My Daddy Long Legs

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My Daddy Long Legs
Julia Pendleton, Judy Abott and Sally McBride
(Watashi No Ashinaga Ojisan)
Genre Drama, Slice of Life, Romance
Anime television series
Directed by Kazuyoshi Yokota
Written by Nobuyuki Fujimota
Studio Nippon Animation
Network Fuji Television
Original run 13 January 199022 December 1990
Episodes 40
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My Daddy Long Legs (私のあしながおじさん Watashi No Ashinaga Ojisan?) is a 1990 Japanese anime television series based on the novel Daddy-Long-Legs written by Jean Webster. The show was part of the container World Masterpiece Theater produced by Nippon Animation studios and was awarded the Excellent Movie Award for Television by the Japanese Agency of Cultural Affairs for Children in 1990.

Webster's story had been adapted into anime previously by Tatsunoko Productions in 1979 with the TV special Ashinaga Ojisan, which was directed by Masakazu Higuchi. The aforementioned special was dubbed in English and released in the US and is otherwise unrelated to this television series.


Judy Abbott is an orphan who has been given the opportunity to study at the prestigious Lincoln Memorial High School by a mysterious benefactor whom she only knows as "John Smith". She has only seen his shadow once, and because of his long legs, she calls him "Daddy Long Legs". The only payment she is to give her benefactor is that she write him letters every month, with no expectation of them being responded to.

The anime covers three years of Judy's life, starting with her leaving the John Grier Home orphanage, and ending with her finishing high school.


Judy Abbott (ジュディ・アボット Judi Abotto?)
A cheerful and intelligent girl whose parents died when she was still a baby. She was found at Bayson avenue at New York City and was taken into the John Grier Home, where she develops her talent for writing. It is one of her essays that catches the attention of a trustee known as "John Smith", enabling her to earn a scholarship from him to attend the Lincoln Memorial High School. She does not know who John Smith is, and calls him "Daddy Long Legs". Even so, she considers him the only family she has, and becomes attached to him. She talks very much and loves story telling. Judy's roommates at Lincoln Memorial are Sallie McBride and Julia Pendleton. Judy has a considerable inferiority complex that she is orphan, she suffers not to be able to confide it to anyone. In the anime, Judy's appearance seem to resemble like Pippi Longstocking, by having red-hair and braids sticking out.
Sally McBride (サリー・マクブライド Sarī Makuburaido?)
A shy but sweet girl who is one of Judy's roommates at the Lincoln Memorial High School. They become very close, and Sallie grows very fond of Judy. She is often made fun of by Julia because of her short and chubby stature. She is strong-willed in spite of her appearance.
Julia Rutledge Pendleton (ジュリア・ルートレッジ・ペンデルトン Juria Rūtorejji Penderuton?)
A wealthy and snobbish student, she is very tall and elegant and one of Judy's roommates at the Lincoln Memorial High School. She and Judy initially do not get along, with Julia constantly trying to uncover Judy's secret background.
Joanna Sloane (ジョアンナ・スローン Joanna Surōn?)
The manager of the dormitory where Judy lives in Fergussen Hall, who tends to put up a mask of cruelty and anger to hide what she truly feels. She hates that she is called "Mrs." because she is still a bachelor. However, she seems to want to marry.
Jervis Pendleton (ジャーヴィス・ペンデルトン Jāvisu Penderuton?)
Julia Pendleton's uncle, whom Judy meets over her time at the Lincoln Memorial school. He is called eccentric misanthropy and is famous in business world, however the reason is because he hates polite society. He later develops feelings for Judy.
Walter Grigs (ウォルター・グリグス Worutā Gurigusu?)
Secretary of Judy's sponsor, "Daddy Long-Legs".
Jimmy McBride (ジミー・マクブライド Jimī Makuburaido?)
Sallie's elder brother, he is the highly popular ace of the Princeton University football team. He is very kind and an obliging person. He grows fond of Judy. Julia falls in love in him in her sophomore year and at the end of the series, they are engaged.
Bob (ボブ Bobu?)
Captain of Princeton University football team, a gentle man, albeit unreliable at times.
Leonora Fenton (レオノラ・フェントン Reonora Fenton?)
Judy's new roommate. She is 1 year old older than Judy. She returned to Judy's class after having taken a leave of absence from school because of chest's disease for one year. She is good at poetry and sports, she was a famous player of basketball before. Judy disliked her because she criticized novel which Judy wrote. However, she becomes a good senior of Judy immediately.
Catherine Lippett (キャサリン・リペット Kyasarin Ripetto?)
John Greer Orphanage's Director. Children in Orphanage hated her because she was too strict to the discipline. However, she loves children in reality. She retires while Judy is attending Lincoln Memorial High School.
Mary Lambart (メアリー・ランバート Mearī Ranbāto?)
St. George Orphanage's Staff. She is a strong woman with humor and acting power, is adored by children. She has a very realistic idea for the education of the orphan. She is a prototype of Maria Florence in next series Trapp Family Story.

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Episode list[edit]

Episode Title Summary
1 The Monday that Changed my Destiny After her parents died, Judy is forced to stay in an orphanage managed by Ms. Lippett. She faced a lot of struggles as an orphan while also tending to younger orphans' needs. An opportunity came at most one of the five orphans to have a high-school scholarship and Judy was chosen to be the one.
2 Preparing for a Journey by Myself Judy leaves to study at Lincoln Memorial School for Girls. She bought presents for all the other orphans using her own clothing allowance. However, one orphan did not like this gesture at all. She is informed that a John Smith is sponsoring her studies and she is required to write a letter to him regularly about her condition in the school.
3 The Long-Awaited Lincoln Memorial Girl's
4 A Hurly-Burly Opening Ceremony
5 How to Decorate a Room Beautifully
6 Do You Hate Liars?
7 A Good Way To Use Gold Coins
8 The letter thrown away into the rubbish bin
9 Julia's Uncle is an Eccentric Person?
10 I'm Sorry I Betrayed You
11 I can't believe his name was there
12 A strange coincidence
13 Sallie's courageous challenge!
14 Was the first short story plagiarized?
15 A hot dog and a wallflower
16 A Present from a Quarterback
17 Unconfessable Heart
18 A Thanksgiving Dinner Invitation
19 My Friends, Let's Sing Together
20 An Older Classmate
21 Beauty and Sadness
22 Snow falling on the Window
23 Our Different Christmases
24 As You Like It
25 New York, My Birthplace
26 A Bridge to Tomorrow
27 Being a Tutor is no Easy Task
28 A Ruthless Order
29 Full of Memories
30 Love on a Summer Day
31 Girls in Full Bloom
32 A Twilight Meeting at the Station
33 Feelings That Just Miss Each Other
34 The Throbbing of My Heart
35 Loneliness in Youth
36 In Order to Seize the Day
37 A Farewell on Christmas Eve
38 A Sad Proposal
39 Graduating from the Past
40 Nice to Meet You, Daddy!


Original Title English Title Artist Description
Gurooing Appu[1] Growing Up Mitsuko Horie Opening Theme
Kimi no Kaze Your Wind Mitsuko Horie, SHINES Ending Theme


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