While the newest addition in the Dragon Quest game franchise, Dragon Quest XI, continues selling like hot bread (2 million copies only two days after its launch, 3 million until today), its online version, Dragon Quest X, is celebrating its fifth anniversary.
Square Enix wanted to celebrate the event with stories from the players themselves. The company asked them to submit true stories that are somehow related to the game. The stories would be turned into short anime episodes. The first episode was released on 7 August and it’s called The Feeling of a Name.
Dragon Quest is tightly connected to the anime and manga industry, since every inception has either an anime or manga adaptation, many times both.
The episode takes us one year in the past, as the game is celebrating its fourth anniversary. A girl is watching her parents playing the game on a Nintento Wii-U. The group of players on screen have gathered to see the fireworks, but the girl points out that it seems like they have gathered to celebrate the birthday of her mother’s character, Yukina. In a flashback, we learn that the name belongs to her big sister who has passed away. A year after, the father makes arrangements for the group to gather again to see the fireworks for the fifth anniversary of the game, but also arranged for the group to wish Yukina happy birthday (she should have been fifteen years old if she were alive).
The video is as tear-jerking as it sounds. You can watch it below.
Dragon Quest, published asDragon Warrioroutside Japan until 2005, is a series of JRPGs created by Yuji Horii and his studio Armor Project. The franchise used to belong to the second half of the Square Enix merging (Enix) and the first title was published in 1986 for the NES. Dragon Quest X is available now for Wii U and PC in Japan. It will launch for PlayStation 4 on August 17, followed by Switch on September 21.