There’s a new anime coming for the quintessential JRPG franchise, Dragon Quest, and they announced it during the Jump Festa ’20 event. This new anime would adapt the story of Riku Sanjo and Kouji Inada’s Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibouken manga. They also dropped the announcement video from the event as well:
The anime will premiere sometime in fall 2020. They also announced that it will be a hybrid CG and 2D animation, with Toei Animation (Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon, Digimon) producing the project.
The manga was a tie-in between the game and Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. It ran between 1989 and 1996. It previously inspired a 46-episode anime in the 1990’s, as well as three anime films.
After the defeat of the demon lord Hadlar, all of the monsters were unleashed from his evil will and moved to the island of Delmurin to live in peace. Dai is the only human living on the island. Having been raised by the kindly monster Brass, Dai’s dream is to grow up to be a hero. He gets to become one when Hadlar is resurrected and the previous hero, Avan, comes to train Dai to help in the battle. But Hadlar, announcing that he now works for an even more powerful demon lord, comes to kill Avan. To save his students Avan uses a Self-Sacrifice spell to attack, but is unable to defeat Hadlar. When it seems that Dai and Avan’s other student Pop are doomed a mark appears on Dai’s forehead and he suddenly gains super powers and is able to fend off Hadlar. The two students then go off on a journey to avenge Avan and bring peace back to the world.