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Dragon Quest - Dai no Daibouken  
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"A long time ago--there was a valiant swordsman who came to be known simply as 'the hero'. The people had been suffering at the hands of an evil demon. upon arriving, the hero challenged the demon to a battle...the hero and his companions combined their powers and brought the battle to a swift conclusion. The demon had been defeated! Thanks to them, the despicable monsters who were once controlled by the demon were freed from the demon's evil volitions. With no one around to cause trouble, the island became a quiet place where everyone could live together in peace."

On a remote island in the southern seas lives Dai, a shipwrecked boy who dreams of becoming a great hero. One day, the evil demon king is revived, so it's up to Dai and his friends to stop him and the evil force that revived him. Along the way, Dai discovers the identity of "the hero", the truth behind the evil force who revived the demon king, and Dai's own hidden powers that surface in times of peril.


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Associated Names
ドラゴンクエスト ダイの大冒険
Dấu ấn Rồng Thiêng
Dragon Quest : La Quête de Daï (French)
Dragon Quest: Dai no Daiboken
Dragon Quest: Dai's Adventure
Dragon Quest: Dai's Great Adventure
Dragon Quest: Great Adventure of Dai
Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai
FLY (French)

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Latest Release(s)
v.22 c.341-349 (end) by Square Ocean (3086d ago)
v.22 c.339-340 by Square Ocean (3087d ago)
v.22 c.338 by Square Ocean (3088d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
37 Jump Volumes (Complete)
22 Bunko Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8 / 10.0 (221 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.82 / 10.0
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July 15th 2014, 6:05am PST



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not original, but okay   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by nowhereman
November 2nd, 2013, 7:32am
I liked it, normal story about a dude becoming a hero....

Not so good:
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The good guys never die....undying abilities (insane hyunkel...) and they just reappear that is soo weird...

If u want to waste some time read it, but dont expect something adult.
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has its good points ~   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by kujika
July 23rd, 2013, 12:55pm
Neither originial nor mature yet solid and charming story about a young boy who comes into his powers and defeats a demon lord. The characters will grow on you and their relationship goes from funny to touching to exciting moments.

Allies actually die in there, though many stay alive as is common in shounen manga.

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I really wished there was a sequel about Dai
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in the world of gods or demons. Someone said that after he sent off the bomb he probably arrived at one of those two worlds.

Recommended if you don't look for deep but entertaining shounen.

... Last updated on July 23rd, 2013, 1:02pm
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a manga which made up what i am today   
Rating: N/A
by Elairz
May 14th, 2009, 9:14am
i first read this manga in the 90s and it was one of my first manga i read.
i believe this manga what made me interested in manga, rpg games and anime.
my whole life would probably be different if i didnt read this one lol. i probably would outgrew manga and become one of those ppl who see manga/anime as childish..

as at that time this manga is my top rpg/adventure manga. dont think any other title come close. db is another favourite but it mostly about fighting and not too much about adventure.

after this manga ended it been several years before i read another adventure manga that could rival it or even top it...onepiece..
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ranmaru
October 2nd, 2008, 12:19pm
this is one of the first animes I watched, the anime only covers 5 volumes, and has a different ending, but it was my favorite anime~<3 I'm reading the manga now, and it's just as good, I love it, I think I'll probably get the original jap books~<3 Thanks for the scanlators biggrin
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by moriquendion
September 9th, 2008, 1:21pm
I really liked this manga, not the greatest but good enough to keep you intrested. In my personal opinion I did'nt like the ending, it doesn't have a good closure for the characters individual story.
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Pure magic!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Saurian
August 14th, 2008, 4:00am
Dai no Daibouken is an absolute must read. It's so wonderful the way the entire experience builds up gradually from simple beginnings to the epic struggle between Dai and his close-knit team against the forces of evil. The characters are incredible - their emotional bonds with one-another are very moving and brilliantly written. It masterfully takes you on a roller-coaster ride with amazing pacing, awe-inpsiring battles and a story which will have you hooked from start to finish.

... Last updated on August 14th, 2008, 4:01am
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In my opinion   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by darkgenio
July 12th, 2007, 7:27am
This manga has basically nothing. I consider it a manga for preteens. Not to be unrespectful to those who like it - in the end these are only opinions.
repetitive, art really flat and nothing original. The plot is extremely simple. Somehow inspired by DB. A couple of interesting characters, that's all. But if you like mature stuff with any depth just check something else.
Always IMHO
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very good   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by juushinchuu
November 24th, 2006, 11:31pm
i'd say the best part of this manga so far is that it brings you back to the good ol' fantasy RPG days, where you have a classic storyline of good vs. evil. as far as plot, this manga is pretty good at it. at first, it didn't seem like it, however later on - it does indeed have a pretty nice and interesting plot. fights? - plenty of em, and they are all entertaining.

overall, i'd say - if you like RPG storylines, this one is probably one of the best.
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Top five manga EVER   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Lupin
October 6th, 2006, 4:18pm
This manga is awesome, I've read the all 37 issues.
It's the best adventure manga you'll ever find, the story is evolving all along, it's not a stupid manga with plenty of daily different stories.

The amount of unique characters, the evolution of their skills, sentiments and relationship, the incredibly well written story (having one mangaka for the story and another for the drawing roxx !) are making of Daï no Daï Bouken the best manga I've ever read.
Only Hokuto no Ken and Please save my earth mangas can compete with this title among my top five rated mangas in terms of overall satisfaction

Just enjoy it and don't stop at the first chapters, where the hero Daï and his friend Poppu are still childish, their personality will incredibly evolve and you will just love to be the witness of their adventures !

... Last updated on October 6th, 2006, 4:21pm
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Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
August 15th, 2006, 9:24pm
the 1st manga i read!
better than Dragon ball
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