Posted by psgels on 22 May 2007 with categories: Deltora Quest


Ah, I’ve been dying for the next instalment of Deltora Quest, and once again I must say: whoa!

The Yurunai have really gotten more depth than you’d expect at first sight. At first, I believed that they were just the citizens of a city who were a bit too enthusiastic about their hygiene, but once again this anime surprises me to actually give them a reason to. I mean, when you live right next to a cave, covered with highly poisonous mushrooms that can kill you just by touching, it’d be perfectly plausible for these people to live cleaner than usual, to protect their people. There was just a huge need for this. I can imagine this fear for contamination lapsing into obsession over time. The origins of this obsession has never had anything to do with the shadow lord at all, though I do suspect that he did help a bit in making it worse.

That’s the thing I love about Deltora Quest, unlike other brainless shounen series like Gurren Lagann, this one actually makes you and it characters think about the situations and settings. Not even one event doesn’t get backed up or explained by others. Heck, even the Deus ex Machina make sense! You just know that Tira would come back after leaving Lief, Barda and Jasmine, simply because she forgot their swords. For once you can see a deus ex machina come because it makes sense, instead because of blatantly obvious storytelling. The same with Fillie, the Yurunai said that they sent Fillie into the tunnel, though the creature would be smart enough to actually hide and wait for Jasmine to come and pick him up. When he saw her in danger, he obviously wanted to defend her. And regarding the Dai-Master sneaking up in the tunnel, obviously a smack by Tira hurts, but she remains a little girl, and when she smacks you on the head with a frying pan, I can see that you’d only lose consciousness for a short while, when compared to a punch from Barda, for example.

There’s also one thing that makes Deltora Quest really unique among the shounen genre: the fact that killing off the big boss doesn’t mean the end of his subordinates as well. We already saw this when Thaegan was temporarily dead, but now we see this for real, as the Dai-Master won’t be getting up soon in the state he’s in. And still, the Yurunai are perfectly fine.

And also the food! I never expected to be such a deep meaning to it, when it gets sold back to Tom’s shop like that. And the strange thing is, I don’t recall Tom actually selling food at all. Also, how did the Yurunai get so much food to begin with? These questions will probably get answered in the next episode. It’s a shame you almost hear nobody about this series, but I’m glad that it’s actually being subbed.

10 Responses

  1. chaosakita says:

    Hmm… In the book version, the equivalent of the Yurunai are overly-hygienic because rats infested their city due to the Shadow Lord, but in the Anime, it’s different. Can’t say if I like it or not.

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Hm, well, we still have an episode to go. Perhaps this’ll be revealed in episode 11. After all, there had to be a reason why they feared Fillie so much. Being obsessed with hygiene is one thing, but now that you’ve mentioned it, the Yurunai did act a bit too scared when they saw him. What if the city was infested with rats at one certain point, but these rats left?

  3. relle says:

    in the book, the city of the rats was once a city called hira, and when it got overrun, the people fled and they are the people who are ‘obsessed with hygeine’- thats why they are scared of filli- they think hes a rat

  4. psgels psgels says:

    Hmm, you mean that they left their original city? Okay, so that means that the poisonous tunnel was meant to keep the rats out, doesn’t it? Quite interesting indeed, something tells me we’ll hear more of this in the next episode.

  5. i love new york! says:

    there are other names for the citires in other langauges? weird. the name in the 3rd book (the city of the rats) was noradz (no-rats)and the prayer thingy was noradzeer (no-rats here)

  6. i love new york says:

    and anyways the leader people were called ra-kachaz something like that (rat-catchers)

  7. egan says:

    Yeah, but the English names only work for us because they’re play on words. It makes sense that the Japanese would change

  8. Elanna says:

    Ok… in the book the city (with the overly hyginic people)was called Noradz… and the guys in red the Ra-Kacharz.
    Now if you read it properly you can see the hidden clues in the names…
    Ra-Kacharz = Rat-Catchers
    Noradz = No Rats

  9. Cubia says:

    Is this series on hiatus? x_o

  10. psgels psgels says:

    I guess it is, yeah. Until someone comes and starts subbing it again. -_-

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