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Henry Conrad
Conrad infobox

Japanese Name

ヘンリー・コンラッド

Romanized Name

Henrii Konraddo

Nickname(s)/Alias(es)

Hotel King (ホテル王 Hoteru-ō)

Debut

Chapter 4 (light novel 1);
Chapter 2 (manga);
Episode 1

Voice actor

N/A

Status

Deceased

Henry Conrad, the Hotel King, was a prominent bibliomaniac that killed his rival Wesley Disward to obtain The Harlequinade. He is present in the Turn-Up Book story.

Background[]

As a bibliomaniac, Conrad knew that Wesley had access to the Dantalian's Bookshelf and envied how he could grasp all human knowledge, something desired by various figures throughout history. In the manga, he also knew of the Black Biblioprincess and the key-keeper.[1] Conrad killed his rival Wesley to get hold of a book, but there were no evidences pointing to his guilty.[2] Conrad wished to proof the existence of the Dantalian's Bookshelf for those who didn’t believe in him.[1]

He lived on top of a hill, in a hotel built in Tudor architectural style, with more than a hundred rooms. His collection of books is located at the northern tower. Conrad's office is above the library. He's master of many employees, including Richardson.[2] In the manga, he’s known as the Hotel King.[1]

Conrad

Conrad obtains The Harlequinade.

Personality[]

He’s a very proud bibliomaniac, envying Wesley’s collection of books and his access to the Dantalian's Bookshelf[1], to the point that he killed his rival to obtain a Phantom Book.[2]

In the manga, he appears as a gentleman, greeting Hugh and Dalian when they arrive in his mansion. Conrad even kneels to kiss Dalian’s hand, honored to meet her. He realizes the horrible thing he did and regrets it. He was so attached to life that Hugh and Dalian saw him even after his death.[1] In the anime, it can be assumed that he was interest in art, owing a entire room filled with paintings and sculptures.[3] 

Appearance[]

In the manga, Henry Conrad has grey hair, grey beard, dark mustache and a couple of ageing marks on his face. He wears a dark three-piece suit, light gloves and a dark scarf. The Hotel King uses a cane when standing.[1] 

In the anime adaptation, Conrad is younger, wearing no gloves, and a bow tie instead of a scarf. He has longer hair and a shaved face compared to his manga counterpart.[3]

Plot[]

Conrad is honored

Conrad is honored to meet the Black Biblioprincess, as seen in the manga.

Henry Conrad invites Hugh over. His invitation is accepted, since Hugh wants to find evidence that Conrad killed Wesley to get hold of a book. However, Hugh and Dalian realize that Conrad's mansion was destroyed and the people was killed by the creatures released by The Harlequinade. They decide to head to Conrad's study to seal the Phantom Book.

After the Book of Fairy is used against The Harlequinade’s dragon, Dalian and Hugh find Conrad's study. The man died in a chair. His head was bitten off by the circus animals. Dalian seals The Harlequinade and leaves the place with Hugh.[2]

In the anime, Conrad is also seen in a brief flashback, killing Wesley and being engulfed by The Harlequinade after opening it with a malicious smile.[3]

In the manga, Conrad greets Hugh and Dalian when they arrive at his property. Conrad acknowledges his guests as the key-keeper and the Black Biblioprincess. Conrad kneels to kiss Dalian’s hand, whom ignores him to find the book taken from Wesley’s collection. Hugh is distracted, wondering if Dalian and Conrad were acquaintances. A moment later, Hugh realizes that Conrad had disappeared.

Later, after the Dantalian's Bookshelf is opened, Hugh watches Conrad speaking with Dalian. Conrad is honored to have an audience with the Black Biblioprincess. He reveals that he envied Wesley because he obtained a forbidden archive containing the entire human knowledge. Conrad wanted proof of the library's existence, so that he could rub it into the noses of those who didn’t believe him. While Conrad is talking, Dalian takes The Harlequinade and leaves the room. Hugh realizes that Conrad is dead, with the upper half of his head missing. Dalian suspects that Conrad died as soon as he opened the book. She also affirms that the illusions of Conrad speaking were only his lingering regrets.[1]

Conrad body

The body of Henry Conrad.

Trivia[]

  • Hugh mentions Conrad in the OVA, wishing to prevent a tragedy such as the one that struck the Hotel King.[4]
    • He's also mentioned in the first drama CD. Dalian contemplates taking his mansion for herself, as punishment for everything he did.[5]

References[]

Characters

Biblioprincesses

Dalian - Flamberge - Rasiel

Key-keepers

Hugh Anthony Disward - Hal Kamhout - Professor

Recurring characters

The Girl in the Bookshelf - Wesley Disward - Kamilla Sauer Keynes - Jessica Elphinstone - Shura Irmania - Armand Jeremiah - The Perennial Wisdom's Owner - Oliver Grosseteste - Mithril - Hugh's mother - Hugh's father - Natalia - Hal's beloved - Miss Roedean

Creatures and machines

Atlantic Rim - Automaton - Beast of Ashwell - Book of Royal Power - Branches of Relationship - Broken Wings - Dantalian - Dead Book - Ghost train - Golem - Guignols - Guillemot - Heath - House-elf - Kasuruhau - Logbook - Loge's giant - Musical automaton - Pioneer Plant - The Harlequinade's creatures - Ras Alhague monster - Scarlet Robe - Sea devils - Steam Giant - The Queen of the Night - W Machine - Winged women - Wooden dolls - Zombies

Dalian Days

Priscilla Riley - Cecil Patreina - Margaret Manschwell

Others

Male Characters - Female Characters
Phantom Book Users - Deceased Characters
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