We learned in the fall of 2019 that a new Kaiketsu Zorori anime series is in the works for the spring 2020 season with Motto! Majime ni Fumajime Kaiketsu Zorori, which is translated as More! Seriously Unserious Incredible Zorori. The series kicked off with an April 5th, 2020 premiere on NHK Educational at a plum 7:00 pm evening slot but never saw a simulcast. Like a lot of other shows from this season, this one got pulled on May 18th, 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic and has been doing reruns since then. Now, it’s been scheduled for a July 5th, 2020 debut where the seventh episode will finally see the light of day.
The Japanese cast includes:
- Kōichi Yamadera as Zorori
- Rikako Aikawa as Ishishi
- Motoko Kumai as Noshishi
- Yuuki Kaji as Beat
The series is directed by Takahide Ogata based on the series composition by Atsuhiro Tomioka. Hideyuki Funakoshi is working on the character designs with animation production handled by Ajia-do and Bandai Namco Pictures.
Based on the books that began in 1987, there are some 65 books since then with multiple films and movies over the years.
— かいけつゾロリ ポプラ社公式 (@zororizz) June 21, 2020
Plot Concept: Hara’s books follow Zorori, a mischievous bandit fox who dreams of becoming the “King of Pranks.” Zorori aims to “build my own castle and make a beautiful princess my wife,” and he embarks on one misadventure after another with his two boar companions Ishishi and Noshishi.