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.
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.
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".
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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