Dantalian no Shoka

Alt titles: The Mystic Archives of Dantalian

TV (12 eps)
3.576 out of 5 from 4,659 votes
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Hugh inherits a musty old mansion, along with the entire book collection contained within, from his grandfather - a bibliomaniac who once traded half his lands in exchange for a copy of a rare book. The only condition was that he also inherit the "Archives of Dantalian." Having arrived at the mansion to put his grandfather's possessions in order, Hugh meets a girl of 12 or 13 quietly reading amongst the tall piles of books in the basement. She is dressed in jet-black, and wears a lock around her neck. Her name is Dalian, and she controls the gateway to the Archives of Dantalian, where the forbidden mystic books of demonic wisdom are kept...

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onesecond's avatar by onesecond on Nov 19, 2011
Score: 7.3/10

    Story Dantalian no Shoka is set in post World War I England. Hugh Anthony Disward is the keykeeper of the Bibliotheca Mystica de Dantalian, an otherworldly library which is embodied by the magical being Dalian, who takes the form of a young raven haired girl. Together, they investigate incidents related to phantom books, books containing knowledge and power beyond human reach, which if... read more

tinytine's avatar by tinytine on Aug 13, 2011
Score: 8/10

watched up to episode 4 So far so good. Can only really comment on the current story line which seems to be more episode based than a whole underlying ultimate story. Each episode is pretty much about an incident/event which is caused by a phantom book, and is usually resolved with the power of another magicl book. The colouring and drawing makes the anime seems dark and mysterious but the... read more

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Dantalian no Shoka (Light Novel) 2008 TBD
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