Quest: Abel Yuusha was the first DQ anime
series. It hit the airwaves in 1990 and was supervised by Yuji Horii.
Like the games, Akira Toriyama was in charge of the character designs.
The series had a successful run, but a little over halfway through
the show lost its funding. It returned a few months later as Dragon
Quest II. The series was running around the same time Dragon
Quest IV was released so there were commercials for stuffed Slimes
and other DQ related merchandise.
Many people know
this anime series as Dragon Warrior. The first 13 episodes
were dubbed and brought over to the US and Canada in 1991. Dragon
Warrior also became fairly popular. So popular that it became
Entertainment Tonight's number four most violent animated show
on TV. But, alas, Dragon Warrior fell to the early Sailor
Moon syndrome. Since it was in syndication, most channels gave
it an early time slot before the regular programming. There is also
a rumor that Akira Toriyama's name was never mentioned in the credits.
Reportedly, Toriyama was not pleased and sued the distributors, Saban
Entertainment. So Dragon Warrior was never renewed and people
don't know what happened after episode 13. But, this page is here
to let everyone know what happened along with a few extras.
is loosely based on Dragon
Quest III. The names and some of the characters are familiar,
but the world map is smaller and a very different shape. The two main
characters are Abel and Tialah. Tialah receives the legendary Red
Stone from the Aliahan Village sage Master Yogi. Soon after, Tialah
is kidnapped by the evil Baramos who wants to use the Red Stone to
resurrect The Great Dragon and be granted eternal life. Abel swore
to rescue Tialah and he is given the Blue Stone, which can only seal
the Dragon once it has been released. A detailed story synopsis can
be found here.
My quick synopsis of the first video can be found here.
the main character, is an orphan from Aliahan Village. He's 17-18
years old, a childhood friend of Tialah, and the guardian of the Blue
Stone. After The Great Dragon is released, only Abel and the Blue
Stone can seal it up again. He carries a feather from Tialah's hang
glider as a reminder of his quest. He also carries around Tialah's
pet Slime, Chi Chi who followed him after he was ejected from Gaium
during his first attempt to rescue Tialah.
is also a native of Aliahan Village with her pet Slimes Chi Chi and
Ka kA The village elder, Master Yogi, gave her the Red Stone as a
present for her 16th birthday. The evil Baramos kidnaps her because
the Red Stone has the power to resurrect The Great Dragon. Tialah
is very smart and would use Abel as a test subject for her inventions.
She often figures out ways to escape from Baramos' flying fortress
but is quickly recaptured.
is another Aliahan Village native. He's your typical barbarian and
comes from a large family with many brothers and sisters. MokoMoko's
extremely strong, has a huge appetite, but isn't very bright. When
Tialah is captured he insists on accompanying Abel. He's usually seen
biting or hitting something.
first appears as a mercenary who saves Abel and MokoMoko from a common
street thug. She joins the party as a means to earn more money, but
eventually helps train Abel and becomes a valuable asset to the team.
Later on we learn she is searching for her brothers that were separated
from her when she was young.
is best described as an alcoholic, perverted wizard. Abel and MokoMoko
meet him in a hot spring after escaping from Baramos' assault on Aliahan
Castle. Yanak can be a powerful wizard when he's not drunk or chasing
women. He can even hold his own against Baramos' right hand monster
Moore. Rather than walk, Yanak prefers to sit and fly around in his
is the commander of Estark who hooked himself up to the flying fortress
of Gaium to seek the Red Stone. After kidnapping Tialah he travels
the world looking for clues to The Great Dragon's location to resurrect
it and gain eternal life. Baramos has the ability to turn jewels into
monsters that carry out his commands. Only a trip back to Estark or
a lunar eclipse can weaken him to be vulnerable to an attack.
The Great Dragon
tells of a Great Dragon who can award a person eternal life by drinking
its blood. Only the Red Stone can release it and only the Blue Stone
can seal it again.