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Dragon Quest Retsuden: Roto no Monshō (ドラゴンクエスト列伝 ロトの紋章 Doragon Kuesuto Retsuden: Roto no Monshō?) is a manga series by Chiaki Kawamata (outlook on the world), Junji Koyanagi (scenario) and Kamui Fujiwara (art) that was adapted into a comic CD in 1994. An anime movie based on the manga was released in Japan in April 20, 1996 (1996-04-20).[1][2] Its story is meant to take place between Dragon Warrior III and Dragon Warrior. According to its publisher Square enix, the series has shipped 15 million copies to date.[3]


After monsters possessed the king of Carmen seven years ago, the kingdom fell to the hordes of evil. The only survivors were the king's son, Arus, and the army general's daughter Lunafrea. Meanwhile, in the kingdom of Loran, a child is born and christened with the name "Jagan," as per the orders of the Demon Lord Imagine. While Arus is honest and good, Jagan is allied with the forces of evil. With the blood of the hero Roto coursing through his veins, Arus sets out with Lunafrea in order to defeat the monsters and restore peace to the world.


Light side

Arus (アルス?)
The leading character of this series. Although he is the boy in whom childishness still remains in tender-hearted character, he fights against the mission as the crest and Roto the hero entrusted to self, parts from various encounter, and is chosen as one who inherits the crest through fighting with Jagan, who is a rival, etc.
Kira (キラ?)
The sixth Holy Warrior Master Swordsman (剣王 Ken'ō?). He is raised as a son of Ghiran, a merchant. The secret of his birth is afterwards revealed through confrontation with his own elder brother, and he fights against Demon Lord Imagine (異魔神 Imajin?) with Arus as Master Swordsman. Yao is married him afterwards.
Yao (ヤオ?)
The girl Holy Warrior Master Fistsman (拳王 Ken'ō?). She was traveling around the world as a street performer to pursue the enemy of the persons of her village with Fan, an old man. Naturally, she excels in Chinese military arts, and can use the "wave motion fist" which manipulates her own heart. Although she was the girl in whom the childishness of a bobbed hair style remains the early stages of her appearance, she comes woman-like as the story progresses.
Poron (ポロン?) Alleged name "Legendary Jobless Person" (「伝説の遊び人」 "Densetsu no Asobinin"?)
Master Wiseman (賢王 Ken'ō?). He came out of the hometown and always played a trick with his henchmen (Rampage Drakee (暴れドラキー Abare dorakī?), Lone Slime (はぐれスライム Haguresuraimu?) and Apprentice Ghost (見習いゴースト Minaraigōsuto?)). He mastered Union Spell (合体呪文 Gattaijumon?), which is Quadal the Grate Sage's maximum secret magic, and Extreme Union Spell Madante (究極合体呪文マダンテ Kyūkyokugattaijumonmadante?), which finally could not be accomplished even by Quadal was also made successful by him.
Lunafrea (ルナフレア?)
The daughter of Carmen Knights-Hospitalers Leader Borugoi, and is the user of a Carmen style sword "Kodachi of Haze." Her fundamentally manly bold character also shows many feminine portions. With Ghiran, she fought with Master Swordsman Server In, Kira's elder brother governed by Evil Power Nekurosu (魔剣ネクロス Makennekurosu?) in the Assaram street, and received the crack of Disillusion (幻魔剣 Genmaken?). After death she stands still at the side of Acheron, where for the dead to go across, and advised Arus not missing himself and pulled him back.
Old Teacher Tarkin (老師タルキン Rōshitarukin?)
When the Carmen castle ruined, he extricated young Arus with Lunaphurea, became his foster parent, and raised Arus and Kira raised in the hiding place in Isis.
Alan (アラン Aran?)
Jagan's new figure which was released from the curse of Different Devilishness and was given his original name and his original life, and was again born from mother Fureia. Areru the Hero's arms, on which the curse of Different Devilishness is disenchanted.
Asteea (アステア?)
A heroine who came from underground world Alefgard. She is a descendant from Flora, Roto's third child, who was considered as stillborn and sheltered from the eyes of Demon Lord Imagine. She escaped, and was given power. When Ryuo took Tantagel Castle, the third descendant of Roto appeared vowed to take it back.

Dark side

Imajin (異魔神?)

The main antagonist. Demon god of destruction.

Jagan (ジャガン?) a.k.a. Demon Humanoid King Jagan (魔人王ジャガン Majin'ōjagan?)
A cruel king of demons. He has both the power of Roto and evil spirits, and made the spell "shrimpzap", which combines the powers of Zap and Black Lightning. His blood is later purified and became Alan.
Ryuo (竜王?)
The king of dragons. He is the son of Empress Dragon, but Demon Lord Imagine took him under his wings. After realizing his true identity, he assisted the descendants of Roto and gave up Tantagel Castle. He would become the main antagonist in Dragon Warrior, as revealed in the last chapter of the manga.
Brarch Gunon (獣王グノン?)

Lord of the Beasts. His troops consist of all land animals, from rodents, felines, mammals, aves to mythical creatures like minotaurs and serpents. His true form is that of a giant Sphinx.

Pluto Gorugona (冥王ゴルゴナ?)

Lord of the Undead. His troops are made up of zombies, skeletons, vampires, mummies, Lich. Has the ability to resurrect the dead to do his biddings. His true form is a fusion of a spider demon and a group of seven humans from the ancient civilization.


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  2. "Dragon Quest Saga: Emblem of Roto (movie)". USA: Anime News Network. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
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