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This article is about the 2009 anime adaptation. You may be looking for the authorised prequel novel by Budge Wilson.

Before Green Gables (also known as Kon'nichiwa Anne) is a 2009 anime that is part of Nippon Animation's World Masterpiece Theater. It is based on Before Green Gables, a 2008 prequel novel by Budge Wilson.


Anne Shirley goes through quite a lot of adventures before she ends up in Green Gables. She is living with a family and helps out by looking after the kids, helping in the chores around the home ... Meanwhile, she discovers more about who she is, that her name is "Anne" and not "Ann" ... And she just is her adorable, but a bit crazy, self.[1]

Theme songsEdit

The English translations appear after each line in bold.


This song is called 'Seed of the Sun'.

nohara wo kakedashite namida ha kaze ni azukete
Running through the fields with your tears in the wind,
mizuiro no kotori wo oikake sora wwo miagete
chasing after the water-coloured bird in the sky.
tsumetai ame ni attara omoi dashite
If you ever get caught in the cold, remember
kimi no mine no poketto no chiisana taiyou
the little sun in your breast pocket.
dakara, daijoubu minna sono mama de
So, it's all right, everyone will be this way.
dare mo hari no tane daite iru kara
Anyone would embrace the seed of the sun.
itsumo donna hi mo sagasou yorokobi wo
One day, you will look for delight.
naita umareta no na shiawase wo tsukuru tamesa
Sadness is created for the sake of happiness.
kagayaku asu ga matteru
Look forward to a shining tomorrow.


This song is called 'Yay ~ March!', according to the subtitles.

arukkou yo mune o hatte oka no mukou e
Let's go, stick your chest out, and head towards the hills
araiguma herajika tachi mo minna olde yo
with raccoons and moose, everyone come along.
kyuu no tsumazuita michi de tanpopo no oku ni
On the road where I rushed and tumbled, in the centre of the dandelion,
yotsuba no KUROOBAA mi' kke
I found a four-leaf clover!!!
yatta yatta yatta ne yokatte ne
I did it, I did it, I did it, thank goodness.
ittatatatta ittata itakutatte
Ouch, ouch, ouch. It hurts.
yatta yatta yatta ne hei hei heiki
I did it, I did it, I'm fi– fi– fine.
motto motto tooku made
Towards an even further place.
nee uta o itai nagara
Hey, while singing a song.
sou PAREEDO ha owaranai
Yes, a parade that won't stop.

Voice castEdit

Main cast

Supporting cast

  • Norihiro Inoue as Walter Shirley
  • Mitsuko Horie as Jessie Gleeson
  • Yumiko Kobayashi as Horace Thomas
  • Chiaki Shimogama as Edward Thomas
  • Taeko Kawata as Harry Thomas
  • Satomi Korogi as Noah Thomas/Ella Hammond
  • Chutsukasa Yuuhana as Gertie Hammond
  • Nana Yamaguchi as Mrs. Minton
  • Yuri Tahata as Miss Haggerty
  • Masayo Fujita as Mildred Plimson
  • Uko Tachibana as Randolph
  • Suga Harumi as Sadie
  • Tayuka Kirimoto as Mr MacDougall
  • Yu Urata as Roger Emerson
  • Mizusawa Fumie as Mary Emerson
  • Michie Tomizawa as Mrs. Emerson
  • Masaya Takatsuka as Mr. Emerson
  • Eiji Takemoto as John
  • Haruo Sato as Jeffrey
  • Hiroshi Okamoto as Joe
  • Akemi Sato as Amy/Ellen
  • Mari Yokoo as Amy Carlyle
  • Yuriko Fuchizaki as Miss Kale
  • Toru Akawa as Joseph Kensington
  • Hiroshi Naka as Cyrus
  • Noriko Uemura as Margaret Carlyle
  • Misa Watanabe as Edna Godfrey
  • Kae Araki as Kathy Megan/Sally
  • Hikari Tokita as Nina Smith
  • Haruko Suzuki as Tessa
  • Hino Yurika as Mary Godfrey
  • Chutsukasa Yuuhana as Lily Jones
  • Naomi Shindo as Mrs. Spencer
  • Masako Ikeda as Narrator
  • Eiko Yamada as Narrator (promo)


Main article: Before Green Gables (anime)/Episodes

Please note that the episode titles are according to the English subtitles only. Not all episodes have the same translator, so you may know an episode under a slightly different name.


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Before Green Gables Trailer

Before Green Gables Trailer


Notes and referencesEdit

External linksEdit

See alsoEdit

Anne of Green Gables (1919) (gallery) · Anne of Green Gables (1934) (gallery) · Anne of Windy Poplars (1940) (gallery)
Road to Avonlea: The Movie (1990) · Anne: Journey to Green Gables (2005) (gallery)
Anne of Green Gables: Road to Green Gables (2010) · Anne of Green Gables (upcoming)
Anne of Green Gables (March 1938) · Anne of Green Gables (October 1938) · Anne of Green Gables (1941)
Anne of Green Gables (1944) · Anne of Green Gables (1954) · Anne of Green Gables (1966)
Anne of Green Gables (1971) · Anne of Green Gables (1977) · Anne of Green Gables (1979)
Anne of Avonlea (1979) · Anne of the Island (1979) · Anne's House of Dreams (1979) · Rainbow Valley (1979)
Rilla of Ingleside (1991) · Anne of Green Gables (1997) (gallery)
TV series
Anne of Green Gables (1952) · Anne of Green Gables (1972) (gallery) · Anne of Avonlea (1975) (episodes · gallery)
Anne of Green Gables (1979) (episodes) · Road to Avonlea (1990–1996) (episodes · gallery)
Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series (2000–2001) (episodes · gallery) · Anne (2007) (gallery)
Before Green Gables (2009) (episodes) · Anne with an E (2017–2018) (episodes · gallery)
TV films & miniseries
Anne of Green Gables (1956) (gallery) · Anne of Green Gables (1957) · Anne of Green Gables (1958) (gallery)
Anne of Green Gables (1985) (gallery) · Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel (1987) (gallery)
Happy Christmas, Miss King (1998) (gallery) · Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story (2000) (gallery · soundtrack)
Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning (2008) (gallery) · L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables (2016) (gallery)
L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars (2017) (gallery)
L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables: Fire & Dew (2017) (gallery)
Anne of Green Gables – The Musical (1965) (cast · gallery · lyrics) · Rainbow Valley (1999) · Anne & Gilbert (2005) (cast)
Anne of Green Gables (2006) · The Nine Lives of L.M. Montgomery (2008) (cast · gallery · soundtrack)
Bend in the Road (2012) (cast · lyrics) · Rilla of Green Gables (2015)
Anne of Green Gables (1997 manga) · Anne of Avonlea (1998 manga) · Anne of the Island (1998 manga)
Rainbow Valley (2003 manga) · Ana of California (2015 novel)
Anne of Green Gables (2007) · Anne of Green Gables (2008) · Anne of Avonlea (2008)
Anne of the Island (2009) · Anne of Windy Poplars (2009) · Anne's House of Dreams (2010)
"Inspiration Found" (2008) · Green Gables Fables (2014–2016) (episodes · gallery) · "Anne & Gilbert" (2014) (gallery · transcript)
"Anne of Green Gables" (2014) (gallery · transcript) · Anne of Green Gables (2014)
Project Green Gables (2015–2018) (episodes · gallery) · Anne of Green Gables (2015)
Borrowed stories · Cultural references and allusions · Family trees
Foreshadowing · Further reading · Glossary · Timelines
See also
"Is This My Anne?"
Nippon Animation universe
Anne of Green Gables (1979) (episodes) · Before Green Gables (2009) (episodes)
Anne of Green Gables: Road to Green Gables (2010)
Anne of Green Gables episodes
"Matthew Cuthbert is Surprised" (gallery) · "Marilla Cuthbert is Surprised" (gallery) · "Morning of Green Gables" (gallery)
"Anne's History" (gallery) · "Marilla Makes Up Her Mind" (gallery) · "Anne of Green Gables" (gallery)
"Mrs. Rachel Lynde is Properly Horrified" (gallery) · "Anne's Impressions of Sunday School" (gallery)
"A Solemn Vow" (gallery) · "Anne Plays with a Best Friend" (gallery) · "Anne Loses the Amethyst Brooch" (gallery)
"Anne's Confession" (gallery) · "Anne Goes to School" (gallery) · "A Tempest in Class" (gallery) · "Fall is Coming" (gallery)
"Diana is Invited to Tea" (gallery) · "Anne Returns to School" (gallery) · "Anne Rescues Minnie May" (gallery)
"Diana's Birthday" (gallery) · "Spring Once Again" (gallery) · "The New Minister's Wife" (gallery) · "The Wrong Ingredient" (gallery)
"Anne is Invited to Tea" (gallery) · "An Affair of Honour" (gallery) · "A Letter to Diana" (gallery) · "The Concert Plan" (gallery)
"Matthew and the Clothes Shop" (gallery) · "The Christmas Concert" (gallery) · "Anne Starts the Story-telling Club" (gallery)
"Vanity and Vexation of Spirit" (gallery) · "An Unfortunate Lily Maid" (gallery) · "An Epoch in Anne's Life" (gallery)
"An Invitation to Queen's Class" (gallery) · "Diana and the Students at Queen's" (gallery)
"Longing for the Summer Holidays" (gallery) · "The Future of the Story Club" (gallery) · "A 15-Year-Old's Spring" (gallery)
"My Number is Thirteen" (gallery) · "The Results" (gallery) · "The Concert Hotel" (gallery) · "Off to Queen's College" (gallery)
"Life on a New Campus" (gallery) · "Home for the Weekends" (gallery) · "The Winter at Queen's" (gallery)
"The Glory and the Dream" (gallery) · "Matthew's Love" (gallery) · "The Reaper Whose Name is Death"(gallery)
"Matthew's Farewell" (gallery) · "The Bend in the Road" (gallery) · "God's in Heaven, All is Well on Earth" (gallery)
Before Green Gables episodes
"Red-Haired Anne" (gallery) · "The Name Anne" (gallery) · "The Little Yellow House" (gallery) · "The Golden Fountain" (gallery)
"Eliza's Love" (gallery) · "The Birth of Hope" (gallery) · "Winter Wind and Roses" (gallery) · "Distant Preparation" (gallery)
"To Marysville" (gallery) · "The Mysterious Egg Man" (gallery) · "The Winter Sunflower" (gallery) · "The First Day of School" (gallery)
"A Friend Named Sadie" (gallery) · "Randolph's Dream" (gallery) · "Let's Go on a Picnic!" (gallery)
"More Books!" · "Our Stage" · "Love's Whereabouts" · "Sad Tea Party" · "Dangerous Trap" · "The Snow of Farewell"
"A Wonderful Customer" · "A Small Life" · "Magic of Christmas" · "Colder than Snow" · "Goodbye, Thomas Family"
"Lonely Anne" · "Studying Alone" · "Miss Haggerty's Secret" · "Memories of the Manor's Breeze" · "Just a Single Hope"
"The Worst Beginning" · "One Dreadful Night" · "To a Distant Town" · "Tessa's Tears" · "A Letter of Hope"
"Held by Sunflowers" · "The Morning When the Flowers Blossom" · "To Prince Edward Island"