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Anime / Katri, Girl of the Meadows

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Katri, Girl of the Meadows is a 1984 anime produced by Nippon Animation and part of World Masterpiece Theater series. It is based on the Finnish novel Paimen, Piika ja Emäntä written by Auni Nuolivaara. It ran for 49 episodes, airing every Sunday in 1991. A few years before the start of World War One, Katri's mother left her daughter behind to work in Germany and Katri now lives with her grandparents. With Finland under Russian occupation, the residents in rural areas have had little or no news about the war and Katri is anxious about her mother's return. To make matters worse, Katri's grandparents' farm isn't doing well and their only cow had been killed by a bear. Katri decides to help her grandparents by working in a neighboring farm.


The anime provides examples of:

  • Actually, That's My Assistant: In Episode 6, Katri had just arrived at Räikkölä farm and encounters a middle-aged woman. She immediately assumed that woman is the wife of house. The woman, however laughs and then introduces herself as a servant named Anneli.
  • Bait-and-Switch Credits: One of the scenes in opening credits shows Katri using a bugle to call the cows. However in Episode 23, she failed to use it due to her shock in encountering a bear.
  • Babies Ever After: Mrs. Räikkölä has another newborn daughter named Erna.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Katri encountered these around few times.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Katri is like this to Klaus.
  • Book Dumb: Martii starts out to be this who skips school sometimes. However, once he saw Katri having determination in reading books, he decides to study hard and informs Katri about the news outside Finland.
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  • Bookworm: Katri spends time reading books during work or before going to sleep.
  • Canon Foreigner: Martii, Pekka, Helena, Akki and Sophia only appear in the anime version.
  • Celebrity Cameo: In Episode 48, Vladimir Lenin shows up at the restaurant in Turku.
  • Cool Old Lady: Aunt Gunilla visits Räikkölä farm every winter to help the people make yarn and tell folk stories. She even takes responsibility in freeing Aapeli to help protect the wool from the thieves.
  • Disappeared Dad: Katri's father died when she was around three years old.
  • Distant Finale: In final episode, Katri becomes a writer and wrote many novels about her experiences in Finnish countryside.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Dr. Sophia does this with her automobile much to Katri and Mrs. Kussela's horror.
  • Dub Name Change: For whatever reason, Katri's name is changed to "Nathalie" in Dutch dub.
    • The same goes to the French dub where Katri's name becomes "Cathy".
  • Evil Aunt: Mrs. Kuusela's aunt Iirela starts out as one who detests Katri for being intelligent despite being poor. She mellows out later after Katri saves her life in Episode 47.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Aapeli is good at detecting malicious threats to Katri and her friends.
  • Gang of Bullies: Katri and Aapeli come across three boys at the village twice.
  • Happily Married: Viljami and Aliina in Episode 33.
  • Ill Girl: Katri becomes sick with fever in Episode 9. She is temporarily replaced by Martii until she gets better.
  • Improbable Age: Katri works as a cowherd and then as Mrs. Kuusela's personal assistant at the age of ten.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: Hanna does this to Apelli few times at night by saying that her treats won't make him sick.
  • Kick the Dog: Hanna plays malicious pranks to Aapeli to help her henchmen steal the wool in Räikkölä's farm.
  • Last-Minute Hookup: Akki and Elina officially become a couple in episode 48.
  • Lighter and Softer: The anime version is lighter in tone than the novel, but it doesn't stray away from seriousness and drama Katri has to face.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Martii and Pekka's relationship towards Katri is mostly this, with Martii seeing Katri as his relative he must protect.
  • The Mentally Disturbed: Ulla displays some signs of schizophrenia due to the loss of her daughter Reina. Fortunately, she gets better since Katri's arrival at the farm.
  • Never Learned to Read: Katri doesn't have any kind of education at the age of nine. She quickly learns to read and write in Räikkölä farm thanks to Martii and Akki.
  • Obviously Evil: Hanna was supposed to take a job in Räikkölä farm again, but judging from the look on her face and her hatred towards Aapeli it'd be difficult to mistake her for anyone other than a villain.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Katri is raised by her paternal grandparents, as her mother stays in Germany for work.
  • Scholarship Student: Katri becomes this by receiving scholarship where she can study in Liberty Academy for free.