The beginning of Fall, the leaves beginning to change, and now we’re seeing the beginning of the Fall Anime Premieres with one of the Premiere of Toei Animation’s newest series: Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai. After the defeat of the demon lord Hadlar, all of the monsters were unleashed from his evil will and moved to the island of Delmurin to live in peace. Dai is the only human living on the island. Having been raised by the kindly monster Brass, Dai’s dream is to grow up to be a hero. He gets to become one when Hadlar is resurrected and the previous hero, Avan, comes to train Dai to help in the battle. But Hadlar, announcing that he now works for an even more powerful demon lord, comes to kill Avan. To save his students, Avan uses a Self-Sacrifice spell to attack but is unable to defeat Hadlar. When it seems that Dai and Avan’s other student Pop are doomed, a mark appears on Dai’s forehead and he suddenly gains superpowers and is able to fend off Hadlar. The two students then go off on a journey to avenge Avan and bring peace back to the world.
Adapted from the Manga written by Riku Sanjo, illustrated by Koji Inada and the Video Game of the same name, the premiere stays true to it’s adapted material, the Adventure of Dai is one this year’s hidden gems. The animation handled by Muse Communications Co. and Toei Animation, it balances 2D animation with a hint of CG in certain scenes but with an old school rhythm. The music handled by Yuki Hayashi, this composer has done a wonderful job with anime such as My Hero Academia, Run with the Wind, and will be handling it on the series Shaman King which will be premiering in 2021.
If you’re a fan of the Dragon Quest game series then you’re in for a treat, seeing certain creatures and of course, Slime will bring back a steady amount of nostalgia. The first episode’s pacing was easy to follow for a new fan of the series or a Dragon Quest Player needing a refresher, I was a fan of the witty banter between Dai (voiced by Atsumi Tanezaki) and his master Brass (voiced by Kenichi Ogata), the voice actors have the perfect sync on the screen that makes the viewer feel right at home.
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