Katri, Girl of the Meadows

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Katri, Girl of the Meadows
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(Makiba no Shōjo Katori)
Genre Drama
Anime television series
Directed by Hiroshi Saitō
Produced by Takaji Matsudo (Nippon Animation)
Written by Akira Miyazaki
Music by Tōru Fuyuki
Studio Nippon Animation
Original network Fuji TV
Original run January 8, 1984 December 23, 1984
Episodes 49 (List of episodes)
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Katri, Girl of the Meadows (牧場の少女カトリ, Makiba no Shōjo Katori) is an anime series based on the Finnish novel Paimen, piika ja emäntä (The Shepherd, the Servant Girl, and the Housewife) by Auni Nuolivaara. The series was broadcast originally in Japan in 1984 as part of the children's anthology series World Masterpiece Theater, also known simply as "Meisaku" from Nippon Animation. The anthology had before and after produced a great variety of animated series based on different children's novels from around the world; among them were My Annette: Story of the Alps (1983) and Little Princess Sara (1985). In Europe, where World Masterpiece Theater series have found huge success, Katri, Girl of the Meadows made its way to different countries, including Spain, Italy, France, and Germany. Despite the series taking place in Finland, it has never been published or broadcast there, and most Finns have never heard of it.

The first and last episodes were broadcast English dubbed in the UK on Channel 4 as Little Girl on the Farm and Little Girl goes to School as part of 1987's Japanese Autumn season.[1][2]


  • Hitomi Oikawa as Katri Ukonniemi
  • Tohru Furuya as Martti
  • Yuko Tsuga as Mari (Martti's sister)
  • Yūko Kobayashi as Helena (Martti's cousin)
  • Yoshiko Matsuo as Miina (Helena's mother)
  • Mahito Tsujimura as Väinö Harma
  • Asami Mukaidono as Milole (Harma's maid)
  • Kumiko Takizawa as Lotta Kuusela
  • Hisashi Katsuta as Elias Lilack (Lotta's father)


It has been three years since little Katri's mother left for Germany leaving her daughter behind in Finland, where she now lives with her grandparents. With Finland still under Russian domination, the inhabitants of these lands have had little or no news from the outside and no one knows if little Katri will again see her mother. To make matters worse, things in the Katri's grandparents' farm are not going well, the harvest had been a small one, their only cow had been killed by a bear and the family confronts great monetary problems. Katri wants to help and finds work in a neighboring farm; for a girl of hardly nine years of age the work of a farm is hard and tiring even with all of her enthusiasm and good moods, which is what keeps her standing.

Theme songs[edit]

  • Japan: (Opening) "Love With You", (Ending) "Kaze no Komoriuta" sung by Chie Kobayashi.
  • Italy: "Le avventure della dolce Kati" sung by Cristina D'Avena.
  • Netherlands: "Nathalie".
  • Spain: "Dulce Katoli"
  • Arab World: " كاتولي: فتاة المراعي (opening) أقود القطيع
  • Iran: "حنا دختری در مزرعه"


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