|The Story of Perrine|
|Genre||Adventure, historical, drama|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Hiroshi Saitō|
|Produced by||Kōichi Motohashi|
|Written by||Akira Miyazaki|
|Music by||Takeo Watanabe|
|Original network||Fuji TV |
|Original run||January 1, 1978 – December 31, 1978|
|The Story of Perrine: The Movie|
|Released||June 30, 1990|
The Story of Perrine (ペリーヌ物語, Perīnu Monogatari, lit. "Story of Perrine") is a Japanese anime series by Nippon Animation. It is the fourth production in the World Masterpiece Theater series (Calpis Family Theater back then). It is based on the French novel En Famille by Hector Malot. The original aired from January 1, 1978 until December 31, 1978, spanning 53 episodes.
It has been dubbed in several languages for some regions, such as Iran, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Latin America, the Arabic Speaking World, Germany, and the Philippines.
Main article: En Famille
The anime is based on the novel En Famille by Hector Malot, which is also translated as Nobody's Girl. Another work by the author, Sans Famille, has a very similar story. That work was used as the basis of an anime film, Chibikko Remi to Meiken Kapi, as well as two separate anime series, Nobody's Boy: Remi and Remi, Nobody's Girl. The latter series should not be confused with The Story of Perrine.
Perrine Paindavoine is the daughter of an Anglo-Indian mother, Marie, and a French father, Edmond, who dies in Bosnia at the very beginning of the story. Before dying, Edmond asks his wife and Perrine to return to his hometown, Maraucourt, where Perrine's grandfather, Vulfran, owns a factory and a family mansion. Perrine and her mother run a traveling photo studio on their journey to France. Upon reaching Paris, however, Marie falls ill. Although they sell everything they have to spend on medication, Marie eventually dies. On her deathbed, she reveals that Perrine must not expect a welcome from her grandfather. Vulfran strongly opposed Edmond's marriage and as such, he detests Perrine.
After the burial, Perrine embarks on an arduous journey to Maraucourt, traveling almost 150 kilometres (93 mi) on foot and barely surviving starvation. Once there, she assumes the identity of Aurelie to assess the situation in advance: Maraucourt is a town whose primary function is to house the workforce of its cotton mill, which Mr. Paindavoine owns. As such, the blind, stern Mr. Paindavoine is virtually the local ruler of the town and is feared by everyone, even his irresponsible nephew who expects to inherit the factory.
Aurelie secures a job of pushing rail carts in the factory. Soon, however, she is promoted to factory's interpreter, as she speaks both French and English fluently. Ultimately, through her efficiency, loyalty, and (unbeknownst to many) compassion, she becomes Vulfran's personal secretary and is invited to live in his mansion. Vulfran gradually grows fond of Aurelie, who has become his all-time companion without him asking. Coming so close to her grandfather, Aurelie learns about his personal life: Having virtually no loving relative, Vulfran has started a search for Edmond, intent to bring him home. Aurelie translates his foreign communications but does not dare to mention that his search is in vain, because Vulfran makes no secret of his hatred for Edmond's wife and daughter, blaming them for stealing his son away, which hurts Aurelie.
Eventually, Vulfran is informed of the premature death of Edmond in Bosnia. The bad news is proved almost fatal, as Vulfran is struck down by grief and only survives the ordeal through the passionate care of Aurelie, who helps him recover. Vulfran is grateful to Aurelie; during a visit from the elderly "grandmother Françoise", once Edmond's nanny, he proclaims that Aurelie is an angel sent by God to save him because such unconditional love is unique for a total stranger. Françoise, a mutual friend of Aurelie since her arrival in Maraucourt, replies that the angel curiously resembles Edmond. Vulkan immediately sends his lawyer to investigate Aurelie's background and also acknowledges that if she is truly his granddaughter, he must make up for having said terrible things about Edmond's family in front of her.
After receiving confirmation that Aurelie is indeed Perrine, Vulfran undergoes dangerous eye surgery to see his granddaughter's face. He also orders the construction of a daycare center and healthy dormitories for the workers of the factory.
1 Episode Setting Out
2 Episode A Long Journey
3 Episode Mother's Strength
4 Episode The Rebel Count
5 Episode GrandFather and Grandson
6 Episode Two Mothers
7 Episode The Circus Boy
8 Episode The Drunk Donkey
9 Episode Business Rivals
10 Episode The Camera Thieves
11 Episode Baron Does His Best
12 Episode An Audience of Two
13 Episode Crossing The Alps
14 Episode In A Beautiful Country
15 Episode France! France!
16 Episode Mother's Decision
17 Episode An Inn in Paris
18 Episode The Old Man At The Gate
19 Episode The Boy From Downtown Paris
20 Episode Farewell, Palikare
21 Episode Mother's Last Words
22 Episode Unforgettable Friends
23 Episode Solo Journey
24 Episode A Beautiful Rainbow
25 Episode Palikare! That's My Palikare!
26 Episode Kind Rouquerie-obasan
27 Episode Grandfather's Cold Face
28 Episode Working in Paindavoine Factory
29 Episode A Hut By The Lake
30 Episode All By Herself
31 Episode Perrine's Guests
32 Episode Her Secret Name
33 Episode Theodore's Wallet
34 Episode An Unforgettable Day
35 Episode The English Letters
36 Episode Joy and Anxiety
37 Episode Grandfather's Large Hand
38 Episode Her Lovely Dress
39 Episode A Letter From India
40 Episode Baron's Calamity
41 Episode A Castle-Like Château
42 Episode Rosalie's Sorrow
43 Episode On Sunday' Perrine...
44 Episode A Malicious Woman
45 Episode News From Bosnia
46 Episode Vulfran's Sorrow
47 Episode Aurelie's Face
48 Episode The Fire
49 Episode A Time for Joyful Tears
50 Episode The First Snow of Winter
51 Episode Grandfather's Eyes
52 Episode An Unforgettable Christmas
53 Episode Spring Cometh
Since its animation style was unsophisticated, the production was considered as mediocre. But near the end of the production, it became one of the most highly regarded pieces within World Masterpiece Theater.