The Mystic Archives of Dantalian

Dantalian no Shoka

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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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English: The Mystic Archives of Dantalian
Japanese: ダンタリアンの書架
Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 16, 2011 to Oct 1, 2011
Premiered: Summer 2011
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: TV Tokyo, Kadokawa Shoten, Kadokawa Pictures Japan, KlockWorx, NTT Docomo, Dwango
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Gainax
Source: Light novel
Genres: Action, Mystery, Historical, Supernatural
Duration: 25 min per ep
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
Resolution: 480p, 720p, 1080p
Type: BD, Eng Sub


Yutaka Uemura – Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Yoshikazu Iwanami – Sound Director
Yuzuru Tachikawa – Episode Director, Storyboard
Kurasumi Sunayama – Script
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Theme Songs

OP1: “Cras numquam scire” by Yucca feat. Daisuke Ono (eps 1-11)
ED1: “yes, prisoner” by maRIONnetTe (ep 1-11)
ED2: “Cras numquam scire” by Yucca feat. Daisuke Ono (ep 12)

Episode List

01: Turn-up Book
02: Book of Fetus
03: Book of Wisdom / Queen of the Night
04: Book of Soul Exchange
05: The Magician’s Daughter
06: Libricide
07: The Perfumer
08: Book of Equivalence / Book of Connection
09: Book of Twilight
10: Phantom Score
11: The Mystic Archives of Raziel
12: Song of the Unseen Tomorrow



It has a really great concept and doesn’t really do anything wrong. But it lacks any reason to remain invested.


It was as fun as anime called gosick, but the problem is that this anime didn’t correlate its mysteries with each other. Too random. Meh end


It’s pretty weird but actually not that bad! I wouldn’t mind another season of it tbh.


A show that does everything decently, but lacks a spark that really creates inspiration.


Somewhat good but doesn’t leave much impression.


Amazing music. The music is overshadowed by a disconnected plot and a weird end.



    "We, who hurt each other so terribly, will sit here licking each other's wounds. We damaged goods will each seek the other out in comfort. If you are to die tomorrow, I'm fine with my life ending then as well. But if you want to live for me for one more day,I'll go on living with you today as well. And thus begins a tale of kindred, bound by their scars. Soaked in red and written in black, a story of blood. One of which I'll never speak. Our very own, precious as it is, story of scars. And I have no intention of reciting it to anyone."