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7/10 TV

Music by  Koichi Sugiyama
Final episode date  5 April 1991
Network  Fuji Network System
8.3/10 IMDb

Written by  Takashi Yamada
First episode date  2 December 1989
Number of episodes  43
Program creator  Akira Toriyama
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Genre  Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Directed by  Rintaro (1-32) Takeyuki Kanda (1-32) Katsuhisa Yamada (33-43)
Produced by  Hiromichi Mogaki Masao Kodaira
Studio  Studio Comet & Studio Pierrot
Cast  Tōru Furuya, Yūko Mita, Masako Katsuki, Keaton Yamada, Miyoko Aoba
Similar  Dragon Ball Z: Bardock, Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, High School Mystery, Fatal Fury: Legend of the Hungr

Dragon Quest (ドラゴンクエスト, Doragon Kuesuto), also known as Dragon Quest: Legend of the Hero Abel (ドラゴンクエスト ~勇者アベル伝説~, Doragon Kuesuto Yūsha Aberu Densetsu), is a 1989 Japanese anime television series based on the video game series with the same name.


A boxset with the complete series was released on March 28, 2008 in Japan. Thirteen episodes were dubbed in English by Saban Entertainment, under the title of Dragon Warrior, and aired in the United States.


The story is about a teenage boy, Abel, and his best friend, Tiala. On her 15th birthday, Tiala receives a red jewel that has the power to awaken the Great Dragon. The Dragon can grant eternal life to the one who drinks its blood. Baramos, a demon from the kingdom of Estark, desires to find the stone and gain immortality. Baramos kidnaps Tiala and sets off to find the dragon's location. A village elder gives Abel a blue stone, which has the power to "seal" the dragon if it is woken. The elder imparts some advice to Abel before passing away, and Abel begins his adventure to save Tiala and defeat Baramos.

Abel and Moco travel to Ariahan Castle to get help from the King. During an ensuing monster invasion, the King helps them escape via a teleportation pool. Daisy is hunting monsters in Ariahan for the gems that they leave behind after being destroyed. When Abel and Moco arrive at the other end of the teleporter, they meet Yanack, who joins their party. Tiala flies onboard Gaim, a living, flying airship used by Baramos, and befriends Dodonga.

The party travels all over the world fulfilling quests and seeking out Tiala. Daisy also joins the party, and the four continue the quest to find a way to resurrect the Dragon of Legend so that it can defeat Baramos.


Tiala (ティアラ, Tiara)
Voiced by: Masako Katsuki (Japanese); Shelly Lefler (English)
Abel (アベル, Aberu)
Voiced by: Tōru Furuya (Japanese, Adult), Chie Satō (Japanese, Child) (Japanese); Duff McDonald (English)
Great Demon King Baramos (大魔王バラモス, Dai Ma Ō Baramosu)
Voiced by: Takeshi Watabe (Japanese); Gary Chalk (English)
Moore (ムーア, Mūa)
Voiced by: Hidekatsu Shibata (Japanese); Jim Byrnes (English)
General Jikido (ジキド将軍, Jikido Shōgun)
Voiced by: Katsuji Mori
Daisy (デイジィ, Deiji)
Voiced by: Yūko Mita (Japanese); Marcie Goldburg (English)
Prince Frank (フランク王子, Furanku Ōji)
Voiced by: Nobutoshi Hayashi
Baharata (バハラタ, Baharata)
Voiced by: Hirotaka Suzuoki (Japanese); Alvin Sanders (English)
Voiced by: Reiko Mutō
Mokomoko (モコモコ, Mokomoko) / Moco
Voiced by: Toshiharu Sakurai (Japanese); Sam Vincent (English)
Kaka (カカ, Kaka) / Coco
Voiced by: Junko Shimakata
Chichi (チチ, Chichi)
Voiced by: Miyoko Aoba
Yanack (ヤナック, Yanakku)
Voiced by: Keaton Yamada (Japanese); Richard Newman (English)
Dodonga (ドドンガ, Dodonga)
Voiced by: Daisuke Gōri (Japanese); Dale Wilson (English)
General Ludoff (ルドルフ将軍)
Voiced by: Takeshi Aono (Japanese); Scott McNeil (English)
Ortega (オルテガ, Orutega)
Voiced by: Hirohiko Kakegawa (1989), Kenji Utsumi (1990)
Zanack (ザナック, Zanakku)
Voiced by: Hiroshi Ōtake, Naoki Tatsuta
Adonis (アドニス, Adonisu)
Voiced by: Ryō Horikawa (Japanese); Michael Donovan (English)
Voiced by: Tomoko Naka
Toby (トビー, Tobī)
Voiced by: Ryō Horikawa
Minea (ミネア, Minea)
Voiced by: Yumi Nagahata (Young), Hiroko Emori (old)
Manya (マーニャ, Mānya)
Voiced by: Naho Yoshida
Pierre (ピエール, Piēru)
Voiced by: Tetsuo Komura
Hargon (ハーゴン, Hāgon)
Voiced by: Yūji Machi, Ichirō Nagai
Great Maze (大魔道, Dai Madō)
Voiced by: Shinobu Satouchi

The narration is done by Long John Baldry.


Dragon Quest was directed by Rintaro and Katsuhisa Yamada. The animation was faithful to Akira Toriyama's artwork and the scripts were supervised by Takashi Yamada.


Shuki Levy is the composer for the Saban English-dubbed edition. In addition to making English versions of the music from Dragon Quest and Dragon Quest III, Shuki Levy also reused several music soundtracks from the 80's DIC Entertainment Cartoon Starcom: The U.S. Space Force.

  • Openings
    1. "Aiming the Future" (未来をめざして, Mirai wo Mezashite)
    2. January 11, 1991 - April 5, 1991
    3. Lyricist: Shigeru Amano / Composer: Toshiaki Matsumoto / Arranger: Akira Mitake / Singers: Tōru Furuya
    4. Episodes: 33-43
  • Endings
    1. "Believe in Dreams" (夢を信じて, Yume wo Shinjite)
    2. December 2, 1989 - August 4, 1990
    3. Lyricist: Hitoshi Shinohara / Composer: Hideaki Tokunaga / Arranger: Ichizo Seo / Singers: Hideaki Tokunaga
    4. Episodes: 1-26
    5. "Rainbow Capital" (虹の都, Niji no Miyako)
    6. August 11, 1990 - September 22, 1990
    7. Lyricist: Ichiban Arimura / Composer: Hidemaro Aoki / Arranger: Kabuki Rocks & Nobuhiko Sato / Singers: Kabuki Rocks
    8. Episodes: 27-32
    9. "Rainbow BRAND NEW DAY" (虹のBRAND NEW DAY, Niji no BRAND NEW DAY)
    10. January 11, 1991 - April 5, 1991
    11. Lyricist: Shigeru Amano / Composer: Toshiaki Matsumoto / Arranger: Akira Mitake / Singers: Tōru Furuya
    12. Episodes: 33-43


    The first thirty-two episodes were aired on Fuji TV from December 2, 1989, to September 22, 1990. Eleven more episodes aired from January 11, 1991, to April 5, 1991.

    Saban Entertainment licensed the series, under the title of Dragon Warrior, for syndication in North America. The English dub lasted 13 episodes and was never released on home video.



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