Anne of Green Gables (1979 TV series)

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Akage no Anne
Ana de las Tejas Verdes.JPG
Screenshot of the opening title of Anne of Green Gables
(Akage no An)
Genre Adventure, Drama, Historical, Slice of life
Anime television series
Directed by Isao Takahata et al
Written by Isao Takahata et al
Music by Akira Miyoshi, Kurōdo Mōri
Studio Nippon Animation
Network Fuji TV, Animax
Original run January 7, 1979December 30, 1979
Episodes 50 (List of episodes)

Anne of Green Gables (赤毛のアン Akage no An?, 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 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 French 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 is a girl raised in an orphanage. She is an imaginative and talkative girl. One day, Anne is accidentally sent to Miss Marilla Cuthbert and Mr. Matthew Cuthbert, who had originally requested a boy. Miss Marilla is surprised at first. After learning of Anne's sad past, she gradually becomes an irreplaceable member of the family of Cuthbert.


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 and 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. The voice of Anne was provided by Eiko Yamada, who would become a staple of World Masterpiece Theatre anime, going on to play Lavinia in Princess Sarah and Jo March in Little Women (the latter of which also featured character designs by Kondo).

Episodes 1-6 were edited together by Takahata into a 100-minute theatrical release in 1989. Both the theatrical release and the entire original series are available on Blu-ray.


EP no. Title Original airdate
001 "Matthew Cuthbert is Surprised"
"Mashuu Kasubaato odoroku" (マシュウ・カスバート驚く) 
January 7, 1979 (1979-01-07)
Anne Shirley arrives at a rural train station in Prince Edward Island. She meets Matthew Cuthbert who has come to collect her. He is confused and unsure what to do. Reluctantly, he decides to take her to Green Gables, the farm he owns with his sister Marilla, in the village of Avonlea
002 "Marilla Cuthbert is Surprised"
"Marira Kasubaato odoroku" (マリラ・カスバート驚く) 
January 14, 1979 (1979-01-14)
003 "Morning of Green Gables"
"Guriin Geiburuzu no Asa" (グリーン・ゲイブルズの朝) 
January 21, 1979 (1979-01-21)
004 "Anne's History"
"An Oitachi wo kataru" (アン・生い立ちを語る) 
January 28, 1979 (1979-01-28)
005 "Marilla Makes up Her Mind"
"Marira Kesshinsuru" (マリラ・決心する) 
February 4, 1979 (1979-02-04)
006 "Anne of Green Gables"
"Guriin Geiburuzu no An" (グリーン・ゲイブルズのアン) 
February 11, 1979 (1979-02-11)
007 "Mrs. Rachel Lynde is Properly Horrified"
"Reicheru Fujin Osore wo nasu" (レイチェル夫人恐れをなす) 
February 18, 1979 (1979-02-18)
When Mrs. Lynde rudely speaks her mind on Anne's appearance, Anne gets so offended that she tells her off. Anne must learn to apologize for what she did even though Mrs. Lynde wasn't right. 
008 "Anne's Impressions of Sunday School"
"An ・ Nichiyou Gakkou he Iku" (アン・日曜学校へ行く) 
February 25, 1979 (1979-02-25)
Anne is disappointed that her new Sunday clothes (made by Marilla) are so plain, so along the way to church she dresses up her hat with wildflowers. Afterward she talks about what she thinks of Sunday School. 
009 "A Solemn Vow"
"Ogosokana Chikai" (おごそかな誓い) 
March 4, 1979 (1979-03-04)
Anne and Diana meet and vow to be good best friends. 
010 "Anne Plays with a Best Friend"
"An ・ Kokoro no Tomoto Asobu" (アン・心の友と遊ぶ) 
March 11, 1979 (1979-03-11)
Anne and Diana play together. 
011 "Anne Loses the Amethyst Brooch"
"Marira ・ Buroochi wo Nakusu" (マリラ・ブローチをなくす) 
March 18, 1979 (1979-03-18)
Marilla's brooch that Anne was admiring goes missing, and Anne, who denies having anything to do with it, is grounded until she confesses. 
012 "Anne's Confession"
"An ・ Kokuhakusuru" (アン・告白する) 
March 25, 1979 (1979-03-25)
Anne confesses to losing the brooch, but then Marilla finds that she herself had misplaced it and Anne wasn't at fault at all. 
013 "Anne Goes to School"
"An Gakkou e iku" (アン・学校へ行く) 
April 1, 1979 (1979-04-01)
Anne has her first day of school, and while she dislikes the teacher, has fun. 
014 "A Tempest in Class"
"Kyoushitsu Soudou" (教室騒動) 
April 8, 1979 (1979-04-08)
The flirtatious and bold prankster Gilbert Blythe returns to town. But he goes too far when he jokingly calls Anne "Carrots", and she responds by breaking her slate over his head. When Mr. Phillips makes the two sit together, Anne quits school. 
015 "Fall is Coming"
"Aki no Otozure" (秋の訪れ) 
April 15, 1979 (1979-04-15)
Marilla teaches Anne how to make a cake, and Anne has a run-in with Gilbert Blythe. 
016 "Diana is Invited to Tea"
"Daiana wo ocha ni maneku" (ダイアナをお茶に招く) 
April 22, 1979 (1979-04-22)
Anne and Diana have a tea party, but Diana starts acting strangely after drinking a few glasses of raspberry cordial. 
017 "Anne Returns to School"
"An Gakkou e modoru" (アン・学校へもどる) 
May 6, 1979 (1979-05-06)
After Diana is forbidden from playing with Anne, Anne decides to return to school. 
018 "Anne Rescues Minnie May"
"An Minii Mei wo sukuu" (アン、ミニイ・メイを救う) 
May 13, 1979 (1979-05-13)
Minnie May falls seriously ill while she and Diana are being babysat, and Anne is the only one who may know what to do. 
019 "Diana's Birthday"
"Daiana no Tanjoubi" (ダイアナの誕生日) 
May 20, 1979 (1979-05-20)
Anne has been invited to go to concert and sleepover for Diana's birthday. But things go wrong for Diana when the girls get too boisterous during the sleepover. 
020 "Spring Once Again"
"Futatabi Haru ga kite" (再び春が来て) 
May 27, 1979 (1979-05-27)
Anne enjoys the spring atmosphere and takes over the chores when Marilla gets a headache. 
021 "The New Minister's Wife"
"Atarashii Bokushi Fusai" (新しい牧師夫妻) 
June 3, 1979 (1979-06-03)
Mr. Phillips leaves the school, and Anne meets the new minister and his wife. 
022 "The Wrong Ingredient"
"Kouryou chigai" (香料ちがい) 
June 10, 1979 (1979-06-10)
Anne catches a cold, and because she loses her sense of taste, mistakenly uses the wrong ingredient in a cake for Mrs. Allen 
023 "Anne is Invited to Tea"
"An Ocha ni Yobareru" (アン・お茶によばれる) 
June 17, 1979 (1979-06-17)
Anne is invited to tea with the new minister and his wife. 
024 "An Affair of Honour"
"Menboku wo kaketa Daijiken" (面目をかけた大事件) 
June 24, 1979 (1979-06-24)
The "dare game" has taken on popularity with the girls of Avonlea, but to protect her pride from Josie Pie, Anne takes on an extremely dangerous dare: Walk the ridgepole of the Barry's house. 
025 "A Letter to Diana"
"Daiana e no Tegami" (ダイアナへの手紙) 
July 1, 1979 (1979-07-01)
When Diana takes ill in another town, Anne thinks back and realizes she hasn't been as good a friend as she should have. 
026 "The Concert Plan"
"Konsaato no Keikaku" (コンサートの計画) 
July 8, 1979 (1979-07-08)
Anne returns to school. The new teacher is wonderful and fair, and the teacher plans to have a concert to raise money to have a school flag made. 
027 "Matthew and the Clothes Shop"
"Mashuu to fukuranda Neko" (マシュウとふくらんだ袖) 
July 15, 1979 (1979-07-15)
Matthew, unlike Marilla, sees no problem with Anne having a nice dress with puffed sleeves like the other girls. He sets out to get one for her for Christmas, but his well-intentioned plan goes awry when the clerk at the store is female. 
028 "The Christmas Concert"
"Kurisumasu no Konsaato" (クリスマスのコンサート) 
July 22, 1979 (1979-07-22)
Anne receives her Christmas presents, and the eve of the concert arrives. 
029 "Anne Starts the Story-telling Club"
"An Monogatari-Kurabu wo tsukuru" (アン・物語クラブを作る) 
July 29, 1979 (1979-07-29)
Anne finds it hard to settle back into mundane life after the concert, so she starts a creative writing club. 
030 "Vanity and Vexation of Spirit"
"Kyoei to Shintsuu" (虚栄と心痛) 
August 5, 1979 (1979-08-05)
Anne buys black hair dye from a peddler, but she doesn't get the raven black hair she'd hoped for. 
031 "An Unfortunate Lily Maid"
"Fuun na Shirayurihime" (不運な白百合姫) 
August 12, 1979 (1979-08-12)
Anne and her friends act out the Lady of Shalott, but Anne soon finds herself in trouble. After her friends run to get Diana's parents, who will come to her rescue? 
032 "An Epoch in Anne's Life"
"Shoogai no Ichidaiji" (生涯の一大事) 
August 19, 1979 (1979-08-19)
Anne and Diana are invited to Charlottetown by Aunt Josephine. She realizes that while city life and fancy things are a lot of fun once in a while, she prefers her country life and leaving things to the imagination. 
033 "An Invitation to Queen's Class"
"Kuiin-Gumi no Yobikake" (クィーン組の呼びかけ) 
August 26, 1979 (1979-08-26)
Anne and Diana has a quarrel regarding the future which was primarily about marriage. Anne looking for Matthew for comfort, eats a few apples on a barrel that Jerry claimed to be poisoned, a bad joke on his part. Later, Anne hears about the news for Queen's Class that begins the preparation required for the entrance exam, with Matthew and Marilla's approval, Anne sets her eyes towards the future where she dreams of becoming a teacher. 
034 "Diana and the Students at Queens"
"Daiana to Kuiin-Gumi no Nakama" (ダイアナとクィーン組の仲間) 
September 9, 1979 (1979-09-09)
Anne learns about what Diana wants to do in the future. After hearing what Marilla has to say, Anne realizes the importance of hearing other people's opinions and accepts Diana's decision as the two makes a vow once again. At school during the extra class, Anne feels left out by Gilbert's circle, and when the heavy snowstorm hits the school, Anne couldn't help but to think pleasantly of Gilbert as he handled the situation well and brought the necessary help to evacuate everyone at school. 
035 "Longing for the Summer Holidays"
"Natsuyasumi mae no Omowaku" (夏休み前の思わく) 
September 16, 1979 (1979-09-16)
For the holidays, Anne decides to spend her entire break having fun as she is tired of studying.Without realizing it herself, studying has taken its toll on Anne. The reason for why Matthew and Marilla wanted to adopt a boy is revealed. 
036 "The Future of the Story Club"
"Monogatari-Kurabu no Yukue" (物語クラブのゆくえ) 
September 23, 1979 (1979-09-23)
Aftering visiting Idlewild once again, Anna and Diana are filled with bittersweet memories after seeing the current condition. Through out the episode, Anne can't help but to realize how things have started to change as she gets older, from the story club to Marilla wearing glasses, many things has changed already. 
037 "A 15-Year-Old's Spring"
"15sai no Haru" (十五歳の春) 
September 30, 1979 (1979-09-30)
Marilla constantly thinks back of the old times when Anne would talk all day. With the arrival of the new train station at Carmody, Aunt Josephine visits Green Gables and offers to let Anne stay with her when Anne is at Charlottetown. 
038 "My Number is 13"
"Jukenbangou wa 13ban" (受験番号は13番) 
October 7, 1979 (1979-10-07)
039 "The Results"
"Goukakuhappyou" (合格発表) 
October 14, 1979 (1979-10-14)
Anne, Jane, Gilbert and everyone else waits restlessly for the results. Seeing how tensed Anne is, Marilla lets Anne help Matthew out which puts her at ease. The results come as Diana runs up the hill to Green Gables. 
040 "The Concert Hotel"
"Hoteru no Konsaato" (ホテルのコンサート) 
October 21, 1979 (1979-10-21)
Anne is invited to recite at a concert to help and earn funds to give to a hospital in Charlottetown. 
041 "Off to Queen's College"
"KuiinGakuin eno Tabidachi" (クィーン学院への旅立ち) 
October 28, 1979 (1979-10-28)
Mrs.Spencer comes to Green Gables with a new adoption offer made by an American couple, but Anne listened to it as if she was hearing a story. Marilla decides to get a gown made for Anne. Mutual thoughts surrounds the house as the bittersweet moment finally approaches as for Anne to go to Queen's. 
042 "Life on a New Campus"
"Atarashii Gakuenseikatsu" (新しい学園生活) 
November 4, 1979 (1979-11-04)
A wave of sadness hits Marilla, Matthew and Anne as they face the first night of a new lifestyle. Anne initially saddened, is visited by Jane, Josie and Ruby at her room where they mention a scholarship for an university: the mentioning helps lit Anne's ambition as she aims to get the scholarship and to earn a bachelor of literature. 
043 "Home for the Weekends"
"Shuumatsu no Kyuuka" (週末の休暇) 
November 11, 1979 (1979-11-11)
Anne is unable to tell Marilla and Matthew of her future plans for further studies. At Green Gables and Avonlea, Anne spends some quality time with the two throughout the area. 
044 "The Winter at Queen's"
"KuiinGakuin no Fuyu" (クィーン学院の冬) 
November 18, 1979 (1979-11-18)
Hearing Matthew's condition from Ms Barry, Anne immediately departs for Green Gables and walks through a snowstorm. After a warming visit at Green Gables, Anne returns to Queen's with an even stronger passion to succeed in her own way, by balancing her love of the countryside and her studies. 
045 "The Glory and the Dream"
"Eikou to Yume" (栄光と夢) 
November 25, 1979 (1979-11-25)
Anne is afraid of seeing the results, and was in a moment of despair when everyone was cheering for Gilbert, to only also hear cheering starting for her as she passes by crying where she was then overwhelmed by happiness as she won the scholarship, while Gil won the medal, both awarded at the graduation ceremony. Anne eagerly heads home with Marilla and Matthew where Diana awaits at Green Gables. Diana tells Anne how Gilbert would not be heading into university right after Queen's but to have to work to be able to afford the tuition. 
046 "Matthew's Love"
"Mashuu no Ai" (マシュウの愛) 
December 2, 1979 (1979-12-02)
Anne is stuck between a rock and a hard place while thinking of her future: to stay at Green Gables and help out seeing how old Matthew and Marilla has gotten, or to continue her education. Matthew's condition made Anne especially worried and Anne wished she was born a boy to help out, but Matthew assures her how even a dozen boys are incomparable to Anne, and for the first time calls Anne his daughter. 
047 "The Reaper Whose Name is Death"
"Shi to yobareru Kariirebito" (死と呼ばれる刈入れ人) 
December 9, 1979 (1979-12-09)
The sudden news of Abbey's Bank going bankrupt was a huge shock to his already fragile heart killed him instantly. Everyone in Avonlea goes to Green Gables to mourn, where Anne is the only one unable to cry. The two that cares for Matthew the most sought comfort from each other, as no other person has loved Matthew as profoundly as the two had. While crying together, Marilla tells Anne how happy she has been since Anne has arrived to Green Gables, and how it would've been intolerable if she went through this alone. 
048 "Matthew's Farewell"
"Mashuu Wagaya wo saru" (マシュウ我が家を去る) 
December 16, 1979 (1979-12-16)
The funeral ends with Matthew's burial. Anne plants Matthew's favourite flowers right beside his tombstone. As life moves on, Anne feels guilty how she can still have fun and laugh despite Matthew's death, which holds her back but learns to accept it. Marilla talks about Gilbert, how he looks reminds her of his father, John, who was in love with Marilla, but a similar situation where Marilla was unable to forgive John at the time broke the two lovers apart. 
049 "The Bend in the Road"
"Magarikado" (曲り角) 
December 23, 1979 (1979-12-23)
Marilla learns the fate of her eyes from the eye specialist and now has to change her lifestyle entirely to help ease the strains on her eyes. Anne seeing Marilla's situation changes her dream and turns the current predicament into something pleasant. When Marilla mentions her intentions to sell Green Gables as she is no longer able to maintain it and cannot handle living alone, Anne takes this chance to tell Marilla how she is no longer going to university, but to teach and be close to Marilla as much as possible, as nothing else matters to Anne as much as to be able to stay by Marilla's side in times of need. 
050 "God's in Heaven, All is Well on Earth"
"Kami wa Ten ni imashi, Subete Yo wa Koto mo nashi" (神は天にいまし すべて世は事もなし) 
December 30, 1979 (1979-12-30)
Anne no longer going to university spreads while Anne gets used to a new life where she helps out Marilla a lot. Ms. Lynde tells Anne about Gilbert and his withdrawal on teaching in Avonlea, but at a different school instead, where he also recommended Anne to be the teacher. Anne meets Gilbert on the road and after talking with one another and understanding each other a little more they become friends. In writing to Stella and Ms. Stacy, Anne goes to write "no matter how narrow my road is, I can still find flowers blooming." 


  • Opening Theme: "Kikoeru Kashira (I wonder if you can hear it)", composed by Akira Miyoshi, sung by Ritsuko Ohwada
  • Ending Theme: "Samenai Yume", composed by Akira Miyoshi, sung 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 978-4-309-20451-2
  2. ^ Press Release of Bandai Visual (PDF, Japanese Language)

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