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Dantalian no Shoka
English: The Mystic Archives of Dantalian
Synonyms: Bibliotheca Mystica de Dantalian, Dantalian's Bookshelf
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.
Number of episodes: 13
Being a fantasy anime, I don't expect it to be realistic yet I was nitpicking at some parts because it wasn't logical. But it is fantasy, afterall.
I wasn't particularly looking forward to this anime or anything. I just found it, watch it and(never though I will) like the first episode.
This series gives off the gosick vibes and even the female character looks quite similar to victorique(but I wouldn't say completely, she's very different). But the main character is no Kujo.
Of course, I wasn't expecting much when I went in but I was surprised by the ideas. Like monsters coming out from the books and using books to "fight", that is interesting.
When I say it's similar to gosick, I also found out while watching that it is rather different.
First, this anime seems to be really dark and second, it looks like alot of fantasy elements will come into play in the later parts of the story.
According to the summary, there will be mystery but I'm not sure what
I don't really expect much from this anime and may drop it but I will still watch the next episode.
By the way..the ending song creeped me out.
Last edited by Zeltrax; July 29, 2011 at 06:58 PM.
After watching the first two episodes of this series….I’m sold on this anime!
- The opening of this anime is …simply wonderful....that song is…almost ethereal. I can’t wait to listen to the full version of the song.
- Having Daisuke Ono as part of the cast is a big plus for me, he is great!! Maybe that’s why I like Huey so much. And after watching the flashback of Huey’s past in episode 1…I must say I’m very curious about it...it seems Huey has been through a lot of painful things...
- While it is true that this series has some similarities with Gosick…it is very different at the same time….it’s darker and there are a lot more elements of fantasy than in Gosick.
- And yes, the ED is really creepy. It seems as it was taken straight out of a horror movie.
Last edited by destiny4ever; July 23, 2011 at 10:01 PM.
Episode 2 is interesting. I got to know more about how things work in the dantalian world.
For me there's more to what this episode is trying to convey, like for instance, the whole curse thing with elesa(is that her name..), there's really no such thing as curses except her family which is the reason why she turned out to be who she is today, obviously she must have suffered through alot and eventually became mentally unstable.
Another thing that episode 2 tells me is that this series will have alot to do with books. I can't say I really enjoy the fight with the books as it seems awkward but the animation scenes when the spell from the book is being cast is nice to watch and I also noticed that some parts of it can be related to the current situation.
Not sure why you say that Huey has been through a lot but I can tell that he is a very sensible, mature and knowledgeable individual .Quote:
I skipped it for episode 2Quote:
Dalian is a funny character, I laughed when she said elesa has a child body and she made that assumption of an affair.
Dalian's analysis and her hypothetical explanation as to why Estella and the women in her family became assassins was a very plausible one. Estella was raised in a very strict environment; her grandma was very mean…she was so traumatized as a result of the way she was raised.Quote:
ITA. And I also like the change in Dalian’s voice during her transformation/ when she opens the gates of the library.Quote:
In episode 1, during the scenes that followed Huey inserting the key in Dalian’s chest, if you pay close attention you can see glimpses of Huey’s past. There is a lot of death in his past.Quote:
Maybe I’m wrong, but I think Dalian was right about Estella having an affair with her uncle and she said that comment about Estella’s body because she was jealous.Quote:
Last edited by destiny4ever; July 23, 2011 at 11:30 PM.
I just got done watching the first episode.
I will say that this anime is interesting, makes me want to keep watching it.
Like how it incoperates the history of books (I'm a bookaholic).
In a way it reminds of Zatch Bell and Deathnote because the book contains a power to destroy demons.
The ED sounds pretty cool.
About to watch the second episode.
It's weird, but I sort of like it when Dalian says "yes" in English. Normally I dislike silly catchphrases (unless it's a comedy series), but I love how Sawashiro Miyuki pronounces the word. Now that I think about it, isn't strange for a character's catchphrase be the word "yes" ?
I've just finished watching the 2nd episode, which I enjoyed just as I did the 1st episode. I love stories that focus on the arcane and in the case of this story, mystic books and tomes. I also love how dark this series is, plus the fact that it's set in 1920's Britain (I like stories that are set in the past ). The leads are great, as is the animation. Both the voice actors and studio did a great job. The backgrounds are a little weird though. They seem to be filtered photographs. I'd much rather see drawn art, but at least this way they're quite realistic.
You should recommend me more anime like this, Zelx. You know I love it. <3 Gonna try this anime and post my comments later.~ From the summary and the genre, it seems to be pretty interesting, things which seem to be my type. Let's see if it's true. XD
OH WOW. This is great. It's a good thing there's an anime like this after Gosick ended.
And yeah, the first time I looked at the picture, the first thing that came into my mind was Gosick coz there's a little girl in Victorian dress and a man is accompanying her. But after I watch it, I know this is nothing like Gosick though it has similar vibes with all the mysteries and so on. But I think the message of both anime is the same: If you want to be knowledgeable, read books! XD
The thing I like most about this anime is it's mostly about books!!! (I'm an enthusiastic reader. ) Oh, and the music too (except for the ending song. thank goodness I didn't watch it at night). I love Ono's voice when he reads the books and the illustrations that accompany his reading.
But one thing... Looking at Dalian, I keep thinking about Victorique coz they both are little girl in Victorian dresses and tsundere. o.O Though for appearance, I still prefer the golden fairy. (and what's with the location of the padlock? On her chest?? Thank goodness she's not an adult woman.)
And I feel weird too when I listen to Dalian saying "Yes". I keep thinking about Sebastian Michaelis (and his "Yes, my Lord") and it's really not helping that Ono is there too. *sigh*
Anyway, thanks to Zeltrax for the recommendation. A mystery and book lover like me certainly can't miss to watch this anime.
I'm looking forward to the next eps. I want to see more recurring characters than those two.
Nice OP. I think it's Italian? Or Latin? XD The ED sure is creepy. I only listened for a few seconds then skipped it right away. =___=
Ah, glad I discovered this thread. Based on the two episodes so far, I enjoyed it. There is a balance in the adventure/fight, the comedy, even somehow creepy scenes (that last scene with Miss Lilburn. Her pale and happy face while killing people is just... ). But altogether combined, it's interesting! The idea of fighting monsters who come out from a book with some kind of spell from another book is funny, but enjoyable. The characters as well. Huey seems to be someone easy-going and he took care of Dalian well enough despite her characteristics. The environment of nobles and old times stresses the creepy part, but also makes it quite fresh.
I don't really understand why Huey has to go as far as refusing to shake hands with people using his right hand. I mean, sure, there is that sign on his right hand which also holds the key to the library, true? But I don't really think people would notice it... The fact that he refused to use his right hand is the suspicious one. Or is it a tradition to shake hands using left hand? XD
Aaanyway, definitely looking forward for next episode! ^__^
Last edited by yukihime03; July 29, 2011 at 12:08 PM.
Right, of course. But at the moment Huey gave his left hand to shake hand with that man, it showed that the man looked into his right hand, and got somehow suspicious.
Uh, maybe? I don't know. The man indeed became suspicious but he couldn't see anything because Huey's hands were covered by his gloves. If Huey really wanted to hide the sign, isn't it even stranger to decline shaking hands using the right hand coz anyone will be (at least) wondering? But... ah well, if it's quite an important detail, I think we'll know the reason later.
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Ah, finally I can know the meaning of the op song... It's beautiful.
Anyway.. Good to see a new character, Camilla... She's quite a unique person with her fashion sense.
And... we got to see more sides of Dalian... She's really greedy for sweets, eh? (a trait which I find similar to Victorique's though Victorique is not as greedy as Dalian. *sigh* I can't help to compare her and Victorique since they are similar in some ways.) Hahaha, it's really easy to bribe her. XD
A bit disappointed with this eps though.. Nothing much happens. The Queen of the Night takes care of everything so Huey doesn't get to do any fight. But it's fun to watch how Dalian and Huey bicker. XD
Maybe its as dark as Pandora too.
Ono is a great vaQuote:
Haha, you're welcome.Quote:
I think Camilia will be a recurring character and that those kids from episode 3 might appear again.Quote:
I lol'd when Dalian say it'll be the end of the world(or something similar) if those clothes become famous because ..they really didQuote:
I like her side hair popping out whenever she sees sweets and its funny that she had to wait so long for her scones.Quote:
Yep, the character interactions were fun to watch.Quote:
I hope the first half of this episode will be related to the story afterwards, I'm interested in what the kids with the power of wisdom can do.
Episode 3 was funny, I like the reference that dalian made on the burglars, the pig, the monkey, and the river god
It's a reference to "Journey to the west" a very famous book about an Indian monk having a man-monkey and pig and a river god accompanying him to collect scriptures.
This episode was pretty enjoyable.
- The first part of the story showed us that knowledge is power…and sometimes if said power is used inappropriately it can turn people into “monsters”. I felt that the first part of the ep was left unconcluded that’s why I have a feeling we might see the children again in future eps.
- Dalian is very similar to Victorique, they both share their fondness for sweets and the way in which they show their jealousy.
- Camilla reminded me of Avril from Gosick, and when Dalian started to call Camilla names I couldn’t help but remember the way in which Victorique used to call Avril names as well.
- While it will be very difficult to avoid the comparisons between Gosick and this series, one thing is certain “Camilla is no Avril, Huey is no Kujo and Dalian is no Victorique.” (Guardian Enzo) So I’m expecting that the more I watch this series, the less I’ll compare it to Gosick and then finally I will be able to watch them as two completely different series.
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