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Akage no Anne
Ana de las Tejas Verdes.JPG
(Red-Haired Anne)
Genre Anime, Adventure, Slice-of-life, Drama
TV anime
Director Isao Takahata
Writer Hayao Miyazaki
Studio Nippon Animation
Network Japan Fuji TV, Animax
Original run 19791979
Episodes 50
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Anne of Green Gables'' (赤毛のアン Akage no An ?, literally "Red-haired Anne") is an animated television series, part of Nippon Animation's World Masterpiece Theater. It was adapted from the novel Anne of Green Gables by Canadian writer Lucy Maud Montgomery. Produced by Nippon Animation in 1979, it was first broadcast on Fuji TV from January 7, 1979 to December 30, 1979. Fifty episodes were produced in total.[1]

It has been exported to neighbouring Asian countries and also to Europe and Canada (Anna dai capelli rossi in Italian, Anne la maison aux pignons verts in French, Ana de las Tejas Verdes in Spanish, Ana dos Cabelos Ruivos in Portuguese and Anne mit den roten Haaren in German). As with the novels, the animated version of Anne is much beloved in Japan to this day and "DVD memorial BOX set" (Region 2) was released on August 22 2008 and a new anime series that serves as a prequel to the series, Kon'nichiwa Anne 〜 Before Green Gables, which premiered on April 5, 2009 in Japan.[2]



Anne Shirley, a girl raised in an orphanage, is accidentally sent to Miss Marilla Cuthbert and Mr. Matthew Cuthbert, who had originally requested a boy. She gradually becomes an irreplaceable member of their family.


This anime was directed by Isao Takahata. He chose to make this animated version very true to the original source material, although his two previous works (Heidi, Girl of the Alps, 3000 Leagues in Search of Mother) had been adapted and altered.[1]

Hayao Miyazaki did the scene setting and layout. Previously he had worked on 3000 Leagues in Search of Mother, although he left the production and Nippon Animation after the first 15 episodes. Miyazaki noticed a difference in Takahata's philosophy of animation; Takahata stuck to controlled, realistic acting at the time, similar to his former work. Miyazaki had not intended to do other work with Takahata, but he had also not planned on becoming independent in this season of his work.[1]

Yoshifumi Kondo (近藤喜文) was selected for character design and animation director over Yoichi Kotabe (小田部羊一), who had stopped work with Takahata after 3000 Leagues in Search of Mother of the previous work. Kondo went on to work with Takahata on the films Grave of the Fireflies and Only Yesterday.


  1. Matthew Cuthbert is Surprised
  2. Marilla Cuthbert is Surprised
  3. Morning of Green Gables
  4. Anne's History
  5. Marilla Makes up Her Mind
  6. Anne of Green Gables
  7. Mrs. Rachel Lynde is Properly Horrified
  8. Anne's Impressions of Sunday School
  9. A Solemn Vow
  10. Anne Plays with a Best Friend
  11. Anne Loses the Amethyst Brooch
  12. Anne's Confession
  13. Anne Goes to School
  14. A Tempest in Class
  15. Fall is Coming
  16. Diana is Invited to Tea
  17. Anne Returns to School
  18. Anne Rescues Minnie May
  19. Diana's Birthday
  20. Spring Once Again
  21. The New Minister's Wife
  22. Wrong Ingredient
  23. Anne's Invited to Tea
  24. An Affair of Honor
  25. A Letter to Diana
  26. Concert Plan
  27. Matthew and the Clothes Shop
  28. Christmas Concert
  29. Anne Starts the Story-telling Club
  30. Vanity and Vexation of Spirit
  31. An Unfortunate Lily Maid
  32. An Epoch in Anne's Life
  33. An Invitation to Queen's Class
  34. Diana and the Students at Queens
  35. Longing for the Summer Holidays
  36. The Future of the Story Club
  37. 15 Year old Spring
  38. Number 13
  39. The Results
  40. Concert Hotel
  41. Off to Queen's College
  42. Life on a New Campus
  43. Home for the Weekend
  44. Winter at Queens
  45. Glory and the Dream
  46. Matthew's Love
  47. The Reaper Whose Name is Death
  48. Matthew's Farewell
  49. Bend in the Road
  50. God's in Heaven, All is Well on Earth


  • Opening Theme: "Kikoeru Kashira (I Wonder if You hear)" by Ritsuko Ohwada
  • Ending Theme: "Samenai Yume" by Ritsuko Ohwada


  1. ^ a b c 河出書房新社編集部 (2005). 世界名作劇場「赤毛のアン」メモリアル・アルバム. 河出書房新社. ISBN 978-4309204512
  2. ^ Press Release of Bandai Visual (PDF, Japanese Language)

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