The Mystic Archives of Dantalian

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  • Defninitely worth the watch. A nice plot, and a really cool setting.
    I've watched this anime before on a different site, it's a really good anime. The setting of the anime made it for me; it's really interesting and good.
    The plot of this anime has a very interesting idea, yet it is a bit confusing because none of the episodes seem to really connect to each other except some of the characters and histories.
    The art is good and the characters are very likable and ...
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  • A Must-Watch for Bibliophiles
    As someone who has always loved books, and who is currently applying to library school (and who works in a library), I was immediately intrigued by the premise of this anime. The idea of lost or sealed libraries, like the idea of books that contain knowledge that is dangerous to those without certain skills/abilities, is not new, but this anime represents those concepts in its own way, so that it ...
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  • 1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
    A Twist on Warehouse 13
    OK,

    So it's a rather broad analogy, but not too far off. They collect/destroy supernatural books (artifacts) that should not be used by the common man. The character chemistry with the main characters, as well as the minor characters, is great; good pacing considering the storytelling they try to cram in a half hour episode; good animation. Wish there were more of these type of story-lines and ...
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  • 1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
    Charmed and intrigued
    This series was charming, in both senses of the word; delightful and full of magic. As other reviews have pointed out, it has many flaws, but they didn't detract from my enjoyment of the show, so I've chosen to focus on why I recommend it. The hero is strong but refreshingly gentle, world-weary but not yet cynical. The heroine is a classic contrast of childish and ancient, in the way only things ...
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  • 6 out of 6 people found this review helpful:
    Too good to be true...
    This anime had the best first episode I have ever seen. I just sat there salivating, thinking I had stumbled upon the best anime in the world as the ending credits rolled, I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be giving this series such a lukewarm rating once it had concluded. I arrived at this rating however because while it began by giving us a brief glimpse into a special and ...
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  • Dalian + Buns = OTP!
    I feel like this anime should have been longer. Things started to get pretty interesting plot wise in the last episode.

    This anime combines two things that I love: a historical setting and books. The story is about Huey and Dalian as they go around collecting phantom books. Phantom books can be a variety of different types of books. They can make creatures from a book come to life, give a ...
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  • 2 out of 3 people found this review helpful:
    So much potential, but falls short.
    Dantalion no Shoka, or the Mystic Archives of Dantalian has a brilliant concept: The power of the written word. Many people were iffy on this show, seeing how it was released the same week that Gosick has finished airing, and they had similiar concepts. Mainly tsundere loli-detectives.

    Story: 6/10
    This is an episodic anime, so I can't judge the story as a whole. The idea of Phanton Books ...
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  • 1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
    Good series, but we only scratched the surface.
    Huey and Dalian are very interesting characters, and I liked them from the beginning. But there was so much material left untouched here but hinted at, I was left wondering what I missed - it was very clear this was an adaptation. Additionally, each episode is high paced, and new characters and scenarios are introduced and developed that the viewer is given little time to digest it all.

    The ...
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  • I fell in love with this
    The animation of this anime was phenomenal, the creators did excellent! The charcters were well-developed but with only 12 episodes didn't leave a lot of time to get-to-know them. There wasn't too much music(since the focus was mainly on the action and mystery). I honestly wanted Romance but I'm glad I watched this! The storyline wasn't very sturdy since so much was going on. The cliffhanger at ...
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