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  1. On 11/17/2020 at 8:37 AM, DranzerX13 said:

    08. Hundred Beast Full Assault
    Hyakujū so-shingeki
    Air Date: 2020/11/21

    With Maam joining them on their journey, the three arrive late at night to Romos castle town, and spend their night at the inn. They are awoken by the echoing roar of Crocodine throughout the town. Crocodine, along with his Hundred Beast army are doing a full force attack against Romos castle. Dai soon gives chase to Crocodine and runs from the inn. Maam takes Popp to chase after but... Dai and Crocodine confront each other in the grand hall of Romos castle. Seeing Dai's fast growth he prepares to use the horrible plan that Zaboera left with him.

    This was quite an emotional episode, even knowing what was coming. I think I am warming up to Zaboera's voice (really sounded wrong to me last episode). Music was on point. Voice acting was also on target. I don't recall on having any real issues with the translation this time either. The episode followed the manga pretty closely with a few lines cut (I assume for time) but nothing major. I think this was also the first episode to have flashback scenes.  I am very excited for the next episode.


    So I ordered a number of Dai goods. Today I will post the cards from the new arcade game I got (had someone in Japan play it for me).  So these are just a mostly random set of cards. For those who haven't been following it, the arcade game is very similar to Dragon Quest Monsters Battle Road.

    First set of cards


    Top left is the Imperial Scroll Card, for saving your game on to. This is a special event card so it only allows 30 saves on it. The normal ones cost money and have 400 saves. Top middle is the "My Hero" card, which allows you to create your own character that you can level through playing the game. Top right is a special event Dai.

    Second Row, left is a special event Popp., followed by the Dai card from the December 2020 V Jump. After that are normal monsters.

    First set of cards (back)


    This is the back of that last batch of cards. You can see the detailed stats including the class the card belongs to and the range of a cards attack. There is also monster encyclopedia style information about the character or monster.

    Second set of cards


    More normal monster cards.

    Second Set of cards (back)


    You can see more of a variation in their attack ranges here.

    Third set of cards


    Getting into some more rare cards here. They sparkle.

    Third set of cards (back)


    Backs of the cards don't sparkle. You can see the rare cards are two star rare.


    Fourth set of Cards


    This Dai card sparkles even more.

    Fourth set of cards (back)


    This Dai is a 3 star rare card.

    Fifth Set of Cards


    Not all of the cards are characters or monsters that appear in Dai. Oren from DQX is in here because, why not?

    Fifth Set of Cards (Back)


    You can see these character cards are "Dragon Rare", so they have a little dragon mark instead of stars. Oren on the other hand is 4 stars. I suspect he is more rare than Dragon Rare. There are also 2 secret cards at this time, Hadlar and the Dragon Lord (DQI).


    At the event they also handed out a pamphlet and a cardboard knife.



    Pamphlet cover

    Second page

    The list of cards here would suggest that Dragon Rare is more rare than four star Giga Rare, but I only got one Giga and multiple Dragon, so I am not sure I trust that.

    Third page

    Here you can see the real save card, a card set you can buy, a card album you can buy, and a fancy set of card sleeves.


    The back of these things are always for commercials. The top is for the Daicolle weapon/item set volume 1. I will talk about these another day. Same goes for the Portable Adventure digital game. Both of these can give you QR codes for weapons or armor to use for your "My hero" in the arcade game. The next row down is commercials for the other announced games. Row below that is the prequel manga running in VJump and the Perfect Editions of the original manga.






    It seems the mail was not so good for the knife. There is a bit of a bend you can see here. The knife pops in and out of the cardboard really easily, so I just put it back in after waving it around like a maniac for storage.


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  2. Episode 7: Maam's Turmoil

    I enjoyed this episode more than the previous one. They did a good job on focusing on Maam and it has one of my favorite quotes from the series in this episode. I did think that the censoring of blood from Crocodine's eye injury negatively affected the episode. It's hard to tell what happened, and confusing to suddenly see that he has a scar on his face. The censoring of blood also is rather ironic in that we still are seeing the violence, but the results of violence aren't shown. But I guess this is what the Japanese censors require for children's television now, so so be it. The extra scenes they added to the episode felt natural, and I think it was a good "breather" episode between action. It also looked like they were saving money from the budget with this episode though. A bit more limited animation, and the fight with Crocodine at the start looked rather odd in places. Hopfully the animation will improve when it is needed for the fight showdown with Crocodine in the next two episodes.

    On 11/10/2020 at 2:05 PM, Chris said:

    Noticed today the version without the Amazon bonus is available to preorder if the shipping address is Japanese, as soon as you change it UK it becomes unavailable. It normally says it can't ship to your address, but lets you add the item to the basket. Dunno if that might mean it will be made available soon?

    That sounds a bit concerning for UK shipping. Without any more information about the bonus items I am still waiting to decide where I will order from.


    On 11/14/2020 at 12:16 PM, Billy MK said:

    Any chance of the blu-ray version being uncensored?

    It is possible, but I think the Blu-Ray release will also be aimed at families. 13 episodes in a volume is a very children's anime oriented release format as well.


    Mantan Web Interview with Tanezaki
    Atsumi Tanezaki: Playing Dai in "The Adventure of Dai", she was Rescued by a "Comrade"

    October 1, 2020
    [Picture: Atsumi Tanezaki who plays the main character Dai from the anime and manga "Dragon Quest the Adventure of Dai"]

    Atsumi Tanezaki plays the part of the main character of Dai in the new television animation "Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai", which is based and uses the setting and world of the popular "Dragon Quest" game series. The story was a popular series serialized in "Weekly Shounen Jump" (Shueisha) from 1989 until 96' and it has been about 28 years since it was last made into a television animation series. The series continues to be loved by its fans, and it is also a special series for Tanezaki who loved the series as a child. Tanezaki told us about her feeling: that to play the popular main character, and it also being a story that she was emotionally attached to, she felt a great pressure, and was troubled.

    • I was obsessed as a child, but there is also a charm that you find when you have become an adult.

    "Dragon Quest the Adventure of Dai" written by Riku Sanjo, drawn by Kouji Inada, and supervised by Yuuji Horii was serialized in Weekly Shounen Jump from 1989 to 96', it depicts the story of the young boy Dai, and the Mage Popp on their journey to defeat the Dark Lord.
    The collected comics have a cumulative total over about 4,700,000 copies printed. The new anime will be broadcast on TV Tokyo affiliated stations starting October 3rd every Saturday at 9:30 in the morning.

    For Tanezaki "The Adventure of Dai" is an important work that she has watched since she was a child.

    "When I was little my whole family would watch the anime. After the anime broadcast had ended, I read the original work from my elder sister's book shelf. When I had watched the anime I had thought the moves were cool! But reading the manga I was able to comprehend the story. There is a scene at Romos Castle when Popp hears the cheering and say's 'Thanks for the support!', but as a child, watching the anime, I misheard 'Support (Goseien) as '5000 Yen' (Gosenen). I had thought....Oh they were given money (Laugh). Reading the original work I understood it was 'Support'. Thinking it about it now, I was watching for the romantic relationship between Popp and Maam, I guess?"

    For the audition for the new anime, she reread the original work and says "I became engrossed in it like I was as a child". "As an adult, rereading it, I realized the human drama is done reliability, and the romance is drawn realistically. Though  it is mostly unrequited love (laugh). You also get the impression that the Dark Army is like a company, and being in middle management is hard..." The character that Tanezaki likes in particular is Popp. At the start he is a coward, but he has a large growth and fights for his comrades and comes to support Dai. "I still love him, that hasn't changed from when I was a child. The story of 'The Adventure of Dai' is also a coming of age story for Popp as well. I like the gap of how he is after his growth. I am weak to gaps in characters.  Did I think the same way as a child?"

    • Toyonaga Toshiyuki, "Popp" rescued her.

    At the time that voice actors were announced this year in May, there was an impressive part where Tanezaki cried. She says the pressure of it being a work she loves since she was a child, and a popular work was intense. "When it was settled that I would preform I was like, I'm so happy! What do I do!? It was those two waves one after another. My family was also watching so they were also delighted. Like me, there are so many people who like Dai....The pressure started to surge. It is usual in life to be able to act in a work that you have loved since you were little. Since I love it, I know there are a ton of people who love Dai. I was thinking how privileged it is that I get to perform Dai, if a work I loved was to become a new anime and I did not get to perform in it....this is what I think. If that were to happen, I would not want to disappoint myself. So when the recording started I felt a tremendous pressure I tried to make sure that no one could sense the pressure I felt as we continued to record, but bit by bit I started to feel uneasy."

    "At the start the feelings of 'I am going to face the production!', 'I will do my best!' were strong but little by little it became 'At this rate are things OK?', 'Am I too unsteady?' these sorts of troubles were born in me. You could say that my heart changed places within me..." During this tough time the person who extended a helping hand was the voice actor for Popp, Toyonaga Toshiyuki. "Toyonaga sensed all of my struggles for me. 'Lately, you have been a bit different from the start?', 'Are you OK' he asked. At a time like this (With the effects of the novel coronavirus spreading leading to recordings with limited people) there was really no chance to talk deeply about the production with everyone. So Toyonaga said, 'But, let's talk!' We talked about what was on my mind, my feelings for the work, and my acting. To the director I asked all the questions about the detailed differences between the original work and this anime and the like. This allowed me to approach the work directly. I probably was putting my body under too much pressure. In a good way I am accustomed to the studio now. Though I think I will feel the pressure until the broadcast is done." Popp is Dai's important comrade. Tanzaki was rescued by her "Comrade" Toyonaga. "That is right. We are comrades. I did my best to not let out the discomfort I felt, so I was surprised. But talking it  out I understood... Toyonaga said to me, 'When Dai is worried, Popp is the one to do something! It is a real, 'Adventure of Dai' I am so happy that I get to go on an adventure with such amazing comrades."

    • "Avan Strashi!" I can't believe it!

    When acting as Dai, the important thing is creating the character's of his "Comrades". "This isn't just true for this show, but you can't create the character yourself. The surrounding people help create the character. The manga 'The Adventure of Dai' is completed, and you need to plan out how to act. You need to blend your acting with the rest of the cast to try and make a better production....that was what I was working at the start but, even though I thought I was doing the same thing as normal there was a fervor, and I could not do it as normal it seems. That is it.... After all, you have to cherish the people around you"
    The major technique Dai uses is the famous "Avan Strash". You scream "Avan Strash!" as you swing your sword, and at the time of serialization, you would see children imitate it with things like umbrellas.
    Tanezaki said, "When recording, there is no time to think I am about to say 'Avan Strash!' When watching the finished video I see myself saying it! It's unbelievable! It's true! Thank you! That is how I am then (Laugh)"
    The highlight of the anime is "It's obviously not the same as the previous anime, I want you to enjoy 'The Adventure of Dai' as a new work. The staff and cast polished the masterpiece over and over, so look forward to it!" Tanezaki said. The way she faces the role is earnest itself, and that might be why she was troubled.  I want to anticipate the enthusiastic performance full of "comrades" sharing their affection.


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  4. On 11/3/2020 at 7:00 PM, DranzerX13 said:

    06. The Beast King, Crocodine
    Jūō Kurokodain

    Dai was determined to leave the island to carry out the will of Avan and defeat the Demon King Vearn. Popp also boarded the boat with Dai headed for Romos castle. But, as soon as they enter the Demon Forest the two get lost. After meeting the girl Mina in the forest, they are in a pinch when they are attacked by monsters. They at saved by the magic gun using girl Maam. After splitting paths with Maam they become lost again, but before them appears the Beast King of the Demon Army, Crocodine, who has been ordered by Hadlar to take Dai's life. 

    This episode had a lot cut from the original manga. In general, it still worked but the episode felt a little lower budget at the same time. The animation wasn't as good, in particular when Maam saves Popp it looks like she can fly, not like a jump. The fight with Crocodine still looked good, my sister was not a fan of the "up skirt" shots he kept getting, but I am sure we will be seeing more of those. Maam's voice actress sounded good, Crocodine I might need a bit more time to get used to. I am wondering if the voice of the "Akuma no Medama" is its own voice this time, or indicative of another character's voice. The translation quality really fell for this episode as well, before I even had started watching the comments on Crunchyroll were pointing out "Lord" was "Load".  The translation accuracy was also much looser, to the point that it felt like it might be a different translator than previous episodes. The localization choice of translating in Japanese what literally translates as "The Hundred Beast Army" as the FurFang Legion was rather off putting. Legion of course is a fine choice, but looking up FurFang to see if any other Dragon Quest games had used it, it seemed to be a word more for Furries. While the "hundred" in "Hundred Beast" isn't supposed to literally mean 100 different animals, but rather just another way of indicating "many" just translating it as "Beast Legion", or "Wild Beast Legion" would have been a better choice in my opinion. This certainly was not the episode to spend their whole budget on, even though it introduces new characters and concepts, so I probably would not change things, but I was not as satisfied with this episode as others. Looking forward to Maam's backstory next episode.

    On 11/7/2020 at 4:15 AM, Chris said:

    Amazon lets you pay the import fees upfront, which is handy in the UK as the tax duty threshold is really low and then the shipping company adds an extra fee. Hoping they make it available soon, but you still can't import DQXIS. Amazon are really weird sometimes, you couldn't import DQX V.5 but you could order the All-in-One package.

    If they don't, then I'll have to go elsewhere.

    I'd rather they translated the attacks, personally. Using Megante struck me as weird but I guess they wanted to avoid using the word "Kamikaze"... for ratings purposes..?

    Oh, the duty threshold in the USA is quite high, so I don't have to worry about crossing it in general. I can see where that would put Amazon as the best choice. I don't understand a lot of the import regulations Amazon and the like put out. The other day I could not order the Dai themed Chocolate Wafers off of Rakuten thru Buyee, but it did not say why.

    Kamikaze is rather questionable, especially for a Japanese game translation, but if they are wiling to use it in the games, I don't see any reason to not use it in the anime as is. I agree that if they are already translating attacks they should have done so for Megante so that people would not get the wrong impression and think the attack is unique to Dai.

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  5. On 10/21/2020 at 4:49 AM, DranzerX13 said:

    New episode titles from December Issue (October 21st) of V-Jump:

    05. The Insignia of Avan
    Aban no Shirushi

    The new music for the series was used well in this episode, and I thought the animation and the voice acting was on target to make this the emotional episode that it needed to be. The localization was interesting, choosing to keep "Megante" instead of the localized term "Kamikaze". I personally wish they would leave the spells and such as they are in Japanese more since this is a subtitled version anyway, but for fans who normally play in English, is this format of translation working out better for you?

    On 10/29/2020 at 6:08 PM, Megalosaro said:

    My wife is really loving this show.  Every episode seems so quick.   

    I think the pacing of the series makes much more sense in a world where anime series tend to only last 12 episodes, instead of having time to breath like they did when every show as aimed at a wider audience and shown during the daytime. Hopefully it is finding its way into the watching schedule of the prime audience of children, rather than being fully supported by the adult audience. It is hard to tell from the internet, especially with all the hype for Kimetsu no Yaiba blotting out everything else.

  6. Starting in the December issue of VJump magazine (with a preview in the November issue) is a new Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai spinoff manga series titled "Yuusha Avan to Gokuen no Mao". It is a prequel based off of the adventure of the hero Avan with his original battle against the "Dark Lord" Hadlar.

    The December magazine has Dai and Avan on the cover.




    It also includes a card for the new Dragon Quest arcade game (which is very similar to the old Dragon Quest Monsters Battle Road Arcade game)



    Color Page and First page



    The first chapter is pretty much a redrawing of the original "Yuusha Avan" bonus manga that ran back during Dai's serialization that was included in the compilation volumes. Below you can see a comparison for the first two pages. Frame for frame it replicates the original story, but removes the section where Roca says he will never fall in love with a women. There is also a few more pages at the end that introduce Hadlar's henchmen for this series.

    Page 1 comparison


    Page 2 comparison



    Currently V Jump is especially attractive to Dragon Quest fans because outside of this serialization and the the coverage of the Dai anime, it also covers the various games and includes digital codes for various games (This volume has one for DQX). Currently, counting this manga, there are three Dragon Quest manga serialized in VJump. Dragon Quest Souten no Soura, which takes place in the world of DQX and the comedic action slime manga "Slime Dawn" (Though Slime Dawn seems like it could be ending soon).

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  7. There is another Daisuki TV scheduled for this Saturday 10am, right after the latest episode (episode 5) of Dai. (This would be 6pm Pacific Daylight Time Friday).

    In the meantime, later today, one of the animators working on episode 5, Yuya Takahashi, is streaming his drawing of a Dragon Quest Dai picture.

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  8. Among this year's recipients of the Japanese "Person of Cultural Merit" award is Sugiyama, the composer of almost all of the Dragon Quest games. Last year, Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Mario, received the award as the first person in the video game industry to be awarded last year. Of course Sugiyama isn't known just for his Dragon Quest compositions, having worked on creating songs for anime and pop music in the past as well. There does not seem to be any coverage of this year's awards in English yet. Here is the article on NHK. In the article Sugiyama is quoted as saying that he intends to continue the work he has done in games and other fields.

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  9. On 10/16/2020 at 6:55 PM, DranzerX13 said:

    04. The Dark Lord Hadlar's Return
    Maō Hadorā no Fukkatsu

    The fire dragon transformation skill (Dragoram) has turned Avan into a dragon, and he holds nothing back as he attacks Dai. Dai fights back with his knife but it's of no use even a dragon's skin is tougher than iron.  To defeat Avan's breath of fire instead of the power move, Daichizan, he needed the speed attack, Kaihazan. When he finishes his training they all feel the presence of an evil power trying to enter the island. Avan's horrible suspicion is correct. The worst case plays out in who breaks through the Mahokator barrier and appears before Avan.....!

    It really is hard to make much of a judgement on the episodes, I am still just so happy that we have the possibility of seeing the story finished in animated form this time. This was another episode that was rather close to the source material. I personally wasn't a fan of the scene change so that Dai used Hyado to make an ice cube to cool Avan's nose, while the original had Popp handing him a bandage. But really, with the TV broadcast restrictions, it made sense to remove the existence of the blood, and I guess the focus on Dai's magic use will make a nice contrasting book end later. This episode continued the trend of being a bit more loose in the translation than I would like. In particular, the line that had Popp saying "I choose the wrong person to study under" (or something like that) is おれとんでもない人の所に弟子入りしちまったな Which is more closely something like "I became a student under an outrageous person".


    On 10/24/2020 at 8:53 AM, Chris said:

    Amazon Japan has a listing of the Blu-ray release. https://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/B08LKDNZK3/, currently won't ship outside of Japan though.

    Like the old series Blu-Ray release earlier this year  it looks like they will have store specific extras as well, so I won't choose where to purchase until I know more about what each one looks like. There is a cheaper version that skips the store preorder bonus from Rakuten, which you can purchase through Buyee if you can't get them to ship where you live. I think Buyee allows for purchases from Amazon Japan as well, but it seems it requires a plug in for your browser.

  10. From the November 2020 Newtype magazine (page 32).
    Note: In Japan besides the Gregorian Calendar, they count years by the Emperor's rule. Like the American use of "Millennial" the Japanese use the term to describe a time period or generation. Since last year Japan started "Reiwa" (Previously was Heisei).

    Note 2: The below interview and character descriptions are a bit on the "spoiler" side of things. Those who want to avoid spoilers may want to skip reading this.

    Dragon Quest Dai no Daibouken
    Every Saturday AM 9:30-10:00 TV Tokyo
    WEB https://dq-dai.com
    Twitter @DQ_DAI_anime
    Interview By GIGAN-YAMAZAKI
    Series Director Kazuya Karasawa & Producer Keisuke Naitou

    A Boys Determination and Growth
    A New Adventure for Children in the Age of Reiwa
    -To start with, what was the path to "Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai" becoming an anime?
    Naitou: A big part of it is that amongst middle management at various companies there has been an increase in people who were in the age group that read "The Adventure of Dai" during its serialization and were engrossed by the anime. So the enthusiasm from various directions for the "The Adventure of Dai" had increased,

    -Then what is the target age group for this project?
    Naitou: Of course we are making it so that the age group that was engrossed with it back in the day to be satisfied and enjoy the show, but our biggest mission is for the enthusiasm and excitement that the "Dai Generation" felt to reach today's children. Our mission is to overcome generations and make it something that they are absorbed in!

    -What is the "Essential point" in creating this new anime? Please tell us what part of it you would say "This will be changed from the previous anime!"
    Karasawa:The big prerequisite is that we show our respect to the old "The Adventure of Dai" in our creation. On top of that though it is a "Completely New Work" so the scenario, casting, music and the like are all new. Of course we have the original story creators help in checking things. On top of that we are using the latest in 3DCG techniques to give ambiance and realism to the images of the world of "The Adventure of Dai". I think all of these are essential points to the new "The Adventure of Dai" that we are giving to the children of the Resei Generation. Of course it is also a work that fans of the previous work can enjoy.

    -Please tell use what did you consider when doing the staffing and casting.
    Karasawa: "Love of Dai" was one of the points we considered. We are a gathering of people who liked the original manga or the old anime of "The Adventure of Dai". We are unified, staff, actors, and other related departments to make "A work to deliver to the current children." The passion we have for the project is intense. Being in the position of Series Director it is hard to gather it all together (laugh). For the casting we used auditions and while of course "Love of Dai is important, it is a work that requires acting skills, so we made the decision impartially based on multiple related judgments.

    Naitou: On the casting, while we asked about their love, of course the most important thing is if they match up with the character. We had the director and the manga creators check it over. Since it is an already finished work we know what are the major scenes for each character in the series, and we can work backwards so that it is easier to have a shared image. For example for Dai it would be "pureness", for Popp it would be being super cool while also being able to perform his comedic gap. For Hadlar we need someone who has a wide breadth, they can act from the delinquent feel at the start of the story but also act as a true warrior.

    -Producer Naitou, could you tell us what part of Karasawa you think is good for working on "Adventure of Dai"?
    Naitou: Having worked up to now with Director Karasawa you can always feel his love of Dai. His attitude of taking the challenge this time of making it into a 3DCG Hybrid. and his sincerity as he holds fast to his own vision while he also listens to the opinions of those around him. Along with his work stance for building a better production. These things all make you feel strongly that you can trust him as a person to direct.

    -What are your considerations  in the character designs this time. Brass being not orange really stands out.
    Karasawa: The original manga was serialized for about 7 years. During the process of serialization the art changed. But the truth is that the story of "The Adventure of Dai" is that it is a tale that covers about 3 months. So to put it together as a "story that takes place in about three months" we took the art style, elements, and the flow from the end and put them into the start of the story. While respecting Kouji Inada's art, we refined it for the current generation and adjusted the designs so that the many animators working on the project would be able to draw it. On top of that, we matched Brass's color with how he was shown in the Perfect Book. I think the original anime probably based the color of Brass off of an early comic's poster.

    -By the way...for this production how far do you intend to animate?
    Naitou: We want to animate it to the end! We are trying to tackle it with that thought!!

    -The first episode has just aired but please tell us the highlights!
    Karasawa: They are all highlights! The exciting adventure action scenes, the suspenseful and intense fights, the heart pounding human relationships....What will happen in the future with Dai and his companions. I will be happy if you watch and enjoy the episode.
    Naitou: We are drawing it to have as much of the appeal of the original work as possible. We are being careful to show the emotions of the large variety of characters while also having their signature episodes have lively battle action, the chaotic progression of the plot. I think you can look forward to all of this.

    Character Introductions
    Raised by a Kimendoushi on the island of Dermline as the only human among monsters that were released from the influence of the dark lord. He can't do magic, but he looks up to heroes.

    He is a boy who has trained under Avan for almost a year as a mage. When faced with an opponent he can't defeat or strict work he gives up and runs.

    She lives in the village of Nayle in the Kingdom of Romos as a Priest Warrior, she also is really a student of Avan's.  Instead of gunpowder in her bullets she shoots out magic spells and fights with her weapon the "Magic Bullet Gun"

    Princess of the Kingdom of Papnica. Her personality is such that she does not hide her feelings and says what she thinks. It is also not unusual for her to act as a typical tomboy, but she also has the elegance and dignity of royalty.

    A mysterious person who's job is to raise heroes. His silly form of speech stands out but he is a first class swordsman and mage. He teaches his students sincerely. His full name is Avan De Zinuar III.

    This is passionate!
    Keep your eye on the weakling Popp!
    Popp is drawn as an opposite to Dai. His cowardly and pathetic attitude stand out. But he already has learned the super strong spell Merazoma, so his abilities neither win nor lose measured against Dai. His spiritual growth process is the greatest highlight of this work

    Encyclopedia DQ
    It has been about 30 years since the manga was serialized. Below we introduce the giant world setting so that you can enjoy this new work!
    The identity of the hero
    In "Dragon Quest" there is the hero and the dark lord. While the hero who once defeated the Dark Lord Hadlar is often shown in the start of the original serialization looking like the protagonist of "Dragon Quest III Into the Legend..." in reality, who is he?

    The Dark Lord and the commander of the Dark Army
    Dark Lord Hadlar was revived by the Great Demon Lord Vearn, and made into the new Dark Army's commanding officer, the Dark Army Commander. That is how he stands before Dai and the others. The naming of the Dark Army commander was an original position from the manga that later made it's way into the game series.


  11. As Dai is broadcast I expect there will be a number of interviews and articles. I will attempt to translate them for the English speaking community.  Generally I will aim to keep character and place names as shown in the official translation (I might have to go back an fix some of them after the show airs to know these though). Spells and monster names I am not bothering to look up the English equivalent at this time.

    Newtype November 2020

    Mantan Web Tanezaki Interview

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  12. On 10/9/2020 at 3:31 PM, DranzerX13 said:

    03. The Hero's Tutor
    Yūsha no Kateikyōshi
    Air Date: 2020/10/17

    Monsters that have turned violent are attacking humans on the island! In the midst of this uproar appears a man who seems the intellectual yet is playing the fool. He says he teaches heroes and will save the island but... can he be trusted? And the student who came with him is very suspicious...!While Dai is playing with the monsters as usual, suddenly the monsters turn violent. It seems some sort of dark power is affecting them.  Sensing the danger Brass tries to help Dai escape Dermline Island, but Dai refuses. Why Dai and Brass continue to argue, before then appears a man who operates as a hero trainer along with his mage student Popp. The hero trainer announces that the dark lord has returned and that he was requested by the royal family of Papnica  to raise Dai as a hero. Dai is determined to start training to be a hero so that he can defeat the dark lord, who is threatening the people important to him. 


    This episode was pretty close to the source material just with a few of the jokes cut out for time and some other small changes. I know some Japanese viewers had trouble getting used to Avan's new voice, but I thought the new actor does a very good job and sounds quite natural. I wonder if they forgot how suspicious he is supposed to sound since they got used to thinking of him as the kind teacher. The translation continued to give us some questionable choices for spell names. "Glimmer" has got to be a new low I think. I am also a little concerned they used "master" for Popp's usage of "Sensei" since he later makes a distinguished between that and the word "Shisho" which I think is the term that works as "Master" better. We will see what they do when they get there I guess. Next weeks episode should be very exciting.

  13. On 10/14/2020 at 10:30 AM, Megalosaro said:


    I haven't been keeping up with the promotional stuff.  Do you know how many episodes are planned?  Are they going to cover the whole series this time? 

    Nothing has been officially announced yet. Yeah, there is a rumor that was on 5ch and Weibo that it will have 7 cours. They say their goal is to make it to the end.

    On 10/14/2020 at 10:30 AM, Megalosaro said:

    Do you like Maam's new design?

    To me, the new designs look extremely different from the manga and the original anime. The look very modern to me. But everyone on the internet is going on about it having a 90s look that I just don't see. I will admit I am not fully comfortable with the new design, but I think they made the right choice in updating it so that it does not turn off modern viewers. I figure I will get used to it eventually.  The cell phone game though has her looking perfect. Yeah, she now has tights for the martial arts outfit, but that should not be shocking considering what the Dangerous Bikini has looked like since DQIX on.

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  14. On 10/8/2020 at 8:19 PM, DranzerX13 said:

    I'm like a week late making this topic, but, oh well.

    02. Dai and Princess Leona
    Dai to Reona-hime

    Once again a ship approaches the island... from it comes the elegant and dignified Princess from the Kingdom of Papnica, Leona. While she has arrived at the island for a ceremony, when she sees the small hero Dai, she calls him "shrimp"... Good luck, hero (Cry)

    Credit goes to Mimas for translating the summary.

    Trailer for episode 2:


    For those of you who want to watch the new Dai online with English Subtitles, the links can be found below:

    Watch on Crunchyroll

    Watch on Hulu (US Territories Only)

    Note: New episodes are added weekly on Fridays at 7;30pm PST / 10:30pm EST


    This was once again a very well done episode. It was interesting to see the changes they made from the manga this time. I thought the additional scene of Leona recovering and doing a call back to her earlier lines worked very well and gave us a bit more time seeing her as a proponent of justice. Seeing Avan and Popp was also well done, showing a bit of Avan's personality and his focus on obtaining the ultimate goal over short term wins. It might make him a little less suspicious next episode though since he has already been introduced. They have been doing a good job of keeping a fast tempo and moving the plot along which is probably a good thing for the Youtube generation. Next episode might slow the pace down and give the characters a chance to breath from the looks of the preview.

    On 10/9/2020 at 6:20 PM, Megalosaro said:

    Would you guys be interested in doing a watch party ? 

    So far I'm enjoying it.  I miss the original serie's soundtrack, but i'll work with it.  I really hope they adapt the whole series this time.

    That sounds like fun. I don't know what is involved in having one though.

    I do love Sugiyama's soundtrack, but there are some nice songs in this on as well that I have gotten used to from the Daisuki TV broadcasts. I also thought that with the original anime there were some times that the music they chose for certain scenes seemed off or the timing did not match what was happening in the animation as well. When it matched it was wonderful, but I could see how it would be easier to use music made specifically for the series.

  15. This month's Daisuki TV has been announced. It will start at 9pm Japan time (That is 5am Pacific Daylight time) Friday. This month they will have Riku Sanjo, the original author (of the author artist pair) as guest. He will be discussing the upcoming Avan Spin Off manga that will be running in VJump. There will also be a question and answer portion. If you have a question for him and a Twitter account you can ask him by sending a Tweet with the hashtag


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  16. Here is the first of the interviews.


    Riku Sanjo

    What was it like hearing that there was to be an anime adaption the first time?

    I was surprised. Kind of like, "What, you can make an anime of it?" This was because, at the time the popular works in Jump would normally get an anime adaption, but I thought that "Dai" could not be an anime since there was the original "Dragon Quest" productions that it was based on. Then, once it was decided, I was shocked at the unusual speed that everything progressed. But at the time besides writing the script for "Dai" I was also writing articles for Jump, and I was writing the articles about articles about other anime so my impression was just that "My work has kind of increased". I was spending the whole day at the Jump Editorial department so it did not feel that difficult. My entire workload was too much. I was young (laugh).

    How were the meetings between you and the anime staff for things like script writing and series composition?

    We often had meetings with me the producer, the director, and the script writer discussing the larger direction of the story. Particularly I would do things like offer suggestions for things like new characters for content that was not in the manga such animated movies. It is at this time that I met Nobutaka Nishizawa, who years later I would meet up with again when I did script writing work for Toei Animation. When I was young, the animated movie that I found the most provocative was "Mazinger Z tai Ankoku Daishōgun". So I was very excited to meet and talk with it's director. The contents of the movie "Shinsei Rokudai Shoguo" highly reflect those emotions.

    At the time that the anime was aired toys were also being sold, and things were exciting across various media.

    I liked character toys from the start so I was touched to see the characters for a series I was involved with lined up on store shelves. In discussions with the toy producers, Takara (Now known as Takara Tomy) I was asked, "Sanjo Sensei, is there any type of goods that you would like?" So I said I would like something like the Star Wars figure line that was sold overseas. Since Dai is a party battle manga I wanted to keep the taste that "everyone is the main character" and wanted a toy series that had a lot of side characters released. After hearing this they made the "Adventure Hero Selection" toy series, which is the one I am most fond of. It is the only one that has Hadler and his 6 Commanders in color. I excitedly explained to the person in charge "There is even a toy of Carbonite Frozen Han Solo" which I think even now was the hint to the Frozen Leona campaign (laugh).

    In the anime (Both TV series and Movies) please tell us an episode that you most closely empathized with.

    The memory that is most vivid is the first movie. Since we were attempting trial of "anime debut through a movie" I collaborated with the staff as we puzzled over everything starting from the plot creation. If we started from "Derupa! Iruiru!" like in the manga then we could not show Dai's heroics. If we did "Dai Explodes!!!" then the final boss was a bit weak. So to deal with these sorts of issues we had the evil idol if Hadlar as an original feature to the anime, mixing elements from the one shot stories and the serialization. With the addition of Toshiko Fujita's lively voice to the finished work, I remember feeling extremely touched watching Dai moving around. This is the only animated work of "Dai" that has not been released to any home video product before, so along with my personal emotions it makes me especially happy.

    Please give a message to the fans who have purchased the Blu-ray Box.

    Everyone, thank you for the purchase. I thank you from my heart for not forgetting Dai over all these years, and for taking this Blu-ray Box into your hands. It's been so many years since the original broadcast, and we jumped over a laser-disc and DVD release (laugh), to go straight to a Blu-ray release. It is kind of like "Dai" to do that, and I think it is thanks to all of your continual support. Please keep your emotions over from these 30 years running, and continue to support the developments of "Dai". I am counting on you.



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  17. Mine just arrived today. It is a thing of beauty. The box feels nice, thick and strong. The booklet also isn't just some flimsy extra. It is well bound and glossy. I will probably translate the interviews in it some time soon. The restoration is gorgeous, and it is fun to see the small flaws in the animation that were not obvious in the subpar video release (Not to mention that the video tapes I owned were all from Japanese video rental stores selling their old stock) and smaller TVs.

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  18. Well as nice as a physical release with subtitles would be, a Netflix translation would be better than nothing. So I do hope that those English descriptions are a sign that Netflix will put out a version for North America. It would be nice though if we get a more conventional Anime company for a North American release of the upcoming anime though.

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