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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
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Score: 7.371 (scored by 25727 users)
Ranked: #11642
Popularity: #472
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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.

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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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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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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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.

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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