I give this not-movie of a longer series...an 80/100.
It's no surprise that one of the most beloved and well known shoujo anime of the early or mid seventies was Candy Candy. I've known of its existence for a while, and I even watched some episodes of the original series, but stopped due to other obligations and lack of time and subs at the time. But if there's one thing Candy Candy's become infamous for, its the fact that both creators, Kyoko Mizuki and Yumiko Igarashi, were engaged in harsh, vicious legal battles over royalties and who had true ownership of the show. It didn't help that the mangaka who illustrated the manga, Yumiko Igarashi, tried to claim the show was her own, and that Kyoko's was not the original. Her actions, and the vicious lawsuits that ensued, prevented any and all Candy Candy properties to be licensed anywhere, even in its home country Japan, to the point where remastered DVDs probably don't exist. This is the reason why the show never got licensed in English, and despite being loved in other countries like Italy, Latin America, etc., licensed products haven't reached there as well. Such is the case for the odd 90s anime pilot that was advertised as a movie...but it isn't anything more than a reanimated recap that retells 1/4th of the whole story.
(more to come soon)