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Dantalian no Shoka

Dantalian no Shoka

Alternative Titles

English: The Mystic Archives of Dantalian
Synonyms: Bibliotheca Mystica de Dantalian, Dantalian's Bookshelf
Japanese: ダンタリアンの書架


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 16, 2011 to Oct 1, 2011
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.361 (scored by 28683 users)
Ranked: #19812
Popularity: #531
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Hugh Anthony Disward inherits an old mansion and a personal library from his grandfather. In the basement of the mansion, he meets a mysterious girl, Dalian. She is a Dantalian and a gateway to "Dantalian's bookshelf," which stores the prohibited books of the demons.

"Gensho (Illusory Books)," the prohibited books, endanger the balance of the world, but people are fascinated by the taboo. Hugh and Dalian solve the cases involving Gensho with their ability to access the Dantalian bookshelf.


Episodes  0 / 12
Aired  Jul 16, 2011 to Oct 1, 2011
Status  Finished Airing
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Related Anime

Adaptation: Dantalian no Shoka
Side story: Dantalian no Shoka: Ibarahime

Characters & Voice Actors

Sawashiro, Miyuki
Sawashiro, Miyuki
Disward, Hugh Anthony
Disward, Hugh Anthony
Hanazawa, Kana
Hanazawa, Kana
Ono, Daisuke
Ono, Daisuke
Koshimizu, Ami
Koshimizu, Ami
Yahagi, Sayuri
Yahagi, Sayuri


Uemura, Yutaka
Iwanami, Yoshikazu
Sound Director
Tachikawa, Yuzuru
Episode Director, Storyboard
Imaishi, Hiroyuki

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Jan 3, 2015
Dantalian no Shoka is a show about of books. Therefore, if you don't have an interest in literature (e.g. poetry, books, etc), this show probably won't resonate with you. The story progresses at a relaxing pace which can also throw people off. Has a soundtrack that I am very fond of. That art style isn't amazing but is still done well.

If you're wanting to see a "Should you watch this show" type of thing, then I would say: watch the pilot and see for yourself Mr.I'm-to-cool-to-watch-the-pilot-of-a-show-that-I-don't-know-because-I-read-MAL-reviews.
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Jun 7, 2013
It's not very often that you just happen to stumble upon such a great series by accident; but every once in a while you stumble across a forgotten gem like Dantalian no Shoka.

I'll start this review off with the thing that really makes this series stand out: the characters. The main cast consists of Hugh (Huey) Anthony Disward and Dalian, along with a few reoccurring characters. Hugh is a retired World War I pilot and Dalian is what's known as a Dantalian, a being whose body acts as a gateway to a mystical archive of forbidden books. Dalian is a special kind of tsundere that read more
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Sep 6, 2013
Back in the days of post-WW1 era, books and written words were the main medium in passing down knowledge from one to another. However, some books contain knowledge that are too dangerous to the world.
These books were known as ‘phantom books’, and should be returned to their rightful place.

Story – 6/10
The story revolves around Hugh Anthony Disward (Huey), a retired WW1 soldier who inherited his grandfather’s Bibliotheca Mystica no Dantalian, made contact with Dalian, who happens to be the library herself. They are to find those misplaced phantom books, and return them to the library.
This sets up to an episodic plot. Each episode features a read more
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Nov 18, 2011
These days we take the written word for granted, but for the majority of human history this has not been the case. Over the millennia, those with the ability to communicate using these strange markings have been viewed with awe and suspicion in almost equal measure, and many believed that anything written was magical in some way. It's only logical then, that people would begin to think that certain works were holy writ handed down by a deity, held the secrets to immense power, or contained forbidden knowledge that would bring misfortune and death upon anyone who read them.

Eventually certain books were, for one read more
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Both of these Anime have a dark, gothic feel to their art style and they are about the macbre death. They also touch on the supernatural, one about how supernaturalism isn't real, and the other based on the what if it was real.
Huey from Dantalian reminds me of a much older Oz Vessalius, while Dalian definitely reminds me of Alice. Both take place in a European setting, both are fantasy shows.
Cute little girl = magic book directory; she's in the care of a male who doesn't know much about 'that sort of thing' but accepts his new lifestyle.

The above is the most importiant element of both series's, however the simalarities end there...
Dantalian features the two amins traveling together, meeting unusual people and solving obscure mysteries.
'Index is an action series which features a case of familiar shounen character types.
Cute little bossy smart loli girl wrapped up in mysteries alongside a level headed, not-too-clued-up male (typcal tsundere victum) who has just stumbled into the situation and attained the status sidekick.

Both girls appear to be gothic loli's.
Both Anime deal with Demons. The main female characters have similar personalities, the story line is told in slice of life and there is a similar feel to the actual story line, not to mention the art style is similar.
Both Anime deal around the theme of books. Not just any kind of book, but books that are very important and may or may not have a special power, if created just right.

Opening Theme

"Cras numquam scire" by Yucca feat. Daisuke Ono (eps 1-11)

Ending Theme

#1: "yes, prisoner" by maRIONnetTe (ep 1-11)
#2: "Cras numquam scire" by Yucca feat. Daisuke Ono (ep 12)

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