TV Classics: Candy Candy (キャンディ・キャンディ) [1975]

Candy Candy (キャンディ・キャンディ) is a Japanese novel, manga, and anime series. The main character, Candice “Candy” White Ardlay is a blonde American girl with freckles, large emerald green eyes and long, curly hair, worn in pigtails with bows.

Candy Candy is primarily a love story. Candy’s first love was a character named Anthony Brown, but the series is remembered by the majority of fans as a result of her heartbreaking separation from her true love and soulmate, Terruce “Terry” Grantchester (side note: Lord Grantchester – there is current a member of the British House of Lords, with the title). A recurrent story arc in the series is the “Prince of the Hill”, a mysterious boy Candy encountered once as a child. His identity is revealed in the last pages of the manga and in the last chapters of the anime.

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Candy Intro in Spanish

Candy Candy first appeared in a prose novel by famed Japanese writer Kyoko Mizuki in April 1975. When Mizuki joined forces with manga artist Yumiko Igarashi, the Japanese magazine Nakayoshi became interested in Candy Candy. The series was serialized as a manga series in the magazine for four years. The story was adapted into an anime series by Toei animation. There are also several Candy Candy movies which were never released outside of Japan. 

Candy Candy reached great heights of popularity for several years in a row, with different types of Candy Candy toys for sale in the Japanese market. These toys included dolls, girls’ watches, and other items. Seeing that the manga had become so popular among Japanese girls, in 1976 a Japanese anime series was produced for NET (now known as TV Asahi). In 1978, one animated feature film about Candy Candy and her friends was released in Japanese cinemas. Another one would be released in 1992.

Candy Candy reached international fame throughout the early and mid-1980s, becoming extremely popular among children in places such as Europe, the United States, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Candy Candy toys were also sold in large quantities in these areas. In Puerto Rico, where the show was known as just Candy, the series actually made a cross-over of sorts, because a large number of Puerto Rican and other Latin American boys also became fans of the show, even though the show was supposedly geared towards girls. Although Candy Candy was an animated program, it contained soap opera elements, and it had a continuous story, so every chapter began where the last chapter had left off.

The internet fanbase of Candy Candy is particularly divided between those who feel Terry is Candy’s true love and so should be reunited, and those who feel the series did reach a satisfactory conclusion with Albert as Candy’s love interest from the beginning to the end, despite the obvious legal ties of adopter/adoptee.

During the 2000s, Candy Candy episodes began to be sold on bootleg DVD format, as the legal lawsuits between the authors halted any production of licensed goods.

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