Dragon Quest (TV series)

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Dragon Quest: Legend of the Hero Abel
Dragon Quest Legend of the Hero Abel DVD vol 1.jpg
Cover of the first DVD volume
ドラゴンクエスト
~勇者アベル伝説~

(Doragon Kuesuto Yūsha Aberu Densetsu)
Genre Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Anime television series
Directed by Rintaro (1-32)
Takeyuki Kanda (1-32)
Katsuhisa Yamada (33-43)
Produced by Hiromichi Mogaki
Masao Kodaira
Written by Takashi Yamada
Music by Koichi Sugiyama
Studio Studio Comet, NAS
Licensed by
Network Fuji TV (1989-1990, 1991)
English network
Original run Part one
December 2, 1989 –
September 22, 1990
Part two
January 11, 1991
April 5, 1991
Episodes 43 (List of episodes)

Dragon Quest (ドラゴンクエスト Doragon Kuesuto?), also known as Dragon Quest: Legend of the Hero Abel (ドラゴンクエスト ~勇者アベル伝説~ Doragon Kuesuto Yūsha Aberu Densetsu?), is a 1989 Japanese anime television series based on the video game series with the same name.

A boxset with the complete series was released on March 28, 2008 in Japan.[1] Thirteen episodes were dubbed in English by Saban Entertainment, under the title of Dragon Warrior, and aired in the United States.[2][3][4]

Plot[edit]

The story is about a teenage boy, Abel, and his best friend, Tiala. On her 16th birthday, Tiala receives a red jewel that has the power to awaken the Great Dragon. The Dragon can grant eternal life to the one who drinks its blood. Baramos, a demon from the kingdom of Estark, desires to find the stone and gain immortality. Baramos kidnaps Tiala and sets off to find the dragon's location. A village elder gives Abel a blue stone, which has the power to "seal" the dragon if it is woken. The elder imparts some advice to Abel before passing away, and Abel begins his adventure to save Tiala and defeat Baramos.

Abel and Moco travel to Ariahan Castle to get help from the King. During an ensuing monster invasion, the King helps them escape via a teleportation pool. Daisy is hunting monsters in Ariahan for the gems that they leave behind after being destroyed. When Abel and Moco arrive at the other end of the teleporter, they meet Yanack, who joins their party. Tiala flies onboard Gaim, a living, flying airship used by Baramos, and befriends Dodonga.

The party travels all over the world fulfilling quests and seeking out Tiala. Daisy also joins the party, and the four continue the quest to find a way to resurrect the Dragon of Legend so that it can defeat Baramos.

Characters[edit]

Tiala (ティアラ Tiara?)
Voiced by: Masako Katsuki (Japanese); Shelly Lefler (English)
Abel (アベル Aberu?)
Voiced by: Tōru Furuya (Japanese, Adult), Chie Satō (Japanese, Child) (Japanese); Duff McDonald (English)
Great Demon King Baramos (大魔王バラモス Dai Ma Ō Baramosu?)
Voiced by: Takeshi Watabe (Japanese); Gary Chalk (English)
Moore (ムーア Mūa?)
Voiced by: Hidekatsu Shibata (Japanese); Jim Byrnes (English)
General Jikido (ジキド将軍 Jikido Shōgun?)
Voiced by: Katsuji Mori
Daisy (デイジィ Deiji?)
Voiced by: Yūko Mita (Japanese); Marcie Goldburg (English)
Prince Frank (フランク王子 Furanku Ōji?)
Voiced by: Nobutoshi Hayashi
Baharata (バハラタ Baharata?)
Voiced by: Hirotaka Suzuoki (Japanese); Alvin Sanders (English)
Sophia
Voiced by: Reiko Mutō
Mokomoko (モコモコ Mokomoko?) / Moco
Voiced by: Toshiharu Sakurai (Japanese); Sam Vincent (English)
Kaka (カカ Kaka?) / Coco
Voiced by: Junko Shimakata
Chichi (チチ Chichi?)
Voiced by: Miyoko Aoba
Yanack (ヤナック Yanakku?)
Voiced by: Keaton Yamada (Japanese); Richard Newman (English)
Dodonga (ドドンガ Dodonga?)
Voiced by: Daisuke Gōri (Japanese); Dale Wilson (English)
General Rudolph (ルドルフ将軍?)
Voiced by: Takeshi Aono (Japanese); Scott McNeil (English)
Ortega (オルテガ Orutega?)
Voiced by: Hirohiko Kakegawa (1989), Kenji Utsumi (1990)
Zanack (ザナック Zanakku?)
Voiced by: Hiroshi Ōtake, Naoki Tatsuta
Adonis (アドニス Adonisu?)
Voiced by: Ryō Horikawa (Japanese); Michael Donovan (English)
Sara
Voiced by: Tomoko Naka
Toby (トビー Tobī?)
Voiced by: Ryō Horikawa
Minea (ミネア Minea?)
Voiced by: Yumi Nagahata (Young), Hiroko Emori (old)
Manya (マーニャ Mānya?)
Voiced by: Naho Yoshida
Pierre (ピエール Piēru?)
Voiced by: Tetsuo Komura
Hargon (ハーゴン Hāgon?)
Voiced by: Yūji Machi, Ichirō Nagai
Great Maze (大魔道 Dai Madō?)
Voiced by: Shinobu Satouchi

The narration is done by Long John Baldry.

Production[edit]

Dragon Quest was directed by Rintaro and Katsuhisa Yamada. The animation was faithful to Akira Toriyama's artwork and the scripts were supervised by Takashi Yamada.

Music[edit]

Shuki Levy is the composer for the Saban English-dubbed edition. In addition to making English versions of the music from Dragon Quest and Dragon Quest III, Shuki Levy also reused several music soundtracks from the 80's DIC Entertainment Cartoon Starcom: The U.S. Space Force.

  • Openings
  1. "Aiming the Future" (未来をめざして Mirai wo Mezashite?)
    • January 11, 1991 - April 5, 1991
    • Lyricist: Shigeru Amano / Composer: Toshiaki Matsumoto / Arranger: Akira Mitake / Singers: Tōru Furuya
    • Episodes: 33-43
  • Endings
  1. "Believe in Dreams" (夢を信じて Yume wo Shinjite?)
  2. "Rainbow Capital" (虹の都 Niji no Miyako?)
    • August 11, 1990 - September 22, 1990
    • Lyricist: Ichiban Arimura / Composer: Hidemaro Aoki / Arranger: Kabuki Rocks & Nobuhiko Sato / Singers: Kabuki Rocks
    • Episodes: 27-32
  3. "Rainbow BRAND NEW DAY" (虹のBRAND NEW DAY Niji no BRAND NEW DAY?)
    • January 11, 1991 - April 5, 1991
    • Lyricist: Shigeru Amano / Composer: Toshiaki Matsumoto / Arranger: Akira Mitake / Singers: Tōru Furuya
    • Episodes: 33-43

Episodes[edit]

The first thirty-two episodes were aired on Fuji TV from December 2, 1989, to September 22, 1990. Eleven more episodes aired from January 11, 1991, to April 5, 1991.

Saban Entertainment licensed the series, under the title of Dragon Warrior, for syndication in North America. The English dub lasted 13 episodes and was never released on home video.

Episodes
# Title Original airdate
1 "Level 1" / "Level 1 "Ariahan Village""
"Reberu Wan" (レベル1) 
December 2, 1989
2 "Level 2" / "Level 2 "Departure""
"Reberu Tsū" (レベル2) 
December 9, 1989
3 "Level 3" / "Level 3 "Leebe Village""
"Reberu Surī" (レベル3) 
December 16, 1989
4 "Level 4" / "Level 4 "Girl Warrior Daisy""
"Reberu Fō" (レベル4) 
December 23, 1989
5 "Level 5" / "Level 5 "Port Myla""
"Reberu Faibu" (レベル5) 
January 20, 1990
6 "Level 6" / "Level 6 "Light of Hope""
"Reberu Shikkusu" (レベル6) 
January 27, 1990
7 "Level 7" / "Level 7 "Escape from Dragon Channel""
"Reberu Sebun" (レベル7) 
February 3, 1990
8 "Level 8" / "Level 8 "Lunar Eclipse""
"Reberu Eito" (レベル8) 
February 10, 1990
9 "Level 9" / "Level 9 "Attacking Guam""
"Reberu Nain" (レベル9) 
February 17, 1990
10 "Level 10" / "Level 10 "Training and Preparation""
"Reberu Ten" (レベル10) 
February 24, 1990
11 "Level 11" / "Level 11 "Hardship in Nether""
"Reberu Irevun" (レベル11) 
March 3, 1990
12 "Level 12" / "Level 12 "General Rudolph""
"Reberu Tōeruvu" (レベル12) 
March 10, 1990
13 "Level 13" / "Level 13 "Naijimi Tower""
"Reberu Sātīn" (レベル13) 
March 17, 1990
14 "Level 14"
"Reberu Fōtīn" (レベル14) 
March 24, 1990
15 "Level 15"
"Reberu Fifutīn" (レベル15) 
April 14, 1990
16 "Level 16"
"Reberu Shikkusutīn" (レベル16) 
April 21, 1990
17 "Level 17"
"Reberu Sebuntīn" (レベル17) 
May 5, 1990
18 "Level 18"
"Reberu Eitīn" (レベル18) 
May 12, 1990
19 "Level 19"
"Reberu Naintīn" (レベル19) 
May 19, 1990
20 "Level 20"
"Reberu Toentī" (レベル20) 
June 2, 1990
21 "Level 21"
"Reberu Toentī Wan" (レベル21) 
June 9, 1990
22 "Level 22"
"Reberu Toentī Tsū" (レベル22) 
June 16, 1990
23 "Level 23"
"Reberu Toentī Surī" (レベル23) 
June 30, 1990
24 "Level 24"
"Reberu Toentī Fō" (レベル24) 
July 7, 1990
25 "Level 25"
"Reberu Toentī Faibu" (レベル25) 
July 28, 1990
26 "Level 26"
"Reberu Toentī Shikkusu" (レベル26) 
August 4, 1990
27 "Level 27"
"Reberu Toentī Sebun" (レベル27) 
August 11, 1990
28 "Level 28"
"Reberu Toentī Eito" (レベル28) 
August 18, 1990
29 "Level 29"
"Reberu Toentī Nain" (レベル29) 
August 25, 1990
30 "Level 30"
"Reberu Sātī" (レベル30) 
September 8, 1990
31 "Level 31"
"Reberu Sātī Wan" (レベル31) 
September 15, 1990
32 "Level 32"
"Reberu Sātī Tsū" (レベル32) 
September 22, 1990
33 "A New Determination for the Heroes!!"
"Yūsha-tachi no Arata naru Ketsui!!" (勇者たちの新たなる決意!!) 
January 11, 1991
34 "An Enemy or an Ally!? The Handsome Swordsman Adonis"
"Teki ka Mikata ka!? Nazo no Bi Kenshi Adonisu" (敵か味方か!?謎の美剣士アドニス) 
January 25, 1991
35 "Revive!! Phoenix Lamia"
"Yomigaere!! Fushichō Rāmia" (甦れ!!不死鳥ラーミア) 
February 1, 1991
36 "Appearance!! Floating Sky Island"
"Shutsugen!! Tenkū no Fuyū Shima" (出現!!天空の浮遊島) 
February 8, 1991
37 "Blue Temple - Abel Pulls out the Holy Sword!!"
"Aoki Shinden - Aberu yo Sei Ken wo Nuke!!" (青き神殿 アベルよ聖剣を抜け!!) 
February 15, 1991
38 "Assault! Showdown of Estark Castle"
"Totsugeki! Esutāku Jō no Kessen" (突撃!エスターク城の決戦) 
February 22, 1991
39 "The Legendary Dragon is in Ariahan!?"
"Densetsu no Ryū wa Ariahan ni!?" (伝説の竜はアリアハンに!?) 
March 1, 1991
40 "A Hidden Riddle at Dragon God Lake!?"
"Ryū Jin Ko ni Himerareta Nazo!?" (竜神湖に秘められた謎!?) 
March 8, 1991
41 "Angered Dragon VS Super Baramos"
"Okoreru Ryū Vāsasu Sūpā Baramosu" (怒れる竜VSスーパーバラモス) 
March 15, 1991
42 "Birth of a Great Hero!! Miracle of the Blue and Red Ball"
"Dai Yūsha Tanjō!! Ao to Aka no Tama no Kiseki" (大勇者誕生!!青と赤の珠の奇跡) 
March 22, 1991
43 "Final Showdown!! Abel VS Baramos"
"Saishū Kessen!! Aberu Vāsasu Baramosu" (最終決戦!!アベルVSバラモス) 
April 5, 1991

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B000GPPFNQ
  2. ^ "Let's Watch the Kick-Ass Dragon Quest Anime!". kotaku.com. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Anime Profile: Dragon Warrior". absoluteanime.com. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Ferreira, Mike. "Seven Long Forgotten American Anime Airings". animeherald.com. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Saturday Special
Fuji TV Saturday 19:30 Timeframe
Dragon Quest
(December 2, 1989 - September 22, 1990)
Succeeded by
Liking Cats After All
Preceded by
Kariage-kun
(10/17/1989 - 12/21/1990)
Fuji TV Friday 16:00 Timeframe
Dragon Quest
(January 11, 1991 - April 5, 1991)
Succeeded by
High School Mystery: Gakuen Nanafushigi
(4/12/1991 - 3/13/1992)