Anne no Nikki

Anne no Nikki (アンネの日記), also known as The Diary of Anne Frank, is a 1995 Japanese anime film based on Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl. It is a feature film by Madhouse, was directed by Akinori Nagaoka and released August 19.

The Diary of Anne Frank
Poster of the film
Directed byAkinori Nagaoka
Written byHachirō Konno, Roger Parbes
Based onThe Diary of a Young Girl
by Anne Frank
Music byMichael Nyman
Release date
  • August 19, 1995 (1995-08-19) (Japan)
Running time
102 minutes


Nagaoka's film features new character designs by Katsuyuki Kubo and features a score composed by Michael Nyman, including two songs, "If" (which incorporates "Time Lapse" from A Zed & Two Noughts) and "Why," which have become concert works. The former also appeared in an altered form in the film, The Libertine. The singer is contralto Hilary Summers. "Candlefire" as well as piano-only versions of "If" and Why" appear on Nyman's 2005 release, The Piano Sings.


The Nagaoka film was released with an English language adaptation, via a DVD release in French (as Le Journal d'Anne Frank) with English subtitles. A release in North America was set for 2015, but as of 2019, has yet to surface.[1]


The Diary of Anne Frank
Soundtrack album by
LabelVirgin Venture
Michael Nyman chronology
The Diary of Anne Frank
After Extra Time

"If" and "Why" have become staples of Michael Nyman's concerts and were rerecorded as piano solos on The Piano Sings.

Track listing

  1. Amsterdam Dawn
  2. Anne's Birthday
  3. The Schoolroom
  4. Letter From Germany
  5. Goodbye Moortje
  6. Candlefire
  7. Renewal
  8. Light Of Love
  9. Chatterbox Waltz
  10. Hanukah
  11. Spring Freedom
  12. Concentration Camp
  13. If
  14. First Kiss
  15. D-Day
  16. The Diary Of Hope
  17. Silent Separation
  18. Lament For Lost Youth
  19. Why


Anime News Network's Justin Sevakis said that "even a story as powerful as Anne Frank's cannot overcome truly odious filmmaking and weird directorial choices that just don't work" and that he couldn't "think of a worse way to experience the story than watching this film".[2]


  1. "Animated Film "Anne Frank's Diary" Set To Release Online This Fall". May 23, 2015. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  2. Justin Sevakis (April 2, 2013). "The Diary of Anne Frank". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  • The Anime Encyclopedia by Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy (revised and expanded edition), "Diary of Anne Frank," p. 144

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