Years after the defeat of the demon lord Hadlar by the hero Avan, the world was saved and so too were the monsters bent to his will. On the island of Dermline, a group of monsters living in peace found a baby drifting ashore and raised him as their own. The boy, named Dai, grows up aspiring to be one of the heroes he had heard of from his caretaker, the monster mage Brass. One day, a fateful encounter will lead to a chain of events that thrusts Dai from his island home to a journey across the world. Along with his monster friends and new allies met along the way, he sets out to become the hero he had always dreamt of being.
Caesar E.S. (The Indonesian Anime Times)
You know what they say, everything old is new again. The original The Adventure of Dai manga by Riku Sanjo (Beet the Vandel Buster, Kamen Rider W) and Koji Inada (Beet the Vandel Buster) was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1986-1996 and lasted a good 37 volumes. The series also had an anime adaptation that ran for 46 episodes from 1991-1992, with three short anime movies thrown in for good measure. Needless to say, The Adventure of Dai was pretty popular back in its heyday. So it’s no wonder that the media mix machine decided that now is a good time to revive the property again, as not only is it receiving a prequel manga, but also a mobile, console, and arcade game to boot.
And it’s a welcome one. While The Adventure of Dai looks to be your traditional hero-saves-the-world fare like the Dragon Quest games tend to be (and for the most part, are) The Adventure of Dai certainly isn’t lacking on the adventure part. Newcomers can enjoy the exciting sword-and-sorcery action, while Dragon Quest veterans will appreciate the familiar monstrous faces that aid Dai in battle, such as the notable King Slime. In a sea of non-traditional fantasy stories that have been the popular norm in recent anime, The Adventure of Dai feels like a breath of fresh air.
With energetic animation and aesthetics that evoke a nostalgic feel, The Adventure of Dai is perfect if you’re hankering to scratch that fun, old-school, all-ages adventure shonen anime itch.
Facts and Figures
|Alternative Title(s)||ドラゴンクエスト ダイの大冒険|
|Source Material||Manga written by Riku Sanjo & illustrated by Koji Inada|
|Cast||Ai Furihata as Gome
Atsumi Tanezaki as Dai
Kenichi Ogata as Brass
Mikako Komatsu as Maam
Saori Hayami as Leona
Takahiro Sakurai as Avan
Tomokazu Seki as Hadlar
Toshiyuki Toyonaga as Popp
Yuuki Kaji as Hyunckel
|Series Director||Kazuya Karasawa|
|Scenario||Katsuhiko Chiba (Onmyou Taisenki, Outlaw Star, Rune Soldier)|
|Character Design||Emiko Miyamoto (Maho Girls Precure)|
|Music||Yuki Hayashi (Haikyu!!, Gundam Build Fighters, My Hero Academia)|
|Opening Theme||“Ikiru o Suru” by Macaroni Enpitsu|
|Broadcast Date||3 October 2020, (0030 GMT/0730 WIB/0930 JST)|
Screenshots and Trailer
The Indonesian Anime Times