I Do Not Envy the Staff of Before Green Gables

Before Green Gables, known also by its Japanese title Konnichiwa Anne, is a prequel to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original Anne of Green Gables (Akage no Anne) anime. It’s even being done by the same production company that did the original. Obviously with the show a month or two away by this point I have no way to actually judge it, but what I can say is that its predecessor is a tough act to live up to.

If you look at the staff for the original Anne of Green Gables anime, you’ll perhaps see some familiar names, and none more familiar than “Miyazaki Hayao” and “Takahata Isao.” That’s right, this anime was made by the team that would go on to form Studio Ghibli. Sure it was back when they were younger and less experienced, but I really do not envy the current staff.

Perhaps they can benefit from the fact that it’s a 30th anniversary and many people today would be too young to remember the original. In any case, I feel like no matter how the show ends up I want to do my best to not constantly compare the two works. You know, despite this entire post being all about the comparison.

3 thoughts on “I Do Not Envy the Staff of Before Green Gables

  1. I wrote a preview for this anime sometime ago. Probably, I’ll cover it episodically, but I have not decided yet. While it might turn out to be worse than the original run, the anime can be enjoyable nonetheless.


  2. Thanks for the reminder. I’m looking forward to seeing it myself. As a P. E. Islander married to a Montgomery scholar from Japan who sells Anne of Green Gables collectibles it is of interest. Budge Wilson signed my copy of the book at her launch and she is such a nice lady I wished it was as vivid as Lucy Maud Montgomery’s original. I’m sure Studio Ghibi can infuse the tale with taste and eye candy.


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