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Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai (ドラゴンクエスト ダイの大冒険, Dragon Quest: Dai no Daiboken, translated as Dragon Quest: The Great Adventure of Dai) is Japanese comic series based on the Erdrick trilogy, mainly on Dragon Quest III and its class system. It features filler pages giving game-like character stats of the heroes, and often explains details of the spells used in the games.

The comic was written by Riku Sanjo and illustrated by Koji Inada. It was originally serialized in Shueisha's young male teen magazine Weekly Shonen Jump from 1989 to 1996. The series was first collected in 37 volumes.

Being one of Weekly Shonen Jump top selling series of all time, Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai was adapted into three films (the 1991 homonymous film, Avan's Disciples and Six Great Generals) and two TV series (the 1991 same name series and the soon to be released 2020 TV series).

Plot

The plot centers around the revival of the Demon Lord defeated in an earlier war, his attempts to conquer the world and the fight of the heroes against him.

Characters

Protagonists

  • Dai, the main hero. He has grown up on an island full of friendly monsters. For a short time, he has been trained by Avan, but he always has difficulty casting spells, usually it works only when he is very angry.
  • Avan, who trains the hero for a short time, but then dies fighting Hadlar. He remains ever-present as a role model, and many of the characters are former disciples or comrades of Avan.
  • Pop, another disciple of Avan who came to Dai's island with him. He is the first party member to join, so to say. A magic user with a lazy and cowardly streak who often has to be shamed into doing the right (heroic) thing, he provides the comic relief in the series.
  • Maam, daughter of the warrior and the priest who fought with Avan in the previous war, and a former disciple of his, is the next to join. She is described as a white mage warrior. She has no offensive spells, but a gun Avan gave her that can fire spells on bullets. Pop, who initially detests her, later develops a crush on Maam.
  • Leona, the young princess of Papnika, a land of sages. Early in the manga, Dai saves her from a conspiracy that tries to use a ritual on the island to kill her, and falls in love with her.
  • Gome, a gold metal slime with wings. He rarely takes an active part, but is something like the mascot of the series.

Antagonists

  • Hadlar, who was defeated by Avan in the previous war and kills him early in the manga. He becomes the leader of the Great Demon King's Army, divided into 6 factions (each leaded by a leader).
  • Hyunckel, leader of the Hundred Beast Regiment.
  • Myst-Vearn, leader of the Shades and Ghost (and the like monsters) of the Demon Army. A creature shrouded in mystery. He rarely speaks.
  • Zaboera, leader of the Sorcerer Regiment.
  • Flazzard, leader of the Ice and Fire Demon Regiment.
  • Baran, leader of the Super Dragon Regiment.

Minor protagonists

  • Brass, Dai's adoptive father.
  • The fake heroes, a group who act as heroes but are really just after money. The members in detail:
  • Shinana (The King of Romos), a typical elderly, rotund Dragon Quest King.
  • Three wise sages that protect Princess of Papnica:
  • Matoriv, a sadistic and lecherous old mage who fought on the side of Avan in the previous war. Reluctantly he agrees to help the heroes again and trains Pop for a while. Graphically, Matoriv sticks out among the characters; both his design and the style in which he is drawn resemble Moebius rather than anything from the Dragon Quest series.
  • Crocodine, commander of the Beast Army, who later changes sides.

Popularity polls

Announced in Weekly Shonen Jump #45 of 1991 and published in #53 of the same year. Republished in volume 7.

  1. Dai (8812 votes)
  2. Hyunckel (4688)
  3. Avan (3282)
  4. Pop (3080)
  5. Gome (2566)
  6. Maam (1892)
  7. Leona (1516)
  8. Crocodine (762)
  9. Baran (611)
  10. Matoriv (313)
  11. Myst-Vearn (191)
  12. Hadlar (170)
  13. Flazzard (138)
  14. Derolin (108)
  15. Brass (93)
  16. Baduck
  17. Masopho
  18. Baltos
  19. Evil eye
  20. Leyla
  21. The baron
  22. Zaboera
  23. Zurbon

Volume information

First edition

  1. 9 March 9 1990
  2. 10 April 1990
  3. 8 August 1990
  4. 11 November 1990
  5. 8 February 1991
  6. 10 April 1991
  7. 10 July 1991
  8. 9 October 1991
  9. 10 February 1992
  10. 10 April 1992
  11. 3 July 1992
  12. 4 September 1992
  13. 4 November 1992
  14. 26 December 1992
  15. 2 April 1993
  16. 4 June 1993
  17. 4 August 1993
  18. 4 October 1993
  19. 2 December 1993
  20. 4 February 1994
  21. 4 April 1994
  22. 3 June 1994
  23. 4 August 1994
  24. 4 October 1994
  25. 2 December 1994
  26. 3 March 1995
  27. 11 May 1995
  28. 4 July 1995
  29. 4 September 1995
  30. 2 November 1995
  31. 10 January 1996
  32. 4 March 1996
  33. 4 July 1996
  34. 3 October 1996
  35. 2 February 1997
  36. 4 April 1997
  37. 4 June 1997

Paperback

  1. 2003-06-18, ISBN 4086180634
  2. 2003-06-18, ISBN 4086180642
  3. 2003-06-18, ISBN 4086180650
  4. 2003-08-08, ISBN 4086180669
  5. 2003-08-08, ISBN 4086180677
  6. 2003-09-18, ISBN 4086180685
  7. 2003-09-18, ISBN 4086180693
  8. 2003-09-18, ISBN 4086180707
  9. 2003-10-17, ISBN 4086180715
  10. 2003-10-17, ISBN 4086180723
  11. 2003-11-18, ISBN 4086180731
  12. 2003-11-18, ISBN 408618074X
  13. 2003-11-18, ISBN 4086180758
  14. 2003-12-12, ISBN 4086180766
  15. 2003-12-12, ISBN 4086180774
  16. 2004-01-16, ISBN 4086180782
  17. 2004-01-16, ISBN 4086180790
  18. 2004-01-16, ISBN 4086180804
  19. 2004-02-18, ISBN 4086180812
  20. 2004-02-18, ISBN 4086180820
  21. 2004-03-18, ISBN 4086180839
  22. 2004-03-18, ISBN 4086180847

Shueisha Jump Remix mook

  1. 2005-01-10, ISBN 4081067937
  2. 2005-01-31, ISBN 408106802X
  3. 2005-02-14, ISBN 4081068100
  4. 2005-03-14, ISBN 4081068291
  5. 2005-03-28, ISBN 4081068356
  6. 2005-04-11, ISBN 4081068453
  7. 2005-04-25, ISBN 4081068542
  8. 2005-06-13, ISBN 4081068828
  9. 2005-06-27, ISBN 4081068879
  10. 2005-06-30, ISBN 408106895X
  11. 2005-08-31, ISBN 4081090319
  12. 2005-09-17, ISBN 4081090394
  13. 2005-09-30, ISBN 4081090491
  14. 2005-10-31, ISBN 4081090688
  15. 2005-11-19, ISBN 4081090777

Shueisha Jump Remix mook (2010)

  1. 2010-04-05, ISBN 9784081130115
  2. 2010-04-19, ISBN 9784081130184
  3. 2010-05-10, ISBN 9784081130252
  4. 2010-05-24, ISBN 9784081130313
  5. 2010-06-12, ISBN 9784081130382
  6. 2010-06-21, ISBN 9784081130412
  7. 2010-07-10, ISBN 9784081130467

Gallery

Paperback covers

Mook covers

Mook 2010 covers

Videos

Collaboration with Dragon Quest of the Stars

Collaboration with Dragon Quest Monsters: Super Light

Related

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