Welcome to our follow-up episode on the Dragon Quest anime series, Legend of the Hero Abel. Once again, this is a mostly spoiler-free discussion of the show, and what we’ve seen so far. In today’s episode we’re concentrating on how the anime series ties into Dragon Quest III, and even DQ IV and DQ VI, neither of which had released when the anime originally aired. We wanted to discuss it last week, and just kinda ran out of time, so this week we’re doing an entire episode on it!
Before we do that, we want to announce the winner of our monthly Patreon giveaway, which was Todd Sullivan! Woohoo! Congrats, Todd, and thanks for being one of our patrons. And speaking of Patreon, we have a new patron. So B.J. gives a REAL NICE THANK YOU to MattyB!
For the bulk of this week’s episode, we discuss the anime’s relationship to Dragon Quest III, ponder alternate timelines, other dimensions, and multi-verses. (Yes, really). We also discuss how certain character models like Baramos differ between the anime and the game. Then, we talk a bit about the ways in which the anime teases things to come in Dragon Quest IV: like monsters, armor, locations, and even a couple of characters!
We also briefly discuss a couple ways the anime relates to designs used in Dragon Quest VI, and then we talk a bit about the so-called “Lost” episode of the anime, which was cut from the DVD releases of the show. We watched it, and (spoiler) it’s a bit of a disappointment, although it’s still cool to see never-been-seen Dragon Quest content.
We also have a new logo for Season Two! Did you notice? Dragon Quest fan artist Gaby drew Austin and B.J. on their slimes to commemorate the new season! You can find more of her art on her Twitter account, which can be found @HocusChimera. So, check that out!
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