The World of Dragon Quest Comes to Life at Arena Show! Dragon Quest Live Spectacle Tour Report

If you were able to actually enter the world of Dragon Quest what kind of adventure would you go on? This kind of whimsical atmosphere bringing to life fans’ fantasies was perfectly executed at the first large Dragon Quest arena tour performed in Japan starting on July 22, and we’re here with a report to show you how hugely explosive each act was!

Arena tours are a genre that’s difficult to find the words to explain if you’ve never experienced one yourself. From the moment we passed through the doors leading into the arena it was like we were warped into the world of Dragon Quest. Right before our eyes onstage the hero and his friends adventured together and overcame a variety of tests while on their way to the final showdown with the Demon King.

A huge stage was set up in the middle of the arena, and it changed shape with the story.

Top creators from around the world were gathered together to recreate the adventurous world of Dragon Quest for this arena tour. Cutting-edge visual and sound technology was used to create large-scale stage performances and projection mapping, and there was body art similar to what you’d see at a circus - all of which was fused together based on the world of Dragon Quest for an entertaining show that pulled in the audience.

The stage design was created by Ray Winkler who, among other things, has worked on the opening ceremonies for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics.
Tense battle scenes with monsters were a highlight of the show. In addition to familiar monsters like Slimes, there were also several powerful monsters that prove a pain even for experienced players who appeared onstage and attacked the adventurer.
The look and movement of the monsters was perfectly in keeping with the series as well. It looked like they were transported straight out of the game.
The biggest highlight of the show was how magic and special moves were performed using projection mapping and sound effects. At several times during battle scenes powerful magic was flying all over.
The massive stage included a center stage and four other stages around it, and the show was performed simultaneously on each stage, so there was always something to see. It would be difficult indeed to be able to see all the show has to offer on your first time.

In August the arena tour will be traveling around Japan with stops in Fukuoka, Osaka, Nagoya, Yokohama, and other cities. Unfortunately for fans overseas, though, there are no plans at the moment to bring this tour overseas, so if you are fortunate enough to be in Japan sightseeing in August you’d do well to consider attending a show (Of course, it’s a given though that if you can’t understand Japanese you may not have as much fun…). However, if there is a big enough response to the tour there is a chance its scope might be widened to include overseas performances in the future. Here’s to hoping that happens because there’s no doubt that Dragon Quest fans everywhere will find this show exciting fun!

Dragon Quest Live Spectacle Tour Official Website

This is a Tokyo Otaku Mode original article written by Hirokazu Sakairi and translated by Jarrett Meuser.

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