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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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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
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.


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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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NewType December 2020 pg 42-43

The part of Dai

One day to be the hero I admire

Top left picture: The Papnica knife he was given from Leona. The blade is small but the blade boasts the enough sharpness to injure both Hadlar and Crocodine. One could say that it is a weapon that most closely represents the small hero Dai.

One image down: Due to the training of Avan, within just 3 days Dai became much stronger. Both Brass who raised him and his fellow student Popp can't hide their amazement at the awesome potential of Dai.

Middle image: Dai. He is the only human on the monster inhabited island of Demline where he was raised. While he is still a child, and his immature points stand out, when his anger is inflamed a crest on his dead appears and wields a tremendous power.

Right image: The Hero Tutor, Avan. His real identity is the hero of legend who defeated Hadlar in the past. He tried to use the self sacrifice spell Megante to bring the fight against the resurrected Hadlar to a draw but...

Middle bottom image: Meeting the princess of the Kingdom of Papnica made a big change in the fate of Dai who had until then just been a boy living on an uninhabited island. If not for Leona the master and student relationship with Avan would not have happened.

Dai's Recommendation is the Beast King Crocodine!?

With the start of the battle against the Dark Army, you can't keep your eyes off the story of "Dragon Quest the Adventure of Dai." What is TANEZAKI Atsumi's view, as both someone who followed the story in real time, and voices the part of Dai of this new "Adventure of Dai"?

-The work is famous and the reputation has already been established and it has been put to film before, so I would think that these things would make it harder in some different ways.

Tanezaki: That's right! But when I heard about the auditions themselves I was so happy about that itself I couldn't believe it. One thing is that I wanted to be a voice actress pretty early. There have been so many times I have been frustrated that there has been a work getting animated that I liked, that I loved since I was a child being made into an anime, and I was unable to make it to the point of getting an audition. So it is such an honor to get the part of Dai. And while of course I want to do Dai, I thought I would even be happy getting any role for this work.

-You watched the previous anime version child you say?

Tanezaki: I was still super duper small at the time so my memory isn't as clear as the male cast that are right at the correct age range, but I recall watching it with my older sister and thinking that the enemies and comrades  all had cool attacks, and wishing that an emblem would emerge on me. I also made Hyunckel's armor out of newspaper (Laugh). So, then a few years after the anime ended, I snuck into my sisters room and secretly read the compiled volumes of the original work. I thought, so this is what the story was about! and once again was deeply moved.

-Was there a character you liked?

Tanezaki: Popp! I have always like the type of characters that become infatuated with women (laugh). You know that type of character never ends as just infatuated, so maybe it is that gab that I am weak to. So more than the "Way they grow" I am attracted to that "Gap", its quite precocious isn't it.... I recall throughly enjoying the romantic relationship between Popp and Maam. I think even though I was a child I was cheering on his relationship with Maam from the heart. Because of that, for Hyunckel....I admired his armor but I think I viewed him as the person messing with my favorite character's love life (laugh).

-After all in some ways Popp is like the second main character. Could you also talk about the appeal of Dai?

Tanezaki: Hmm....While at the start Dai would be embarrassed if you praised him, talking about the appeal of the character I am acting as makes me embarrassed and I have a hard time saying anything... But I like the way that he is embarrassed, and the way he can do a dry comedic straight man, and the way he is pure and straight forward....(Deep thinking) I guess how he is special but not special. But if I talk about it too much it would be spoilers syou know (Laugh).

-So may I ask what to look forward to?
Tanezaki: Att he start of the story the first thing that made me cry was the fight against Crocodine. You could complain, "Not the place with Avan-Sensei!" (Laugh). For Avan versus Hadlar I was just overwhelmed by intensity of the two, but Crocodine is really appealing. Re-watching as an adult his pride as a man, his hot passion, it is tremendous. Mr. Maeno (Tomoaki) does a wonderful performance and fits the character, and Crocodine pulls on your heartstrings. I've grown to have a body that is tearful with scenes of Crocodine (Laugh). The current anime has a good tempo, so these passionate scenes will come one after another. My emotions can't keep up!

-So you are saying that instead of Dai or Popp that we should focus on Crocodine (laugh).

Tanezaki: Personally he is my top recommendation (laugh). Of course I still love Popp! But since I was a child Popp was steadfast number one, but lately Hadlar has started to eat into that, and with those changes I can sense that I have become an adult.....

-While the type is different from Popp, Hadlar is also a failure as a person, right?

Tanezaki: I guess I am attracted to that sort of person (laugh). Those difficulties of middle management, it is the kind of thing you don't appreciate until you are an adult. But of course besides the main characters whose names I have already mentioned, the characters who only show up for a moment, they are also charming. There is a reason they have been continued to be loved for such a long time. You are willing missing out if you don't know this long loved work! It is still not too late, I want those who still haven't to touch upon this production.

Top picture on second page: This is an original monster to "The Adventure of Dai", the Dark Scorpion. While the Scorpion types in the games are solid they are weak to the Gira type spells. So this strong opponent is one rank above them since he is immune to spells.

What you gaze at is....
Even still, the reason I fight
Real Courage is not planned.
To rescue Leona who is in trouble....That is a large motivator for Dai to throw himself into battle. The legion commanders that stand in his way are all the cream of the crop but Dai is someone with courage who does not flinch. "No matter what the danger is, he will dive in to save those who he cherishes....that is who Dai is" (Tanezaki)


Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai
Every Week/ Saturday AM 9:30-10:00 TV Tokyo Affliates
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Web: https://dq-dai.com/
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