Summer 2011 Showcase
The Mystic Archives of Dantalian

Jul 1st 2011

Introduction

Setting in the world reminiscent of England around 1920's. The protagonists, Hugh and the black-garbed beauty Dalian, find themselves caught up in events caused by the forbidden "mystic books." The long wait for an anime adaptation of Gakuto Mikumo's popular Neo-gothic fantasy is over.

Behind the animation production is GAINAX, who frequently offer the world masterpieces such as "Neon Genesis Evangelion" and "Gurren Lagann," while the director's seat is filled by Yutaka Uemura, of "Gurren Lagann The Movie: The Lights in the Sky are Stars" fame. With costume design handled by an actual popular fashion brand, this is a huge project that transcends borders of the anime world!

Story

Hugh inherits a musty old mansion, along with the entire book collection contained within, from his grandfather ? a bibliomaniac who once traded half his lands in exchange for a copy of a rare book. The only condition was that he also inherit the "Archives of Dantalian."

Having arrived at the mansion to put his grandfather's possessions in order, Hugh meets a girl of 12 or 13 quietly reading amongst the tall piles of books in the basement.
She is dressed in jet-black, and wears a lock around her neck. Her name is Dalian, and she controls the gateway to the Archives of Dantalian, where the forbidden mystic books of demonic wisdom are kept...

Characters

Dalian
VA: Miyuki Sawashiro
A girl of 12 or 13 with the beautiful looks of a doll. She is in charge of the library called the Archives of Dantalian, which contains the mystic books of demonic wisdom. She is shy, but has a sharp tongue. She likes books and anything sweet - especially fried bread covered in sugar.
Hugh Anthony Disward
VA: Daisuke Ono
A young aristocrat who inherits his grandfather's estate. He is the only person who can break Dalian's seal. He and Dalian get caught up in events caused by the mystic books.

Cast

Dalian
Miyuki Sawashiro
Hugh Anthony Disward
Daisuke Ono

Staff

Original Story
Gakuto Mikumo
Original Illustration
G Yusuke
Director
Yutaka Uemura
Animation Character Design
Sumie Kinoshita
Production
GAINAX

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