Update: Netflix has confirmed that Dragon Quest: Your Story will arrive on February 13th 2020. Better add it to your wish list now.
Original Story: The CGI movie Dragon Quest: Your Story looks set for a Netflix release in the West, following its initial launch in Japan in August of last year.
Based on Dragon Quest V, which originally launched on the Super Famicom and would later be remastered for the Nintendo DS, the movie stars the hero Lucas as he tries to follow in his father’s footsteps and liberate his mother from evil Ladja. His only hope is locating the "heavenly hero" who wields the Zenithian sword. Sounds like a hoot, and the trailers released so far are pretty amazing.
A listing for the movie has appeared on Netflix in the U.S., Mexico and Australia, but there's no release date as yet. The film is being marketed as a Netflix original, which could suggest that the streaming giant has invested in localising it for audiences outside of Japan. It's therefore likely that it will be exclusive to Netflix when it eventually arrives.
A movie based on one of Japan's most beloved RPGs might seem like a sure thing (although we all thought that about Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within), but Dragon Quest: Your Story has had a bit of a bumpy ride since its release in Japan.
In December of last year, Dragon Quest V novelist Saori Kumi filed a lawsuit against the producers of the film, claiming that the names she created were being used without her permission. Some fans also took issue at the fact that voice actors weren't used for the characters, and – in a manner more typical in the West – famous professional 'live-action' actors were employed instead. The fact that the film also ignores Akira Toriyama's trademark look also upset some.
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[source nintendoenthusiast.com, via netflix.com]
Are you literally spoiling the ending for everybody? That's a bit of a douche move.
@magnumc500 ??? Japan has been ticked off about this for months and was widely reported on. Just reminding the few that dont know so that they know what they are going into. Didn't reveal the conclusion or anything.
You are the Animus. Welp I've done rpgs where it was all a dream but this is a bit too meta for me. Good to know about the ending.
The film looks great. I'm willing to give it a chance.
Ni no Kuni on Netflix as well!
I LOVED my time with Dragon Quest V and hope to revisit it at some point to play through with the other wives. I'm definitely interested in watching this film. 😁
@Dang69 Well brilliant. Thanks for spoiling the end of the movie. I certainly hadn’t heard any of that so despite it being ‘widely reported in Japan’ or whatever, it’s still a dick move to openly spoil it.
@BlackenedHalo Surprise shadow launch! Netflix really needs to start pushing their future releases a bit better, especially since their algorithm should realize that's something I'd be interested in.
it looks to me like how Advent Children was to FF7
I'll probably watch it as I love Dragon Quest, but I'm not sure of the art direction.
While CGI anime can work, this looks like it's trying too hard to be "western" stylistically.
@BlackenedHalo I'm excited for that one... even though I heard it didn't review very well.
@RR529 That was actually the intention with the artstyle, producers said they were aiming for an international release and apparently Toriyama's style is quite off putting for westerners especially in USA
I'll be sure to watch this and the Ni no kuni film that is also releasing this month on netflix but as it has already been spoiled the movie wasn't popular in japan for that stupid plot twist, much less considering is based off one of the most beloved entries in the whole franchise
@Kr96 Don't buy it that reason from them at all. Toriyama is huge in the west and is on like his 3rd wave of popularity. They lose more than they gain by dropping that art style....except I almost wonder if they didn't want this to APPEAR as a "Toriyama creation" versus being "SE's property?" Maybe they thought the Toriyama-ness of the look might put off western female audiences...I mean one of the characters does have a Frozen-like face? Still...
So, who will be the canon wife?
Ignoring Toriyama's trademark?
Isn't that what killed the localization of the 1989 anime series? (based on DQ3 but broadcast in the US around the time of the NES release of the first game)
Netflix is getting scared of Disney+ and Apple TV+, as they should be.
This will be fun in the following years.
No clue what this is but I'm all for it
Their looking looks like How to Train Your Dragon or Big Hero 6.
Unpopular opinion but they looked better without Akira Toriyama style.
WOW. THIS LOOKS LEGIT!
That is one of my favorite Dragon Quest games ever!
@sanderev To be honest, Netflix having the monopoly was kinda good for consumers since you only really needed the one subscription. With everything now under different banners and requiring separate subscriptions, the golden age of streaming is dead. The only winners now will be the pirates and I’m somewhat tempted to jump aboard Queen Anne’s Revenge myself given that we still don’t have The Mandalorian over here.
@nessisonett true, but a monopoly also meant that Netflix could get away with constantly increasing its price and not improving on the content. But yeah, fragmentation isn't the solution either.
@The7thHokage95, while I don't care for the art direction either, that's not Netflix's doing.
They're just shelling out for the western publishing rights, and have nothing to do with the movie's production.
I think the art looks nice!
It's not like Toriyama's art is completely cut anyway--if the Slime and Sabercat are anything to go by, his monster design (which has always been my favorite of his works anyway) is very much present and accounted for.
I will watch it at some point, even though never played the games.
Loved FFVII : Advent Children
@Bobb Unless the movie rearranges plot points from the game, or unless the trailer is lying, the trailer revealed that.
I'm just frustrated it seems no Deborah spotlight if they're really going to play up the which will he choose plotline. That said, I've been a Bianca fan for years and I'm excited for this film, despite the lack of Toriyama.
I already watched this movie, and the ending is just poop.
@Dang69 Late reply but trust me, Toriyama's style is one of the bigger reasons why the franchise historically has never been popular in the west, if you ask people on gaming forums you'll always get that kind of reply, doesn't help it constantly gets compared to Final Fantasy in how the stories and characters are much simpler, how graphics seem too cartoony and childish. And quite frankly if you read or watch too much of Tori's works you'll see how he doesn't have much variety when it comes to character designs, he is infamous for drawing a lot of same-faces.
Interestingly while his designs are so synonymous with DQ the Dai no Daibouken manga and anime are huge in Japan and other contries and those have a completely different artstyle so the movie flopping with japanese audiences have more to do with how it completely butchers the story, it's bad plain and simple and not entirely because of the designs
@Kr96 Maybe back in the day that was the case when DB was falling out of popularity in the mid 2000s, but I've never seen this complaint! The only complaint I've ever heard is that the faces look too similar (Toriyama himself makes fun of the standard face types)...but for one movie with a set cast that doesn't seem like that'd be an issue. Guess I'll take your word for it!
Will it be available in Europe (France :3 ) too? Or is it US-only at the time being?
One of the most memorable Dragon Quest stories and a particularly unique among RPGs (at least I haven't heard of anything similar) where you get to play a whole life time of the main protagonist, right the way from being a kid up to getting married and raising kids, then (if I remember rightly) carrying on as the children after your death. I'm really excited to watch a movie based on this story
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