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Anime / The Story of Pollyanna, Girl of Love

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The Story of Pollyanna, Girl of Love is a 1986 anime produced by Nippon Animation and one of the entries in World Masterpiece Theater franchise. It consists of 51 episodes. The anime is based on two novels - Pollyanna and its sequel Pollyanna Grows Up written by Eleanor H. Porter. The premise of that show is similar to the novel: Pollyanna is a cheerful girl whose parents have died at young age. She is sent to Beldingsville to live with her Aunt Polly Harrington whom she never met before.

The anime provides the examples of:

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the anime, Pollyanna's hair color is reddish-brown in contrast to blonde in the novel.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Polly is this to her older sister Jennie.
  • A Winner Is You: In Episode 28, Pollyanna, Polly and Dr. Chilton are surprised to see the townspeople cheering at them with the banner "Congratulation Pollyanna".
  • Bears Are Bad News: In Episode 2, Pollyanna and Karen are chased by the bear in the forest. Fortunately, they're saved by a man who is wandering the area and kills the bear.
  • Cool Big Sis: Nancy to Pollyanna.
    • Jennie to Polly.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: Timothy.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Polly. She warms up considerably after Pollyanna's injury and her reconciliation with Dr. Chilton.
  • Fainting: Polly has a tendency to react this way whenever something shocking occurs. A bit of an exaggerated trope, given that it happens four times.
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  • Flashback: The anime uses this many times.
  • Flashback Nightmare: Pollyanna dreams about her father's death in Episode 24.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Jamie likes feeding squirrels in the park.
  • Genki Girl: Pollyanna is a bit more of a tomboy in this adaptation
  • Good Shepherd: John Whitter was a kind-well liked man who respected everyone in his congregation and was likewise treated with the same respect, on top of being a good father to his rambunctious daughter despite their near-poverty. In fact, he teaches Pollyanna the "glad game" shortly after her mother's death because he reasons that since the Bible has happiness referenced so much (at least 800 times according to Pollyanna) because God wants us to be happy.
  • Happily Adopted: In Episode 22, Mr. Pendleton decides to adopt Jimmy in order to make Pollyanna happy from her injury.
    • Ruth adopts Jamie in Episode 40.
  • I Can't Hear You: Aunt Ezra. She's lampshaded by Harold in Episode 15.
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  • Ill Girl: Pollyanna becomes sick with fever in Episode 18 and becomes ill from stress in Episode 28. Then in Episode 20, uses the use of her legs for a while from a car accident.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mrs. White from the Ladies Aid Society. Sure she's prickly and stern, but does genuinely care for Pollyanna's well-being, takes her in after her father's death, actively protests sending Pollyanna to live with her aunt and wants to adopt her, and even buys the girl her first non-charity bin dress. Aw...
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Jimmy is Jamie Kent, the real nephew of Mrs. Carew.
  • Meido: Subverted with Nancy, who is quite sarcastic.
  • Missing Mom: Pollyanna's mother died when she was four from illness.
  • The Pollyanna: Take a guess who.
  • Parental Substitute: The women of the Ladies Aid Society all helped raise Pollyanna, with Mrs. White most likely to scold her for her tomboyish behavior.
  • Preacher's Kid: Pollyanna's father John was a pastor in a small Midwestern town.
  • Rage Against the Heavens:
    • In Episode 22, Jimmy showed his anguish to God for causing Pollyanna losing her hope in curing her legs.
    • Episode 43 has Mr. Durgin expressed disappointment about Dr. Chilton's death to God in the gardens.
  • Riches to Rags: In the second half of the series, Aunt Polly loses her wealth and must turn her home in Boston to a boarding house
  • Recap Episode: Episode 26 has Polly remembering her memories with Pollyanna while waiting at her niece's operation.
  • Roaring Twenties: The very beginning of the decade at 1920, so there's not much roaring.
  • Second Love: Mrs. Carew for Mr. Pendleton.
  • Security Cling: Pollyanna has a habit in jumping on some people for hug. Lampshaded by her Aunt Polly in Episode 5.
  • Setting Update: From the early 1900s to 1920.
  • Shipper on Deck: Pollyanna is this to her Aunt Polly and Dr. Chilton.
    • In Episode 48, Sadie seems to think that Pollyanna and Jamie are meant for each other. She also supports Mr. Pendleton and Mrs. Carew.
  • Tomboy: Pollyanna likes to do handstand and wears her favorite jumper.
  • Train-Station Goodbye: Happens twice in the show. In Episode 24, Dr. Chilton reveals to Mr. Pendleton that he witnessed Jennie and Pastor John leaving Beldingsville to go to West. Then in Episode 25, Pollyanna, Aunt Polly and Dr. Chilton go to Boston for Pollyanna's operation.
  • When She Smiles: Aunt Polly is usually stoic, but when she looks at her older sister's mirror and then her hair is fixed by Pollyanna, it's just awesome to see her smile.