YMMV / World Masterpiece Theater

  • Adaptation Displacement Some of its entries are more familiar or popular than their book counterparts. Lucy of the Southern Rainbow, My Annette, Katri - Girl of the Meadows, Bushbaby and even Romeo's Blue Skies are some of the examples of this.
  • Anvilicious: According to this article, the franchise was meant for kids who grew up from late 70's to 90's, showing them the struggle that their parents and grandparents went through after World War II.
  • Archive Panic: And how! The series has 26 entries (31 if you include Heidi, Moomin, Dororo, Rocky Chuck and Andersen Stories) and each of their episodes are around 25 minutes. Then, there are A Dog of Flanders and 3000 Leagues in Search of Mother movies.
  • Broken Base: Some viewers think that the entries involved with Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata are the best in the series, others think that the shows from late 70's to 1980's are the best, and there are some people who love the series because of Nostalgia Filter.
    • There are some people who thinks that Heidi, Girl of the Alps is part of WMT despite that Nippon Animation confirmed that it isn't included in the franchise.
    • In Japanese fandom, there are some arguments whether Tico of the Seven Seas is part of WMT or not. Mostly, it has something to do for being the only show that isn't adapted from any novels.
  • Cult Classic: The franchise has quite a fanbase thanks to the fansubs.
  • Fandom Berserk Button: Considering how it, to this day, are classics and part of history of Japanese animation, criticizing the franchise online is a terrible idea. Absolutely do not make fun about its storytelling.
  • Friendly Fandoms: Many people who watched WMT in the 70's to 90's are also fans of many other literature-based anime made by Tatsunoko, Tokyo Movie Shinsha, NHK (no, not the anime with the same title) and even Nippon Animation.
  • Gateway Series:
    • The franchise is this as an introduction of Japanese animation in general.
    • It also introduced some obscure or not so well-known novels such as A Dog of Flanders, Southern Rainbow and Romeo's Blue Skies.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Look at the Wikipedia page for at least 60 percent of these shows in Italian, French or Arabic and they'll likely be twice as long as the language of the page you were previously reading.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: The reason why many people watch Heidi, Dog of Flanders, 3000 Leagues in Search of Mother, Rascal the Raccoon and Anne of Green Gables is that Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata worked on those shows.
  • Slow-Paced Beginning: The franchise suffers from this for those people who are not interested in settings, additional back stories and characters who are not originally appeared in the novels. Each of the anime takes around few episodes to see new characters and to pick up the pacing of the plot. This is even lampshaded in the episode previews of Les MisÚrables: Shōjo Cosette.
  • Tough Act to Follow: The rest of the entries after Anne of Green Gables never managed to receive the same level of acclaim.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Despite that the franchise is aimed at children and most of its entries were based on children's books, its themes and plots can be surprisingly dark and mature.
  • Vindicated by History: Entries like Romeo's Blue Skies and Tico of the Seven Seas received poor ratings on their first run in Japan, but nowadays they are chosen as one of the best WMT shows according to a poll by Nippon Animation. Especially the former, who is placed in second beating Anne of Green Gables.