|Daddy Long Legs|
(Watashi No Ashinaga Ojisan)
Slice of Life
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Kazuyoshi Yokota|
|Produced by||Takaji Matsudo (Nippon Animation)|
Yoshihisa Tachikawa (Fuji Television)
|Written by||Hiroshi Ōtsuka|
|Music by||Kei Wakakusa|
|Original network||Fuji Television|
|Original run||14 January 1990 – 23 December 1990|
My Daddy Long Legs (私のあしながおじさん, Watashi No Ashinaga Ojisan) is a Japanese animated television series based on the novel Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster.
This anime was aired in 1990 and part of the container World Masterpiece Theater produced by Nippon Animation studios and was awarded the Excellent Movie Award for Television by the Japanese Agency of Cultural Affairs for Children in 1990. 40 episodes were produced.
Judy Abbott is an orphan who has been given the opportunity to study at the prestigious Lincoln Memorial High School by a mysterious benefactor whom she only knows as "John Smith". She has only seen his shadow once, and because of his long legs, she calls him "Daddy Long Legs". The only payment she is to give her benefactor is that she write him letters every month, with no expectation of them being responded to.
The anime covers three years of Judy's life, starting with her leaving the John Grier Home orphanage, and ending with her finishing high school.
|1||"The Monday that Changed my Destiny"|
|14 January 1990|
|After her parents died, Judy is forced to stay in an orphanage managed by Ms. Lippett. She faced a lot of struggles as an orphan while also tending to younger orphans' needs. An opportunity came at most one of the five orphans to have a high-school scholarship and Judy was chosen to be the one.|
|2||"Preparing for a Journey by Myself"|
|21 January 1990|
|Judy leaves to study at Lincoln Memorial School for Girls. She bought presents for all the other orphans using her own clothing allowance. However, one orphan did not like this gesture at all. She is informed that a John Smith is sponsoring her studies and she is required to write a letter to him regularly about her condition in the school.|
|3||"The Long-Awaited Lincoln Memorial Girls School"|
|28 January 1990|
|4||"A Hurly-Burly Opening Ceremony"|
|4 February 1990|
|5||"How to Decorate a Room Beautifully"|
|11 February 1990|
|6||"Do You Hate Liars?"|
|25 February 1990|
|7||"A Good Way To Use Gold Coins"|
|4 March 1990|
|8||"The letter thrown away into the rubbish bin"|
|11 March 1990|
|9||"Julia's Uncle is an Eccentric Person?"|
|18 March 1990|
Julia asked Judy to meet her uncle Jervis and show him around the campus. Judy was initially reluctant but found out that he's an affable person. She showed him her favorite place in the campus which turns out to be the top of the Ferguson dormitory which alarmed Miss Sloan, who in turn called for police.Upon coming back to the room, they were confronted by Miss Sloan but was eventually won over by Jervis' charm.
|10||"I'm Sorry I Betrayed You"|
|25 March 1990|
|11||"I can't believe his name was there"|
|15 April 1990|
|12||"A strange coincidence"|
|22 April 1990|
|13||"Sallie's courageous challenge!"|
|6 May 1990|
|14||"Was the first short story plagiarized?"|
|20 May 1990|
Judy wrote a short story for a writing competition coinciding with the 50th Anniversary of Lincoln High School. At Sally's suggestion, Judy showed it to Mr. Melnore. To her dismay, Mr. Melnore told her that by the style of her story, one could tell her favorite authors—which is equivalent to plagiarising their work. Afterwards, Judy wrote a short story: A young orphan named Jerusha (in the original novel, this was Judy's real name. She changed it to 'Judy' when she went to college) was caught taking a biscuits from the biscuit tray by the matron of the orphanage. As a punishment, she was sent to her room with no food. One night, she tried to escape but the matron caught her and for that, she was tied to a tree. Then, a young boy came and freed her. They ran to the forest with the matron and some hired help out looking for them. They nearly got caught and the two decided to part ways to elude the search party. Years later, Jerusha was working in a cornfield and on her way back to the farm, a car stopped beside her and out came a man who called her name. She did not initially recognize the stranger until it dawned to her that this was the owner of the farm she's working in and also the boy who rescued her from the orphanage. Upon reading the story, Sally and Julia (although, she tried to hide it) were deeply touched and wept.When the competition ended, the poster showed that there were no clear winners but Judy won a commemoration fountain pen as a prize which she gladly accepted.
|15||"A hot dog and a wallflower"|
|27 May 1990|
The dance ball at the Lincoln Memorial High School was coming and many of the girls are inviting their male companions to dance with them. Julia said that the girl who doesn't have a partner is called a wallflower and although Judy is actually worried of becoming one, she decided that if she'll become one, she might as well be the most beautiful wallflower.When she accompanied Julia on a shopping trip, they went to a small diner called "Presence of Mind" at Judy's suggestion, for some a meal. There, they were greeted by a very affable, tall, and dark haired waiter. At his suggestion, Judy ordered some hotdogs and with reluctance, so did Julia. His cheerful and irreproachable personality endeared him to Judy but not so with Julia, who took into openly disliking him. During the ball, Julia, Judy, and Sally were the only ones standing in the corner. Sallie went to look for her dance partner who seemed to be wandering somewhere while Julia decided to have a drink and as she was getting a drink, she bumped into a man and to her surprise, it was the affable waiter, who was busy stuffing himself with hotdogs. The waiter tried to apologise to Julia but she snubbed him. He was however, glad to see Judy and asked her for a dance. It turned out that the waiter was Jimmie McBride, Sally's brother and to Julia's annoyance and surprise, is also the star quarterback of Princeton University football team.
|16||"A Present from a Quarterback"|
|3 June 1990|
|10 June 1990|
|18||"A Thanksgiving Dinner Invitation"|
|17 June 1990|
|19||"My Friends, Let's Sing Together"|
|24 June 1990|
|20||"An Older Classmate"|
|1 July 1990|
|21||"Beauty and Sadness"|
|8 July 1990|
|22||"Snow falling on the Window"|
|29 July 1990|
|23||"Our Different Christmases"|
|5 August 1990|
|24||"As You Like It"|
|12 August 1990|
|25||"New York, My Birthplace"|
|19 August 1990|
|26||"A Bridge to Tomorrow"|
|26 August 1990|
|27||"Being a Tutor is no Easy Task"|
|2 September 1990|
|28||"A Ruthless Order"|
|9 September 1990|
|29||"Full of Memories"|
|16 September 1990|
|30||"Love on a Summer Day"|
|23 September 1990|
Judy was back in Lock Willow farm. Although she wrote to Daddy Long Legs that she was sad not to go to the Adirondacks with Sally, Jimmy, and Julia, she decided to make the best of her time at the farm. Later, Mr and Mrs. Sempleton told her that Master Jervis is paying a visit and everyone in the farm went busy preparing the place for him. Upon his arrival, they were all happy. Judy also received a letter from a local paper stating that they are publishing one of her stories and accompanying the letter is a cheque as payment. Mrs. Sempleton announced that they will be attending the church the following day but Master Jervis alluded her plans and took Judy out for fishing instead. The two went out fishing and camping but got caught out in the thunderstorm. In their hasty effort to get back to the farm, Judy slipped and fell into the ravine. Eventually, Jervis found her and held her in his arms.The day of his departure, he thanked everyone for his time in the farm and surprised Judy by planting a kiss on her cheek.
|31||"Girls in Full Bloom"|
|30 September 1990|
|32||"A Twilight Meeting at the Station"|
|21 October 1990|
|33||"Feelings That Just Miss Each Other"|
|4 November 1990|
|34||"he Throbbing of My Heart"|
|11 November 1990|
|35||"Loneliness in Youth"|
|18 November 1990|
Sally was excited when Bob asked to take her out for a drive. Judy was also excited because tomorrow is Jervis' birthday and thought of giving him a present. They both asked Julia to go out shopping with them but Julia refused saying that she wanted to study. At the library, Julia couldn't concentrate on her studies and took out instead a book about American football.Upon arriving at Ferguson dormitory, Julia received a phone call from her mother. Mrs. Pendleton told her that she has arranged a dinner party for Julia and introduce her to the son of a New York real estate agent. Julia adamantly refused and said that she's in love with Jimmy McBride but her mother wouldn't hear of it. In anger, Julia slammed the phone down and went to her room. When Sally and Judy arrived later, they showed her the hat that Sallie bought for her intended date with Bob and Judy showed a handkerchief with initials "JP" embroidered on it as a present for Jervis. Julia initially wanted to tell them something but hesitated and announced to the girls that she's taking a walk for a while which puzzled Sally and Judy. Back in Princeton, Bob interrupted the football team's practice by telling Jimmy that he had a phone call. When Jimmy picked out the phone, it was from Julia. While Sally and Judy were asleep, Julia packed her favourite clothes and suitcase and slipped out of the dormitory. The following day, Mrs. Pendleton arrived with the intention of taking Julia out and bring her back to New York with her but Ms. Throne told her that she would have to follow the procedures and fill out the forms before taking Julia out of the dorm. The commotion this caused woke Judy up from her sleep. She roused Sallie from slumber and they both found that Julia's bed was empty. Mrs. Pendleton managed to force herself into the girls' room. When Ms. Throne, who overheard Julia's phone conversation with her mother, told Judy about the conversation, Judy came to conclusion that this might be the reason why Julia was acting strangely. While Mrs. Pendleton and Ms Sloan are in Sally and Julia's room, Judy took Sally to her room and told her that Julia might have run away. She asked Sally to distract Mrs. Pendleton and Ms. Throne so she can slip off and go look for Julia.
|36||"In Order to Seize the Day"|
|25 November 1990|
|37||"A Farewell on Christmas Eve"|
|2 December 1990|
|38||"A Sad Proposal"|
|9 December 1990|
|39||"Graduating from the Past"|
|16 December 1990|
|40||"Nice to Meet You, Daddy!"|
|23 December 1990|
On her graduation day, Mr. Griggs rushed to tell Judy that her father, John Smith, was terribly ill. She immediately got into the car and they drove towards the home of her sponsor. Along the way, she kept thinking about her time with Jervis. Suddenly caught in a traffic jam, Judy asked Mr. Griggs to draw a map and she ran towards the home of Mr. Smith despite the heavily pouring rain. After running into a parade and getting lost, she finally ended up at the home of John Smith where she has discovered that he was actually her lover, Jervis. Jervis at that time was suffering from pneumonia and his health was deteriorating quickly. This is where he told Judy that he liked the initial entry she had for the scholarship, which he found interesting and quirky, so he decided to choose her for a scholarship. He has fallen in love with the Judy in the letters who seemed so carefree and he was deeply hurt when she had rejected him.
After confessing his feelings and identity to Judy, he suddenly fainted and a doctor came in to tend to him.
Sleeping by his bedside, Judy held his hand till morning. Jervis woke up and was cured of pneumonia.
Later he married Judy at the small church in Lock Willow Farm. It is shown that Julia was engaged to Jimmy Mcbride, to be married once he completes his master's degree. Sallie and Bob remained good friends.
Judy decided to go to college to achieve her dreams, while being a good wife to Jervis.In the end, she wrote a final letter to Daddy Long Legs signed Pendelton-Smith, Judy Abbott.
|Original title||English title||Artist||Description|
|グローイング・アップ (Gurooing Appu)||Growing Up||Mitsuko Horie||Opening theme|
|キミの風 (Kimi no Kaze)||Your Wind||Mitsuko Horie, SHINES||Ending theme|