Posted on 24 August 2009 with categories: Konnichiwa Anne



When I read some of windy’s comments, it amuses me that we both ended up liking and disliking the complete opposites in this series. It just shows that there are many ways to look at this series, even though it’s not among the better World Masterpiece Theatres.

I can somewhat understand how the Marysville arc was supposed to be what this series should be about: Anne and her every day life. However, I think that the biggest problem I had with the Marysville arc is that it was a complete rip-off of Emily of the New Moon. Its adaptation, Kaze no Shoujo Emily, was one of my favourite series of 2007, and I really hated seeing it butchered like this, with a lot copied over and just about every good part removed, with the most notable one being Henderson as Anne’s teacher. At least the Thomas arc had its own identity, of a poor family that was on the verge of being broken up due to a drunk husband. It’s a very down-to-earth problem, and I liked that part a lot.

But yeah, I do agree that these parts did take the focus away from what’s really important in this series: Anne. In exchange we got a very nicely developed Thomas family, but as a prequel of Anne of Green Gables, this series fails. I think that I stopped looking at this series as a prequel a long time ago. This simply is a show that just happens to have a lead character with the same name and looks as in Anne of Green Gables. Nothing more, nothing less.

In any case, I thought that this really was a great episode for Anne. I thought that they would again focus on Bert, but instead he simply gets fired and throws his family in disarray. The focus became much more on Anne, who now had to work extra hard because Johanna would end up working continuously in order to be able to support her family. We also see her get mad at her brothers for the first time, which definitely was the most memorable scene in this episode.

For a minute, I was worried that she was indeed going to join Henderson and Eggman as they moved away from town, but thankfully she eventually chooses not to. A very nice build-up to the point at which she in the end is really going to have to leave them. Especially imagining that the second house she eventually ends up in was much worse than the opportunities she has got to live happily as a family.

But yeah, there were parts at which this show was a bit too cheesy again, mostly again around Henderson. I just couldn’t buy that the entire class was crying because Henderson had to leave. I mean, come on. She wasn’t that good of a teacher and she wasn’t at her post for that long either.

Anyway though, I’m very glad that she’s gone now. The good thing about this show is that it seems to be divided into four arcs that are probably going to be entirely different from each other, so if you don’t like one arc you can just wait until the next one and just consider the dull arc as build-up for the good parts. I’m interested where this series is going to go after this, now that it stopped being an Emily of the New Moon rip-off and can start focusing on its own direction again.
Rating: * (Good)

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  1. windy says:

    Yes, “Kaze no shoujo Emily” was one of the best Masterpiece Theatre series for me too. But Emily was different from Ann somehow even if the two characters could be assimilated because they both went through hardships of life by escaping in their own imaginary world, Emily used that world or inspiration of hers to create poems and litterary works, Ann , like I picture her is more down to earth, doesn’t get “blown away by the wind”, like Emily.

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  • ninjarealist
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 03:41 AM)
    @Aidan That was my response to NGNL too. Some of the loli fanservice is borderline disgusting, and the characters can be incredibly grating at times. But… http://37.media.tumblr.com/c9c0dc8ef051c13f73e5d3568f4c735b/tumblr_n45u9i1PX71r3mmj9o1_500.gif
  • Mikey
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 03:31 AM)
    Next episode is one of my favorites.
  • Mikey
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 03:30 AM)
    @Nyangoro Yeah. I’m not sure how that happened either. I thought the ending more than made up for it though, but that’s just me.
  • Nyangoro
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 03:29 AM)
    @Mikey, I think that’s been everyone’s reaction to that song, rofl
  • Mikey
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 03:06 AM)
    The ending song for JoJo Stardust Crusaders was so perfect. Why didn’t I think of it before?
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 02:38 AM)
    Wow, No Life no game sure fell into some serious pitfalls there.
    Strangely I still rather enjoy it.
  • Nyangoro
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 02:02 AM)
    While I liked this episode of Mushishi, I’m not entirely sure how he avoided drowning. I’d assume it has something to do with the mushi in this episode, but they normally explain it. Here, it just kinda happens, unless I missed something.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 12:47 AM)
    Beyond my comments on the ending…oddly…after Haqua…somehow I have a thing for chihiro..yet as a character prefer Tenri 0.0 .
  • Mikey
    (Friday, Apr 18. 2014 11:28 PM)
    @Aidan Agreed. Tenri was the best girl.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Apr 18. 2014 11:06 PM)
    @Mikey, yep. It wasn’t a bad ending. All it really needed was a few more chapters.
    In all honestly though I really don’t think things between the final couple will work out. They are too different. Plus Tenri deserved to win.

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