Ie Naki Ko

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Synonyms: Remi, the Nobody's Boy, Rémi, the Nobody's Boy
Japanese: 家なき子


Type: TV
Episodes: 51
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 2, 1977 to Oct 1, 1978
Premiered: Fall 1977
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: None found, add some
Source: Novel
Genres: AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama, HistoricalHistorical, KidsKids, Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 7.791 (scored by 34253,425 users)
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Ranked: #8652
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Popularity: #4905
Members: 11,470
Favorites: 180

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Remi is a boy living happily with his mother in the French countryside. But everything changes when his estranged father comes home and, in desperate need of money, reveals that Remi is adopted, and sells him. Heartbroken, Remi ends up with Vitalis, a traveling musician, and his troupe of animal entertainers. Together, they travel the country in search for Remi's real parents, along the way learning the harsh lessons of life. A deeply moving story about friendship, loss and the pursuit of happiness.

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Director, Storyboard
Shounen Shoujo Gasshoudan Mizuumi
Theme Song Performance
Nakamura, Ryuutarou
Key Animation, In-Between Animation
Kobayashi, Shichiro
Art Director


Opening Theme

"Saa Aruki Hajimeyou (さあ歩きはじめよう)" by Singers Three, Sawada Ayako

Ending Theme

"Harapeko March (はらぺこマーチ)" by Sawada Ayako, Shounen Shoujo Gasshou Dan Mizuumi

Dec 9, 2009
bubble (All reviews)
Ie Naki Ko is based on Hector Malot's novel Sans Famille (the English version is called Nobody's Boy). I saw part of the Japanese version and part of the French one (the latter on DVD - the French Canadian release). I am not familiar with the out-of-print U.S. version, so I cannot speak to its quality.

The story is great, and really heart-wrenching. Remi and his friends go through hardship after hardship, and at times the future looks very bleak for them. The adaptation is usually but not always faithful to the novel. I personally prefer the novel's ending to that of the show, but otherwise read more
Sep 12, 2010
Firechick12012 (All reviews)
This anime was made in 1977. It's quite hard to believe that when anime was still in it's adolescence, the world of anime still had masterpieces for it's time. When you think of 70s anime, you probably think about Anne of Green Gables, 3000 Leagues In Search of Mother, Candy Candy, etc. But I believe that Ie Naki Ko belongs in that category too.

This story is based on the French novel by Hector Malot. I haven't read the novel (though I do have an interest in doing so, but I have no idea where to find it in English)l, but when I saw that it read more
Apr 20, 2016
Nervin (All reviews)
The thoughts of being sold off to a stranger can instill in those fear and uncertainty, especially when considering that the one that is being sold is a mere happy (and unknowingly orphan) child, oblivious of the harsh conditions of the 19th century of France. Ie Naki Ko, or No Man's Boy Remi, narrates a sad, yet heartwarming tale of Remi and the hardships throughout his life as a travelling entertainer, learning valuable lessons about life itself. Although it is a beautiful anime, it suffers from some issues, the most notable one being the pacing of the story.

The story of Ie Naki Ko is pretty read more
Jul 20, 2016
deep3anime (All reviews)
I saw almost all of the World Master Piece Theater anime series and longed to see an anime with such quality and at last i found it. I saw 'NOBODY'S GIRL REMI' when it was telecasted in ANIMAX ASIA so i hoped that Ie Naki KO is the same. But no i am wrong it is far better than that.

The story starts with a poor boy Remi, living with his foster mother at chavanas without knowing that she is not his real mother. Everything changes when his father (i.e., husband of foster mother) Jerome comes after 8 long years to visit. He read more

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