SQUARE ENIX’s ongoing anime Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai, will feature singer-songwriter Mitei no Hanashi‘s “Tobutori wa” (The Flying Bird is) as the new ending theme for the 7th cour of the series. The song will debut in the 75th episode of the show on April 30, 2022.
The songwriter commented on the decision on the new ending theme and said, “I was surprised when I was told because it is a famous work, and so I gave my all as it will be the song that will feature in the final chapter of the series. The song came to me, while I was reading the original and watching the animation. By getting to know the power and warm kindness of all the characters, I strongly realized why it was a story loved by many people, and I have to deliver a song that could end with the love of all of them. The completed product is ‘Flying Birds’. I hope you will love this song along with the final chapter of ‘Dai no Daibouken’.”
After a six-week pause following the Toei Animation hack on March 6, 2022, the show returned on April 16 with its first new episode. The show resumed broadcast with episode 73 titled “Hope in the Flame”.
Kazuya Karasawa is the series director. The series’ script is overseen by Katsuhiko Chiba. The characters are designed by Emiko Miyamoto. The art director is Ayaka Fujii (Studio Pablo). The music is being composed by Yuki Hayashi. Color design is handled by Aya Mori. Dragon Quest series director Yuji Horii is credited for supervising the original manga.
Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai is a Japanese manga series written by Riku Sanjo and illustrated by Koji Inada, based on the popular video game franchise Dragon Quest. It was serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump from October 1989 to December 1996, with its chapters collected in 37 tankōbon volumes. A prequel manga series began in V Jump in September 2020 and a spin-off manga began in Saikyō Jump in October 2020.
The manga was adapted into an anime series, produced by Toei Animation and broadcast on TBS from July 1991 to July 1992. It is the second anime adaptation based on the Dragon Quest franchise after Dragon Quest: Legend of the Hero Abel. A second anime adaptation based on the manga premiered on TV Tokyo in October 2020.
Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai is one of the Weekly Shōnen Jump‘s best-selling manga series of all time, with 47 million tankōbon volumes copies sold.