Isn't she sweet? note
"Flowers grow and die, humans die but they live on in the hearts of those who love them."
— Anthony Andree
series from the 1970s hooked up a whole generation of Japanese, Latin American and European girls. It actually started as a three-volume novel written by Yumiko Igarashi, which later was adapted into a 9-volume manga, serialized in the Nakayoshi
magazine from 1975 to 1979, and illustrated by Kyouko Mizuki. The anime ran from 1976 to 1979, at a total of 115 episodes.
The story is about the life and times
of Candace "Candy" White, a beautiful blond girl growing up in the first two decades of the 20th century, through her adoption; her convoluted love life, first with sweet Anthony Brown, who meets a tragic death
, and then with rebellious
Terry Granchester; her friends and enemies, and her final determination of being a capable and independent woman.
The franchise also became known for the extremely bitter legal battles of the late 90s and early 2000s between Igarashi and Mizuki over credits and royalties. By the end of the legal battle, both Igarashi and Mizuki were required to approve any future Candy Candy
products and projects. The led to an actual anime sequel being cancelled due to the souring of Igarashi and Mizuki's professional relationship, nearly all merchandise ceasing, and all licenses for overseas productions ceasing.
Not to be confused with Honey Honey
, another old-school shojo which is instead extremely silly
, the Axe Cop
villain by this name
, or the Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
The series provides examples of: