Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai Anime Cast Revealed, Starts Airing in October 2020 (Update)
The new Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai anime revealed its cast and new footage. A new prequel manga focusing on Avan, by Riku Sanko and Shibata Yuusaku, was also announced.
Square Enix and V-Jump revealed new information on the Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai new anime and game projects on May 27 via a live stream. May 27 is Dragon Quest day, celebrating the release anniversary of the first Dragon Quest in 1986.
The stream featured through live calls Dragon Quest‘s Yuji Horii, Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai writer Riku Sanjo, and the newly revealed seiyuu for the anime. Before revealing anything though, Yuji Horii and Riku Sanjo both mentioned how anime technology has greatly evolved, so there’s merit in The Adventure of Dai manga getting a brand new anime adaptation.
We first got multiple pieces of news regarding the anime, from Toei Animation Producer Naito, and Series Director Kazuya Karasawa. A first trailer with footage from the anime was shown. It’s still work-in-progress, hence why the time count is still on. Toei Animation put that trailer together at the last minute in order to have something to show on the stream and hype things up. It’s important to note the anime’s recording didn’t start yet either. That’s why the footage is voiceless. You can find it linked at the timestamp below (25:50).
Here is the main cast of the new Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai Anime: Dai is voiced by Atsumi Tanezaki. Popp is voiced by Toshiyuki Toyonaga. Maam is voiced by Mikako Komatsu. Leona by Saori Hayami. Avan is Takahiro Sakurai. Hyunckel is Yuki Kaji.
Each seiyuu was on stream and shared some comments, most notably on how their audition went. They all did the audition for various characters.
Toshiyuki Toyonaga considers Dai no Daibouken his bible so he’s really hyped about voicing Popp. He got contacted really late to get to hear he passed the audition, so he actually though he failed it and was really surprised when he heard back.
Mikako Komatsu read the manga when she was a kid. She read it again before her audition and mentioned how it’s still as much as a masterpiece as she remembers. She did the audition for all the characters and was really pumped to get Maam’s role.
Takahiro Sakurai lived through the original manga’s serialization and read it back then. Avan left a big impression on him as a great adult. He was really into the audition and did his best to get the role.
Yuki Kaji also read the manga when he was a kid. He’d imitate the techniques seen in the manga all the time. He’s really happy to have been picked as Hyunckel’s voice.
Saori Hayami said the original anime aired the year she was born, 1991, so she always felt a connection with it. She’s pretty happy to be voicing Leona.
Coming up next, we got to see an excerpt from the early part of the first episode of the anime. Toei Producer Naito and Series Director Kazuya Karasawa mentioned how it’s “nearly finished” footage. (51:28):
As the anime corner ended, each seiyuu shared more ending words, globally mentioning they’re all eager to actually record for the anime.
Lastly, they revealed the anime will start airing in October 2020, which as they noted, is pretty soon considered the dubbing wasn’t done yet. Hopefully everything will go as planned. More info on the anime will be coming via its official twitter.
Later on on the stream, three different games were also announced. Read about it here.
Last but not least, a new manga written by Riku Sanjo and drawn by Zipman‘s Shibata Yuusaku was also announced. It’ll focus on Avan’s adventures before his meeting with Dai and will start being serialized in V-Jump around the same time as the anime starts. A new print for the original manga will be released as well.