YMMV / Dai no Daibouken

  • Alternate Character Interpretation Aban is either a Cloud Cuckoolander, a Genius Ditz or a case of Obfuscating Stupidity. Perhaps a mix of two or all three.
  • Awesome Music: Of course the soundtrack itself, due to it being done by Dragon Quest regular, Koichi Sugiyama, but special mention HAS to go to the opening theme, Yuusha yo Isoge!!
    • In Latin America, the ending song 'Kono Michi Waga Tabi' deserves a mention, being fondly remembered by many people who grew watching the series. Enough to be fully translated as 'Sueños de Antaño'
  • Cliché Storm arguably part of the charm of this series: we expect to see countless RPG cliches from Dragon Quest and how the authors managed to pull them off in the non-playable media of manga and anime.
  • Cult Classic: One of the lesser known manga works, but clearly a well detailed classic.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Pop, thanks to his massive Character Development and several hundreds of badass levels he takes throughout the series.
  • Foe Yay Hadler's obsession with Aban grows as he becomes a more honourable villain who wants to defeat Dai in a fair fight. So obsessed that he starts lecturing the heroes' team if they don't live up to his image of what Aban's disciples should be and eventually saves Dai in a spectacular Heel–Face Turn. By the same token, he grows obsessed by Dai and gives passionate speeches about how the only thing that excites him and keeps him alive is the idea of fighting Dai. We suggest you don't count at how many levels it's wrong.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Pop suddenly becomes a Sage just before the final battle. The bios show that Pop has an extremely high luck stat, and he serves as the Butt Monkey of the team, similar to the Jester/Gadabout class from the games. This was the only class that naturally possessed the ability to become a sage without a special item.
  • In the first battle between Dai's party and Shinei Kidan, there was a PsychoRangers -like battle taking place. Maam's battle was with Sigma, the Knight of the chess-themed Shinei Kidan. That would make Maam the Dai's party counterpart of a chess' Knight. In a game of chess, the Knights are often the ones capable of capturing/defeating the Queen. In the final battle between Shinei Kidan vs Aban's disiples, guess who was defeated by Maam: Albinasu.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • The series got very popular in Europe during the mid 90s, specially France and Spain. And although it's more a Cult Classic now, people who were children and teens in those days still have fond memories of it.
    • In some countries its popularity can be partially explained because it was used as a "substitute" of Dragon Ball when TV channels run out of dubbed episodes and needed time to dub new ones.
    • Dragon Quest Dai was pretty popular in Brazil during the middle of the 90s until beginning of the 2000s. Surprisingly, Dai was more popular than Dragon Ball (which ran in the same anime block for years).
  • He's Just Hiding: Aban, though he was stuck in some sort of secret dungeon for most of the plot. This is also what the main characters think happened to Dai at the end of the series.
  • LGBT Fanbase Crocodine has been very conspicuous in the Kemono Bara Genre world.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Avan and of course Vearn
  • Moral Event Horizon: Vearn burning Baran's corpse to oblivion and killing the Team Pet
  • Narm Especially noteworthy are the tearful Heel Face Turns, every instance where Crocodine cries, characters sentimentalizing over how great Hyunkel actually is behind his Jerkass Façade, and Maamu and Pop's musings about love, their immaturity in love, etc. Baran's Heroic Sacrifice is a strange mix of genuinely moving and very Narmy. On the other hand, Hadler's death in Aban's arms is stupidly contrived.
  • Squick Seriously, Hadler -especially his hyper demon form, aka "the love child of the Hulk and a giant spider in He-Man's underpants." That, and the fact that Albinasu might be in love with him.
  • That One Attack: Vearn's "Ten-Chi-Ma-To", an attack that combines a defensive movement, an armor-piercing attack and a powerful magical spell is presented as the biggest obstacle to defeating him in a straight fight. Author notes indicates that this was done specifically as a Shout-Out to the cheap attacks that the Final Boss usually has in videogames.
  • What an Idiot Using a fire attack to unblock an obstructed room full of gunpowder?! Really clever Dai. Though, it's highly probable that he didn't knew any better about gunpowder's properties before that incident
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