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Deltora Quest: The Complete Series

New Video // Unrated // May 13, 2014
List Price: $79.95 [Buy now and save at Amazon]

Review by Neil Lumbard | posted July 1, 2014 | E-mail the Author


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Deltora Quest - Complete Series - DVD Review


Deltora Quest is an anime series created in
2007 by
studio OLM, Inc. Based upon the popular children's book series written
by British
author Emily Rodda, this anime adaptation had one season which
comprised the entirety
of the author's storyline across 52 episodes. The series became a
success in
Japan and an additional batch of episodes was produced that was not
directly
related to the original author's work and which brought the series to
65
episodes.


When it came time to adapt the series into an
English
language version, the dub created for Deltora Quest removed the
additional episodes produced and returned the series to concluding
where the
original material indicated. The dubbed version runs through to what
constitutes the source material's proper ending at episode 52.


The basic story follows the lead character Lief as
he
journeys out into the unknown world that surrounds him to fight for his
people
and kingdom. He wishes to somehow find a way to stop evil lord Shadow
and bring
peace back to his land. In doing so, help arrives with the aid of a
family
friend named Bard (who at first appears as an elder who is unable to
help with
much before a reveal suggests he was a guard enlisted to protect Lief
on his
future journeys). The series also introduces Jasmine, a mysterious girl
who
they meet on their quest. An orphan, Jasmine quickly befriends them and
helps
with the mission at hand and grows much closer during the course of
their
adventures.


The essential element to the plot is that Lief
discovers
that his family has a special connection (which acts as a prophecy of
sorts) to
a magical belt which is supposed to help them save the kingdom. The
belt has
seven empty spots on it where magical gems used to be and which are
strewn
across the land. If Lief can find and bring together these enchanted
gems, then
things could be resolved for everyone as the completed belt holds the
power to
defeat the wicked Shadow. The series revolves with an episodic approach
of Lief
and the others facing off a multitude of foes as they look for and
retrieve the
missing gems.


The animation style employed is somewhat
simplistic but it's
a generally nicely done style. The character design are well done and
seem to
fit the types of characters the writing suggests. The series has a art
appearance that suggests an entirely digital production of the show.
While this
series doesn't seem to advanced in this regard, it's a pleasing
artistic approach
for a children's series. Background art is sometimes interesting in
detail if
never as complex as better series typically provide.


The writing and directing of the show is fairly
average.
Nothing seems to stand out too much. The workmanlike approach to the
filmmaking
is a touch above average and shouldn't be too underwhelming to most
viewers.
However, Deltora Quest is only a few notches above total
mediocrity. The
series is worth a watch for fans of fantasy series but it's not the
eloquently
produced series that one might be hoping for and it could be a
difficult show
for any older audiences to become invested in.


Young children are probably going to enjoy Deltora
Quest

more than anyone else considering the series works as a successful
genre
production. The storytelling pacing is somewhat slow at times but with
enough
action moments to keep fans of the adventure tuned in. While the series
isn't
groundbreaking or one of the better fantasy series around in the last
several
years, there are enough elements to keep some anime fans entertained
given acceptable
quality action-adventure can be found within this series (along with
decent
animation).


The DVD:





Video:


New Video Group has released Deltora Quest:
The Complete
Series
across 8 DVDs. The English dub rendition is included. The
original
Japanese language version is not included on this release (and ran for
a
different episode count). Colors are often dark and a bit muted but
it's part
of the intended aesthetic. The encoding is pretty well done and there
were few
issues. I thought the transfers were pleasant and acceptable for this
release.
The series is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.33:1
full-frame.


Audio:


The English 2.0 stereo track doesn't have stellar
dynamics
but the sound quality is still relatively crisp and clean. The dialogue
was
easy to understand and follow and the music blended well. The
presentation is
generally standard for your typical English dub of the time period, so
its
pleasantly clean throughout but without sounding too robust.
Ultimately, series
fans will not encounter disappointment as long as expectations are
tempered.  





Extras:


A photo gallery of character sketches is included.


Final Thoughts:


Deltora Quest is an average series but it
is one that
has its established fans. New Video Group has done a commendable job
with this
8 DVD box-set release with the entire English dub run presented with
good video
and audio quality. For series fans, this should be an easy
purchase. For
those familiar with the books, Deltora Quest might be worth
checking out
still. Everyone else? The unfamiliar would be better off renting it
first.


Rent It.



Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema. He aspires to make movies and has written two screenplays on spec. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.

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