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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:

  • A Girl And Her X: Pollyanna and her chipmunk.
    • Jimmy and his dog Talim and horse Mark in male version.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Good Parents: John was this to Pollyanna. Aunt Polly has to learn to become this.
  • 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.
  • Ill Girl: Pollyanna becomes sick with fever in Episode 18 and becomes ill from stress in Episode 28. Then in Episode 20, her legs are injured from car accident.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Jimmy is Jamie Kent, the real nephew of Mrs. Carew.
  • Meido: Subverted with Nancy.
  • The Pollyanna: Take a guess who.
  • Parental Substitute: The women of the Ladie's Aid Society all helped raise Pollyanna, with Mrs. White most likely to scold her for her tomboysih 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 looses 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 begining 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.

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