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The Legend of Zorro (known in Japanese as Kaiketsu Zorro (快傑ゾロ Kaiketsu Zoro?, lit. "Extraordinary Zorro") is an Italian/Japanese anime series that were based on the western character created by Johnston McCulley and distributed by Mondo TV. Fifty-two episodes were produced, however only 46 were broadcast in Japan. The series became very popular in European countries, including Portugal and Spain, the colonial power of the area in the story.

Background

The Legend of Zorro is a new animated series that revives a younger version of the well-known favorite hero Zorro, and also introduces "Little Zorro" along with their friends. Zorro, the masked avenger, aids the oppressed and punishes the wicked, leaving behind his trademark Z that he slashes with his sword as he rides off identified, Zorro is in fact none other than the 18-year-old Don Diego de la Vega, scion of the local gentry.

Plot

Don Diego de la Vega returns from his study trip to discover his homeland is under the army's dictatorship including the trio of antagonists, Captain Raymond, Sergeant Gonzales and Lieutenant Gabriel. Diego, refusing to watch idly, disguises himself as Zorro to protect the weak and oppressed.

Diego is not a coward but he is unable to win the affections of his pretty, sweet-tempered, beautiful 17 year-old sweetheart, Lolita Prideaux, who is attracted to other more noble men. Diego serenades Lolita as Zorro and fights the evils of his homeland, hoping to capture her heart.

Diego is accompanied by Bernardo, a cheerful 9 year-old sidekick who was wearing a similar costume, called "Little Zorro".

Music

The series use two pieces of theme music. The Japanese Opening theme is "ZORRO", and the Japanese ending theme is "Chikai" (誓い; "Oath"). Both songs are sung by the Japanese vocalist Masaaki Endoh, and are used for the 52 episodes which aired in Japan.

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Characters
Diego de la Vega | Lolita Prideaux | Bernardo | Figaro | Viento | Tackle | Maria | Caterina | The Governor General | Captain Raymond | Lieutenant Gabriel | Sergeant Gonzales | Mr. Brown | Captain Jekyll
Episodes

Return of the Hero | The Barrels of Wine | Proposal to Marriage | Wake Up My Friend! | The Ties of Blood | The Red Jewel | Too Many Burros | Killer Guitar | The Treasure of Dreams | Untrue Feelings | Mystery Mountain | Man's Best Friend | Little Zorro at Full Blast | The Stagecoach is in Danger! | Lolita's Kiss | The Sword of Japan | Cornered | The Clever Detective | A House of Deadly Tricks | Vengeance | Wings of Dreams | Gonzales the Thief | The Bride from Spain | The People's Enemy | Tears of a Clown | Pepita | Lady Barbara | The Haunted Ruins | The Great Art Swindle | Gonzales in Love | Fire in the Sky | A Doctor's Dilemma | Lolita in Love | The Order to Kill Zorro | Gonzales in Love Again | Unmasked | Diego Under Cover | The Underwater Adventure | The Battle in the Storm | My Fair Lady Zorro | Lolita, Get Your Gun! | Trapped by Ninja Magic | Beauty and the Monster | Gabriel's Rebellion | The Legend of the Sacred Wood | The Hypnotic Doctor | The Kidnapping of the Governor General | A Righteous Military Officer | Farewell to the Army | The Blast Off the Demonic Cannons! | A Prelude to the Collapse | The Sword of Justice Forever

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