Dragon Quest (TV series)

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Dragon Quest
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Cover of the first DVD volume
ドラゴンクエスト
(Doragon Kuesuto)
Genre Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Anime television series
Directed by Rintaro (1-32)
Katsuhisa Yamada (33-43)
Produced by Hiromichi Shigegaki
Masao Kodaira
Written by Takashi Yamada
Music by Koichi Sugiyama
Studio Studio Comet, NAS
Licensed by
Network Fuji TV (1989-1990, 1991)
English network
Original run Part one
December 2, 1989 –
September 22, 1990
Part two
January 11, 1991
April 5, 1991
Episodes 43 (List of episodes)
Anime and Manga portal

Dragon Quest (ドラゴンクエスト Doragon Kuesuto?) is a 1989 Japanese anime television series based on the video game series of the same name.

The complete series boxset was released on September 10, 2006. 13 episodes were shown in the United States dubbed in English by Saban Entertainment.[1][2][3]

The DVDs were taglined Legend of the Hero Abel (勇者アベル伝説 Yūsha Aberu Densetsu?).

Plot

The story advances on in a normal Dragon Quest video game fashion. Along the way, the Hero gains additional allies and has numerous encounters with many different creatures from the Dragon Quest series. The end of each Japanese episode through to the 32nd episode shows one of the main characters going through a level up process.

The story is about a teenage boy named Abel and his best friend Tiala. On Tiala's 16th birthday, she receives a red jewel. Unbeknownst to her, the red jewel has the power to awaken the great dragon, which legend has it can grant eternal life to one who drinks its blood. Baramos, a demon from the ancient and evil kingdom of Estark, desires to find the stone and gain immortality. After tracking the stone to Tiala's village, Baramos kidnaps her and sets off to find the location of the dragon. Abel, who was injured in a vain attempt to fight off Baramos, is revived by his friend Moco and the village elder, who gives him the blue stone, which he is told has the power to seal the dragon if it is woken. Baramos then returns again to the village in order to gain more information on the dragon's whereabouts. After doing so he leaves, but not before unleashing a giant anteater on the village. The elder uses a special crest to stun the beast, and then Abel and Moco finish it off. The elder imparts some advice to Abel before passing away and thus begins the adventure to save Tiala and defeat Baramos.

Abel and Moco travel to Ariahan Castle to get help from the king who helps them escape, via a teleport pool, from an ensuing monster invasion. During this time, we are introduced to Daisy, who is at this time hunting monsters in Ariahan for the gems that they leave behind after being destroyed.

When Abel and Moco arrive at the other end of the teleport, they gain Yanack to their party. They then do a quest together. Also during this time, a side story is going on explaining the exploits of Tiala onboard Gaim (a giant, living, flying airship used by Baramos) and how she befriends Dodonga.

As the story advances, the party travels all over the world doing quests and seeking out Tiala whenever possible. They gain Daisy as another party member, and the four continue the quest to find a way to resurrect the Dragon of Legend so that it can defeat Baramos.

Characters

Tiala (ティアラ Tiara?)
Voiced by: Masako Katsuki (Japanese), Shelly Lefler (English)
Abel (アベル Aberu?)
Voiced by: Tōru Furuya (Japanese, Adult), Chie Satō (Japanese, Child) (Japanese), Duff McDonald (English)
Great Demon King Baramos (大魔王バラモス Dai Ma Ō Baramosu?)
Voiced by: Takeshi Watabe (Japanese), Gary Chalk (English)
Moore (ムーア Mūa?)
Voiced by: Hidekatsu Shibata (Japanese), Jim Byrnes (English)
General Jikido (ジキド将軍 Jikido Shōgun?)
Voiced by: Katsuji Mori
Daisy (デイジィ Deiji?)
Voiced by: Yūko Mita (Japanese), Marcie Goldburg (English)
Prince Frank (フランク王子 Furanku Ōji?)
Voiced by: Nobutoshi Hayashi
Baharata (バハラタ Baharata?)
Voiced by: Hirotaka Suzuoki (Japanese), Alvin Sanders (English)
Sophia
Voiced by: Reiko Mutō
Mokomoko (モコモコ Mokomoko?) / Moco
Voiced by: Toshiharu Sakurai (Japanese), Sam Vincent (English)
Kaka (カカ Kaka?) / Coco
Voiced by: Junko Shimakata
Chichi (チチ Chichi?)
Voiced by: Miyoko Aoba
Yanack (ヤナック Yanakku?)
Voiced by: Keaton Yamada (Japanese), Richard Newman (English)
Dodonga (ドドンガ Dodonga?)
Voiced by: Daisuke Gōri (Japanese), Dale Wilson (English)
General Rudolph (ルドルフ将軍?)
Voiced by: Takeshi Aono (Japanese), Scott McNeil (English)
Ortega (オルテガ Orutega?)
Voiced by: Hirohiko Kakegawa (1989), Kenji Utsumi (1990)
Zanack (ザナック Zanakku?)
Voiced by: Hiroshi Ōtake, Naoki Tatsuta
Adonis (アドニス Adonisu?)
Voiced by: Ryō Horikawa (Japanese), Michael Donovan (English)
Sara
Voiced by: Tomoko Naka
Toby (トビー Tobī?)
Voiced by: Ryō Horikawa
Minea (ミネア Minea?)
Voiced by: Yumi Nagahata (Young), Hiroko Emori (old)
Manya (マーニャ Mānya?)
Voiced by: Naho Yoshida
Pierre (ピエール Piēru?)
Voiced by: Tetsuo Komura
Hargon (ハーゴン Hāgon?)
Voiced by: Yūji Machi, Ichirō Nagai
Great Maze (大魔道 Dai Madō?)
Voiced by: Shinobu Satouchi

The narration is done by Long John Baldry.

Production

Dragon Quest is directed by Rintaro and Katsuhisa Yamada. The animation is loyal to Akira Toriyama's artwork and the scripts are supervised by Takashi Yamada.

Music

Shuki Levy is the composer for the Saban English dub. in addition to making arrangement versions of the music from Dragon Quest and Dragon Quest III, Shuki Levy has also recycled several music soundtracks from the 80's DIC Entertainment Cartoon Starcom: The U.S. Space Force which he would later reuse them for the English dub version of Digimon Adventure.

  • Openings
  1. "Aiming the Future" (未来をめざして Mirai wo Mezashite?)
    • January 11, 1991 - April 5, 1991
    • Lyricist: Shigeru Amano / Composer: Toshiaki Matsumoto / Arranger: Akira Mitake / Singers: Tōru Furuya
    • Episodes: 33-43
  • Endings
  1. "Believe in Dreams" (夢を信じて Yume wo Shinjite?)
  2. "Rainbow Capital" (虹の都 Niji no Miyako?)
    • August 11, 1990 - September 22, 1990
    • Lyricist: Ichiban Arimura / Composer: Hidemaro Aoki / Arranger: Kabuki Rocks & Nobuhiko Sato / Singers: Kabuki Rocks
    • Episodes: 27-32
  3. "Rainbow BRAND NEW DAY" (虹のBRAND NEW DAY Niji no BRAND NEW DAY?)
    • January 11, 1991 - April 5, 1991
    • Lyricist: Shigeru Amano / Composer: Toshiaki Matsumoto / Arranger: Akira Mitake / Singers: Tōru Furuya
    • Episodes: 33-43

Episodes

The first thirty-two aired on Fuji TV from December 2, 1989, to September 22, 1990. Eleven more episodes aired from January 11, 1991, to April 5, 1991.

Saban Entertainment licensed the series, under the title of Dragon Warrior, for syndication in North America. The series lasted 13 episodes and was never released on home video.

Episodes
# Title Original airdate
1 "Level 1" / "Level 1 "Ariahan Village""
"Reberu Wan" (レベル1) 
December 2, 1989
2 "Level 2" / "Level 2 "Departure""
"Reberu Tsū" (レベル2) 
December 9, 1989
3 "Level 3" / "Level 3 "Leebe Village""
"Reberu Surī" (レベル3) 
December 16, 1989
4 "Level 4" / "Level 4 "Girl Warrior Daisy""
"Reberu Fō" (レベル4) 
December 23, 1989
5 "Level 5" / "Level 5 "Port Myla""
"Reberu Faibu" (レベル5) 
January 20, 1990
6 "Level 6" / "Level 6 "Light of Hope""
"Reberu Shikkusu" (レベル6) 
January 27, 1990
7 "Level 7" / "Level 7 "Escape from Dragon Channel""
"Reberu Sebun" (レベル7) 
February 3, 1990
8 "Level 8" / "Level 8 "Lunar Eclipse""
"Reberu Eito" (レベル8) 
February 10, 1990
9 "Level 9" / "Level 9 "Attacking Guam""
"Reberu Nain" (レベル9) 
February 17, 1990
10 "Level 10" / "Level 10 "Training and Preparation""
"Reberu Ten" (レベル10) 
February 24, 1990
11 "Level 11" / "Level 11 "Hardship in Nether""
"Reberu Irevun" (レベル11) 
March 3, 1990
12 "Level 12" / "Level 12 "General Rudolph""
"Reberu Tōeruvu" (レベル12) 
March 10, 1990
13 "Level 13" / "Level 13 "Naijimi Tower""
"Reberu Sātīn" (レベル13) 
March 17, 1990
14 "Level 14"
"Reberu Fōtīn" (レベル14) 
March 24, 1990
15 "Level 15"
"Reberu Fifutīn" (レベル15) 
April 14, 1990
16 "Level 16"
"Reberu Shikkusutīn" (レベル16) 
April 21, 1990
17 "Level 17"
"Reberu Sebuntīn" (レベル17) 
May 5, 1990
18 "Level 18"
"Reberu Eitīn" (レベル18) 
May 12, 1990
19 "Level 19"
"Reberu Naintīn" (レベル19) 
May 19, 1990
20 "Level 20"
"Reberu Toentī" (レベル20) 
June 2, 1990
21 "Level 21"
"Reberu Toentī Wan" (レベル21) 
June 9, 1990
22 "Level 22"
"Reberu Toentī Tsū" (レベル22) 
June 16, 1990
23 "Level 23"
"Reberu Toentī Surī" (レベル23) 
June 30, 1990
24 "Level 24"
"Reberu Toentī Fō" (レベル24) 
July 7, 1990
25 "Level 25"
"Reberu Toentī Faibu" (レベル25) 
July 28, 1990
26 "Level 26"
"Reberu Toentī Shikkusu" (レベル26) 
August 4, 1990
27 "Level 27"
"Reberu Toentī Sebun" (レベル27) 
August 11, 1990
28 "Level 28"
"Reberu Toentī Eito" (レベル28) 
August 18, 1990
29 "Level 29"
"Reberu Toentī Nain" (レベル29) 
August 25, 1990
30 "Level 30"
"Reberu Sātī" (レベル30) 
September 8, 1990
31 "Level 31"
"Reberu Sātī Wan" (レベル31) 
September 15, 1990
32 "Level 32"
"Reberu Sātī Tsū" (レベル32) 
September 22, 1990
33 "A New Determination for the Heroes!!"
"Yūsha-tachi no Arata naru Ketsui!!" (勇者たちの新たなる決意!!) 
January 11, 1991
34 "An Enemy or an Ally!? The Handsome Swordsman Adonis"
"Teki ka Mikata ka!? Nazo no Bi Kenshi Adonisu" (敵か味方か!?謎の美剣士アドニス) 
January 25, 1991
35 "Revive!! Phoenix Lamia"
"Yomigaere!! Fushichō Rāmia" (甦れ!!不死鳥ラーミア) 
February 1, 1991
36 "Appearance!! Floating Sky Island"
"Shutsugen!! Tenkū no Fuyū Shima" (出現!!天空の浮遊島) 
February 8, 1991
37 "Blue Temple - Abel Pulls out the Holy Sword!!"
"Aoki Shinden - Aberu yo Sei Ken wo Nuke!!" (青き神殿 アベルよ聖剣を抜け!!) 
February 15, 1991
38 "Assault! Showdown of Estark Castle"
"Totsugeki! Esutāku Jō no Kessen" (突撃!エスターク城の決戦) 
February 22, 1991
39 "The Legendary Dragon is in Ariahan!?"
"Densetsu no Ryū wa Ariahan ni!?" (伝説の竜はアリアハンに!?) 
March 1, 1991
40 "A Hidden Riddle at Dragon God Lake!?"
"Ryū Jin Ko ni Himerareta Nazo!?" (竜神湖に秘められた謎!?) 
March 8, 1991
41 "Angered Dragon VS Super Baramos"
"Okoreru Ryū Vāsasu Sūpā Baramosu" (怒れる竜VSスーパーバラモス) 
March 15, 1991
42 "Birth of a Great Hero!! Miracle of the Blue and Red Ball"
"Dai Yūsha Tanjō!! Ao to Aka no Tama no Kiseki" (大勇者誕生!!青と赤の珠の奇跡) 
March 22, 1991
43 "Final Showdown!! Abel VS Baramos"
"Saishū Kessen!! Aberu Vāsasu Baramosu" (最終決戦!!アベルVSバラモス) 
April 5, 1991

References

  1. "Let's Watch the Kick-Ass Dragon Quest Anime!". kotaku.com. Retrieved 28 November 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Anime Profile: Dragon Warrior". absoluteanime.com. Retrieved 28 November 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Ferreira, Mike. "Seven Long Forgotten American Anime Airings". animeherald.com. Retrieved 28 November 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Preceded by
Saturday Special
Fuji TV Saturday 19:30 Timeframe
Dragon Quest
(December 2, 1989 - September 22, 1990)
Succeeded by
Liking Cats After All
Preceded by
Kariage-kun
(10/17/1989 - 12/21/1990)
Fuji TV Friday 16:00 Timeframe
Dragon Quest
(January 11, 1991 - April 5, 1991)
Succeeded by
High School Mystery: Gakuen Nanafushigi
(4/12/1991 - 3/13/1992)