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Dragon Quest (TV series)

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.

Dragon Quest: Legend of the Hero Abel
Dragon Quest Legend of the Hero Abel DVD vol 1.jpg
Cover of the first DVD volume

(Doragon Kuesuto Yūsha Aberu Densetsu)
GenreFantasy, Action, Adventure
Anime television series
Directed byRintaro (1-32)
Takeyuki Kanda (1-32)
Katsuhisa Yamada (33-43)
Produced byHiromichi Mogaki
Masao Kodaira
Written byTakashi Yamada
Music byKoichi Sugiyama
StudioStudio Comet & Studio Pierrot
Licensed by
Original networkFuji TV (1989-1990, 1991)
English network
Original run Part one
December 2, 1989 –
September 22, 1990
Part two
January 11, 1991
April 5, 1991
Episodes43 (List of episodes)
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A boxset with the complete series was released on March 28, 2008 in Japan.[1] Thirteen episodes were dubbed in English by Saban Entertainment, under the title of Dragon Warrior, and aired in the United States.[2][3][4]



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.


Abel (アベル, Aberu)
Voiced by: Tōru Furuya (Japanese, Adult), Chie Satō (Japanese, Child), Duff McDonald (English, both)
Tiala (ティアラ, Tiara)
Voiced by: Masako Katsuki (Japanese); Shelly Lefler (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 adapting music from Dragon Quest and Dragon Quest III, Shuki Levy also reused several music cues from the 80's DIC Entertainment Cartoon Starcom: The U.S. Space Force in addition to recycling some of the music from Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors which those tracks would later be reused for the Saban/Fox Kids English Dub of Digimon Adventure Season 1

  • Openings
  1. "Aiming the Future" (未来をめざして, Mirai wo Mezashite)
    • January 11, 1991 - April 5, 1991
    • Lyricist: Shigeru Amano / Composer: Toshiaki Matsumoto / Arranger: Akira Mitake / Singers: Tōru Furuya
    • Episodes: 33-43
  • Endings
  1. "Believe in Dreams" (夢を信じて, Yume wo Shinjite)
  2. "Rainbow Capital" (虹の都, Niji no Miyako)
    • August 11, 1990 - September 22, 1990
    • Lyricist: Ichiban Arimura / Composer: Hidemaro Aoki / Arranger: Kabuki Rocks & Nobuhiko Sato / Singers: Kabuki Rocks
    • Episodes: 27-32
    • January 11, 1991 - April 5, 1991
    • Lyricist: Shigeru Amano / Composer: Toshiaki Matsumoto / Arranger: Akira Mitake / Singers: Tōru Furuya
    • 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.

# Title Original airdate
1"Level 1" / "Level 1 "Ariahan Village""
"Reberu Wan" (レベル1)
December 2, 1989 (1989-12-02)
2"Level 2" / "Level 2 "Departure""
"Reberu Tsū" (レベル2)
December 9, 1989 (1989-12-09)
3"Level 3" / "Level 3 "Leebe Village""
"Reberu Surī" (レベル3)
December 16, 1989 (1989-12-16)
4"Level 4" / "Level 4 "Girl Warrior Daisy""
"Reberu Fō" (レベル4)
December 23, 1989 (1989-12-23)
5"Level 5" / "Level 5 "Port Myla""
"Reberu Faibu" (レベル5)
January 20, 1990 (1990-01-20)
6"Level 6" / "Level 6 "Light of Hope""
"Reberu Shikkusu" (レベル6)
January 27, 1990 (1990-01-27)
7"Level 7" / "Level 7 "Escape from Dragon Channel""
"Reberu Sebun" (レベル7)
February 3, 1990 (1990-02-03)
8"Level 8" / "Level 8 "Lunar Eclipse""
"Reberu Eito" (レベル8)
February 10, 1990 (1990-02-10)
9"Level 9" / "Level 9 "Attacking Guam""
"Reberu Nain" (レベル9)
February 17, 1990 (1990-02-17)
10"Level 10" / "Level 10 "Training and Preparation""
"Reberu Ten" (レベル10)
February 24, 1990 (1990-02-24)
11"Level 11" / "Level 11 "Hardship in Nether""
"Reberu Irevun" (レベル11)
March 3, 1990 (1990-03-03)
12"Level 12" / "Level 12 "General Ludoff""
"Reberu Tōeruvu" (レベル12)
March 10, 1990 (1990-03-10)
13"Level 13" / "Level 13 "Naijimi Tower""
"Reberu Sātīn" (レベル13)
March 17, 1990 (1990-03-17)
14"Level 14"
"Reberu Fōtīn" (レベル14)
March 24, 1990 (1990-03-24)
15"Level 15"
"Reberu Fifutīn" (レベル15)
April 14, 1990 (1990-04-14)
16"Level 16"
"Reberu Shikkusutīn" (レベル16)
April 21, 1990 (1990-04-21)
17"Level 17"
"Reberu Sebuntīn" (レベル17)
May 5, 1990 (1990-05-05)
18"Level 18"
"Reberu Eitīn" (レベル18)
May 12, 1990 (1990-05-12)
19"Level 19"
"Reberu Naintīn" (レベル19)
May 19, 1990 (1990-05-19)
20"Level 20"
"Reberu Toentī" (レベル20)
June 2, 1990 (1990-06-02)
21"Level 21"
"Reberu Toentī Wan" (レベル21)
June 9, 1990 (1990-06-09)
22"Level 22"
"Reberu Toentī Tsū" (レベル22)
June 16, 1990 (1990-06-16)
23"Level 23"
"Reberu Toentī Surī" (レベル23)
June 30, 1990 (1990-06-30)
24"Level 24"
"Reberu Toentī Fō" (レベル24)
July 7, 1990 (1990-07-07)
25"Level 25"
"Reberu Toentī Faibu" (レベル25)
July 28, 1990 (1990-07-28)
26"Level 26"
"Reberu Toentī Shikkusu" (レベル26)
August 4, 1990 (1990-08-04)
27"Level 27"
"Reberu Toentī Sebun" (レベル27)
August 11, 1990 (1990-08-11)
28"Level 28"
"Reberu Toentī Eito" (レベル28)
August 18, 1990 (1990-08-18)
29"Level 29"
"Reberu Toentī Nain" (レベル29)
August 25, 1990 (1990-08-25)
30"Level 30"
"Reberu Sātī" (レベル30)
September 8, 1990 (1990-09-08)
31"Level 31"
"Reberu Sātī Wan" (レベル31)
September 15, 1990 (1990-09-15)
32"Level 32"
"Reberu Sātī Tsū" (レベル32)
September 22, 1990 (1990-09-22)
33"A New Determination for the Heroes!!"
"Yūsha-tachi no Arata naru Ketsui!!" (勇者たちの新たなる決意!!)
January 11, 1991 (1991-01-11)
34"An Enemy or an Ally!? The Handsome Swordsman Adonis"
"Teki ka Mikata ka!? Nazo no Bi Kenshi Adonisu" (敵か味方か!?謎の美剣士アドニス)
January 25, 1991 (1991-01-25)
35"Revive!! Phoenix Lamia"
"Yomigaere!! Fushichō Rāmia" (甦れ!!不死鳥ラーミア)
February 1, 1991 (1991-02-01)
36"Appearance!! Floating Sky Island"
"Shutsugen!! Tenkū no Fuyū Shima" (出現!!天空の浮遊島)
February 8, 1991 (1991-02-08)
37"Blue Temple - Abel Pulls out the Holy Sword!!"
"Aoki Shinden - Aberu yo Sei Ken wo Nuke!!" (青き神殿 アベルよ聖剣を抜け!!)
February 15, 1991 (1991-02-15)
38"Assault! Showdown of Estark Castle"
"Totsugeki! Esutāku Jō no Kessen" (突撃!エスターク城の決戦)
February 22, 1991 (1991-02-22)
39"The Legendary Dragon is in Ariahan!?"
"Densetsu no Ryū wa Ariahan ni!?" (伝説の竜はアリアハンに!?)
March 1, 1991 (1991-03-01)
40"A Hidden Riddle at Dragon God Lake!?"
"Ryū Jin Ko ni Himerareta Nazo!?" (竜神湖に秘められた謎!?)
March 8, 1991 (1991-03-08)
41"Angered Dragon VS Super Baramos"
"Okoreru Ryū Vāsasu Sūpā Baramosu" (怒れる竜VSスーパーバラモス)
March 15, 1991 (1991-03-15)
42"Birth of a Great Hero!! Miracle of the Blue and Red Ball"
"Dai Yūsha Tanjō!! Ao to Aka no Tama no Kiseki" (大勇者誕生!!青と赤の珠の奇跡)
March 22, 1991 (1991-03-22)
43"Final Showdown!! Abel VS Baramos"
"Saishū Kessen!! Aberu Vāsasu Baramosu" (最終決戦!!アベルVSバラモス)
April 5, 1991 (1991-04-05)


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Let's Watch the Kick-Ass Dragon Quest Anime!". Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Anime Profile: Dragon Warrior". Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  4. ^ Ferreira, Mike. "Seven Long Forgotten American Anime Airings". Retrieved 28 November 2013.

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Preceded by
Saturday Special
Fuji TV Saturday 19:30 Timeframe
Dragon Quest

(December 2, 1989 - September 22, 1990)
Succeeded by
Liking Cats After All
Preceded by
(10/17/1989 - 12/21/1990)
Fuji TV Friday 16:00 Timeframe
Dragon Quest

(January 11, 1991 - April 5, 1991)
Succeeded by
High School Mystery: Gakuen Nanafushigi
(4/12/1991 - 3/13/1992)