Arabian Nights: Sinbad's Adventures

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Arabian Nights: Sinbad's Adventures
Arabian Nights, Sindbad no Bouken (1975) anime screenshot.jpg
Sindbad and human-form Shera on a magic carpet, with bird-form Shera flying beside them.
アラビアンナイト シンドバットの冒険
(Arabian Naito: Shindobatto no Bōken)
Genre Fantasy
Anime television series
Directed by Fumio Kurokawa
Kunihiko Okazaki
Produced by Seitaro Kodama
Written by Shin'ichi Yukimuro
Music by Shunsuke Kikuchi
Studio Nippon Animation
Original network Fuji TV
Original run 1 October 1975 29 September 1976
Episodes 52
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Arabian Nights: Sinbad's Adventures (アラビアンナイト シンドバットの冒険, Arabian Naito: Shindobatto no Bōken) is a 52 episode anime series directed by Fumio Kurokawa and produced by Nippon Animation which was first aired in 1975. The story is based on the children story "Sinbad the Sailor".

Synopsis[edit]

Sinbad is a young boy and the son of a famous merchant from Baghdad. Sinbad especially enjoys listening to the adventure stories of his uncle Ali who has brought Sinbad a strange speaking bird named Shera with him from his journeys. Sinbad joins his uncle, in hope of being a part of his uncle's next adventure. After a giant whale attacks the boat, Sinbad ends up on a deserted island. Separated from his uncle, Sinbad begins the adventure alone with only Shera for company. When he returns home from his first adventures, he finds to his shock that his parents are missing, since they have gone to find him and were apparently lost at sea. With no formal ties left at home in Bagdhad, Sinbad sets out again in search for adventure.

Throughout the series, Sinbad journeys to different destinations together with Shera and his friends - Ali Baba and Aladdin. They encounter a number of strange creatures, including a giant bird, gigantic snakes, mermaids, genies, Lilliputians, and hostile magicians. He also meets several other characters and enacts stories featured in Arabian Nights, including the Forty Thieves, the stories of The Genie and the Merchant, or the Flying Horse. In the end, after Sinbad has vanquished the evil magicians coming after his life, all whom he loves rejoin him, including his lost parents and his uncle, who have been captured by a malevolent supreme sorceress.

Episodes[edit]

1 Cast off!
2 It`s Mokkuri island
3 Roc the giant bird
4 Mysterious old man
5 King of Saranjib
6 Elephant tusk mountain
7 Force-feasting...!?
8 Fruit gem
9 Genie of the desert
10 Old man of the oasis
11 Black pearl
12 Mermaid`s gift
13 Flying wooden horse
14 Treasure of the great devil
15 Princess of Shahred
16 The Moroccan lamp-seller
17 Solomon`s seal
18 Skeleton corps
19 Ali Baba the wandering boy
20 All-woman kingdom
21 Giant bird child Roccle
22 Great monkey`s gratitude
23 Nile river urchin
24 Living mammoth
25 Jian the giant`s son
26 Big whale that carries a glacier
27 Thief of Baghdad
28 Open sesame!
29 Flying Jutan
30 Pigmy pirates
31 War on pigmy island
32 Shera`s secret
33 Great devil of ice
34 Moa the man-eating bird
35 Mammoth-boy Poco
36 Thief of the pyramids
37 Land of illusion
38 Magic dragon
39 Burning Oasis
40 Girl from the stars
41 Boat-eating monster fish
42 Grampa Aladdin`s country
43 Run, Ali Baba!
44 Ghost ship of the desert
45 Talking statue
46 Ali Baba the magician
47 Secret of the tower of Babel
48 100 magicians
49 Princess Shera in peril
50 Great blue devil
51 War of the genies
52 Undo the magic!

Cast of characters[edit]

Protagonists[edit]

Sinbad (シンドバット, Sindobatto)
The main character of the series, Sinbad is portrayed as the young and only son of a merchant and his wife who, inspired by his sea-faring uncle Ali, yearns for adventure. Despite his young age, he is extraordinarily clever and resourceful and manages to make his way through any obstacle he encounters.
Shera (シェーラー, Shiērā)
An intelligent, talking bird (a slightly oversized myna) who initially belonged to Sinbad's uncle Ali before he bequeathed her to his nephew. As it is revealed later, Shera is actually a human princess transformed by a malevolent sorcerer, cursed to remain permanently in that form if she willingly tells anyone of her plight. In the course of the series, Sinbad finds out about her condition and eventually helps her and her parents regain their human forms.
Hassan (ハッサン, Hassan)
A young boy from a poor family and Sinbad's best friend despite his low status. He supports his family (of which his three younger brothers are most prominently shown) as a water carrier in the streets of Bagdad.
Ali Baba (アリババ, Aribaba)
A young, adventurous desert raider and formerly a member of a robber gang, who named himself after its leader in order to emulate him. After meeting and befriending Sinbad, he has a change of heart and accompanies the boy on his adventures.
Aladdin (アラジン, Arajin)
An old man who once possessed a Genie lamp which fulfilled all his wishes, but lost it many years ago and subsequently fell on hard times. He earned a meagre livelyhood as a ferryman on the Nile until a river genie stole his boat; but after Sinbad manages to trick it into submission, Aladdin accompanies him and Shera on his adventures, serving him with a lifetime's worth of accumulated wisdom.
Mermaid Princess (青の大魔王, Ningyo hime)
A mermaid who is caught by Sinbad while he is helping a poor fisherman. When he releases her unconditionally, she befriends him and continues to help him on several occasions whenever his adventures lead to the sea.
Captain Ali (アリ船長, Ari senchō)
Sinbad's sea-faring uncle and Shera's original owner, whose tales of faraway lands inspire Sinbad to go adventuring.
Sinbad's Father (父親, Chichioya)
Sinbad's father is a wealthy and renowned merchant in Bagdad, who is stern but well-meaning with his son. His voice actor, Ichiro Nagai, also provides the series' narration.
Tabat (タバト, Tabato)
A female servant of Sindbad's household.
Princess Sharam (シャーラーム大魔王, Shiārāmu hime)
The King's young daughter, who is always eager to hear about Sinbad's adventures.
King of Bagdad (バクダットの王, Bakudatto no ō)
The ruler of Bagdad and Princess Sharam's father.
Shera's Parents
The rulers of an unknown realm who were transformed into white eagles by Tabasa's son Satajit, but like their daughter have retained their human personalities.

Antagonists[edit]

Tabasa (タバサ, Tabasa)
An old evil witch whose greatest weakness is her tremendrous fear of mice. She and her sons Satajit and Balba comprise Sinbad's main nemeses for most of the series.
Balba (バルバ, Baruba)
The younger son of Tabasa, who shares his penchant for evil magic with her and his brother Satajit. He performs the role of the evil sorcerer from the tale "The Enchanted Horse".
Satajit (サタジッ, Satajit)
The elder son of Tabasa, and like her and his brother Balba an evil sorcerer by trade. Satajit is responsible for transforming Shera and her parents after the latter had him imprisoned for his crimes in their realm. In the series, he first appears personifying the magician from the tale "Aladdin".
Sugaru (スガール, Sugāru)
An evil sorceress who looks outwardly like a beautiful, blue-skinned young woman but has the head and forehooves of a cow, though her true form is always revealed by her shadow. She is based on the evil sorceress from the story "The Fisherman and the Jinni" and the therein included tale "The Ensorcelled Prince".
Blue Demon King (青の大魔王, Ao no dai maō)
A powerful, blueskinned fiend who is Sugaru's magical patron.

Music[edit]

English Japanese Position Singer
Sinbad's Adventures Shindobatto no Bōken Japanese Opening Mitsuko Horie
Sinbad's Song Shindobatto no Uta Japanese Ending Mitsuko Horie

Alternative titles[edit]

  • アラビアンナイト シンドバットの冒険 (Japanese title)
  • Los viajes de Simbad (Spanish title)
  • Przygody Sindbada (Polish title)
  • Shirab, il ragazzo di Bagdad (Italian title)
  • Sinbad de Zeeman (Dutch title)
  • Sinbad le marin (French title)
  • 아라비안 나이트 신밧드의 모험 (South Korean title)
  • Sindbad (German title)
  • The Arabian Nights: Adventures of Sinbad
  • مغامرات سندباد (Arabic title)
  • ماجراهای سندباد (Persian title)
  • Sindbad Jahazi (Indian title)
  • Σεβάχ ο θαλασσινός (Greek title)

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