The Mystic Archives of Dantalian
Manga cover 1
Cover of the first volume

Written by

Gakuto Mikumo

Illustrated by

Chako Abeno

Original run

March 26, 2010 - July 26, 2012
October 26, 2010 - August 9, 2012


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




11 (+ epilogue and specials)

The Mystic Archives of Dantalian (ダンタリアンの書架 Dantalian no Shoka) or Bibliotheca Mystica de Dantalian is a manga written by Gakuto Mikumo and illustrated by Chako Abeno, based on the light novel of the same name. The manga has 5 volumes with 11 story arcs and one epilogue.

It was serialized by Kadokawa Shoten from March 2010 to July 2012 in the Monthly Shōnen Ace, a Japanese manga magazine. Its release was first announced in October 2009 in The Sneaker magazine, where the light novel was published. As tankōbon, it was released by the same company between October 2010 and August 2012. The manga has two spin-offs: Dantalian no Shoka Dalian Days and Dalian-chan no Shoka.

The manga generally follows its original source, occasionally presenting new content or changing plot details. Its stories revolve around the Phantom Books, books containing forbidden knowledge and that should not exist, which can either bless someone or bring tragedy to the world. The plot takes place in England after World War I, influencing panel backgrounds, character designs and references.


From his grandfather Wesley, Hugh Anthony Disward inherited an old mansion and a collection of books. The will Hugh received states that he should watch Dalian and take over The Mystic Archives of Dantalian, house of 900,666 Phantom Books holding the knowledge of demons.

Volumes Edit

Volume 1 Release date: October 26, 2010
Cover Chapters
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Chapter 1 The Book of Soul Exchange (4 parts) 換魂の書
Chapter 2 Turn-Up Book (2 parts) 仕掛け絵本
Special Bonus Comic Strip ダン害四コマまんが
Volume 2 Release date: March 26, 2011
Cover Chapters
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Chapter 2 Turn-Up Book (cont.: 3 parts and 1 epilogue) 仕掛け絵本
Chapter 3 The Lifetime Book 天寿の書
Chapter 4 The Folding Book 間隙の書
Special The Traveling Notes of Dalian-Sensei ダリァン先生のダン書世界紀行
Volume 3 Release date: July 26, 2011
Cover Chapters
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Chapter 4 The Folding Book (cont.: 2 parts) 間隙の書
Chapter 5 The Dictator's Book 独裁者の書
Chapter 6 The Perfumer (2 parts) 調香師
Special The Traveling Notes of Dalian-Sensei ダリァン先生のダン書世界紀行
Volume 4 Release date: February 26, 2012
Cover Chapters
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Chapter 6 The Perfumer (cont.: 2 parts) 調香師
Chapter 7 The World According to a Beauty 美女の世界
Chapter 8 House Elf 屋敷妖精
Chapter 9 Book of Wisdom 叡智の書
Chapter 10 Timetable 時刻表
Volume 5 Release date: August 26, 2012
Cover Chapters
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Chapter 10 Timetable (cont.: 3 parts) 時刻表
Chapter 11 Book of Wisdom II / III 叡智の書II / III
Special Epilogue ェピローグ

Trivia Edit

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The cover of the special edition of volume 5.

  • A special edition of volume 5 was released with the OVA in August 9, 2012.
  • Woks by William Shakespeare are seen in the covers and colored pages throughout the manga publication.
    • At the beginning of volume 1, there's a colored double page with Dalian and Hugh. Dalian is holding The Tempest, a comedy believed to have been written between 1610 and 1611.
    • The Tempest also appears in the cover of volume 4.
    • The cover of volume 2 has titles of some of his comedies, such as All's Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure and As You Like It.
    • Dalian is holding The Taming of the Shrew in the special cover of volume 5, a comedy believed to have been written between 1590 and 1592.
  • Dalian appears in every cover, either holding a book or a sweet.