Ie Naki Ko

Nobody's Boy Remi

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Rémi the Nobody's Boy, Remi and his Adventures
Japanese: 家なき子
English: Nobody's Boy Remi
German: Remi
Spanish: Remi
French: Rémi sans Famille
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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, Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Demographic: KidsKids
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 7.841 (scored by 43264,326 users)
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Ranked: #8242
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Popularity: #5004
Members: 13,570
Favorites: 236

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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
Takayashiki, Hideo
Episode Director
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Theme Song Performance
Shounen Shoujo Gasshoudan Mizuumi
Theme Song Performance


Opening Theme

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"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
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 ...
Sep 12, 2010
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 ...
Apr 20, 2016
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 ...

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