Candy Candy, is a Japanese novel that was first serialized in magazines and later adapted into an anime manga series. The TV show (1976-1979) gained international popularity in the mid-80’s in Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America. It is a cult, soap-operish animation that follows the story of the orphan girl Candice White from a baby to a grown woman.
Even if today’s audiences should find the series outdated or cheesy, it is nevertheless a moving story that portraits a character - certainly lacking in the modern animation-of an unselfish, optimistic, kind girl that follows her heart but can also make great sacrifices.
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