Available On: Netflix (English dubbed and English subtitles)
I’m a latecomer to the Dragon Quest series, having played through and enjoyed Dragon Quest 9 and 11, and bits of 7 and 8 via the semi-recent 3DS remasters. But I’m completely unfamiliar with Dragon Quest 5: Hand of the Heavenly Bride (1992), from which the new feature-length animated film Dragon Quest Your Story is based on.
Turning a 40+ hour RPG into a 100 minute film is a daunting task, beginning with the well-known stigma of adapting any video game onto the big (or small) screen, yet Dragon Quest Your Story distills all the game’s major events and fun characters into a film that should please fans and newcomers alike.
Square Enix announced that the feature-length, CG-animated film Dragon Quest Your Story has arrived on Netflix (and in English). The trailer is available through Netflix.
The film was produced by Toho and supervised by original Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii, and originally released in Japan in 2019. It’s based on Dragon Quest 5: Hand of the Heavenly Bride. Here is the official story description:
Dragon Quest Your Story tells the tale of Luca as he follows in his father’s footsteps to rescue his beloved mother from the evil grips of Ladja, a high-ranking member of an organization known as The Order of Zugzwang. Failure is not an option as Luca uses the power of magic while battling monsters in his search for the Zenithian sword and the Legendary Hero, his only hope for success.
Dragon Quest 5 originally released back in 1992 in Japan on the Super Famicom. It wouldn’t be available to western audiences until a Nintendo DS remake released in 2009, and later on mobile devices in 2015.
The entire Dragon Quest series is notable for popularizing the JRPG genre, but DQ5 in particular included groundbreaking features like befriending and collecting monsters, optional AI scripts for companions, and being able to marry and sire children. Dragon Quest 5 is often considered one of the best, if not the best Dragon Quest game, which is saying something in a venerable series that recently saw its 11th release with the excellent Dragon Quest 11: Echoes of an Elusive Age in 2018.
Dragon Quest Your Story is streaming now on Netflix in both English dubbed and English subtitles with original Japanese voice acting. It’s rated TV-PG.
In celebration of the New Year, Dragon Quest series designer Yuji Horii posted a thank you message to fans on Twitter. He also casually confirmed that “Dragon Quest 12 and more” are in active development.
The tweet was translated via Japanese Nintendo:
Happy New Year. Last year we started with publishing the movie Dragon Quest: Your Story, then releasing the Switch version of Dragon Quest 11, the mobile version of DQ Walk, the announcement of The Adventure of Dai anime along with its game adaptation, the production of [DQ]12 and more; even now after 33 years have passed since I made the 1st game, I feel very glad that I can do new challenges like these. Thank you very much to all users who have cheered on Dragon Quest until now, and also to all of the many staff members who have supported me. I don’t know how long I can go on, but I feel like I want to do my best just a little bit more. I hope this year will be an amazing year to everyone. I’m looking forward to work together in this year.
The Dragon Quest series has been around for three decades, and is recently enjoying a surge in popularity. A big reason is the excellent mainline RPG Dragon Quest 11: Echoes of an Elusive Age, which launched in 2018 on PlayStation 4 and 2019 on Switch with a Definitive Edition. That year also saw the Dragon Quest hero added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a DLC fighter, as well as the release of Dragon Quest Builders 2, one of our best family games of 2019.
Square Enix is celebrating a sales milestone for Dragon Quest 11: Echoes of an Elusive Age. Thanks in part to a recent Definitive Edition release on Nintendo Switch, the RPG has surpassed 5.5 million copies sold, including physical and digital sales.
Dragon Quest series creator and game designer Yuji Horii release a statement on reaching the successful milestone:
“I strongly believe that this figure has only been achieved thanks to our fans who have always loved the Dragon Quest series and also the new players who discovered Dragon Quest or JRPGs through this title. If I could ever go back in time to meet myself when I was still making the very first Dragon Quest, I would love to tell him, ‘In 30 years’ time, Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age has been released and loved by international fans beyond seas and languages.’ I will carry on doing my very best to deliver further Dragon Quest titles to our fans worldwide. Thank you very much to all the fans who have enjoyed the title!”
Dragon Quest 11 released last year on PlayStation 4 and PC. Players take on the role of the Luminary as you gather allies, battle enemies, visit towns, and prevent a great evil from befalling the land. In other words, it’s a JRPG, but also a darn good one (read our review).
Dragon Quest 11 launched earlier this year on the Switch in a special Definitive Edition, with original Japanese voice acting, a 16-bit overland map, and new story elements. It’s rated T for Teen.
The previously Japan-only mobile spin-off Dragon Quest Of The Stars is officially coming to the US in early 2020. Eager players can pre-register to participate in a closed beta test…