A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show is intended to entertain rather than educate.
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.
Violence & Scariness
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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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
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.
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