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) is a 1991 TV series that adapts the first 87 chapters of the homonymous Japanese comic series. The animated adaptation was first teased with a pseudo-pilot short film with the same name released a few months earlier as part of the Toei Anime Fair Summer '91.
Like the comic in which it's based, the series takes multiple elements from the Erdrick trilogy, in particular from Dragon Quest III. The focus of the series is the adventures of Dai as he meets several characters in the course of the story, from training to become a hero to genuinely trying to save the world.
Animated by Toei Doga under the chief direction of Nobutaka Nishizawa and music by Koichi Sugiyama, the series was first broadcast in Japan on Tokyo Broadcasting System every Thursday from 19:00 to 19:30, from 17 October 1991 till 24 September 1992. The series was released for home video on VHS format only.
On January 6, 2020, the whole series was released in Japan for distribution on several video on demand (VOD) services, the first time the series has become officially available after the VHS release of the 1990s.
On March 13, 2020 it was announced on the Dragon Quest Dai Anime Twitter account that the 1991 anime will be getting a Blu-ray Box for the first time, and will be released on July 3, 2020. The set will contain all 46 episodes, and the 3 Jump Festa short anime films, (including the first film never released on home video until now) which have been scanned from their original 35 mm negatives with high resolution and recorded with high-quality full HD remastered images. 
The story begins in the island called Dermlin where the boy named Dai lives with monsters. He is the only human being in this island and he was brought up by monsters. When he becomes a young boy, monsters suddenly get insane and threaten Dai. Hadlar revives again in this world and his evil will makes monsters mad. And there, the hero Avan and his magician apprentice Pop came to the island. Their magic prevents the evil will from spreading in the island. Dai begins to study magic from them to become a hero. Then they begin their adventure to the other world out of the island. He learns magic, finds armors and meets friends through the journey, and he will finally become to the legendary brave to destroy Hadlar. However, there waits a lot of evils and monsters on the way of their great adventures!
- Dai: The main hero. He has grown up on an island full of friendly monsters. For a short time, he was trained by Avan, but he always has difficulty casting spells, usually working only when he is very angry. His real name, given by Baran is Dino.
- 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.
- Maam: Daughter of the warrior and the priest who fought with Avan in the previous war, and a former disciple of his. 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 Papnica, a land of sages. Dai saves her from a conspiracy that tries to use a ritual on Dermlin island to kill her.
- Gome: A gold metal slime with wings. He rarely takes an active part in battle, but is something like the mascot of the series.
The Demon Army
- Hadlar: Defeated by Avan in the previous war.
- Crocodine: Leader of the Hundred Beast Regiment.
- Flazzard: Created by Hadlar using forbidden magic. His body is a combination of fire and ice and he can uses both elements to attack.
- Baran: Dai's real father. He is the commander of the Dragon Army.
- Avan: He 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.
- Brass: Dai's adoptive father.
- Matoriv: A sadistic and lecherous old mage who fought alongside Avan in the previous war. Reluctantly, he agrees to help the heroes again and trains Pop for a while.
The fake heroes
A group who act as heroes, but are really just after money.
The Sages of Papnica
- Toshiko Fujita as Dai
- Yumi Toma as Gome, Aimi
- Isamu Tanonaka as Brass
- Aya Hisakawa as Leona
- Hideyuki Tanaka as Avan, Kill-Vearn, narrator
- Keiichi Nanba as Pop, Myst-Vearn
- Takeshi Aono as Hadlar, Masopho
- Hikaru Midorikawa as Derolin, Apollo
- Aruno Tahara as Baduck
- Unsho Ishizuka as Baran
- Yoku Shioya as Baron
- Masato Hirano as Bartos
- Banjo Ginga as Crocodine
- Ken Yamaguchi as Flazzard
- Yukitoshi Hori as Herohero
- Hideyuki Hori as Hyunckel
- Hiroko Emori as Zurbon, Aimi, Nabara
- Shin Aomori as Matoriv
- Chieko Nanba as Merle
- Kyoko Yamada as Mina
- Naoki Tatsuta as Zaboera
- Kinpei Azusa as Shinana
- Hiroshi Masuoka as Temujin
- Original work: Riku Sanjo, Koji Inada
- Series director: Nobutaka Nishizawa
- Script: Junki Takegami (ep. 1-5, 7-8, 14, 19-22, 27, 30, 38-40, 45-46), Yukiyoshi Ohashi (ep. 6, 9-10, 13, 15-18, 28, 31, 33, 35, 37, 41, 43), Kazuhiko Godo (ep. 11-12, 23-26, 29, 32, 34, 36, 42, 44)
- Music: Koichi Sugiyama
- Music work: Sugiyama Studio
- Character design: Yasuchika Nagaoka
- Art design: Nobuto Sakamoto
- Episode direction: Nobutaka Nishizawa (ep. 1, 13, 46), Osamu Kasai (ep. 2, 8, 16, 23, 30, 36, 45), Hiromichi Matano (ep. 3, 7, 14, 22, 28, 34, 41), Akinori Yabe (ep. 4, 9, 18, 25, 32, 39), Noriyo Sasaki (ep. 5, 10, 15, 42), Hiroyuki Kakudou (ep. 6, 11, 19, 37, 43), Takenori Kawada (ep. 12, 17, 24, 29, 35), Yoshikata Nitta (ep. 20, 26, 31), Tetsuharu Nakamura (ep. 21, 27, 46), Hiroki Shibata (ep. 33, 40, 44), Masayuki Akehi (ep. 38)
- Animation direction: Kenji Yokoyama (ep. 1, 6, 13, 19, 25, 44), Kimiharu Obata (ep. 2, 8, 14, 20, 27, 34, 42), Yuji Kondo (ep. 3, 9, 15, 22, 29, 35, 40), Takao Kosone (ep. 4, 11, 17, 24, 32, 39, 46), Keiichi Sato (ep. 5, 12), Ken Ueno (ep. 7), Shigetaka Kiyoyama (ep. 10, 16, 23, 31, 38, 45), Joji Kikuchi (ep. 18, 30, 37, 43), Joji Oshima (ep. 21, 26, 33, 41), Satoru Iriyoshi (ep. 28, 36)
- Production: TBS, Toei
- "Yusha yo Isoge!!" ("勇者よいそげ!!")
- Vocals: Jiro Dan
- Lyrics: Kohei Oikawa
- Composition, arrangement: Koichi Sugiyama
- "My Road, My Journey" ("この道わが旅")
- Vocals: Jiro Dan
- Lyrics: Konosuke Fuji
- Composition, arrangement: Koichi Sugiyama
The first home video release was on VHS in April of 1992. From then till June 2007, there were no other releases of the show. No DVD or Blu-ray existed. in June 2007, there was a new master that aired on the Toei Channel for a limited time. After the new master had its run on the Toei Channel, no re-airing of the anime happened. On December 21, 2019, Toei Animation announced that a new TV anime was in the works, plus the 1991 TV anime would be made available in Japan on several VOD services (Amazon, U-NEXT, Bandai, Video Market, etc) starting January 6, 2020.
The VHS tapes were released by Pack-In-Video from 24 April 1994 till 26 March 1993. The series was divided in six arcs, the first five with eight episodes each while the last one with six, for a total of 23 tapes. Each tape runs around 44 minutes.
- The birth (誕生編, Tanjo-hen)
- 1992-04-24, RVE-630, JAN 4988110012914
- 1992-04-24, RVE-631, JAN 4988110012921
- 1992-05-22, RVE-632, JAN 4988110012938
- 1992-05-22, RVE-633, JAN 4988110012945
- Departure (旅立ち編, Tabidachi-hen)
- 1992-06-26, RVE-634, JAN 4988110012952
- 1992-06-26, RVE-635, JAN 4988110012969
- 1992-07-24, RVE-636, JAN 4988110012976
- 1992-07-24, RVE-637, JAN 4988110012983
- Desperate struggle (死闘編, Shito-hen)
- 1992-08-16, RVE-638, JAN 4988110012990
- 1992-08-16, RVE-639, JAN 4988110013003
- 1992-09-25, RVE-640, JAN 4988110013010
- 1992-09-25, RVE-641, JAN 4988110013027
- Crusade (聖戦編, Seisen-hen)
- 1992-10-23, RVE-642, JAN 4988110013522
- 1992-10-23, RVE-643, JAN 4988110013539
- 1992-11-27, RVE-683, JAN 4988110013546
- 1992-11-27, RVE-684, JAN 4988110013553
- Brave love (勇愛編, Yuai-hen)
- 1992-12-18, RVE-685, JAN 4988110013560
- 1992-12-18, RVE-686, JAN 4988110013577
- 1993-01-22, RVE-687, JAN 4988110013584
- 1993-01-22, RVE-688, JAN 4988110013591
- Fate (宿命編, Shukumei-hen)
- 1993-02-26, RVE-689, JAN 4988110013607
- 1993-02-26, RVE-690, JAN 4988110013614
- 1993-03-26, RVE-691, JAN 4988110013621
The Blu-Ray BOX set will be released on July 3, 2020 by Happinet and will cost 42,000 yen plus tax. It includes all 46 episodes, and 3 short anime films on 6 Blu-ray discs all in Full HD. Early pre-orders will also come with new illustrated merchandise by Gome-chan. Amazon Japan bonuses include an A4 clear file, B3 clear poster, and mini tote bag.
Release outside Japan
The TV series was released in several countries besides Japan. In Italy, the series was broadcast by Junior TV in 1998, Italia 1 in 2002 and Italia Teen Television in 2003. In France, it was broadcast on TF1 in 1994 and AB1 from 2001 & 2005. In Spain, Canal Sur, Telemadrid were the broadcasters in Spanish, while Televisió de Catalunya was the broadcaster in Catalan.
In Latin America, the series was broadcast in several countries: in Mexico by TV Azteca, in Peru by América Televisión, in Chile by Chilevisión and ETC, in Brazil by Sistema Brasileiro de Televisão, among other countries.
Name in other languages
- I Cavalieri del Drago (Italian)
- Fly (French)
- Dragon Quest: La Quête de Daï (French)
- Fly, o Pequeno Guerreiro (Brazilian Portuguese)
- Las Aventuras de Fly (Spanish)
- داي الشجاع (Arabic)
Opening in different regions
Ending in different regions
- Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai
- Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai (film)
- Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai (album)
- Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai (single)
- Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai Music Collection
- Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai - Avan's Disciples
- Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai - Six Great Generals
- Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai (2020 TV series)
- ↑ "アニメ『ダイの大冒険』（1991）全46話の配信が開始" [The distribution of all 46 episodes of the animation The Adventure of Dai (1991) starts] (in Japanese). 2020-01-06. Anime. Famitsu.com. Retrieved 2020-02-23.
- ↑ "ドラゴンクエスト ダイの大冒険』が30年の時を越えてBlu-ray BOX化！ 7/3発売決定 [Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai (1991) Blu-ray BOX ] (in Japanese). 2020-03-14. Anime. Famitsu.com. Retrieved 2020-03-14.
- ↑ "Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai Original TV Anime Gets Its First Blu-ray Box . 2020-03-14. Anime. Famitsu.com. Retrieved 2020-03-13.
- ↑ "THE GREAT ADVENTURE OF DAI". List of works of Toei Animation. Toei Animation. Retrieved 2020-02-23.