The Mystic Archives of Dantalian
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Directed by

Yutaka Uemura

Music by

Yo Tsuji

Original run

July 16, 2011 - October 1, 2011


Mystery, Fantasy, Gothic fiction, Magic, Adventure, Supernatural, Historical, Action

Running time

25 minutes per episode


12 (+ 1 OVA)


Cras numquam scire


yes, prisoner

The Mystic Archives of Dantalian (ダンタリアンの書架 Dantalian no Shoka) or Bibliotheca Mystica de Dantalian is an anime produced by studio Gainax, under the direction of Yutaka Uemura, and broadcasted originally by TV Tokyo in 2011, based on the light novel of the same name, written by Gakuto Mikumo. Other TV stations that aired the anime around the same time were TV Aichi, TV Osaka, TV Setouchi and TVQ Kyushu. It was distributed on Internet by Bandai Channel and AT-X. The series is also available, with English subtitles, on media websites Crunchyroll, NicoNico and Animax UK. Funimation has licensed the series for North America for the release of DVDs.

The anime has 12 episodes and 1 OVA, released in 2012 as cross-promotion with the release of The Mystic Archives of Dantalian manga, volume 5. Compared to the manga, this adaptation is more faithful to the original source. As seen in the light novel, the chapters are named with an episode name, indicating its position in the series chronology.


The story takes place in England after World War I. 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 the gateway to The Mystic Archives of Dantalian, which stores the prohibited books of the demons, the Phantom Books.

These objects endanger the balance of the world, but people are fascinated by the taboo. Hugh and Dalian solve the cases with their ability to access the Labyrinth Library and summon the powers of the Phantom Books to their advantage.


Kanji Rōmaji Role
上村泰 Yutaka Uemura Director, Episode Director, Storyboard*
三雲岳斗 Gakuto Mikumo Original Creator*
Gユウスケ G-Yuusuke Original Character Design*
木野下澄江 Sumie Kinoshita Character Design*
立川譲 Yuzuru Tachikawa Episode Director, Storyboard
赤松康裕 Yasuhiro Akamatsu Director of Photography*
山賀博之 Hiroyuki Yamaga Art Director, Planning
高星晴美 Harumi Takaboshi Color Design*
砂山蔵澄 Kurasumi Sunayama Script
今石洋之 Hiroyuki Imaishi Storyboard
小林治 Osamu Kobayashi Storyboard
板垣伸 Shin Itagaki Storyboard
岩浪美和 Yoshikazu Iwanami Sound Director*
辻陽 Yo Tsuji Music*
野崎博樹 Hiroki Nozaki Sound Effects
小野大輔 Daisuke Ono Theme Song Performance
嶽本 野ばら Novala Takemoto Theme Song Lyrics
高村和宏 Kazuhiro Takamura Animation Director
小野田将人 Masahito Onoda Animation Director
堀元宣 Motonobu Hori Animation Director
雨宮哲 Akira Amemiya Key Animation
桑名郁朗 Ikuo Kuwana Key Animation
新井淳 Jun Arai Key Animation
岡真里子 Mariko Oka Key Animation
湯浅政明 Masaaki Yuasa Key Animation
河野恵美 Megumi Kouno Key Animation
鹿間貴裕 Takahiro Shikama Key Animation
吉成曜 You Yoshinari Key Animation
芳垣裕介 Yusuke Yoshigaki Key Animation
米山舞 Mai Yoneyama 2nd Key Animation
田村ゆり Yuri Tamura Editing*
山川吉樹 Yoshiki Yamakawa Episode Director, Storyboard (OVA only)
浦畑達彦 Tatsuhiko Urahata Script (OVA only)
*Also credited in the OVA.

Episodes Edit

Number Kanji Rōmaji English title Original airdate
1 仕掛け絵本 Shikake Ehon Turn-Up Book July 16, 2011
2 胎児の書 Taiji no Sho Book of Fetus July 23, 2011
3 叡智の書 / 月下美人 Eichi no Sho / Gekkabijin Book of Wisdom / Queen of the Night July 30, 2011
4 換魂の書 Kankon no Sho Book of Soul Exchange August 6, 2011
5 魔術師の娘 Majutsu-shi no Musume The Magician's Daughter August 13, 2011
6 焚書官 Funsho-kan Libricide August 20, 2011
7 調香師 Chōkō-shi The Perfumer August 27, 2011
8 等価の書 / 連理の書 Tōka no Sho / Renri no Sho Book of Equivalence / Book of Connection September 3, 2011
9 黄昏の書 Tasogare no Sho Book of Twilight September 10, 2011
10 幻曲 Maboroshi-kyoku Phantom Score September 17, 2011
11 ラジエルの書架 Rajieru no Shoka The Mystic Archives of Raziel September 24, 2011
12 まだ見ぬ明日の詩 Mada Minu Ashita no Uta Song of the Unseen Tomorrow October 1, 2011
13 (OVA) 荊姫 Ibarahime The Thorn Princess August 9, 2012

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