When Sara Crewe's father left to work in India, she was sent to a boarding school. With her affluent background and beautiful dresses, Sara was ensured a warm welcome to her new home; but this reputation gained her enemies. Tragedy then struck when her father passed away, and her family was forced into bankruptcy, leaving Sara at the cruel hands of the school’s headmistress. Now, life for Sara is as hard as it can get, as she has been forced to become a maid in exchange for her poor room and board. With her friends and imagination at her side, Sara will try to make the best out of her bad situation.
When Emily Starr's father died, she was left in the care of her deceased mother's family, the Murrays. However, the rich and prestigious Murrays never approved of Emily's simple father, and she was thus not welcomed into loving arms. With her trusty cat and nary a possession, Emily left for her new home - New Moon - where many a joy and sorrow awaited her. Now, along with tough Ilse, artistic Teddy and loyal Perry, Emily will laugh, cry, and try to win the hearts of her new family.
Both of these anime are about a little girl who [sic] previously had a happy-go-lucky life until the sudden death of the only parent that they had which turns their life upside down as they are taken to live with devil-may-care adults, thus transforming them from being free and generous to shy and withdrawn.
They're both pretty sad anime, but these children continue to live and learn as their remarkable nature quickly befriends others around them and learn to adapt to the changes around them.
When Heidi's parents died while she was a baby, she was left in the care of her selfish aunt Dete. However, now that Dete has found work abroad she has left five-year-old Heidi at her grandfather's house; he is a cantankerous old man who lives in the hills of Dorfli Village, with only his goats and the young goat herder Peter as his makeshift friends. In her new home, Heidi will learn to love the countryside, make friends with the flowers and goats, and most importantly warm the hearts of all of the people around her.
Little girl with no past, put under severe circumstances, trying to avoid mean people's evil plots and waiting for mirracle to happen - if this is what moved your heart in this anime, you will surely enjoy another :)
Fantine and her daughter Cosette left Paris looking for a new start, but finding a job as a single mother proves impossible in 19th century France. Taking up the offer of an innkeeper couple, Fantine leaves Cosette in the care of the Thenardiers while she moves on to find work. Once Fantine is gone, however, the Thenardiers show their true colors, working Cosette mercilessly while pocketing the money Fantine sends for her support. Years pass and Cosette and Fantine dream of the time when they will be together again, but it seems the years only bring more hardships to both. What will become of little Cosette?
Events of tragedy and poverty are experienced in the main character of the two titles. Les Miserables and Little Princess Sara go from a stable lifestyle to a very poor one. The setting is taken place years before now and in a seemingly "English" setting. I'm sure the story, events, and the personality of the protagonists will give off a similar feel.
Perrine is a young girl who lives in Bosnia with her Indian mother and beloved father – that is, until her father passes away, leaving her mother with a single wish: travel to France to be with his father. The over 1,000 kilometer journey seems unfathomable, but Perrine and her mother have a plan: they will photograph people in the towns along the way to support themselves. With their hardy donkey Palikare and faithful dog Baron, the two set forth for Paris; along the way they encounter kind souls, barren villages, and a number of hardships; will Perrine and her mother survive the long journey to France?
Both these anime are part of the World Masterpiece Theater, also both Perrine and Sara go through hardships and remain to be optimistic loving girls despite everything they go through. I'm certain that if you enjoyed one of these series, that you'll love the other as well.
Eighteen years ago, the Platinum Tiara, which gives its wearer magical powers, was reassembled. At the same time, five "Princesses" were born, to the worlds of Earth, Heaven, Celestrial, Fairy, and Hell. These five princesses quit maturing at the age of 10, and are all competing to become THE Platinum Princess so they can grow up. This story is centered on Yuuchi, from the kingdom of Earth.
Children with rivals; attempting to achieve their dreams; rehabbing for hard circumstances.
Both are about kind-hearted and responsible relationships, and contemptible kids persuading to spoil the relationships, so that they could have it their way.