Based on the children's story by Hans Christian Andersen.
Gerda and Kai have been neighbors and best friends since childhood. Gerda is eleven, Kai twelve. They were happy children who worked and played as they should. All that changed when the Snow Queen's mirror broke. The shards spread all through the world, each containing evil. If a shard went inside your eye, it would turn your heart to ice. A shard went into Kai's eye. After that, he grew cold to those he loved.
One night, the Snow Queen came in her carriage and took Kai back to her ice castle at the farthest north point of the world. Everyone in Kai and Gerda's village didn't know where he went and believed he died from drowning in the frozen-over lake. Gerda doesn't believe this, for she dreamed of seeing Kai enter the carriage. When a drunk man admits that he also saw this, Gerda starts realizing that maybe what she saw wasn't a dream. She packs her things and goes on a journey to save Kai and bring him back home.
Yuki no Joou was created in celebration of 200 years since Hans Christian Andersen's birth. Apart from "The Snow Queen", it adapts a number of his other tales, such as "The Red Shoes", "The Little Match Girl", and "The Little Mermaid".
Let me just tell you how perfect this adaption of the Snow Queen is. I remember seeing this on a list of adaptions for the fairy tale "The Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Anderson, and I was really happy that they had an anime adaption for it. I am a big fairy tale reader and The Snow Queen just happened to be one of my favorite fairy tales. Also, since I enjoy watching anime, putting these two together was perfect. So of course I was going to see how they portray the fairy tale. And at the end of I was really pleased. So I'll
explain why I gave this anime these ratings:
Story (10)- I thought it deserved this ten. The anime helped the viewers understand the story and the concept perfectly (so if you are ever confused when reading this fairy tale, this is the right thing for you). What I loved most about the anime was not only did they stay truthful to the fairy tale, but they were able to incorporate many other fairy tales into the story, such as The Little Mermaid and The Little Match girl and many more.
Art (5)- I honestly think the art is what killed the show. The art isn't the greatest compared to many other animes I have seen. The story is amazing, but people wouldn't be interested in knowing what's going on because the art and animation is too distracting. I also think that is why this anime is underrated.
Sound (10)- The soundtrack is amazing. The classical, smoothing vibe this show gives with its soundtrack is the best.
Character (9)- They were able to portray every character successfully without mischaracterizing anyone. But I would be lying if I said that I didn't get annoyed at some characters.
Enjoyment (10)- Don't even get me started. I actually was able to get attached to most of the characters in the show (even if their appearance only lasted one episode). Yuki no Joou teaches their viewers many valuable lessons along the way and this show made me feel like I was a part of Gerda's journey. Which made this show very enjoyable to watch.
Overall (9)- The show did have its flaws. The art isn't the greatest and the show does start out slow. But as you watch each episode you start to get use to the art style and animation. Once you do, you then can concentrate on the story of the show and learn how amazing it is. The beautiful sound track, characters, plot, lessons, this show just has it all. I just wish more anime watchers can be able to watch these type of animes.