Ranked #830

Shoukoujo Sara

Alternative Titles

English: A Little Princess Sara
Synonyms: Sekai Meisaku Gekijou, Princess Sara, Little Princess Sarah
Japanese: 小公女セーラ


Type: TV
Episodes: 46
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 6, 1985 to Dec 29, 1985
Premiered: Winter 1985
Producers: Nippon Animation
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: G - All Ages
L represents licensing company


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Ranked: #8302
Popularity: #3116
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Sara, a pretty girl born into a rich British family in India, is treated like a little princess at a dormitory school in London. Sara's sweet school life turns to tragedy when she learns of her father's death and the family's bankruptcy. However, Sara endures her hard luck with kindness and imagination and escapes from her misery through fantasies.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Crewe, Sara
Crewe, Sara
Shimamoto, Sumi
Shimamoto, Sumi
Minchin, Maria
Minchin, Maria
Nakanishi, Taeko
Nakanishi, Taeko
Ichiryuusai, Teiyuu
Ichiryuusai, Teiyuu
Legh, Lottie
Legh, Lottie
Watanabe, Naoko
Watanabe, Naoko


Kurokawa, Fumio
Kurokawa, Fumio
Kamata, Hidemi
Kamata, Hidemi
Script, Assistant Production Coordinat
Nakanishi, Ryuuzou
Nakanishi, Ryuuzou
Kusuba, Kouzou
Kusuba, Kouzou

More episodes Episodes(0/46)

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Opening Theme

"Hana no Sasayaki" ("Flower's Whisper") by Satoko Shimonari

Ending Theme

"Himawari" ("Sunflower") by Satoko Shimonari

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Nov 14, 2009
The art and animation isn't the best, as it was made in the 80s, but it is very quaint and fits in well with the story and adds to the feel of the show.

The music is pretty good from what I was able to hear. It is mostly classical music for the background and again fits in well.

I'm not sure how well they have portrayed the characters from the book, having only seen a small amount. They seem to have made Sera more of an average girl and downplayed her intelligence. I was annoyed at this, as she makes a couple of speeches demonstrating her read more
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Jan 4, 2014
If only Sara were here, she would have written an awesome review for the series. She would have probably written it in French as well. It's not that writing anime reviews is a part of Miss Minchin's seminary curriculum, it's just about me, a barely literate otaku boy, even a hundred years later, still having little chance to do it better.

`Princess Sara' is based on a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, `A Little Princess' (1905), with quite a history of rewrites and adaptations, and this particular anime belongs to a bigger project known as `World Masterpiece Theater', which gathers adaptations of classical western books and read more
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Jul 17, 2015
Shoukoujo Sara, or A Little Princess Sara, is based upon the world’s classic book, A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett and is part of the World Masterpiece Theater. As per usual when it comes to this collection, this work has the distinct traits of the main character(s) being played by the vicissitudes of fate and having to overcome multiple obstacles until finally a reward is at the end of their difficult journey.

The story revolves around Sara who was raised as a proper young lady by her father and later, being entrusted to a famous boarding school to obtain education of a higher level/quality. Soon, read more
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Jul 7, 2015
This anime is basically the slowest something could be in the first place, and the plot after the first 10 episodes of everyone jizzing over the mc is her being tortured after that. The plot is mostly the other workers telling them (the 2 poor tortured girls) to work hard as those other workers slack off and large amounts of time being spent for the other characters to say yes to working harder even though they were already working hard, or the headmistress making some unreasonably bitchy complaint accusing someone of doing something they did not do that the headmistress knows that other person did read more
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Anime: Ie Naki Ko Remi
The two stories are a lot similar. Mostly it's because Sara's life is also full of tragedies. 
reportRecommended by Rebecca_Riddle
Anime: Anime Himitsu no Hanazono
Both from a classic book and deals with the lost of their parents. 
reportRecommended by Rei-chii
Anime: Oniisama e...
Two older classics starring heroines who are naive but idealistic and surprisingly courageous. They enroll at prestigious private schools where they encounter many of life's mundane cruelties, make loyal friends and obsessive enemies, and become an inspiration to those around them. Both shows are heavy on drama and melodrama. Oniisama e is more of an intense ride with a flair for the dramatic and a tendency to have shocking plot twists; Shoukoujo Sara is more laid back as it steadily progresses its story. 
reportRecommended by q_3
Anime: Kaze no Shoujo Emily
Both are about little kids with a carefree and easy-going personality until the unexpected death of their father, leaves them orphaned.

They are then sent to live among strict and mean adults who would do anything to upset the poor children. 
reportRecommended by pinkarray
Anime: Soukou no Strain
Two series based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic novel A Little Princess, about a rich girl in Victorian era London who suddenly becomes an orphan. Despite sharing a source material, the two go in complete opposite directions: Shoukoujo Sara is relatively faithful to the setting, characters, and story; Soukou no Strain goes wild, taking Sara centuries into the future where she is a disgraced mecha pilot. The two shows are so different that liking one doesn't mean you'll like the other, but it can be quite interesting to see such different takes on the same story. 
reportRecommended by q_3
Anime: Shoukoushi Cedie
Both are anime adaptations of a well-known children's story author Frances Hodgson Burnett.  
reportRecommended by dillian

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