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Candy, My First Soap Opera


I cannot remember how old I was but I remember being a little girl hooked on the afternoon cartoons on tv. But there was only one programme that interested me, one that I followed despite anything: Candy.

Candy was a Manga character created by Kyoko Mizuki who later joined forces with Yumiko Igarashi and created the anime series. In 1977 Candy won the Manga Prize. The original series had 115 episodes each of 26 minutes. It was first shown in Japan in 1976 and it lasted until 1979.



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Candy Candy was one of the first "shojo mangas" which are mangas dedicated to young girls and teenagers. It was first published in nine volumes in Japan In 1974. It was in 1976 that Candy was adapted for television with the help of Mitsuo Shindo (drawing) and Takeo Watanabe (music). Candy was translated in several languages and girls in North America, South America, and Europe were very quickly hooked to this serie.

Why was Candy so successful?

It was very easy for young girls and teenagers around the world to identify themselves with Candy. The young orpheline was a model of good humour, honesty and kindness. Candy had a zest for life, determination and courage to overcome all sort of problems. All these made of Candy a very appealing character to younbg girls.

Candy Opening in English

A Soap Opera For Little Girls

Candy was what could be classified as the typical American soap opera: glamour, beautiful characters, love and drama. All orientated to make us little girls spill our tears along with Candy and sigh every time Anthony or Terry appeared.

It had everything a soap has; friendship, love, drama, traitors, tragic deaths, villains, mysterious characters, all kinds of adventures, unexpected calamities, disrupted weddings, and of course luxurious “scenery”.

The characters were attractive, seductive and glamorous. Candy was georgeous with her long blond hair and emerald eyes, her male counterparts were so handsome that even me and my little friends were in love with them unable to choose between Anthony or Terry. We grew up thinking that love was like that, dramatic but always with a happy ending for the good characters.

Candy, Candy

Candy and her friend Annie

Candy and her friend Annie

Candy nurse

Candy nurse

Candy, The Plot:

The first episode starts at Pony house, an orphanage where Candy and her future best friend Annie are left. The girls have a happy childhood in the orphanage until, aged 6, Candy is adopted by a rich family. This is the start of all kinds of adventures and misfortunes for Candy which includes the tragic death of her first love Anthony. Her second big love Terry has to leave her in order to save her from expulsion and Candy becomes a nurse during the first world war while Terry becomes an actor. Later, despite their love Candy sacrifices her feelings and gives up Terry to a fellow actress who is in love with him and who, during an accident had saved Terry’s life.

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Candy Candy first appeared in a prose novel by famed Japanese writer Keiko Nagita under the pen name Kyoko Mizuki in April 1975

Candy and Her Men

Candy and Terry

Candy and Terry

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Candy and Anthony

Candy and Anthony

Candy's First kiss

 The video on the right shows the day of Candy and Terry's  first kiss.

While they are sitting alone under a tree, Terry asks Candy to dance with him so she will have nice memories of her summer in Scotland. Candy accepts the invitation and they begin dancing. But soon after they begin their dance, Terry abruptly stops and kisses Candy. Candy, feeling embarrassed, slaps him and tells him that nobody has ever disrespected her in that way. She still cannot admit her feelings for Terry.

Candy's first kiss with Terry

Candy Candy Capitulo 1 (en Español )

Candy Candy ( Edicion De Lujo ) Vol . 4

What Happened to Candy?

After 1998, Candy was banned from broadcasting worldwide because of a lawsuit between the artist Yumiko Igarashi and the writer Kyoko Mizuki. More than 10 years later the process is not yet resolved and that is why Candy is still not shown or TV and is not available on DVD with the exception of very early versions in Spanish and French.

Do you remember Candy?

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on September 02, 2013:

Sadna: I remember crying and laghing with Candy, it was really emotional.

Sadna on August 28, 2013:

I was so small then, and could never forget those huge beautiful eyes that shed much tears. Hence why I have been searching about her mow perhaps some 35 years later. Wld love to watch them again- I wonder if I would be as emotional now!

Samantha Harris from New York on August 19, 2012:

Wow! I never heard about this one! Now I want to check it out!

Andrea on December 03, 2010:

Candy Candy was the most amazing, sweet, romantic, exciting, entertaining amine ever produced! I would never miss an episode. It taught kids how to be good without leaving out the fact that you're a kid. It had great messages for kids, and even adults can learn from it! I've watched every episode all over again since I own the series. I can't wait to have kids so I can watch it with them! I definitely recommend anyone who hasn't had the honor and privilege of seeing this anime to watch it. You'll fall in love with it from the introduction song to the ending song!!!!!

Btw, I'll always be in love with Terry!!! ;)

Stevennix2001 on October 25, 2010:

sounds like an interesting anime. its a shame it's no longer shown on the air, as i bet it would still be popular in this day and age.

david on September 10, 2010:

I just to watch this cartoon in mexico (spanish) when I was like 6. It was great. Great story. Makes you want to see it over and over again.

Tsubaki from Land of Fae on June 05, 2010:

I loved Candy! Honestly, I wish they brought the manga over in English long ago. Between this and Little Princess Sara, there were a great many soap operas for kids (which unfortunately was never shown in English, at least officially) Thx for reminding me of a girl who always remain with me :D

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on May 14, 2010:

Josephine: That makes two of us :-)

Josephine on May 13, 2010:

At the age of 12, I love watching Candy Candy till today I am still a big fans of Candy. Used to draw a lot of Candy to make into book marks, my art folio file etc as gifts for my friends and now I finally managed to get the whole serials of 115 episodes and the full set of the comic books after 30 long years. Now I am introducing Candy Candy to my daughter and her friends. They love the story too.

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on September 26, 2009:

Maria: if you are lucky you might still fin it showing on tv!

Begonia: Ya somos dos tias enamoradas de Terry :)

Begonia on September 25, 2009:

Gracias a las personas que han hecho realidad la ilusion de muchas personas que a traves de estos videos y fotos podamos recordar nuestra infancia SOY SUPER FANS DE CANDY, Tanto asi que prometi que mis hijos llevaria esos nombres y los cumpli mi hija mayor se llama Candy, mi sobrino anthony y me falta un Terry.

he vivido y vivo enamorada de Terry .

Maria on September 07, 2009:

I loved the cortoon too. I was a child when i 1st saw it and don't remember much other then me loving the cartoon.

I am going to peru soon maybe i can purchase the episodes there.

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on July 10, 2009:

Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. It was fun writing about Candy as she will always have a especial place in my childhood memories.

Fivestar on July 09, 2009:

never seen this one, thanks for the tip

RedElf from Canada on June 23, 2009:

I missed this one last time around. Great hub - I met Candy many years ago, but we movved and I was unable to follow her story. I loved the animation though, was my intro to Japanese anime - Fascinating. Thanks for a great hub.

Charia Samher on June 21, 2009:

As I've knows Marco was also shown here in the 80s but never had the chance to see it, too bad. =(

mayhmong from North Carolina on June 19, 2009:

I saw this cartoon before entering kindergarten at some point. I didn't understand anything going on at the time! But thanks for reminding me who she really was.

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on June 19, 2009:

Thanks for the comments, it has been a pleasure to introduce you to one of my favourite childhood cartoon characters. It has also been an opportunity for me to go back (tissue in hand) to watch some of the rare episodes of Candy in You Tube. It must be true that we all have a child within us :)

Charia: I originally watched Candy in Peru, it must have been the late 70s or early 80s. They showed it along with Marco, did you see that one? I still cry everytime I hear Marco's soundtrack!

Charia Samher on June 19, 2009:

I know Candy Candy but I think I've seen her here in the Philippines in the 90's, although it was also shown in the early 80's. =)

febriedethan from Indonesia on June 18, 2009:

This is my first anime cartoon too, only I read the comics not the TV cartoon. Candy is the first anime that make me fall in love with Japanese cartoon. Thank's for your hub that brings my childhood memories back :)

Susan Keeping from Kitchener, Ontario on June 18, 2009:

Never heard of Candy before, looks cute though.

Rebecca Graf from Wisconsin on June 18, 2009:

It's funny how we have those shows that bring back such fond memories. I personally was a Bugs Bunny fan.

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on June 18, 2009:

New to me but aw aren't they cute

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on June 18, 2009:

negacrowbar: yeah, a big thumbs up for Japanese anime series for girls :)

Triplet Mom: My daugther enjoys, and spills tears as well, with a similar series called Gwendoline, she doesn't miss an episode!

Triplet Mom from West Coast on June 17, 2009:

I have never heard or seen of this cartoon. Sounds like something I would have enjoyed as a child and my daughters would enjoy now. Too bad those two are keeping it from being seen.

negacrowbar from Inglewood, California on June 17, 2009:

Never saw that one.. I am glad that Japanese manga came over for girls as America seemed to limit the types of animation aimed for girls other than My Pretty Pony and Care Bears.

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