They are back with another dose of nostalgic magic with a new ad featuring the cast of Heidi, Girl of the Alps (Alps no Shoujo). The original 1974 anime was directed by future Studio Ghibli alum Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies) and is an adaptation of Johanna Spyri’s classic children’s novel.
The series, which is about the titular orphan and her bitter grandfather living in the Swiss Alps, remains popular in Japan and Europe.
While the anime’s cast are children living in the Swiss Alps, the Nissin ad turns them into modern Japanese high schoolers. To a look at the aged-up cast:
The tom-boyish girl has developed an inferiority complex as she compares herself to Clara.
She is embarking on a modeling career and wins the admiration of fans due to her elegant nature.
A dear friend of Heidi’s who notices that she is feeling blue and tries his best to comfort her.
The ad packs the emotional punch of a coming-of-age story into a bite-sized short. What classic anime do you think Nissin should tackle next?