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Robin Hood (ロビンフッドの大冒険 lit. Robin Hood's Great Adventure/Robin Hood no Daibōken) is a Japanese anime series produced by Tatsunoko Production and NHK but also it was distributed by Mondo TV, an adaptation of the classic Robin Hood story consisting of 52 episodes. In this version, Robin and his allies are mostly pre-teens.

Overview

Robin's house was burned to ashes by the order of Alwyn, the Baron of Nottingham. Robin and his cousins Will, Winifred and Jenny flee into Sherwood Forest, hoping to escape persecution. They end up encountering a group of bandits led by Little John, who dubs himself as Big John during the beginning of the series, until Robin pokes fun renaming him "Little John" for playing with a cat. Together, Robin and the bandits must stop Baron Alwyn's persecutions and greed as well as to prevent the greedy Bishop Hartford from adopting Marian Lancaster and obtaining her family's wealth.

Characters

Heroes (Protagonists)

  • Robert Huntington (aka Robin Hood) – The heir to the noble family of Huntington, Robin Hood's house is burned to the ground by the order of Baron Alwyn. He is forced to flee and hideout in Sherwood Forest where he and his cousins encounter Little John and his gang.
  • Marian Lancaster – The descendant of the noble Lancaster family who is to be adopted by a greedy bishop named Hartford. She wears a golden cross around her neck as a symbol of her family and was her Mother's prized possession. Marian was especially notable throughout the series for her evolution in character development.
  • Will Scarlet – Robin's friend/cousin who fight along his side when trouble arises. He has two sisters.
  • Friar Tuck – An old monk who lives on the edge of Sherwood Forest and helps Robin if needed.
  • Little John – A leader of a group of bandits who were forced to hide out in Sherwood Forest to avoid forced labor. Though he clashes with Robin at first, he proves to be an "invincible" ally. He has a love interest in Winifred.
  • Much: Much is Little John's right-hand man.
  • Winifred Scarlet: Robin's cousin and Will's sister.
  • Jenny Scarlet: (called Barbara in the Japanese version) Jenny is Robin's cousin, and the younger sister of Will and Winifred.

Allies

  • Richard the Lion-Hearted - Richard I of England has become an ideal King, so in our story he becomes the King who frees the land of injustice, prejudice, and unjust imprisonment- for he himself was imprisoned for two years while returning from the third crusade.
  • The Merry Band of Sherwood - The Merry Band lives in Sherwood Forest and are the guardians and the protectors of those who seek refuge there. Before Robin Hood, the leader of the gang was Little John Little, who defended his supremacy by challenging anybody who wanted to become King of the forest to a traditional contest.

Villains (Antagonists)

Most of the antagonists of the series serve as only "temporary" antagonists who eventually start aiding the protagonists near the end of the series. However, all of them start off as those who oppose Robin through the majority of the series. It's only near the end do some of them start to make a change for the better.

  • Baron Alwyn – the Baron of Nottingham that taxes his workers and keeps them working for him. He is the one that orders the destruction of the Huntington's castle. He is based on the Sheriff of Nottingham in both character design and personality. Near the end of the series, due to Robin's constant thwarting and a near death experience by him, he starts to make a change for the better until coming across a plot that would allow him to take over the kingdom, thus, changing him back to his greedy, inconsiderate self. Once again, however, his plan of action is stopped by Robin as well as King Richard.
  • Bishop Hartford – A greedy bishop of Nottingham that is to adopt Marian Lancaster for the Lancaster's wealth. Like Alwyn, the Bishop eventually starts to make a change for the better towards the end of the series. Unlike Alwyn, he remains loyal to the protagonists in the end, and eventually helps out Robin by informing them Alwyn's plot to take over the kingdom.
  • Gilbert – A loyal and dangerous knight that serves under Baron Alwyn and does his bidding who could never betray his word. He has a scar under his right eye, which is hidden by his long hair, from a very short fight with Robin in the first episode. During a fight with Robin he is blown off a cliff by the forces of nature along with Marian, but he uses his strength to help Robin save her, and ends up falling, believing to have died. It is discovered later that he survived the fall. He later becomes a knight for King Richard, and no longer serves under Baron Alwyn.
  • Cleo – Gilbert's sister, first introduced in episode 24 "The Girl in Black". She wears a black dress and has long dark hair. After Gilbert's supposed death early in the series, she is told by Alwyn that Robin was the cause. She plans to kill Robin and avenge the death of her older brother, despite he was not the cause of Gilbert's death. Later on, Cleo eventually finds out the truth and no longer tries to kill Robin, and the two form somewhat of a relationship (however, Robin's true feelings stay to true to Marian).
  • King John - Upon discovering his heritage, Alwyn uses him to try to take over the kingdom. He himself follows the plan to become king and attempts to replace his brother, King Richard.
  • Guy of Gisbourne – A bounty hunter hired by Alwyn to kill Robin.

Music

The series uses two pieces of theme music for the Japanese version; one opening song and one ending song. The Japanese opening song is called "Wood Walker", and the Japanese ending song is called "Hoshizora no Labirinsu (星空のラビリンス lit.Labyrinth of the Starry Sky)", both sing by the Japanese vocalist Satoko Shimonari.

There are two English opening songs. One is called "Robin of the Forest", while another is an instrumental of "Wood Walker" used for the Interfilm video dub. The French dubbed opening is called "Les Adventures de Robin des Bois", which is sung by Alexis Thomsasian. All the opening animations are kept the same, however, the ending animation differs depending on the international versions, for example, the Japanese ending is completely original whereas the German dub shows scenes from the series to a shortened instrumental theme of their composed opening.

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