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
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
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
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...
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.
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 English Dub Lyrics Singer unknown
you think you're seeing double
in and out of trouble
can help your broken heart to mend
is one girl you can depend on
lucky, she is a friend.
love the way about her
can't do without her
stick by you till the very end
is one girl you can depend on
lucky, she is a friend.
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
time for each video is 60 minutes.
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,
to find and are no longer available for sale in stores.
The following scans were generously contributed by our devoted community
CC fans! Efharisto
and much mahalo to Liberty and the Greek Candyfans
for providing these images!
Italian Candy Candy VHS videos
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
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
until her return to America from St. Paul's Academy
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
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.