The Story of Pollyanna, Girl of Love

The Story of Pollyanna, Girl of Love (愛少女ポリアンナ物語, Ai Shōjo Porianna Monogatari) is a Japanese anime series by Nippon Animation, and part of the World Masterpiece Theater series. It consists of 51 episodes. Premiering across Fuji TV from 12 January to 28 December 1986, it has rerun across Japan on Animax from February 2007.[1] It was dubbed in other languages for some regions including Portugal, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Ukraine, Arab World, and Philippines.

The Story of Pollyanna, Girl of Love
The Story of Pollyanna, Girl of Love.jpg
Cover art of the first DVD of The Story of Pollyanna, Girl of Love, as released by Bandai
(Ai Shōjo Porianna Monogatari)
GenreHistorical Drama
Anime television series
Directed byKōzō Kusuba
Produced byJunzō Nakajima (Nippon Animation)
Taihei Ishikawa (Fuji TV)
Written byChisako Kuki
Akae Kunihiro
Music byReijirō Koroku
StudioNippon Animation
Original networkFuji TV, Animax
Original run 12 January 1986 28 December 1986
Episodes51 (List of episodes)

It was based on the 1913 novel Pollyanna and following 1915 sequel Pollyanna Grows Up by Eleanor H. Porter.


The story follows Pollyanna, a young orphan girl whose parents passed away when she was younger. The series begins when Pollyanna is sent to the town of Belvingsville to live with her Aunt Polly Harrington, one of her few remaining relatives.


Whittier and Harrington familiesEdit

Pollyanna Whittier (ポリアンナ・ホイッティア, Porian'na Hoittia)
Voiced by: Mitsuko Horie[2]
The main character. The 8 year old daughter of Pastor John and Jennie Whittier, and niece of Polly Harrington. She lost her mother when she was 4 years old, and lost her father and became an orphan when she was 8 years old.
Her principle is "seeking a good", and she often says that "I'm fond of (something)".
John Whittier (ジョン・ホイッティア, Jon Hoittia)
Voiced by: Hideyuki Tanaka
Pollyanna's father. A pastor who taught his daughter Pollyanna to "seeking a good". When Polyanna was eight years old, he died of illness at the age of 38.
Jennie Harrington (ジェニー・ハリントン, Jenī Harinton)
Voiced by: Naoko Watanabe(default voice)[3]
Pollyanna's mother.
Polly Harrington (パレー・ハリントン, Parē Harinton)
Voiced by: Masako Nozawa(default voice)[4]
Sanae Miyuki[5]
Pollyanna's aunt, Jennie's younger sister. She is cold and drove Polyanna into the attic.

Harrington family's alliesEdit

Nancy Hartley (ナンシー・ハートリー, Nanshī Hātorī)[6]
Voiced by: Keiko Han[7]
A maid of Harrington family.
Tom Peyson (トム・ペイスン, Tomu Peisun)
Voiced by: Ken'ichi Ogata[8]
Timothy Peyson (ティモシー・ペイスン, Timoshī Peisun)
Voiced by: Hideyuki Hori[9]
Durgin Peyson (ダージン・ペイスン, Dājin Peisun)
Voiced by: Takako Kondō[10]
John Pendleton (ジョン・ペンデルトン, Jon Penderuton)
Voiced by: Banjō Ginga[11]
Dr. Thomas Chilton (トーマス・チルトン博士, Tōmasu Chiruton Hakase)
Voiced by: Hideyuki Tanaka[12]
Edward Kent (エドワード・ケント, Edowādo Kento)
Voiced by: Masaharu Satō

Small Midwestern townEdit

Hephzibah White (ヘプジバ・ホワイト, Hepujiba Howaito)[6]
Voiced by: Nobuko Terashima
Karen (カレン, Karen)
Voiced by: Yūki Kudō
Jeremiah White (ジェレミア・ホワイト, Jeremia Howaito)[6]
Voiced by: Osamu Saka
Mrs. Lewis (ルイスさん, Ruisu-san)
Voiced by: Hiroko Takahashi

Beldingsville, VermontEdit

Jimmy Bean (ジミー・ビーン, Jimī Bīn)
Voiced by: Eiko Yamada
A Pollyanna's friend, an orphan boy. After a while, it was taken over by John Pendleton.
Mildred "Milly" Snow (ミリー・スノー, Mirī Sunō)
Voiced by: Mayumi Shō
Mrs. Snow (スノーさん, Sunō-san)
Voiced by: Taeko Nakanishi
Harold (ハロルド, Harorudo)
Voiced by: Akio Nojima
Dr. Warren (ウォレン博士, Uoren Hakase)
Voiced by: Mahito Tsujimura
Dr. Mead (ミード博士, Mīdo Hakase)
Voiced by: Kouji Totani
Mr. Willis (ウィリスさん, Uirisu-san)
Voiced by: Tomomichi Nishimura

Boston, MassachusettsEdit

Dr. Charlie Ames (チャーリー・エームズ博士, Chārī Ēmuzu Hakase)[6]
Voiced by: Yasuo Muramatsu
Jaime "Young Lord James" Murphy (ジェイミー・マーフィー, Jeimī Māfī)
Voiced by: Naoko Watanabe[3]
Mickey Murphy (ミッキー・マーフィー, Mikkī Māfī)
Voiced by: Kyouko Tonguu
Sadie Dean (サディ・ディーン, Sadi Dīn)
Voiced by: Rei Sakuma
Beth (ベス, Besu)
Voiced by: Sanae Takagi
Betty Murphy (ベティ・マーフィー, Beti Māfī)[6]
Voiced by: Tomie Kataoka

The WetherbysEdit

Della Wetherby (デラ・ウェザビー, Dera Uezabī)
Voiced by: Rihoko Yoshida[13]
Ruth Wetherby (ルース・ウェザビー, Rūsu Uezabī)
Voiced by: Masako Ikeda[14]
Doris Wetherby (ドリス・ウェザビー, Dorisu Uezabī)
Voiced by: Arima Mizuka

Wetherby family's alliesEdit

Mary (メアリー, Mearī)
Voiced by: Shinobu Adachi[15]
Susy (スージー, Sūjī)
Voiced by: Yumi Takada[16]
Bridget (ブリジット, Burijitto)
Voiced by: Natsumi Sakuma[17]
Perkins (パーキンス, Pākinsu)
Voiced by: Yamada Keaton[18]



# Episode Title Original air date
1"The Little Church Girl"
Transcription: "Kyōkai no Chiisana Musume" (Japanese: 教会の小さな娘)
5 January 1986 (1986-01-05)
2"Don't Die, Father!"
Transcription: "Shinanaide, Tōsan!" (Japanese: 死なないで父さん)
12 January 1986 (1986-01-12)
3"The Hymn on Top of the Hill"
Transcription: "Okano ueno Sanbi-ka" (Japanese: 丘の上の讃美歌)
19 January 1986 (1986-01-19)
4"Heading to the Unknown Town"
Transcription: "Mishiranu Machi e" (Japanese: 見知らぬ町へ)
26 January 1986 (1986-01-26)
5"Nancy's Promise"
Transcription: "Nanshī No Yakusoku" (Japanese: ナンシーの約束)
2 February 1986 (1986-02-02)
6"The Commotion with New Clothes"
Transcription: "Atarashii Fuku Sodō" (Japanese: 新しい服騒動)
9 February 1986 (1986-02-09)
7"Happy Punishment"
Transcription: "Ureshii Oshioki" (Japanese: うれしいおしおき)
16 February 1986 (1986-02-16)
8"The Mysterious Gentleman"
Transcription: "Fushigina Shinshi" (Japanese: 不思議な紳士)
23 February 1986 (1986-02-23)
9"I Can't Leave You Alone!"
Transcription: "Hōtte Okenaiwa" (Japanese: 放っておけないわ)
2 March 1986 (1986-03-02)
10"I Have to Do Something!"
Transcription: "Nantoka Shinakutcha!" (Japanese: 何とかしなくちゃ!)
9 March 1986 (1986-03-09)
11"In Pendleton Woods"
Transcription: "Pendoruton no Mori de" (Japanese: ペンデルトンの森で)
16 March 1986 (1986-03-16)
12"A Surprise for Mrs. Snow"
Transcription: "Sunō Fujin no Odoroki" (Japanese: スノー夫人の驚き)
23 March 1986 (1986-03-23)
13"Aunt Polly's Pity"
Transcription: "Obasama wa Okinodoku" (Japanese: おば様はお気の毒)
13 March 1986 (1986-03-13)
14"Memories of the Hand Mirror"
Transcription: "Tekagami no Omoide" (Japanese: 手鏡の思い出)
6 April 1986 (1986-04-06)
15"The Mysterious Tonic?"
Transcription: "Fushigina Tokkōyaku?" (Japanese: 不思議な特効薬?)
13 April 1986 (1986-04-13)
16"Don't Be Angry, Aunt Polly"
Transcription: "Okoranaide Obasama" (Japanese: 怒らないで!おば様)
20 April 1986 (1986-04-20)
17"I Really Love Dr. Chilton!"
Transcription: "Chiruton Sensei Daisuki!" (Japanese: チルトン先生大好き!)
27 April 1986 (1986-04-27)
18"The Mystery of Mr. Pendleton"
Transcription: "Pendoruton no Nazo" (Japanese: ペンデルトンの謎)
4 May 1986 (1986-05-04)
19"The Surprising Secret"
Transcription: "Odorokubeki Himitsu" (Japanese: 驚くべき秘密)
11 May 1986 (1986-05-11)
20"Watch Out, Pollyanna!"
Transcription: "Abunai, Porian'na!" (Japanese: 危ない! ポリアンナ)
18 May 1986 (1986-05-18)
21"A Horrible Prognosis"
Transcription: "Osoroshii Senkoku" (Japanese: 恐ろしい宣告)
25 May 1986 (1986-05-25)
22"My Legs Can't Move!"
Transcription: "Ashi ga Ugokanai!!" (Japanese: 足が動かない!!)
1 June 1986 (1986-06-01)
23"I Can't Find Something To Be Glad About!"
Transcription: "Yokatta ga Sagasenai!" (Japanese: よかったが探せない!)
8 June 1986 (1986-06-08)
24"I Want To Walk Again!"
Transcription: "Mō Ichido Arukitai!" (Japanese: もう一度歩きたい!)
15 June 1986 (1986-06-15)
25"A Dangerous Operation"
Transcription: "Kiken'na Shujyutsu" (Japanese: 危険な手術)
22 June 1986 (1986-06-22)
26"Don't Die, Pollyanna!"
Transcription: "Shinanaide, Porian'na" (Japanese: 死なないでポリアンナ)
29 June 1986 (1986-06-29)
27"Ending of the First Part: I'll Become Your Love!"
Transcription: "Dai Ichibu Kan: Ai ni Naritai" (Japanese: 第1部 完 愛になりたい)
6 July 1986 (1986-07-06)
28"The Hidden Shadow"
Transcription: "Shinobiyoru Kagei" (Japanese: 忍びよる影)
13 July 1986 (1986-07-13)
29"Goodbye, Beldingsville!"
Transcription: "Sayonara, Beldingsville!" (Japanese: さよなら! ベルディングスビル)
20 July 1986 (1986-07-20)
30"Life in the Big City of Boston"
Transcription: "Daitokai Boston no Seikatsu" (Japanese: 大都会ボストンの生活)
27 July 1986 (1986-07-27)
31"Chipmunk Has Gone Missing!"
Transcription: "Chipmunk ga Inai!" (Japanese: チップマックがいない!)
3 August 1986 (1986-08-03)
32"Lost Pollyanna"
Transcription: "Maigo no Pollyanna" (Japanese: 迷子のポリアンナ)
17 August 1986 (1986-08-17)
33"Where is Chipmunk?"
Transcription: "Chipmunk wa doko?" (Japanese: チップマックはどこ?)
24 August 1986 (1986-08-24)
34"Mrs. Carew's Sad Secret"
Transcription: "Carew-fujin no Kanashī Himitsu" (Japanese: カリウ夫人の悲しい秘密)
31 August 1986 (1986-08-31)
35"Young Lord James"
Transcription: "Wakagimi James" (Japanese: 若君ジェームス)
7 September 1986 (1986-09-07)
36"The Angel in the Alley"
Transcription: "Rojiura no Tenshi" (Japanese: 路地裏の天使)
14 September 1986 (1986-09-14)
37"I Want the Real Jamie!"
Transcription: "Hontō no Jamie ga Hoshī!!" (Japanese: 本当のジェミーが欲しい!!)
21 September 1986 (1986-09-21)
38"Why Can't I Be Happy?"
Transcription: "Dōshite Siawaseni Narenaino?" (Japanese: どうして幸福になれないの?)
28 September 1986 (1986-09-28)
39"The Trouble at The Farewell Party"
Transcription: "Sayonara party Jiken" (Japanese: さよならパーティ事件)
5 October 1986 (1986-10-05)
40"The Fun of Sightseeing around Boston"
Transcription: "Tanoshī Boston Kenbutsu" (Japanese: たのしいボストン見物)
12 October 1986 (1986-10-12)
41"The Beginning of the Storm"
Transcription: "Arashi no Hajimari" (Japanese: 嵐のはじまり)
19 October 1986 (1986-10-19)
42"The Road of No Return"
Transcription: "Ushinawareta Kaerimichi" (Japanese: 失われた帰り道)
26 October 1986 (1986-10-26)
43"Don't Die, Dr. Chilton!"
Transcription: "Shinanaide Chilton Sensei!" (Japanese: 死なないでチルトン先生!)
2 November 1986 (1986-11-02)
44"Overcoming Sadness"
Transcription: "Kanashimi o norikoete" (Japanese: 悲しみをのりこえて)
9 November 1986 (1986-11-09)
45"The Ruined Garden"
Transcription: "Areta Hanazono" (Japanese: 荒れた花園)
16 November 1986 (1986-11-16)
46"The Mystery of Jaime Kent"
Transcription: "Jamie Kent no Nazo" (Japanese: ジェミー・ケントの謎)
23 November 1986 (1986-11-23)
47"Dangerous Playtime"
Transcription: "Kiken'na asobi" (Japanese: 危険な遊び)
30 November 1986 (1986-11-30)
48"Save me, Jimmy!"
Transcription: "Tasukete! Jamie" (Japanese: 助けて!ジェミー)
7 December 1986 (1986-12-07)
49"The Past Explained"
Transcription: "Tokiakasareta Kako" (Japanese: 解きあかされた過去)
14 December 1986 (1986-12-14)
50"I'm Jaime!"
Transcription: "Boku ga Jamie da!" (Japanese: ボクがジェミーだ!)
21 December 1986 (1986-12-21)
51"Happiness Nearby"
Transcription: "Shiawase wa sugu sobani" (Japanese: 幸福はすぐそばに)
28 December 1986 (1986-12-28)

Theme songsEdit

Opening theme
  1. Happy Carnival (しあわせカーニバル, Shiawase Kānibaru) (eps 01–27)
  2. I Want to See Smiling You (微笑むあなたに会いたい, Hohoemu Anata ni Aitai) (eps 28–51)
Ending theme
  1. I Want to Become Love (愛になりたい, Ai ni Naritai) (eps 01–27)
  2. Happiness (幸福, Shiawase) (eps 28–51)
Insertion song
  1. Chandelier of Stardust (星屑のシャンデリア, Hoshikuzu no Shanderia) (ep 27)
  2. Dream-Colored Angel (夢色天使, Yumeiro Tenshi) (ep 51)
    • Singer : Mitsuko Horie
    • Lyricist, composer and arranger : Akiko Kosaka

Yūki Kudō has appeared in both the main story and theme songs, and acts Karen in the main story.

Discourse of castsEdit

"I like the theme song of «Pollyanna» which I sang, and Pollyanna's principle of «finding fun even if in pain»."[19]
"Most favorite character is Pollyanna."[20]


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  19. ^ Kiyoshi Okakura: mini-live of Yūki Kudō "Happy Carnival" Uploaded on 8 November 2014.
  20. ^ Asahi Shimbun, 25 March 2020

External linksEdit

See alsoEdit

These two works are starring Mitsuko Horie and produced by Nippon Animation.