Deltora Quest



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

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The lead character's main storyline demonstrates accepting responsibility in the face of great hardship, standing up for what's right, defending others, and teamwork.

Positive role models

Heroes demonstrate above-average courage and resilience in the face of difficult odds and also exhibit strong problem-solving skills.


Lots of cartoon action and violence. Plenty of tense chases and physical confrontations. The heroes face some very creepy adversaries who sometimes wield sharp spears, shoot fire bullets, and threaten children.

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The show is adapted from a series of popular children's graphic novels. Trading card games are referenced subtly in the show's graphics, but the games have not yet made it overseas.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this mediocre anime series includes some unexpectedly dark and scary villains who sometimes use psychological methods to get what they want (by impersonating the hero's parents, for example). There's also plenty of cartoon violence, computer-animated monsters, and fast-cut action sequences typical of action cartoons. On the positive side, the heroes show courage and resilience in the face of challenges.

What's the story?

DELTORA QUEST is set in the fictional kingdom of Deltora, currently under the control of an evil sorcerer known as the Shadow Lord (voiced by Michael Shepherd). The land can only be saved using the Belt of Deltora, composed of seven gems which must be obtained from throughout the kingdom. Sixteen-year-old Leif (Cole Howard) and his companions Barda (Tom Edwards) and Jasmine (Laura Rushfeldt) must traverse the land to gather the gems and use the belt to defeat the Shadow Lord once and for all.

Is it any good?


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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about books being adapted into TV shows or movies. What are the biggest challenges involved in making a successful adaptation? Where do they usually fail or succeed? What book would you like to see become a TV show or movie?

  • Kids: Have you read the Deltora Quest books? If so, how did the TV show compare? If not, did the show make them want to read the books? Why or why not?

  • Talk about how the show portrays bravery. What does Lief do that you consider brave? What methods does the show use to reinforce the idea that Lief is brave? Can you relate to Lief's actions and decisions at all? Would you be able to face a challenge like his?

TV details

Cast:Cole Howard, Laura Rushfeldt, Tom Edwards
Network:Discovery Family Channel
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:Streaming

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Kid, 12 years old July 23, 2011


When i heard that Emily Rodda's Deltora Quest was being made into a television show i was over the moon because i had absolutely fallen in love with the books. I watched the first episode and was highly outraged, shocked and disappionted. How could they make it so that it was boring, false and not at all like the books. I recommend the books either if you hated the show or loved it. P.S I really doubt that anyone in the right mind would have loved it.
Kid, 12 years old April 24, 2011

Anime fans hate it, little kids also... What's not to love?

Well, folks, here it is. My review on Deltora Quest, the anime that America has sadly destroyed. Premiering on the Hulu network, I was expecting excellence. The storyline was decent, the creatures were epic, the characters had clear motives... And everything they said was off. The episodes were drawn out, the characters were sometimes so right vs wrong that they became 2 dimensional. Characters were also very predictable. What main other reasons could one have for disliking it as an anime. Now, even for little kids, no. It does not offer enough child material for young viewers, but also not enough for older viewers! A sheer disappointed.
Teen, 16 years old Written bymkalv September 2, 2011

Good adventure anime

I read and enjoyed the book series, so when I heard that The Hub would air the anime version, I was excited. This show has a slow start, but when it gets going, it gets better. I liked the maturity of the show; for an anime aimed at kids, there wasn't really much comic relief, which gabe this series a sense of more realism. The animation is nice to look at, the fights (when they happen) are usually well done, although at least one episode had some blood. The dub is surprisingly good for a kid anime. If you are a fan of adventure/fantasy anime, check this one out, because it is one fo the best.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence


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