Dragon Quest Your Story Review

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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.

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Dragon Quest Your Story is a Feature-Length Animated Film, Now on Netflix

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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.

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Big Screen Monster Hunter Movie Officially Begins Production

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It’s been a banner year for Capcom’s previously niche Monster Hunter action-RPG series. Monster Hunter: World became Capcom’s best-selling title in company history, and an animated series was announced last summer, debuting next year on Netflix. This week Capcom has confirmed that Monster Hunter will conquer Hollywood next with a big screen adaptation, confirming Paul W. S. Anderson as director.

“After living and breathing in the universe of Monster Hunter for 14 years we are thrilled with enormous anticipation to see our creations adapted for a theatrical release,” said Monster Hunter Series Producer, Ryozo Tsujimoto “Monster Hunter’s fan base has exploded over the past year with the runaway success of the game Monster Hunter: World. It is our hope long-time fans and new alike will join us on this exciting exploration of the Monster Hunter universe.”

Little is known about the story other than the following snippet:

The film tells the story of two heroes who come from different worlds to defeat a shared danger, the powerful, deadly and magnificent monsters that inhabit the land. Along the way viewers will make new discoveries and encounter familiar faces and beloved characters from the games like the Admiral.

Oddly the cast was not announced but it’s all but been confirmed that Anderson’s frequent star (and wife) Milla Jovovich will star. The pair are most known for making all six Resident Evil movies over the last 15 years. In terms of video game movies, you could do a lot worse than the Resident Evil films, though I confess I haven’t seen them all.

Anderson is also writing the screenplay for Monster Hunter. Principal Photography will begin this month in South Africa and Namibia, and Sony’s Screen Gems will release the film in the US, though a release date has not been announced.