Ai no Wakakusa Monogatari

Tales of Little Women

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Alternative Titles

English: Tales of Little Women
Synonyms: Sekai Meisaku Gekijou
Japanese: 愛の若草物語


Type: TV
Episodes: 48
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 11, 1987 to Dec 27, 1987
Premiered: Winter 1987
Broadcast: Sundays at 19:30 (JST)
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: Saban Entertainment
Studios: Nippon Animation
Source: Novel
Genres: DramaDrama, HistoricalHistorical, Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: G - All Ages


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Ranked: #17432
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Popularity: #5747
Members: 6,098
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Meg, faithful and gentle, Jo, independent and energetic, Beth, quiet and shy, Amy, amiable and precocious–the four sisters live vigorously and happily at home with their gentle mother while waiting for their father to return from the Civil War. Helping each other, they challenge their fates and grow up to become wonderful women.


Tales of Little Women originally aired in 1987 as one of Nippon Animation's World Masterpiece Theater programs. Many staffers from Studio Ghibli such as Yoshifumi Kondo were involved in multiple production positions.

Tales of Little Women was licensed and dubbed by Saban Entertainment, and broadcasted on HBO in 1988 in North America. This made it one of only three World Masterpiece Theater programs to be dubbed in English.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Kurokawa, Fumio
Director, Storyboard
Miyazaki, Akira
Kusuba, Kouzou
Matsumi, Shinichi
Storyboard, Assistant Director


Opening Theme

#1: "Wakakusa no Shoutaijou (若草の招待状)" by Eri Nitta (eps 01-14)
#2: "Itsuka Kitto! (いつかきっと!)" by Mayumi Shou, Keiko Han, Eiko Yamada, Rei Sakuma (eps 15-48)

Ending Theme

#1: "Sekiyou to Kaze to Melody (夕陽と風とメロディ)" by Eri Nitta (eps 01-14)
#2: "Otou-sama e no Lullaby (お父さまへのララバイ)" by Satoko Shimonari (eps 15-48)

Jan 24, 2018
bluemac (All reviews)
I have been recently going through the old World Masterpiece Theater collection and this one is a very good adaptation of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. The story is about the March family having to make ends meet in Newport (Concord), Massachusetts during the back drop of the American Civil War. The show also takes some liberties on the original story in a respectful way, mostly adding more back story to the March family and how they came to be at the beginning of the book.

The characters are balanced, Amy tends to be very unlikeable in this show at first. But you begin read more

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