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Phantom Score
Episode 10
Episode 12

Episode 10: Sonatas for Doll Solo

Japanese Name

幻曲

Romanized Name

Maboroshi-kyoku

Airdate

September 17, 2011

Adapted from

Chapter 2 (light novel 4)

Manga counterpart

N/A

For the Phantom Book, see Phantom Score.
For the light novel chapter, see Chapter 2 (light novel 4).

"Phantom Score" is the 10th episode of The Mystic Archives of Dantalian anime and the twelfth story shown in the adaptation. It's also known as Episode 10: Sonatas for Doll Solo.

Hugh and Dalian meet the strange couple Dallaglio and Christabel. Later, Hugh and Dalian learn that Christabel Sistine is a famous violinist who can play the impossible sonatas created by Guglielmo Baldini.[1]

Summary[]

Christabel Dallaglio

Christabel watches Dallaglio playing the piano.

A young woman wakes up with the sound of a piano. The man playing it decides to take her to the park, so she can see the beauty of the world. He wishes for her happiness. The blonde with no expression on her face seems to have trouble to understand his actions.

Dalian is in a park, trying to enjoy her fried bread, but Hugh is bothering her by practicing with his violin. He stops playing when she barely hits him with a plate. He seems discontent about the state of the instrument. A young woman suddenly asks to borrow the violin. Dalian hides behind Hugh. An unknown man also appears, out of breath. He apologizes for Christabel’s abrupt request. He examines Hugh’s instrument. The stranger quickly fixes the item and presents to the young woman so she can try it. After testing it for a couple seconds, she shows incredible skills as a musician. The passersby, attracted by the beautiful melody, recognize the famous Christabel Sistine. After introducing himself as Dallaglio Hayward, the man drags the violinist away from the crowd with Hugh’s instrument.

At The Perennial Wisdom, Hugh notices a pamphlet of Christabel. According to the shopkeeper, it’s said that she can play the works of Guglielmo Baldini, an Italian composer from the late 18th century who left behind 57 pieces rumored to influence people’s minds and emotions. The musicians who tried to play the sonatas met an unfortunate end. Because of its elaborate segments, only the Phantom Scores known as Utopia and Twilight have survived, although their location is uncertain. Hugh and Dalian also learn that people pay fortunes to listen Christabel’s performances. Furthermore, her extravagant Sistine Hall was featured on an article from a few days ago. Dalian decides to leave for London.

Dalian argues with one of the police officers around the concert hall. She wants to meet Christabel, but the place is crowded with people hoping to watch the inauguration ceremony. Hugh wonders why Dalian wants the Phantom Score, since Christabel seems to be its rightful owner. Nonetheless, he escorts her through an alleyway while following Dallaglio, who is seen acting suspiciously in the distance. Hugh and Dalian are led to a dark basement under the stage of the Sistine Hall, a place emanating the smell of oil. Using his lighter, Hugh sees a doll in front of a piano, probably Christabel’s accompanist. A man prepares to attack Dalian with a black baton, but Hugh protects her in time. He lost consciousness after being hit in the head.

Hugh and Dalian are tied to chairs. Dalian is gagged, unable to say a word. It's evening, and the seats above are filled. Christabel appears from an elevator, welcoming Hugh to her room. Her music stand accommodates Utopia, the Phantom Score she will play to please Dallaglio. The latter is revealed to be the craftsman who built the pianist automaton, a friend of Christabel. She performs for Hugh and Dalian. The doll at the piano also plays. Dallaglio shows up to check why Christabel is playing. He asks Hugh and Dalian to take Christabel away before the opening ceremony. However, Kendrick finds them before they are released.

The hostile manager and his henchmen are responsible for restraining Hugh and Dalian. Kendrck plans to make them listen to Christabel’s performance. The man paid for the Sistine Hall in order to turn people into slaves by using the addictive Utopia. With this Phantom Score, Kendrick can even control the King. Kendrick also financed the development of a machine capable of playing such work. Although Christabel is a doll, Dallaglio ensures that she has her own will. He threatens to publish her blueprints if she’s ever used to bring suffering. One of Kendrick’s employees shoots Dallaglio. Christabel doesn’t understand what’s happening. Dalian explains that Dallaglio is dying. While the elevator takes Christabel to the stage, the criminals leave the basement. During the performance, they will wait inside a soundproof room which will protect them from the effects of the Utopia.

Dallaglio crawls across the floor, leaving a trail of blood behind. He explains that he created a doll capable of playing his Phantom Score in order to honor his deceased father who failed as a maker of musical automata. Baldini’s works required a machine with human appearance and emotions. At one point, all Dallaglio wished was for Christabel’s happiness. Dallaglio dies in Hugh’s arms after cutting the ropes with a small knife. When Dalian was released, the ceremony had already started. It feels like the brief music is telling everyone to run away. The next song makes the building shake ominously. The concert hall is about to collapse because the violinist is playing Twilight rather than Utopia. Dalian means to retrieve the Phantom Score, but Hugh grabs her hand and drags her outside. The audience also manages to escape from the disaster after listening to Christabel’s message. Kendrick and his men were left behind, inside the soundproof room. Dalian is annoyed for having lost the Phantom Scores, although there is no one left who could play them. According to her, Dallaglio may have tweaked Christabel’s mechanisms to make her perform the wrong Phantom Score. But perhaps Christabel played Twilight of her own will to express her sadness for Dallaglio's death.

Inside the Labyrinth Library, Hugh is in child form asking the girl in white about what they can do together in the real world. However, she's destined to be in that place for eternity. Hugh refuses to let her alone. The girl in white affirms that he will age and become an adult eventually. She sorrowfully bids farewell as the little boy vanishes into sparkles.[1]

Phantom Score end

Hugh inside the Labyrinth Library.

Light novel-anime main differences[]

Light novel[2] Anime[1]
Dalian tells Hugh to play violin because, according to her, he was boasting about the violin lessons he took six years ago. Hugh practices violin.
At first, Hugh is hesitant about lending his violin to Dallaglio and Christabel. -
The police officer gives a candy to Dalian, treating her like a child. Furious, Dalian tells Hugh to open the Labyrinth Library and incinerate the police officer. The police officer carries Dalian under his arm, searching for her guardian.
Dalian affirms that Dallaglio fulfilled his wish of making Christabel happy. Since the words are too gentle, Hugh touches Dalian's forehead to check if she's fine. Furious, Dalian decides to go home by herself. She asks for directions, but the stranger gives her a candy. Dalian returns and tells Hugh to walk her to the station. -
Hugh suggests that Dalian takes musical lessons. According to him, while she's reading, sometimes Dalian hums out of tune. -
- The anime has an additional scene of Hugh inside the Labyrinth Library.

Trivia[]

  • It's the only episode with an extra scene after the ending.[1]
  • Part of the episode is set in 16th September 1920, as seen in the article reporting the inauguration of the Sistine Hall.[1]
  • Christabel uses her violin to tell the audience to evacuate before the catastrophe.[1] Composer Yo Tsuji originally thought about making a musical piece based on the Earthquake Early Warning issued in Japan when an earthquake is detected. After finding that difficult to do, he opted for producing a legato hiding the word "exit" in Morse Code.[3]
  • The men listening to Christabel at the park are voiced by Hiroo Sasaki, Kentaro Yamazaki and Tatsuya Kuramochi. The police officer is not credited.[1]

References[]

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Episodes

Turn-Up Book - Book of Fetus - Book of Wisdom / Queen of the Night - Book of Soul Exchange - The Magician's Daughter - Libricide - The Perfumer - Book of Equivalence / Book of Relationship - Book of Twilight - Phantom Score - The Mystic Archives of Rasiel - Song of the Unseen Tomorrow - The Briar Princess

(OpeningEndingOVADrama CD 1Drama CD 2OST)
(Introduction ShowTalk EventDalian & Huey NightDJCD)
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