Dragon Quest: Abel Yuusha
Dragon Quest: Abel Yuusha (Dubbed in English as Dragon Warrior and also known as Dragon Quest: Legend of the Hero Abel (ドラゴンクエスト ～勇者アベル伝説～) is one of the first contributions to the Dragon Quest franchise outside of the video games. It was a 1989 Japanese animated television series loosely based off of Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation. The series was directed by Rintaro and Katsuhisa Yamada, with art faithful to that of Akira Toriyama.
From the success of Dragon Quest I, a 43-episode cartoon series followed (32 episodes in the first season, 11 in the second). Produced by Japan's Nippon Animation Studios in 1989-'90 and released in the U.S. by LBS Communications the following year, under the title Dragon Warrior.
The thirteen Dragon Warrior episodes mimicked the video game format by being titled as "Levels." The first episode was entitled "Level One: Ariahan Village," the second was "Level Two: Departure," the third was "Level Three: Leebe Village," and so on until "Level Thirteen: Najimi Tower."
Introduced in Level One was 16-year-old Abel, who was compelled by circumstance to seek and destroy Baramos, a huge, horrible winged creature who bore the "Voice of Doom." Baramos had threatened to expose mankind to the apocalyptic fury of the Great Dragon by means of a magical amulet called the Red Stone. It's likely that Abel would have steered clear of all this had not his closest childhood friend, 15-year-old girl Tiala, been the latest descendant of the family charged with guarding the Red Stone - making her subsequent kidnapping by Baramos all but inevitable.
Various good and bad characters arose in the series, but outside of Baramos and his coward-bully servant Moor, most of the regulars characters were "good." There was Abel's close pal MocoMoco, who was larger than Abel but not quite as athletic. Then there was Daisy, described by a Dragon Warrior press release as a "macho miss," who was then introduced in "Level 4: Girl Warrior Daisy." And for humor's sake, there was Janac the wizard, a mustachioed, pipe-puffing old soak with not a few eccentric character flaws.
- Long John Baldry - Narrator
- Sam Vincent - Mokomoko
- Marcy Goldberg - Daisy
- Richard Newman - Yanack
- Garry Chalk - Great Demon King Baramos
- Jim Byrnes - Wizard Moore
- Dale Wilson - Dodonga
- Michael Donovan - Adonis
- Scott McNeil - General Rudolph
- Alvin Sanders - Baharata
|Episode #||Episode Title||Synopsis||Original airdate|
|1||Level 1||Tiara receives a red jewel for her 16th birthday. This jewel has the ability to awaken the Great Dragon. She meets up with her friend Abel to try out her new flying machine, and after a successful attempt Baramos appears; kiddnapping Tiara.||December 2, 1989|
|2||Level 2||December 9, 1989|