Mystical loli anime Dantalian no Shoka returns as magical and mysterious as ever – Huey and Danlian continue their quest investigating on a path proving to be quite dangerous.
Huey and Danlian follow up on their previous development – the two are now inside the mansion of Colonel Lilburn seeking to assist his granddaughter from what Huey believes is a curse, she is unable to leave home. After the basics of the story are out of the way, the episode gets quite insightful as much of it consists of Huey discussing the curse, alongside a string of murders found to be related to Miss Lilburn’s inability to leave with her butler and Danlian.
Miss Lilburn turns out to be the criminal herself in the end, she’s seemingly gone crazy with homicidal intent and her grandfather Colonel Lilburn left a giant mythical monstrous creature called a “golem” to clean up her murderous messes. It is once she attempts to stab Huey the action begins as her golem attempts to “dispose of him”.
The fight scenes are an absolutely epic part of the series as they come off as valiant yet powerful due to the intellectual nature of reading advanced texts although of course these books pack quite a punch. Huey uses a key to essentially open up Danlian’s heart – he then reaches inside and pulls out one of 900,666 Phantom Books. Once he begins reading the well written tome everything is visualized on screen until its written effects engage, this one in particular struck lightning down on Lilburn’s golem twice.
Needless to say, it’s another spectacular episode which presses the story past the introductory course (gets us ready for the real plot) and leaves us to expect bigger and better things next episode.
Danlian’s romantic interest in Huey is developing quite nicely as her concern for him keeps getting across with several tsundere-like remarks – the scene about her hair right before the ED sequence was truly enthralling for supporters of this route.
A final facet worth mentioning relates to the artistic nature of the series – something which we somewhat missed last time, perhaps due to the overwhelmingly beautiful atmosphere, was that certain parts of the scenery and background seem to revolve on different layers causing an almost realistic spherical sense of depth around the viewer.
Overall Dantalian is surpassing expectations easy, we hadn’t anticipated anything out of it at all pre-air, now however it’s certainly on course to be the best this season.