1. Little Women (anime) vs Little Women (novel)
The anime covers only Part 1 (or the first book) of Little Women
Concord is called Newcord and moved to the shore.
`Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents.', with these words starts
the novel. In the anime Jo speaks these words in episode 21 (of 48). You'll
probably ask, what's about the twenty episodes before when the novel starts
in episode 21?
Well. The first adaption of a chapter from the novel starts in episode 18,
it is the adaption of Chapter 3, The Laurence Boy. The episodes before are
mixture between introducing each character, involving small details from
the book into an own story (Like: How Amy got the clothpin and why she's
using it) and - history lessons about the civil war.
Additional characters are introduced. Jim, a slave hidden by the Marchs from
the soldiers; David, another nephew of Aunt March and Anthony, a reporter
from the Newcord press.
Beth owns only one kitten
Hannah is black (I didn't find in the novel whether Hannah is black or white.
In the movies I saw, she was white)
The biggest difference: After being struck by the teacher, Amy is
not taken from the school. On the way home she meets Laurie who persuades
her to return to school. Amy even begs Laurie not to tell her family about
(I don't understand why the Japanese did that. If my child is beaten by a
teacher I want to know that. The anime tells the watching children: I've
been struck by the teacher, it was my fault, it is a shame better not tell
at home... That's wrong and dangerous!)
After all: Beginning with episode 18 starts an often (but not always) close
adaption of the chapters of the book (biggest exception: Chapter 7, see above).
Even smallest details like hesitation etc described in the novel are drawn
by the animators.
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2. Little Men (Anime) vs Little Men (novel)
(This time Concord stays Concord and is located right)
The invalids Dick and Billy and the stuttering Dolly are missing
Goldilocks (Laurie's daughter) is missing
Nan is introduced in episode 1 and leads as a main character through the
Mr. Bhaer tells Nat in episode 21 (refers to chapter 4 in the novel) that
his grandmother cured him from telling fibs by giving him some bad tasting
medicine. Well, in the novel this sounded a bit more dramatic... (Grandmother
-> scissors -> tongue -> ouch!)
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