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''The Snow Queen'' (''Yuki no Joou'') is a 2005 anime by Creator/TMSEntertainment and directed by the late Osamu Dezaki.

Like in the [[TheSnowQueen original story]], Gerda and Kai are childhood friends and neighbors living in a small town, playing and preparing with their families for an incoming winter. In the meantime, the Snow Queen proceeds with her annual summoning of snow and ice, leaving the IcePalace in care of her subordinate trolls. During one of her outings, the giant MagicMirror shatters and its shards are blown away all over the world, including their hometown. Kai’s eye is pierced by one such shard and soon his demeanor begins changing, to the point of driving Gerda away in tears. One night, the Queen sees him and decides to take him away to her castle all while Gerda is helpless to do anything about it.

When the villagers and Kai’s family give up the search and hold a funeral for him, Gerda cannot shake off the feeling that Kai is still alive, remembering her dream about Kai going off in a while carriage. She eventually encounters the town drunk who saw the same thing as she did in her dreams and decides to travel north in order to find him. She meets many people on her journey, including a mysterious minstrel Ragi and his animal companions who join Gerda in her search.

Not to be confused with ''Animation/TheSnowQueen1957'', ''Anime/TheSnowQueen1977'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSnowQueen1995'', or ''Animation/TheSnowQueen2012''.
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!!This anime contains examples of:

* ActionMom: Frida's mom Amanda.
* AdaptationExpansion: The anime spends an episode just fleshing out Gerda and Kai and their families, and shows what their town is like. It also takes its time showing Gerda actually preparing for her journey to find Kai. And then it throws in a bunch of episodes that never were part of the original story; see MassiveMultiplayerCrossover.
* AdaptationalHeroism: The Snow Queen was an ambiguous figure in the story; [[spoiler:here, she's a heroic figure who fights against the Devil]].
* AdventureTowns: Just about every town Gerda walks in will have her meet someone or do something.
* AnimatedAdaptation
* {{Animesque}}: Inverted in that the art and character designs resemble more of a European style than a traditional anime.
* AlienSky: If there’s an aurora borealis in the sky, chances are the Snow Queen is there. Then there’s the Avatar’s red eye like aurora…
* AllMythsAreTrue: The Snow Queen and Holger the giant are treated as legends, with only a few people actually seeing them for real, but they do turn out to be real.
* ArrowsOnFire
* BenevolentGenie: The witch in the “Three Walnuts” episode who gives Gerda and two siblings magical walnuts. She’s a bit of a LiteralGenie when the youngest sister wishes for a carriage and princess but it turns out she didn’t specify who it was for, so the witch herself drives off in the carriage.
* BigDamnHeroes: Ragi finds himself doing some of these for Gerda. [[spoiler:In the final episodes, Holger also manages to show up at the ice castle (all the way from the glacier, mind you) to [[ArrowCatch catch a flaming arrow]] aiming for Gerda.]]
* BilingualBonus: There’s some [[http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd16/NerrisaStrife/danish_zps0851adb7.jpg?t=1386415740 Danish]] in this.
* CerebusSyndrome: While the series already dealt with fairly serious issues, it was still a story about a young girl traveling to find her friend. [[spoiler:And then {{Satan}} shows up]].
* ClimbingTheCliffsOfInsanity: Later on in the series, Gerda and Ragi need to climb over the great glacier to get to the Snow Queen.
* TheCorruption: The mirror shards. Unlike in the fairy tale where other shards are mentioned but not seen, the shards are shown to have affected some people other than Kai, and Gerda runs into such people on her journey.
* ComingOfAgeStory
* CutTheSafetyRope: Ragi discusses this with Gerda on the glacier. [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice He ends up doing it]]]].
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Gerda calls a pickpocket a “pickpocket thief”.
* DramaticShattering: In this case, both the mirror and the puzzle.
* EarnYourHappyEnding
* EasingIntoTheAdventure: It takes four episodes to properly set up Kai and Gerda’s daily life and relationship, Kai’s accident with the mirror shard and Gerda’s eventual decision to find him.
* EverythingIsWorseWithBears
* FeudingFamilies: Amanda’s clan and Gaion’s clan have been fighting each other for years, mostly for territory.
* ForbiddenFruit: The fruit of the largest tree called the Ancestor in the Bandits’ Forest. Eating it is what gets both Frida and Gerda in trouble with the bandit clans.
* FindTheCure: In the beginning, Gerda sets out to find herbs for her grandmother’s fever in during winter and in the later episode Ragi searches for some after Gerda herself falls ill ([[CaretakerReversal which ends with him getting down with one as well]]).
* TheFinalTemptation: There’s the scene where the Avatar of the Wind takes Kai to the Garden of Paradise and even offers him immortality should he stay there. [[spoiler:Considering the Avatar turns out to be the Devil himself, it becomes even more apparent]].
* ForDoomTheBellTolls: While on a picnic with her family, Gerda hears a strange church bell that she knows isn’t coming from her town. Her grandmother tells her she heard the same bell years ago and later a notice came to her from the military; Gerda’s father had died in the war.
* GrimUpNorth: Where the Snow Queen lives.
* GhibliHills
* GrandFinale: [[spoiler:The series concludes with the characters fighting off the Devil]].
* HarmlessFreezing: [[spoiler:Ragi freezes at the bottom of the glacier and notably dies. Played straight when he’s revived]].
* HealingSpring: Frida is tasked to find the Spring of Life by Bae to save her dying mother.
* HeartwarmingOrphan: Often.
* HomeSweetHome
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler:Kai finally finishes the puzzle which restores the magic mirror and seals the Devil back where he belongs… only for him to tumble over when his heart starts to hurt, with the Devil still free to rampage due to the shard still lodged in Kai’s heart and leaving the mirror incomplete]].
* IcePalace
* ImNotAfraidOfYou: When the witch’s rat transform into a dragon, he is surprised Gerda isn’t afraid of him. PlayedForLaughs since she manages to convince him she will act like she’s afraid if he gives her back her shoes. She ends up running out on him while he’s distracted.
* IdenticalStranger: There’s the Prince, apart from the fact that he’s older than Kai. Gerda also meets a Captain who bears a passing resemblance to her father.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Gerda (eleven) and Ragi (middle-aged), with shades of ParentalSubstitute.
* InvoluntaryDance: In the episode based on “Red Shoes” which ends with disastrous consequences.
* LadyOfWar: The Snow Queen.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Gerda and Kai, to some amusement to their schoolmates.
* TheLostLenore: A rare male example; [[spoiler:Holger the giant. The Snow Queen still hasn’t gotten over his death a hundred years ago and he does have a significant presence not just for her, but for the other characters as well (mostly through his legends as they likely didn’t know he existed or that he was already dead till the final episodes). Gerda names the wolf companion after him and the Queen appears to see much of Holger in Ragi]].
* LoyalAnimalCompanion: Holger and (to lesser degree) Amor.
* MagicMirror: The Snow Queen can observe faraway events with it even when it is broken. [[spoiler:It also contains the essence of the Devil that can turn people evil and makes them susceptible to his control]].
* MassivelyMultiplayerCrossover: References and adaptations of other Andersen stories appear throughout.
* MenDontCry: Averted because everyone cries in this. Girls, boys, women, men, old people… all of them.
* MoodWhiplash
* TheMourningAfter: [[spoiler:The Snow Queen for Holger]].
* MysteriousMist: One comes up at night in the Star Falling Valley that was once the place of a huge war.
* NewYearHasCome: Episode 19 has a [[BlatantLies fun]] one made from TheLittleMatchGirl.
* NoNameGiven: Some of the characters from the original story gain names in this version, such as the Robber Girl who becomes Frida, others (like the witches) stay unnamed.
* NonchalantDodge: Ragi and the Snow Queen are fond of this.
* OneSideOfTheStory: [[spoiler:Ragi believed the Snow Queen refused to help his men who were dying in the raging snowstorm and even thought she deliberately caused the blizzard, despite him begging her to help them. It’s revealed only later that she did try to help them, but was too late as they were all already dead. He humbly admits that he was wrong about her]].
* PensieveFlashback: [[spoiler:Gerda has one when she enters the ice castle. she sees herself as a baby along with her mother and Kai’s family as they are seeing off Gerda’s father who is going to war. She tries to talk to him and prevent him from leaving which doesn’t work since the Snow Queen uses this memory to lock Gerda in a room]].
* PastelChalkedFreezeFrame: All over the place. Just look who directed this.
* PeoplePuppets: [[spoiler:The Devil can control people who have a mirror shard lodged in their hearts. He even tries to use Kai like this against the Snow Queen]].
* PluckyGirl: Gerda.
* PrematureEulogy: When Kai doesn't come back for a long time, his father and the other townspeople give up and declare him dead. Gerda's positive he's still alive though.
* PortTown: There was one that was absolutely crazy about mermaids.
* RecapEpisode: Episode 20.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: The baby seal the Snow Queen brings to Kai so he’ll have someone to play with.
* SayMyName
* ScaryShinyGlasses: King Globo.
* SceneryPorn
* ShoutOut: There are several episodes based around other Andersen’s fairy tales, along with the more obscure ones such as The Flying Trunk and The Garden of Paradise.
* SickEpisode: Episode 26.
* SoftWater: [[spoiler:When Frida is made to go over a waterfall in a barrel as a punishment, she survives. On the other hand, her mother who dives after her to save her sustains massive injuries and ends on her death bed]].
* SplitScreen: Mostly used during dialogue to show faces and expressions of both participants.
* TailorMadePrison: [[spoiler:The puzzle on the floor of the ice castle is what keeps the Devil under lock. When it’s broken into many pieces, he escapes and it has to be reassembled before they can seal him again]].
* TalkingAnimal: There’s the rat who works for the witch with the flower garden, Bae the great reindeer, the bear that protects the Spring of Life and the crows.
* TheyDiedBecauseOfYou: [[spoiler:A father of one of the deceased men that served under Ragi accuses him of being a DirtyCoward who abandoned his troop to save his own skin since he was found in a cave miles away from them with no real explanation]].
* ThisIsUnforgivable: [[spoiler:The Snow Queen says this to the Avatar who kidnaps Kai and Ragi is not at all willing to forgive her for not helping his dying troop]].
* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: [[spoiler:The Snow Queen vs. {{Satan}}]].
* WoobieOfTheWeek
* WorkOffTheDebt: Gerda does this willingly a couple of times, in exchange for lodgings and pay. Also, Hans tries to sweet-talk the waitress into opening a tab on him, but ends up working since the elder owns the restaurant.
* WorldTree: The Ancestor in the Bandits’ Forest which is said to have made the forest.
* YearOutsideHourInside: The witch’s flower garden. It’s stated Gerda spends six months there.
* YouRemindMeOfX: [[spoiler:Ragi seems to remind the Snow Queen of Holger… which is what also prompts her to save him not once but twice]].

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