Emblem of Roto, fully titled Dragon Quest Saga: Emblem of Roto (ドラゴンクエスト列伝 ロトの紋章, Dragon Quest Retsuden: Roto no Monsho, translated as Dragon Quest Biography: Emblem of Roto) and also known as - Dragon Quest: Emblem of Roto or Emblem of Roto: Dragon Quest Saga, is the Japanese animated film based on the homonymous comic.
Like the comic series, it is set about a century after the events of Dragon Quest III and it works as a side story between the first chapters of the comic. It was directed by Tsukasa Sunaga, who, along with Akihiko Takadera, wrote the screenplay. The film was animated by studio Nippon Animation. Kaoru Wada composed the music.
The short film was theatrically released in Japan on 20 April 1996 by Shochiko-Fuji, alongside Violinist of Hameln and Magical Circle Guru Guru. The three short film were simultaneously screened as part of the GW Anime Festival '96 that featured these popular series from Enix's Monthly Shonen Gangan.
It was released on VHS for rental on 21 July 1996, catalog number KS-238 and JAN 4988105010925. The VHS tape was released for retail sale on 21 December 1996 by Shochiku Home Video, catalog number SB-617 and JAN 4988105011762.
The film was also released in Italy in VHS format by Yamato Video.
The story corresponds to the period between the first and second chapters of the original comic, depicting the beginning of the friendship between Arus and Kira and the encounter with the fairy Thié.
- Akiko Hiramatsu as Arus
- Kappei Yamaguchi as Kira
- Yumi Toma as Lunafrea
- Kotono Mitsuishi as Thié
- Ryuji Saikachi as Tao
- Koichi Chiba as Tarkin
- Yukitoshi Hori as Ghiran
- Miyoko Aso as Golas
- Naoki Bando as villager
- Tomohisa Aso as farmer
- Miyoko Aoba as Kira's minion
- Makiko Ohmoto as Kira's minion
- Takaya Miyano as guard
- Hirohiko Kakegawa as Elder fairy
- Tamio Oki as voice of the slate
- Director: Tsukasa Sunaga
- Script: Tsukasa Sunaga, Akihiko Takadera
- Music: Kaoru Wada
- Original game: Yuji Horii
- Original comic: Chiaki Kawamata
- Drawing: Kamui Fujiwara (Serialization Shonen Gangan)
- Animation director, character design: Atsushi Yamagata
- Art director: Satoshi Miura
- Sound director: Sadayoshi Fujino
- Director of photography: Masahide Okino
- Producer: Nobuaki Tanaka, Tsuyoshi Yoshida
- Production: Enix, Shochiku, Nippon Animation
Opening theme song
- "Shonen no Hane" ("少年の羽", "Feathers of a boy")
- Vocals, lyrics: Akino Arai
- Composition, arrangement: Kaoru Wada