Anju Sawamura is one of the main characters in Ginga Densetsu Anju To Jirōmaru.
She is the granddaughter of Yoshito Sawamura, daughter of Giichirō Sawamura and his wife, niece of Shinjirō Sawamura, Seisaburō Sawamura, and Rumi Satō, cousin of Yūta Satō, Tatsuya and Junya Sawamura
Anju's parents died in a car accident when she was three years old, when she had her uncle Shinjirō Sawamura over to the family. Anju got neglected and beaten constantly, because the family considered her as a mere nuisance. Fortunately, her grandfather Yoshito Sawamura came one night by his dog Yuki to get her.
From then on, Anju, much better conditions and she was very happy while living in her grandfather, Yuki and four puppies; Jirōmaru, Tarōmaru, Saburōmaru and Koyuki.. Anju especially became close to Jirōmaru. One day, however happens to grandfather and Yuki accident in search for gold in the mountains. The night when Anju and puppies are waiting concerned about their return. Grandpa and Yuki did not return the following day to try and Anju herself to take care of themselves and their pups. The next morning, fatally damaged Yuki hobble home. The scene become a postman trying to help Yuki, together with Anju, but the dog dies. Jirōmaru and the postman went to the mountains to find Anju grandfather's body. The postman trying to calm Anju, who cries grandfather and Yuki's loss. At night, Anju burial Yuki's house courtyard. Shinjirō comes over, and force Anju to come with him. He put the puppies in a sack and leave them in the courtyard.
Anju participate in the funeral rites of her grandfather with her uncle's family, and then gets back to her uncle's house. Anju longs Jirōmaru arrives and suddenly the scene: he was followed and searched the girl all the way up to the home. They escape together and get help Seisaburō and Rumi. Anju and Jirōmaru with Seisaburō ride back home. They go together to the place where her grandfather's accident occurred. They will find a large amount of gold, and at the same time Shinjiro shows up with a gun, apparently gold for himself. Shinjiro enraged and pull the trigger. Jirōmaru jump between to protect Anju and Seisaburō and take the bullets. The puppy soon dies from his injuries. Anju cries inconsolably and hugs her dead friend.
Nineteen years later, Anju has grown up and is a doctor. As she arrives at Jirōmaru Memorial Hospital, she greets the statue of Jirōmaru that was raised in the pup's legacy. She greets the eldery Tarōmaru, Koyuki, and Saburōmaru, and is welcomed back by Shinjirō, Seisaburō, Rumi, Yūta, a nurse, and three others at the entrance.