Dantalian no Shoka – First Impressions

After a brief lapse in posting, here’s my impressions on one of my favorite series this season: Dantalian no Shoka.

The story begins with a man named Huey who inherits his grandfather’s estate along with his extensive collection of books. He meets a girl named Dalian who is found reading in the basement and learns of the Bibliotheca Mystica de Dantalian, where forbidden books with various powers are kept.

They tackle various cases involving these “Phantom Books” in order to retrieve and seal them away. Each Phantom Book has its own episode or mini-arc and some sort of history behind it. I haven’t looked up all the books they referenced in the series, but they seem to be derived from real facts (which is always nice). Conventional weapons are sometimes not enough to fight these forbidden powers, so Huey borrows various books from the Bibliotheca Mystica in order to call upon their powers. This leads to predictable conclusions to some of these cases, but it makes for some decent action scenes.

As an avid reader and collector of books, I love the old setting and the personal libraries shown since I would definitely like to have a similar library in my house one day. Anyways, Dantalian no Shoka is definitely worth following and I’m curious as to how they’re going to develop the plot since there isn’t a main conflict or villain yet.

Rating: Very Good

2 Comments to “Dantalian no Shoka – First Impressions”

  1. Mushyrulez says:

    Real books my face. If there’s any bone I have to pick with Shoka, it’s this blatant infusing of literary works just for the sake of infusing literary works – there’s no reason to explain what six degrees of separation is, or ancient Aztec mathematics. It does nothing but degrade from the plot.

    That said, I do enjoy Shoka’s bravery to subvert many things – for example, ‘concluding’ the Book of Wisdom arc with just a simple visit with food for thought.

    In conclusion, Dalian’s ‘yes’ just ticks me off.


    Reltair Reply:

    Haha, it’s to make the characters appear educated and to make the series feel “legit” since it is based around books. The explanations would probably be more useful if I bothered to research more into them instead of promptly forgetting about them after I finished an episode.

    Oh I completely agree, the Book of Wisdom arc caught me off guard with its ending.

    Heh, her “Yes” does stand out, but I just found it to be amusing.


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