Tsundere fujoshi series Dantalian no Shoka returns focusing little on fujoshis and instead the difficulties of a reverse harem relationship – as well as diving deeper into the mystical mysteries of Dantalian.
Quite a lot happens in this episode as it definitely has to be the most unusually fact paced of them all so far – not a single of the previous episodes ran a plot at such great speed and with so many concurrent events. This is a very major aspect of this episode deserving to be pointed out before all else.
Secondly, although the story surrounds a pack of fools deceived by big breasts and a fine visage, the true prominent piece of this episode has to be a single 30 second or so scene in which Huey dives into the Bibliotheca Mystica de Dantalian. A flashy short sequence is seen in which Huey opens the gate locked within Dalian – then once inside, all around is a vast space, literally with the appearance of outer-space as it boasts clouds, stars, and a sky.
Other than celestial bodies, there is naught to be seen a single soul save for a young Huey in his childhood and an unknown twintailed female character sporting a lush white dress. We’ve captured glimpses of them both previously – yet this is certainly the longest encounter we’ve had with either.
It’s difficult to understand the meaning behind it all thus far as they exchange only a simple conversation – Huey is saddened by the finely dressed girl’s seeming loneliness in that vast space. Yet she denies the feeling of loneliness, stating she had forgotten such a feeling – only to then softly think to herself that only applied before having met him.
A desire to know the truth behind it all is rushing viciously through our hearts and minds alike as the story of Dantalian no Shoka implies to extend far beyond the reaches of what was initially assumed. Clearly, that girl has a romantic interest in Huey – yet who is she? We must also ask ourselves, what exactly did we see? It’s unspecified whether that is a flashback, a dream, or what is contained within the gates of Dalian.
Considering she is within Dalian, a theory we’re willing to make is that she may perhaps be an alternate personality of Dalian representative of a certain time frame, or emotion. Recalling the first episode, Dalian knew Huey’s name prior to his self-introduction – it’s very well possible the two were acquainted some time many years ago, and with time, something happened to Dalian.
That single miniscule scene is enough for an infinite realm of wonder and possibility. Dantalian no Shoka proves to indeed be a grand series as it can enthrall viewers with a mere flavoring of the central plot as such.
What we like to call the “proxy plot” or the side-story serving to build-up only an appropriate stage for the main storyline was one of a fellow named Armand who came seeking a Phantom Book from Huey. A maiden promised one of several men marriage in exchange for retrieving her a different Phantom Book.
The madam turns out to be a homunculus, or a humanoid creation crafted from alchemy, attempting to avoid her magician father through use of the five books combined. Eventually after Huey and Dalian’s assistance, it works out with her magical father retreating and those who died at his hands arise once again – exposing all his earlier attacks to be illusions from his magical mixture of nonsensical spells.
It ends ever-appropriately with the slutty girl choosing none of the heroic five, and instead some random man – more interestingly however, Dalian offers a slight hint at her attraction to Huey before the ending rolls.