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Dantalian no Shoka – OVA

「荊姫」
“Ibarahime”

As OVAs go, this one definitely falls into the “unaired TV episode” category. But in this case, that’s not a bad thing.

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September 5, 2012 at 5:52 pm Comments (13)

Dantalian no Shoka – 12 (END)

「まだ見ぬ明日の詩」
“Poetry of unseen tomorrows”

Dantalian no Shoka ends with a very powerful, visually stunning and (finally) emotional episode. But in looking back, I can’t help but feel I’ve just watched a pretty, well-produced 12-episode teaser trailer for the light novels.

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October 1, 2011 at 9:07 pm Comments (32)

Dantalian no Shoka – 11

「ラジエルの書架」 (Rajieru no Shoka)
“Raisel’s Library”

Dantalian no Shoka continues to nibble around the edges of the truth, giving us tantalizing glimpses of the deeper reality behind the episodic stories we’ve been given so far and the characters that drive them.

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September 24, 2011 at 8:36 pm Comments (28)

Dantalian no Shoka – 10

「幻曲」 (Genkyoku)
“Phantom Score”

I like this series, but I’d really love to love it. It has style, it’s extremely smart and literate, the OP is beyond beautiful and it offers an engaging premise. But Dantalian no Shoka – at least the anime version – is a tease. It only lets you see so much of what it is, occasionally shows you brilliance, but always pulls away before you can get too close.

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September 16, 2011 at 10:34 pm Comments (17)

Dantalian no Shoka – 09

「黄昏の書」 (Tasogare no Sho)
“Book of Twilight”

I hope no one gave up on Dantalian no Shoka, because if you’ve stuck around through a somewhat uneven run you were rewarded with by the series’ best episode – a glorious burst of GAINAX ingenuity and a treat for the eyes.

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September 9, 2011 at 10:52 pm Comments (32)

Dantalian no Shoka – 08

「等価の書 / 連理の書」 (Tōka no Sho / Renri no Sho)
“Book of Equivalence / Book of Connectionr”

Well, there’s no denying that this was a pretty lightweight pair of stories for Dantalian no Shoka this week. But you know, I think this is a face that the series wears well – I find the series quite charmer when it shows its warmer, funnier side.

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September 2, 2011 at 9:25 pm Comments (12)

Dantalian no Shoka – 07

「調香師」 (Chōkō-shi)
“Parfumer”

Huey and Dalian are back in the saddle on Dantalian no Shoka this week, with no reference to the Flam and Hal interlude of last week whatsoever. And they deliver a solid if unspectacular episode, whose most impressive feature may be the body count.

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August 26, 2011 at 9:40 pm Comments (26)

Dantalian no Shoka – 06

「焚書官」 (Funsho-kan)
“The Book Burner”

I guess in judging this episode, one has to look at it both in context and in terms of pure stand-along entertainment value. To tackle the latter first, I guess I’d say it was pretty good. But to finally judge this ep in the context of the series as presented, I’m not overly pleased.

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August 20, 2011 at 12:24 am Comments (45)

Dantalian no Shoka – 05

「魔術師の娘」 (Majutsu-shi no Musume)
“The Magician’s Daughter”

We’ve had six separate mysteries unraveled so far, but in terms of the main characters this one felt by far the most personal.

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August 12, 2011 at 8:56 pm Comments (37)

Dantalian no Shoka – 04

「換魂の書」 (Kan Kon no Sho)

"Book of Soul Exchange"

With two very solid and dramatically different episodes back-to-back, I can’t help but be encouraged about Dantalian no Shoka and where it’s headed. As a little bonus, both thematically and visually this felt more like GAINAX than any of the earlier episodes.

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August 5, 2011 at 10:40 pm Comments (50)

Dantalian no Shoka – 03

「叡智の書/月下美人」 (Eichi no Sho / Gekkabijin)
“Book of Wisdom/Queen of the Night”

I’m certainly not the first person to point this out, but one of the refreshing things about Dantalian no Shoka is that pretty much everyone in it is smart. It certainly spares us a lot of cliched moments of people doing stupid things and asking stupid questions.

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July 29, 2011 at 10:01 pm Comments (46)

Dantalian no Shoka – 02

「胎児の書」 (Taiji no Sho)
“Book of the Fetus”

Huey and Dalian appear to be both smart and knowledgeable, and despite a few stereotypical nods towards the tsundere from Dalian they’re refreshingly free of the “male and female lead” baggage we see in most anime. She’s a demon, and he’s a rather callous and hard man who’s seen far too much death, apparently. I guess a world war and family tragedy can turn anyone from Kana Hanazawa into a cold-hearted badass.

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July 22, 2011 at 8:26 pm Comments (40)

Dantalian no Shoka – 01

「仕掛け絵本」 (Shikake Ehon)
“Pop-Up Picture Book”

Whenever a new GAINAX series hits the airwaves, that’s still an event for me – though not as much as it used to be. And I suspect the number of us who feel that way is no longer as large as it was. Whatever it means now, this is still the studio that gave us Evangelion, FLCL and Tengen-Toppa Gurren-Lagann, and even if I’m chasing ghosts, I still get a little thrill of excitement at the prospect of something new from them.

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July 15, 2011 at 10:47 pm Comments (65)