A Good Librarian Like a Good Shepherd

Alt title: Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai

TV (12 eps)
Fall 2014
3.403 out of 5 from 3,063 votes
Rank #4,148
A Good Librarian Like a Good Shepherd

Kyoutarou Kakei is a shy student at a prestigious academy known for its massive library. The sole member of the school’s library club, Kyoutarou’s always been better with books than girls – until a text message from the mysterious “Shepherd” hints that his fate will soon be changing. Life gets wild in a hurry after a vision allows Kyoutarou to rescue Tsugumi, a beautiful girl who also received a text message from the “Shepherd.” Soon, Tsugumi announces her intentions to join the Library Club and, with Kyoutarou’s help, make school life much more interesting! It doesn’t take long for a host of other pretty girls to follow Tsugumi’s lead and join the club in the hopes of spicing up their boring academy lives. But just who is this “Shepherd,” what does he or she have to do with the Library Club’s sudden popularity, and how in the world will Kyoutarou survive being surrounded by all these girls!?

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I watched the first episode of Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai back when it first aired. Two years later, I didn't remember a thing about it, but looking back at my one line comment that I'd 'dropped it without a second thought', I had to wonder what I was getting myself into... Story Main character Kakei is a bookworm who happens to have the ability to see people's futures. Despite his wish to simply be left alone to read in peace, he gets dragged into joining the “Shiomi Happy Project” by his shy but joyfully optimistic classmate Shirasaki. This unofficial group has no clear goals, aside from making life more enjoyable for everyone in the school. Other members join as the episodes go by. They all receive emails from an unknown individual known only as the Shepherd... The first half of the series was quite dull to be honest – its eroge origins were clear from the harem setup and suggestive dialogue (barely an episode went by without Kakei telling one of the five female characters that he could see their underwear). The whole 'seeing the future' thing wasn't mentioned again for a long time after Kakei uses it to save Shirasaki back in ep 1, and aside from the slowly developing Shepherd storyline, nobody else seemed to have any special abilities. Things got MUCH better after episode 6, when we finally learned about the Shepherds and the Magic Library. Kakei was invited to become a Shepherd where he could read in peace and make the world a better place for others at the same time... but by this point he'd began to warm to his fellow club members. Cue a few disasters to threaten the lives and futures of his friends, obstacles that only the power of a Shepherd could overcome. Right up to the last few seconds of the final episode, it wasn't clear what Kakei's final decision would be, quite well written in my opinion. Characters Kakei didn't come across as particularly special early on, but gets bonus points for crossdressing as a maid~ As already mentioned, he became more interesting once faced with the Shepherd dilemma. As for his club mates/harem, design-wise they all looked like they'd been lifted from other anime or games, nothing original there. But I soon learned not to judge these books by their covers, as they all had fun personalities, great dialogue and amusing character interactions. Misono had to be my favourite – despite looking like a quiet Nagato rip-off, her confident, relentless teasing of Kakei made me hope that they'd somehow get together. Or that she'd end up with Kana, that'd be fine too. Animation and Sound The animation was above average, and kept to the same level of quality throughout. I especially liked the style used in the Magic Library – muted purple, clockwork, a slight mist... I'm a sucker for things like that! Not much to say about the music and sound – voice acting was perfect, OP and ED were catchy, though not the type of thing I'd listen to on their own. Misono's singing voice was lovely. Overall The early episodes definitely had a 'Key/Haruhi Suzumiya, but not as good' vibe to them. I can understand why the me from two years ago decided against continuing with it. But I'm glad my Secret Santa gave me a reason to watch it to the end, as it improved so much once the characters and story developed. Flawed but fun. (Secret Santa Review)

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