Tatakau Shisho: The Book of Bantorra

Armed Librarians: The Book of Bantorra

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Tatakau Shisho, Tatakau Shisho to Koisuru Bakudan, Fighting Librarians
Japanese: 戦う司書 The Book of Bantorra
English: Armed Librarians: The Book of Bantorra
German: The Book of Bantorra
Spanish: The Book of Bantorra
French: The Book of Bantorra
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Type: TV
Episodes: 27
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 2, 2009 to Apr 2, 2010
Premiered: Fall 2009
Broadcast: Fridays at 22:00 (JST)
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: David Production
Source: Light novel
Genres: ActionAction, FantasyFantasy
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, Super PowerSuper Power
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.191 (scored by 1720617,206 users)
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Ranked: #32562
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Popularity: #2660
Members: 65,515
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In a world where dead people turn into books and are stored in the Bantorra Library where anyone who reads a book can learn their past, Bantorra Library is maintained by Armed Librarians who wield psychic powers and their enemy is a religious society known as Sindeki Kyoudan.


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Characters & Voice Actors


Kawase, Kouhei
Shinohara, Toshiya
Director, Storyboard
Motoyama, Satoshi
Sound Director
Tsuda, Naokatsu
Episode Director


Opening Theme

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1: "Datengoku Sensen (堕天國宣戦)" by ALI PROJECT (eps 1-16)
2: "Seisai no Ripieno (星彩のRipieno)" by Sasaki Sayaka (eps 17-27)

Ending Theme

1: "Light of Dawn" by Annabel  (eps 1-16)
2: "Dominant Space" by Yuuki Aira (eps 17-27)


May 10, 2021
I really don't find a lot of old anime which are "hidden gems" that actually end up being hidden gems. Book of Batorra is certainly on that short list of shows that end up being good.
What can I say, I really had no expectations for a random anime I've never heard about released in 2009. It's a 7/10 only because of its age and because it had a pretty bad concluding arc, but honestly, I'd rate everything up to the cerulean war to be an 8/10+. Let's go on the short list of bad things. The animation sucks. The age shows. There is basically no ...
Mar 5, 2017
Mixed Feelings
I just create an account to tell about how this anime was fair good until the last 4-5 chapters.

No sense at all, I´m not telling that I didn´t understand the end, no, the problem is the end is bad, very bad, and the creators should feel bad about it.

I recommend the Anime?
Im not sure, I enjoy lot of the plots, but I was expecting that the plot was consistent, but there is no sense, there is a lot of intrigue, drama and story, and then in the last 5-6 chapters they turn all around and start with other different story, a lot of the plots ...
Apr 18, 2010
Preliminary (5/27 eps)
I've decided to drop The Book of Bantorra after watching five episodes. I had to force myself to watch 5 episodes.
Story. What story? Where? Oh yeah. There are some books which are actually remnants of dead people's lives. Kuroshitsuji? Tsubasa Chronicle (not the main story, of course)? I just had a problem with seeing why these books are so important that there exists an elite class within the society that protects them from some funky organization with an idiotic name and random beasts roaming around the library itself. Maybe there's some enlightement after the 5th episode, but I really don't care. Why am I not ...

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