Dantalian no Shoka
The story centers around a young man named Huey who inherited a musty old estate, as well the entire book collection contained therein, from his grandfather. Huey meets Dalian, a girl in a black dress who is quietly reading in the basement piled high with books. Dalian controls the gateway to the Bibliotheca Mystica de Dantalian, the forbidden books of demonic wisdom.
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Alternative Names: Mystical Library of Dantalian, The Mystic Archives of Dantalian, Bibliotheca Mystica de Dantalian
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Historical, Horror, Mystery, Supernatural
Adapted from light novel series, Dantalian no Shoka. Also adapted into manga, Dantalian no Shoka.
Sawashiro Miyuki as Dalian, Ono Daisuke as Hugh Anthony Disward
It's a promsing beginning; it's cute but creepy and I like 1920's Europe. But there are only two characters and they aren't quite cute enough or creepy enough to carry a whole series by themselves.
It's got potential. Hope it doesn't get into a simple "Cursed-book-of-the-week" rut, and instead explores things a little deeper. also I found the mixture of photto-textures and good old cel characters worked out OK.
Sort of A Certain Magical Indexset in early 20's somewhere in Europe. Those who liked Black Butler, might like this show. Mixtures of Revolutionary Girl Utena, Card Captor and elements from other shows. I agree this show might be another 'Collection' of Evil books, but the msyterious childhood dream holds some promise there is a point of destination for these light novels and the anime.
Sort of a slow start to a series the likes of Black Butler, Toaru Majutsu no Index, Gosick. Odd relationship with girl who is a portal to world storing forbidden texts and a young but knowledgeable heir to the 'library'. Huey appears to walking into this arrangement with eyes wide open but is Dalian more than he bargained for?
exquisite background art, interesting retro style & quite original.
Date Reviewed: July 24th 2011
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