By this point we’re all familiar with the way anime and manga loves Lewis Carroll‘s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, but as some of you may know, that’s hardly the only western children’s classic to be adapted for Japanese audiences. Anime and manga have mined the pages of kiddy lit from all over the world for stories to both retell and reimagine, and while the two most recent examples may both come from Studio Ghibli (When Marnie Was There and Ronja the Robber’s Daughter), they’re not alone in finding inspiration from another culture’s books. It’s part of what makes anime so universally appealing, and many of the adaptations bring something new to the stories that can make them fresh again, even if it’s been years since you last enjoyed Treasure Island or somehow never got around to reading Anne of Green Gables. So let’s explore some of the most interesting ways that children’s classics have made their way into anime and manga, from Ghibli to otome games, because there’s a lot of interesting takes on your childhood classics out there.
If you’ve ever studied children’s literature academically, you may have read that many of the older classics are at risk of