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The immortal masterpiece “Dragon Quest Dai’s Big Adventure” will be adapted into an anime for the first time in 28 years!
To celebrate, we’ve put together information on how far the anime will go, how many cools it will take to get it to its conclusion, what the content will be… and more!
Legendary manga inspired by “Dracula” becomes anime for the first time in 28 years
— 「ドラゴンクエスト ダイの大冒険」アニメ公式 (@DQ_DAI_anime) 2019年12月21日
Dragon Quest Dai’s Big Adventureis a manga that was serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1989-1996.
It was popularly known as “Dai Dai Dai” and was made into a TV anime in 1991.
As you can see from the title, this Dai Dai Dai is based on the motif of the national RPG “Dragon Quest”.
Dracula is a game by Square Enix (formerly Enix), and since Dragon Ball’s Akira Toriyama was designing the characters, Jump and V Jump were dealing with Dracula in a big way at the time, and Dai Dai Dai started the series as part of a media mix that also served as a promotion for “Dragon Quest IV: The Guided Masters” when it was released.
However, while the worldview is the same, the story and characters do not have any connection to the game Dracula, and there are many unique settings, and it is not a comicalization or spin-off, but a completely new manga based on Dracula.
This is due to the intention of Yuji Horii, the creator of Dracula, that “it is preferable to have content that is different from the game”, it was initially published as a readout, and after it was well received, it seems that it was decided to be serialized.
At the same time, “Dragon Quest 4 Komamanga Gekijoban” started, and since this one had the role of comicalization of Dracula, it seems that there was a differentiation between the two.
Dai Dai-Dai, which was started in this way, gained popularity from the beginning of the serialization, and quickly became established as one of the popular manga in JUMP.
Because “Dragon Ball”, “Slam Dunk”, “YuYu Hakusho” and other mega-hit manga were published at the same time, the first place was only once in a questionnaire, but the total number of copies of the book was recorded as an astonishing 47 million.
On the other hand, despite the strong performance of the original work, the results were not as good as they could have been when it came to the anime.
At that time, the anime was not broadcasted late at night, but in primetime, and Dai Dai Dai was aired every Thursday at 7pm.
Unlike today, where Blu-ray and DVD (disc) sales and the number of views delivered were important, at that time, viewership was the key to success.
Dragon Ball and Kittelez Encyclopedia took 20% of the viewership as a matter of course, and it was so severe that if a week went by below 10%, even a mega-hit like Slam Dunk would end in the middle of the story.
In the midst of this, Dai Dai Dai was only getting around 10% viewership from the start, and the anime ended by the end of the Baran battle in the original volume 10.
Since it ended after just one year, it is not technically a cessation, but there are signs that a way to continue it was being sought after the second year as well, such as characters that did not appear in the anime being made into merchandise, so there is no doubt that it was an “unfinished” project in the middle of the road.
It has been 28 years since then.
During that time, there was no end to the number of fans who wanted the work to be made into an anime again, and it seems that their voices continued to reach the manga’s creators, Riku Sanjo and Koji Inada.
And in the fall of 2020, the long-awaited broadcast of a completely new “Dragon Quest Dai’s Big Adventure” anime will be decided.
Using the latest CG technology, the adventures of Dai and his friends will be brought to life on film.
How far will it be animated?
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Since this anime adaptation is completely new, it will not be related to the old anime, and will once again be visualized from the beginning of the story.
The readout and prequel, Delpa! Ill Ill Ill! Die Explosion! will also be incorporated.
Then, how much of the story will be animated?
Normally, when an anime is produced, it is adapted from the beginning to the end, regardless of the disc sales.
Even in recent years, old manga such as “Karakuri Circus”, “Magic Circle”, and “BANANA FISH” have been made into anime or re-animated, but they have all been produced and broadcasted until their conclusion.
Fruit Basket”, which is currently being produced in the second half of the series, is also planned to be made into an anime until the end.
However, there are a few cases that have not been made into anime until the end.
For example, omnibus works such as “Kino’s Journey” and “Boogie Pop Won’t Laugh” were adapted into anime with excerpts from popular episodes.
Also, the new anime of “Captain Tsubasa”, which is a past work of JUMP, ended with the middle school version of the first original work, and the Jr. Youth version was not made into an anime.
Nevertheless, these works do not need to be filmed until the end to get the storyline right, but Dai Dai Dai has to get to the end where the goal of “defeating the Daima King Burn”, which was the goal from the beginning, is accomplished, otherwise the impression of the work will be very blurry.
It is hard to believe that they would dig up the past works and make an anime with such a half-hearted ending, so there is a very good chance that the anime will be adapted to the end of the original work.
How many cools does it take to animate all 37 volumes and all 343 episodes
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Dai Dai is a major feature film that was serialized weekly for seven years.
Its volume spans 37 volumes and 343 stories.
How many volumes of this epic story would it take to make it into an anime to the end?
The 43-volume Karakuri Circus was produced and aired in three different volumes.
However, a large number of scenes were cut out and the story progressed at a fast pace.
Ushoto-to-Tora” by Kazuhiro Fujita aired all 33 volumes of the series in 3 cool runs, but this one also had the “Kamen Youkai Tokyo Pyramid Arc”, which is equivalent to 6 volumes of the series, cut out, and was quite boldly omitted.
If Dai Dai-daimi is also going to make big cuts and rush through like these two works, it will be broadcast in 3 cool seasons.
That’s the minimum.
So what if they are going to do all 37 volumes without cutting almost all of them to the end?
For the same JUMP series “Shokugeki no Soma”, which has a total of 36 volumes and 315 episodes, the anime is set to be produced for 5 seasons.
However, the first and third seasons will be two seasons, so assuming that the fifth season is one, that means a total of seven seasons of the anime.
Not only this Shokugeki no Soma, but it is common for anime based on manga, with the exception of the 4-panel manga, to digest 4 to 5 volumes per cool season.
The latest anime of the same past work as Dai Dai, “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure”, Part 5, “The Golden Wind”, aired a total of 17 volumes in 3 cools.
Based on these precedents, it would take 6-7 cools, or a little less than 2 years to air if Dai Dai Dai Dai with minimal cuts to the end.