Set for the fall season with an October 2020 debut, the Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai anime TV series has had a lot of information dropped about it. The project has Kazuya Karasawa directing it with Katsuhiko Chiba supervising the scripts for it. Emiko Miyamoto is working on the character designs with Toei Animation handling the production of the animation.
The Japanese cast includes:
- Atsumi Tanezaki as Dai
- Toshiyuki Toyonaga as Popp
- Mikako Komatsu as Maam
- Saori Hayami as Leona
- Takahiro Sakurai as Avan
- Yuuki Kaji as Hyunckel
— 「ドラゴンクエスト ダイの大冒険」アニメ公式 (@DQ_DAI_anime) May 27, 2020
The series is based on the manga by Riku Sanjo and Koji Inada that ran for 37 volumes between 1989 and 1996. It’s had several films and a prior series in 1991.
Plot Concept: 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 super powers 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.