Dragon Quest Saga: Emblem of Roto
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|Dragon Quest Saga: Emblem of Roto|
|Publisher(s)||Square Enix (Japan)|
Star Comics (Italy)
Planeta Cómic (Spain)
|Artist(s)||Kamui Fujiwarai (藤原 カムイ)|
Chiaki Kawamata (川又千秋)
Junji Koyanagi (小柳順治)
|Series||Emblem of Roto|
|Release date(s)||September 20,1991 (Japan)|
July 25, 2006 (Japan, PE)
May 15, 2014 (France)
April 1998 (Italy)
November 4, 2015 (Italy, PE)
September18, 2018 (Spain)
Dragon Quest Saga: Emblem of Roto (ドラゴンクエスト列伝 ロトの紋章) is a manga with art by Kamui Fujiwara, and script by Chiaki Kawamata and Junji Koyanagi that takes place 100 years after the events of Dragon Quest III, and is about a descendant of Roto named Arus. It ran from 1991 to 1997 on Enix's Monthly Shonen Gangan and had two spinoffs, Dragon Quest: Emblem of Roto Returns, and Dragon Quest: Emblem of Roto: Those Who Inherited the Emblem. There is also an OVA covering the childhood of Arus, and an artbook.
The series is 86 chapters long, collected in 21 tankobon volumes, and later in 15 kanzenban for the Perfect Edition. Some parts of the manga were redrawn for the Perfect Edition due to lost materials between the original edition and this re-edition.
After the defeat of Zoma two descendants of Erdrick left Alefgard and founded two kingdoms, the kingdom of Carmen, and the kingdom of Loran, each taking half of the Emblem of Erdrick. 100 years later the king of Carmen is fighting a campaign against a tribe of evil shaman while his wife the queen is pregnant. When they reach their hideout the king and his men find a demonic statue which they assume is the god the shaman worship. As the king gets close enough to destroy the statue, it causes the king's necklace with his half of the Emblem of Erdrick to break off and bewitches the king. The king then decides to take the statue with them to use it as leverage against the shaman.
In the following months the king worships and talks to the demonic statue in secret. The voice of the statue which is the Dragonlord tells him to give his child the demonic name of Jagan instead of the holy name of Arus. When the queen gives birth the king tries to take the child and hold an evil ceremony to name the prince Jagan. General Volgoy and his daughter Lunafrea think that the king is a demon in disguise and try to stop him. Volgoy attacks the king who transforms into the demon Delus along with some of his guards who become skeletons and kills the queen. Lunafrea then uses a ring of light on the demon Delus and defeats him. She then takes Arus and escapes the castle and meets up with Giran and Tarkin who begin to live their life in secret so that monsters may never find the hero Arus and they can train him to become a great hero. After the Dragonlord's failure to turn Arus into a demonic lord he turns to the kingdom of Loran where another descendant of Erdrick is born and succeeds in naming him Jagan and turning him into a demonic lord. 10 years later Arus begins his journey along with Lunafrea, Tarkin, and Giran and his son Kira.
- Arus, the main protagonist. The descendant of Roto from the Carmen kingdom, blessed with a sacred, protector name.
- Kira, Arus's best friend and son of Giran.
- Tie, a blond fairy that accompanies Arus.
- Yao, a martial artists who aids Arus.
- Kadal, sage who fought Zoma alongside Arel.
- Lunafrea, daughter of the general Volgoy of the Carmen kingdom. (Voiced by Yumi Tōma)
- Jagan, the descendant of Roto from the Loran kingdom. He bears a cursed name.
- Dragonlord, a minion of Imagine, and commander of the Dragon army.
- Imagine, the main antagonist.
Emblem of Roto spawned a collection of short side-stories called Emblem of Roto Returns; and a full fledged sequel titled Dragon Quest: Emblem of Roto: Those Who Inherited the Emblem.
Kamui Fujiwara also published a couple of artbooks containing artworks, reference sheets and more.
In 1994, a Drama CD was published.
In 1996, an OVA was released. It covers Arus's childhood and how he became friends with Kira.
Emblem of Roto has had a handful collaborations with the Japanese version of Dragon Quest of the Stars. The collaboration include multitude of cosmetic equipment based on characters like Arus, Kira, Yao, Kadal, Jagan and more; Fiend-difficulty boss fights against multiple villains from the series like Orochi or Imajin, and stamps for multiplayer communication. Kamui Fujiwara designed new armor for the collaboration event.
It also collaborated with Keshi Keshi, with erasers based on Arus, Kira, Yao, Porog (both gadabout and sage forms), Jagan and Gunon. Players would get Poron by just playing the game while the event lasted, with the item to upgrade him to sage being available as a quest reward. Arus, Kira and Yao were gacha erasers. The erasers of Jagan and Gunon were unlockable by progressing in the event.
The heroes of Arus's party also delved into the world of Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, with Arus, Yao and Poron as gacha units, Killa as a free unit, and Gunon and Jagan as bosses. Aside from the units themselves, a couple Vision Cards were also available.