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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
Premiered: Summer 2011
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Gainax
Source: Light novel
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.351 (scored by 33,403 users)
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Ranked: #20792
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Popularity: #627
Members: 76,857
Favorites: 328
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Episodes: /12


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

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
Uemura, Yutaka
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Iwanami, Yoshikazu
Iwanami, Yoshikazu
Sound Director
Tachikawa, Yuzuru
Tachikawa, Yuzuru
Episode Director, Storyboard
Sunayama, Kurasumi
Sunayama, Kurasumi

More episodes Episodes(12/12)

Episode Title Aired
1 Turn-up Book
Shikake Ehon (仕掛け絵本)
Jul 16, 2011
2 Book of Fetus
Taiji no Sho (胎児の書)
Jul 23, 2011
3 Book of Wisdom / Queen of the Night
Eichi no Sho / Gekkabijin (叡智の書 / 月下美人)
Jul 30, 2011
4 Book of Soul Exchange
Kankon no Sho (換魂の書)
Aug 6, 2011
5 The Magician's Daughter
Majutsu-shi no Musume (魔術師の娘)
Aug 13, 2011

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

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

More reviewsReviews

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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Jul 16, 2011
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.

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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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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May 10, 2015
~ May the doors of wisdom open ~

In essence, Dantalian no Shoka, or "Dantalian" as i will refer to it from here on is an anime that made the best of an unfortunate situation. If anime production meant compacting carbon at high temperatures, then Dantalian is a diamond that refused itself the right to form...

A simple, yet vivid and interesting context of "Magical Tomes" makes up Dantalian, and allows it to attract an audience range primarily from both the mystery and fantasy realms. It's not revolutionary, though it's certainly a context that captures my attention much better than the majority of shows with similar paths. read more
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