Sanzoku no Musume Ronja, originally known as Ronja Rövardotter, is a children’s novel by probably one of the most beloved Scandinavian children authors – Astrid Lindgren. It tells the story of a young girl named Ronja who lives with her father and his companions – a group of robbers.
This anime adaptation of this wonderful story will begin on 11th October 2014.
If you’re still reading, then you must be interested in Ronja’s father, their clan of robbers and the young Ronja herself. Surprised you may be of the fact that her story is actually very close to the one of Romeo and Juliet.
In fact, Ronja falls for the son and only child in the worst enemy of her father’s clan – Birk Borkason, son of the Borka clan leader. While Mattis, Ronja’s father, has his men well-fed and happy, the Borka clan are struggling on the other side of the same mountain. Ronja secretly gives food to her friend, the only other child he has ever seen.
One day, however, Birk is captured by Mattis and it is Ronja who decides to save him. She offers herself to the Borka clan, so that they could exchange her for Birk… Well, things won’t go as planned.
Haruka Shiraishi (From Up On Poppy Hill’s Sora) will voice Ronja
Takaaki Seki (Mouryou no Hako‘s Shutaro) will voice Mattis
Yukari Nozawa (Tenchi Muyo GXP’s Seto) will voice Lovis
Umeji Sasaki (Arc the Lad’s Bibiga) will voice Skalle-Per
Shoichiro Akaboshi (Hunter X Hunter’s Zeburo) will voice Fjosok
Rintarou Nishi (Moribito – Guardian of the Spirit’s Jiguro) will voice Tjegge
Takeo Ogawa (A Letter to Momo’s Koichi) will voice Tjorm
Kenji Sugimura (Mobile Suit Gundam AGE’s Ordeo Brown) will voice Sturkas
Takahiro Shimada (Ping Pong’s Michio Tamura) will voice Knotas
Yuusuke Tezuka (Pani Poni Dash!, Kekkaishi) will voice Pelje
Keiji Himeno (Soul Eater‘s Ragnarok) will voice Lill-Klippen
Atsuki Tani (Majin Bone’s Stolz) will voice Borka
Saori Kato (Jormungand‘s Karen Lo) will voice Tori-Onna
Reika Uyama (Tales of Vesperia ~The First Strike~’s Emma) will voice Birk
Mika Doi (Rurouni Kenshin’s Megumi) will voice Undis
Fukiko Endou will voice Narrator
Sanzoku no Musume Ronja is going to be directed by Hayao Miyazaki’s son Goro Miyazaki. It will be his first TV series, so we should all wish him good luck.
Director: Goro Miyazaki
Series Composition: Hiroyuki Kawasaki
Original creator: Astrid Lindgren
Animation Production: POLYGON PICTURES
Animation Production Cooperation: Studio Ghibli
Theme Song: Haru no Sakebi (Spring’s Shout) by Aoi Terashima
ED: Player by Mari Natsuki
Official Sanzoku no Musume Ronja Website
Images & Video: ©NHK/NEP/Dwango, Licensed by Saltkrakan AB, The Astrid Lindgren Company