Based on the Emily of New Moon novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Emily is an orphan who gets sent to live with her relatives on Prince Edward Island, after her father dies. In New Moon she lives with her Aunt Elizabeth, Aunt Laura, and Cousin Jimmy, and learns to adapt with the help of her imagination and new friends.
Emily’s New Moon is a delightful anime based on classic literature. It began as a children’s novel in 1923, and it later became a Canadian TV series in 1998. Finally, it was adapted into an anime in 2007, bringing its original premise back for a new audience.
The story takes place in Prince Edward Island, Canada somewhere between the late 1800s and early 1900s. A young girl named Emily who had already lost her mother as a baby later loses her father to an illness. She gets taken in by her mother’s side of the family called the “Murrays” whom she had
never met before. Her life prior to moving in was rather carefree and flexible; however, she has to adjust to a completely different lifestyle with the Murrays. There, she has to have responsibilities, mannerisms, and a school education while maintaining the Murray’s reputation. The story mainly consists of her adapting to these changes, as well as making friends, rivalries, and coming to grow as a person.
This anime is more about developing characters rather than following a progressive plot with a specific goal. It explores themes such dreams versus reality, what it really means to grow up, how to overcome pain, and so much more. What might turn some people off is that the pacing is very slow, and the story’s overall tone is light-hearted and warm. However, there is enough drama to keep the show very entertaining as it tends to deal with heavy and touchy subject matter, beginning with the death of a parent. The story is very well executed and has a solid conclusion.
Nothing falls short of being beautiful, colorful, and stunning. The artwork will take your breath away. There is nothing more gorgeous than to see some of Canada’s landscapes animated so beautifully here. Much effort and detail went into the backgrounds and overall atmosphere. I could really smell the apples and feel the warm summer breeze while I was watching. When it was snowing, individual pieces of snow looked fluffy and real. What a refreshing experience.
The character designs are a little untraditional, yet fitting. Everyone has a more realistic appearance; don’t expect to see anyone with bright purple spiky hair. However, each character still manages to have a distinct look. You won’t feel like they all have the same face with different hair thrown on top.
The soundtrack is orchestral, melodic, and atmospheric which fits the historical setting perfectly. I must also praise the detailed background noises such as the grass blowing in the wind, the running water, thunder storms, and other nature sounds. All of the sound effects enable you to feel as if you are presently in that environment.
The show’s strength really lies within its characters that are so convincing. The star of the show, Emily, won’t let herself be taken advantage of. She stands up for what she believes in, which often conflicts with her mannerisms. She is also innocent, naïve, and sensitive, but she does her best to be kind to others. The most captivating aspect about her is that she is very poetic, as it is her dream to become a poet and writer someday.
Emily's main friends are Ilse, Perry, and Teddy, who each have their own personal lives and dreams explored. They fully develop along with Emily into fantastic characters.
We can’t forget about the Murrays whom Emily moves in with. Her Aunt Elizabeth has been described by Emily to be the “ice queen.” She is very strict and has a tense relationship with Emily. She also lives with her Aunt Laura and Cousin Jimmy who come to her aid when she is in trouble or feeling down. The other Murrays occasionally make an appearance and analyze Emily’s progression through her new life.
It has been very fascinating to watch Emily interact with her new family as much as she hangs out with her friends. Emily does meet many other side characters along the way, and their backgrounds are also rich in detail. Everyone has their own special place in the story; they remain interesting till the very end.
Emily’s New Moon is a very charming series with realistic characters and gorgeous artwork. Each episode leaves you with a warm fuzzy feeling and satisfaction through engaging story-telling. As this was something that I could share with my family, I wholeheartedly recommend this anime to anyone. Please don’t dismiss this as just a children’s happy-go-lucky show. While it is indeed fun, it is also mature, thought-provoking, and worth the watch for an audience of any age.
It's a great anime ,
the first time i watch it i was 9 years old so it's mean so much to me i rewatched it and i love it more than before, everyone watch it you will like it believe in me this anime will make you feel good when you watch it , no matter how old are you , this anime is for all .
Its soundtrack is so beautiful and art is so good too .
I don't know why it's not so popular .
characters is so pretty good specially her aunts .
" Emily is an orphan who gets sent to live
with her relatives on Prince Edward Island, after her father dies. In New Moon she lives with her Aunt Elizabeth, Aunt Laura, and Cousin Jimmy, and learns to adapt with the help of her imagination and new friends " you can see from the story that is this is a good and we do not see anime like this in 2016 seasons
OK BEFORE I START I AM NOT ENGLISH SO THIS REVIEW MIGHT HAVE A BAD ENGLISH
this anime is so......annoying to watch
maybe because i watched it dubbed and in this dub they might changed a lot of stuff in the story
it was one of the worst and most stupid thing i ever watched
but i watched worst than this anime ,i kinda liked it but hated it in some part
--story 4: a girl who want to make her dream come true and have ahappy live with her friends i might put more than 4 for it
characters and plot devlopment make this anime bad and so stupid
--art 4: do you call that art the characters are so ugly
even if i loveeeeeee those anime who happen before 1900
and i rarely find one but the characters are so ugly.is it that hard to make them beautiful ,it's clear that they didn't bother themself while drawing this anime
--sound 4: the op and end of this anime are what i call a watse of good melody for nothing
the melody of the song is really good but they didn't bother themself and put a good singer for them
the background music is good
--characters 1-- i don't know how to say that
welp ....they should put all the characters in the trash and put new one.
they are so annoying emily cry like an idiot she is selfish .she want to be with her friend and don't want them to go to have a good future just because she couldn't do that HOW SELFISH
emily is so stupid the drama is really stupid emily made the story so stupid she ruined the story with her stupidity
and the other friend are aweful too but not as much as emily
this anime could be better if they skiped emily's character in the story and leave the other protagonist
--enjoyment 5: in the first this anime was good then started to became aweful and stupid
emily start to say her aweful poemes like an idiot with no reason
but some part of this anime are really good and make you enjoy it
but most of it is so stupid
--overall 3: it's clear that they didn';t spend a lot of money on this anime
this anime is stupid or the dub is the stupid one
this anime can be really stupid the characters are so annoying
( i was watching this anime while making this review)