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ⓘ Dragon Quest, TV series. Dragon Quest: Legend of the Hero Abel is a 1989 Japanese anime television series based on the video game series of the same name. It wa ..




Dragon Quest (TV series)
                                     

ⓘ Dragon Quest (TV series)

Dragon Quest: Legend of the Hero Abel is a 1989 Japanese anime television series based on the video game series of the same name. It was produced by NAS and Fuji Television.

The series was released on DVD in Japan on October 2006, with its nine volumes selling about 90.000 units and averaging 10.000 sales each by February 2007. A box-set with the complete series was released on March 28, 2008 in Japan.The DVD release was based on the edited rebroadcast, cutting down the total episode count to 42. Thirteen episodes were dubbed in English by Saban Entertainment, under the title of Dragon Warrior, and aired in the United States.

                                     

1. Plot

The story is about a teenage boy, Abel, and his best friend, Tiala. On her 15th 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 dragons 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.

                                     

2. Characters

Abel アベル, Aberu Voiced by: Tōru Furuya Japanese, Adult, Chie Satō Japanese, Child, Duff McDonald English, both Tiala ティアラ, Tiara Voiced by: Masako Katsuki Japanese; Shelly Lefler 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 ソフィア, Sofia 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 Ludoff 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 サラ, 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. The Japanese narration is done by Shinji Ogawa.

                                     

3. Production

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

                                     

4. Music

Shuki Levy is the composer for the Saban English-dubbed edition. In addition to adapting music from Dragon Quest and Dragon Quest III, Shuki Levy also reused several music cues from the 80s DIC Entertainment Cartoon Starcom: The U.S. Space Force in addition to recycling some of the music from Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors which those tracks would later be reused for the Saban/Fox Kids English Dub of Digimon Adventure Season 1

  • Openings
  • Episodes: 33-43
  • "Aiming the Future" 未来をめざして, Mirai wo Mezashite
  • Lyricist: Shigeru Amano / Composer: Toshiaki Matsumoto / Arranger: Akira Mitake / Singers: Tōru Furuya
  • January 11, 1991 - April 5, 1991
  • Endings
  • Episodes: 1-26
  • Lyricist: Hitoshi Shinohara / Composer: Hideaki Tokunaga / Arranger: Ichizo Seo / Singers: Hideaki Tokunaga
  • December 2, 1989 - August 4, 1990
  • "Yume wo Shinjite" 夢を信じて, "Believe in Dreams"
  • Episodes: 27-32
  • "Rainbow Capital" 虹の都, Niji no Miyako
  • Lyricist: Ichiban Arimura / Composer: Hidemaro Aoki / Arranger: Kabuki Rocks & Nobuhiko Sato / Singers: Kabuki Rocks
  • August 11, 1990 - September 22, 1990
  • January 11, 1991 - April 5, 1991
  • "Rainbow BRAND NEW DAY" 虹のBRAND NEW DAY, Niji no BRAND NEW DAY
  • Episodes: 33-43
  • Lyricist: Shigeru Amano / Composer: Toshiaki Matsumoto / Arranger: Akira Mitake / Singers: Tōru Furuya


                                     

5. Episodes

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
                                     
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