Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai, also known as The Great Adventure of Dai (ドラゴンクエスト ダイの大冒険, Dragon Quest: Dai no Daiboken), is a Japanese animated film based on the homonymous comic. It is the first animated adaptation of the comic, preceding the TV series by a few months.

The story is a loose adaptation of the Birth Arc and especially the second one-shot, "Dai Explodes!!!", but it is not directly related to the series and is instead a parallel work not connected to the main one. Additionally, the physical appearance of Hadlar in this film is different from the original comic and later TV adapatations, looking like red evil deity with six arms.

The film was animated by Toei Doga (now known as Toei Animation) and theatrically released in Japan on 20 July 1991 by the Toei Company, alongside Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge and Magical Taluluto 2: Magic Battle of The Friendship. The three short films were simultaneously screened as part of the Toei Anime Fair of the summer of 1991.

A notable difference from the previous animated adaptation of Dragon Quest is that this film uses a score composed by Koichi Sugiyama with the original melodies of the games, contrary to the former which merely uses some occasional samplings along with an entirely original soundtrack. The following 1991 TV series and the other two films of the series also used Sugiyama's recognizable compositions.

Plot

The people of a certain country were tormented in the past by the Dark Lord Hadlar. Only a warrior who could use magic could battle against him, so he was called "hero". After a desperate struggle, the hero was able to defeat the Dark Lord and the monsters who were under his control regained their hearts of justice and began to live peacefully on the southern Dermline Island. One day, a baby drifted from a wrecked ship and was picked up and adopted as his grandchild by Brass. The child grew up fine under the care of Brass.

Fifteen years later, Dai, the only human boy in the Dermline island, works hard every day to practice magic with monsters, including his grandpa Brass. Dai dreams of becoming a respectable hero and keep the peace of the island. But magic was his weak point so he constantly gets yelled at by grandpa Brass. One day, messengers from the kingdom of Papnica, including Leona, Papnica's tomboy princess, and her entourage, came to the island. The purpose was to confirm the priests' prophecy that the Demon King would be resurrected. It was something unbelievable, but Dai decided to look around the island with Leona

Leona is frightened by various monsters, but the monsters are all Dai's friends. At first, Dai and Leona only quarrel, but Leona gradually warms up to Dai. Suddenly, the monsters in the island begin to act violently, which means the prediction becomes true and the demon king has revived. Monsters attack Dai as he tries to rescue Leona from being taken away by the Dark Lord's minions. Dai is stunned by the rampage caused of his friends, who now have evil hearts. As he faces them, Dai get angry and becomes determined to not allow them to do evil things which triggers the crest of the dragon, the mark of the hero, to appear one his forehead, releasing magical energy. Dai then battles the Dark Lord Hadlar and defeats him successfully, saving Leona and his friends.

Characters

Monsters

Spells

Abilities

Items

  • Papnica's knife

Credits

In order

Cast

In collaboration with Aoni Production

Crew

  • Executive Producer
    • Chiaki IMADA
    • Rikizou KAYANO (Shueisha)
  • Original Story
  • Planning
    • Kozo MORISHITA
    • Weekly Shonen Jump
  • Screenplay: Katsuyuki Sumisawa
  • Music: Koichi Sugiyama
  • Production Manager
    • Hideyuki Fujihashi
    • Tsune Murakami
    • (Project Team Mu)
  • Music Director: Koichi Sugiyama
  • Orchestration: Hayato Matsuo
  • Director of Photography: Hiroaki Edamitsu
  • Editing: Shigeru Nishiyama
  • Recording: Kokei Kawasaki
  • Art Director: Nobuto Sakamoto
  • Animation Director / Character Design: Yasuchika NAGAOKA
  • Director: Kazuhisa Takenouchi
  • Key frame
    • Akitoshi YOKOYAMA
    • Akihiko YAMASHITA
    • Keiji GOTOH
    • Kenichi TAKAHASHI
    • Mari Tominaga
    • Atsushi TAKEUCHI
    • Ichizo KOBAYASHI
    • Kenichi ISHIMARU
    • Michio SATO
    • Tatsumori IMOTO
    • Minoru MUTOU
    • Tetsuya FUJIEDA
    • Miki Yokoo
    • Hidetoshi OMORI
    • Hideki HAMASU
  • In-between frames: Project Team Mu in-house Lab
    • Kenichi Aida
    • Taiji Sugimoto
    • Naoki MURAKAMI
    • Shinya UCHIDA
    • Hitomi Kawano
    • Megumi KADONOSONO
    • Miyuki Yoshida
    • Yukari Matsuda
    • Seiichiro ITO
    • Kazunori FUJIWARA
    • Keitaro Gen
    • Tsuneyuki Hirai
    • Yasutaka YOSHIDA
    • Shinichi YOSHIDA
    • Fumiya Takenoue
    • Kaori HASEGAWA
    • Takeshi Kiya
    • Toshiro TERAMOTO
    • Koyama Seiji
    • Katsuhisa YAMAMOTO
    • Eiji Kubo
    • Noritaka KANZAKI
    • Rie KAWAGUCHI
    • Mikine KUWABARA
    • Fumihiro Kamei
    • Yumiko Sugiura
    • Toushio KOBAYASHI
    • Nobuko Sekiyama
    • Keiko Tanaka
    • Miyuki Shintani
  • In-between frames check
    • Miyuki Abe
    • Futoshi HIGASHIDE
  • Backgrounds: Bic Studio
    • Kyouko NAKAYAMA
    • Katsuhisa KOBAYASHI
    • Fumiyoshi KANAGAWA
    • Fumiyo SAKANO
    • Masami Hagiwara
    • Kiyomi FURUYA
    • Ken Harada
    • Misa KITAHARA
    • Makiko KONAGI
  • Finishing
    • Kaori SHIRATO
    • Tomoko TOKI
    • Sachiko UEYAMA
    • Fumiko SHINTANI
    • Yasuyo Sugita
    • Rie Otsuka
    • Mitsuyo Wai
    • Mayumi Hiraide
    • Chieko Nakamura
    • Chie Tanimoto
    • Tamiko Otsu
    • Yuko Kawabata
    • Takao Morikawa
    • Katsuhiko Shirato
    • Studio OM Aomori
    • Yamato Production
    • Studio Egg III
    • Hana Production
  • Colour: Masashi Nitta
  • Finishing Check: C. C. P. (Colour Coordinator's Room)
    • Isako MORI
    • Yumiko OSAKU
    • Yumiko KOKUBU
  • Special Effects: Takashi MAEKAWA
  • Photography: Studio Gallop
    • Yasunori HAYAMA
    • Yasuhiro SHIMIZU
    • Katsuya KOZUTSUMI
    • Yutaka TAMURA
    • Hisao KAZAMURA
    • Kenji AKAZAWA
    • Satoshi ARAKAWA
    • Toru KOBAYASHI
    • Yoshiaki TSUTSUI
    • Hiroshi NAKATOMI
  • Sound Effects: Yasuyuki KONNO
  • Recording Assistant: Yoshikazu Suzuki
  • Editing Assistant: Fujine Ito
  • Negative Cutting: Masahiro GOTO
  • Recording: Masahiko Aida
  • Production Advancement
    • Hideaki Yamauchi
    • Kouji NAKANO
  • Art Manager: Reiko KITAYAMA
  • Director Assistant
    • Ken Hirano
    • Keiichi SUGIYAMA
  • Production Assistant: Atsushi KIDO
  • Recording Studio: Tavac
  • Development: Toei Lab
  • Production Collaboration (Co.): Project Team Mu
  • Production: Toei Video
  • ©Toei / Shueisha / Toei Doga 1991

Gallery

Videos

Trivia

  • The look of Hadlar's castle in the beginning seems to have inspired the 1991 TV series.
  • When showing a battle between the hero's party and Hadlar, the Dark Lord is with his resurrected manga design riding a dragon instead of the Archfiend Baramos. The manga later have Hadlar do the same in Avan's special chapter.

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