Kaiketsu Zorori

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Kaiketsu Zorori
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Zorori fighting a dragon to rescue Princess Elzie. Arthur is on the bottom left.
Novel series
Written byYutaka Hara
Published byPoplar Publishing
Original runNovember 1987 – present
Original video animation
Music byYutaka Hara
ReleasedNovember 28, 1989
Runtime15 minutes
Anime film
Kaiketsu Zorori: Mahōtsukai no Deshi / Daikaizoku no Takara Sagashi
Directed byYoshio Takeuchi
Produced byHibiki Ito
Music byYo Tsuji
StudioTokyo Movie Shinsha
ReleasedJuly 17, 1993
Runtime28 minutes
Written byYutaka Hara
Illustrated byHiroki Kimura
Published byPoplar Publishing
MagazineComic BunBun
DemographicKodomo,[1] shōnen
Original run20032009
Anime television series
Directed byHiroshi Nishikiori
Tetsuo Miura (assistant)
Produced byTakashi Imai
Atsushi Hayashi
Masatoshi Fujii
Tokiko Ohara
Written byMayori Sekijima
Hiroshi Nishikiori
Kazuhiko Ikeguchi
Music byKōhei Tanaka
StudioAmber Film Works
Ajia-do Animation Works
Original networkTV Asahi
English network
Original run January 31, 2004 February 5, 2005
Anime television series
Majime ni Fumajime Kaiketsu Zorori
Directed byTsutomu Shibayama
StudioAjia-do Animation Works
Original networkMētele/TV Asahi, Animax, Kids Station, Disney XD Japan
English network
Hero TV (ABS-CBN), GMA 7, Cartoon Network
Original run February 12, 2005 January 27, 2007
Anime television series
Motto! Majime ni Fumajime Kaiketsu Zorori
Directed byTakahide Ogata
Music byKōhei Tanaka
StudioAjia-do Animation Works
Bandai Namco Pictures
Original networkNHK Educational
Original run April 5, 2020 – present
Anime film
Majime ni Fumajime Kaiketsu Zorori: Nazo no Otakara Daisakusen
Directed byHajime Kamegaki
Written byMari Okada
Music byKōhei Tanaka
StudioAjia-do Animation Works, Sunrise
ReleasedMarch 11, 2006
Runtime53 minutes
Anime film
Kaiketsu Zorori: Da-da-da-daibōken!
Directed byTomoko Iwasaki
Written byTakeshi Mori
Music byKōhei Tanaka
StudioAjia-do Animation Works, Sunrise
ReleasedDecember 22, 2012
Runtime82 minutes
Anime film
Kaiketsu Zorori: Mamoru ze! Kyōryū no Tamago
Directed byTomoko Iwasaki
StudioAjia-do Animation Works, Sunrise
ReleasedDecember 14, 2013
Runtime77 minutes
Anime film
Kaiketsu Zorori: Uchū no Yūsha-tachi
Directed byTomoko Iwasaki
Written byMari Okada, Akiko Waba, Keigo Koyanagi
StudioAjia-do Animation Works, Sunrise/BN Pictures
ReleasedSeptember 12, 2015
Anime film
Kaiketsu Zorori: ZZ no Himitsu
Directed byMasaya Fujimori
Written byReiko Yoshida
Music byKōhei Tanaka
StudioAjia-do Animation Works, BN Pictures
ReleasedNovember 22, 2017
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Kaiketsu Zorori (Japanese: かいけつゾロリ, "Incredible Zorori") is a Japanese children's book series created by Yutaka Hara and published by Poplar Publishing. The original books were also made into an OVA, animated feature-length films, anime, and comic.


Set in a parallel world inhabited by anthropomorphic animals (in their Earth's version of Japan), the story follows the protagonist, a fox named Zorori and his twin boar bandit apprentices Ishishi and Noshishi as they travel from place to place. The series debuted in 1987 with its first issue: Kaiketsu Zorori no Doragon Taiji (かいけつゾロリのドラゴンたいじ, "The Incredible Zorori, Dragon Slayer") and has published about two issues per year, totaling 60 issues as of December 2016. It was adapted into an anime series from February 1, 2004 to January 28, 2007. A Hong Kong produced English dubbed version by Red Angel Media aired on Cartoon Network Philippines on January 4, 2010.

Zorori was originally a villain for the series Hōrensō Man (ほうれんそうマン, "Spinach Man") written by Shiho Mitsushima, and when Hōrensō Man ended, Shiho Mitsushima understood the need to give it an independent spin-off. What both series shared in common was that the end of Hōrensō Man no Yūreijō (ほうれんそうマンのゆうれいじょう, "Spinach Man and the Haunted Castle") (depicts Zorori leaving on a journey to get a castle) ties in with the beginning of Kaiketsu Zorori no Doragon Taiji and Zorori's aspiration, "Zorori Castle Part 2" is established (It appears Part 1 came from the Zorori Castle in Hōrensō Man no Yūreijō). Another part is the reoccurring characters (Zorori Mama and Yōkai Gakkō no Sensei, and to some degree the debut of Sumire and Bokushi Robo) that were not given anything past trivial appearances. However, knowing the background story of the Hōrensō Man series is not needed to be able to enjoy the Zorori series.

Using clear patterns and lines, the characters would speak using speech bubbles more similar to comics than to picture books. The text and words would not use any difficult kanji or any furigana, instead using lower grade level words so that it can be read alone without needing any help. It also features excessive puns and it is because of this that puns saw a boom in use in elementary school students. In spite of it being called a well read elementary school "children's book", it has an array of farting, belching, and vulgar words that sometimes parents and guardians in the PTA demanded apologies for it. Whenever Zorori is in a desperate situation and it appears he'll reach his demise, a fake notice is posted advising to skip the next page due to gruesome violence (Of course this is all a joke. The next page just has him finding a way out of his predicament).

At the time of publication, The Zorori League (ゾロリーグ, Zororiigu) and Stupid Monster (ボケーットモンスター, Bokeetto Monsutaa) (a play on Pokémon) were very popular comedies, especially among Japanese comedians for its use of Japanese jokes.

Furthermore, the Spanish word for fox is "zorro", and the author intended for Kaiketsu Zorori to resemble Zorro.

List of volumes[edit]

The first Zorori book was released in November 1987 and has seen two releases per year ever since. The first 39 volumes have been used as source material for the anime, while volumes 40 and beyond are book only, due to being printed after the anime's cancellation.

No.TitleRelease date ISBN
01"Kaiketsu Zorori, the Dragon Slayer" (かいけつゾロリのドラゴンたいじ, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Doragon Taiji")November 1987978-4-591-02654-0
02"Kaiketsu Zorori and the Terrifying Mansion" (かいけつゾロリのきょうふのやかた, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Kyōfu no Yakata")May 1988978-4-591-03001-1
03"Kaiketsu Zorori and the Wizard's Apprentice" (かいけつゾロリのまほうつかいのでし, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Mahōtsukai no Deshi")November 1988978-4-591-03005-9
04"Kaiketsu Zorori and the Great Pirates" (かいけつゾロリの大かいぞく, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Daikaizoku")May 1989978-4-591-03015-8
05"Kaiketsu Zorori and the Ghost Ship" (かいけつゾロリのゆうれいせん, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Yūreisen")October 1989978-4-591-03024-0
06"Kaiketsu Zorori and the Chocolate Castle" (かいけつゾロリのチョコレートじょう, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Chokorētojō")February 1990978-4-591-03028-8
07"Kaiketsu Zorori and the Giant Dinosaur" (かいけつゾロリの大きょうりゅう, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Daikyōryū")August 1990978-4-591-03035-6
08"Kaiketsu Zorori and the Terrifying Amusement Park" (かいけつゾロリのきょうふのゆうえんち, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Kyōfu no Yūenchi")February 1991978-4-591-03043-1
09"Kaiketsu Zorori, I Love Mama" (かいけつゾロリのママだーいすき, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Mama Dāisuki")August 1991978-4-591-03052-3
10"Kaiketsu Zorori and the Giant Monster" (かいけつゾロリの大かいじゅう, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Daikaijū")January 1992978-4-591-03058-5
11"Kaiketsu Zorori and the Mysterious Aliens" (かいけつゾロリのなぞのうちゅうじん, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Nazo no Uchūjin")July 1992978-4-591-03066-0
12"Kaiketsu Zorori and the Terrifying Presents" (かいけつゾロリのきょうふのプレゼント, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Kyōfu no Purezento")December 1992978-4-591-03075-2
13"Kaiketsu Zorori and the Great Riddle Plan" (かいけつゾロリのなぞなぞ大さくせん, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Nazo Nazo Daisakusen")June 1993978-4-591-03086-8
14"Kaiketsu Zorori and the Terrifying Soccer" (かいけつゾロリのきょうふのサッカー, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Kyōfu no Sakkā")December 1993978-4-591-03095-0
15"Kaiketsu Zorori Arrested!!" (かいけつゾロリつかまる!!, "Kaiketsu Zorori Tsukamaru!!")July 1994978-4-591-04400-1
16"Kaiketsu Zorori and the Mysterious Airplane" (かいけつゾロリとなぞのひこうき, "Kaiketsu Zorori to Nazo no Hikōki")November 1994978-4-591-04623-4
17"Kaiketsu Zorori and the Great Ghost Plan" (かいけつゾロリのおばけ大さくせん, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Obake Daisakusen")June 1995978-4-591-04801-6
18"Kaiketsu Zorori and the Great Ninja Plan" (かいけつゾロリのにんじゃ大さくせん, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Ninja Daisakusen")December 1995978-4-591-04898-6
19"Kaiketsu Zorori Marries!?" (かいけつゾロリけっこんする!?, "Kaiketsu Zorori Kekkon Suru!?")July 1996978-4-591-05132-0
20"Kaiketsu Zorori, Great Duel! Zorori Castle" (かいけつゾロリ 大けっとう!ゾロリじょう, "Kaiketsu Zorori Daikettō! Zororijō")December 1996978-4-591-05232-7
21"Kaiketsu Zorori and the Terrifying Car Race" (かいけつゾロリのきょうふのカーレース, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Kyōfu no Kārēsu")July 1997978-4-591-05433-8
22"Kaiketsu Zorori and the Great Terrifying Jump" (かいけつゾロリのきょうふの大ジャンプ, "Kaiketsu Zorori no "Kyōfu no Dai Janpu")December 1997978-4-591-05521-2
23"Kaiketsu Zorori, a Rich Man" (かいけつゾロリの大金もち, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Oganemochi")July 1998978-4-591-05743-8
24"Kaiketsu Zorori and the Close Call Video Game" (かいけつゾロリのテレビゲームききいっぱつ, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Terebi Gēmu Kikiippatsu")December 1998978-4-591-05881-7
25"Kaiketsu Zorori and the Terrifying Treasure Hunt" (かいけつゾロリのきょうふの宝さがし, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Kyōfu no Takara Sagashi")July 1999978-4-591-06133-6
26"Kaiketsu Zorori, the Earth's Final Day" (かいけつゾロリ ちきゅうさいごの日, "Kaiketsu Zorori Chikyū Saigo no Hi")December 1999978-4-591-06235-7
27"Kaiketsu Zorori, the Detective Has Appeared" (かいけつゾロリのめいたんていとうじょう, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Meitantei Tōjō")July 2000978-4-591-06503-7
28"Kaiketsu Zorori, Certain Death" (かいけつゾロリぜったいぜつめい, "Kaiketsu Zorori Zettai Zetsumei")December 2000978-4-591-06641-6
29"Kaiketsu Zorori and the Terrifying Carnival" (かいけつゾロリのきょうふのカーニバル, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Kyōfu no Kānibaru")July 2001978-4-591-06891-5
30"Kaiketsu Zorori, It's Hot! A Ramen Showdown" (かいけつゾロリ あついぜ!ラーメンたいけつ, "Kaiketsu Zorori Atsui ze! Rāmen Taiketsu")December 2001978-4-591-07045-1
31"Kaiketsu Zorori, Heaven and Hell" (かいけつゾロリのてんごくとじごく, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Tengoku to Jigoku")July 2002978-4-591-07308-7
32"Kaiketsu Zorori, a Trip to Hell" (かいけつゾロリのじごくりょこう, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Jigoku Ryokō")December 2002978-4-591-07446-6
33"Kaiketsu Zorori and the Monster Major Leagues" (かいけつゾロリのようかい大リーグ, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Yōkai Dai Rīgu")July 2003978-4-591-07774-0
34"Kaiketsu Zorori and the Mysterious Magical Girl" (かいけつゾロリとなぞのまほう少女, "Kaiketsu Zorori to Nazo no Mahōshōjo")November 2003978-4-591-07928-7
35"Kaiketsu Zorori and the Magic Room" (かいけつゾロリとまほうのへや, "Kaiketsu Zorori to Mahō no Heya")July 2004978-4-591-08191-4
36"Kaiketsu Zorori Can Be Eaten!!" (かいけつゾロリたべられる!!, "Kaiketsu Zorori Taberareru!!")December 2004978-4-591-08365-9
37"Kaiketsu Zorori and the Great Thief" (かいけつゾロリの大どろぼう, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Ōdorobō")July 2005978-4-591-08734-3
38"Kaiketsu Zorori and the Great Mysterious Treasure Plan First Part" (かいけつゾロリのなぞのおたから大さくせん 前編, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Nazo no Otakara Daisakusen Zenpen")December 2005978-4-591-08975-0
39"Kaiketsu Zorori and the Great Mysterious Treasure Plan Later Part" (かいけつゾロリのなぞのおたから大さくせん 後編, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Nazo no Otakara Daisakusen Kōhen")March 2006978-4-591-09184-5
40"Kaiketsu Zorori Will Protect It! The Dinosaur Egg" (かいけつゾロリ まもるぜ!きょうりゅうのたまご, "Kaiketsu Zorori Mamoru ze! Kyōryū no Tamago")December 2006978-4-591-09512-6
41"Kaiketsu Zorori, Eat! Glutton Champion" (かいけつゾロリ たべるぜ!大ぐいせんしゅけん, "Kaiketsu Zorori Taberu ze! Ōgui Senshuken")July 2007978-4-591-09836-3
42"Kaiketsu Zorori, Lose Weight! The Great Diet Plan" (かいけつゾロリ やせるぜ!ダイエット大さくせん, "Kaiketsu Zorori Yaseru ze! Daietto Daisakusen")December 2007978-4-591-10014-1
43"Kaiketsu Zorori, Curry VS ESP" (かいけつゾロリ カレーVS.ちょうのうりょく, "Kaiketsu Zorori Karē VS. Chōnōryoku")June 2008978-4-591-10396-8
44"Kaiketsu Zorori, Ishishi and Noshishi Are in a Big Pinch!!" (かいけつゾロリ イシシ・ノシシ大ピンチ!!, "Kaiketsu Zorori Ishishi, Noshishi Dai Pinchi!!")December 2008978-4-591-10687-7
45"Kaiketsu Zorori, the Terrifying Super Express" (かいけつゾロリ きょうふのちょうとっきゅう, "Kaiketsu Zorori Kyōfu no Chōtokkyū")July 2009978-4-591-11059-1
46"Kaiketsu Zorori, the Terrifying Monster Field Trip" (かいけつゾロリ きょうふのようかいえんそく, "Kaiketsu Zorori Kyōfu no Yōkai Ensoku")December 2009978-4-591-11273-1
47"Kaiketsu Zorori's G-g-g-great Adventure! First Part" (かいけつゾロリのだ・だ・だ・だいぼうけん!前編, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Da-da-da-daibōken! Zenpen")July 2010978-4-591-11951-8
48"Kaiketsu Zorori's G-g-g-great Adventure! Later Part" (かいけつゾロリのだ・だ・だ・だいぼうけん!後編, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Da-da-da-daibōken! Kōhen")December 2010978-4-591-12200-6
49"Kaiketsu Zorori and the Nonsense TV Channel" (かいけつゾロリのはちゃめちゃテレビ局, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Hachamecha Terebi Kyoku")July 2011978-4-591-12507-6
50"Kaiketsu Zorori, The Grooms-bride and Zorori Castle" (かいけつゾロリ はなよめとゾロリじょう, "Kaiketsu Zorori Hanayome to Zororijō")December 2011978-4-591-12682-0
51"Kaiketsu Zorori and the Great Mecha Mecha Plan" (かいけつゾロリのメカメカ大さくせん, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Meka Meka Daisakusen")July 2012978-4-591-12996-8
52"Kaiketsu Zorori, The Mysterious Spy and Chocolate" (かいけつゾロリ なぞのスパイとチョコレート, "Kaiketsu Zorori Nazo no Supai to Chokorēto")December 2012978-4-591-13169-5
53"Kaiketsu Zorori, The Mysterious Spy and 100 Roses" (かいけつゾロリ なぞのスパイと100本のバラ, "Kaiketsu Zorori Nazo no Supai to 100-pon no Bara")July 2013978-4-591-13512-9
54"Kaiketsu Zorori and the Magic Lamp" (かいけつゾロリのまほうのランプ~ッ, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Mahō no Ranpu")December 2013978-4-591-13691-1
55"Kaiketsu Zorori, Find the Great Genie!!" (かいけつゾロリの大まじんをさがせ!!, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Daimajin wo Sagase!!")July 2014978-4-591-14057-4
56"Kaiketsu Zorori in The Quiz King" (かいけつゾロリのクイズ王, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Kuizu Ō")December 2014978-4-591-14233-2
57"Kaiketsu Zorori and the Monster Athletics Festival" (かいけつゾロリのようかい大うんどうかい, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Yōkai Daiundōkai")July 2015978-4-591-14583-8
58"Disappeared!? Kaiketsu Zorori" (きえた!?かいけつゾロリ, "Kieta!? Kaiketsu Zorori")December 2015978-4-591-14753-5
59"Kaiketsu Zorori and the Delicious Gold Medal" (かいけつゾロリのおいしい金メダル, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Oishii Kin Medaru")July 2016978-4-591-15068-9
60"Kaiketsu Zorori, How to Become a Prince" (かいけつゾロリの王子さまになるほうほう, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Ōjisama ni Naru Hōhō")December 2016978-4-591-15261-4
61"Kaiketsu Zorori and Deep Sea Adventure" (かいけつゾロリのかいていたんけん, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Kaitei Tanken")July 2017978-4-591-15492-2
62"Kaiketsu Zorori and Journey to the Center of the Earth" (かいけつゾロリのちていたんけん, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Chitei Tanken")November 2017978-4-591-15619-3
63"Kaiketsu Zorori, the Dragon Slayer 2" (かいけつゾロリのドラゴンたいじ2, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Doragon Taiji 2")July 2018978-4-591-15916-3
64"Kaiketsu Zorori, the Great Robot Plan" (かいけつゾロリ ロボット大さくせん, "Kaiketsu Zorori Robotto Daisakusen")December 2018978-4-591-16069-5
65"Kaiketsu Zorori, the Great Outer Space Plan" (かいけつゾロリ うちゅう大さくせん, "Kaiketsu Zorori Uchū Daisakusen")July 2019978-4-591-16325-2
66"Kaiketsu Zorori, a Star is Born" (かいけつゾロリ スターたんじょう, "Kaiketsu Zorori Sutā Tanjō")December 2019978-4-591-16462-4
67"Kaiketsu Zorori, Find the Red Diamond!!" (かいけつゾロリのレッドダイヤをさがせ!!, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Reddo Daiya wo Sagase!!")June 2020978-4-591-16683-3


Series 1[edit]

The first series, titled Kaiketsu Zorori, is primarily based on the children books by Yutaka Hara.

# Title Original air date
01"The Dragon Slayer"
Transcription: "Doragon Taiji" (Japanese: ドラゴンたいじ)
February 1, 2004 (2004-02-01)
Zorori meets Ishishi and Noshishi and they plan a way for Zorori to marry Princess Elzie by stealing her away from Arthur using a dragon robot. Zorori tries to play the hero and save her, but the boars ruin it. Zorori decides to keep searching for a princess and Ishishi and Noshishi follow him as his new apprentices. Based on book 1.
02"Big Duel, Zorori Castle"
Transcription: "Daikettō Zororijō" (Japanese: 大けっとうゾロリじょう)
February 8, 2004 (2004-02-08)
Zorori must battle against five rouges to free a princess and win her castle. He gets magical shrinking and growing medicine to help him, and in the end the castle is destroyed when Ishishi and Noshishi grow to enormous proportions. The rescued princess has been cursed to sleep as a frog. Zorori kisses her but storms away when nothing happens. A minute later the princess returns to normal and awakens. Based on book 20.
03"I Love Mama"
Transcription: "Mama Dāisuki" (Japanese: ママだーいすき)
February 15, 2004 (2004-02-15)
Zorori is depressed on his deceased mother's birthday. When a fox mother loses her baby, Zorori promises to get him back. A sick Ishishi ends up taken away by an eagle and Zorori and Noshishi end up with the baby at the bottom of a ravine. They discover a huge treasure, but must leave it behind when Ishishi and the eagle come back to rescue them. The eagle crashes into the mother's home, but they arrive safely. Zorori gives the baby a giant diamond, the only piece of the treasure he brought along, to pay for a new home. Based on book 9.
04"The Mansion of Terror"
Transcription: "Kyōfu no Yakata" (Japanese: きょうふのやかた)
February 22, 2004 (2004-02-22)
Zorori and the boars meet a group of monsters trying to be scary. They go to a nearby town to scare people, but are welcomed as entertainers. Zorori tries to show the monsters how to be scary by harnessing their abilities, but it all backfires. He builds a giant robot to scare the town with, but it goes haywire. They succeed in being thrown out of town and inciting fear. Based on book 2.
05"The Sacred Book"
Transcription: "Seinaru Hon" (Japanese: せいなる本)
February 29, 2004 (2004-02-29)
Zorori races against a millionaire to the top of a mountain to claim the Bukkura Koita, a book said to tell deeply moving stories. Zorori gets ownership over the book, only to find out it tells nothing but oyaji gags.
06"The Wizard's Apprentice"
Transcription: "Mahōtsukai no Deshi" (Japanese: まほうつかいのでし)
March 7, 2004 (2004-03-07)
An evil wizard has turned a local town's residents into household objects. Zorori decides to become the wizard's apprentice to use magic in his pranks. The wizard works them hard for a week and then Zorori discovers the wizard's power comes from his magic rod and he was never going to teach him magic. Outraged, Zorori steals the rod and starts using magic. The wizard takes back the rod and shrinks down Zorori to squish him. The boars take the rod and undo all the wizard's spells, revealing the wizard was actually a tanuki child all along. Based on book 3.
07"The Great Pirates"
Transcription: "Daikaizoku" (Japanese: 大かいぞく)
March 14, 2004 (2004-03-14)
A drowning ship captain gives Zorori a golden parrot to give to his son Paru. The golden parrot has a treasure map. Zorori join's Paru's crew hoping to get buried treasure, but one of the pirates, Tiger, will do anything to get Zorori out of the way. He succeeds in shooting Zorori out of a cannon into the sea and reveals that he drowned the captain. Zorori comes back on a ship he transformed from a whale using the magic rod. Tiger steals the rod and wishes up a huge cannon that sinks his own ship. Zorori takes Paru to where the treasure is and they find a room filled with toy cars. Based on book 4.
08"Ghost Ship"
Transcription: "Yūreisen" (Japanese: ゆうれいせん)
March 21, 2004 (2004-03-21)
Arthur and Elzie are on their honeymoon and Zorori tricks them onto his ship so he can get Arthur to sign away his castle. Arthur refuses no matter how hard Zorori tries to force him to sign. Just as Arthur agrees to sign, Noshishi accidentally unplugs the ship, turning it back into a whale. Based on book 5.
09"The Chocolate Castle"
Transcription: "Chokorētojō" (Japanese: チョコレートじょう)
March 28, 2004 (2004-03-28)
Duke Bururu is holding a contest with a chocolate castle as the prize. Every chocolate bar is a winner, but the winning message is printed on the white chocolate that's in-between the dark and milk chocolate layers. To win someone would have to lick away both sides of the chocolate to reach the center. Zorori does just that and goes to claim his prize, only to be told he still has to complete an obstacle course to reach and win his castle. Zorori manages to win the castle and set it adrift, only to have it melt in a warmer southern climate. Based on book 6.
10"The Giant Dinosaur"
Transcription: "Daikyōryū" (Japanese: 大きょうりゅう)
April 4, 2004 (2004-04-04)
A billboard advertises a real live dinosaur so Zorori and the boars go to see it. The dinosaur turns out to be a child and Zorori decides to capture his own dinosaur. They find one on a southern island and discover the dinosaur is a mother and figure out the dinosaur they saw was her kidnapped son. They all go back to where he is being held captive and free him. Based on book 7.
11"The Terrifying Car Race"
Transcription: "Kyōfu no Kārēsu" (Japanese: きょうふのカーレース)
April 11, 2004 (2004-04-11)
Duke Bururu is having another contest, this time for a new car and a year's supply of ice cream. Zorori once again wins by sucking on an ice pop stick for two hours to reveal the winning message. But like last time, there's a catch. Zorori must win a miniature car race before he can get his prize. With the help of Paru who now owns a toy car parts shop, they modify their toy car to run on fart power. Zorori, Ishishi, Duke Bururu, and Koburu shrink down and race the cars, with Zorori as the winner. Bururu congratulates them and gives them their prize: Three cups of ice cream and a tricycle attached to a wagon with the image of the new car on a cardboard cut-out over it. Based on book 21.
12"The Terrifying Amusement Park"
Transcription: "Kyōfu no Yūenchi" (Japanese: きょうふのゆうえんち)
April 18, 2004 (2004-04-18)
Zorori builds an amusement park to try to steal Elzie and Arthur's castle. The free day pass they received and signed states that at the end of the day, Zorori would get their castle. Arthur wants to rip it up, but Elzie wants to spend the day at the park. Zorori's attempts to steal the pass from them fail and when he does get it, he's hurled into the air on a firework that destroys the pass when it goes off. Based on book 8.
13"The Delicious School"
Transcription: "Oishii Gakkō" (Japanese: おいしいがっこう)
April 25, 2004 (2004-04-25)
Zorori and the boars are starving when Dracula comes by and tells them the Monster School Teacher is sick and Zorori is wanted as a substitute. Seeing this as his chance to get food, he agrees to sub. Despite making all the classes food oriented, he still doesn't get any food. Out of desperation he eats an entire room filled with garlic, leaving him with a terrible smell. The students give Zorori tons of food as a parting gift, but Zorori is too full from the garlic to eat it.
14"The Mysterious Airplane"
Transcription: "Nazo no Hikōki" (Japanese: なぞのひこうき)
May 2, 2004 (2004-05-02)
As Zorori plays with a toy plane, he remembers his father who left him and his mother years ago to pursue his dreams of flying the skies in a plane he built himself. An officer comes by and tells him the toy plane was stolen and the boars said they took it by mistake. They run from the police and end up on Money's plane, but partway through the flight the plane has engine trouble and crashes into a snowy mountain. Zorori builds a new plane from the remains and they fly off. They are low on gas when a red plane comes out of nowhere and points them to a nearby city. The red plane quickly vanishes and they get Money back home safely. Zorori is left wondering if the pilot was his father. Based on book 16.
15"The Giant Monster"
Transcription: "Daikaijū" (Japanese: 大かいじゅう)
May 9, 2004 (2004-05-09)
Noshishi wins a lifetime supply of sweets and Zorori uses it to build a castle out of candy in the shape of a monster. Once the castle is done, a news report says a giant monster has appeared in the city, one who loves sweets. It heads toward Zorori's castle, and Zorori tries to stop him. All his plans fail and the monster destroys the castle. The monster starts to cry and Zorori realizes the monster is just a child who mistook the castle for his mother. Zorori wants to help him but Noshishi objects to the idea of taking care of a dinosaur, giving Zorori an idea. He takes the monster to the dinosaur mother and asks her to take care of him. Based on book 10.
16"A Decisive Battle! Cards VS Crayons"
Transcription: "Kessen! Kādo Tai Kureyon" (Japanese: けっせん!カードたいクレヨン)
May 16, 2004 (2004-05-16)
17"Hanako's Ghost"
Transcription: "Obake no Hanako-san" (Japanese: おばけの花子さん)
May 23, 2004 (2004-05-23)
Based on book 14.
18"Terrifying Soccer"
Transcription: "Kyōfu no Sakkā" (Japanese: きょうふのサッカー)
May 30, 2004 (2004-05-30)
Based on book 14.
Transcription: "Tsukamaru!!" (Japanese: つかまる!!)
June 6, 2004 (2004-06-06)
Zorori, Ishishi, and Noshishi arrive in a new town, where Zorori starts to play pranks on the town's citizens that is until a wanted poster comes out, framing him for stealing the town's prized golden statue. Angry at how the picture on the wanted poster looks nothing like him, Zorori sets out to create a new one and plasters the posters all over town but then the police catch up with him and to his shock, Zorori gets thrown in jail. Based on book 15.
20"The Great Escape"
Transcription: "Daidassō" (Japanese: 大だっそう)
June 13, 2004 (2004-06-13)
Based on book 15.
21"Ishishi & Noshishi's First Errand"
Transcription: "Ishishi Noshihi no Hajimete no Otsukai" (Japanese: イシシノシシのはじめてのおつかい)
June 20, 2004 (2004-06-20)
22"The Great Rocket Plan"
Transcription: "Roketto Daisakusen" (Japanese: ロケット大さくせん)
June 27, 2004 (2004-06-27)
Based on book 11.
23"The Mysterious Aliens"
Transcription: "Nazo no Uchūjin" (Japanese: なぞのうちゅうじん)
July 4, 2004 (2004-07-04)
Based on book 11.
24"Zorori's Dream Castle"
Transcription: "Yume no Zororijō" (Japanese: ゆめのゾロリじょう)
July 11, 2004 (2004-07-11)
25"A Fiance Appears!?"
Transcription: "Fianse Arawaru!?" (Japanese: フィアンセあらわる!?)
July 18, 2004 (2004-07-18)
Based on book 13.
26"The Great Riddle Plan"
Transcription: "Nazo Nazo Daisakusen" (Japanese: なぞなぞ大さくせん)
July 25, 2004 (2004-07-25)
Based on book 13.
27"The Great Ghost Plan"
Transcription: "Obake Daisakusen" (Japanese: おばけ大さくせん)
August 1, 2004 (2004-08-01)
Based on book 17.
28"The Great Giant Monster Plan"
Transcription: "Oonyūdō Daisakuse" (Japanese: 大にゅうどう大さくせん)
August 8, 2004 (2004-08-08)
Based on book 17.
29"The Great Oyaji Gag Plan"
Transcription: "Oyaji Gyagu Daisakusen" (Japanese: おやじギャグ大さくせん)
August 15, 2004 (2004-08-15)
30"The Monster Major Leagues"
Transcription: "Yōkai Dai Rīgu" (Japanese: ようかい大リーグ)
August 22, 2004 (2004-08-22)
Based on book 33.
31"The Terrifying Magic Ball"
Transcription: "Kyōfu no Makyū" (Japanese: きょうふのまきゅう)
August 29, 2004 (2004-08-29)
Based on book 33.
32"A Home Run Vow"
Transcription: "Chikai no Hōmu Ran" (Japanese: ちかいのホームラン)
September 5, 2004 (2004-09-05)
Based on book 33.
33"The Bottom of the Sea Zorori Castle"
Transcription: "Kaitei Zororijō" (Japanese: かいていゾロリじょう)
September 12, 2004 (2004-09-12)
34"The Great Treasure Card Plan"
Transcription: "Otakara Kādo Daisakusen" (Japanese: おたからカード大さくせん)
September 26, 2004 (2004-09-26)
Based on book 18.
35"The Great Ninja Plan"
Transcription: "Ninja Daisakusen" (Japanese: にんじゃ大さくせん)
October 3, 2004 (2004-10-03)
Based on book 18.
36"Clash! The Great Mecha Ishishi & Noshishi Plan"
Transcription: "Gekitotsu! Meka Ishishi Noshihi Daisakusen" (Japanese: げきとつ! メカイシシノシシ大さくせん)
October 10, 2004 (2004-10-10)
37"A Shocking Marriage Proposal"
Transcription: "Dokkiri Puropōsu" (Japanese: どっきりプロポーズ)
October 17, 2004 (2004-10-17)
Based on book 19.
Transcription: "Kekkon Suru!?" (Japanese: けっこんする!?)
October 24, 2004 (2004-10-24)
Based on book 19.
39"The Great Part Time Job Plan"
Transcription: "Arubaito Daisakusen" (Japanese: アルバイト大さくせん)
October 31, 2004 (2004-10-31)
Based on book 23.
40"A Rich Man"
Transcription: "Oganemochi" (Japanese: 大金もち)
November 7, 2004 (2004-11-07)
Based on book 23.
41"The Close Call Princess"
Transcription: "Ōjosama Kikiippatsu" (Japanese: 王女さま ききいっぱつ)
November 14, 2004 (2004-11-14)
Based on book 24.
42"The Close Call Video Game"
Transcription: "Terebi Gēmu Kikiippatsu" (Japanese: テレビゲームききいっぱつ)
November 21, 2004 (2004-11-21)
Based on book 24.
43"The Great Monster Squid Elimination Plan"
Transcription: "Obake Ika Taiji Daisakusen" (Japanese: おばけイカたいじ大さくせん)
November 28, 2004 (2004-11-28)
44"The Great Terrifying Jump"
Transcription: "Kyōfu no Dai Janpu" (Japanese: きょうふの大ジャンプ)
December 5, 2004 (2004-12-05)
Based on book 22.
45"The Great Gold Medal Plan"
Transcription: "Kin Medaru Daisakusen" (Japanese: 金メダル大さくせん)
December 12, 2004 (2004-12-12)
Based on book 22.
46"The Terrifying Presents"
Transcription: "Kyōfu no Purezento" (Japanese: きょうふのプレゼント)
December 19, 2004 (2004-12-19)
Based on book 12.
47"Play-off! The Dream Prince"
Transcription: "Kessen! Yume no Ōjisama" (Japanese: けっせん!ゆめの王子さま)
December 26, 2004 (2004-12-26)
48"The Terrifying Devil"
Transcription: "Kyōfu no Akuma" (Japanese: きょうふのあくま)
January 9, 2005 (2005-01-09)
Based on book 31.
49"Heaven and Hell"
Transcription: "Tengoku to Jigoku" (Japanese: てんごくとじごく)
January 16, 2005 (2005-01-16)
Based on book 31.
50"A Trip to Hell"
Transcription: "Jigoku Ryokō" (Japanese: じごくりょこう)
January 23, 2005 (2005-01-23)
Based on book 32.
51"Zorori's Final Day!?"
Transcription: "Zorori Saigo no Hi!?" (Japanese: ゾロリさいごの日!?)
January 30, 2005 (2005-01-30)
Based on book 32.
52"The Sky Flying Zorori Castle"
Transcription: "Sora Tobu Zororijō" (Japanese: そらとぶゾロリじょう)
February 6, 2005 (2005-02-06)

Series 2 Season 1[edit]

The second series, titled Majime ni Fumajime Kaiketsu Zorori (まじめにふまじめ かいけつゾロリ), differs from the first series in a few ways. It adopts fewer of Hara's books and instead focuses on a season long story arc, something the first series did not have. Season 1 focuses on the wizard Nelly and the mysterious Najō as Zorori, Ishishi, and Noshishi help them restore the magic forest in a magical country.

# Title Original air date
01"The Great Cheer Up Plan"
Transcription: "Genki Morimori Daisakusen" (Japanese: げんきもりもり大さくせん)
February 13, 2005 (2005-02-13)
02"The Mystery of the Giant Cave"
Transcription: "Kyōdai Dokutsu no Nazo" (Japanese: きょだいどうくつのなぞ)
February 20, 2005 (2005-02-20)
Based on book 25.
03"The Terrifying Treasure Hunt"
Transcription: "Kyōfu no Takara Sagashi" (Japanese: きょうふのたからさがし)
February 27, 2005 (2005-02-27)
Based on book 25.
04"The Mysterious Magical Girl"
Transcription: "Nazo no Mahō Shōjo" (Japanese: なぞのまほう少女)
March 6, 2005 (2005-03-06)
Based on book 34.
05"The 3 Heroes"
Transcription: "Sannin no Yūsha" (Japanese: 3人のゆうしゃ)
March 13, 2005 (2005-03-13)
Based on book 34.
06"The Wizard's Traps"
Transcription: "Mahōtsukai no Wana" (Japanese: まほうつかいのわな)
March 20, 2005 (2005-03-20)
Based on book 35.
07"The Magic Room"
Transcription: "Mahō no Heya" (Japanese: まほうのへや)
March 27, 2005 (2005-03-27)
Based on book 35.
08"The Power of Magic"
Transcription: "Mahō no Chikara" (Japanese: まほうのちから)
April 3, 2005 (2005-04-03)
Based on book 35.
09"Let's Go to the Hot Springs"
Transcription: "Onsen he Ikō" (Japanese: おんせんへ行こう)
April 10, 2005 (2005-04-10)
Based on book 27.
10"The Detective Has Appeared"
Transcription: "Meitantei Tōjō" (Japanese: めいたんていとうじょう)
April 17, 2005 (2005-04-17)
Based on book 27.
11"Nelly's Mistake"
Transcription: "Nerī-chan no Shippai" (Japanese: ネリーちゃんのしっぱい)
April 24, 2005 (2005-04-24)
12"A Bunch of Riddles"
Transcription: "Nazonazo ga Ippai" (Japanese: なぞなぞがいっぱい)
May 1, 2005 (2005-05-01)
13"The Ramen King Appears"
Transcription: "Rāmen Ō Tōjō" (Japanese: ラーメン王とうじょう)
May 8, 2005 (2005-05-08)
Based on book 30.
14"It's hot! A Ramen Showdown"
Transcription: "Atsui ze! Rāmen Taiketsu" (Japanese: あついぜ!ラーメンたいけつ)
May 15, 2005 (2005-05-15)
Based on book 30.
15"The Terrifying Popular Designer"
Transcription: "Kyofu no Motemote Dezainā" (Japanese: きょうふのモテモテデザイナー)
May 22, 2005 (2005-05-22)
16"The Flap to the World Designer"
Transcription: "Sekai he Habatake Dezainā" (Japanese: 世界へはばたけデザイナー)
May 29, 2005 (2005-05-29)
17"The Great Carnival Plan"
Transcription: "Kānibaru Daisakusen" (Japanese: カーニバルだいさくせん)
June 5, 2005 (2005-06-05)
Based on book 29.
18"Keep Watch! Carnival Victory"
Transcription: "Mesase! Yūshō Kānibaru" (Japanese: めざせ!ゆうしょうカーニバル)
June 12, 2005 (2005-06-12)
Based on book 29.
19"The Terrifying Carnival"
Transcription: "Kyōfu no Kānibaru" (Japanese: きょうふのカーニバル)
July 3, 2005 (2005-07-03)
Based on book 29.
20"The Magic Forest"
Transcription: "Mahō no Mori" (Japanese: まほうのもり)
July 10, 2005 (2005-07-10)
21"The Tail Walking Fishes"
Transcription: "Oppo de Aruku Sakanatachi" (Japanese: おっぽであるくさかなたち)
July 17, 2005 (2005-07-17)
22"The Great Prankster Kids Plan"
Transcription: "Itazura Kozō Daisakusen" (Japanese: いたずらこぞう大さくせん)
July 24, 2005 (2005-07-24)
23"Climb! Terrifying Mt. Tongari"
Transcription: "Nobore! Kyofu no Tongari Yama" (Japanese: のぼれ!きょうふのトンガリ山)
July 31, 2005 (2005-07-31)
24"The Cursed Valley"
Transcription: "Noroi no Tani" (Japanese: のろいの谷)
August 7, 2005 (2005-08-07)
25"The Curse of the Haunted House"
Transcription: "Obakeyashiki no Noroi" (Japanese: おばけやしきののろい)
August 14, 2005 (2005-08-14)
26"The Monsters Have Come"
Transcription: "Yōkaitachi ga Yattekita" (Japanese: ようかいたちがやってきた)
August 21, 2005 (2005-08-21)
27"Zorori Can Be Eaten"
Transcription: "Zorori Taberareru" (Japanese: ゾロリたべられる)
August 28, 2005 (2005-08-28)
Based on book 36.
28"The Great Escape from Tonma"
Transcription: "Tonma kara no Dai Dasshutsu" (Japanese: とんまからの大だっしゅつ)
September 4, 2005 (2005-09-04)
Based on book 36.
29"The Dragon Farm Duel"
Transcription: "Doragon Bokujō no Kettō" (Japanese: ドラゴンぼくじょうのけっとう)
September 11, 2005 (2005-09-11)
30"Zorori VS Gaon"
Transcription: "Zorori VS Gaon" (Japanese: ゾロリVSガオン)
September 18, 2005 (2005-09-18)
31"Ishishi & Noshishi's 100 Close Calls"
Transcription: "Ishishi Noshishi Kikihyakupatsu" (Japanese: イシシ・ノシシきき100ぱつ)
September 25, 2005 (2005-09-25)
32"The Great Curry Panic"
Transcription: "Karē Dai Panikku" (Japanese: カレー大パニック)
October 2, 2005 (2005-10-02)
33"The Mysterious Giant Good Luck Cat"
Transcription: "Nazo no Oomaneki Neko" (Japanese: なぞの大まねきねこ)
October 9, 2005 (2005-10-09)
34"The Terrifying Farting Squirrel Adventure"
Transcription: "Kyōfu no Hetorisu Adobenchā" (Japanese: きょうふのへとリス・アドベンチャー)
October 16, 2005 (2005-10-16)
35"The Fated 8 Hours"
Transcription: "Unmei no Hachijikan" (Japanese: うんめいの8じかん)
October 23, 2005 (2005-10-23)
Based on book 28.
36"Certain Death"
Transcription: "Zettai Zetsumei" (Japanese: ぜったいぜつめい)
October 30, 2005 (2005-10-30)
Based on book 28.
37"The Terrifying Flower Monster"
Transcription: "Kyōfu no Furawā Monsutā" (Japanese: きょうふのフラワーモンスター)
November 6, 2005 (2005-11-06)
38"Bridegroom Training"
Transcription: "Hanamuko Shugyō" (Japanese: はなむこしゅぎょう)
November 13, 2005 (2005-11-13)
39"Who's the Culprit!?"
Transcription: "Hannin wa Dare da!?" (Japanese: はんにんはだれだ!?)
November 20, 2005 (2005-11-20)
40"The Secret of Dapon's Pharmacy"
Transcription: "Dapon Yakkyoku no Himitsu" (Japanese: ダボンやっきょくのひみつ)
November 27, 2005 (2005-11-27)
41"Rescue Nelly!"
Transcription: "Nerī-chan wo Sukue" (Japanese: ネリーちゃんをすくえ!)
December 4, 2005 (2005-12-04)
42"The Great Thief"
Transcription: "Ōdorobō" (Japanese: 大どろぼう)
December 11, 2005 (2005-12-11)
Based on book 37.
43"Pursue Guramo!"
Transcription: "Guramo wo Oe!" (Japanese: グラモをおえ!)
December 18, 2005 (2005-12-18)
Based on book 37.
44"Dapon's Great Revenge Plan"
Transcription: "Dapon no Fukushū Daisakusen" (Japanese: ダボンのふくしゅう大さくせん)
December 25, 2005 (2005-12-25)
45"Dapon's Meditation Hot Spring"
Transcription: "Dapon no Hansei Onsen" (Japanese: ダボンのはんせいおんせん)
January 8, 2006 (2006-01-08)
46"Giant Monster Dapon"
Transcription: "Daikaijū Dapon" (Japanese: 大かいじゅうダボン)
January 15, 2006 (2006-01-15)
47"The Great Dapon Rescue Plan"
Transcription: "Dapon Kyūshutsu Daisakusen" (Japanese: ダボンきゅうしゅつ大さくせん)
January 22, 2006 (2006-01-22)
48"The Terrifying Great Meteorite"
Transcription: "Kyōfu no Ooinseki" (Japanese: きょうふの大いんせき)
January 29, 2006 (2006-01-29)
Based on book 26.
49"Search for the Fart Masters"
Transcription: "Onara meijin wo sagase" (Japanese: おならめいじんをさがせ)
February 5, 2006 (2006-02-05)
Based on book 26.
50"The Earth's Final Day"
Transcription: "Chikyū Saigo no Hi" (Japanese: ちきゅうさいごの日)
February 12, 2006 (2006-02-12)
Based on book 26.

Series 2 Season 2[edit]

Season 2 focuses on Puppe's search for the Minus Eel and Zorori's battle with The Legendary Prank King. Unlike the first season, this season is composed of original stories rather than adapting Yutaka Hara's books.

# Title Original air date
01"The Ghost Forest's Electric Eel"
Transcription: "Obake no Mori no Denki Unagi" (Japanese: おばけの森のデンキウナギ)
February 19, 2006 (2006-02-19)
02"Blow Down the Piglet's House!"
Transcription: "Kobuta no uchi wo Buttobase!" (Japanese: 子ブタの家をぶっとばせ!)
February 26, 2006 (2006-02-26)
03"Zorori Has Become a Child!?"
Transcription: "Zorori Kodomo ni Naru!?" (Japanese: ゾロリ子どもになる!?)
March 5, 2006 (2006-03-05)
04"No Smiling Allowed in Nikoniko Town"
Transcription: "Waraccha Damedame Nikoniko Taun" (Japanese: 笑っちゃだめだめニコニコタウン)
March 12, 2006 (2006-03-12)
05"Zorori and Cinderella"
Transcription: "Zorori to Shindarera" (Japanese: ゾロリとシンデレラ)
March 19, 2006 (2006-03-19)
06"The Prince of Fate"
Transcription: "Unmei no Ōjisama" (Japanese: うんめいの王子さま)
March 26, 2006 (2006-03-26)
07"Pursuing the Super Baby"
Transcription: "Sūpaa Akachan Daitsuiseki" (Japanese: スーパー赤ちゃん大ついせき)
April 2, 2006 (2006-04-02)
08"The Great Get a Princess Plan"
Transcription: "Ohimesama Getto Daisakusen" (Japanese: おひめさまゲット大さくせん)
April 9, 2006 (2006-04-09)
09"Zorori, the Devil King, and the Prince"
Transcription: "Zorori to Maou to Ōjisama" (Japanese: ゾロリとまおうと王子さま)
April 16, 2006 (2006-04-16)
10"Rescue Princess Myan!"
Transcription: "Myan Ōjo wo Sukue!" (Japanese: ミャン王女をすくえ!)
April 23, 2006 (2006-04-23)
11"Aryaps' Puppe"
Transcription: "Aryapusu no Puppe" (Japanese: アリャプスのプッペ)
April 30, 2006 (2006-04-30)
12"Showdown at Mt. Kachimake"
Transcription: "Kachimake Yama no Taiketsu" (Japanese: カチマケ山のたいけつ)
May 7, 2006 (2006-05-07)
13"The Great Storm Escape"
Transcription: "Arashi kara no Daidasshutsu" (Japanese: あらしからの大だっしゅつ)
May 14, 2006 (2006-05-14)
14"Let's Get the Diamond!"
Transcription: "Daiya wo Te ni Irero!" (Japanese: ダイヤを手にいれろ!)
May 21, 2006 (2006-05-21)
15"Zorori Lost His Memory!?"
Transcription: "Zorori Kiokusōshitsu!?" (Japanese: ゾロリきおくそうしつ!?)
May 28, 2006 (2006-05-28)
16"Showdown! Little Red Ridding Hood"
Transcription: "Taiketsu! Akazukin-chan" (Japanese: たいけつ!赤ずきんちゃん)
June 4, 2006 (2006-06-04)
17"Mecha Gaon Appears!"
Transcription: "Meka Gaon Arawaru!" (Japanese: メカガオンあらわる!)
June 11, 2006 (2006-06-11)
18"Startlingly Surprised?! The Golf Tournament"
Transcription: "Dokkiri Bikkuri?! Gorufu Taikai" (Japanese: どっきりびっくり?!ゴルフたいかい)
June 25, 2006 (2006-06-25)
19"The Great Zorori Circus"
Transcription: "Zorori Dai Saakasu" (Japanese: ゾロリ大サーカス)
July 9, 2006 (2006-07-09)
20"The Terrifying Capsule Machine"
Transcription: "Kyōfu no Gachagacha" (Japanese: きょうふのガチャガチャ)
July 16, 2006 (2006-07-16)
21"Destroying the Weather Machine"
Transcription: "Otenki Mashin wo Buttsubuse" (Japanese: お天気マシンをぶっつぶせ)
July 23, 2006 (2006-07-23)
22"Puppe's Secret"
Transcription: "Puppe no Himitsu" (Japanese: プッペのひみつ)
July 30, 2006 (2006-07-30)
23"Showdown! The Legendary Prank King"
Transcription: "Taiketsu! Densetsu no Itazura Ō" (Japanese: たいけつ!でんせつのイタズラ王)
August 6, 2006 (2006-08-06)
24"Goodbye! Puppe"
Transcription: "Sayonara! Puppe" (Japanese: さよなら!プッペ)
August 13, 2006 (2006-08-13)
25"Tracking the Prank King"
Transcription: "Itazura Ō Daitsuiseki" (Japanese: イタズラ王大ついせき)
August 20, 2006 (2006-08-20)
26"Thank you Mr. Sankyū"
Transcription: "Sankyū-san Arigatō" (Japanese: サンキューさんありがとう)
August 27, 2006 (2006-08-27)
27"The Great Rescue Zorori Plan"
Transcription: "Zorori Kyūshutsu Daisakusen" (Japanese: ゾロリきゅうしゅつ大さくせん)
September 3, 2006 (2006-09-03)
28"The Close Call Runaway Locomotive"
Transcription: "Bōsō Kikansha Kikiippatsu" (Japanese: ぼうそうきかんしゃききいっぱつ)
September 10, 2006 (2006-09-10)
29"Showdown! Kids VS Adults"
Transcription: "Taiketsu! Kodomo VS Otona" (Japanese: たいけつ!こどもVSおとな)
September 17, 2006 (2006-09-17)
30"Zorori and Gaon's Terrifying 97 Matches"
Transcription: "Zorori to Gaon Kyōfu no 97 Narabe" (Japanese: ゾロリとガオンきょうふの97ならべ)
September 24, 2006 (2006-09-24)
31"The Certain Kill Pranksters"
Transcription: "Hissatsu Itazurajin" (Japanese: ひっさつイタズラ人)
October 1, 2006 (2006-10-01)
32"The Terrifying Marathon Rally"
Transcription: "Kyōfu no Marason Taikai" (Japanese: きょうふのマラソンたいかい)
October 8, 2006 (2006-10-08)
33"Ishishi and Noshishi's Candy Hell"
Transcription: "Ishishi Noshishi no Okashi Jigoku" (Japanese: イシシ・ノシシのおかしじごく)
October 15, 2006 (2006-10-15)
34"Save Princess Elzie's Castle!"
Transcription: "Eruze Hime no Oshiro wo Sukue!" (Japanese: エルゼひめのおしろをすくえ!)
October 22, 2006 (2006-10-22)
35"The Mysterious Magic Words are Honchara Konchara"
Transcription: "Nazo no Jumon wa Honchara Kanchara" (Japanese: なぞのじゅもんはホンチャラカンチャラ)
October 29, 2006 (2006-10-29)
36"Puppe is God?"
Transcription: "Puppe ga Kamisama?" (Japanese: プッペがかみさま?)
November 5, 2006 (2006-11-05)
37"The Big Prize is a Terrifying Premonition!?"
Transcription: "Kyōfu no Uranai Ōatari?" (Japanese: きょうふのうらない大あたり!?)
November 12, 2006 (2006-11-12)
38"Greetings! Mysterious Alien!"
Transcription: "Saitōjō! Nazo no Uchūjin!" (Japanese: さいとうじょう!なぞのうちゅうじん!)
November 19, 2006 (2006-11-19)
39"Eh! Zorori's Little Sister?"
Transcription: "Eh! Zorori no Imōto?" (Japanese: えっ!ゾロリのいもうと?)
November 26, 2006 (2006-11-26)
40"Surprise! The Great Kick the Can Plan"
Transcription: "Bikkuri! Kankeri Daisakusen!" (Japanese: びっくり!カンけり大さくせん!)
December 3, 2006 (2006-12-03)
41"Look! A Super Hero"
Transcription: "Mezase! Sūpaa hīrō" (Japanese: めざせ!スーパーヒーロー)
December 10, 2006 (2006-12-10)
42"The Princess' Ghost"
Transcription: "Yūrei no Ohimesama" (Japanese: ゆうれいのおひめさま)
December 17, 2006 (2006-12-17)
43"An Alien is Santa Claus"
Transcription: "Uchūjin wa Santa Kurōsu" (Japanese: うちゅうじんはサンタクロース)
December 24, 2006 (2006-12-24)
44"The Great Gift of the New Year's First Smile Plan"
Transcription: "Hatsuwarai Otoshidama Daisakusen" (Japanese: はつわらい おとしだま大さくせん)
January 7, 2007 (2007-01-07)
45"The Out of Control Robot Maid"
Transcription: "Meido Robotto Daibōsō" (Japanese: メイドロボット大ぼうそう)
January 14, 2007 (2007-01-14)
46"The Prank King and the Mysterious Castle"
Transcription: "Itazura Ō to Nazo no Shiro" (Japanese: イタズラ王となぞのしろ)
January 21, 2007 (2007-01-21)
47"The Final Decisive Battle! The Legendary Prank King"
Transcription: "Iyoiyo Kessen! Densetsu no Itazura Ō" (Japanese: いよいよけっせん!でんせつのイタズラ王)
January 28, 2007 (2007-01-28)

Series 3[edit]

In July 2019, it was announced that a new television anime series of Kaiketsu Zorori would be released in early 2020.[2] The anime is the first television anime adaptation of the book series in 13 years since the second anime ended in 2007. In February 2020, it was announced to debut on April 5 on NHK Educational.[3]

The series, titled Motto! Majime ni Fumajime Kaiketsu Zorori, is a joint collaboration between Ajia-do and Bandai Namco Pictures.[3] Takahide Ogata serves as director, Atsuhiro Tomioka in charge of the series' composition, Hideyuki Funakoshi as character designer, and Kōhei Tanaka as the composer.[3] Kōichi Yamadera performs the opening theme song "Motto! Motto! Kaiketsu Zorori" as Zorori, and ONEPIXCEL is performing the ending theme "Shalalala."[3]

Yamadera, Rikako Aikawa, and Motoko Kumai reprised their respective roles.[3] This series marks the debut of Zorori's rival, Beat (voiced by Yūki Kaji).[3]

From May 10 to June 28 of 2020, the show was on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. New episodes resumed on July 5, 2020, starting with its seventh episode.[4]

# Title Original air date
01"A Bride and Zorori Castle"
Transcription: "Hanayome to Zororijō" (Japanese: はなよめとゾロリじょう)
April 5, 2020 (2020-04-05)
Based on book 50.
02"Zorori vs. the Hot-Blooded Beat"
Transcription: "Zorori VS Nekketsu no Beat" (Japanese: ゾロリVSねっけつのビート)
April 12, 2020 (2020-04-12)
03"Curry vs. ESP"
Transcription: "Karē VS Chōnōryoku" (Japanese: カレーVSちょうのうりょく)
April 19, 2020 (2020-04-19)
Based on book 43.
04"Kaiketsu Zorori in The Quiz King"
Transcription: "Kaiketsu Zorori no Kuizu Ō" (Japanese: かいけつゾロリのクイズ王)
April 26, 2020 (2020-04-26)
Based on book 56.
05"The Mysterious Spy and Chocolate"
Transcription: "Nazo no Supai to Chokorēto" (Japanese: なぞのスパイとチョコレート)
May 3, 2020 (2020-05-03)
Based on book 52.
06"Secret Weapons and a Soul Mate"
Transcription: "Himitsu Heiki to Unmei no Hito" (Japanese: ひみつへいきとうんめいの人)
May 10, 2020 (2020-05-10)
Based on book 52.
07"Zorori, Beat, and the Girl Who Makes Flowers Bloom"
Transcription: "Zorori to Beat to Hanasaka Musume" (Japanese: ゾロリとビートと花咲かむすめ)
July 5, 2020 (2020-07-05)[a]
08"Magic Lamp~oon"
Transcription: "Mahō no Ranpu~~~" (Japanese: まほうのランプ~~~っ)
July 12, 2020 (2020-07-12)
Based on book 54.
09"Zorori in a Pinch! Find the Great Genie!"
Transcription: "Zorori Pinchi! Daimajin wo Sagase!" (Japanese: ゾロリピンチ!大まじんをさがせ!)
July 19, 2020 (2020-07-19)
Based on book 55.
10"The Mysterious Spy and 100 Roses"
Transcription: "Nazo no Supai to 100-pon no Bara" (Japanese: なぞのスパイと100本のバラ)
July 26, 2020 (2020-07-26)
Based on book 53.
11"Search for Garuru Kingdom's Treasure Chest!"
Transcription: "Garuru Ōkoku no Takarabako wo Sagase!" (Japanese: ガルル王国のたからばこをさがせ!)
August 2, 2020 (2020-08-02)
12"How to Become a Prince"
Transcription: "Ōjisama ni Naru Hōhō" (Japanese: 王子さまになるほうほう)
August 9, 2020 (2020-08-09)
Based on book 60.
13"Challenge from a Princess!"
Transcription: "Ohimesama Kara no Chōsen!" (Japanese: お姫さまからのちょうせん!)
August 16, 2020 (2020-08-16)
Based on book 60.
14"Zorori and the Takoyaki Love"
Transcription: "Zorori to Takoyaki no Koi" (Japanese: ゾロリとたこやきの恋)
August 23, 2020 (2020-08-23)
15"Zorori Channel"
Transcription: "Zorori Channeru" (Japanese: ゾロリちゃんねる)
August 30, 2020 (2020-08-30)
Based on book 49.
16"The Terrifying Monster Field Trip"
Transcription: "Kyōfu no Yōkai Ensoku" (Japanese: きょうふのようかいえんそく)
September 6, 2020 (2020-09-06)
Based on book 46.
17"Zorori's Surprising Engagement!"
Transcription: "Zorori no Kon'yaku Ottamagerorin!" (Japanese: ゾロリのこんやくオッタマゲロリン!)
September 13, 2020 (2020-09-13)
18"Ishishi and Noshishi Are in a Big Pinch!"
Transcription: "Ishishi, Noshishi Dai Pinchi!" (Japanese: イシシ・ノシシ大ピンチ!)
September 20, 2020 (2020-09-20)
Based on book 44.
19"Roaring Car Race!"
Transcription: "Bakusō Kārēsu!" (Japanese: ばくそうカーレース!)
September 27, 2020 (2020-09-27)
20"Mysterious Ghost Ship"
Transcription: "Nazo no Yūreisen" (Japanese: なぞのゆうれいせん)
October 4, 2020 (2020-10-04)
21"Horror! The Town Where Doorknobs Disappeared!?"
Transcription: "Kyōfu! Doanobu ga Kieta Machi!?" (Japanese: きょうふ!ドアノブがきえたまち!?)
October 11, 2020 (2020-10-11)
22"The Great Robot Plan"
Transcription: "Robotto Daisakusen" (Japanese: ロボット大さくせん)
October 18, 2020 (2020-10-18)
Based on book 64.
23"Fly! Gundapoot"
Transcription: "Tobe! Gandabū" (Japanese: とべ!ガンダブー)
October 25, 2020 (2020-10-25)
Based on book 64/65.
24"The Great Outer Space Plan"
Transcription: "Uchū Daisakusen" (Japanese: うちゅう大さくせん)
November 1, 2020 (2020-11-01)
Based on book 65.


  1. ^ This episode was originally scheduled to air on May 17, 2020, but did not due to the production shutdown.


Tokyo Movie Shinsha[edit]

Kaiketsu Zorori: The Wizard's Apprentice/The Great Pirates' Treasure Hunt (かいけつゾロリ:まほう使いのでし/大かいぞくの宝さがし, Kaiketsu Zorori: Mahōtsukai no Deshi / Daikaizoku no Takara Sagashi)

Released in 1993, this movie adapts books 3 and 4. It was shown alongside Soreike! Anpanman: Nosshi the Dinosaur's Big Adventure (それいけ!アンパンマン 恐竜ノッシーの大冒険, Soreike Anpanman Kyōryū Nosshii no Daibōken).

Ajia-do Animation Works[edit]

Quest for the Mysterious Treasure (なぞのお宝大さくせん, Nazo no Otakara Daisakusen)

This movie adapts books 38 and 39. It was shown alongside Keroro Gunsō the Super Movie on March 1, 2006. Zorori, Ishishi, and Noshishi help out Tail find a treasure her father Gale died trying to figure out. Along the way, they are helped out by Yōkai-sensei and several monsters, but Tiger and his crew stand in their way.

G-g-g-great Adventure! (だ・だ・だ・だいぼうけん!, Da-da-da-daibōken!)

Based on books 47 and 48. Zorori, Ishishi, and Noshishi, while out searching for treasure, come upon a town with a widespread illness. In order to make the secret medicine for it, they must set out on an adventure. This is the first full-length Zorori movie.

Will Protect It! The Dinosaur Egg (まもるぜ! きょうりゅうのたまご, Mamoru ze! Kyōryū no Tamago)

Based on book 40. Zorori with his friends Ishishi and Noshishi get an invitation from their friend, a mother dinosaur, to come see a dinosaur egg that will hatch soon. The group receives a warm welcome when they arrive at the legendary dinosaur island. However, a huge typhoon hits the island and the egg goes missing. Zorori goes on a quest to save the egg and return it safely to its family.

The Space Heroes (うちゅうの勇者たち, Uchū no Yūsha-tachi)

Zorori, Ishishi, and Noshishi search for a meteor that sunk in the ocean. When under attack by octopi, Zorori accidentally launches his submarine into space and land on another planet.

The Secret of Double Z (ZZのひみつ, ZZ no Himitsu)

Zorori, Ishishi, and Noshishi travel back in time and meet a younger Zororeene.


Comic BunBun published 10 volumes of a manga series featuring Kaiketsu Zorori in famous fairy tales and folk tales. It was written by Yutaka Hara and illustrated by Hiroki Kimura.

No.TitleRelease date ISBN
01"Zorori in Urashima Taro" (ゾロリのうらしま太郎, "Zorori no Urashima Tarō")September 2004978-4-591-08264-5
02"Zorori in Momotaro" (ゾロリのもも太郎, "Zorori no Momotarō")March 2005978-4-591-08557-8
03"Zorori in Snow White" (ゾロリの白雪姫, "Zorori no Shirayuki-hime")September 2005978-4-591-08644-5
04"Zorori in Princess Kaguya" (ゾロリのかぐや姫, "Zorori no Kaguya-hime")March 2006978-4-591-09010-7
05"Zorori in Little Red Riding Hood" (ゾロリの赤ずきん, "Zorori no Akazukin")September 2006978-4-591-09430-3
06"Zorori in The Rolling Rice Ball" (ゾロリのおむすびころりん, "Zorori no Omusubi Kororin")March 2007978-4-591-09738-0
07"Kaiketsu Zorori in The Emperor's New Clothes" (かいけつゾロリのはだかの王さま, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Hadaka no Ōsama")December 2007978-4-591-10031-8
08"Kaiketsu Zorori in Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp" (かいけつゾロリのアラジンと魔法のランプ, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Arajin to Mahō no Ranpu")July 2008978-4-591-10421-7
09"Kaiketsu Zorori in Jack and the Beanstalk" (かいけつゾロリのジャックと豆の木, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Jakku to Mame no Ki")December 2008978-4-591-10625-9
10"Kaiketsu Zorori in The Sleeping Beauty" (かいけつゾロリの眠りの森の姫, "Kaiketsu Zorori no Nemuri no Mori no Hime")June 2009978-4-591-11027-0

Theme Songs[edit]

Kaiketsu Zorori[edit]

Opening Theme
Ending Themes
  • Sora wa Ao (空は青, The Sky is Blue) by Satō-san and Suzuki-kun (Little by Little) (ep. 1~13)
  • Owari no Uta (おわりのうた, Ending Song) by Yukie 6 & Nobita Robert (ep. 14~31)
  • Akaneiro (あかねいろ, Crimson) by Satō-san and Suzuki-kun (Little by Little) (ep. 32~46)
  • Gayōshi (画用紙, Drawing Paper) by Sayuri Anzu (ep. 47~52)

Majime ni Fumajime Kaiketsu Zorori[edit]

Opening Themes
  • A Ja Paa (あじゃぱー) by Kōichi Yamadera, Rikako Aikawa, and Motoko Kumai (ep. 1~50)
  • Zekkōchō! (ゼッコーチョー!, In Perfect Form!) by Kōichi Yamadera (ep. 51~97)
Ending Themes
  • Mama no Komoriuta (ママの子守唄, Mama's Lullaby) by Sakiko Tamagawa (ep. 1~27)
  • Atcha Kotcha GO! (あっちゃこっちゃゴー!, Atcha Kotcha Gō!) by Junko Iwao (ep. 28~50)
  • Ishi Noshi Kazoe Uta desu ka!! (イシノシかぞえうたでスカ!!, Ishishi & Noshishi's Counting Song!!) by Rikako Aikawa and Motoko Kumai (ep. 51~74)
  • Buwātto ikō ze (ブワーッといこうぜ) by Kōichi Yamadera (ep. 75~97)

Motto! Majime ni Fumajime Kaiketsu Zorori[edit]

Opening Theme
  • Motto! Motto! Kaiketsu Zorori by Kōichi Yamadera
Ending Theme
  • Shalalala by ONEPIXCEL


  1. ^ 児童向けマンガ誌、月刊コミックブンブン休刊. Natalie (in Japanese). September 15, 2009. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  2. ^ Chapman, Paul (July 4, 2019). "Clever Fox Returns in Spring of 2020 for New Kaiketsu Zorori TV Anime". Crunchyroll. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Mateo, Alex (February 13, 2020). "New Kaiketsu Zorori Anime Reveals Cast, Theme Songs, April 5 Premiere". Anime News Network. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
  4. ^ Pineda, Rafael (June 28, 2020). "New Kaiketsu Zorori Anime Resumes on July 5 After COVID-19 Delay". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 28, 2020.

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