"The next starring role for young actress Mirai Shida (16) will be in a drama series on TBS this fall. The drama is titled "Princess Sara" (alternatively, "A Little Princess") and is based on a famous children’s story that was turned into an anime in Japan. "A Little Princess" was originally written in the UK during the late 1800s by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The story became famous worldwide and was adapted as a successful Broadway play, as well as multiple musicals, films, and television works. In 1985, the story was animated in Japan by Nippon Animation as part of the "World Masterpiece Theater" series, under the title "Princess Sara."
The TBS drama has Shida playing the part of Sara, a high school student whose father is extremely wealthy. After her father dies and his business collapses, leaving her penniless, the school’s director and Sara’s previously jealous classmates take the opportunity to make her life miserable. But despite their bullying, Sara endures it with a positive attitude. Kanako Higuchi (50) plays the school director, while Kento Hayashi (18) plays Sara’s love interest Kaito. Filming will start on September 1 in India, since Sara lived there until entering high school. TBS has scheduled the drama in its Saturday 8:00pm time slot, starting this October."
Mirai is a popular and talented child actress who was born in 1993. She became recognized after her breakthrough role as Kazumi Kanda in Joō no Kyōshitsu, leading her to more prominent roles, such as Miki Ichinose in 14 Sai no Haha (14 year old mother). She also starred in the student detective series Tantei Gakuen Q with Hey Say Jump’s Yamada Ryosuke.
I remember watching A little princess anime version back in middle school, I think? I swear, I felt like I was bff with Sara! I can’t count how many times I attempted to draw her with my so-called artistic fail. It was a Japanese anime by Nippon animation extremely popular in 1995. I remember wanting to punch the evil Miss Minchin in the face and that mean jealous girl who has a snarky smirk. Oh, and I found the little blonde kid with Sara a bit annoying lol. And snaps they’re filming in India! How cool is that! I’ve also seen the Hollywood movie version and it was great how they incorporated scenes that depict Ramayana.
It was by accident that I watched 14 Sai no Haha. I was blown away. I never thought I’d bawl myself out after One Litre of Tears. Shida Mirai has shown acting talent beyond her years. I mean, playing a 14 year old who has to deal with pregnancy and all the consequences that went along with it must’ve taken a lot of hard work. The drama was heartwarming yet bitterly realistic, as Mirai’s character had to muster all her strength to face her parents’ disappointment, the school’s atrocious treatment (her friends abandoned her), and having to nurse a heartbreak from the father of her child. This drama will make you understand and appreciate your parents more, and will teach you how to make the right choices. *brings out a box of tissues* LOVE HER SO MUCH!!
Some scenes from 14 year old mother:
P.S. I didn’t know Sara had an 18-year-old love interest!
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