Remi, Nobody's Girl
|Remi, Nobody's Girl|
(Ie Naki Ko Remi)
|Genre||Adventure, historical, Drama|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Kōzō Kuzuha|
|Written by||Man Shimada|
|Network||FNS (Fuji TV)|
|Original run||September 1, 1996 – March 23, 1997|
Remi, Nobody's Girl (家なき子レミ Ie Naki Ko Remi ) was a 26-episode Japanese anime television series by Nippon Animation, broadcast 1996 to 1997 across Japan on the Fuji Television network as an installment to Nippon Animation's famed World Masterpiece Theater series. The show was directed by Kusaba Kouzo and screenplay adapted by Man Shimada, with character designs by Ooshiro Katsu.
The story is adapted from Sans Famille, a 1878 French novel, written by Hector Malot (adapted previously to anime in 1977's Nobody's Boy: Remi); this version made major changes from the book, including changing the gender of the main character and the "Swan" chapter, along with many other main events.
It started airing on September 1, 1996; the show was canceled by Fuji TV on account of low ratings; it ended March 23, 1997 with a low count of 23 episodes. The complete series, all 26 episodes, was later aired by the anime satellite television network, Animax, who translated and dubbed the series into English for broadcast across its English-language networks in Southeast Asia and South Asia, under the title Remi, Nobody's Girl, as well as other languages including Arabic in the Middle East where it was a success and famous.
Remi, Nobody's Girl tells the story of Remi, a cheerful and tender-hearted girl, who is an excellent singer and lives in the French country town of Chavanon with her mother. One day her father returns to the town after a long period working in a city. She discovers that she was a "foundling" or an abandoned child and was adopted by Mother Barberin. Her stepfather Jerome leaves to work in Paris and expects Mother Barberin to send Remi to the workhouse. He returns 10 years later, finds that Remi is still there, and becomes furious and Remi is almost sold to an evil slave trader.
Vitalis, a strolling entertainer, helps Remi. Vitalis discovers her talent for singing and takes her in with his troupe. Remi starts her journey with Vitalis and his troupe of animals such as the monkey Joli-Cœur and the dogs Capi, Dolce, and Zelbino. On her journeys with Vitalis and his company she must endure and overcome many difficulties while looking for her real family.
- Remi Barberin (レミ・バルブラン Remi Baruburan )
- Voiced by: Mitsuko Horie
- A bright and energetic 10-year-old girl. She was raised in a French village called Chavanon, but she doesn't know where she was born. Remi is an excellent singer. Her foster father, Jerome, sells her to Vitalis for her to sing and perform with his band.
- Anne Barberin (アンヌ・バルブラン Annu Baruburan )
- Voiced by: Kumiko Hironaka
- Her husband, Jerome, found Remi abandoned as a child on a street corner of Paris. Afterward, Jerome leaves to work in Paris and Anne raises Remi in secret.
- Nana (ナナ・バルブラン Nana Baruburan )
- Voiced by: Junko Shimakata
- Remi's little sister, she is the real child of Anne Barberin.
- Jerome (ジェローム・バルブラン Jerōmu Baruburan )
- Voiced by: Masahiko Tanaka
- Remi's stepfather. He found Remi as a baby, abandoned. He goes away to Paris to work and expects his wife to get rid of Remi and send her to the workhouse. He returns ten years later because of a work injury and sells Remi to Vitalis because they had become so poor.
- Rosette (ルーセット Rūsetto )
- The family cow, which is sold because they had become so poor.
- Vitalis (ヴィタリス Vitarisu )
- Voiced by: Fubito Yamano
- The owner of three dogs and a monkey. He is a performer who travels throughout France. He is skilled at playing the violin. At first glance, he appears frightful; however, he is very kind. He taught Remi to read and write because she doesn't go to school.
- Milligan (ミリガン婦人)
- Voiced by: Eiko Yamada
- An English lady who in Toulouse meets Remi and believes that Vitalis is innocent. She searches for her daughter who was stolen not long after birth. It turns out Remi was her real daughter.
- Arthur (アーサー Āsā )
- Voiced by: Yumi Touma
- Mrs. Milligan's son who is paralyzed and in a wheelchair. He becomes good friends with Remi. He is Remi's brother.
- Nelly (ネリー Nerī )
- Voiced by: Megumi Hayashibara
- Mattia (マチア Machia )
- Voiced by: Shinobu Adachi
- One of the boys who has lived with Gaspard, he is the leader of the children. He's good at playing the violin. He became attached to Remi because of her kindness and gentleness. They promised to be together forever. In the last episode he promised to work hard so that he can be in same social status and ask Remi to be with him forever.
- Lise (リーズ Rīzu )
- Voiced by: Mika Nakai
- Ricardo (リカルド Rikarudo )
- Voiced by: Hiro Yuuki
- One of the boys who has lived with Gaspard. He is a friend of Mattia.
- Marcel (マルセル Maruseru )
- Voiced by: Kyoko Tsuruno
- Maria (マリア Maria )
- Voiced by: Kae Araki
- Gaspard (ガスパール Gasupāru )
- Voiced by: Nobuaki Fukuda
- An acquaintance of Vitalis. He uses homeless children and treats them like slaves. He uses the money he collects from them for his own purposes.
- He is based on Garofoli from the original story.
- Capi (カピ Capi )
- A dog of Vitalis' company. He has a sense of responsibility and has very strong and leadership qualities. His name comes from the Italian "capitale".
- Zerbino (ゼルビーノ Zerubino )
- A dog of Vitalis' company. He is known as the cool one. Zerbino is the Italian word for "dandy".
- Dolce (ドルチェ Dorushi )
- A dog of Vitalis' company. She becomes attached to everyone. The name "Dolce" is the Italian word for "sweet".
- Joli-Coeur (ジョリクール Jorikūru )
- Voiced by: Chie Sato
- The monkey in Vitalis' company. He acts almost like a human and is a natural entertainer. He is also very michievous.
- La gara di canto (The Singing Contest)
- Il signor Vitali (Signor Vitali)
- La compagnia teatrale del signor Vitali (Signor Vitali's Troop)
- Un regalo favoloso (A Wonderful Gift)
- Il miracolo di Maria (Mary's Miracle)
- La piccola Sara (The Little Sara)
- Il rapimento di Cai (The Kidnapping of Capi)
- L'incedio (The Fire)
- Incontro col destino (The Meeting With Fate)
- L'incidente di Arthur (Arthur's Incident)
- Un nuovo viaggio (A New Journey)
- Il sentiero di montagna (The Mountain Path) [recap]
- Addio sulla neve (Farewell in the Snow)
- Il viaggio solitario (The Solitary Journey)
- Nuovi amici (New Friends)
- La gattina smarrita (The Lost Kitten)
- Persi nel labirinto (Lost in The Labyrinth)
- Madre e figlia vicine e lontane (Mother and Daughter Close and Distant)
- La famiglia girovaga (The Traveling Family)
- L'amica del cuore (The Bosom Friend)
- Il violino (The Violin)
- Paura nella minera (Fear in the Mine)
- Il desiderio (The Wish)
- Amore diviso in duo (Shared Love)
- La fuga (The Escape)
- La mamma (The Mother)
- Opening theme
Ai ni Tsuite / "About Love" (愛について)
- Ending theme
Shiawase no Yokan / "Foreboding Happiness" (しあわせの予感)
- Lyrics: Fumiko Okada
- Composition and arrangement: Katsuhisa Hattori
- Performance: Youca
- Nippon Animation's official website (Japanese)
- Remi, Nobody's Girl (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia
- Sans Famille, the novel by Hector Malot on which this anime was based.
- Nobody's Boy: Remi, a 1977 anime TV series by Tokyo Movie Shinsha in which Remi is a boy, just like in the novel Sans Familie.