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.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, Igraine, and other familiar locations, like Camelot, and relics, like Excalibur. The series is not entirely faithful to the original legends as, for example, new characters and stories are added and the plot is 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.ao Sasaki and Koorogi '73 sang the opening theme "Kibou yo sore wa"; while "Ou no Naka no Ou." The ending theme, is performed by Mitsuko Horie and Koorogi '73.
In the early 1980s, a French-dubbed version, titled Le Roi Arthur, was released through Jacques Censtrier Productions. The first four episodes were released onto 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.