English: The Great Adventures of Robin Hood
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 29, 1990 to Oct 28, 1992
25 min. per episode
G - All Ages
L represents licensing company
Score: 7.211 (scored by 1353 users)
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SynopsisA variant of Robin Hood in which all the principal characters are teenagers.
Several centuries ago in Nottingham County, a cruel and greedy baron by the name of Alwine ordered the destruction of the Huntingtons` castle - from the fire of which Robin and his cousins, Will, Winifred and Barbara, miraculously escaped. The youngsters sought shelter in Sherwood Forest, where, thanks to the wise guidance of the hermit better known as "Friar Tuck," they managed to face the difficulties of a life in the wilderness as as well as they could. However, in the forest there lived a fearless group of young bandits, led by Little John. Their first encounter with Robin and his cousins was at first rather stormy, as the two groups fought for the destiny of a young, noble maiden named Marian who had fallen into the hands of the bandits during an ambush.
Their bitterness, however, rapidly lead the way to friendship, and Robin and John later realized they were all victims of the same fate. The youngsters thus mutually decided to help one another. Baron Alwine was not merely enemy of the Huntingtons- in fact, a couple years earlier he had forced Little John and his gang to seek protection in the forest to avoid forced labour. He would later seek Marian Lancaster for the secret carved on a cross the girl wore as symbol of her family line.
The girl was to be adopted by the shady Bishop Herfort - Alwine`s accomplice - who sought to attain the Lancaster`s wealth. With all their strength, Robin and his friends were then compelled to fight against the baron`s troops, led by Gilbert - a dangerous and fearless knight. When Winifred and Marian were then imprisoned in the castle`s dungeons, our heroes tried in every way possible to enter until their ardour was finally rewarded with success. Thanks to his noble heart and heed for danger, Robin became rapidly known as the protector of the poor and oppressed. Beloved and highly esteemed not only by the villagers, but also and especially by the sweet and beautiful Marian he was. The boy who never parted from his loyal, magical bow, endlessly engaged in dangerous and unthinkable missions.
Characters & Voice Actors
This is a kiddy story about the life of Robin Hood’s father. Supposed, the nickname passed later on to his son as well. All the heroes are kids and teenagers and there are several extras added in the normal myths, which make the show more epic fantasy like.
ART & SOUND SECTIONS: 6/10
It took me some time to accept watching the prequel of a famous European story with a lot younger characters and in anime style. After I got used to it, I can say the result is very mediocre. There is nothing too well or too bad made, so the final feeling you are left with, leaves you indifferent about the visuals and the sound. It’s as if the graphic artists in the show were planning to make something totally ordinary from the get-go. Too bad; there was plenty of room left in the fantasy department that could increase the atmosphere and the interest of the story. Everything simply looks and sounds very generic and/or lukewarm. Still, some interesting visuals and sceneries in some important episodes and the nice intro and ending songs rather help to consider the general picture of the series a bit over medium.
STORY & CHARACTER SECTIONS: 6/10
A boy named George Hamilton seeks revenge for what count Alwine has done to his family. Mary is a fugitive aristocrat and the robbers of Sherwood Forest already steal from the rich and help the weak by using mechanical vehicles and traps. All of them are between 6 to 16 years old. The bad guys, count Alwine and bishop Herfort, and friar Tuck are middle aged men. The Sherwood Forest is filled with magical creatures and contains an ancient power the evil count plans to acquire by using Mary’s locket by adopting her to his archbishop. Add a group of bishonen/bishojo warriors who obey the evil prince John, although they are good-hearted and several magical/powerful secondary characters, used in filler episodes, which make England a very wacky place.
The story has several thematic undertones, from ecology (mentioning when Alwine is destroying the Sherwood Forest, in order to find the power), to romance (all characters seem to be in love with someone), to obsession (Alwine’s denial to stop being greedy, although he was given the choice).
But all these are still not convincing enough; because of the really mediocre way they are presented through the graphics and sound. Plus, it is very hard to swallow terms like a magic bow that only good people can use or the enemy knights getting lovestruck on first sight with their main rivals, without even knowing who they are. Still, all things considered it is quite good for a children’s adventure. Not great but ok for the target audience.
VALUE & ENJOYMENT SECTIONS: 5/10
It’s definitely not a run of the mill kiddy show (hell, there are even deaths and love polygons present), but that damn mediocre presentation of the show really makes everything seem annoyingly unimportant and silly. This show deserved a lot better treatment during production.
VERDICT: 5.5 / 10
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Many fights in the name of justice, Robin and Diego share the will of helping the people. Also, the main girls, Marion and Lolita, are beautiful young girls who share a deep friendship for the main guys.
Opening Theme"Wood Walker" by Satoko Shimonari
Ending Theme"Hoshizora no Labyrinth (星空のラビリンス)" by Satoko Shimonari
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