That night Ronja sneaks out of the castle with supplies and tells the robbers who are on guard duty goodbye before meeting up with Birk at the cave. I believe it would have been best as a shorter series, compacting the first five episodes into two or three. Seeing Birk, Mattis calls him over and asks him to come back with them as Ronja is fond of him. Confused about what Borka meant, Ronja asks as she does not truly understand what a robber is. Borka agrees to the terms and the two clans are formally united and celebrate together well into the night at Mattis' fort.
The two go about the forest to fetch supplies and return to the cave only to hear something inside. In the spring Birk wonders how he and Ronja will get by in the world in the future since they have vowed to never become robbers. The two then prepare for a duel the following morning to determine the new chief. With as much as 26 episodes the series gets a long time to adapt the book in a fair way, which it does from beginning to end, with some extra fluff that doesn't take away anything from the experience. When Ronja inquires about who he is and how he got on the split side of the castle, the boy introduces himself as Birk Borkason. Later the two go swimming in the river but are attacked by a flock of wild harpies. Meanwhile guards have begun hunting Borka and his robbers, pushing them out of their part of the forest.
She learns to live in the forest through her own strength, with the occasional rescue by her parents. Lovis nurses Ronja back to health after three days in bed. Birk then calls out unseen to her from the other side and Ronja asks if he meant he would be her brother; Birk responds that it is good to hear his sister's voice and it'd be nice to see her. When Lovis tries to see to Birk's wounds Mattis tells her not to tend to the devil spawn and the two fight. If you are a big fan of slice-of-life or Ghibli this will be an okay watch. In the morning Birk admits he's a coward, only acting as if Ronja is his sister when they're alone since he's afraid of her leaving him. The one aspect that it lacks though is variety, while the live-action version portrays nature both as something beautiful and something that could easily kill you with its overwhelming power, the anime has a tendency to go for nothing but cuteness.
When Ronja returns home, she is told there is a pleasant surprise only to find that Birk has been captured and beaten by her father. The way Miyazaki-G has balanced the presentation of life's harsh realities with the bemusement and wonderment of a child's point of view was nothing but true to the books and Lindgren. Mattis tells Borka not to worry as Birk will be the next chief since Ronja doesn't want to be a robber. Spring finally comes and as the Robbers can go out to rob once more Ronja is allowed into the forest again. Although my feelings on the expected demise of Ghibli don't match yours, Ronja turned out to be a good reminder of why even I would miss the studio when it folds. That night Noddle-Pete tells Ronja he is happy to hear she nor Birk want to be robbers and tells her a secret.
The characters are great, there are moments of joy, moments of sadness, and everything in between. The two continue to enjoy their summer days together as winter draws closer. Leading Birk along with her rope Ronja soon finds herself lost in the mist, going around in circles and hearing laughter from dancing figures in the distance. In a trance Ronja fights Birk so she can follow the figures but Birk refuses to let her go despite her scratching and biting him. Borka seems to be winning, nearly knocking Mattis unconscious but when the fight continues Mattis is able to subdue Borka, winning. Overall 9 - Like all longer anime, it has it's high and low points. Birk proceeds to daringly jump across the gap to Ronja's side, starting a jumping match between the two rival clans' children.
Ronja and Birk observe the changes in the forest as winter approaches. So my words of advice, push through the first few episodes and you'll have a good time. Mattis calls Ronja back in to present her with a pair of skis from his childhood. Overall 9 Story 9 Animation 9 Sound 9 Character 9 Enjoyment 10 Astrid Lindgrens story really comes to life in this anime, which is a great adaptation and manages to make fans of the book feel right at home while still managing to excite them. And also, the interpretation of Skalle-Per was terrific. He asks her to come back but Ronja hesitates when she sees Birk nearby. End Card: I can't let the day finish without at least commenting on this series.
Birk and Ronja swear to secrecy, though they hate it, knowing how enraged their fathers would be to learn of their friendship. Overall 9 Story 9 Animation 6 Sound 10 Character 10 Enjoyment 8 For starters, I believe that if you can get through the first few episodes, the series is one of the best that you can watch. If you ever need to convince someone to go out camping, show them an episode or two of this. I feel like the series would have been much better if it were done with 2d animation, or at least a mix of the two. Ronja decides to clear away the rubble so she can see Birk on the other side, wanting to know if he really meant he'd be her brother. Recognizing the song from when Birk whistled it, she begins whistling it back. If you would compare it to the old swedish movie from the 80's, this is definitely the more true to the book.
They name the mare Lia and decide to keep her until she heals as well as milk her so they have horse milk to drink. She doubts Mattis misses her after having denounced her as his child but has a dream where Mattis is crying a lake of tears over her. Ronja then discovers the way to Hell's Gap and meets another child, a red haired boy, on the other side of the Gap who is whistling. This is because all the relations, events and characters gets the time they deserve to be built up properly. Ronja's life begins to change, however, when she happens upon a boy her own age named Birk, who turns out to be the son of the rival clan chief. The two venture out to enjoy their days together and Ronja greets spring with her shout. Ronja fears she is left alone to freeze to death.