki (a veteran Toei director whose credits included Cutie Honey and UFO Robo Grendizer among others) and produced by Toei Animation for the Kokusai Eigasha (Movie International) company.
The series was produced as a follow-up to a TV special based on Alcott's novel the previous year by the same animation studio. The TV series character designs differ slightly from those of the TV special; Jo, for example, while she is blonde in both versions, has curled hair rather than straight hair in the TV series.
This series is sometimes confused with Nippon Animation's 1987 World Masterpiece Theater TV series based on Little Women, Ai no Wakakusa Monogatari, as both series were dubbed in English and broadcast on U.S. cable TV in the 1980s (the 1981 series on CBN, and the 1987 series on HBO). In addition, both TV series share a voice actress: Keiko Han, who plays Beth in this TV series, was cast as Meg in the 1987 series.
- Mami Koyama as Jo. Voiced by Morgan Fairchild in the English version.
- Yuko Takagi as Meg. Voiced by Sydney Penny in the English version.
- Chiyoko Kawashima as Amy. Voiced by Natalie Gregory in the English version.
- Keiko Han as Beth. Voiced by Maggie Roswell in the English version.
- Akiko Tsuboi as Mrs. March. Voiced by Jessica Calvello in the English version.
- Series Director: Kazuya Miyazaki
- Script: Eiichi Imado
- Character Designs: Joji Kikuchi
- Animation Directors: Joji Kikuchi, Takeshi Shirado
- Backgrounds: Tadami Shimokawa
The score was composed by Takeo Watanabe. The opening theme ("Shiawase ga ite", "Where There's Happiness") is performed by Takida Jun; the ending theme ("Joo no yume", "Jo's Dream")) is performed by Tsubota Shigezo and Takida Jun.
Little Women aired on TV Tokyo from 7 April 1981 to 29 September 1981, totaling 26 episodes.
- Episode list
- Christmas Eve in the March House
- Angels in Boots
- Jo's Boyfriend
- Beth's Transformation
- Stuck-up Amy's Expulsion Incident
- Confrontation: Jo vs. Amy
- Dance at the Lawrence Home
- Meg Caught in a Trap
- Editorial Meeting in the Attic
- Jo's Cooking Duty
- Laurie's Troubles
- A Group of Refugees
- Beth and the Canary
- Jo's Secret
- Meg, Now an Adult
- Mrs. March Chooses a Foster Daughter
- The Field Hospital Raised in Town
- Lawrence's Tales of Old Times
- Jo's Fantasy
- Jo's Fantasy 2
- Ominous Telegram
- Don't Die, Beth
- Angel's Lullaby
- Amy's Will
- Spring in Concord
- Little Women (1987 TV series), Nippon Animation's adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's novel.
- Little Women (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia
- Enoki Films' Wakakusa no Yon Shimai (Little Women) page