International Candy Candy Videos

Before the series was aired on television, the monthly shojou magazine Nakayoshi, had already started  publishing the manga "Candy Candy" on April, 1975. A year and half later, TOEI Animation adapted the manga into an animated series that was broadcasted by TV Asahi on October 1, 1976 until February 2, 1979. A total of 115 episodes were aired in Japan and the series became a popular hit among school-age children. After more than a year from its first broadcast, "Candy Candy" was exported to countries in Europe, Asia, parts of Latin America and even to the island of Hawaii (where this webmistress first viewed the anime as a child)!

During the series' run, TOEI produced one short 20 min. film "Candy Candy" in 1977, two short OVAs in 1978, and a third updated movie "Candy Candy" in 1992 (see below). All these films were first screened at the TOEI Manga Festival. Between 1985 and 1989, the studio also released 8 VHS videos, each containing 3 episodes selected from the first 47 episodes of the anime. Some of these videos were still available for rent as early as 2000, when VHS players were still in use. As the digital age advanced and VHS copies were getting too worn to play, the demand for DVDs arose in consumers, especially for Candy fans who wanted to watch the complete series with better quality. Not surprisingly, bootleg DVDs of the anime were mass produced and sold online from asian, european and latin vendors, using master copies from their own country. TOEI responded swiftly by suing the companies in France and Spain for the unauthorized production and distribution of the Candy Candy DVDs. In a July 2nd, 2013 press release, following the illegal sale of Spanish DVDs published by Layons Multimedia and distributed by Karma Films, TOEI asserted their legal right as "producer and exclusive copyright owner of the animation TV series "Candy Candy" to the public.

Will TOEI remaster and sell the animated series in DVD or even license the broadcast of the TV series in other countries where they were aired over 40 years ago? Both the copyright owners Kyoko Mizuki and Yumiko Igarashi have publicly announced their approval for a rebroadcast and selling of Candy Candy videos. The ultimate decision remains with TOEI, who expressed their reserve due to a trademark copyright infringement by Igarashi in the past, when she had sold Candy Candy merchandise unauthorized by Mizuki. TOEI also stated that remastering the anime would be very costly to their company and if the bootleg videos continue to be sold in the market, or if legal problems surrounding Candy continues, this would be detrimental to their profit. As of 2017, the wait continues for Candy fans...

References:
www.k-nagi.com/anime.html (japanese)
http://sekichiku.mysite.com/cc/toeianime.htm (japanese)


Candy Candy Vol. 1 (Eps. #1, #5, #12)
Released: October 21, 1985
Running time: 75 minutes
Format: NTSC
Initial price: 8508 yen 


Candy Candy Vol. 2 (Eps. #22, #23, #24)
Released: October 9, 1987
Running time: 75 minutes
Format: NTSC
Initial price: 8508 yen 


Candy Candy Vol. 3 (Eps. #25, #26, #29)
Released: May 13, 1988
Running time: 75 minutes
Format: NTSC
Initial price: 8508 yen 


Candy Candy Vol. 4 (Eps.#30, #31, #32)
Released: October 14, 1988
Running time: 75 minutes
Format: NTSC
Initial price: 8508 yen 


Candy Candy Vol. 5 (Eps. #36, #37, #38)
Released: February 10, 1989
Running time: 75 minutes
Format: NTSC
Initial price: 8508 yen 


Candy Candy Vol. 6 (Eps. #39, #40, #41)
Released: May 26, 1989
Running time: 75 minutes
Format: NTSC
Initial price: 8508 yen 


Candy Candy Vol. 7 (Eps. #42, #43, #44)
Released: September 22, 1989
Running time: 75 minutes
Format: NTSC
Initial price: 8508 yen  


Candy Candy Vol. 8 (Eps. #45, #46,#47)
Released: November 24, 1989
Running time: 75 minutes
Format: NTSC
Initial price: 8508 yen 


Candy Candy VHS (Million Seller Series) : Episode 11 "Small Ribbon that Connects the Heart"
Release date: unknown
Running time: 25 minutes
Format: NTSC
Initial price: 9,800 yen

Candy Candy OVAs (VHS)



1. "Call of Spring"
(Haru No Yobigoe --
キャンディ・キャンディ春の呼び声)
Theater release: March 18, 1978
Running time: 25 minutes
Screenplay: Nobuyoshi Shiroyama

2. "Candy's Summer Vacation"
(Candy No Natsu Yasumi --
キャンディキャンディの夏休み)
Theater release: July 22, 1978
Running time: 15 minutes
Screenplay: Yukio Kosama

VHS release: February 21, 1985
Format: NTSC
Both films included in the video
Running time: 40 minutes
Initial price: 8,508 yen

The 1st OVA "Call of Spring" was first screened at the TOEI Manga Festival in March, 1978.

 

The 2nd OVA ''Candy's Summer Vacation" was also screened at the TOEI Manga Festival in July, 1978.



3. Candy Candy Movie (1992)
キャンディキャンディ '92
Theater release: April 25, 1992

Running time: 26 minutes
Director: Tetsuo Iwasama
Screenplay: Shunichi Yukimuro
Character Design: Yasutaka Yamaguchi
VHS release: December 18, 1992
Format: NTSC
Initial VHS price: 6,571 yen

  • All the voice actors were replaced from the original series (except for Candy), in favor of more younger voices.
  • The short film covered her childhood at the orphanage until her reunion with Anthony, Archie and Stair at the Ardlay dance party.
  • Character design was updated from the original series.
  • The Opening Theme Song "キャンディ♥キャンディ'92" was extended 2 minutes more and reorchestrated.
  • In 1992, the film was screened simultaneously with the Disney press release of Cinderella, Goldfish Warning! (きんぎょ注意報!), and Mickey's Roaring Torch (ミッキーのたつまき騒動).

    Brochure for the 4 films "Dream Fantasy World"


     



English Candy Candy VHS videos

For those inquiring minds, videos of the complete 115 episodes of Candy Candy have never been released in english in the USA, UK,  Canada or any other country. However, 114 of the 115 episodes were subtitled in english and broadcasted by KIKU TV (channel 13), the local japanese station in Hawaii in the late 1970s. Strangely, episode 79 "Supottoraito no Kage de" - スポットライトの陰で" (The Shadow Under the Spotlight") was missing in the line-up and was never aired. According to this webmistress's memory, the first episode was broadcasted around September, 1977, with each new episode airing Saturday evening, for a period of 2 years. Reruns of the series began around February,1978, every Tuesday evening until April, 1980.

The only english videos produced and sold were the first two episodes of the TOEI animated series, which could also be heard on the Candy Candy LP Album by ZIV International. The first episode is titled "The Orphanage" and the second episode is "Candy's Adventure".

These rare VHS videos were dubbed in english and the background and opening/ending themes were replaced with a funky 80's style song!  Music and lyrics were written by Hal Winn and Mark Gibbons.


Candy Candy English Dub Lyrics

Singer unknown
 

Candy Candy

Makes you think you're seeing double

Candy Candy

Gettin' in and out of trouble

 

She can help your broken heart to mend

She is one girl you can depend on

Oh, Candy Candy

I'm lucky, she is a friend.

 

Candy Candy

Gotta love the way about her

Candy Candy

Just can't do without her

 

She'll stick by you till the very end

She is one girl you can depend on

Oh, Candy Candy

I'm lucky, she is a friend.

 

Candy Candy

Candy Candy

Candy Candy
 

The composer in this english dubbed version, Mark Mercury is known for his soundtrack work on other english-dubbed anime like Captain Harlock, Angel and other animated features. Curiously, the names of the voice actors were not credited on the video. Running time for each video is 60 minutes.


Produced by ZIV International Ltd. (1981)
Distributed by FHE (Family Home Entertainment) & IHEC (International Home Entertainment Canada)
Format: NTSC


Produced and distributed by MasterVision, England (1987)
Format: PAL

You can watch the first 2 episodes of these English-dubbed videos below or at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZwTCjz5r6I
 



  Greek Candy Candy VHS videos

In Greece, only the first 12 of the 115 episodes were released in VHS in the 1980's! Each video contains 4 episodes from the animated series. These videos, like many other CC memorabilias, are difficult to find and are no longer available for sale in stores.

The following scans were generously contributed by our devoted community of Greek CC fans! Efharisto and much mahalo to Liberty and the Greek Candyfans for providing these images!
 


 
Italian Candy Candy VHS videos

In Italy, Candy Candy was broadcasted in the early 1980's and grew to such immense popularity that it spawned a mass of CC merchandise, among them these videos! The complete 115 episodes were never released in VHS, but the italians did produce two "films", each running about 90 minutes. The first video is simply titled "Candy Candy", which summarized and condensed the episodes of Candy's life in the orphanage until her return to America from St. Paul's Academy in England.

The second VHS titled "Candy Candy e Terrence" is a video with a very special Candy-Terry ending!
You can read more about this romantic video with the alternate ending
here!


 

 
French Candy Candy VHS videos

In the late 1970's, Candy Candy was televised in France and also became a great hit among the young viewers! The French released a series of VHS videos with selected episodes from the anime in the 1980s-90s. You can read more about them at Sophie's French CandyCandy website: www.candyneige.com.