Deltora Quest

TV (65 eps)
2007 - 2008
Winter 2007
3.089 out of 5 from 1,366 votes
Rank #5,142

In times long past, the Shadow Lord was defeated by the Belt of Deltora, and its creator Adeen united the seven tribes into one kingdom called Deltora. The Shadow Lord bid his time, striking again generations later; he destroyed the belt and scattered the gems, thus leaving the land open to be easily subjugated. Now, in the present day, a young man named Lief does what he can to fight the forces of the Shadow Lord. On his 16th birthday, Lief's father confesses to being the last king of Deltora’s friend, and has reforged the sacred belt. With new hope, Lief takes it upon himself to find the gems, restore the belt, and to bring hope to the people of Deltora once more! Together with Barda, an ex-palace guard, Lief sets out on an adventure of a lifetime!

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Episode 1

The Adventure Begins

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Jasmine, Girl of the Forests

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The Golden Knight

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Episode 4

The Enigmatic Giant

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Nij and Doj’s Trap

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The Monster in the Lake of Tears

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Episode 7

Sorceress Thaegan

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Tom’s Curious Shop

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Noradz the Clean

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Episode 11

Cross the River

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Episode 12

The King of the Rats

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Considering how I rate this on my list, this may look a bit odd - how the scores are not much more than average. The reason for that is simple: based on how I viewed the books I had grown up with, I saw a perfect medium with which to visualize the words I had so often read at home. Because I know others who have read the series, some parts didn't seem as out of place as they might've if I had only seen the anime. When I recommended this to some, they found certain aspects to be quite detrimental (such as Thaegan's song, the words on the slate that were sometimes characters or english, etc.) that I didn't think about because I had already recognized they were a part of that world and the "nostalgia immunity" kicked in. At the same time, that was what made the book series what it was, and to change those at all would have basically made it another series entirely (yes, even the place called "The Dark"). As I think about the series, I find that there are many points eventually answered in the books that the anime failed to inform about. This - for me - is a plus, as I like being able to identify additional information from other mediums to build a larger knowledge base. For most, however, this can be a bit of a set-back. Many people who watch anime, either want questions to be answered, or for their to be such outlandish scenarios that your head can't even fathom the knowledge it would take to create such an environment. Because of this, the enjoyment of the series can be lessened for many. Even so, the overarching plot, varying characters and puzzle-elemented scenarios create the world of Deltora, both in the books, and the anime. For those who are willing to accept a bit of a less-action-more-thinking type of show, I would say give it a shot. If you like shows with fights like... AoT, Bleach, or more in depth relationships like in Vandread, you may want to look elsewhere. All-in-all, a good show with it's own quirks that easily makes it fall under one of my top ten anime of all time (in my opinion, naturallly). ~KiyokoNee~

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