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  • 2 out of 2 people found this review helpful:
    Enjoyable and I love it, but lacking.
    I loved this anime, it's actually my favorite. What made me sad was all the build up and the budget was obviously low seeing as they never did anything with the random characters they would have show up and intend to make a main antagonist or another protagonist. Overall I feel they underdeveloped it and when it ended I couldn't help but feel like there was so much they didn't pick up on and grow, ...
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  • Some things slip through our view - but the wait can be worth it
    I placed this 12 episode in my list to watch a couple of months ago. I tried to start but something moved me along to other series and was soon lost and forgotten.

    Reviewing my list I began anew and was quickly drawn in

    It moves slow and calculated. The set filled with volumes of books and shelves but the focus always remains on the characters, generally the main two and quickly draw you in ...
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  • A Powerful and Unique anime
    I happened upon this anime just recently while searching for something new and was quite pleased. As many other reviews have stated, the art, music, atmosphere, and character are all superb. The episodes are all one offs mostly, with very little tying them together aside from the first and last few episodes. The intro and outro are very beautiful. I need to go back and check the singers ...
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  • Cool anime, abrupt end
    This anime seemed to have potential, but eventually the episodes didn't really have a flow and appeared to be mostly random; could watch random episodes and it wouldn't matter. This has a feel of GoSick
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  • 1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
    I have mixed feelings
    I found that the stories really didn't follow a set plot, like Mushi-shi, and were specifically linked to the individual phantom books wreaking havoc in each episode. I felt that there were some loose ends that were never tied up, and yet, I ended up enjoying the last episode immensely.
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  • 1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
    Nice setting, but poor storyline
    The protagonist Huey, is a pilot from WW1. His grandfather has just passed away and Huey inherited a big house. The house contains a great number of books and our other protagonist Dalian. She appears to be some kind of living library and contains the so called Phantom books. The anime revolves around these myserious books which seems to appear from time to time and often with destruction and ...
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  • 0 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
    Great concept, rough ending.
    I really loved this anime; the art was excellent and the story flowed really well and wasn't overly redundant as some shows like this are. However as it reached its conclusion they introduced majorly important characters and relationships that never were properly addressed or concluded. There should have been a second season just based on how everything was "tied up".
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  • More Silly Mumbo Jumbo
    Anime is amazing....potentially. Some of it is rooted in the realities of human nature and the gross working of the world, such as the works of Miazaki, and "Welcome to the NHK". Some of it is mindless moe-based fun. And some of it is stuff like this. When a writer sets out to create a magical world, the temptation he feels to say to himself, "All limits are off. I can make anything happen ...
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  • 0 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
    Waste of a good concept.
    This show started off extremely promising but quickly fell apart for me. We are given this extremely cool premise of dangerous books which *must* be found before they fall into the wrong hands and the idea that the protagonist can use those same books to help in that quest... then we're given ten episodes with sloppy pacing and a weird focus on how much the tsundere girl likes bread.

    The main ...
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  • Should have gotten another season!
    Man, I love this show.
    LOVE IT.
    It should have gotten another season! The art is awesome, I like the style, and the stories are really nifty. I also really enjoyed the interplay between the two main characters, Hugh and Dalian. She's so cute. And stubborn. And he is so tolerant. Anyway, it's a fun 12 episodes. Highly recommended.
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