Translations of CCFS



Disclaimer: These are unofficial English translations of Candy Candy Final Story (CCFS). I will keep updating this page whenever there are new updates. Please bookmark this page for your convenience.

For those who want locksleyu to translate more CCFS to English, please cast your vote on his post “What should I translate?”

So far, he has done an excellent job translating directly from Japanese

prologue
Chapter 1 (part 1)
Chapter 1 (part 2)

This is Fay’s unofficial translations of CCFS. She’s doing her best to translate from the Spanish Versions done by Foro Andrew, Candy Candy Tomo 1 and Tomo 2

Volume 1

prologue

Section 1

chapter 1
chapter 2
chapter 3
chapter 4
chapter 5
chapter 6
chapter 7
chapter 8
chapter 9
chapter 10
chapter 11
chapter 12
chapter 13
chapter 14
chapter 15
chapter 16
chapter 17
chapter 18
chapter 19
chapter 20
conclusion

Section 2

introduction
chapter 1
chapter 2
chapter 3
chapter 4
chapter 5
chapter 6
chapter 7
chapter 8

Volume 2

chapter 9
chapter 10
chapter 11
chapter 12
chapter 13
chapter 14
chapter 15
chapter 16
chapter 17

Section 3

Narrative 1
Letter from Susie
Letter to Mr Carson
Letter to Carson’s children
Letter to Mr. Juskin
Letter to Miss Candice White Ardlay (from George Villers)
Letter to Captain Niven
Letter to Miss Candice White Ardlay (from Cookie)
Letter 2 to Carson’s children
Letter to Terry
Letter from Archie
Letter from Stear
Letter to Sister Gray
Letter to Mary Jane
Letter from Annie
Narrative 2
Letter to Frannie
Letter from Patty
Letter to Dr. Frank Campbell
Narrative 3
Letter to Mrs. Sara Leagan
Letter to Mr. Stewart
Letter to Mary
Letter to Mr. Whitman
Letter to George
Narrative 4
Letter 2 from Archie
Letter to Candice White Ardlay (from Rolf Baughmann)
Letter 2 from Patty
Letter 2 from Annie
Narrative 5
Letter 3 from Archie
Narrative 6
Letter 1 to Dr. Martin
Letter 2 to Dr. Martin
Letter to Vincent Brown
Letter to Gloria Bandog
Letter to Great Aunt Elroy
Letter to Archie
Letter 2 to Great Aunt Elroy
Letter to Stear
Narrative 7
Letter to Miss Eleanor Baker
Letter to Terry
Narrative 8
Letter to Candice White Ardlay (from Susanna Marlowe)
Letter to Candy (from T.G.)

Epilogue

Letter to Great Uncle William

For your interest, this is my friend Yue Chan‘s excellent post that summarizes Candy Candy Final Story (CCFS) in Spanish, Candy Candy Final Story ~ Estructura de la novela, which Fay has kindly translated to English. There is another marvelous post from Yue Chan, discussing the differences between the Old Candy Candy and CCFS, Candy Candy Final Story ~ Primera edición de la Antigua Novela de Candy Candy, which Fay has also translated to English for Candy Candy Fans here.

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    • Fay on November 14, 2017 at 5:26 am
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    Section 3 is now complete. Thank you, everyone, for reading this translation and for all your comments. And especially a big thank you to Ms. Puddle for helping and supporting me.

    1. No, Fay, we should be the ones who give our thanks to you for the time and effort you have put into translating the novel. 😘😗 Only one more section to go — the Epilogue 💞

    • reeka on September 28, 2017 at 5:24 am
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    Dear Fay & Ms Puddle,

    Fay, thanks for the update.

    A few thoughts popped up when I read Candy’s letter to Ms Gloria and Aunt Elroy. Of course, I’ve been aware with these letters for long time from pieces of spoilers, but now that I read it orderly and I can safely assume that your translation is very close to what it will be if the official english translation had existed, so … here we go :

    1. I wonder where Ms Gloria had sent the letter to? Happy Clinic? or Ardley’s mansion?
    2. I am quite intrigued by her letter to Aunt Elroy. She addressed the matriarch with pretty formal salutation, yet, I feel like her way of talking to Aunt Elroy was not that rigid. She sounded colder and more formal in her letter to Sara Leagan. Do you think she was already in good term with Aunt Elroy? And I feel like her remark on how Grand Uncle William had extraordinary ability to read people’s heart had hinted something. Or, is it just my over enthusiasm in hunting the easter eggs on CCFS? 😀

    Cheers.

    1. Hello Reeka, these are good questions. Ms Gloria might know Candy’s new address at Pony’s Home because she might need to forward her letters? But this letter shows that WAA has officially made his debut and we read Candy’s thoughts about Albert too. Even then Candy didn’t address him using respectful terms.

      About the letter to Aunt Elroy, i have the same feeling about Candy’s remark of Granduncle William’s choice too! 💓 To me this is a solid proof that WAA didn’t judge the doctor by his appearance… something Candy still needed to learn.

      Yes, to me Candy wrote with high respect in her letter to Aunt Elroy whereas she was polite to Sarah Lagan. However I don’t see that Candy was in good terms with the matriarch yet🤔, but the old lady had relented for sure 😀

      • Fay on September 28, 2017 at 2:47 pm
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      Reeka, your comments and questions always cause interesting discussions. Yes, I agree with Ms. Puddle that Mrs. Gloria must have found out somehow Candy’s new address and the must have written to her after William’s official presentation. I’m not sure where her letter reached her. If it was in the mansion, then many things must have happened in the meantime. It makes me wonder too…
      About the letter to Aunt Elroy, Candy was formal but she couldn’t be as cold as she was to Mrs. Leagan. Let’s remember that the Leagans were not on so friendly terms with the Ardlays, they had more of a formal relationship, nothing cordial, but Aunt Elroy was after all Albert’s aunt. She had raised him and however strict she was, Albert loved her. We are not sure at what stage Candy’s relationship with Albert was when she wrote that letter, but anyhow she respected his aunt and no doubt she tried to be in good terms with her for Albert’s sake. I’m sure Albert tried his best for that too. Moreover, I think Aunt Elroy wasn’t so ungrateful to the person who had practically saved her nephew’s life and helped him recover his memory. I don’t believe she could be so unfeeling as to turn her back on her.

    • Alex on September 26, 2017 at 10:11 am
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    Hello Ms Puddle, Hello Fay, and Hello Reeka!

    Right. Apologies again for a rather lengthy post but before I proceed with my review and analysis of CCFS, I would appreciate your feedback and advice concerning five main queries I’ve got as my intention is to dispel even an infinitesimal element of doubt or (inadvertent) inaccuracy regarding some otherwise pedantries in the 2010 CCFS text; having (re-)checked the 2010 CCFS text in both (original) Japanese and the (official) circa 2015 Italian translation, I have been unable to find concrete and indisputable answers to the following controversial issues and I would appreciate your feedback on this, if possible:

    1. Is Candy actually married in the 1930s? Is there any clear-cut and indisputable mention of the word ‘husband’ or anything slightly as relevant to wedlock? From my part, I even resorted to using my software to scan the entire CCFS texts (I’ve converted all CCFS texts into pdf for exclusive personal use due to copyright law) for words and/or phrased which could relate to Candy’s wedlock or possible spouse but to no avail.
    2. Is there any clear indication in the CCFS that Albert had signed adoption papers or was it simply a signed letter of consent regarding his proposed guardianship of Candy? What George appears to be reading to Aunt Elroy is simply a hand-written letter of consent. Afterwards, Aunt Elroy acts in concert with the Lagans to dispute and nullify the aforementioned consent by William Albert Ardlay. (CCFS/ Volume 1/ Chapters 18-20). Further on in the UK, Stear and Archie also specify to Terry how ‘wobbly’ the whole ‘adoption’ case really is. Besides, this is the reason why Terry renounced his father’s surname and begged the headmistress not to report anything to William Ardlay (CCFS/ Volume 2/ Chapters 16-17). The sentiment that this whole so-called ‘adoption’ is rather shallow appears to permeate the CCFS even more than the older CC versions (manga and novels). What do you think?
    3. Have you found out anything about Terry’s precise age in the CCFS text apart from the unofficial and inaccurate estimates circulating on the internet? We get to know that he’s ‘too young’ to take Candy with him but that’s too vague. Is there anything more specific in the CCFS text? My only estimate is that he’s less than 17 when he leaves St Paul’s.
    4. There also appears to be a controversy regarding the ages of Candy, Stear and Archie. The CCFS reader would probably assume that Annie and Patty are roughly the same age with Candy since they’re classmates at St Paul’s. Nagita has made it clear that Anthony was 15 when he died; Candy was almost 13 when she was taken to the Lagans; and Albert was 17 when he met Candy for the first time at Pony’s Hill (she was 6 at the time). I am wondering whether Candy was exactly 13 or 14 when William Ardlay redacted his guardianship consent. Was Albert 24 or 25 years of age when he redacted and signed the aforesaid consent? Not that it makes too much of a difference legal-wise (he’s still far too young to be a dad anyway..), but I simply want to maintain the accuracy of my analysis (yes, I am horrifically pedantic and persistent when it comes to utmost precision even with minute details). I also find this age gap regarding Stear as problematic. If Stear is 4 years older than Candy, he should be at uni and not at school. If Candy is 14, then Stear would be 18 which is the age one is at uni. My rough estimate was that Candy was ‘adopted’ at the age of 13; Albert was 24 at the time (13+11=24); Anthony and Terry were around the same age (that would make Candy 14 at the May Fest and Terry 16); Archie was about the same age with Candy (14-15), and he was about 2 years younger than Stear (which would make him around the same age as Terry-, circa 16-17). Is this correct? Please let me know if it’s not correct and if some details have escaped my notice.
    5. Is there any unbiased and impartial indication of the time (date) Terry’s terse letter (CCFS/Volume 2/Section 3/Letters) to Candy had been written, or sent to, or even received (by Candy)? Is there any indication that Terry’s surname is ‘Granchester’ after he had renounced that surname severing all ties with his father? In all references following Terry’s departure from St Paul’s, Terry appears to be addressed as ‘Terrence Graham’ (or T.G.) and never as ‘Granchester’ (T.G.G.) or ‘Baker’. Even in his farewell letter to Candy at St Paul’s, he closed his brief note to her simply as ‘Terrence’ (CCFS/Volume 2/Chapter 20). Moreover, I have to specify that in Terry’s brief letter to Candy in Section 3 (Letters/Volume 2), he simply signs off as T.G. In all the newspaper clippings, Candy reads his surname as ‘Graham’ and never as ‘Granchester’. Furthermore, Terry does not mention ‘feelings’ in the aforesaid brief letter to Candy in either the original Japanese nor translated Italian texts (CCFS/Volume 2/ Section 3/Letters). Instead, he ends the letter by stating verbatim: ‘I am not changed.’ In the Italian translation, it appears to be roughly albeit not exactly the same: ‘Nothing has changed for me’ or ‘Nothing has changed me.’ (CCFS/Volume 2/Section 3/Letters). Therefore, the pseudo-translation which tends to circulate in some websites in which Terry allegedly conveys his feelings of ‘love’ to his intended recipient (‘My feelings/love for you have/has not changed..’) is absolutely false. Bottom line, Terry is not using the word ‘feelings’/’love’ or ’emotions’ at all. Have you found anything different to that in other translations?

    I would appreciate your feedback here if convenient for you. I’ll await your response prior to my CCFS review and analysis as my intention is to obliterate even the slightest doubt or query in order to maintain 100% accuracy. It’s simply a matter of personal integrity for me to always maintain utmost accuracy and veracity even if that makes me acutely pedantic..;-)

    Looking forward to your feedback and suggestions!

    Thanks in Advance,
    Alex

    1. Hello Alex

      Appreciate all your questions here, but I think the comments page are already getting a little too long here. If you don’t mind, I’ll write a new post based on this comment alone so that any reader can comment on the new post instead. What do you think?

      Thanks again for your contributions!! Best wishes 😗

        • Alex on September 26, 2017 at 11:23 am
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        Hello Ms Puddle,

        Your suggestion sounds good to me. I’ll await your new post and feedback. The aforementioned questions of mine do not affect my review/analysis of the CCFS text; I simply want to have all details into perspective-at least, if and where possible..

        All Best,
        Alex

        1. I absolutely agree with you, Alex! The more references and details the better! Thank you for your patience 💕

    • Fay on September 24, 2017 at 5:13 am
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    Alex,I also consider highly admirable your comments and analysis on CCFS. It’s obvious you have delved into the subject and you were lucky, just like Ms. Puddle, to have direct access to the original text, which is not easy for many fans, and understand fully its meaning and the author’s intentions. Albert is indeed the main male character in CC, but it’s sad many people (Terry fans) can’t see that and insist Terry was the love of her life and Albert was a brother/father figure to her. As you said, it seems unbelievable for Candy (or any female) not to see Albert as a man and not be romantically attracted to him. It’s amazing how many comments I have read in the Greek forum about this matter. if you are interested, this is the page for the English speaking friends of the Greek forum.
    http://candy-candy.forum-2007.com/f11-forum

      • Alex on September 25, 2017 at 10:12 am
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      Hello Fay!

      Thanks for your kind words and for the link provided. Yes, I sure do adore and, above all, respect Greece as I respect all countries and their cultures. Diversity is our strength. I have friends in Thessaloniki (the food there is magnificent-especially “Τρίγωνα Πανοράματος”-a type of cream-filled Northern Greek pastry: https://akispetretzikis.com/el/categories/glyka/trigwna-panoramatos ).
      Needless to mention about the incredible food in the beautiful island of Crete.. Anyway, I won’t allow myself to get too carried away with food (I’m just as bad as Stear/Archie/Candy and Albert when it comes to talking about food, hehehe..). My colleagues and I at uni always arrange ‘cooking sessions’ at each other’s flat during the weekends. Many of my colleagues are from Japan, China, Greece, Italy and Spain, and one could easily imagine the ‘festive’ mood which prevails..:-) My partner is far better in cooking than I am as he musters Greek and Italian cuisine (I’m a bit better in the Japanese gastronomy..).

      On a serious note, Fay, please don’t be concerned about what poor and silly trolls say. Such shit-posters attempt to permeate their stench on the internet, but simply ignore their pathetic existence. No need to feed such lamentably wretched little creatures. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post of mine, I never respond to trolls. I’m even worse than Terry when it comes to utmost and acutely unapologetic snobbery against such unlimited stupidity. I only respond to intelligent and civilised people who muster utmost dignity and rationality. Life is too brief to waste on asinine and mere clownish trolls. End of.

      As for your hard work and effort, we all really appreciate it and look forward to your subsequent contributions. My kind word of advice, nonetheless, would be (and please simply take it as friendly advice and nothing more than that) to enjoy reading and working on CC/CCFS without giving a rat’s arse of what insignificant trolls want to believe. No need to waste your invaluable time on reasoning with irrational and hysterical folk. We’re here at this amazing blog provided most generously by Ms Puddle so as to engage in civilised and intelligent discussions and not to address to imbecilic trolls. Trolls are always going to be trolls and there’s nothing anyone can do to change or emend their situation. They’re burnt flesh. Let them live their fetish of being beaten up, slapped, dragged, humiliated, violently shaken and repeated hit by some douche-bag as Terry, if that’s what turns them on. Anyone who enjoys such horrid and emetic treatment from a vile woman-beater as Terry deserves no respect in any way whatsoever. But if such poor and quaint little creatures don’t respect themselves, I really don’t give a crap. Whatever floats their boat.. It’s their miserable life, and at the end of the day, it’s their funeral.

      Resuming our previous discussion, Fay, thanks again for your feedback and kind words. I’m looking forward to discussing with you further in the near future.

      All Best and Please Say ‘Hello’ to that Amazing Greek Sun!
      Alex

        • Fay on September 25, 2017 at 2:26 pm
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        Alex, I’m really impressed with how familiar you are with Greece’s culture, geography, and food. Also thank you for the very interesting and insightful comments about CC. I appreciate very much your encouragement and your deep knowledge on the subject. I tried to be an unbiased translator, but I confess I am an Albert fan. I suppose it’s natural for a female reader to fall in love with all three boys in Candy’s story, just as she did, passing through the same stages she passed. Of course it depends on the reader’s age. Anthony was the first innocent love and Terry the passionate adolescent love, so an adolescent reader, after crying over Anthony’s death, is possible to fall in love with Terry and stick with him to the end, not seeing the mature lover, Albert. To realize the depth of Albert’s love you just have to be a grown up woman yourself. It’s difficult for a teenage girl to accept Albert as a love interest, although since the amnesia and afterwards he’s portrayed as a very handsome and charming man, easily outshining Terry. I guess her purpose was for Candy to see him differently, which the did eventually, and for the reader to do the same. If the reader can’t see that and remains stuck with Terry, even in maturity, then the case is hopeless. I’m glad I don’t belong to that category.

    • Fay on September 24, 2017 at 5:08 am
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    Alex,
    Thank you again for your kind words. I’m very touched and flattered you are so familiar with the language and culture of my country and I’m glad it’s not all “Greek to you”. I regret that this language is so neglected and abused today, and especially by Greeks themselves, considering its great history. However, it’s always refreshing and encouraging to come across people such as yourself who can appreciate and respect other people’s language, culture and history. That’s highly admirable.

    • Alex on September 14, 2017 at 9:01 am
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    Hello Ms Puddle,

    In response to your request, I checked out some of your CCFS translated work. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to go through all of them as I’m pressed for time at the university; it’s registration period now and it’s been really hectic getting the modules and schedules in proper form. I am looking forward to reading your work in full but the process will be slower than anticipated due to my overtime work as well.

    Having covered the first 10 chapters from the first section (volume 1), I consider your translations to be fairly accurate. I won’t go into pedantic and pretentious fuss about certain individual words or some phrases since context is often just as important as content. Besides, something will get ‘lost in translation’, won’t it? It’s inevitable, anyway..

    At some point, I’ll provide some clarifications concerning ‘loose adjectives’; by ‘loose’ I meaning those descriptive adjectives which are otherwise vague and could easily be interpreted in various (often misleading) ways. This clarification has nothing to do with your adept translations but with the various bickering on online forums which centre on silly arguments, for example, whether the word ‘sweet’ refers to Terry or ‘gentle’ to Albert or ‘exciting’ to Terry or Albert, and so forth.. Seriously, I’m not even going to bother with that because it’s like trying to split hairs. It’s simply a waste of time because for each argument there’s a counter-argument when it comes to such dubious and moot words/expressions.. As in so many languages, Japanese diction is also composed of synonyms. Therefore, words such as ‘sweet voice’ and ‘gentle voice’ bear many similarities in English, and the same applies to Japanese. Focusing too much on such minor details is rather misleading and could derail the reader from the actual trajectory of the story/narrative as a whole. Bottom line, Nagita is a pleasant and capable writer but she’s neither James Joyce nor Marcel Proust. Her work isn’t that complex. Japanese writers who are, indeed, complex and acutely challenging to read due to their sublime linguistic and literary levels are (naming but only a few): Yasunari Kawabata, Yukio Mishima (my personal favourite), and the fascinating Natsuo Kirino.

    I’ve also recently checked out this blog/website and I think this guy is really cool too (you may already know his astute work, I would presume)!

    http://selftaughtjapanese.com/2016/05/01/japanese-to-english-translation-candy-candy-final-story-chapter-1-part-1/

    Thanks again for your great visual (digital) and written work!

    All Best,
    Alex

    1. Hello Alex, no I think you have misunderstood. I don’t recall asking you to review the CCFS translations. But only the ones scattered in various posts here and there in the past. Don’t worry if you don’t have time, and of course I understand you’re busy ☺️

      Besides, these are not my translations. 😅 Fay is the one who started this endeavor as a hobby and own entertainment. She doesn’t understand Italian nor Japanese but relies on Google translator on the fans’ translations in Spanish.

      She contacted me and expressed her wish to share her works with other fans in the fandom. I truly appreciate her efforts, and consider that many fans around the world are deprived of the rights to read CCFS in their own languages, I accepted Fay’s proposal to share her works on my blog.

      Regrettably yes I do realize that many nuances and phrases have thus been lost in translation, but at least the fans who understand English can have extensive glimpses of what CCFS is about and judge for themselves who Anohito really is. I’m sure you’re aware of the rumors out there that are utterly misleading.

      Oh of course I admire the works in selftaughtjapanese by locksleyu. What he has done is priceless and quite accurate.

      Many thanks for your undoubtedly valuable inputs though, Alex. I don’t have time to translate CCFS… I wish I could, but maybe in the future I would do so for a snippet at a time like I used to do in my past posts. 🙂

      Best wishes 😗
      Ms Puddle

        • Alex on September 18, 2017 at 8:02 am
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        Hello Ms Puddle,

        Yeah, I thought you were talking about your translations. My blame..;-)))

        No worries and no need to thank me. On the contrary, we should all thank you for your outstanding artwork and insightful commentary. Above all, we should all thank you for providing us a platform to discuss our interpretations on CC/CCFS within such a civilized and intelligent environment.

        From my part, my intention is to provide additional information concerning the CC/CCFS with the sole purpose of aiding to the aforesaid discussion via an impartial and fact-based framework. As mentioned previously, I’m a polyglot mustering full proficiency in English (my native language), Japanese, Greek and Italian. Due to my university studies in law and history, I had to cover full and advanced knowledge of Latin and Ancient Greek. Having worked in Japan following the completion of my doctorate, I had the massive benefit-apart from delving even further into the Japanese language and culture-of being able to retrieve a few versions of the CC manga/novelised manga as well as the CCFS, all of which are in the original language of Japanese, apparently. This material is so cheap in Japan. I was stunned (and a bit appalled, I must say..) when I found out how expensive the Italian translation of the CCFS is. I don’t have the Italian translations because I refuse to pay so much for something which I had paid only 1/3 of the price back in Japan. However, my niece has got the Italian ones (they were given as a birthday gift to her by her best friend) and she’s lent them to me so I can compare/contrast these translations to the original Japanese one. There are definitely significant differences not only in translation but in meaning from the original Japanese texts of CCFS. I’ll discuss this issue later on. As for CCFS being translated in English, I wouldn’t count on it as CC/CCFS isn’t particularly popular in North America (Canada, with the exception perhaps of Montreal, and USA) and the UK (I work at a UK university and only my Spanish and Italian colleagues know about CC/CCFS).

        As I had posted previously, I’ll get back to you regarding the legal procedures, eligibility and requirements regarding the issue of adoption and annulment of adoptions in late C19th-early C20th USA (including some conflicts between Federal and State laws and further amendments). I consider this analysis essential regarding the actual validity of Albert’s drastic action in adopting Candy following the intense pleadings of Anthony, Archie and Stear. I’ll try to keep that post as simple and brief as possible (as for ‘brief’, perhaps not that possible in my case as I tend to be severely analytical and strict to factual evidence, hehehe..). I’ll also provide some relevant sources for further study, if you would like.

        Anyway, that’s me for now.

        Take Care,
        Alex

        1. Hello Alex, thanks again for your kind words about my works here. I’m blushing in embarrassment because I’ve neglected my blog lately due to real life responsibilities. Hopefully I’ll pick it up again soon.

          So glad to have met you here though, Alex. Your background, extensive knowledge and expertise are excellent news to Candy Candy fans around the world. I’m curious how you plan to share your insights with us. Are you going to write comments and let me post your ideas one after another?

          Anyway, sincerely looking forward to reading your insights and opinions. 😘

          Best wishes,
          Ms Puddle

            • Alex on September 19, 2017 at 8:12 am
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            Fully understand and empathise with you, Ms Puddle!

            I had intended to form a blog of my own regarding Japanese manga art and culture, but I’m already one of the key administrators for several academic conference accounts on Twitter and F/B. It’s impossible for me to arrange this further blog of my own as I have no time at all. A scholarly article of mine regarding issues of Feminism, sexism and Japanese literary/visual arts has been accepted for an academic journal but there’s loads of editing and re-editing required. As I’m bound by a contract with the aforesaid academic journal, I cannot provide any further information until this article is published (possibly in mid-2018 depending on the further emendations required). The copyright laws are acutely strict and swaying even a bit could result to legal conflict. This is why I’m extremely careful with what I post online.

            As for my (lengthy, unfortunately..) comments, please feel free to use them if you consider them useful in any way. In my previous comment, I had mentioned that I’ve got lengthy (circa 7 pages/A4 document size) and in depth analysis regarding three main issues which I have termed as ‘ CC/ CCFS Myth Busters’-each of these docs are 7-8 pages each and that’s why I haven’t posted them here on your blog. What would you prefer? Shall I trim them to a single page each and simply leave out the textual evidence unless someone requests for them? Shall I send you these lengthy documents and simply leave them at your disposal for you to edit? If you have any other suggestion, by all means, please let me know.

            All Best,
            Alex

              • Ms Puddle on September 19, 2017 at 12:42 pm
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              Hello Alex, sounds like you have more than a full plate yourself. I can easily imagine how you wish you could have more than 24 hours a day! 😅

              Of all your works you mentioned above, I’m most interested in the myth busters. The title itself is intriguing enough 👍👍

              How about you contact me on my Facebook page or Twitter? I will decide what to do with your document. I’ll give you full credits if I do write a post based on your contributions.

              Many thanks in advance and looking forward to hearing from you.

              Best regards! 😀

          • Fay on September 20, 2017 at 3:24 am
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          Hello, Alex, thank you for taking the time to read some of my English translation of CCFS. It’s not my native language (I’m Greek) but I found this opportunity when I came across the Spanish translation of the Foro Andrew team based on the Italian edition. It may not be a direct translation from the original, but I think it’s praiseworthy first because it gives more readers the chance to read the novel for free through the web and second because they took the trouble of translating the whole book and not just one or two chapters as an experiment. locksleyu had definitely done a very good job translating from Japanese but although many fans asked for him to translate more chapters (I had voted myself for that months ago) sadly he didn’t. It would be so nice to have a complete translation of the original text but still I don’t believe the exact meaning could be conveyed perfectly in any other language. Something will have to be lost in translation. It’s inevitable, as you say. The main thing is to respect the spirit and intent of the author without changing the nature of the language into which you translate. Moreover, English is a language widely spread, so it’s still an opportunity for many fans who don’t know Japanese or Italian to read the whole novel. Thank you for your comments.

        • Alex on September 20, 2017 at 11:36 am
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        Hello Ms Puddle and Fay!
        Thank you for your kind words. I really appreciate your support.

        Ms Puddle-I’ll be glad to send you my longer posts and leave them at your disposal within your own availability of time. Your proven track-record in being up-to-scratch in terms of accuracy and veracity is apparent and this is why we all appreciate your blog so much! Besides, these three ‘Myth Busters’ docs focus 100% on historical facts and indisputable legal terms and policies concerning C19th-C20th US issues (for example, adoption eligibility/requirements/annulment). I should have specified (apologies, I didn’t..) that I use Twitter and F/B solely for job-related purposes. I have subscribed to your blog and perhaps my email address is at your disposal. Please let me know if it is.

        Fay-Thank you for your kind words and I’m looking forward to discussing further with you! I don’t think that the novels CC/CCFS are going to be published in English, at least not in the next foreseeable future. I could be wrong about this but CC/CCFS has little reception in North America, Australia, and the UK. I do find it rather odd, however, that there appears to be no official translation in Spanish (correct me if I’m wrong here..) given the fact that the CC/CCFS reception in Latin America is massive. Is there any other official translation out there apart from the Italian one?

        On a just-for-fun-and-laughs note, after reading loads of commentary concerning potential real life people for the CC/CCFS story, I would also like to submit my preferences for the key characters:

        1. Candy (the British Historian Suzannah Lipscomb): http://suzannahlipscomb.com/
        2. Albert (British RSC Thespian and actor Paul Bettany-and my favourite actor, by the way..):
        http://images4.fanpop.com/image/photos/22000000/Paul-Bettany-paul-bettany-22059368-1411-2200.jpg
        http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-paul-bettany-shelter-20151117-story.html
        3. Terry (I prefer the more ‘Celtic’-like based on the CC manga/CC novel: the musicians Nick Drake and Chris Cornell/ I don’t like the way he’s depicted in the CCFS..):
        (Nick Drake-Terry’s youth):
        https://www.rollingstone.com/music/artists/nick-drake/biography
        https://i0.wp.com/robinfrederick.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/nick-music.jpg?fit=250%2C306
        https://i.ytimg.com/vi/L1AkYgBTc4M/hqdefault.jpg
        (Chris Cornell-Terry’s adulthood):
        http://img.wennermedia.com/social/chris-cornell-dead-2017-eead7a36-ceb6-4dfb-afe6-98f47ca1f886.jpg
        https://pmcvariety.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/chris-cornell-dead.jpg?w=670&h=377&crop=1
        http://www.siriusxm.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/chris-cornell.jpg

        Whenever I think of Terry’s voice and character, Chris Cornell always comes to mind:
        “Fell on Black Days”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySzrJ4GRF7s
        “Like a Stone”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QU1nvuxaMA

        But when I think of Albert’s voice and character, Eddie Veddar comes to mind:
        “Given to Fly”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZKcmBJTVKI

        4. Anthony (the British Thespian and actor Joe Alwyn):
        http://www3.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Joe+Alwyn+Sense+Ending+Gala+Screening+Red+zGyRyd3ssfsl.jpg
        5. Stear: (Brandon Routh): https://i.pinimg.com/736x/a3/ce/69/a3ce6949c7de9272adab83cffe4a2fa5.jpg
        6. Archie: (based on face, not hair, of-course): Wentworth Miller:
        http://images.buddytv.com/btv_2_505513946_0_1200_10000_-1_/wentworth-aug22.jpg
        7. Susanna: (Elle Fanning):
        https://assets.vogue.com/photos/5925b57421459e0620bc3079/master/pass/00-tout-elle-fanning-braid.jpg
        8. Eleanor Baker: (actress/Thespian): Cate Blanchette:
        http://cdn2.thr.com/sites/default/files/2015/11/cateblanchett.jpg
        9. Rosemary Brown: (actress/Thespian): Elizabeth Debicki:
        https://cloudpix.co/-elizabeth-debicki-1640595.html
        https://cdn.cloudpix.co/images/elizabeth-debicki/elizabeth-debicki-9d172ffcea399d26696bd70d1e7a9d68-large-1640595.jpg

        All Best,
        Alex

        1. Hello Alex, sure I understand. I’ll contact you then. Btw, very interesting cast of CC characters! Talking about real life Albert, one time i was having a big family dinner in a restaurant, and our blond-haired server was very attractive and tall with athletic build. One of my relatives immediately exclaimed after he left our table, “Wow! A handsome guy indeed!”

          About CCFS, I don’t think there’s any plan to get it translated into other languages. In fact, so far the Italian version is the only official translation. Someone suspected that this has to do with how the Italians altered the ending of both the anime and manga to suit their desires.

          About the Spanish translation, I know there is actually a petition for an official publication of CCFS in Spanish because I helped proofreading their request in English. Unfortunately, I don’t know what happened after that. That was why they took matters into their own hands and translated the Italian version themselves.

            • Alex on September 21, 2017 at 7:41 am
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            Hello Ms Puddle,
            Nagita and Igarashi have been most generous in their portrayal of Albert-arguably, even more than Terry. Even the TOEI/anime version of him is flattering (they make Terry look like a midget next to him). From all the CC/CCFS characters, Albert is depicted as the tallest, most beautiful, most intelligent, bravest and kindest. It’s odd that the Terry-fans find it so difficult to fathom that Candy would ever become infatuated with a Nordic-tall and athletic ‘Thor’-like male. Let alone the fact that he’s all beauty, brains, and brawn, having studied at the most prestigious of UK universities and also being so highly respected by all the main characters of CC/CCFS. Even Terry holds Albert in the highest esteem and wishes to emulate him. A few of my colleagues were telling me that such ‘perils’ of misconstrued romance between Candy and Albert somewhat reminds them of the misunderstood and long-term relationship between Prince William and Kate Middleton. Those two had initially begun as flatmates and ‘sibling-like’ friends at St Andrews Uni. William (very much like Albert) always preferred remote places (St Andrews is a very remote place albeit beautiful) and enjoyed doing manual labour and carpentry as his part-time job. William also used to look a lot like Albert during his youth (his bro-Harry-resembles Terry in character, hehehe). The queen (akin to Aunt Elroy) had continuously placed severe impediments between William and Kate so that they would never be together. They endured quite a lot of long-term troubles before finally being able to get married and have that beautiful family they have now. I enjoy the way you depict Albert (in your fan-fic) as a respectable human-being but also fallible with his own weaknesses and angst. This gives him so much depth.

            What really annoys me with some commenters is that they desperately try to define Albert as some of ‘ethereal’, ‘non-human’, ‘Messiah/Zen Master-like’, intangible divine entity devoid of physical traits and sexual drives. That is so condescending and delusional. Had this been Nagita’s intention, I would have accepted it since it’s her novel. However, Nagita delineates Albert as a man (NOT divine entity) of high moral values but with human weaknesses as well. Albert is not an ideology, religion or some spirit. He’s a human-being in all versions of the CC/CCFFS with his pros and his cons. Albert is far from perfect. He has his own ‘demons’ to battle like all the characters in CC/CCFS. What makes Albert stand out, however, is his personal integrity and self-effacing dignity. Nonetheless, Albert is a guy who is capable of sexual desire, jealousy, anger, aggressiveness, excessive pride and recklessness. For example, his decision to abandon Candy, Terry and George and head for Africa leaving all his responsibilities behind is downright reckless and irresponsible. Arguably, if he had stayed in London to continue supervising his start up businesses as well as Candy’s progress in school, Terry wouldn’t have had to renounce his family name and leave for the USA so harshly. Both Candy and Terry needed Albert as their mentor because they were devoid of any family guidance. As a protective guardian (he was too young to be a dad), it was Albert’s responsibility to both Candy and George to maintain his post at all costs. Being fair to Terry, I consider Albert to be more in the wrong for heading to Africa than Terry deciding to leave for the USA, given the fact that even if Terry had made a mistake, he was just a kid himself. In contrast to the older CC versions (novels/manga/anime), I consider that Nagita attempts to make Albert even more human than he already is in the CCFS, the characteristic example being the removal of the lion scene. However, even in the older CC versions, Albert can get angry and when he does, he’s scary. He’s not violent at all as Terry is, but Albert can get iceberg-cold when angered (his enraged glare against Aunt Elroy in the CC manga during the attempted Neal-Candy forced engagement speaks more than a thousand words). Albert’s distance and frigidity are worse and far more powerful than Terry’s emotive fire. Robert Frost’s poem, ‘Fire and Ice’, is worth a read regarding such frigid rage:
            https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44263/fire-and-ice

            As for the lion scene, when I was a teen I enjoyed it although I had found it a bit over the top. I couldn’t have been more wrong! Here’s another ‘real-life’ Albert who thrives in such a relationship with wild beasts. His name is Kevin Richardson:


            All Best,
            Alex

              • Ms Puddle on September 21, 2017 at 9:20 pm
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              Hello Alex, I mostly agree with you about the character Albert and we could tell Igarashi had put in extra efforts in drawing him in various episodes, especially the grand revelation scene in the manga. Nagita has indeed created this character with love.

              Unfortunately I can’t say the same thing for the anime version. Sigh… His significance was somewhat outshone by Terry, and many fans had been misled into thinking Terry was “the one” by the changes in the plot, which you had already discussed in one or two of your previous comments. Hence, many of them, even to this day, believed Albert was merely a secondary/background character. I’m sure you have heard how they claimed that Terry was Candy’s grand/true love or soulmate, which is totally the opposite in CC/CCFS.

              Indeed the love story of William and Kate is shockingly similar!! Thank you so much for sharing, and this couple and their young kids are just adorable to say the least. True love never fails, right?

              Thank you for reading my fanfic (I don’t know which one) but this again makes me blush. I’ve always been a science/math person, and I write only for fun (never an English literature student). 😅😁

              Yes Alex you’re absolutely right that Nagita’s Albert is not meant to be flawless or a saint. He made mistakes and had his own demons, but he never meant to hurt anyone. About his trip to Africa, it wasn’t an abandonment though. I can double check CCFS again; the trip had been “approved” beforehand but he knew he would be under his aunt’s men’s “supervision” as usual. Later he did decide to vanish, but little did he know he would go missing for many months afterwards.

              Anyway, I think Albert wrote about all that and the regrets of his reckless decision in his letter to Candy. Need to pick up my CCFS book 2. ☺️

              About Terry, there was really no reason for him to leave London in such a rush without a proper goodbye to Candy. In his brief note he didn’t even leave any promise that he would see Candy again, and when he did go to Pony’s Home, he didn’t leave his contact info to the kind ladies either. No wonder some readers deem his brief visit to the orphanage as a proper farewell to Candy.

              The forced engagement party in the manga is a solid proof of WAA being the real authoritative figure in the clan. As far as I remember this was the only time he showed an angry face in the story, and it was to his aunt, the supposedly powerful matriarch.

              I’m in agreement with you about the Lion scene, and again the one in the manga is a lot better. Yes I’ve heard of that Kevin Richardson. Amazing, isn’t he?

              Best wishes! I’ll contact you in the weekend.

            • Alex on September 23, 2017 at 9:58 am
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            Hello Ms Puddle and Hello Fay!

            Thank you both for your insightful commentary. Apologies for this rather lengthy comment, in advance, but I would like to answer to the astute feedback provided by both Ms Puddle and Fay.

            I’ll begin with certain CC anime misconceptions circulating online. Since Nagita has already made herself perfectly clear (in writing and in her interviews) that she utterly distances herself from the anime and wants her readers to focus predominantly on HER OWN writing/narrative and also take into consideration the beautiful manga visuals by Igarashi, there’s really no point in discussing the matter any further. It is beyond any shadow of a doubt that the anime Terry bears extremely little resemblance to the CC manga and CC/CCFS novel Terry. It’s an indisputable fact that Nagita retains the ways in which Terry is depicted in the (circa 1970s- circa 2003) CC manga/novel(s) when redacting her 2010 novel-CCFS. If certain fans persistently cling to the anime-Terry, that’s their issue and not mine. Therefore, the anime-Terry is solely TOEI’s creation and not Nagita’s. Case closed.

            Secondly, I had mentioned in a previous post that the anime Terry is simply a dimension of Albert himself. TOEI animations had simply morphed some of the beautiful Albert-archetype attributes within Terry. I do not consider that the anime Albert is diminished but he’s been ‘Matrix’-like multiplied into two figures (Terry-Albert). I agree with you that the manga Albert is by far more beautiful than the anime one. However, I have loads of friends who find the anime Albert immensely beautiful and even more beautiful than Terry. Personally, I always found his beard and tinted-specs so badass and cool in both the manga and the anime. I think that all the anime characters began to look awful in the final episodes of the CC anime. I’ve heard it was due to financial issues but I’m not sure. I’ve noticed a technique in anime and manga art that superior characters are always depicted as taller than the others (a bit of height-ism..); Albert is always taller (apart from George) than all the male characters, including Terry. Stear appears to be the second tallest of the lot (also taller than Terry but not as tall as Albert). I would have claimed that the anime rendered Albert as less sensual and less sexual than Terry but I would be wrong here. In the original Japanese anime, Makio Inoue is the voice actor behind Albert and Kei Tomiyama is the voice actor behind Terry, both voices of which are insanely attractive. I’ve heard the voices of both Terry and Albert in other languages as well and they both sound fantastic. Anyway, I won’t elaborate on this any further since Nagita has made her point-and I repeat-CRYSTAL CLEAR to the CC readership about her disassociation against the anime version. It’s worthy of note to specify that Nagita has furthered intensified Terry’s violent and self-destructive disposition in the CCFS whereas Albert is even more highly revered irrespective of his human and ‘humane’ flaws. I’ll discuss this issue on how Terry remains a stock character following his departure from St Paul’s (in stark contrast to Albert’s multi-dimensional and dynamic character) in the CCFS later on..

            Thirdly, I’ll specify that all my analysis and interpretations of the CC/CCFS are solely based on Nagita’s novels and NOT the anime. I also avoid the CC manga in order to maintain Nagita’s voice as the exclusive source of my commentary. Therefore, in my commentary on the CCFS, my methodology focuses exclusively on the close reading of the original 2010 Japanese text without alluding to the CC novel and/or CC manga. I consider it essential that CCFS is studied as a separate text independent from the previous CC manga and CC novels of the past (circa 1970- circa 2003). I’ve also acknowledged the accuracy and veracity of Nagita’s historical references as well as geographical locations. I also take the historical and socio-political setting (time and places) of the CCFS into serious consideration as that is specifically what Nagita has done. When asked the reasons why she preferred a North American and British setting for her CC/CCFS novels instead of her native Japanese, Nagita clarified her position that her intention is not to remain within the confines of a particular national (or nationalistic) identity but to encompass and respond to a wider (international and multi-national) readership. Nagita has clearly specified that she considers Candy to be international as her feelings of love, respect and freedom constitute universal themes and not regional or provincial ideals. Hence, when I discuss about the CCFS I take the following into account and nothing more than the following which are thus: Nagita’s narrative voice (the original 2010 Japanese CCFS text itself), the historical setting and the in situ geographical locations as such during the late C19th (circa 1898/1899-early C20th (circa 1937/1938, the Interbellum prior to World War II). I am impressed with the ways in which Nagita has retained such historical accuracy throughout her CC and CCFS texts.

            Yet, there have been some minor details readers have questioned, for example, Albert’s sun-glasses and dyed hair. For ‘tinted’ or ‘tainted’ glasses, historical references to such rudimentary forms of ‘sun-glasses’ date as back as the mid-C18th in the West but even earlier in China (circa C12th): [ http://www.glasseshistory.com/glasses-inventor/who-invented-sunglasses/ ].
            As for dyed hair and tattoos, especially darker hues, all that stuff goes back since the antiquities.
            Moreover, there’s been some controversy over the Mexican guy coming to take Candy to Mexico for the aforesaid forced child labour. There’s really no clear indication whether this guy had travelled all the way from Mexico to Illinois and then back. Such a claim would be outlandish. It would be sensible to assume that he was simply covering a specific trajectory until he handed Candy over to someone else en route to Mexico. There’s a further issue here that American citizen orphans such as Candy had been protected by law against forced child labour since mid-C19th [ http://www2.maxwell.syr.edu/plegal/save/clin1910s.html ], however, there was no federal law uniformity for the ratification of child welfare laws until after World War II (circa 1950s onwards). The conflict between federal laws and state laws tend to be one hell of a migraine headache for lawyers and legal historians (I know that pain all too well as I’m one of those unlucky folk to study all this stuff..) and this cannot be resolved nor rectified in a few sentences, so I’ll leave this issue here as I wouldn’t intend to transfer this migraine pain to all of you..;-)

            As for the so-called ‘World War I’ related bomb explosion within the Italian vicinity which Albert sustained his life-threatening injuries (amnesia), this may allude to the socio-political strife within Italy and amongst Italy and its neighbouring countries during the tumultuous period of 1913-1915. There is no clear indication in the text that the train was actually within Italian territory when the explosion actually occurred (perhaps it had been in transit..) [ https://encyclopedia.1914-1918-online.net/article/warfare_1914-1918_italy ] / [ https://encyclopedia.1914-1918-online.net/article/making_sense_of_the_war_italy ].
            If you have found some clear indication, by all means, please let me know. I may be a ‘hawk’ when it comes to the ‘small print’ and the ‘devil in the details’, but I’m also only human and thus something may escape my notice..;-)

            Ms Puddle-I’ve really enjoyed reading your fan-fic, especially ‘A Peculiar Relationship’ and the story about the ways in which George, via his own stream of consciousness, perceived the misconstrued and unobtrusively undercurrent romance between Candy and Albert. One doesn’t have to be an English lit major in order to be adept at writing. On the contrary, quite a few English lit majors tend to be awfully verbose and digressively garrulous without ever getting to the point. This is where the phrase ‘less is more’, could apply as a useful piece of advice to certain literature folk (not to everyone, apparently..). There’s nothing wrong in developing one’s argument in an extensive manner, provided that the crux of one’s argument and the required congruence are both maintained from the beginning until the end of one’s analysis whether it be brief or extensive. As for Albert’s venture to Africa, I don’t recall it having been ‘approved’, but let me re-check that one just to be sure. My apologies in advance if I am wrong about this. If I’m not mistaken, Albert had explained to Candy (CCFS/Volume 2/Epilogue/Letters) that he had been looking forward to being away from his elders during his academic studies at prestigious UK universities, however, he was frustrated that even in the UK he would continue to be supervised and monitored. After elaborating a bit on his light travels and his start up businesses in Southern England and London (in which he was also somewhat monitored albeit not as intensively as in the USA), Albert discussed the reasons why he wanted to head to Africa because no one would be able to monitor him there. Albert wanted to be utterly independent and he considered Africa to be his grand escape, especially reliant on the fact that his start up business in the UK were doing fine and George could provide his long-term expertise and adept supervision thereafter. I hope George had demanded for a raise at this point..;-) Nevertheless, I’ll re-check this aspect in the CCFS and compare the original Japanese text to the translated Italian one. The fact that Albert did regard his leave to Africa as ‘reckless’ elevates him to a self-aware and self-introspective individual. It takes class to admit one’s error of judgement and Albert sure has loads of class and personal integrity. His true class derives from his moral calibre and laudable ethos-not from his financially opulent lineage. As for Terry, I will continue to somewhat ‘defend’ his asinine action due to his adolescence at St Paul’s. I consider neither Terry nor Albert had any intention of hurting anyone by leaving the UK. I agree with you that Terry appeared to have intended to cut ties with Candy when he left the UK and later on when he briefly visited the orphanage in the USA. Nonetheless, this is where my defence or ‘apologia’ for Terry ends. In both the CC manga/novels and CCFS, Terry made no effort to stand up for Candy. Instead, it was Stear and Archie who urged him to defend her honour. Without Stear and Archie, Terry would just be moping in his room pacing up and down doing absolutely nothing but whine and nag. In the anime, however, Terry makes tremendous efforts to defend Candy by even dispelling his pride and beg his father to intervene. The anime Terry does whatever possible to defend Candy. However, this anime version is not reflected at all in either the CC novels/manga nor the CCFS. This specific and crucial aspect must be made clear to all CC/CCFS readers irrespective of their preferences and biases. We should also take into account that Terry always wanted to leave the UK (he detested his father and his step-mother) and pursue an acting career in the USA. All these three elements-Stear/Archie/USA acting career prospects-constituted instrumental factors in Terry’s decision to leave the UK.

            Ms Puddle, I agree with you that if Terry wanted to maintain contact with Candy, he could have done so with tremendously great ease and as you’ve precisely indicated. I’ll proceed even further and state that if Terry wanted to defend his (otherwise awfully brief teenage) relationship with Candy, he would have stood his own ground and clarified the nature of his relationship with Candy to Susanna and Mrs Marlowe. Yes, Candy was right and honourable to decide to leave New York (I ought to admit that I identify with her 100% here and I would have done exactly the same). Candy proved to have far greater ‘balls’ than the so-called ‘masculine’ and ‘hunky’ Terry. Where’s Terry’s ‘toughness’ and so-called masculine ‘roughness’ during the St Paul’s School scandal and then the Broadway tragedy? Terry sure is ‘tough’ (full and unapologetic sarcasm intended here) when hitting and dragging Candy all over St Paul’s campus. He sure acts like a ‘tiger’ against the wee lass.. But when it comes to serious and crucial life-changing decisions, Terry suddenly recoils to a kitten and silently leaves the scene to escape any notice.. I wouldn’t expect him to be dynamic because he’s clearly not. I’m just having a bit of a chuckle that douche-bags like Terry can so easily be reduced to a puss when cornered a bit.. There were two most opportune moments (St Paul’s/Susanna) for Terry to demonstrate his so-called ‘testicular’ fortitude and state his clear-cut position as a true and honourable gentleman, but he didn’t.. Terry’s toxic masculinity is nothing but fragile and feeble. It’s worthless. Such men deserve no respect. A woman who respects and honours herself focuses on finding a partner who is her equivalent; the same applies to all genders and ethnicities. The person we are with and the company we prefer reflect the quality of our own character. It’s sheer common sense. Nagita herself is married to an honourable man and she has stated that the man she wants by Candy’s side is a man of the highest quality as Candy herself is of the highest quality with regards to her sublime character. And we all know who that genuine and honourable gentleman really is..;-)))

            Fay-It’s so kind and commendable of you to put so much effort in translating the CCFS material into Greek and English. The Greek language is such a beautiful and intricate language with such a plethora of linguistic nuances and subtleties. I have profound respect for Japan and Greece as both countries have such an enriched history and culture. I am grateful to have been given the invaluable opportunity to study and delve into both countries and their immense contributions to humanity.

            Ms Puddle and Fay, I would like to thank you again for your insightful commentary and I’m looking forward to discussing further with you.

            Take Care and Peace!
            Alex

              • Fay on September 24, 2017 at 5:26 am

              By the way, Alex, I find your real life CC characters very interesting. Albert is indeed very handsome, especially his eyes, and I see a striking resemblance with Anthony’s eyes, just like the story. What a coincidence. I like your Rosemary very much, she seems so delicate and fragile. But I have to agree with Reeka that your Stear is by far the handsomest and most charming of all. If he had been in the story, I think Anthony and the rest wouldn’t stand a chance with Candy.

              Reeka, I’m glad we agree about how important Albert is for the story. I know what Shoujo is about, and that in this kind of stories the male character whom the heroine meets first is usually the one she ends up with. Obviously CC is no exception.
              About Alex’s casting I agree with you about Albert. There is no mortal who can perfectly portray him. Maybe because Igarashi made him so handsome?

              • Ms Puddle on September 24, 2017 at 5:50 pm
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              Hello Alex! May I quote this comment of yours for future post (s). You have included useful references indeed, and I’ll try to squeeze some time to organize my thoughts before writing a new post / series. I don’t know yet.

              So glad you like my fanfics Peculiar Relationship and A man in love! Your kind words are very encouraging, and I write stories as a way to escape. Your feedback is very much appreciated! 🙂

              About Albert’s trip to Africa, it’s his letter to Candy in the epilogue (p. 313). I might have misunderstood, but here in this letter he said he longed for Africa but he later realized that he could survive and get a job because of some Ardlay’s protection ( influence?) even in Africa. He was afflicted by the thought that he couldn’t do anything alone day after day until he decided to cut off contacts with Georges and leave, etc. etc.

              Anyway, thank you so much for all the references and insights, Alex. They are invaluable to say the least. Best wishes to your research!!

            • Alex on September 25, 2017 at 11:30 am
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            Hello Ms Puddle!

            Thanks for your comment and feedback. Please feel free to use any of my commentary and references you consider useful. Should you prefer further references and/or citations, I will be most pleased to be of your assistance. I deliberately use very light referencing in my posts so as to avoid making them longer than they already are. I’ve also received your email message and thank you for that. As for the three lengthy ‘CC/CCFS Myth-Busters’ posts/documents of mine, I have also redacted brief versions for each of them in order to avoid burdening your time; hence, from the circa 7-8 page original documents, I have reduced them to about a page each for ease of access. Upon request, I may provide any further evidence as well as further bibliography/sources to my (past and present) posts, especially with regards to North American and British legal and socio-political history during the early C19th-mid C20th.

            As for the ‘Africa’ issue, let’s re-check our sources as sort it out thereafter..;-)

            Looking forward to your new posts and your highly enjoyable fan-fiction!

            All Best,
            Alex

              • Ms Puddle on September 25, 2017 at 9:50 pm
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              Thank you so much for being considerate and thoughtful, Alex! Sure if I do need more references and/or background materials, I’ll not hesitate to ask you. You as a researcher must know how important it is to prove your credibility, and I’ll do my best as well. Thanks again! 😘

          • Fay on September 22, 2017 at 5:51 am
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          Hello, Alex. I totally agree with you that Albert is the best described character in CC, and that Nagita and Igarashi did their very best to delienate him, the one in words and the other in images. With all his imperfections and flaws, he was still the perfect match for Candy and for any woman, for that matter. It makes me really angry to come across comments trying to diminish him as a main character or to present him as a father figure to Candy. Are these people so blind not to see? One of the reasons that I decided to share my translation of CCFS was to help more fans to realize Anohito’s identity, something that couldn’t be achieved through spoilers of pieces here and there. I have also begun translating my English translation in Greek too for the benefit of a Greek CC forum since there was so much demand for that. I really hope Terry fans will be silenced at last and accept Albert as Anohito, whether they like it or not. Although I get angry with all those insulting and sometimes disgusting comments, I must say I feel sorry for them too because they fail to understand such a beautiful love story as that of Candy and Albert. Nagita was very clever not to reveal Anohito’s identity until the last page, but sometimes I wish she had spelled his name out loud for all to see.

            • Fay on September 22, 2017 at 5:57 am
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            Ms. Puddle, please let me know how I can post longer comments here. If I have to reply to another comment, my answer is confined and if I make it a little longer than 10 or 12 lines the Post Comment button goes down and I can’t press it anymore, so I have to shorten my comment. I think it happens only in replying comments and not in original ones. Is there any way to remedy that?

              • Ms Puddle on September 22, 2017 at 10:15 am
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              Sorry I am not aware of this, Fay. Did you use your PC or mobile for your replies?

              • Fay on September 22, 2017 at 11:05 am

              I always use my PC but I noticed that when I want to leave a reply comment I can’t post too much because of this confinement. When I post an original comment I don’t have that problem. I guess this is something that happened recently because I have seen several older comments I have posted and they were longer.

            • reeka on September 23, 2017 at 11:01 pm
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            Totally agree with you, Fay. After years, I’ve grown to love how Nagita/Mizuki wrote CCFS the way she did. Because to us, it is not puzzled and ambiguous after all. BUT, due to some obnoxious comments some Terryfans have been throwing to WAA, yes, for once I really wish Mizuki/Nagita had mentioned Anohito’s name.

            I also agree that Albert is the best described character in CC, along with the heroine herself. There was a moment during these years I have been interacting with great ladies here in Ms Puddle’s blog that I had started thinking in the beginning of CC story creation, WAA was actually the main character in mind. But a Shoujo is best to have a heroine instead of a hero. If you read Mizuki/Nagita wikipedia page, you’ll understand what I mean. That Ardley family was somewhat her imaginary childhood family.

          • reeka on September 23, 2017 at 11:19 pm
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          Alex,

          interesting casts you have! 🙂 I can see your selections are on the more mature looking side. I love Paul Bethany. One of the underrated actors. height wise, I agree. I imagine yes, Albert was as slender as Paul ( not overly muscled like a greek god many fans described in their fan fictions hahaha), but .. in my imagination he was certainly not as thin as Paul. But yeah, I somewhat can get Albert vibe on him. Especially Albert as a globetrotter. I once discussed with Ms Puddle about how close the current look Dan Stevens has for him to be Albert in late 20s/early 30s. Ms Puddle was the one raising his name, though. There were some pics of Dan recently that were so charming, elegant, and hot ( lol) and I always thought of Albert hahahaha. He’s in Beauty and The Beast and Legion era are so great looking. And his eyes! They’re perfect as Alberts.

          But honestly, no mortals in my mind can perfectly fit as Albert.

          ANyway, how Stear was otherworldly more handsome than the rest? 🙂

          Cate Blanchett as Eleanor is perfect!

            • Alex on September 25, 2017 at 11:05 am
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            Hello Reeka!

            I’m glad you like my CC/CCFS ‘cast’ list..;-))) Who would have thought that my ‘dearest’ Stear would have made such a grand impression, hehehe..

            Ever since I was a kid back in the late 90s, my favourite characters were Stear (for his high level education, humour and wit), George (for his dignity, hard working ethos and erudition), and Albert (for his intricate character and academic intelligence). From the anime, I also liked Dr Kerry (for her Feminism and dynamic character) and Michael (the highly respectable military physician). I also respect Archie a lot but not the way he’s depicted in the anime. I’m pleased that Nagita elevated his character significantly in the CCFS to an immensely conscientious and highly educated individual. I consider Archie to be an honourable and honest character irrespective of his temper (he’s not a woman-beater as Terry) and his flaws. I appreciated him even more when he barged in Terry’s student flat and beat his arse..;-)

            As for Stear, I think that I was of the very few who liked him so much, especially given the fact that all the popularity had fallen upon Anthony, Terry, and Albert. It’s interesting that my partner (fiancée’) looks so much like Stear; he’s an intellectual and humorous (we’re both colleagues at uni), dark-frame specs, tall and dark-haired. Unfortunately for my Stear-like partner, however, I’m neither petite (I’m 5ft11 and long-limbed) nor sweet (I’m a bit too sarcastic and brutally sardonic-even worse than Terry at times..) as the adorable and cute Patty. That said, I guess I’ll simply have to admit that my flattering ‘cast’ preference for Stear (the beautiful and talented actor- Brandon Routh-his wife and colleague, Courtney Ford, being equivalently awesome) was due to me being favourably predisposed towards him (and my partner..;-)))

            As for Dan Stevens, yes, he’s a cool choice for Albert!

            All Best!
            Alex

    • reeka on August 24, 2017 at 5:32 pm
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    Dear Fay & Ms Puddle,

    So much I want to talk about Narrative 5, but I am currently in a hurry ( but if I leave it for later, I’ll forget for sure haha)

    First, about Susanna. Here, Mizuki highlights what Candy really thought about Susanna, that she sincerely thought Susanna was not a bad person. I honestly saw her as a slightly spoiled girl, immature, and a bit selfish. However I think it was normal for someone like her. She’s very young, really pretty, and I bet she had used to get all boys’ attention. And she was in love. What Susanna did is actually not uncommon, most of us in our teenage years would do the same thing. Actually, it is Candy’s selflessness that I see as a very rare quality.

    About event in St Jacob Hospital, I think I did once pour all thing I dislike about Terry in this particular scene here in Ms Puddle’s blog, so I won’t repeat myself. All in all, his treatment toward Candy was not at all an attitude of a man in love. Grrr.

    Second,
    You see, in present, after Candy talked about Stear’s music box, … Candy is playing it again after so long ( after HE easily fixed it), and then the music is stopping. THEN She saw Albert’s portrait drawn by her. And she talked about it. What I am saying is, … can you guys see the subtle transition of Candy’s happiness from Stear’s music box to Albert? 🙂 To me, it looks like Mizuki subtly saying that Candy does not need the music box anymore to calm her and make her happy. She has Albert now.
    I’ve just thought about it after reading Fay’s translation. Before, from the spoilers, I just thought that once again, after she mentioned Anohito ( who fixed the box), she talked about Albert/Uncle William.

    ..

    okay, gotta go now. Will talk to you both again later.

    Cheers!

    p.s. thanks Fay, for the update!! 🙂

    1. Hello Reeka, thanks for sharing your thoughts and insights! 💞 Here Mizuki was speaking through Candy that Susanna wasn’t too bad a person. At least she didn’t harm Candy deliberately like Eliza did. A Japanese fan on Twitter even said Susanna was better than Annie, who kept Archie with her despite knowing whom he actually loved…

      About the music box, very good point about the subtle timing. In reading the Japanese text it’s even more clear. Yes it’s so true Candy had Albert now, so she had found happiness (as indicated in her last letter to him). Note that some time might have elapsed since the music box was broken before it was repaired, but we don’t know how long.

      Anyway, I already left my comments about the music box clues to JeannyJJ. Besides, the portrait Candy kept in the jewelry box was the one Dr. Martin had drawn for her. Her own childish drawing was likely hanging on the wall of Albert’s current office 💕

        • Reeka on August 25, 2017 at 3:34 am
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        Ouch, my bad, Ms Puddle. You are right, it was Albert’s picture drawn by doctor Martin. Of course, Candy’s childish drawing was hung proudly in WAA’s office wall. 🙂

        – still can’t manage to sit and type a long reply at the moment LOL. Will get back soon! 🙂

      • reeka on August 26, 2017 at 7:21 am
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      I am back! 🙂

      I may add a little about the paragraph where music box notes became slower then completely stopped ( Ms Puddle, this was what I meant on previous comment, I might be a bit unclear and you thought I had meant the music box had been broken), after that Candy took glance to the jewellery box and saw Albert’s picture and she couldn’t help smiling. — see how her mood suddenly shifted from melancholy and somewhat sad to something that made her smile involuntarily just because she saw Albert’s handsome face that doctor Martin had drawn. – I really love this part, it’s so obvious which person who always enlightened her heart.

      And later, farther below, Mizuki also made another subtle point that NO, Albert was not just Candy’s mere best friend. Her best friend was Annie, as example in this narrative 5. Albert was above that. He offered her confidence and security. I perfectly understand the difference as I personally tell my husband 98% of what I feel and of what I think. None else has that kind of privilege.

      Then the second last paragraph,
      🙂 I knew this scene before, but only now that I clearly read how Candy described Albert’s manner when saying he preferred her looking a bit older rather than being taken as his little sister. He was joking, but not really joking 🙂 I take it as a flirt. Understandably then if Candy was confused. To me, it’s obvious here that Mizuki again played with words. Honestly, why would Candy feel confused and think so much about Albert’s ambiguous manner and words if she didn’t feel anything to him.
      And like you have said Ms Puddle, there Candy using present perfect tense, which means from then until now, Albert still has that effect on her. — a clue that although she was far across the ocean from America, she still regularly communicated with him.

      1. Yes indeed, Reeka, here Candy used the conjunction word which means “suddenly or accidentally” between the moment the music box stopped playing music and the moment her glance happened to land on the hand-drawn portrait sticking out of the jewelry box. Like you, I also think this particular scene speaks volumes of who occupied Candy’s heart in her present. 💕

        However, I think Annie wasn’t really Candy’s best friend. Albert was both her best friend and confidant. Yet I agree with you that Albert had the privilege to be Candy’s listener — she felt comfortable enough to tell him things that she couldn’t tell anyone else, including Annie. There were things that she had wanted to tell Terry, such as her stowaway experience, but she finally told Anohito, whom I believe was none other than her Prince on the Hill. 💓

        Reeka, I agree that Albert’s remark about not wanting people to mistake her for his sister was a flirt. Yes, you’re absolutely right that Candy had already realized he wasn’t merely a family member to her by then. But here Candy just wrote that “Albert is really skillful in confusing her”. It’s present tense, not present perfect. That is, even at her present, he still can easily confuse her… LOL 😊 Likewise, later she expressed her frustration about him driving her crazy, which was also written in present tense. Compared to Terry, when everything Candy said about him in her thirties were in past tense, who is Anohito can’t be more obvious. 😍😘

    • JeannyJJ on August 23, 2017 at 9:37 pm
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    The newly updated “Narrative 5” seemed so sad; with Candy heartbroken with Terry, Stear’s death, and Albert’s disappearance. I wonder how Candy went through during those days without Albert.
    I loved the part where Candy described the Candy Happy Maker music box was fixed by “he”.
    It seems to me that it was filled with love and adoration when she said it. 🙂
    Thanks Ms Puddle and Fay. (Waiting patiently for next update, though I tried not to refresh the page several times a week. 😛 )

    1. Hello JeannyJJ, how are you?

      So glad to hear that you’ve been following this page closely. Many thanks to Fay for her hard work indeed! 💕💞

      About Stear’s music box, in Japanese Candy was ‘overcome with grief’ that it was broken, and ‘some time later, it was extremely easy for Him to fix it for me’ (or one can interpret this as ‘He fixed it for me with great ease, no sweat.’)

        • JeannyJJ on August 24, 2017 at 9:44 am
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        It has been a busy summer but thankfully it’s winding down. I went quiet for awhile because, I was binge reading a new manga this summer and now regretted…🙁 Because it’s still ongoing that means I have to wait for updates…😩

        For me, Albert is the type of person will get his hands dirty ( more hands on)😊, not like Terry (I don’t recall form manga).

        How many volumes are in CCFS?

          • Fay on August 24, 2017 at 9:54 am
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          Albert is the handyman who can easily repair anything, unlike Terry who is an artist who never bothers with such things. Another reason why a woman should prefer a husband like Albert.

          CCFS has a prologue, 3 sections and an epilogue. There is still to be published the rest of Section 3 (13 letters and 3 narrative parts) and the epilogue with Candy and Albert’s correspondence and Candy’s letter to Anthony.

          1. Yes Fay and JeannyJJ, this handyman clue is in favour of Albert for sure. Not only he can repair things, but Stear was also his nephew whom he cared about. He would understand Candy’s grief and also do his best to fix the music box — Candy’s only connection to Stear. Terry would probably go buy a new one instead, because he was never a close friend to Stear.

      • Fay on August 24, 2017 at 12:47 am
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      Dear JeannyJJ, thank you for your kind words and also for your patience for a next update. I promise I’ll do my best to provide the next part as soon as possible and as soon as our friend Ms. Puddle is able to update.

      • Fay on August 24, 2017 at 12:52 am
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      You are right, Narrative 5 is full of so many things, about the breakup with Terry, about Stear, and about Candy’s relationship with Albert. I suppose the last paragraph describes very well that relationship. Albert was not a family to her, he was someone special and she knew it. She just didn’t know what exactly he thought about it, and that exasperated her, I guess.

      1. Yes, Fay and JeannyJJ, this narrative is one of the most important ones in the last section. Candy mentioned many things, and that her remark about Albert exasperating her was written in present tense. I have discussed this in one of my old posts “he’s driving me crazy”, and it’s a phrase often used by a lady complaining about her man if you ladies know what I mean here. 😘😍

        • JeannyJJ on August 24, 2017 at 9:56 pm
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        so true, Ms Puddle. It makes my heart warm just to think that Candy finally was able to find her happiness after all that had happened in her life! This is why Candy Candy is such a well written story! <3

    • reeka on August 4, 2017 at 9:08 pm
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    Fay & Ms Puddle,

    The letter to Georges is always fun to read, isn’t it? In manga and anime, their relationship was always cordial due to Georges’ rigid attitude. She was his master’s adoptive daughter after all, that made her somehow his boss, as well. But, in this letter, Candy sounded more relaxed to him and joked here and there. I believe at this stage, their meetings and interactions were even more frequent.
    And once more, like she did many times in CCFS, it was a letter to Georges, however she basically could not stop mentioning Albert, in any form of names. She ‘s far from being reluctant to show Georges the closeness of her and his master. I mean, Georges would have never imagined someone else talking about his young boss like Candy did. Joking about him like he was a mere boy next door. Georges, of all people, should have known how great it was William Albert Ardley, not only as a patriarch, but also a prominent businessman.

    Btw, I have just googled what exactly White Knight meaning. I thought it was smoking of a prince with shining armour, but no, it is actually ” a person that saves another person from a bad situation”. And I first thought it was because Georges literally helped her regarding Neal’s forced engagement proposal. But from the translation Fay provided us, Candy called Georges her white knight after she described she had found Granduncle William there in Lakewood that she was truly grateful. It’s not Georges helped him in term of Neal’s issue, it was his meddling in her reunion with Albert. I bet she was not happy because meeting Granduncle William. She was happy because she found her missing vagabond friend. In other words, even though she showed Albert she had been angry to him, she actually felt an immense happiness to meet him again.

    Thank you Fay & Ms Puddle. I’m waiting for the rest. 🙂 Happy weekend!

      • Fay on August 5, 2017 at 10:35 am
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      Thank you too, reeka. I believe you’re right, Candy’s relationship with George was special because he was so close to Albert. Naturally her letter to him would be full of Albert, and George certainly knew how she felt about him. Actually I think he was aware of their feelings for each other when he sent her to Lakewood to meet Uncle William. Yes, that’s why Candy called him her White Knight, because he led her to her benefactor and at the same time to her dear friend she had missed so much. George played a crucial role in their relationship, helping them to find each other. Candy didn’t have only her Prince, but also her Knight. How lucky she was
      I also believe that Candy had sensed that George, despite his rigid and taciturn attitude, was a warm-hearted and sensitive man although he never showed it, that’s why she talks to him in such a friendly way, even joking with him, as if she’s talking to one of her friends. As you notice, she writes three long pages to him. That must mean a lot.
      Have a nice weekend too!

    • reeka on July 15, 2017 at 12:45 am
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    I love Narrative 3, Vol. 3.! 🙂 Of course I had read the spoiler before, but yours, Fay, the narration sounds even more beautiful. Here we get more and more evidences of who exactly Anohito is.

    1. From what I could recall, many times ( although not all) after present-time-Candy described a clue about Anohito, Albert name was what followed next lines. Here in paragraph 5 and next. After she mention the man she loved was always laughing at how she still often judged people by their appearance, she mentioned Albert. People may say, it is because dr Leonard, room 0, and Albert was all related, but .. come on, Mizuki could narrate it in other ways if she didn’t mean it.
    I also remember, once Candy mentioned the man she loved was the one who fixed the music box. And the name came after that was Albert. If I am not mistaken, it’s Albert’s picture drew by doctor Martin.

    2. The most obvious one in this narrative 3 is the picture in Leagan’s hotel opening. Hahaha please, if the man in the house is not in the picture, why would that particular picture hung there in family study room? Candy could hang other picture if she meant to showcase her Ardley family side, and in other proper events like Archie & Annie engagement party, not something related to Leagans. 😀 The reason must be something special with that event. Ms Puddle had a fanfic supporting this theory 🙂 – not necessary with exact imagination though. And somehow I sense, in this event, Candy and Aunt Elroy had already had good relationship. Oh, and I’m a bit intrigued by the way Candy gave exclamation mark when she mentioned Uncle William, twice! – Have we discussed it, Ms Puddle? I don’t remember we did. I do not think this hotel opening happened close after Uncle William’s revelation. Did it? I am really awful at remembering CCFS timeline 😀

    3. It’s small hint and repetition to my previous comment. Candy again here somewhat felt uneasy remembering Terry. If she now was happily living with him, how could she be feeling that way? However, I don’t think her uneasiness due to her leftover feeling to him though. After all, those clippings and pictures mostly covered the not so nice rumours about his career after they had separated, so normally Candy would have felt responsible ( being a person who always put other interest’s over hers). Shakespeare’s books there? I think as many times we had discussed it, it’s a norm a prestige household carries this collection at their library/study room. Even I found it make sense if it’s mentioned that they’re first printed edition ones. It’s an Ardley’s patriarch house after all. 🙂

    Btw, Fay, in your translation here, I am more than sure now that Neal had changed. And I have to admit he possibly had been really in love with Candy. – who did not?

    Good job, Fay! Sorry if I am babbling too long. Hahahah

    1. Thank you, Reeka, your comment was very enlightening. There is a lot of evidence and we need to gather as much as we can to prove our case, that Anohito is indeed Albert. You are right, his name is mentioned right after Candy talking about her husband, and that happens more than once. That couldn’t be accidental. Mizuki is very clever, she must mean something writing this way.
      I congratulate you on noticing such an important evidence, the picture from the Leagan hotel opening. If Anohito was Terry, why on earth would Candy have that particular picture in her house, with almost the whole of the Ardlay family taken on an occasion totally irrelevant with Terry?
      I believe too that Neal had changed from the way Candy describes his reaction towards her. Maybe he wasn’t over her yet. Although in the manga version we saw him eager to go to Florida to meet other girls and forget Candy. In the novel version he appears more serious about his feelings and definitely acting different from his sister.
      How many boys in this story loved Candy after all? There must be something about that girl which captured everybody.

      1. Hello Reeka and Fay, you two will be more thrilled when I post the letter to Vincent Brown in the old novel 😁😘

          • Fay on July 15, 2017 at 10:54 am
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          Ms. Puddle, I thought this letter existed only in CCFS. Do you have any surprise for us? Whatever it is, I can’t wait.

          1. Hi Fay, in my latest post I mentioned it. Please feel free to read it when you have time. 🌹

              • Fay on July 15, 2017 at 12:17 pm

              Thank you. I will as soon as I can.

          • Reeka on July 15, 2017 at 5:06 pm
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          My friend, do you have new discovery in that letter? I remember we discussed it last year. And we reached some amazing conclusion about Candy’s status by the time the letter written. The fire mantelpiece is one of the clue beside the confident way she talked to Capt Brown.
          Sure it was one great clue from Mizuki that we had overseen at the beginning.

          1. Hello Reeka, I don’t want to spoil you at this point. I’ll just say that the two letters are interestingly different. 😁😆

    2. Here you go, Reeka: http://mspuddleshaven.com/2016/01/30/granduncle-william/
      There is at least one post I talked about this family picture as a significant clue and another post about judging people by appearance. I’ll dig them up later.

    3. Hello Reeka and Fay,
      As promised, I found at least three of my old posts related to Narrative 3 in CCFS. For your information, in the following posts I have shown my attempts to translate some key passages in English too. 🙂
      http://mspuddleshaven.com/2015/02/05/dont-judge-a-book/
      http://mspuddleshaven.com/2015/02/06/engulfed-in-his-warmth/
      http://mspuddleshaven.com/2015/02/09/red-string-of-fate/

    • reeka on July 8, 2017 at 7:32 am
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    Hello, dear Fay! Thank you for keeping us updated with this translation, I think it’s not too long until we reach the most favourite part 🙂

    I’ve just reached Narrative 2, Volume 3. This part is one of a few things in CCFS that intrigue me. The narrative mostly describes Candy’s memory about her feeling when she received newspapers clippings from Annie ( I assume they were about Terry’s debut, so it was event before Candy met Terry in America). But there’s two paragraphs where Candy in present time thought about Terry, when she took the envelope from the jewellery box. She mentioned Terry had become an actor that left mark in stage, in other words, he had become very successful now and he had made his dream ( he once had told her in Scotland) come true.

    what I want to explain is … Candy in present time talked about Terry’s well being and whereabout. We, readers, got updated news about Terry. And it’s described that she felt somehow agitated because of this memory ( why would she feel that way if she was now happy with him, right?). However, as far as I understand CCFS, Candy in present time, never told readers where and how Albert was now. She never gave us clue if William Albert Ardlay had married, had children, or still lived in America? 🙂 . This always tickles my curiosity and made me even more sure about who Anohito is. The whole CCFS is started because she somewhat missed those people she cared so much who lived across the ocean, far away from her. And it only makes sense that she didn’t talk about present-time-Albert because he was there living with her in the old continent.

    Well, I might be wrong about this particular hint because we have not reached the end. 🙂 so, Fay, I am really looking forward to the next parts. 😉

    Once again, thanks for making the effort. Take care and have a great weekend to you, Fay.
    And you too, my dear Ms Puddle.

    1. Thank you, dear reeka. I know what part you mean; no, it’s not very long now to get there. However, before you reach that part you’ll find many interesting things in the letters and narrative parts that follow. And of course the best is for the last.
      You have a point about Candy being agitated while thinking about Terry in the present. I think her heart was moved when she recalled the past (she mentioned Stear too) and the times that will never come back. I don’t think she was nostalgic or sad about Terry especially, but the newspaper clipping brought back to her memories that were probably painful, and she just couldn’t help feeling a little emotional.
      Yes,she never mentions Albert’s present whereabouts. As you say, she doesn’t have to because he’s right there with her. We are updated about Terry but not about Albert. Too obvious to anyone unless they deliberately choose not to see.
      The next part is coming as soon as our friend Ms. Puddle is able to update this page. Have a wonderful weekend too!

      1. Sorry to disappoint you too, Fay 😅

        I decided to share my own interpretation in my reply. Hope you don’t mind that. 😙😚

        1. You didn’t disappoint me at all. Besides, in my translation I use past tense. “Terry had become an actor…but I wasn’t surprised.” But I was a little troubled too like Reeka about this scene. It is a little confusing how Candy narrates about the past and the present at the same time using both past and present tense. However, in the last sentence you describe she uses present tense, which means that she is agitated in her thirties. But, as I said before, even if she feels like that, she might just feel nostalgic about the past. That doesn’t mean she is not happy in her present. Anyone can feel nostalgia recalling the past, even when they are currently happy. Candy might be experiencing just that while searching through her memories inside the jewelry box.
          Thank you for sharing with us your translation from the original. I hope too my own isn’t too different or misinterpreting. I can always revise it, you know.
          By the way, I have just sent you two more parts of my translation. Reeka is looking forward for a new update.

          1. I agree; it’s confusing to read her retrospections, sometimes it’s about her present and often times about her past. I might be wrong, but Candy almost always used past tense for Terry… I’ll need to reread the passages to be sure.

            In some places she omitted the verb (no tenses) entirely, like the sentence I pointed out earlier about Terry being an actor for the theatre.

            Also, readers can interpret the last paragraph in different ways. Could it be Alistair’s decision and later his death that upset her?

            You can read again, Fay. Candy talked about difficulties in her path but she hadn’t yet known blah blah blah… Her tone was neutral and matter-of-fact. She even refused to blame the fate, believing that she made her own choice. Right?

            All of a sudden, she remembered Stear, and it’s strange she used his official name Alistair. She said “Alistair, you too—-”

            Of course one can also argue that she was unsettled because of Terry, but right after Candy mentioned Stear, she talked about the nurse who went to serve Red Cross. Hmmm…

            Mizuki is very tricky. Don’t you think?

            Thanks for the new letters. I’ll update later tonight. 💕💓

    2. Hello Reeka, sorry to disappoint you, when Candy mentioned Terry being an actor, my interpretation when reading the Japanese version is very different. First, no verb was used, so it’s sort of like “Terrence… An actor on the stage—”

      Besides, she used “Terrence”, not “Terry”, so my gut feeling was that she referred to the newspaper clipping.

      Therefore, to translate that part was like this:

      “Terrence (became?) an actor on the stage—
      I wasn’t surprised.”

      So it wasn’t about his present time in his thirties, so to speak.

      Also, later in Candy’s recollection of her longing to see Terry again, she wondered if Stratford would come to Chicago. Then she realized he didn’t yet know she had returned to America. The translation here was a bit strange, which should have been

      “No, more than that (here this implies whether he would come to Chicago) he does not know that I have returned to America.”

      Later, when Candy mentioned destiny or choice, she used Stear’s long name “Alistair”, and she said something like “… paths we had taken were our own choices. This applied to Terry, to me… Therefore, Alistair, you too—-”

      Finally, the last paragraph, it’s literally “When I shut my eyes tight for a moment to calm down the high waves of my heart, I already took out a news clipping that was in the envelope.”

      So it’s unclear what exactly caused the high waves in her heart? Have a great weekend, Reeka and Fay! 😍😘

        • reeka on July 9, 2017 at 3:37 am
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        Hahahah … if you say so, my dear friend. I have read again Fay’s translation just now and yes, I noticed the different use of tenses. So, you mean, after the paragraph where Candy takes the envelope, the narration jumps back to her old memory, precisely to where she got the clippings from Annie?

        I am confused. LOL. But it does not matter though. I still got this lingering feeling about the absence of an update of where and how William Albert Ardley was in present time CCFS. And the nuance of this Narrative 2- Vol. 3 gives me a strong feeling that Mizuki wanted readers to notice Terry was really Candy’s past. An uneasy melancholic memory from her youth.

  1. I would like to thank all those who have kept this page on the top-10 of this blog, that means there are a lot of people reading. Thank you all for your interest and encouragement. Also I want to say again that this work is in progress, and as you know, I translate from Spanish, not the Japanese, so I’m not at all familiar with the original text. So anyone who has read the novel in Japanese, even parts of it, and notices something different or incorrect in my translation, please let me know. I understand that some things in the original text couldn’t be translated word per word, but it would be best to keep as close to it as possible and at the same time have a decent English translation. I try my best to do that, and any help would be most welcome.
    Dear Ms. Puddle, maybe you are tired to hear me say that, but I will say it once more. I’m happy and grateful for your help and support.

    1. Hello Fay, no we should thank you for spending your precious time and efforts into making this possible for a lot of Candy Candy fans around the world. As we all know, other than the original Japanese version, there’s only one official Italian translation, which is unfortunate to many who don’t know either language.

      To many of you who are following this page, please kindly leave a few words of encouragement to Fay. She is doing all this work for you, free of charge, just because she loves this story and wants to figure out the truth herself. 👍👏

      Fay, it’s my pleasure and honor to be able to help and support your endeavour. 💓💕😘😍

    • JeannyJJ on May 29, 2017 at 9:07 pm
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    Fay:
    I just want to say thank you for your continuing work on translating CCFS.
    I enjoying reading so much and as I was reading Ch15 of section 2, the letter from Albert made me want to cry for some reason. T_T
    Just by reading the line “Dear Candy, there can never be any goodbyes between us. I know we’ll meet again.” Both Candy and Albert never have thought next time they met would be in a totally different circumstances.
    Also, I wonder why Albert mentioned the nurse he met in Africa who looked like Candy to Candy. Maybe he was thinking about Candy or was he worried about her?
    Looking forward to next chapter!

    1. JeannyJJ, thank you so much for your kind words. I also enjoy reading while translating. Albert’s letter is indeed significant in more ways than one. The phrase that there can never be any goodbyes between them indicates clearly that he intends to be in Candy’s life and as we already know he has been there for her from the beginning. So distance can’t keep them really apart. He knows that wherever he goes there will always be something connecting them. And yes, even Albert couldn’t imagine under what circumstances their paths would cross again. Fate brought them together again without any of them expecting it. That’s another evidence Mizuki intended them for one another. Otherwise Albert’s amnesia couldn’t serve any other purpose and would be a useless device.
      About the nurse, I think Albert’s mentioning of her might be the impulse for Candy to start thinking about becoming a nurse herself. I don’t know if there is some truth in what some of fans have claimed, that perhaps Albert was romantically involved with that American girl who looked like Candy. The fact that Albert especially mentioned that young nurse among all those other people who had come to the clinic from all over the world might very well be her resemblance with Candy and nothing more. Of course Mizuki doesn’t say any more about that nurse except in that letter from Albert. We can’t know if she had in mind to elaborate more on that subject. However, there are some fans who suppose that maybe Albert had fallen in love with that nurse and that’s why he especially mentioned her to his dear friend Candy. I can’t deny there could be that possibility. Albert was a young man and he was free in a place he loved doing what he loved, being useful to people and animals. Maybe that brought him close to that young nurse not because she looked like Candy, but because she did exactly what he did, and sometimes when two people are in a remote place like Africa offering their services as volunteers inevitably creates a link between them. Yes, it could be a possibility. But I don’t believe Albert was already in love with Candy and trying to forget her he used that nurse as a romantic substitute. That couldn’t be Albert. However, we can’t deny that this simple phrase of Albert’s about that nurse has created many questions and many assumptions. The only certain thing is that because of that girl mentioned Candy finally decided to become a nurse.

      The next chapter is coming up very soon. Stay tuned!

      1. Hi JeannyJJ! 😘
        I agree with Fay concerning the speculation of Albert’s feelings for Candy. I know there are supporters for this theory, but I don’t think he would let himself harbor any romantic thoughts when he was fully aware of his guardianship. Think about it, even though he didn’t really want to be her father, it doesn’t necessarily mean he would fall in love. I believe Candy was still a young girl to him back then. 😄 所以他走得好瀟灑。😎

        Therefore Mizuki made him forget everything, such that he would know Candy from scratch, when she became an angel 👼 who saved his life. That was when he couldn’t help falling in love with her, despite being aware of her relationship with Terry.

        About the nurse from America, yes there are fanfics out there about her being Albert’s girlfriend or even fiancée. I don’t have any objections. As Fay said, they were both adults, and they had common interests, so it’s only natural that he admired her.

        That being said, I believe he had no attachment in Africa (unless they ‘broke up’, LOL 😅😂), mainly because he recklessly decided to vanish, temporarily breaking free from the Ardlays. Little did he know what fate had in store for him. 😂

        Hence, Albert’s mentioning of the nurse’s resemblance might only be a casual comment that inspired Candy. 😄

        To me, his phrase “There will never be goodbyes…” implies that he intended to always watch over her, even from a distance. After all, he had adopted her, at least on papers. 😁😅

          • JeannyJJ on May 31, 2017 at 3:38 pm
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          Agreed with both of you, Fay & Ms Puddle.
          Mizuki had Albert hit the reset button and got to know Candy in a different way rather just being her friend and the guardian. 😛
          I really can’t wait to read all the chapters!!!

          1. Laughing​ out loud, reset button? That’s a good one, JeannyJJ! 😅

            What’s more, because of this, Albert owed Candy his life, so Mizuki made sure the gratitude isn’t one-sided. They were both grateful for each other. ❤️💕💓

  2. I feel I need to reconsider my opinion about the novel’s ambiguity and the epistolary form in Section 3 and the Epilogue. I will leave the Epilogue aside and talk about Section 3. I haven’t got to that part yet in my translation, but I already know that there is a multitude of information in all these letters describing Candy’s story after she left St. Paul’s. We know for sure that Mizuki didn’t write a different story with CCFS, and that it isn’t a sequel or anything like that, the plot is the same with some minor alterations and additions but she didn’t change anything important from what we knew from the manga version. I believe that the manga and the novel represent the complete story if we combine them and they offer us a full picture with no gaps at all. The manga gives us a detailed story from the beginning until the revelation of Prince on the Hill. No ambiguity, no mystery in the end, no loose ends, and the beautiful drawings that made us love the characters. The novel narrates the story in a more detailed manner than the manga, with Mizuki’s descriptive and poetic way of writing which gives more depth to the characters, their thoughts and feelings. Moreover, the novel advances further into the future and gives us important facts that the manga didn’t. We see Candy happily married in her 30s, something we couldn’t know reading the manga alone.
    Ms. Puddle and reeka, I agree that if Mizuki had kept the narrative style in all the novel, it would have been impossible for her to keep Anohito’s identity a secret. In fact, there wouldn’t have been any Anohito. Readers would know right away she meant Albert. If indeed he is mentioned so often in the letters in Section 3, it must be too obvious. I can’t wait to read/translate them to find out for myself.
    As for the Epilogue, I agree also with reeka that it is exclusively about Albert and Candy. That should be proof enough about who is the central character of the story along with the heroine. Their letters are so beautiful that you almost don’t miss the narrative style there (except perhaps their scene in Lakewood).

    • Louna on May 1, 2017 at 9:14 am
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    Hello everyone
    I read the translation of Vol 1 until the conclusion, now I read article 2 I am in chapter 1 I have to translate every time with Google in French, so it takes more time.
    I like the passages with Anthony, it’s very romantic. I did not see their story on this angle. I also like when Albert saves Candy, takes care of her, they stay at least 2 days in the house of the forest? Their funny dialogue is very funny. .
    I will continue to read the translation, thank you for sharing.
    PS: I had the opportunity to read the full translation of the Italian version translated by 2 Terry fans, the passages with Terry in college are very funny, Candy talks about her husband in the present, There are passages too, Where Candy talks about her relationship with Albert that I find very interesting and relevant

    • Louna on May 1, 2017 at 9:05 am
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    Bonjour à tout le monde

    J’ai lu la traduction de Vol 1 jusqu’à la conclusion, maintenant je lis la section 2 je suis dans le chapitre 1 que je dois traduire chaque fois avec Google en français donc il prend plus de temps.

    J’aime bien le partie avec Anthony c’est très romantique. Je n’avais pas vu leur histoire sur cet l’angle. J’aime aussi quand Albert sauve Candyi ,il s’occupe d’elle, ils restent au moins 2 jours ensemble dans la maison de la forêt ? C’est drôle leur dialogue.

    Je continuerai à lire la traduction, merci pour le partage

    PS : J’ai lu de la traduction complète de la version italienne traduite par 2 fans de Terry, le parti avec Terry dans le collège est très drôle, alors la Candy parle au présent de son mari. Il y a des passages où Candy parle de sa relation avec Albert que je trouve très intéressant.

    1. Merci, Louna. Thank you for your comment, and for your trouble to read while translating. I hope it wasn’t very difficult for you. I also do this translation through Google as I can’t speak Spanish, and I know it takes time and patience.
      I think too that the part with Anthony was very romantic. After all he was Candy’s first love.
      Candy spent one night with Albert in his cabin, the next morning she went back to the Leagans.
      I haven’t read the Italian translation, but the Spanish is based on that. So I hope these two are close to each other and also close to the original Japanese text.
      Candy’s relationship with Albert is very interesting, especially their letters in the Epilogue. Here we can see how important he is in her life since she met him as Prince on the Hill until she discovered that he was Uncle William. Certainly he is a central and crucial character in Candy’s story.

        • Louna on May 3, 2017 at 6:17 am
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        Bonjour Fay
        Merci pour votre réponse ,dans la version italienne traduite en Français, les passages de Terry et Candy au Collège St Paul sont mis en avant .

        Je me demande est ce que Mizuki n’a pas décrit les passages avec Candy et Albert à l’appartement du Magnolia, car la traduction que j’ai lu n’en fait pas mention . Je sais que les Italiens ont eu du mal avec la fin du manga quand Mizuki a réuni Candy et son prince de la colline Albert , et avaient fait leur propre suite avec une fin avec Terry.

        Donc la version Italienne est elle fidèle à l’originale en Japonaise ? c’est la question que je me pose ?

        1. Bonjour Louna, regrettably Mizuki (real name Nagita) didn’t describe much about Candy’s days in the apartment. The third section is mainly letters to / from various people plus Candy’s restrospections. However, from some of those recollections, including her letters to Albert, we could tell she had been happy living with him and missed those days.

          Not to worry about Italian version not being faithful. The translation has made some mistakes but overall the plot remains the same. The thing is, my friend from Italy told me some of her friends, who are Terry’s fans, were disappointed after reading CCFS. They figured out who Anohito was.

        • Louna on May 3, 2017 at 6:19 am
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        Hello Fay
        Thank you for your reply, in the Italian version translated into French, the passages of Terry and Candy at Collège St Paul are highlighted.

        I wonder what Mizuki did not describe the passages with Candy and Albert at the Magnolia apartment, the translation of the translation that I read does not mention it. I know the Italians had trouble with the end of the manga when Mizuki brought together Candy and her prince from Albert Hill, and made their own sequel with an ending with Terry.

        So the Italian version is faithful to the origin in Japanese? This is the question I ask myself

        1. Louna, that is exactly my complaint too, that the narrative stops after the closing of Section 2, and from then on there are mostly letters. So we miss a very interesting part of the story, Candy and Albert’s relationship which is described perfectly in the manga, but in the novel it takes an epistolary form, and that’s why it’s not so appealing. Although the letters in the Epilogue are beautiful in themselves, we are still deprived of a narrative description of their story, something we enjoyed in the first two sections, where Anthony and Terry respectively were the central characters. I’m glad to hear that the Italian version has remained faithful to the original. That means the Spanish translation is faithful too. I wouldn’t like to translate this novel myself if I didn’t know I was keeping close to what the author has written.

          Ms. Puddle, the fact that Terry’s fans admitted that Anohito was Albert when reading the novel, means that they have read it carefully and without prejudice. It also means that the story isn’t so ambiguous after all. However, it’s discouraging that they are disappointed. Can’t they see that beautiful love story Mizuki created for Candy and Albert?

          1. Hello Fay, I do agree with you that it seems unfair to us readers that a big chunk of the story is missing, especially the interactions between Candy and Albert when he was in the hospital or when they lived together in the apartment. Not only that, the important Rockstown episode is not described.

            However, I also believe if Mizuki had written all that in narratives, she couldn’t possibly keep Anohito mysterious. It’s with letters in random order that makes this possible.

            That being said, most letters in section 3 are about Albert-san, even in Candy’s unsent letter to Terry. He is the only constant character after her breakup with Terry. Just like Anthony, Terry became a figure in Candy’s past. While she mentioned Anthony in her present, she didn’t mention Terry in particular, except in her recollections of the breakup.

            I think the Terry fans in Italy might have believed the fake endings in their manga or anime. They missed the whole point of the original story… Sigh…

            • reeka on May 3, 2017 at 5:18 pm
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            Hello girls,

            This is new to me. So, Mizuki omitted the part of Albert and Candy’s cohabitation in Magnolia? Yes, it is fairly disappointed, but I do agree with Ms Puddle here. This is a proof of Mizuki’s brilliant way to write a new novel (CCFS) with the very same idea of story. Again, if she wanted to change her mind about the ending, why so much trouble, right?

            I am with you, Ms Puddle, it’s very hard for Mizuki to write and narrate the relationship between Albert the amnesiac and nurse Candy. Even more when after recovered his memory. If we pay more attention on manga, this part of the story is an example of the power of Igarashi’s drawings. Many of their feelings were drawn perfectly in manga. Albert’s gaze to her. Candy’s smile for him. Their chemistry, how secured Candy be close to him like she trusted him blindly, even with the fact she never actually knew who Albert really was.

            And Mizuki’s style of writing was beautiful in describing feelings. That’s what I witnessed from Fay’s translation. So, it is almost impossible for Mizuki to tell us that part of Candy’s life without revealing too much. And we know that is two huge secrets Albert kept during this cohabitation. Saying that Mizuki consistently told the story with back flash and present feeling method, yeah, it would be revealing a lot :). Whatever it was Candy feeling to Albert after the amnesiac period, it’s clear he was extremely significant for her, and I can not imagine how beautiful it must have been if Mizuki had decided to narrate it instead of the way she actually did in CCFS. 🙂

            And I think, with the absence of this, and the fact Mizuki exclusively gave Albert the whole part of epilogue, it really speaks volume. The way I see it, Mizuki did try her best to slightly reduce the magnitude of Albert’s significance for Candy so it was less obvious who Anohito was.

            1. Hello Reeka, don’t want to mislead anyone here, so in CCFS Candy and Albert lived together in the apartment just as shown in the manga, but there’s no narrative about that passage. It’s all in the letters or Candy’s restrospections. She did mention here and there a few times that she treasured those days with him.

              In fact, in CCFS their cohabitation lasted two years or longer. We don’t know when exactly Albert left Candy though, but he did leave her without a trace. She was so worried that even Archie told her not to worry too much.

              Clues are everywhere about Albert’s significance in Candy’s life. She just couldn’t live without him.

            • reeka on May 3, 2017 at 6:53 pm
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            Yes, my friend, I understand that Mizuki only changed the way she told the story about Albert and Candy life in Magnolia in form of information written in their letters in epilogue, and some in letters she wrote to/received from other characters in part 3. I just highlighted that this change, the decision of Mizuki’s for not telling the story in similar manner she did to stories of Candy with Anthony and Terry, does speak volume. Because what happened if Mizuki did so? It would surely be obvious with whom Candy ended up. Because if Mizuki narrated their story the way she did to others, the others would look insignificant, it would be full of Albert 🙂

            1. My sentiments exactly, Reeka! Mizuki would have to write how much Candy trusted Albert to help her get over Terry, how she worried about him and went to Rockstown (assuming somehow she got a hint from him), and how she spent her sleepless nights, etc. There are so many details missing, and Mizuki could have written another book 😁😂

              Yes I’m with you Reeka that their story is beautifully portrayed in the manga. Bravo to Igarashi indeed. 👍❤️

          • Louna on May 4, 2017 at 9:48 am
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          Hello girls
          Fay, I’m glad to hear that Terry’s fans have come to objectively recognize that Albert is
          Anohito, so Candy’s husband.
          Me, on the French forum of Candy and Terry, which I discuss, it is not quite that, some fans
          have recognized that from the beginning it is Albert that Mizuki chooses for Candy.
          But other fans, considering these elements categorically reject this truth, these fans refuse,
          even going so far as to think that Mizuki was influenced (completely absurd idea, of course).
          I draw attention to the fact that Mizuki specifies in her interview that the image of Candy is:
          Candy is strong, surpasses the difficulties of life, she knows how to stand up and face, Candy
          will find a new love! It’s not his old love (Terry) that Terry fans think.

          Candy goes ahead, she does not come back on the past !!! Candy lives with Albert in the final
          story, in her correspondence, they make plans for the future, Candy and Albert stay together
          forever.
          M’s Puddles and Reeka: To describe his life with Albert in the Magnolia apartment, I
          remember reading, Mizuki said she had more than 300 pages to summarize that it was too
          much work. (It must be said that these memories with Terry at St. Paul’s College and with
          Anthony are much shorter than memories with Albert, he is present in Candy’s life from
          beginning to end in the story.

          Mizuki certainly does not see the need to summarize their memories at the Magnolia
          apartment, Albert and Candy are now husband and wife.

          The author prefers to do it by the letters of Candy to Albert and Albert to Candy, in fact, these
          letters are too beautiful and romantic, we feel the special relationship between them and the
          love of Candy for Albert when she finishes thus, her Last Letter (With all the love of my
          heart).
          Although Mizuki deliberately omitted the identity of Candy’s husband, not to offend the
          dreams of some fans, in his interview after the last edition of Final Storry, Mizuki gives this
          important information that I quote:
          The manga is the original story, no matter what someone said, this sentence is confirmed by
          the image of Albert and Candy Marry, represented by Igarashi, in Flight 9 of the Manga.

            • reeka on May 4, 2017 at 5:16 pm
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            Louna,

            Interesting what you said, “Mizuki doesn’t see the need to summarize C&A memories in Magnolia, they’re husband and wife now” – it is EXACTLY what I have been feeling regarding the absence of Candy’s retrospective about the present time William Albert Ardlay. I always thought something missing from the whole story of CCFS. From the spoilers I had gathered, we didn’t hear something about where’s WAA now. He is a vital element in Candy’s life, why didn’t present time Candy update us about present time Albert?

            Unless, she didn’t need to, – just like you said, Louna. And now that I have learnt that Mizuki didn’t narrate the passage about their cohabitation in Magnolia ( except from information in letters), it makes sense even more.

    • reeka on April 22, 2017 at 8:33 am
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    Fay and Ms Puddle,

    ( yes, it’s me again. Yes, Ms Puddle? I know you are saying in your head “reeka … missing in action for months, and come back to leave 3 comments in a half day. LOL)

    I’ve finished reading section 2, up to chapter 2. FAY! Thanks again for this translation. I truly, immensely enjoyed reading them. I smiled on the first banter between Candy and Terry. And I laughed on Archie & Stears’ antics. And how Candy described sister Grey. 🙂 . Also, my heart skipped when the Diary was introduced. What Candy promised to Granduncle William on that very moment, … it was really a cruel joke from the universe, wasn’t it?

      • Fay on April 22, 2017 at 11:26 am
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      Thank you, reeka, for your interest and your comments. Needless to say, I enjoy this project as much as you do because I read while I translate and all this is new to me too. Apart from the manga and the anime, I didn’t know at all about the novel’s plot until now. As I was going through Section 1 I loved Candy’s story with Anthony all over again, especially that ride they took together in Chapter 15. And of course Anthony’s death was just as painful as in the manga. Even reading it instead of seeing the pictures can have the same impact when the author describes it so vividly as Mizuki. She writes in such a poetic way.
      I also love Section 2 where Terry becomes the central character along with Candy. They will have more banters later on, you can prepare for them. Reading these chapters you can understand why Candy loved Terry at that certain moment of her life.
      About the diary you are right. Who could believe that this object would play such an important role in the story later on?

      I’m glad you have brought this page alive with your comments. It’s so nice to discuss on the novel and exchange opinions, Thank you again, dear friend. Comment all you like.

    • reeka on April 21, 2017 at 9:08 pm
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    Dear Ms Puddle,

    and I’ve just read Yue Chan’s summary of CCFS. Thanks for sharing it with us, my dear friend.

    To read the summary alone, no one will argue which characters are the most important for our Candy. Yue Chan wrote the summary very fairly, she mentioned each person’s story without showing her preference ending. And from Yue Chan’s explanation of Part 3, I’m now more sure that those letters were random in dates ( of writing), but organised orderly by the time Candy received each letter. Having said that, I once again agreed with your last post about “ambiguous letter” :).

  3. Thank you Fay for your fantastic work! 😀 And thanks to Ms Puddle for sharing with us. I will read it for sure, and share a link on my own blog when I have opportunity to do so.

      • Fay on April 19, 2017 at 11:27 am
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      Candy Bert, thank you so much. I really do my best. Most credits go to Foro Andrew for translating the official Italian translation and to Ms. Puddle for publicating this work in her blog where so many can read it.
      I have inscribed to your blog. Although I can’t speak French, I think it is full of so many interesting things about Candy and Albert. I really enjoy it.

      1. Hello Fay, thank you very much for your interest, it means a lot to me! 💖💗💓

        FYI, I shared links to your blog and this page. 😀

    1. It’s my pleasure to share Fay’s wonderful works on my blog. She’s been very hard-working without a doubt 💓

    • Martha Cervantes Quiroga on April 11, 2017 at 9:18 am
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    Dear Fay
    I was waiting the chapter for the Section 2, thanks!

    Dear Ms Puddle
    Thank you for sharing your space.

      • Fay on April 11, 2017 at 10:16 am
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      Dear Martha, thank you too. I’m happy to be able to share this beautiful story. The next chapter will be coming very soon.

    1. De nada Martha, my pleasure 😘

    • reeka on April 6, 2017 at 5:19 pm
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    Dear Fay and Ms Puddle,

    Thank you for sharing this translation. Finally we are able to read its english version fully.

    Fay, I really enjoy reading it, thanks. Mizuki wrote the novel beautifully. Sometime I am grateful for her creating this Anohito ambiguity. If it’s not for that, we might have not discussed it over and over again, and perhaps this translation have never been existed. For it has been certain and absolute that Candy ended up with her prince, it’s even more assuring to me after reading your translation. 🙂 You see, Mizuki took a great care on Prince on The Hill. He was mentioned many times, and young Candy remembered him very, very often.

    I can’t wait for the section 2, Fay. It’s full of Terry, isn’t it? 😀 . I’ve had this amateur analysis ( from previous pieces of spoilers/loose translation) about the content of section 2 and epilogue, and your translation will be a real help for a conclusion 😀

    Once again, thanks, Fay.

    And Ms Puddle my friend,
    Thanks for providing a place for Fay’s translation. *kiss*

    1. Thank you, dear reeka, for your interest in my work and for your kind words. I am doing my very best in this translation bearing in mind that not only it is not official but also that it is not from the original Japanese text (which I could never translate even with a Google translator) but from the Spanish translation which the members of Foro Andrew have done, and I’m grateful to them, because without their work I would never have started this endeavor. I owe too much to Ms. Puddle for providing me with the opportunity to share this work with other Candy Candy fans and for supporting me all along. It is the first time I can read this novel apart from spoilers of pieces here and there and of course the letters in the Epilogue. Since they are the highlight of the whole novel I hope I can measure up to the previous translations of them when I get to this part of the story. I was a little disappointed in Mizuki not revealing Anohito’s identity, but you may be right that we would not have so many discussions over him if she had. Besides, knowing it for sure just makes this narrative even more interesting and exciting. I am discovering it myself going through it. Yes, Prince on the Hill is referred to many times, more often than in the manga, even through his precious badge alone. He is always with her wherever she goes.
      Section 2 is on the way too. Terry is right there from the beginning, as you can imagine, in the very first chapter. This section belongs to him without any doubt. I have the impression that every man Candy loved has his own section in the story. Anthony was the central character in the first one, that’s why it concludes with his passing away, and Terry is in the second one which as far as I know ends when Candy leaves the college after him. But Albert is there from the beginning to the end with his three different identities which all of them affected so much Candy’s life.
      I also love the way Mizuki writes. It is a mixture of poetry and prose, so full of wonderful descriptions of nature’s beauty and people’s thoughts and feelings. The only thing lacking is Igarashi’s drawings. You can imagine they are there among the pages and you have the perfect story.
      This work is in progress, so I’m more than willing to accept any critisicm and suggestions from you to improve upon it. Please feel free to give me any ideas and bear with me since this is an amateur translation and what’s more, it’s translating from a language unknown to me. Maybe by the end of this I will be able to speak Spanish too!
      Thank you again for your encouraging comment.

    2. Hopefully one day we get to hear about your analysis, Reeka 😄
      It’s my pleasure to share the wonderful works from Fay 🤗

        • reeka on April 21, 2017 at 8:42 pm
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        hahaha, my friend, nothing you never heard from me actually. I just want to confirm that the present-time Candy never mentioned WAA’s present whereabout in her moment of walking down memory lane. And I’m intrigued by this as we all know, he was the only constant one in her life, in this CC story. Like, how could Candy not tell us, the readers, how he was right now. He should have had a family as well at this point.

        A reason should be there for “his absence”. Right? 🙂 – like, … he was the answer of all the puzzles 🙂 That’s the thing I need to confirm from Fay’s translation.

    • JeannyJJ on March 28, 2017 at 11:00 pm
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    Thank you, Fay, for your unofficial translation.
    I really enjoyed reading and I’ve finished Ch 18!
    I can’t wait for the next chapter(s)!
    🙂

    1. Thank you for taking the trouble of reading my work. I’m glad I share it with others and I hope it’s a rewarding experience. The next chapter is coming up very soon! There are more along the way. Just stay tuned!

        • Martha Cervantes Quiroga on April 11, 2017 at 9:21 am
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        Fotini Tsapoga
        You are here and it´s great.
        Thank you for your contribution to Candy word and her fans.

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