Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibouken
Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibouken (DRAGON QUEST -ダイの大冒険-, "Dragon Quest: Dai's Great Adventure") is a long-running manga by Sanjo Riku and Inada Koji set in the Dragon Quest world, based mainly on Dragon Quest III and its class system. It features filler pages giving game-like character stats of the heroes, and often explains details of the spells used in the games.
The plot centers around the revival of the Demon Lord defeated in an earlier war, his attempts to conquer the world and the fight of the heroes against him.
An anime series based on the manga was also produced.
- Dai, the main hero. He has grown up on an island full of friendly monsters. For a short time, he has been trained by Avan, but he always has difficulty casting spells, usually it works only when he is very angry. His birth name, given by Baran is Dino.
- Avan, who trains the hero for a short time, but then dies fighting Hadlar. He remains ever-present as a role model, and many of the characters are former disciples or comrades of Avan. Near the end, it turns out that Avan is alive after all.
- Pop, another disciple of Avan who came to Dai's island with him. He is the first party member to join, so to say. A magic user with a lazy and cowardly streak who often has to be shamed into doing the right (heroic) thing, he provides the comic relief in the series.
- Maam, daughter of the warrior and the priest who fought with Avan in the previous war, and a former disciple of his, is the next to join. She is described as a white mage warrior. She has no offensive spells, but a gun Avan gave her that can fire spells on bullets. Pop, who initially detests her, later develops a crush on Maam. When her gun breaks, she trains to become a Warrior.
- Leona, the young princess of Papnika, a land of sages. Early in the manga, Dai saves her from a conspiracy that tries to use a ritual on the island to kill her, and falls in love with her.
- Gomechan, a gold metal slime with wings. He rarely takes an active part in battle, but is something like the mascot of the series.
- Hyunkel, the only human commander in the Demon Army. He later defects into the good side. He is one of Avan's disciples.
- Beast King Crocodine, commander of the Beast Army, who later defects into the good side.
The Demon Army
- Hadlar, who was defeated by Avan in the previous war and kills him early in the manga. He later defects into the good side.
- Baran, Dai's birth father. He is the commander of the Dragon Army. Also, he is a Dragon Knight, like Dai. He is killed by Hadlar.
- Brass, Dai's adoptive father.
- The fake heroes, a group who act as heroes but are really just after money. The members in detail:
- Derolin (でろりん), hero.
- Zurbon (ずるぼん), priest (female).
- Masopho (まぞっほ), mage.
- Hero-Hero (へろへろ), soldier.
- The King of Romos, a typical elderly, rotund Dragon Quest King.
- Matoriv, a sadistic and lecherous old mage who fought on the side of Avan in the previous war. Reluctantly he agrees to help the heroes again and trains Pop for a while. Graphically, Matoriv sticks out among the characters; both his design and the style in which he is drawn resemble Moebius rather than anything from the Dragon Quest series.
Influence on the series
Being the most popular and longest-running Dragon Quest spin-off, Dai no Daibouken left an impact on the video games that inspired it. The most significant influence is the introduction of Skills performed by human characters. Characters routinely perform extraordinary feats that go beyond the scope of the generic attack battle command seen in the series up until IV.
In particular, Avan's Strong Slash sword technique and Hyunkel's Grand Cruz ability would be incorporated beginning with VI as Gigaslash and Pearly Gates. Interestingly, such skills are presented in the manga as being immensely dangerous to the user, requiring perfect execution to prevent one's body from tearing itself apart due to the incredible power output.
- List of Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibouken manga chapters
- List of Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibouken anime episodes