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After a confusing yet exquisite extra episode, Dantalian no Shoka’s seventh showing steers us along a bloody anecdote of dubious, mind altering substances similar to ecstasy in perfume form.

Prior to the opening sequence, we’re shown a short seen of the white haired lolita once again, alongside a toddler shota version of Huey. The scene reaffirms the girl’s loneliness and her arising interests in Huey – just as our encounters with her previously. Then the OP rolls – although unlike almost every other anime series out there, Dantalian’s contains a special sight pertaining to the plot.

Perhaps this is a late realization, it is certainly not directly related to this episode, yet worthy of mentioning. Watching the opening closely, you can notice at one point Dalian transforms from her typical gothic lolita outlook into this gentle white haired girl. A definite piece of interesting information to keep in mind when watching the series.

Back to the episode at hand, Dalian’s hopes are brought up to the heavens and shot down to hell all within the first five minutes of the episode. Our pair of “country bumpkins” Huey and Dalian traveled far out into the city to a bakery and waited in a lengthy, crowded line to purchase an assortment of buns. Suddenly, a blond haired bishoujo approaches Huey seeking some vague assistance whilst stealing the bag of pastries Huey purchased for Dalian in an attempt to extort Huey’s help.

Huey is left with no choice but to mildly offer his services, he fends off some men chasing this bishoujo as she attempts to escape with the buns in hand. Her escape fails miserably in a devastating bun dropping fashion – she trips and sends all the buns spilling on the floor. Dalian is left speechless in terror at the sight of the spoiled buns – and the main story of this episode initiates.

The blond bishoujo is the daughter of a perfume company’s president – unsatisfied with her father’s iniquitous ways, she ran away in a form of protest hoping to change the thoughts of her father. We learn this to be unsuccessful and all too little, too late, as the company in question was dealing with organized crime. The daughter was a researcher responsible for devising new scents and perfumes – unfortunately however, her talents were taken advantage of to profit off of an inadvertently created intoxicating stimulant.

Of course, the source of her chemistry was a Phantom Book passed down to her from her grandfather.

A two-man gang breaks into the mansion of her family, the home of the company, in search of the recipe – yet even though they find it, the end-result is nothing more than a floor filled with death. These men killed everyone in sight, and as Huey, Dalian, and the bishoujo crossed paths with these men, they were the next targets.

Huey defends against one of the two intruders, a crazed knife wielding man abusing this smelly narcotic. The powers of the potent drug are not enough for him to best Huey however – Huey defeats this man in a dazzling display of violence.

In the end, the other man is killed, as is everyone else in the vicinity of the company’s grounds. The place is also lit aflame – leaving nothing but ashes behind, and a scent which can make anyone happy.

Yet again, it is another riveting and emotionally moving episode of Dantalian no Shoka. We learn ever so slightly more of how the Phantom Books work, as well as of the characters of Dalian and Huey. It is rather beyond obvious at the point Dalian does indeed love Huey. As they watched the burning buildings, Dalian mentions the emanating scent of happiness is connected to one’s memories – making one recall a joyful occurrence. Huey asks Dalian what it is she remembers from the aura – yet she refuses to reply in a typical tsundere fashion.

Perhaps it is that scene within the Mystica de Dantalian we’re shown at the start of the episode which she recollected?

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