Ranked #1958
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

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 16, 2011 to Oct 1, 2011
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 7.361 (scored by 30298 users)
Ranked: #19582
Popularity: #570
Members: 68,260
Favorites: 261
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Synopsis

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.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Dalian
Dalian
Main
Sawashiro, Miyuki
Japanese
Sawashiro, Miyuki
Disward, Hugh Anthony
Disward, Hugh Anthony
Main
Hanazawa, Kana
Japanese
Hanazawa, Kana
Ono, Daisuke
Japanese
Ono, Daisuke
Flamberge
Flamberge
Supporting
Koshimizu, Ami
Japanese
Koshimizu, Ami
Rasiel
Rasiel
Supporting
Yahagi, Sayuri
Japanese
Yahagi, Sayuri

Staff

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

More episodes Episodes(0/12)

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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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Archaeon
Nov 18, 2011 2:55 PM
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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KiritoKun
Jul 16, 2011 7:25 PM
Updated to Final Episode.

I personally had this anime recommended to me by a friend, saying I might like it. (He had read the novels I believe.) So I came into this show knowing nothing at all since I had decided not to try to get any background on it to be unbiased about it.

I was reasonably surprised by how good I actually found it to be.

Story:
Personally I normally don't like dark atmosphere anime, yet this one does it in a way that I wanted to keep watching since it kept pulling me in to want to know more about the story and these Phantom read more
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R0L1N
Jun 7, 2013 9:24 AM
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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Jigoku-n3ko
Dec 24, 2011 5:11 AM
This is an anime about a loligoth tsundere and her generic male sidekick romping around a historically inaccurate yet picturesque England looking for magical books. It is a story perfectly exemplifying the phrase “golden mediocrity”. You can actually see how everything in this anime is just mediocre. Not bad, or at least, not all the time, but mediocre. You can almost feel how a talented touch would have raised this above the slush. Oh, well, better luck next time.

Story:
The story format is episodic. This means that while there is a lot of diversity in tone and feeling, inevitably episodes will be hit or miss depending read more
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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.  
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