Daddy Long Legs is based on the novel of the same name by Jean Webster. It chronicles the adventures of Judy Abbott, an orphan in New York. During a meeting for the superintendent, with other important and rich people in attendance, a scholarship is offered to Judy by a mysterious benefactor. Catching only a glimpse of his tall shadow as he leaves, Judy calls him "Daddy Long Legs" and writes him letters every month as per his request. While studying at the Lincoln Memorial school, she makes many friends and learns about a world she never knew about before.
This is a part of Nippon Animation's World Masterpiece Theatre, and I believe it to a masterpiece indeed. The story chronicles the life of an orphan girl named Jerusha 'Judy' Abbot through her teen-aged years up to her young adulthood.
The many characters in this series truly have depth and are far from being one-dimensional - It is amazing that the writers can introduce such characters and without giving them hours upon hours of screen time are able to define their persona. The feelings and opinions of Judy that is conveyed through her actions, interactions
with other characters, narrations, and letters (she writes them a lot - like a journal) are very sincere but most of all original and this makes a very interesting main character and a very interesting series.
The animation itself is very good, showing a very early late eighties to early nineties style with beautiful frame-by-frame hand-drawn characters and watercolour backgrounds - none of that cheap cg you get nowadays.
This anime is not a kiddy anime, it is suitable for all ages and not only children but adults will enjoy it as well, and are sure to appreciate the more complex storyline. This anime also slips in some nice americana and historical references in once in a while that is absent from the book (e.g. the first solo transatlantic flight by Charles Lindbergh on the Spirit of St. Louis in 1927). This is truly a classic anime that is not to be missed, especially if you are as big an anime fan as I am!
Once you have seen the first episode, you are sure to continue on and follow Judy throughout her adventures from a child yearning to break free from the shackles of an orphanage and attend school; to her coming of age years when she discovers love and has her first crush; and in high-school where she develops ambitions of becoming a writer and a fully independent woman!
This is an anime based off of a book, Daddy Long Legs, by Jean Webster. I'm a really big fan of the book, and when I found out that someone made an anime of the book, of course I had to see it!
All-in-all, it's a pretty decent anime... if you're a big fan of the book. Judy is a little obnoxious at the beginning of the series and the actual story doesn't get really good until right about episode... 25 or so, I guess.
But, if you can sit through all of Judy's obnoxious, embarrassing situations, then it's completely worth it. Especially for the ending!
Also, having read the book, there were parts of the show that almost made it a comedy, because I knew already what was going on... but! Ah! Spoilers!
To sum up... It's a decent enough older anime if you're a fan of the book. If you haven't read the book, go read it! Right now! And then come back and watch this anime!
Guys if your reading this, your probably wondering "Should I watch this or not"? Is this really worthy of my time, is it good enough for my liking? If this is what's going around your head, then all I have to say is "Just do it". This is my first time writing a review here in MAL and this show has amazed me. This show has influenced me in ways I have never imagined. This show without a doubt is the best anime up to date. The first thing that got me interested about this show was the plot since it seems unique
and was adapted from a novel by Jean Webster. I love the characters development even tho it has 40 episodes long, it make me feel like I have growth along with the characters which makes me sad and happy at the same time. One thing to do while watching this show is grab a tissue box and enjoy the show. I will never forget this show, as it's one of my most memorable anime I have ever seen. I want to thank the producers and ofcourse the author Jean Webster for an amazing job on this series. Much love :)
This series can be summed up as endearing and absolutely charming.
While the plot differs some from the classic book ("Daddy Long Legs" by Jean Webster) on which it was based, "My Daddy Long Legs" is still a tender coming-of-age tale centered around the plucky orphan Judy Abbott, who is sent to a prestigious all-girls high school by a mysterious benefactor she dubs 'Daddy Long Legs'.
The story is set in early 20th century America--and I have to say I was impressed by how accurately this anime depicted the fashions, architecture, technology and experiences of this setting and time period. If you like historical fiction, this
is a great show to pick. This series is full of fun and (in the second half) romance. Judy and her friends Sallie and Julia get into many scrapes during their three years of high school, but if you don't mind watching some awkward experiences natural to the growing-up process, you'll enjoy all the episodes, not just the romantic ones near the end.
All-in-all, this is a fantastic, accurate depiction of the educated female experience in 1910s-1920s America. I plan on watching it again and again.