It has been hugely popular in the whole Europe (except for the UK I think)
I'm not surprised. I don't think Brits fall for all this kawaii stuff, unless they're 8-year old girls. I think they went for the Swiss-German series starring Katia Polletin. Get it straight from the original country.
I am British and was a child in the 70's. You are right the Swiss-German live action series was huge here at the time. I don't think there would have been the appetite to run another adaptation.
@Alex80 I disagree with the UK not being open to foreign shows & animation at the time because there were a lot of foreign shows on tv then both animated & live action. However there was a thriving home grown animation industry then so there was a lot of competition for the airtime.
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My last trip to Japan included three days in Kagoshima as a base from which to ride my bicycle. This was long enough for me to realize that I must go back. I really didnt have time to explore the history anywhere near enough and there is so much history there. It's a fantastic place & Sengan-en itself is lovely. I had the good luck to visit the garden just after an eruption of Mt. Sakurajima and you could still catch a slight smell of the volcano.
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