ADVOCATE FINAL REVIEW FOR DANTALIAN NO SHOKA
By Raiji Magiwind
Original Story/Plot - Mikumo Gakuto | Being Serialized in The Sneaker
| Anime Adaptation by Gainax
Genres: Mystery, Historical, Slice of Life, Supernatural
Overall Synopsis of Series
Quoted from MyAnimeList
Hugh Anthony Disward inherits an old mansion and a personal library from his grandfather. In the basement of the mansion, he meets a mysterious girl, Dalian. She is a Dantalian and a gateway to "Dantalian's bookshelf", which stores the prohibited books of the demons.
"Gensho (Illusory Books)", the prohibited books, endanger the balance of the world, but people are fascinated by the taboo. Hugh and Dalian solve the cases involving Gensho with their ability to access the Dantalian bookshelf.
We follow a young man named Hugh who inherits a old mansion and a young girl named Dalian from his late grandfather. He eventually learns Dalian is on of the guardians of the mystical bookshelves that house the 'Gensho' or Phantom Books, who's secrets are believed to be too dangerous for mankind. Hugh has inherited his grandfathers duty as the Keykeeper for the Dantalian bookshelf, or Dalian.
Total Stars: 5 of 5
Besides the somewhat confusing plot, the series itself was actually quite interesting and I could see this series going off into something more interesting is it decides to do so. The general plot and flow can be quite hard to follow, so be forewarned if you plan to check it out.
"Kuro no Yomihime, Black Reading Princess"
She is a Dantalian and a gateway to "Dantalian's bookshelf", which stores the prohibited books of the demons.
--Hugh Anthony Disward--
"Huey, Guardian of the True Key, Lieutenant"
The grandson of Viscount Disward. He received a letter of inheritance to the Library of Dantalian from his grandfather when he came back from war. He is able to open the Mystical Library through Dariane, as he has the Library's key, probably also inherited from his grandfather.
There's like a crapton of others, character wise...like 25+ or so, but Huey and Dalian are the two major players.
Total Stars: 4.5 of 5
Sweet Mary there was a lot of characters in this series, but they did at least make and effort to stay focused on developing the relationship between Dalian and Hugh (or Huey as Dalian calls him). They did flesh out a few of the minor characters who seemed to constantly interact with the main characters, though the rest kinda faded off.
Total Stars: 5 of 5
The art was actually quite good and fit the series' dark undertones and somewhat Victorian-esque era setting. Bright and whitty for certain things. Dark and dismal for the battles
The series was a nice series overall though it did feel a little like there was no real exact plot going per say. It can be a bit hard to follow. It seemed like the series might have been mostly a plot of the week thing, with a few subtle underlying backstory weaving in throughout the series, particularly Huey and his involvement with the Dantalian bookshelf, which seems to have started when he was younger before he knew about its history.
Total Stars for Series Overall: 5 of 5
Likelyhood to Recommend: YES