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A girl is left outside the Pony's Home orphanage. A note says that her name is Candice, and she is christened Candice White after the snow that is falling outside. Candice grows up in the orphanage, where she watches her friends leave to be fostered by other families. She is helped by a mysterious stranger and yearns for him to return to her. Sent to work as a servant for the Ragham family, she is bullied by the Ragham children, Eliza and Neil. She develops crushes on many nice young men, especially the charming gentleman Anthony Brown, though he dies suddenly on a fox hunt. His cousin, Alastair "Stair" Audrey, is another potential suitor, but he is killed in World War I. Candice falls in love with a man called Terence in London but steps aside to allow him to marry a woman whose need is greater than hers.

Equal parts Cinderella and Daddy Long-Legs mixed with a doomed love out of Romeo and Juliet, Candy Candy was one of the great successes of the 1970s. Begun as a manga in Nakayoshi magazine in 1975, Kyoko Mizuki and Yumiko Igarashi's weepy tale of self-sacrifice ended ironically with the two creators' acrimonious dispute over copyright. The speed of adaptation caused the animated version to deviate from the original in later chapters-Candice's hospital job from episodes 102 to 109 is not present in the manga, which instead dispatches her to New York to be an actress, and Toei insisted on the introduction of a mascot character, Clint the albino raccoon. CC provides moments of inadvertent comedy in its portrayal of early 20th-century America, with servants making Japanese-style bows, and English-style fox hunts in the Midwest. The newly moneyed Raghams are beastly to their social underling Candice, but she is regularly rescued from a fate worse than death (exile to Mexico, signified by a Pancho Villa-lookalike bandito onscreen) by the interference of the distant William, a British royal who inexplicably lives in America, where the upper classes fawn over him. William, however, is later revealed to be far closer to Candy than anyone realizes.

Candice would return in The Voice of Spring/Candy's Summer Holiday, a 40-minute theatrical outing in 1978. A 26-minute short, inexplicably titled Candy Candy: The Movie, was directed by Tetsuo Imazawa in 1992 and focused on her abuse at the hands of the Raghams.

Another Igarashi manga, Lady Georgie, was animated in 1983, but Candy Candy was a watershed production in the Japanese industry. After the animated version led to $45 million of merchandising spin-offs and boosted the sales of its parent magazine by a million copies, Nakayoshi would actively seek to recreate such success in the girls' market from the ground up. The eventual result would be the market-led Sailor Moon franchise. Candice's distant memories of a "handsome prince" helping her in early life were also lifted for Utena. The show received a very limited partial broadcast on U.S. local TV for the Japanese community, with English subtitles. True to the political climate of the times, the nasty Raghams were renamed the Reagans in this version.

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