Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below was a great action role-playing game, but we couldn't help but feel that the title's two main characters, Luceus and Aurora, were a bit boring in comparison to the rest of the game's colourful cast. As such, it's nice to see that sequel Dragon Quest Heroes II will offer up a new duo, who, at least visually, seem a little more interesting.

We've got our first look at the fresh protagonists and a couple of other party members thanks to a scan of the latest issue of Weekly Jump. The text, kindly translated by Gematsu, introduces each of the new characters - all of whom have been designed by legendary Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama.

First up, we've got Razel, the male protagonist, who is described as passionate and energetic. It looks as though he wields two swords. Next, we've got the female protagonist, Tereshia. Pictured with just one blade, she's apparently level-headed. Both lead characters are student knights, and they're going to be fighting alongside Cesare, a prince with a large sword on his back, and Orneze, a respected warrior who likes to swing a gigantic axe around. All in all, they sound like a pretty fun group.

Do you like the look of these new characters? Are you hoping for the inclusion of any past Dragon Quest party members that weren't in the first game? Gather your allies and lead the charge in the comments section below.

[via twitter.com, gematsu.com]