Just discovered that someone is working on a TAS (tool assisted speedrun) of the Japanese PS2 version of Dragon Quest 8. I was definitely not aware of how badly the game can be abused, and with all the cutscenes and stuff, I assumed that a speedrun would be very limited in terms of what can be accomplished.
I was wrong.
The run starts of by having the Hero "escape" from the arduous task of participating in the opening sequence of the game, and in so doing, he breaks the event flags and is able to manipulate different events into occurring.
By skipping the intro, he does not get Yangus in his party and no pesky Trode, Medea and Wagon to worry about. By dying shortly after eluding his party, he messes with the events and is able to use a Chimera Wing to zoom back to Farebury which makes the boat appear. He uses the boat to grab some sweet items from treasure chests around the world and then finds a Liquid Metal Slime in short order to get some levels fast.
Anyway, I was really impressed with the start of this run. You can see the initial progress in a niconico video posted here: