© 1994 Polystar Co., Ltd.
Based on the video game of same name, Dragon Knight follows the exploits of young adventurer Takeru Yamato. After spending time out in the wilderness, Takeru decides to return to civilization when his hunger gets the better of him. He arrives in a village in the dead of night, so naturally, nothing is open. Discouraged, he instead investigates the local castle. Lo and behold, the castle is just swimming with beautiful women, who are none too happy to find Takeru raiding the kitchen. Luck is on Takeru's side, for just as they are about to banish him, a woman named Luna predicts that he is the prophesized hero there to save the kingdom. To do this, he must acquire six jewels from the "Dragon Knights", a group of hideous monsters, so the kingdom's goddess can be set free.
Since it is based on a video game, Dragon Knight seems to play out much like one. Takeru progresses through advancing levels in a tower while fighting increasingly challenging foes and rescuing damsels in distress. Well, Takeru does rescue them, but not before snapping a few naughty pictures with his handy Polaroid. That's right, Dragon Knight's hero is an incredible pervert and would probably rival Kintero Oi in that department.
While Dragon Knight is often billed as a hentai title, it's actually pretty tame stuff. With the exception of a couple scenes, things generally involve Takeru snapping dirty Polaroids and occasionally copping a feel. It's silly, juvenile humor at best, but wears thin very quickly. I suppose if I was thirteen, I might get a thrill out of it. Sort of like stealing a Playboy to gawk at the undressed models. But since I'm not thirteen anymore, the promises of a risqué comedy fell far short of my expectations.
The biggest problem with Dragon Knight is it lacks substance. It's a one-joke punchline stretched over 30 minutes, without anything clever or interesting. For some dirty comedy, Golden Boy succeeds where Dragon Knight fails.
The Verdict: * * (poor)
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