Book of Lifetime
Chapter 3 infobox
Chapter 3

Japanese Name


Romanized Name

Tenju no Sho



Release Date

March 26, 2011



Adapted from

Fragment 2 (light novel 1)

Anime counterpart


"Book of Lifetime" is the 3rd chapter of The Mystic Archives of Dantalian manga.

Hugh is reading at a bar, when an old man mentions the day when he found the books containing the lives of every person in the world.[1]


Hugh is reading at a bar, when an old man questions his interest for books. The old man hates books because they are boring. According to him, life is a tedious repetition, and every written story is an adaptation of an old myth or ancient folklore. Only one book is worthy reading. Everything that happens in someone’s life, from birth to death, is contained in this book. There’s a place that holds the book of every person in the world, where one can see the thick and heavy books of those who lived long lives and had many experiences, and the thin books of those who died young and had dull lives.

As a child, the old man read his own book when he found himself inside an endless maze-like library packed with books. He had almost fallen into despair, seeing such a boring and short book. A girl with an eyepatch and a long-haired man listen to the story from a table nearby.

The old man thought that if his book had no ending, the grim reaper would never claim his life. That’s why he glued the first and last pages of his book together. Now, his book had no beginning or end. Years later, the old man regrets doing that. He wouldn’t die, but living the same things over and over was a punishment. His face suddenly shows his torment. The old man asks Hugh to find his book and destroy it if he ever stumble upon that library. Hugh makes the promise.

The old man is left sleeping on the counter. The bartender expresses his sympathy to the couple at the table. After all, the old man always tells that tale when he’s drunk. The girl in eyepatch chuckles, wondering if his story is true. She leaves the bar with the long-haired man. The girl finds the humans’ ignorance cute and pitiful. At the Disward mansion, Dalian receives the book she was waiting for from Hugh.[1]

  • Hugh and the old man at the bar.
  • The old man describes his experience at the Labyrinth Library.
  • Rasiel and the Professor listen to the old man's story.
  • The old man asks Hugh to destroy his endless Book of Lifetime.
  • Hugh gives a book to Dalian.

Trivia Edit

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian manga, Chapter 3.
  2. The Merchant of Venice. (2017, August 9). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 02:34, August 25, 2017, from