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The Last Book
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Chapter 2

Episode 28: The Collector

Japanese Name

最後の書

Romanized Name

Saigo no Sho

Volume

8

Release Date

April, 2011 (The Sneaker)

Pages

44

Adaptation

N/A

"The Last Book" is the 2nd chapter of The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, volume 8. It's divided into six parts and contains two illustrations. The chapter is labeled as Episode 28 in the story line.

Kamilla gives a box of cookies to Dalian. The box includes a book, part of a collection. The Biblioprincess decides to find all volumes.[1]

Summary[]

A young schoolgirl has bruised feet and hands, tilted glasses and a dirty uniform. It seems like she had been trampled. She weakly rummages through her bag, counting the books inside. She has seven books with colorful colors. She has to find one more to complete her collection.

Part 1[]

Dalian Camilla Box

Kamilla gives a box of cookies to Dalian.

Dalian sleeps while reading a book. She wakes up, sips tea and gets up. She’s not happy to see Kamilla in the guest room. Kamilla gives her a box of cookies, the kind that recently became popular. Dalian opens the box and finds not only the cookies, but also a book wrapped in wax paper. A cute frog is depicted on the cover of the pocket-sized book. Dalian also notices the number seven in the corner of the cover. According to Kamilla, when you buy the cookies, you also gain a book, as part of an advertisement campaign. The book Dalian obtained is part of a collection of eight books. The Biblioprincess seems thoughtful.

Part 2[]

Hugh and Dalian walk past the busy shops. Dalian is determined to read all books from the collection. As always, Hugh can’t argue with her. Dalian enters a small grocery store and rudely asks for cookies. However, the grocer affirms that the cookies have been sold out. The clients are so fond of the books, that the boxes were quickly taken. Furious, Dalian runs out into the street, looking for another shop.

After visiting three more places, Dalian finally finds a box. She rudely tells the shopkeeper, an old woman, to give her the box. The old woman has a hearing problem, which makes the Biblioprincess more impatient. The old woman is selling the cookies for three million shillings. Dalian feels insulted with such a price. However, the old woman accepts a five-shilling coin from Hugh. Dalian hugs the box and runs to the exit. She almost collides with a schoolgirl. The old woman tells the schoolgirl that the cookies have been sold out. Dalian seems satisfied. She continues to search for six more boxes to complete her collection.

Part 3[]

They visited more than ten shops, bought lots of boxes and returned to the house. Now Dalian has all books, except for the first one. Hugh feels sick after eating so many cookies. He refuses to eat more. Dalian plans to buy more boxes to finally complete her collection. According to her, she feels uneasy knowing that her collection is incomplete. Perhaps the books are in fact Phantom Books that control the reader until all volumes are obtained. Hugh believes that Dalian is only making up an excuse. Although she doesn’t admit, she loved the cute books. Hugh goes to bed, keeping his distance from her obsession. However, Dalian decides to continue her search without him. She finds her small piggy bank and grabs a handful of coins.

Part 4[]

The next morning, Dalian walks into the shopping area. She’s nervous, since she never left the house by herself before. The Biblioprincess reaches a familiar shop, but the place is crowded. When the shop opens, people immediately run inside. Dalian is pushed, losing her orientation. She stands up after ten minutes, realizing that all the boxes were sold. A young girl nearby falls to her knees in frustration. She’s the same schoolgirl who Dalian saw the day before. The schoolgirl is also collecting the books. Dalian affirms that she’s missing only one book, the first one. The schoolgirl affirms that she’s also missing one. Dalian finds a homemade map on the road, made by Judy Gainer. It has all the locations where the cookies are sold. The schoolgirl wants her map back, but Dalian refuses to return it. The Biblioprincess hides the map in her bosom.

They go together to the shop at the station. The shopkeeper is distributing coupons. Those with coupons will have a chance to buy the cookies. The girls stand at the end of the line to grab a coupon each. Judy keeps pestering Dalian about the map. The schoolgirl slips her hand into Dalian’s bosom. The girls fight, rolling along the road. The line was longer when they returned. After a couple minutes, the shopkeeper announces that there’s no coupons left. The girls sit next to each other to catch their breath. They decide to join forces. They check the map and decide to visit another shop. The place was also distributing coupons. The girls walk among the crowd and manage to obtain the coupons. Unfortunately, the coupons don‘t have a waiting number, but a lottery number. The girls got the numbers 13 and 666, the unluckiest numbers. They lose the lottery.

Part 5[]

Dalian Sick

Dalian feels sick after eating hundreds of cookies.

The day ended. The girls never got a single box. Judy suddenly sees many boxes inside a small shop. The products make people throughout the city lose their composure. That’s why the shopkeeper wants to get rid of the boxes as soon as possible. However, the shopkeeper will sell only what the girls can eat, one box at the time. The girls buy one box each and return to the street. Dalian gets her sixth volume 5. She quickly eats the twenty-four cookies inside the box. Judy imitates the Biblioprincess. They buy another box, but find the wrong book again. Since yesterday, they have been eating lots of cookies. The pastries now feel bland and unpleasant. But the girls force themselves to eat. After buying four boxes each, the girls reach their limit, unable to eat more.

Hugh finally finds Dalian. The Biblioprincess seems emotionally moved. She tells Hugh to eat the cookies, but he refuses. Hugh realizes that Judy is another collector. The schoolgirl shows her books. Dalian almost chokes, realizing that Judy is missing the fourth volume. Dalian has two of those. The Biblioprincess thought that Judy was looking for the first volume. It was a clear misunderstanding. Judy gives Dalian the final book. After eating so much, Dalian feels sick. She falls to the ground.

Part 6[]

Dalian sleeps while reading a book. She wakes up, sips tea and gets up. She’s not happy to see Kamilla in the guest room. Dalian doesn’t want more trouble. Kamilla ignores Dalian’s rudeness and gives her a box of cookies. Hugh, laying on the couch, tries to hold his laugh. According to Kamilla, the company has a new advertisement campaign. The box has a new design, the cookie a different color. Now, there are thirty-three books to collect, including a very rare volume. Dalian hides behind a chair, terrified.[1]

Trivia[]

  • The Last Book and Phantom Book of the King were the last light novel chapters released for The Sneaker.[1][2]
  • 13 is considered an unlucky number in some countries. Fear of the number 13 has a specifically recognized phobia, triskaidekaphobia, a word coined in 1911.[3] In Japan, the number 13 is occasionally thought of as unlucky, although this is imported from Western culture.[4]
    • 666 is called the "number of the Beast" in the Book of Revelation. In modern popular culture, 666 has become one of the most widely recognized symbols for the Antichrist or, alternatively, the devil.[5]
  • The old woman mentions a granddaughter studying at a boarding school in the south of the country. She may be referring to Jessica.[1]
  • The product is named Rosetti (ロゼッティ Rozetti).[1] In reality, Rosette Cookies are thin, cookie-like deep-fried pastry of Scandinavian origin.[6]
    • Hugh gives five shillings to the old woman.[1] The shilling was a coin worth one twentieth of a pound sterling, or twelve pence. It was introduced in or around 1503 and circulated until 1990.[7] As for 2019, five shillings equals about £11.2 or USD 14.5.[8][9]
    • At first, the old woman asks for three million shillings.[1] As for 2019, the box would cost about £6,700,000 or USD 8,600,000.[8][9]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, Chapter 2, volume 8.
  2. The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, Chapter 1, volume 8.
  3. 13 (number). (2020, August 14). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 14:43, August 15, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=13_(number)&oldid=972940453
  4. Japanese superstitions. (2020, January 26). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 14:47, August 15, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Japanese_superstitions&oldid=937692526
  5. 666 (number). (2020, August 11). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 14:45, August 15, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=666_(number)&oldid=972327930
  6. Rosette (cookie). (2020, July 11). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17:32, August 14, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Rosette_(cookie)&oldid=967219851
  7. Shilling (British coin). (2020, August 7). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17:46, August 14, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Shilling_(British_coin)&oldid=971633330
  8. 8.0 8.1 Tables of historical exchange rates to the United States dollar. (2020, July 29). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17:59, August 14, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Tables_of_historical_exchange_rates_to_the_United_States_dollar&oldid=970094858
  9. 9.0 9.1 Inflation calculator. (2020, January 15). In Bank of England. Retrieved 17:46, August 14, 2020, https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/monetary-policy/inflation/inflation-calculator
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Gastronomy Worship - Pedigree - Book of Wisdom - The Dictator's Book - Turn-Up Book - Book of Lifetime - Libricide

Volume 2

The Briar Princess - Queen of the Night - The Lovers - Book of Equivalence - Book of Fetus - Winning Strategy - The Mystic Archives of Rasiel

Volume 3

Book of Soul Exchange - Book of Oblivion - Book of Twilight - Book of Sleep - The Magician's Daughter - The Beautiful Woman's World - Book of Atonement

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Book of Gap - Phantom Score - Book of Relationship - Book of Hypnosis - The Perfumer - The House-Elf's Rough Time - Phantom Book Thief

Volume 5

Timetable - Waterside Flower - The Cat and the Biblioprincess - Book of Fools - The Logbook - The Observer - Book of Connection

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The Template Book - The Working Man - Book of Coffin - The Real Me - Book of Humanization - Paradise

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