Parents' Guide to

Deltora Quest

By Matt Springer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

So-so fantasy-themed anime import has very scary villains.

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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 12+

shouldnt have been made

It was not good I loved the books growing up I still do then I heard they made a tv show but when I watched a few episodes I was so disappointed they couldn't follow the story line and the actors dont even try to do the voices it was a waste of time watching it.
age 8+

Straight to the point

Many will compare this to the book series of the same name, I am no different. The largest problem lies in over simplifying the morals of the books and adding on extras to a good story line. They take some of the intelligence away from the main heroes, and in exchange make the problems over complicated. It would still be bad even without the book series though. Without reading the books it is easy to get lost, and it has a lot of problems with plot holes. The villain becomes uninteresting and it's hard to get into the plot.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (8 ):

Parents familiar with the glory days of toy-inspired cartoon series like Transformers and My Little Pony will no doubt recognize echoes of their own youth in Deltora Quest, a by-the-numbers anime adventure series that curiously doesn't support a collectible card game (though one has been released in Japan). The fantasy influence strongly echoes Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia, as well as popular video game series like Final Fantasy and The Legend of Zelda.

There's little to redeem Deltora Quest; the character designs, storytelling, and translated dialogue are all pale imitations of better work. At the same time, it's innocuous enough (aside from the cartoon violence) to pass harmlessly through the brains of the average child. If you don't mind the occasional serving of empty mental calories, there are worse shows your kids could be watching -- just many, many better ones.

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