is a fantasy
series that also has as a mix of mystery, interactivity, horror, romance, action and adventure
. The anime is an adaptation
of the novels
written by Australian author
Emily Rodda. Like the books, it is quite Troperiffic
The series has aired around the world, on The Hub
in the US, on ABC3
in Australia, on Toonami Asia
in Asian territories, as well as on TV in Italy, Pakistan, Turkey and New Zealand among other countries.
The anime exhibits the following tropes:
- Action Girl: Take a wild guess (It's Jasmine.)
- A Child Shall Lead Them: Well, the heir takes the throne at about seventeen years of age.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Jasmine having green hair in the anime (she has black hair in the books), while Lief turned blond in all the adaptations.
- Alas, Poor Villain - The fate of Thaegan and her children in the anime; in the books, it's usually more a case of And I Must Scream when a villain becomes sympathetic.
- Despite the fact that he is both cold and cruel, the anime-only character Sorcerer Oacus's death is surprisingly tearjerking, even if his last words are to curse the heroes. It seems he may have been as much a victim of the Shadow Lord's machinations (if not more so) as everybody else.
- Animated Adaptation: Of the novels.
- Anime Theme Song: Only in the original version. The dub (predictably) uses an original instrumental theme with scenes from the original opening. Furthermore, the ending has been replaced completely.
- Ascended Extra: Neridah, Thaegan and the Enigmatic... Bird.
- Bad Ass:
- Damn-near everyone in the series, and don't you deny it!
- Badass Baritone: Most of the guardians of the gems. Bonus points for all sounding distinctive, too.
- Bag of Kidnapping: In episode 24 the Grey Guards kidnap Prin the Kin with this method, planning to eat her later.
- Whenever Dain shows up in the books, emphasis is placed on his fine features and "delicate" looks. It carries over to the anime.
- Evil sorcerer Oacus.
- Canon Foreigner: The sorcerer Oacus.
- Captain Obvious:
- Barda in the dub of the anime.
- Conspicuous CG: The bosses and occasionally the belt too.
- Crapsack World:
- Crazy-Prepared: Doom.
- Doomed Hometown: The anime tried its damnedest to play this straight, utterly demolishing the palace and much of the surrounding city in the climactic battle. It also gets rebuilt very quickly.
- Eldritch Abomination: The Shadow Lord's appearance in the anime can best be described as "Darkrai seen through the eyes of Guillermo del Toro."
- Filler Arc: The anime (which adapted the first series) ran for sixty-five episodes. The books' plot finally ran out at episode fifty-two, and that included enough filler to make Thaegan into a recurring "boss"! Interestingly enough, Anime News Network reported that the Australian broadcast of the anime will consist of fifty-five episodes (52, plus the first three filler episodes). Meanwhile, only the first fifty-two have been seen in the U.S.. One wonders why they didn't just adapt the other two series.
- Foreshadowing: In a minor way in the anime, occasionally during bits of narration the show will cut to a picture of the belt as it should be, with the gems in the proper order. Pay enough attention and you might work out the whole use the gems to spell "Deltora" twist before the characters do.
- Literal Cliffhanger: Neridah uses this as a fighting style.
- Interesting Situation Duel: Let's see, a battle atop some stairs, with an enormous drop on either side, a battle while standing on one Ak-Baba while being divebombed by another (while fighting Fallow), fighting while spelunking in a giant hive, not to mention some of Thaegan's duels.
- Only Sane Man: Jasmine in the episode involving Francoise.
- Playing with Fire: Oacus mainly uses fire-based spells.
- Romantic False Lead:
- Marilen for Lief, Dain and Glock for Jasmine.
- Dain is more so in the anime. In which Neridah also flirts with Lief.
- Running Gag: Barda at least has to be hit by the monster, get up dramatically, and beat them after some self-empowerment.
- Sadistic Choice: In the anime: Thaegan has captured our heroes and transported them into her Mirror of Fear. Lief fights with his Evil Twin, Barda fights against what was thought as Brandine, and a caged Jasmine is forced to solve a difficult puzzle or she will be dipped into searing hot water for the monsters' stew. Luckily, the Belt's Ruby shows him the way out of the mirror.
- Shining City: Tora, at least compared to Del.
- Significant Anagram:
- Deltora is spelled with the first letters of the gems on the Belt of Deltora, arranged in the order King Adin the blacksmith managed to convince the Tribes to give him their Gems.
- Dain deliberately chose his name to trick everyone else into thinking he's the heir, since the name's an anagram of Adin.
- Single Line of Descent: By custom, every king or queen has only one child. This turns out to have been a plot by the Shadow Lord to make it easier to kill off the royal line. Ultimately, subverted as Adin (the first king) himself had several children, which allows a distant relative of the throne to show up as a plot point.
- So Proud of You: Anna says this to Jasmine when her spirit is momentarily drawn back by the topaz.
- Sorcerous Overlord: The Shadow lord fits this better than Evil Overlord alone since he is also a powerful sorcerer and infact derives much of his power from that fact.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Neridah at least until the filler episodes. Reeah also survives... although we really don't see him again.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Gorl comes across as such. Still evil, though.
- World of Ham: Hamminess galore.
- Xanatos Gambit: "I have many plans"/"The Shadow Lord has many plans" - recuring.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Jasmine has a Grade A...for her left leg.