Posted on 26 October 2007 with categories: Random Posts


After Ayatsuri Sakon finished, nearly two years after I originally started blogging it, I’ve been searching for another anime to blog once every month or so. In the end, I decided to support Live-eviL, C1-Anime and Minor ja Nai in their attempt to revive interest for the World Masterpiece Theatre-production Little Princess Sara. Les Miserables has been turning into a true masterpiece by now, and the few episodes I’ve seen of Perrine Monogatari have been really good as well.

Little Princess Sara is also special, in the way that it’s based on the same story that Soukou no Strain was based on, though obviously the writers of the latter took a lot of artistic liberties by placing a story that originally happened in England, about a century and a half ago into a science-fiction setting. It’s also notable that Sara’s original last name is now Crewe, instead of the Werec, which later changes into Crewe in Soukou no Strain. Ralph also isn’t her brother, but her father, surprisingly. I also don’t think that Ralph is going to kill Sara’s precious friends in this one. ^^;

The thing that did remain the same, though is Sara’s huge respect for Ralph, but that’s naturally obvious, since her mother died when she was four, and he’s been taking care of her ever since. He’s also incredibly rich, and he’s been giving her whatever she wanted, hence the title of this series: Little Princess. Because of that, the Sara of Little Princess is rather spoiled, but I wouldn’t call her arrogant. She doesn’t fit in the stereotype that has been set by anime that the rich kids have to be the cocky bastards who look down on everyone at all. Instead, she’s incredibly innocent. Her father probably has been protecting her from everything harmful, but yet she tries to please everyone, and she looks incredibly naive as well. I’m not sure whether we’re supposed to hate her or like her at this point, but that probably will become clearer in the next episode.

This first episode was actually quite similar to the first episode of Les Miserables as well, if you ignore the fact that Fantine was incredibly poor and Ralph is incredibly rich. Ralph has been coming from India, and he’s about to get back, leaving his daughter in a local prestigious school in the middle of London. The rest of the episode basically focused on Sara, spending her last few moments with her father. Another interesting detail is that in the next episode, Sara will be purchasing Emily, making another link to both Soukou no Strain and Les Miserables.

5 Responses

  1. y_eun says:

    oh my gosh!
    i saw this series ten years ago!!
    when i was young…(:
    and i really enjoyed this

  2. inugami says:

    World Masterpiece Theatre animes were the best. I loved this one, although I found it very sad at the time.
    It’s great some subbers are picking up this old jems, since they’ll probably never show them on TV again!

  3. Sapphire says:

    This is a gem from my childhood! It’s also a huge angstfest that made adults and children alike cry their eyes out.

  4. Archer says:

    this reminds me on when i as little and watched watched anime on tv,this genre was very popular then now only few new ones are released and these are not even subbed but it is only natural since every genre has his time and by the way i saw C1 has subbed another old anime : Daddy Long Legs

  5. Firechick says:

    I saw this and I immediately fell in love with it. I have the original book too. I intend to watch the rest of this series, RAW or subbed I don’t care anymore.

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  • Bam
    (Thursday, Aug 28. 2014 07:33 AM)
    On The Road had some serious pedigree behind it: Francis Ford Coppola and directed by Walter Salles starring Sam Riley & Garrett Hedlund.
    It didn’t turn out that remarkable tho, I think mainly since the novel is very atmospheric and works better as a confession shared between the author and the reader.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Aug 28. 2014 07:32 AM)
    @Bam: That was it!
  • K-Off
    (Thursday, Aug 28. 2014 07:28 AM)
    *Communion stupid spell check
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Aug 28. 2014 07:28 AM)
    @Emma: On the Road based on Jack Kerouac’s landmark novel of the same name.
  • K-Off
    (Thursday, Aug 28. 2014 07:28 AM)
    @Emma Wholly Communication? It featured Allen Ginsberg and numerous other Beat poets. Very short documentary though.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Aug 28. 2014 07:24 AM)
    There was another movie about the beat era wasn’t there? An earlier one, but the title escapes me.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Aug 28. 2014 07:23 AM)
    It’s like the depictions of Hunter S Thompson in cinema:
    -Where The Buffalo Roams was too campy and heavy on comedy to portray the darker sides of Thompson’s personality.
    -Rum Diaries was to uneventful.
    -Fear ‘N Loathing in Las Vegas nailed it exactly on its head!
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Aug 28. 2014 07:21 AM)
    Oh the authors are great, I just feel that the movie couldn’t connect thematically to the literature that stemmed from those individuals.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Aug 28. 2014 07:15 AM)
    I did feel a connection with those authors.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Aug 28. 2014 07:13 AM)
    I even watched Kill Your Darlings just for it being a rendition of early Beatnik history. It was meh tho; a little thin on substance but heavy on the pretentiousness which seems ironic given the postmodernism of the people it tries to depict.

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