Twelve Months, The Forest is Alive is based off a fairy tale of the same name.The tale was written by Samuil Marshak who is described as "the founder of Russia's children's literature". Reading the tale myself I noticed the differences between the animation and the original story.This was probably due to the repetitiveness and short length of the tale. However they both have a nice charm and made me feel nice.
The story for this anime is of an orphan girl named Anya who lives with her cruel stepmother and sister.She is given the task of finding snowdrops for the young queen,
however they do not bloom in the winter but instead in the spring. The stepmother and sister send Anya to search for snowdrops anyway so they may become rich as a reward for bringing the snowdrops to the queen. In a fierce blizzard Anya meets the 12 months of the calendar. Out of pity they bring spring so Anya can find the snowdrops. She promises to not speak of this to anyone due to it going against the laws of nature
There is not too much to say about the story. It isn't a grand tale but I think it is good enough to watch and enjoy it.
I enjoyed the art even though I do not watch very much old anime. There were moments of beautiful scenery and not much else too extravagant to mention.
The characters were anything too special however I think the character of the queen was fairly well done. She is an orphan who became queen at a very young age. She is spoiled but that is because she gained such power at too young an age. There was no time for her to grow as a person before it became time for her to fulfill her duty as royalty.She isn't malicious or evil just a spoiled little girl. I enjoyed seeing her character grow a little towards the end and I also enjoyed her weird bread hair.
Watching this late at night even though I was tired I enjoyed this very much. It's another feel good fairy tale yes but I was still able to enjoy it .
Overall, if I was still a child Sekai Meisaku Douwa would've probably made for precious memories similarly to how many other classic animations have.Even though I'm no longer a child I do not regret watching this at all and do recommend it especially to someone young who likes fairy tales.