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Book of Equivalence / Book of Relationship
Episode 8
Episode 9
Episode 10

Episode 07: The Straw Millionaire
Episode 08: Until Death Do Us Part

Japanese Name

等価の書 / 連理の書

Romanized Name

Tōka no Sho / Renri no Sho

Airdate

September 3, 2011

Adapted from

Book of Equivalence:
Chapter 3 (light novel 2)
Book of Relationship:
Chapter 3 (light novel 4)

Manga counterpart

N/A

For the trade-related Phantom Book, see Book of Equivalence.
For the love-related Phantom Book, see Book of Relationship.
For the original Book of Equivalence story, see Chapter 3 (light novel 2).
For the original Book of Relationship story, see Chapter 3 (light novel 4).

"Book of Equivalence / Book of Relationship" is the 8th episode of The Mystic Archives of Dantalian anime, the ninth and tenth stories shown in the adaptation. It consists of Episode 07: The Straw Millionaire and Episode 08: Until Death Do Us Part.

The first part of the episode comes down to Hugh and Dalian looking for Kamilla, who is using a dangerous Phantom Book to barter for unknown reasons. The second part shows Armand asking for help due to a curse caused by his jealous fiancée Lianna and the Book of Relationship.[1]

Summary[]

Book of Equivalence[]

Camilla's mustache

Kamilla shows up wearing men's clothing.

Someone rings the doorbell at the Disward estate. Answering the door, Hugh is surprised to see Kamilla wearing men’s clothing and a fake mustache. He chuckles when she sticks the fake mustache on Dalian’s face. The Biblioprincess tells Hugh to make some tea after seeing the breads brought by Kamilla. The latter mentions a second gift, but she’s distracted by the book on Dalian’s lap. It’s a catalogue of a long-ended auction. Dalian is examining a page depicting teddy bears, trying to hide how she finds them cute. Kamilla seems interested in a specific toy, apparently Dalian’s favorite. She asks Hugh to give her anything. He presents her with a paper clip. Kamilla says goodbye, leaving the hosts confused.

Hugh and Dalian are called to The Perennial Wisdom to check what appears to be a Phantom Book. However, the owner finds out that the book was sold by accident. He remembers the buyer as a woman with a mustache. Hugh drives to Kamilla’s place with Dalian. Kamilla probably has the Book of Equivalence. According to the Biblioprincess, its user can obtain anything through bartering. Questioning one of her servants, they learn that Kamilla left for Miss Margaret Wilson’s residence. Hugh notices that the servant is using his paper clip. The servant had given a broken pocket watch to Kamilla in exchange for the item. Kamilla is using a dangerous Phantom Book, so Hugh and Dalian resume their searching for her.

Hugh and Dalian learn that Kamilla had bartered with many people, obtaining different items. Finally, Hugh and Dalian are informed that she’s at Mr. Fieron’s mansion. Kamilla wants a priceless object from the famous collector. When Hugh and Dalian arrived, she had already finished the negotiations. She leaves the mansion holding a teddy bear, a gift to Dalian. The Phantom Book was exchanged for the toy. Back at the Disward estate, Hugh asks if Kamilla is fine after losing such a valuable book. Kamilla is happy to see Dalian smiling with her new teddy bear. The doorbell is heard again. Armand appears, asking for their help. His right arm is covered by branches, which quickly attack Dalian and Kamilla, barely missing them. A door is pierced and ignited by the strange branches, while Armand groans in pain.

Book of Relationship[]

Sat in a carriage, a woman is seen with a book in her hands. She carries resentment against someone. At the Disward estate, the strange branches look dormant, although they still cover Armand’s right hand. He informs Hugh, Dalian and Kamilla about his new girlfriend, Miss Lianna Scholes. He blushes while describing her qualities. The couple met each other because of a Phantom Book. The branches, now reaching his chest, come from the tome in his shirt pocket. According to Dalian, the Book of Relationship has two volumes, one representing the male, the other representing the female. Lianna is the owner of the second volume. The Phantom Book is said to bind two people together. Armand found one of the volumes, then discovered that Lianna had the other part. They decided to marry during their first date. Armand describes the dreamlike moments they had together.

Armand's curse (3)

Armand is covered by Branches of Relationship.

Dalian explains that the Book of Coonection has a spell that activates when someone cheats on his partner. Hugh, Dalian and Kamilla think that Armand was unfaithful, but he ensures that’s not the case. Lianna showed extreme jealousy when Armand interacted with other women. She finally snapped when she saw him speaking with a maid. The jealousy activated the Phantom Book curse. After Armand’s history is told, the doorbell is heard once again. Lianna had found her fiancé.

Armand is unable to explain himself. Lianna believes that the branches coming from the Phantom Book are proof of his infidelity. Seeing Dalian and Kamilla only makes her angrier. Armand’s body is entirely covered in branches, then ignited. With tears flowing down her cheeks, Liana watches him burn until there’s only ashes and the Phantom Book left. Before leaving the mansion, she hands over the second volume of the Book of Relationship.

Later, Hugh, Dalian and Kamilla discuss about the powers of the Phantom Book. Only death can break its vow. Hugh finally decides to revive Armand using the Book of the Eleusis Ritual. Armand was told to not eat the food of the Underworld, otherwise he couldn't be brought back to life. He's resurrected, although he feels half dead. He promises to never mess with Phantom Books again. He contemplates only meeting cheerful women from now on. Kamilla calls him a pervert when he studies her body. Hugh and Dalian believe that Armand and Kamilla may have something in common.[1]

Light novel-anime main differences[]

Light novel[2][3] Anime[1]
Book of Equivalence starts with the conversation between Kamilla and Mr. Fieron. The conversation between Kamilla and Mr. Fieron is shown at the end of Book of Equivalence.
Kamilla runs to the front door of the Disward estate. Her servant at the coach shakes her head. -
Kamilla visits Dalian wearing her cowboy attire. Kamilla visits Dalian wearing a gentleman's suit.
Kamilla's servant traded his pocket watch for a paper clip. He wanted to dispose of the pocket watch he got from a woman a long time ago. Kamilla's servant traded his pocket watch for a paper clip. The pocket watch was broken, after all.
Kamilla went to the city to perform more trades. Kamilla went to Margaret Wilson's house to perform more trades.
Hugh and Dalian never found Kamilla. They return to the Disward estate around midnight. Kamilla was waiting for them. She took a nap in the garden. At the front door of the mansion, Kamilla is satisfied to see Dalian's smile. Hugh and Dalian found Kamilla at Mr. Fieron's house. Late that afternoon, Hugh, Dalian and Kamilla have tea at the Disward estate. Kamilla is happy to see Dalian's smile.
The chapters Book of Equivalence and Book of Relationship are not related. Kamilla is not part of the second story. -
Book of Relationship starts with Lianna imagining the punishment that will befall her future lover if he ever betrays her. Book of Relationship starts with Lianna looking forward to punish Armand.
In a summer day, Dalian sits on the floor to escape the heat. -
Armand visits Hugh and Dalian to ask if the Phantom Book that brought him and Lianna together is real. -
Hugh and Dalian follow Armand to the opera house. The couple is worried that Armand will activate the curse of the Book of Relationship. Days later, Hugh and Dalian see Armand on a busy street, unable to control the Branches of Relationship. Hugh and Dalian take Armand to the Disward estate. Armand reaches the Disward estate to ask for help. The Branches of Relationship almost pierce Dalian and Kamilla. The scene is a transition between the Book of Equivalence and the Book of Relationship stories.
Hugh tells Lianna that he doesn't know where Armand is. Soon after, Lianna looks through the window and finds Armand. Hugh lets Lianna inside the Disward estate. There, she finds Armand.
Book of Relationship ends with Dalian looking at Hugh with a sad smile. She says "until death do us part". -

Trivia[]

  • One of the houses visited by Hugh and Dalian during their search for Kamilla has a variation of the Christ Pantocrator[1], a depiction of Christ. The art includes a book revealing part of John 8:12.[7]
    • The same house has a version of the art found at the Grotto of the Nativity, the place where Jesus is said to have been born, located in the Church of the Nativity, a basilica located in Bethlehem. It depicts Mary, Joseph and a newborn Jesus.[1][8]
  • Margaret Wilson has a version of Family of Jan-Baptista Anthoine.[1] It's a 1664 painting by Flemish painter Gonzales Coques.[9]
  • As mentioned by Kamilla, teddy bears become famous because of a president.[1] They are named after Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States. During a bear hunting trip in 1902, his attendants tied an American black bear to a tree so he could shoot it. Roosevelt refused to kill it, deeming the event as unsportsmanlike. The incident became topic of political cartoons which inspired Russian toy maker Morris Michtom to create the stuffed bears. He received permission to use the name "Teddy", although the president disliked being referred as such.[10]
  • Mina gives her voice to the lady Armand offers his hand to.[1] In the same year, she worked in Gosick, anime with similarities to The Mystic Archives of Dantalian.[11]
  • Episode 3 is also a two-part episode.[13]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian anime, Episode 8.
  2. The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, Chapter 3, volume 2.
  3. The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, Chapter 3, volume 4.
  4. Scotland Yard. (2017, June 4). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 19:11, June 16, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Scotland_Yard&oldid=783735268
  5. The Adventure of the Cardboard Box. (2017, May 20). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 19:16, June 16, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Adventure_of_the_Cardboard_Box&oldid=781356805
  6. The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, Chapter 1, volume 3.
  7. Christ Pantocrator. (2017, June 15). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20:04, June 16, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Christ_Pantocrator&oldid=785852787
  8. Church of the Nativity. (2020, December 27). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 12:25, December 29, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Church_of_the_Nativity&oldid=996537159
  9. Gonzales Coques. (2020, November 27). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 12:00, December 29, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Gonzales_Coques&oldid=991045412
  10. Teddy bear. (2017, June 7). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 21:33, June 16, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Teddy_bear&oldid=784211163
  11. Mina (voice actress). (2017, February 13). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 23:38, June 16, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mina_(voice_actress)&oldid=765270677
  12. Kawakami, Takafumi. In MyAnimeList. Retrieved 23:38, June 16, 2017, from https://myanimelist.net/people/9797/Takafumi_Kawakami
  13. The Mystic Archives of Dantalian anime, Episode 3.
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