The Snow Queen (雪の女王 ～ＴＨＥ ＳＮＯＷ ＱＵＥＥＮ～ Yuki no Joou) is an anime television series based on the children’s story of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen. It is directed by Osamu Dezaki and animated by TMS Entertainment. The first episode aired on May 22, 2005 on Japan’s NHK network.
Gerda and Kai have been neighbors and best friends since childhood. Gerda is now eleven, Kai twelve. They were happy children who worked and played as they should. All that changed when the Snow Queen’s mirror broke. The shards spread all through the world, each containing evil. If a shard went inside your eye, it would turn your heart to ice. A shard went into Kai’s eye. After that, he grew cold to those he loved. One night, the Snow Queen came after him. She took him into her carriage and they went back to her ice castle at the farthest north point of the world. Everyone in Kai and Gerda’s village didn’t know where he went and believed he died from drowning in the frozen-over lake. Gerda doesn’t believe this, for she dreamed of seeing Kai enter the carriage. When a drunk man admits that he also saw this, Gerda starts realizing that maybe what she saw wasn’t a dream. She packs her things and goes on a journey to save Kai and bring him back home.