Dragon Quest: why the Fly series remained unfinished?

As the new series “Dragon Quest: La Quest de Daï” makes its big debut, a look back at the reasons which led to the first adaptation of the manga – known in France as “Fly” – to be left unfinished .

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Purist fans insist on calling her under her real title Dragon Quest: Dai’s Quest while fans of Club Dorothée continue to use her previous name, Fly. Whether one is a follower of the first method or the second, nothing prevents however from appreciating as it should be the first adaptation of the manga of Kōji Inada and Riku Sanjō, published in Japan from 1989 to 1996 (first edition French at J’ai lu, then new translation by Tonkam in 2007).

Adapted from the video game world Dragon quest (made famous for its chara design by Akira Toriyama), the animated series Fly was broadcast with us in the Club Dorothée from the start of the 1994 school year, meeting a certain success with young viewers as much for its hectic adventures, its endearing characters as for its emblematic credits signed by Bernard Minet. A popularity which however will not have prevented the program from being stopped suddenly, without giving its fans the chance to discover the end of the series, if not through the manga.

In truth, the management of TF1 is not to blame for this broadcast stopped dead, since the series was quite simply never completed, due to a sudden and unexpected interruption of its production; in Japan, anime are indeed supported by sponsors, that is to say companies that participate in their financing and promotion, condition sine qua non to see the light of day. “The series is unfinished not for audience reasons, which were there, but because it was in a TV program of the TBS channel which had to stop a year after the start of the series. However, toys and other derivative products were planned and were launched after the end of the series “, explains Steve Naumann, editor-in-chief of the trade journal Animascope.

Unfinished therefore, but remembered thanks to the immense popularity of his manga, Dragon Quest: Dai’s Quest is therefore the subject for its thirtieth anniversary of a second adaptation, with the dual objective of giving the saga a second youth to the new generation of viewers (like the recent reboot of Digimon also produced by Toei Animation ) but also to devote a quality anime to one of the best shonen manga in Jump magazine, with a view perhaps to an expansion of the franchise (spin-off and prequel manga are also in preparation).

The new series Dragon Quest: Dai’s Quest is to be followed in France every Saturday in simulcast on DNA and Crunchyroll!

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