Dantalian no Shoka

The Mystic Archives of Dantalian

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Bibliotheca Mystica de Dantalian, Dantalian's Bookshelf
Japanese: ダンタリアンの書架
English: The Mystic Archives of Dantalian
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 16, 2011 to Oct 1, 2011
Premiered: Summer 2011
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Gainax
Source: Light novel
Genres: ActionAction, MysteryMystery, SupernaturalSupernatural
Themes: DetectiveDetective, HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.231 (scored by 5678456,784 users)
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Ranked: #29912
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Popularity: #1500
Members: 147,879
Favorites: 536

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Six months ago, Lord Hugh Anthony Disward, also known as Huey, lost his eccentric grandfather, Sir Wesley Disward, who was a renowned collector of rare books. His grandfather's will states that, in order to inherit his manor and everything inside it, he must take guardianship over the Bibliotheca Mystica de Dantalian—an archive that contains forbidden knowledge—and also take care of a mysterious girl called Dalian.

As Huey settles into the manor, an old rival of his grandfather's arranges a meeting with him. Dalian, knowing the rival to be Wesley's killer, tags along and discovers that the murderer is in possession of a Phantom Book—a cursed tome that Wesley tried to seal away. When the book puts the two in danger, Huey discovers that the Bibliotheca Mystica de Dantalian and Dalian are one and the same, and she entrusts Huey with the key to unlocking the knowledge stored within her. Together, Dalian and Huey seal the book away, and thus begins an unlikely partnership as they solve mysteries caused by other Phantom Books.

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Uemura, Yutaka
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Iwanami, Yoshikazu
Sound Director


Opening Theme

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

Ending Theme

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


Feb 13, 2023
The Mystic Archives of Dantalian has to be one of the most Jungian and unique animes ever, and if I were to describe this anime in one word, it would be "Poignant."

The premise reloves around books of unknown knowledge that grant supernatural powers to the readers and the reactive nature of what happens when you give a human forbidden knowledge and power.
Battles are fought using ancient poetry from various historical sources. Many of the "conflicts" are inspired by mythology and its interpretations, ideally suited for people interested in Carl Jung's psychoanalytic theory being heavily influenced by mythology.

This anime asks the viewer what they would ...
Mar 12, 2022
Mixed Feelings
Story & Characters:
• Generic and basic story. Characters without any tension, climax, or development.
• Uses all the cheesiest plots for each episode with random supporting characters lacking depth and purpose.
• Some of the poems recited by the main character are very heart touching in relation to the plot and I appreciated that different writings were used for each episode. For that, I admire the historical and artistic value brought by the narrative.

Art & Sound:
• The art is beautiful, especially the environment art and early 20th century European atmosphere. The lighting is used appropriately and the colors are mesmerizing.
• The design of the episode pause is ...
Feb 29, 2020
Dantalian no Shoka mixes mystery, crime and supernatural elements and brings them together in Britain in a Victorian setting. A mysterious hunt for the so-called phantom books begins. These books, with their supernatural powers, could throw the earth off balance if they fall into the wrong hands.

Story: Nice idea, but astoundingly lazy and uninterested implemented (4/10)
Phantom books, and any episode revolves around a new book is a good idea. It sounds entertaining to mix a little bit of reality with elements of fantasy and mystery. Unfortunately, the mysterious element is created by leaving the viewer in the dark. In addition, the little secrets are not ...

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