A 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.
At first, let's make it clear that the score I gave is based on the time this anime was made (1990-1992),which I always take into consideration.
This is a tale about Robinhood as a teenager.I liked the way the story was enriched with fillers showing the beauty and the secrets of the Sirwood forest,as well as the radical development of the characters.That's why the story is more funny and interesting and let's not forget that this anime is addressed mainly to children.That's why I still like it :)
The art is very beautiful,especially the sceneries of the forest,the village and the
castle.Medieval England is accurately shown in this anime. Many beautiful colours are used and the light plays an important role in this.However,the faces of some characters shouldn't be so round,they needed more attention to detail .
As for the sound,the op/end in its english version is veery catchy!!In the story,suitable sounds are used for the atmosphere of the forest,the castle with its mechanisms and the people who live in it.For the main scenes,the
music that is used is very nice too.
Considering the characters,they developed quite well,although I would prefer to see them later in their adult version too just for curiosity.Lady Marion is a great example of this development.
I really enjoyed this anime,which reminds me of my childhood and I 'm going to watch it again in the future.When it ends,you just want to take your friends and live in a forest forever!!! xD