After becoming an orphan, Heidi is forced to live with her grandfather Öhi, who lives in the Alps. She learns he's a very bitter man who only accepted by force to take her in. But Heidi's kindness may be able to open his heart. Together with the shepherd Peter and invalid Klara, she has lots of adventures.
Beautiful, a serie that everyone most see, with an amazing story that will capture your full attention.
Certainly is a classic anime with a few years old, but I must say that's not so important as you may think, I'm pretty sure that there are lots of new series who want to have an audience of as many generation (children and adults) as this has.
Absolutely recommended for people of every age.
Heidi of the Alps was one of the landmark anime tv series in the early 1970s that stood the test of time with its story, animation, art design & their lovely characters.
unite three of the most influenced minds in anime history: Takahata, Tomino & Miyazaki, & inside studio Nippon one of the most major studios in that time this masterpiece classic will not only one of the most beautiful anime series of that era but one of the turning point in anime history in the years to come.
& what have missed becoming a classic ?the adaptation was close to the original materials the storyboard
is great the animation looks cool the backgrounds were fantastic & the characters design was beautiful & not forget the directing which was superior to other shows in that time.
Very innocent, fun, and at times moving anime.
It portrays life in the Alps in a beautiful way.
Watching the BD, the art style was very clean and colorful.
They often give you landscape scenes worthy of being a painting to be hung to a wall.
I love all of the characters and grew very attached to them (with the exception of a certain governess).
Heidi, the main character, is a cheerful girl full of life and she constantly goes to adventure with her young goatherd friend Peter, a kind kid who is very knowledgeable about the mountains.
Heidi's caretaker, her grandfather, is a bit of a hermit is
not seen well by most of the mountain's people, but he's a great and wise man.
They will go through important character development, together with others who will join the story later on.
I give it a 9 instead of a 10 because the last few episodes felt too rushed.
It especially disappointed me because it's one of those series that I wish would've gone forever.
There are many works which are said the masterpiece of Japanese anime. However, if asked, ' what is the masterpiece?' by those who have just started to watch anime, I will recommend them this 1973 work, "Alps no shoujo Heidi (or, just 'Heidi')."
It is based on a fiction 'Heidi' by Johanna Spyri, but the staffs of "Alps no shoujo Heidi" made some changes. They focused more on the way Heidi lived in Alps and in Germany, and on the relationships between characters, that is, the staff depicted the daily-lives of characters.
This TV series was directed by Isao Takahata, famous for "Panda Kopanda," "Hotaru
no haka" and so on, with Hayao Miyazaki, also famous for academy-award-winner "Spirited Away." It is not a well-known fact that Takahata and Miyazaki in their younger days made this work. The fact implies that "Alps no shoujo Heidi" is not only reputed as a well-made work, but it has a historical value. If you are interested especially in the history of Japanese anime, this title is must.
Speaking of its historical worth, I cannot overlook the work of Miyazaki. He helped Takahata well and drew all the layouts of this 52-episode anime series. This is a surprising fact.
(NOTE: in Japanese, 'layout' means 'the very important drawing in the cut, included background'; in anime animators do not depict backgrounds but layouts include background. Usually 30-minute long anime is composed of 300 cuts, so there are 300 layouts in one episode.)
Miyazaki's work is also found in many parts of this anime. He was also involved with direction. Therefore you can easily understand how great Miyazaki was, and still he is, by watching "Heidi."
There are more historical achievements in this anime, but I cannot write down all of them, so if you got interested, please check them.
Thanks to Miyazaki's effort, and other talented staffs including Yoshiyuki Tomino and Yoichi Kotabe, "Alps no shoujo Heidi" made a big success.
As for storyboard, it is still one of good models of anime today. "Heidi" could express Heidi's innocence, Peter's cheerfulness, Clara's agony, and Uncle's conversion. With precise backgrounds (thanks to a location hunting, which is the first one in Japan's TV anime history,) you can feel as if Heidi and other characters really smiled and cried.
As I said, the plot mainly traced the original, so I won't mention it in detail. Takahata and Miyazaki's success is that they succeeded to describe tiny changes of emotions with delicate directions, animations and the story. This success influenced (and, still influences) the later works, I mean, Japanese animators became to depict daily-lives of characters, not a Hollywood-like spectacle. In this sense, "Heidi" is the most important work of all.
Of course, you sometimes find its old-fashioned aspects, such as the designs of characters, recordings, and other technical constraints. However, this work for certain contains the essence of anime. You will soon notice that only a few titles can perfectly imitate "Heidi," and there are an amount of anime which aimed to "Heidi."
After 25 years, it is still a key work in Japan's unique anime world. It is when you notice the excellence of "Heidi" that the time you became interested in anime anew comes.