YMMV / Candy Candy

  • Adaptation Displacement: ... Wait, Candy Candy was originally a novel?
  • Angst Aversion: More than one watcher/reader ended up getting tired of all the relentless, neverending, borderline ridiculous melodrama surrounding Candy's life and, as a consequence, dropped the series.
  • Die for Our Ship: Susanna Marlowe is clingy, but she still doesn't deserve half the utter shit that fandom throws at her. Specially considering that she saved Terry's life and lost her leg and her acting career for it and that she actually told Terry to go after Candy a while after this. It was Terry who chose to stay by Susanna's side, and yet no one remembers it while blaming and slutshaming Susanna. And that when Terry was pressured into marrying Susanna, this came from Susanna's mother and not from Susanna herself.
  • Ear Worm: That blasted Mitsuko Horie theme song!
  • Fanon Discontinuity: The Italian fans hated the Bittersweet Ending so much that they forced the Italian editors to make them a sort-of Gecko Ending where Candy and Terry got together again.
    • And the French broadcasters just didn't want Anthony to die. The French dub said that he "fell from his horse and lost the use of his legs". And disappeared. Two of the episodes were edited later to fix the problem, but elements of the fake story remained in some other episodes.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: In Latin-America, the Candy X Terry couple seems to be the most popular one, with lots of fanart and fanfiction (and lot of backlash towards their separation, leading to the creation of several Fix Fic stories where they became a couple again and get married)
  • Funny Moments: Candy's "dance" with Archie at the Andree party, where she steps on his foot and he makes a comically exaggerated pained face.
    • A similar moment occurs at a later dinner party at the Regan Manor - as Candy walks to take her seat at the table, Neil sticks out his foot in an attempt to trip her...and she steps on his foot instead, making him make a comically pained face while she just walks on past him.
    • Candy's Sweet Polly Oliver moment where she dresses as a boy and (even flirting with) Eliza before declining a dance with her, much to her confusion.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: VERY popular in Latin America, and in France where it was the very first shojo ever seen. It's also quite popular (and still well-remembered) in Italy.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Considering that Candy Candy is a shoujo manga from The '70s, it had pretty revolutionary 'messages': "Be honest to yourself", "Don't throw away your own beliefs", "Work hard to earn what you get in life", "Don't give up on your purposes", "Romance is important, yes, but not the end and be all to a life". The fandom, however, ignores almost all of them only to focus on the romantic part of the plot, and specially on loudly complaining because Candy and Terry didn't end up together. Even older fans in their 30's and 40's, who should know better, fall into this trap.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Neil's Scarpia Ultimatum to Candy; and just as we were led to think there might be some hope for him. And specially considering that after said ultimatum, he insists that he loves Candy more than anything. Uhm, Neil, things don't work that way.
    • Eliza has several moments of dog kicking, but her worst actions are framing Candy and Terry to get Candy expelled from St. Paul School and scheming with her mother Ruth to get Candy's reputation smeared because after she takes the amnesiac Albert into her household.
  • Periphery Demographic: A girls show that Latin American boys were more than willing to watch.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: The cat fights, scuffles and screaming matches between Candy/Terry and Candy/Albert shippers subsist to this very day.
  • Squick: A friend of Candy's is pushed by his father to get married at 17. That's odd enough but not AS terrible... until you see that the "bride" is a girl who is very clearly under 10. Candy says it's strange, the little girl was shown to be uncomfortable, and the father ended up admitting it's not right.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Anthony's death.
    • Stear's death
    • "Separation on a snowy day" (A.K.A the episode that definitely sinks the relationship between Candy and Terry) is this for many viewers. It's so well done that even those who don't ship Candy x Terry are moved.
  • Values Resonance: A shoujo manga from The '70s that isn't necessarily centered ONLY on romance and tells people that they can be whatever they want to be in life, as long as they work hard for it? HELL YES!
  • What an Idiot: Candy is rather naive, yet rarely displays active stupidity. However, the time when she and Terry sneak outside the dorms to meet up with each other on the grounds of having supposedly received letters from one another, without actually checking on any sources AND despite clearly knowing the school's incredibly strict rules completely reeks of this trope.
  • The Woobie: Annie, Patty, Anthony, Susanna if you're charitable to her.


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