The Story of Cinderella

The Story of Cinderella

Cover art from the first volume of the DVD release of Cinderella Monogatari
(Shinderera Monogatari)
Anime television series
Directed by Hiroshi Sasagawa
Ricky Corradi
Produced by Shuji Uchiyama
Written by Minohisa Arakawa
Hiroko Naka
Music by John Sposito
Studio Tatsunoko
Network NHK
Original run April 4, 1996 October 3, 1996
Episodes 26[1]

Cinderella Monogatari (シンデレラ物語 Shinderera Monogatari, lit. The Story of Cinderella) is an Japanese 1996 anime TV series based on the fairytale of the same name by Charles Perrault and The Brothers Grimm. It was produced by Tatsunoko Production. The series originally aired from April 4 to October 3, 1996, comprising 26 episodes.[2]


The Story of Cinderella opens as Cinderella's life changes for the worse when her widower father leaves on a business trip. No sooner is he out of sight than Cinderella's stepmother has unceremoniously moved her two own daughters into Cinderella's room, thrown out her things, handed her a servant's dress, and put her to brutal harsh menial labor. The series covers Cinderella's trials and tribulations as she tries to adapt to her new life while suffering the abuse of her stepmother and her two stepsisters. All the while, her fairy godmother, Paulette, subtly watches her and tries to influence events to fix Cinderella's life without her noticing. One of her first acts in this is to grant several of the animals of the house the power of speech, thus giving Cinderella companions in her dog Patch, a pair of mice named Chuchu and Bingo, and a bird named Pappy. The animals provide her company as well as help with her chores. The biggest twist in the series is that Cinderella meets her Prince Charming early - except here he's the roguish Prince Charles, who has a habit of sneaking out of the castle and meets Cinderella by accident while disguised as a commoner. The two have a few misunderstandings before becoming friends and start having adventures together. Meanwhile, the villainous Duke Zaral plots against the royal family throughout the story, at times working Cinderella into his plots and machinations. The series eventually culminates in the ball in which the fairy tale ends, but with its own unique twist.


Cinderella came from a noble family. She is the only daughter of a wealthy and widower duke who has remarried to provide her with a stepmother and two stepsisters. Cinderella's mother died due to illness when she was still a young girl, leaving her with a doll, favorite dress, and a pair of glass slippers.

The story begins with the departure of the father of Cinderella for a long business trip. Unfortunately, she was then left alone with her stepmother and her two stepsisters, Catherine and Jeanne, who are bitterly envious of her beauty. Afterwards, things change for Cinderella; she ends up handling all the chores in the house, and is forced to live in a small room in the attic of the villa.

Fortunately, Paulette, her Fairy godmother, watched over her, secretly removing troubles that Cinderella faced in various situations as well as giving her the gift of being able to communicate with animals. Cinderella soon befriended four little friends who aided her whenever possible; Patch, her dog, Chuchu and Bingo, two clever little mice and a little bird named Pappy.

During one of the few occasions when Cinderella is able to go into town (she is virtually segregated at home to cope with household chores, while her two stepsisters are out having fun), she meets a strange young man who only identifies himself to have a connection with the prince of Emerald Castle. Cinderella initially does not trust him and calls him a fibber repeatedly. However, Cinderella does not know this guy is none other than Prince Charles himself, who, unwilling to stay at the castle to take lessons from his tutor, sometimes runs under the disguise of Alex, his page and great friend.

This marks the beginning of many adventures, including hunting, discovering enchantments, betrayal and conspiracies of the palace that feature the Prince (almost always in disguise), Cinderella and her friends, and her stepmother (who hopes to marry one of her two daughters to Prince Charles). But in the end, Cinderella discovers the true identity of the boy to whom she called a liar several times and is distraught and desperate; how will she make up for what she said to the Prince?.

Meanwhile, the King is organizing a big royal ball, to which all the unmarried girls of the area are invited, so that his son Charles can find a woman to marry. The stepmother and the two stepsisters were angry that Cinderella was also invited.

After Cinderella helped her two stepsisters get ready for the ball, she quickly changed her clothes, wearing her deceased mother's dress. Eventually, the stepmother insists it was an insult and forbid her to go. Then, her stepmother and her two stepsisters tore up her invitation.

The Fairy Godmother, Paulette, always ready to help Cinderella with her magic wand gives her a beautiful gown with the beautiful glass slippers; Cinderella can now go to the ball, but must return before midnight hour when the magic is completed.

This time, Cinderella is to be incognito at the ball; Prince Charles does not recognize that the beautiful princess who appeared out of nowhere was the companion of many adventures. But, come midnight, Cinderella is forced to flee, losing a shoe on the staircase of the building. The Prince was fascinated by the mysterious princess, desperately searching house to house to find her. It was proclaimed that the person whose foot fit into the shoe would become the bride of the Prince.

And thus after many difficulties, Cinderella was proved to be that girl and was brought to the palace. On the day of the marriage, Duke Zaral had something else in mind. He gave poison to the Prince in his drink and kidnapped Cinderella. He took her to top of the Clock Tower and forced the King, Charles' father, to give up his kingdom in lieu of Cinderella since his son was no more.

Suddenly Prince Charles, who did not really die, appeared with the palace guards. He explained that he had already known about Zaral's plan and acted accordingly.

A fierce battle ensued between Zaral and the Prince. At last Zaral fell from the Clock Tower. Cinderella and Prince Charles were married and lived happily ever after.


  • Maria Kawamura as Cinderella
  • Masami Kikuchi as Prince Charles
  • Toshiko Sawada as Cinderella's Stepmother
  • Keiko Konno as Catherine, Cinderella's first stepsister
  • Akiko Matsukuma as Jeanne, Cinderella's second stepsister
  • Yuuko Mita as Paulette, the Fairy Godmother
  • Ken Narita as Alex, the Prince's best friend
  • Tomohiro Tsuboi as Bingo, the male mice
  • Yayoi Nakazawa as Chuchu, the female mice
  • Tsutomu Tsuji as Wanda/Patch, the dog
  • Aki Matsushita as Pappy, the bird
  • Tamao Hayashi as Misha, the cat
  • Akemi Okamura as Isabelle, the Prince Charles's fiancé
  • Yutaka Nakano as The King, the Prince Charles's father
  • Atsuko Yuya as The Queen, the Prince Charles's mother
  • Kazuhiro Nakata as Zaral/Zarel, Isabelle's father


English Title Japanese Title Position Vocalist Used For
Love Plus Love Ai Purasu Ai (愛プラス愛) Japanese Opening Judy Ongg eps. 1-26
Newborn Love [生まれたての愛] Japanese Ending Judy Ongg eps. 1-26


# Title Original airdate
1 "I Want to Become a Splendid Young Lady"
April 4, 1996
Cinderella's father goes away on a long voyage, leaving his daughter in the care of her stepmother and her two stepsisters. She is banished to the attic, and then forced to do the menial chores of the household while her stepmother and stepsisters are out enjoying themselves. Luckily, Cinderella is assisted by her little animal friends: Patch, an appealing puppy, Chuchu and Bingo, two clever little mice and a little bird named Pappy. 
2 "The Flowers From my Dream"
April 11, 1996
Jeanne and Catherine decide to become participants in the Flower Queen contest. Cinderella follows them to the city to see their show while her pets assure her to do all the house work. She promises to return by the time her stepmother and her two stepsisters come back. While returning home she crosses paths with a young man who chases her up to the river. He returns her the key which had fallen in their encounter. 
3 "The Mysterious Boy"
April 18, 1996
Cinderella and her two stepsisters go shopping in the city, and while she waits outside the shops, weighted down by the packages, she once again runs into the young man she had met the day before. The young man (prince Charles) reveals that he is the fencing partner of the Prince, which Cinderella finds hard to believe. Jeanne overhears the conversation, after which her stepmother orders her to invite him as a guest the next day. 
4 "The Horse"
April 25, 1996
Cinderella goes out looking for Charles (who she thinks is name is Alex) because her stepmother wants to talk to the prince's page. While searching she learns that Charles is not the page at all. She thinks he is just a liar and avoids him. On her way home, Cinderella’s pets remind her that her stepmother has ordered to come positively with the page. As her situation worsens, Paulette, the fairy godmother, comes to the rescue using her magic to change a horse into Charles. Cinderella hurries home with the Charles, but soon after they get there, the spell wears off and the prince turns back into the horse. Scared of the horse, Cinderella's stepmother ties a carrot to the back of Cinderella's apron and sends her off running to the town with the mad horse chasing her. Charles saves her from this chaos and reveals his true name- and Cinderella tells him hers in return. 
5 "A Dream Meeting"
May 2, 1996
When they learn that the prince plans to go hunting, Cinderella’s two stepsisters and her stepmother decide to have a picnic in the same woods. However, when they then arrive in the middle of the woods, a storm breaks and a sudden gust of wind blows Jeanne’s hat off her head. Cinderella and Jeanne attempt to catch the hat but they fail. As Jeanne wanders about in the bushes, she is mistaken for a bear by Charles and Alex; in the nick of time, Cinderella finds Jeanne saving her from being shot as a bear. The prince realizes then that Cinderella is the same girl he met in the city. 
6 "Mystery of the Vineyard"  May 9, 1996
When Cinderella's stepmother jealously sends Cinderella to the royal vineyard to pick grapes (a punishable offense) because Cinderella can dance better than both Jeanne and Catherine, the unknown thief of the royal vineyard turns out to be Charles, dressed as a page. Cinderella is caught instead, however, because Charles runs off with the grapes, and suffers a set-up for downfall by her stepmother. However, Charles hears about Cinderella's plight and confesses, thus salvaging Cinderella's reputation. 
7 "False Fortuneteller"  May 16, 1996
People became crazy for the new fortune teller, one old man who appeared in city. Cinderella's stepmother asks Cinderella to fetch the fortune teller but when the fortune teller asks for payment the stepmother gives away Cinderella's mother's doll. Cinderella goes out to find the fortune teller and ask it back but instead she discovers his secret- though he actually can see the future at times- he is only a boy who needs money. In the end the boy (Yan) gives her back her doll and they become friends. He also reads into her future and sees her in a splendid ball gown, and, though not revealing any specific details, tells her that she has the brightest future he's ever seen. 
8 "The Magic of a Smile"  May 23, 1996
A circus is being set up at the castle. Cinderella meets a talented girl called Mary, but Mary has stage fright. While wandering through the town, Cinderella tries to think of ways to help Mary when she bumps into Charles. She takes Charles to where Mary is practicing and tells her to pretend he's Prince Charles, if she can perform in front of him then she will get over her stage fright. Charles tells her about a special ritual the prince does when he gets nervous, Mary does this too, and performs with success. 
9 "There's Something Strange About That Boy"  May 30, 1996
Cinderella is told to go pick some roses in the forest. Prince Charles learns that two of his teachers have been replaced because they were sick and old; Alex then finds out that their tutor was fired. Charles chases Zaral out of the palace because he suspects something. Cinderella sees that Charles is chasing Zaral and decides to follow. Zaral tells his henchman to go capture Charles, Cinderella pushes a big rock off the cliff and is captured instead. She hears Zaral talking about his evil plot to overrun the king. Charles then comes to her rescue just in time. 
10 "Sad Violinist"  June 6, 1996
When Duke Zaral's daughter hosts a ball, Prince Charles will do just about anything to get out of it. So he has Alex dress as himself and go to the ball in a mask- claiming he thought it was going to be a masquerade ball. Meanwhile Cinderella leaves the waiting coach (her step family is attending the ball, of course) and goes to the gardens to watch. While there, Cinderella meets Nicholas, a violinist in love with a noble's daughter, Lora Pennington. Despite their love for each other, Nicholas and Lora are forbidden by her parents to be married because he is a commoner and they have hopes of marrying their daughter to Prince Charles. This is why the violinist's music is so sad. Charles and Cinderella talk a bit about this when they see each other in the gardens and both agree that things like wealth and nobility shouldn't dictate who you marry. They also both agree that in the end, true love can conquer over any obstacle. 
11 "For a Fantastic Love Story"  June 13, 1996
Cinderella, Charles and the Fortune Teller Yan decide to help Nicholas and Lora be together. Unknown to them, Paulette is also interested in helping them. 
12 "Pleased to Meet You, Prince"  June 20, 1996
The King and Queen decide to throw a ball in order to help Charles find a Fiance. Prince Charles wants nothing to do with it. Cinderella and her family are all invited, but Cinderella's Stepmother has refused to let her go. Cinderella's animal friends make her a dress, and she sneaks in with the vegetables. Meanwhile, Zarel threatens to tell the King and Queen about Charles' adventures in disguise outside of the castle if he refuses to marry his daughter Isabel. After hearing a talk between Charles and Alex, Cinderella angrily yells at them about doing an arranged marriage without love, which then her animal friends help stop the ball. Charles then decides to do a marriage with love. 
13 "The Way of Love... Isabel Runs Away"  June 27, 1996
Isabel grows frustrated with Prince Charles' uninterst in her. In attempt to gain his attention, she runs away from home. Isabel soon finds herself in more trouble than she can handle, taking Cinderella with her. 
14 "Prince Charles's Secret"  July 4, 1996
In an attempt to learn secrets about Prince Charles, Zarel invites Cinerella and her sisters to live at the castle for a "vacation". However instead of relaxing, they are instructed to clean the castle! How will Jean and Catherine deal with their new chores? Will they get to meet the Prince? 
15 "Two Charles"  July 11, 1996
Cinderella and Charles see the Prince in his carriage. Charles is adamant that the boy in the carriage isn't the prince, but is really Yan's missing friend, who is fooled into a scheme by Zarel. 
16 "The Prince and House Work"  July 18, 1996
When Cinderella suddenly falls ill from overwork, Charles brings a doctor and assures him that he'll see to it that she gets some rest. While taking over her chores the prince gets an appreciation for hard work and at the end of the episode decides to accept his royal obligations and devotes himself more seriously to his studies. Also during this adventure, Duke Zarel pays a visit to Cinderella's step family, who are having Charles cook them dinner. Having tasted the soup after hearing Jeanne and Katherine claim to have made it themselves, the duke is offended by the disgusting concoction and leaves- unwilling to use them in his plot any longer. 
17 "Kindness of a Small Heart"  July 25, 1996
Jeanne and Catherine lose their mother's priceless mint pearl ring, and Cinderella takes the blame. She has until Sunset to find it, or be kicked out of her home. While searching, Cinderella falls from a cliff, and in an attempt to save her, Paulette changes her to the size of a mouse! Now only a few inches tall, Cinderella continues her search with the help of her animal friends. Will she be able to find it before the sun goes down? 
18 "Disturbing Painter"  August 1, 1996
Zarel takes Prince Charles to the painter Zore to have his portrait done. At the same time, Catherine and Jeanne refuse to have their portraits done by anyone but by the best. Cinderella goes in search of her mother's favorite painter, Zore. While Zore refuses to paint her sisters without 100 gold pieces, he demands to paint Cinderella. As he paints, Cinderella grows weaker. With the help of Patch, Cinderella escapes. But Charles is still in danger. Before Cinderella dies, fairy godmother has a magical duel with the painter. 
19 "Let's Get Rid of Those Bandits"  August 8, 1996
Cinderella's Stepmother begins to spread rumors around town that her two daughters, Catherine and Jeanne, are candidates for marriage with Prince Charles, using her connection with Duke Zarel as evidence. Zarel decided to teach them a lesson by sending thugs to their house to rob them. Cinderella becomes determined to protect her own home. Meisha learns to talk. 
20 "Traveling Towards Happiness"  August 15, 1996
Cinderella's Father arranges a marriage for Catherine, but when Cinderella's Stepmother finds out, she sets him up with Cinderella instead. Luckily, it turns out that he is Isabel's childhood friend, and he still wants to marry her. 
21 "Memories of My Mother"  August 22, 1996
Cinderella's Stepmother becomes sick, and the only way to cure her is to get a medicinal herb from the haunted forest. Cinderella, Patch, and Paulette travel to the forest to get the herb, and Paulette tells Cinderella how she met Cinderella's mother, Cinderella proves herself to be pure and her mother is proud for who she sees. Cinderella gives the medicine to the stepmother who is more kinder to nature now to Cinderella's stepsisters' confusion. 
22 "Cinderella is in Danger"  August 29, 1996
Charles and Cinderella explore an old house and discover a collection of weapons stolen from the royal family. 
23 "Eliminate the Prince"  September 5, 1996
Duke Zarel unleashes his plot to overthrow the Royal Family. Prince Charles is chased, and life threatened. Duke Zarel's men mistakenly kidnap Marcel, who is dressed up as the prince for Cinderella's family's costume party. Cinderella learns that Charles the Fibber is really Prince Charles. 
24 "Invitation to the Ball"  September 12, 1996
The King and Queen are impressed with Prince Charles' behavior to stop Duke Zarel. Deciding that he is ready to take the throne, they throw him a ball in hopes of him finding a fiance. Cinderella is invited with her stepsisters, and while she's working on her stepsisters' clothing, she still manages to pull out her mother's favorite dress and get ready for the ball. However, when she comes down to leave, Cinderella's two Stepsisters and Cinderella's Stepmother laugh at her, calling her dress out of date and her hair unstylish. Refusing to be seen at the ball with her, they tear her invitation. After hoping for so long to see Charles again and wish him the best of luck with his royal duties, Cinderella is crushed. Paulette comes to Cinderella and updates her clothing, does her hair, and sends Cinderella off in a magic carriage with her animal friends as her footman. At the ball, Cinderella dances with Prince Charles, who doesn't recognize her. Cinderella leaves the ball at the stroke of midnight in a rush, leaving her glass slipper behind her. 
25 "Shoe of Happiness"  September 29, 1996
Charles can't stop looking at Cinderella's Glass Slipper. The King and Queen begin looking for the mysterious girl from the ball. Not finding her name in the Invitation's list, They begin to become desperate and take the Glass Slipper to every house in the Emerald Kingdom. When Cinderella hears about the Prince, she becomes depressed because she believes that the prince won't want anything to do with her because of her station. When Alex comes to Cinderella's home with the Glass Slipper, Cinderella is banished to her room. When Jeanne and Catherine's feet don't fit into the shoe, Alex insists that all young ladies try on the slipper. Cinderella is brought downstairs, but she refuses to try on the shoe until Patch brings the other shoe to them and Miss Paulette uses her magic to make her, to her stepfamily's shock and dismay that she is a princess. 
26 "Happy Marriage"  October 3, 1996
Cinderella is introduced to Prince Charles as the girl from the ball, and Prince Charles is overjoyed to find that the girl from the ball is Cinderella. He invites her to stay. Cinderella moves into the castle, with her animal friends, her stepsisters and stepmother make peace with Cinderella, and are invited to her wedding to their delight, and finally do something besides being spoiled, and their dad comes home to the family which is back together again. However, Duke Zarel and his men sneak into the castle with the wedding party, seemingly poison Prince Charles, and kidnap Cinderella. Zarel takes Cinderella as hostage and threatens to push her off the castle wall if the King refuses to give Zarel the throne. At the Last moment, Prince Charles comes in, declaring that he never drank the poison. Prince Charles chases Zarel to the top of the Castle Tower and fights Zarel, who pushes Cinderella off the tower. Cinderella holds on to the edge of the tower for dear life. Zarel takes a swing at her with his sword, Cinderella losing her grip just at the moment his sword is about to hit her and Zarel's sword hits the stone. Cinderella Falls, and Prince Charles catches her. When Zarel's sword hit the stone, pieces of the stone hit him in the eyes, causing him to be unable to see. He stumbles off the clock tower and falls to his death. The episode ends with Prince Charles being crowned King and Cinderella being crowned Queen with all her family and friends in attendance. 


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