Return of the Hero (Japanese: seigi no sain ha "z" 正義のサインは“Z”) is the first episode of the Japanese animated/anime series, The Legend of Zorro and was originally broadcasted on April 5, 1996 in Japan.
In the first scene, the rebel Chichita, is taken prisoner, while Diego, a.k.a. Zorro, watches, powerless. Chichita is about to be executed during the party to celebrate Diego’s homecoming, but, in the nick of time, Zorro appears and frees him. After a manhunt that ends in a sword fight between Zorro and Lieutenant Gabriel, Chichita escapes, and makes a getaway in a boat he finds hidden in a creek.