Posted by psgels on 25 October 2007 with categories: Deltora Quest


Take any other anime, which involves fighting huge monsters. In nine out of ten cases, these monsters are just screaming and attacking with just no particular purpose, only waiting for the hero to defeat them. I love how Deltora Quest manages to avoid this often-made mistake by giving every single monster on the show the ability to talk and think on its own. Seriously, at the moment, the Shadow-Lord and Thaegan are the only ones who still feel like pure evil, but it isn’t like their stories are over, and I’m expecting their background along the way.

The king of Rat City, a huge three-headed dragon, may not have been the best boss this series had to offer (the fight with Thaegan was much better), it was refreshing to watch, when compared to the dozens of other series with villains who can’t think for themselves. Okay, Lief won in the end, but the storytelling was good enough for me not to mind. I also like how the end of the episode subverted the “Disney-ending”-trope, with the elixir of life that Jasmine got from the forest in the first arc.

Jasmine’s story for this episode may have been a bit too forced, and it could have gotten a bit more detail, but it does give a bit more depth to her character. Her reasons to join Lief were quite fragile to begin with, and with this episode, they were quite a bit strengthened. It seems that she just can’t leave Lief and Barda, who like to do first, think later (especially the former), alone. The three of them make a nice team: Lief’s courage, combined with Barda’s experience and Jasmine’s alertness.

One thing I didn’t like about this episode is the rats-part. I didn’t like how some parts of the castle were full of them, while in other parts they were nowhere to be found. There are a few clichés here and there in the storytelling, but the rest of it definitely makes up for them.

EDIT: I’ve decided to drop this series. Even if new episodes do get subbed, I’ll still watch them, but at this point I have no real intention to blog them.

12 Responses

  1. AlwaysSunny says:

    I remember seeing the first few episodes for what feels like ages ago. It’s a series I want to get into, but the subbing situation (or lack thereof) is making it awfully difficult.

    I’m glad at least some people are still following it, and that it’s still proving to be entertaining. Hopefully, I’ll eventually catch it down the line.

  2. Lika says:

    I was really glad they kept in the part about Jasmine blaming the previous king because that was a pretty huge issue in the books that both Jasmine and Lief had to deal with.

    Mostly though, I’m just happy that you’re still watching it! (Even many of the RAW providers are abandoning it…)

  3. snowcone says:

    The king of Rat City was a three headed dragon? In the book it was a giant female serpent called Reeah.

    I remember watching the ACG subs on YouTube; they were SO bad. DATS are a lot better because they’ve read the books and are able to spell the characters’ names. Also they can translate better. In one episode ACG put ‘blah blah blah’ as a translation.

    It’s great to see someone blogging the series! ^^

  4. joel ison says:

    Watched all 12 eps subbed so far in one day yesterday. Now i feel a huge void. I’m going to have to go on a quest to find the books that i imagine will probably be even more fun.

    So whats similar to this i can watch to fill the void?

  5. Jon says:

    U do know that deltora is originally a series of 16 books made in America thats why it’s like this.

  6. Shizuru says:

    I’ve got no clue whether or not you’re following Deltora Quest any more, but I wanted to let you know that ACG’s quality dramatically improves as of about ep. 14 or 15. Also, look for more subbed eps to be released soon…hopefully ^^;

  7. Han says:

    I’ll have you know, Jon, that this is an Australian series by an Australian author, witha grand total of 8 books. And keep watching. It’s gets better, I promise. Failing that, read the books. Their for kids, but so what? Never abandon a good story.

  8. Bayleaf says:

    man i hate the anime. I tried watching it but it was way too different. I dont really think that it should have even been made into a anime. I’ve read all the books about ten times over and i have the last series beside me. This is probably why i hate the TV series so much. But, it is way different from books.
    some things that i have picked up from looking at pics and stuff, lief is not blond, it says in the last series that he has dark hair. Barda looks like a weirdo in the TV one. Jasmine is too soft and open in the TV series. Plz read the books… you will know then.

  9. B says:

    There are 8 books in the first Deltora Quest series (about finding the seven gems and expelling the Shadow Lord), 3 in Deltora Shadowlands (about rescuing the people abducted to the Shadowlands), and 4 in Dragons of Deltora (about destroying the Four Sisters – Shadow Lord creations left in the land that are slowly killing it), which finishes the narrative. There are also books with more information about the world, Secrets of Deltora, Tales of Deltora and Monsters of Deltora.

  10. Lukas S. says:

    Reeah (the king of the rats) was not even a dragon in the books, nor had it three heads. You should read the books! :D And all the additional books and series connected to the three Deltora Quest series. I can help you find out which to buy? Just reply to me and I’ll get you on the rgiht track ;)

    • Lukas S. says:

      P.S. I don’t feel that this series was as different as others imply. It is actually one of the most faithful adaptations of any books I’ve ever seen, especially for an anime, and a series, but it’s true that there are things that could have been improved tremendously, and things that should NOT have been changed or removed etc. :(

  11. Goodge says:

    Hello my friend.
    I am currently watching Deltora quest and am finding this anime quite entertaining, i came to this blog to find an outter opinion on this anime and also a unbiased analisation of It, I was quite disappointed when you stopped at episode 11, as it gets better. I suggest you revisit this anime as their is an English dubbed version available on YouTube now that this anime has reached mainstream media (at least in Australia).

    Thank you for the you analysis so far as I quite like an outside opinion

    Goodge

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