Dragon Quest: Your Story

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Dragon Quest: Your Story
Dragon Quest Your Story poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Japaneseドラゴンクエスト ユア・ストーリー
HepburnDoragon Kuesuto Yua Sutōrī
Directed byTakashi Yamazaki
Ryuichi Yagi
Makoto Hanafusa
Screenplay byTakashi Yamazaki
Based onDragon Quest V
by Square Enix
Music byKoichi Sugiyama
Edited byRyuichi Yagi
Production
company
Distributed byToho
Release date
  • August 2, 2019 (2019-08-02) (Japan)
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
Box officeUS$11.1 million[1]

Dragon Quest: Your Story (Japanese: ドラゴンクエスト ユア・ストーリー, Hepburn: Doragon Kuesuto Yua Sutōrī) is a 2019 Japanese 3D CG anime film based on the Dragon Quest series of video games. Its story adapts that of 1992's Dragon Quest V. It was released in Japan by Toho on August 2, 2019.

Cast[edit]

(Names in the English version of the game shown in parentheses)

Production[edit]

On February 13, 2019, Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii appeared on the Nippon TV show News Zero and announced that a 3D CG anime film based on the franchise would be released on August 2.[3][4] Titled Dragon Quest: Your Story, it adapts the 1992 video game Dragon Quest V.[3]

Written and directed by Takashi Yamazaki, it is also directed by Ryuichi Yagi and Makoto Hanafusa.[4][5] Some of the staff, including Yamazaki and Yagi, previously worked together on the 2014 3D CG anime film Stand by Me Doraemon.[4] Horii supervised the film and it uses Koichi Sugiyama's original music.[3]

For the film, the dialogue was recorded first and the characters' mouths and expressions were created to match it which is extremely unusual for an anime.[6] The actors recorded their dialogue twice, once two years prior and then with the finished animation.[6]

The first trailer was released on April 4. At the same time, 13 cast members were announced, including Takeru Satoh as the protagonist Ruka and Kasumi Arimura as Bianca.[5] Several additional cast members were announced on May 14.[7] A second trailer and the film's poster were released on June 19.[8]

Release[edit]

Toho Cinemas Roppongi Hills hosted the world premiere of the film.

A premiere of the film was shown at Toho Cinemas in Tokyo on July 16, 2019.[6] It was released in cinemas nationwide on August 2, 2019.[8]

Reception[edit]

Following the release of the first trailer, some Japanese fans criticized the decision to hire famous live-action actors to voice the characters instead of professional voice actors.[9] Much criticism was also directed at the character designs, which did not use Akira Toriyama's signature art style of the series.[9]

Dragon Quest: Your Story grossed US$11,114,288 during its theatrical run in Japan.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Dragon Quest: Your Story Box Office Mojo listing". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "映画『ドラゴンクエスト ユア・ストーリー』公式サイト|コメント" (in Japanese). Dragon Quest: Your Story Official Website. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "ドラゴンクエスト:山崎貴監督が3DCGで映画化 「V」が原作 タイトルは「ドラゴンクエスト ユア・ストーリー」". Mantan (in Japanese). February 13, 2019. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "「ドラクエV」3DCGアニメ映画化!総監督の山崎貴「ヘンリー、カッコいいですよ」" (in Japanese). Natalie. February 14, 2019. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "アニメ映画『ドラクエ』豪華キャスト13人公開 主人公に佐藤健、ビアンカに有村架純、フローラに波瑠" (in Japanese). Oricon. April 4, 2019. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c "映画「ドラクエ」新カット8枚到着、佐藤健「"花嫁論争"が繰り広げられる予感」" (in Japanese). Natalie. May 27, 2019. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  7. ^ "アニメ映画『ドラクエ』 サンチョ役にケンコバ、スラりん役に山寺宏一ら決定" (in Japanese). Oricon. May 14, 2019. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  8. ^ a b "映画「ドラクエ」新たな予告映像でゲマやブオーンとバトル、石化シーンも" (in Japanese). Natalie. June 19, 2019. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  9. ^ a b Ashcroft, Brian (April 8, 2019). "Why Some Japanese Dragon Quest Fans Don't Seem Thrilled With The CG Anime Movie". Kotaku. Retrieved June 21, 2019.

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