King Arthur (TV series)
King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (円卓の騎士物語 燃えろアーサー Entaku no Kishi Monogatari Moero Āsā, lit. Story of the Knights of the Round Table: Blazing Arthur) is a Japanese anime series based on Arthurian legend. Produced by Toei Animation, the series consists of 30 half-hour episodes released between 9 September 1979 and 3 March 1980. The series achieved great popularity in its non-English translations.
|King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table|
Cover art of the 2004 limited edition soundtrack
(Entaku no Kishi Monogatari Moero Āsā)
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Masayuki Akehi|
|Written by||Kensyo Nakano|
|Original network||Fuji TV|
|Original run||9 September 1979 – 3 March 1980|
The series tells the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, featuring 'Arthurian' characters such as Lancelot, Guinevere, Tristan, Percival, Merlin, Uther Pendragon, and Igraine and other familiar elements of Arthurian lore, including the castle Camelot and Arthurian relics such as Excalibur. The series is not entirely faithful to the original legends since it adds new characters and stories which make the plot less brutal.
When Prince Arthur is a baby, his father, King Uther Pendragon, rules Camelot. Lavik, another king who wishes to conquer Camelot, attacks the castle. Arthur is saved by Merlin who sends him to a knight for safekeeping. For many years, this knight raises Arthur as his own son.
At the age of 15, Arthur attends a tournament with his foster father. At the tournament, he finds that he is able to pull the sword Excalibur from a stone. This action proves Arthur is the legitimate king of England. As a result, Arthur's foster father reveals the truth of his royal lineage. King Arthur and his subjects decide to fight against the evil King Lavik, who is aided by the witch Medessa.
- Akira Kamiya as Arthur
- Toshio Furukawa as Pellinore
- Keiko Han as Guinevere
- Hideyuki Tanaka as Kay
- Makio Inoue as Tristan
- Satomi Majima as Phine
- Michie Kita as Galahad
- Tessho Genda as Lancelot
- Takashi Tanaka as Rubik/Lavik
- Yoshio Nagahori as Percival
- Kenji Utsumi as Gastar
- Ichiro Nagai as Ector and Longinus
- Hidekatsu Shibata as Yuuzel
- Yasuo Hisamatsu as Merlin
- Akiko Tsuboi as Igraine
- Banjou Ginga as Labick
- Kohei Miyauchi as Archbishop
- Masato Ibu as Leodegrance
- Toshio Furukawa as Perinoa
- Hidekatsu Shibata as Uther
Production and release
In the early 1980s, a French-dubbed version, titled Le Roi Arthur, was released through Jacques Censtrier Productions. The first four episodes were released on VHS. In this version, all of the characters' names and the opening and closing theme songs were kept the same. An English dubbed version called King Arthur & the Knights of the Round Table was produced and distributed by ZIV International, Inc. in 1981.
The series was adapted into several comics published in Telebi Magazine (テレビマガジン), Terebi Land (テレビランド) and Bōken-Ō (冒険王). The Bōken-Ō adaptation was created by Satomi Mikuriya (御厨さと美) and "Mic Mac Production." The series was followed by King Arthur: Prince on White Horse in 1980.
List of episodes
|1||9 September 1979||風雲児アーサー / "Arthur as a Child"||Mitsuru Mashima||Akira Makoto||Takao Noda||Tadashi Tsuji|
|2||16 September 1979||輝けキャメロットの星 / "Camelot the Star"||Katsuji Kachimada||Yasuhiko Suzuki||Ito Ikko Ito|
|3||23 September 1979||湖の騎士・ランスロット / "Lancelot the Lake Knight"||Ochiai Masamune||Kikuchi Shironi||Toshikazu Yamaguchi|
|4||30 September 1979||竪琴の騎士・トリスタン / "Tristan the Wolfe Knight"||Kazumi Fukushima|
|5||7 October 1979||勇気ある少年ガラハッド / "Galahad the Courageous Boy"||Akira Makoto||Ito Ikko Ito|
|6||14 October 1979||神剣エクスカリバー / "Excalibur"||Takeki Kamiki||Toshikazu Yamaguchi|
|7||21 October 1979||槍の名人パーシバル / "Master Percyval of the Rose"||Matsuura Keppairiru||Tadashi Tsuji|
|8||28 October 1979||5人の若き騎士たち||Omachi Shigeru||Shinoda Ayama||Ito Ikko Ito|
|9||4 November 1979||黒い狐・ペリノア||Kazumi Fukushima||Kikuchi Shironi|
|10||11 November 1979||炎の中の王子||Akira Nakano||Ochiai Masamune||Tadashi Tsuji|
|11||18 November 1979||花咲ける騎士道の丘||Mitsuru Mashima||Matsuura Keppairiru|
|12||25 November 1979||金髪の戦士・フィーネ||Akira Nakano||Kazumi Fukushima||Takao Noda||Kenichi Harada|
|13||2 December 1979||暗黒魔女との闘い||Mitsuru Mashima||Akira Makoto||Kikuchi Shironi||Ito Ikko Ito|
|14||9 December 1979||怒りの故里 前編||Matsuura Keppairiru||Tadashi Tsuji|
|15||16 December 1979||怒りの故里 後編||Kazumi Fukushima|
|16||23 December 1979||恐怖の槍試合||Omachi Shigeru||Kenichi Harada|
|17||30 December 1979||地獄から来た呪いの剣士||Akira Saori||Shinoda Ayama||Ito Ikko Ito|
|18||6 January 1980||激戦！この砦を守れ||Kozo Morishita||Kikuchi Shironi||Kenichi Harada|
|19||13 January 1980||荒野に咲く花||Matsuura Keppairiru||Ito Ikko Ito|
|20||20 January 1980||響け！父の足音||Kazumi Fukushima||Kenichi Harada|
|21||27 January 1980||赤い夕陽の五人||Akira Saori||Takao Noda||Ito Ikko Ito|
|22||3 February 1980||魔女の城の謎||Omachi Shigeru||Kikuchi Shironi||Kenichi Harada|
|23||10 February 1980||アドラス山の怪獣||Matsuura Keppairiru||Noazuma Numajiri||Ito Ikko Ito|
|24||17 February 1980||聖なる楯はここに！||Kozo Morishita||Kikuchi Shironi|
|25||24 February 1980||魔女メデッサを倒せ！||Kazumi Fukushima||Kenichi Harada|
|26||2 March 1980||悪王ラヴィックの最期？||Takeshi Kamiki||Shinoda Ayama|
|27||9 March 1980||地獄からの使者||Ito Tsunhisa||Akira Saori||Takao Noda||Bunmei Uchikawa|
|28||16 March 1980||ドクロ騎士の正体||Kazumi Fukushima||Kikuchi Shironi||Kenichi Harada|
|29||23 March 1980||呪いの赤い雪||Matsuura Keppairiru||Noazuma Numajiri||Hata Shun Qin|
|30||30 March 1980||激闘！最後のたたかい||Mitsuru Mashima||Kozo Morishita||Kikuchi Shironi||Kenichi Harada|
- King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (TV Series) (1979), retrieved 9 March 2019
- "Entaku no Kishi Monogatari: Moero Arthur (TV) - Anime News Network". www.animenewsnetwork.com. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
- "King Arthur & the Knights of the Round Table". 1981.
- A page from the Bouken-Oh comicization (Japanese).