Kon'nichiwa Anne: Before Green Gables
|Kon'nichiwa Anne: Before Green Gables|
|こんにちは アン 〜Before Green Gables
(Konnichiwa An 〜Bifō Guriin Gēburusu)
|Genre||Adventure, Slice of life story, Drama|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Katsuyoshi Yatabe|
|Written by||Michiru Shimada|
|Network||BS Fuji, Animax|
|Original run||April 5, 2009 – December 27, 2009|
Konnichiwa Anne: Before Green Gables (こんにちは アン 〜Before Green Gables Konnichiwa An 〜Bifō Guriin Gēburusu?, lit. "Hello Anne: Before Green Gables”), is the 26th series in Nippon Animation's World Masterpiece Theater anime. The series is an adaptation of Canadian children's literature author Budge Wilson's prequel novel Before Green Gables, which was translated into Japanese as Konnichiwa Anne (こんにちは アン) by Akiko Usagawa. It chronicles the early years of main character Anne Shirley as she loses both her parents and is adopted by Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert.
Production and development
Introduced in Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables, the series marks the 100th anniversary of the original novel's release and the 30th anniversary of its highly popular anime adaptation, Akage no Anne, also produced by Nippon Animation and one of the first pioneering World Masterpiece Theater series. The series is narrated by Eiko Yamada, who portrayed Anne in the original Akage no Anne.
While developing the series, Nippon Animation's staff undertook research by visiting a historical village in northeastern Canada which formed the inspiration for Avonlea in the novel, going to historical houses preserved from the era in which the novel is set and taking photographs, with core staff members and character designer and chief animation director Takayo Nishimura (previously chief animation director and character designer for 5 Centimeters Per Second), basing the characters, props and settings on them and also from historical books that he bought there. Nippon Animation's staff have followed this format of contextual research while producing other World Masterpiece Theater series.
The series premiered on April 5, 2009, and aired every Sunday from 19:30 to 20:00 JST on Fuji Television's broadcasting satellite network BS-Fuji. From May 2009, it was also aired on SKY PerfecTV!'s network Animax. Online streaming on Biglobe was announced, but was eventually suspended.
- Director: Katsuyoshi Yatabe
- Series composition and screenplay: Michiru Shimada
- Original character design: Yoshiharu Satō
- Character designs and chief animation director: Takayo Nishimura
- Music: Yasuharu Takanashi, Hiromi Mizutani, Kenji Fujisawa
- Art director: Shigeru Morimoto
- Color design: Tomoko Komatsubara
- Production: Nippon Animation
- Joanna (Harrigan) Thomas
- Voiced by: Seiko Tamura (田村聖子)
- Anne's maternal aunt, wife to Bert and mother to Eliza, Horace, Edward, Harry and Noah. She is constantly trying the make ends meet, and as such is often in a bad mood.
- Bert Thomas
- Voiced by: Setsuji Satō
- Joanna's husband and father to her children, he is unable to hold down a job due to his laziness and alcoholism, usually spending whatever money he earns from the oddjobs he does on cheap liquor.
- Eliza Thomas
- Voiced by: Rika Wakusawa (わくさわりか)
- First born daughter of Thomas family and primary income of the household. She cares for Anne like her own child, but later marries Roger Emerson and leaves Anne behind.
- Horace Thomas
- Voiced by: Yumiko Kobayashi
- First son of the Thomas family
- Edward Thomas
- Voiced by: Chiaki Shimogama
- Second son of the Thomas family
- Harry Thomas
- Voiced by: Taeko Kawata
- Third son of the Thomas family
- Noah Thomas
- Voiced by: Satomi Kōrogi
- Fourth son of the Thomas family
- Jessie (MacIntyre) Gleeson
- Voiced by: Mitsuko Horie
- An old widower with high standing
- Anne's companion cat. His name is taken from a line of the poem "Marmion" by Walter Scott.
- Voiced by: Masako Ikeda
- TV anime official website
- Nippon Animation's official announcement
- Kon'nichiwa Anne: Before Green Gables (anime) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
- Before Green Gables to Debut in Canadian Embassy in Japan (Anime News Network)