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The Girl in the Bookshelf
Ariadne infobox

Japanese Name

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Romanized Name

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Nickname(s)/Alias(es)

The Girl in the Bookshelf (書架の少女 Shoka no Shōjo)

Dalian (ダリアン Dariane) (manga-only)

Debut

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

Voice actor

沢城 みゆき
Miyuki Sawashiro

Status

Alive

The Girl in the Bookshelf is Dalian’s counterpart. She released disasters into the world and, as punishment, she was imprisoned in the Dantalian’s Bookshelf. In the manga, she’s named Dalian.

Background[]

A long time ago, the girl in white opened the Dantalian's Bookshelf and, just like in the Pandora myth, released disasters into the world, such as plague, lust, suffering, delusion, war and death. As punishment, the girl was locked inside the library, forced to protect the Phantom Books and preventing them from falling into the hands of unworthy readers. The Dantalian's Bookshelf became her cell. The demon Dantalian, owner of the library, prevents her from leaving. Dalian, the vessel containing the Dantalian's Bookshelf, is the counterpart of the girl in white.

On one occasion, Dalian traveled back in time to chase the Dead Book, a witch who wished to become the new Biblioprincess. Hugh and Dalian sealed the Dead Book inside the Dantalian’s Bookshelf. Hugh was about ten years old. On that occasion, inside the library, he met the girl in white for the first time. He suspected that Dalian and the girl in white were the same girls, although in different worlds.[1] Hugh promised to become her friend and bring her to the outside world. According to Hugh, that day the girl in white gave him the golden key that opens the Dantalian's Bookshelf.[2]

When Hugh became the key-keeper of the Dantalian’s Bookshelf, he started to interact with the girl in white every time he entered the library to obtain a Phantom Book. Somehow, she always knows exactly which Phantom Books the key-keeper and Dalian need. It seems like the girl in white has a book which tells the adventures of Hugh and Dalian.[3]

In the manga, Hugh lost himself inside the Dantalian's Bookshelf as a child. On that occasion, the girl in the bookshelf gave him the key to access the library.[4]

Labyrinth Library

The girl in white and Hugh.

Personality[]

The girl in white fears Dantalian, the demon who imprisoned her. She worries that the monster can hear her conversation with Hugh.[1] After many years inside the Dantalian’s Bookshelf, she affirms that she forgot the feeling of loneliness, but her expression tells the opposite.[3] She has a sliver of hope that Hugh will free her someday, although she never says that.[1] The imprisonment makes her dishearten, especially after she met Hugh. She clearly likes Hugh, but such feelings become painful due to her circumstances.[3]

Appearance[]

She’s a young girl in a snow-white layered outfit, with laces fluttering like ripples in water. She looks a lot like Dalian.[1] In the anime, she wears a long, loose dress, which has an almost transparent layer. The dress has details in warm rose at the collar and at the end of the short sleeves. There’s also a large lace in the front of the dress. She uses what appears to be a fingerless, bridal glove on his left hand. The girl in white has purple eyes and a long pink hair bundled into two tails that almost reach her feet. There’s a pink flower on her head.[5] In the manga, she’s identical to Dalian.[6]

Plot[]

Turn-Up Book[]

As a boy, Hugh finds himself inside the Dantalian’s Bookshelf. He asks where he is. The girl in white is surrounded by mountains of books. She places a book on her lap and starts to read it. She reveals that the library has no name. According to her, the first man who got lost there called the world “Labyrinth Library”. However, “Dantalian’s Bookshelf” is a more appropriate name. She explains that Dantalian is the name of the owner of the library. Hugh wonders if she’s named Dantalian.

Years later, after becoming Dalian’s key-keeper, Hugh remembered the meeting with the girl in white. He tells Dalian that he promised to befriend and free the girl in white. According to Hugh, the girl in white gave him the golden key that opens the Dantalian's Bookshelf.[2]

The Briar Princess[]

Hugh looks silently at Dalian. He reflects about the large library inside her body, where there's a soul of a young girl, identical to her, who's been waiting for freedom.[7]

Book of Fetus[]

Child mark

The girl in white gives two Phantom Books to Hugh.

The girl in white is surrounded by books. She’s sat on a stone spiral staircase, reading a volume opened on her knees. She raises her head, noticing the presence of Hugh once again. She has a tender smile on her face, although she also seems ready to cry. She closes the book. She removes two books out of the bookshelf behind her. The girl in white tells Hugh to leave, before the library takes his soul. Hugh is surprised to see two books, but the girl in white is certain that he will need both.

Hugh holds out his right hand to her. He wants to go outside with her. However, the girl explains that the Dantalian’s Bookshelf is her world. She affirms that she forgot the feeling of loneliness. Hugh walks away, annoyed. Alone once again, the girl in white continues to read. She suddenly stops turning the pages, her thin fingers shaking. She affirms that now that she knows him, she remembers the feeling of loneliness. She goes back to reading. The book tells the story of a black-haired girl.[3]

The Key-Keeper[]

When he was about ten years old, Hugh met Dalian and opened the Dantalian’s Bookshelf for the first time to seal the Dead Book. Inside the library, he asks where he is. The girl in white is surrounded by mountains of books. She places a book on her lap and starts to read it. She reveals that the library has no name. According to her, the first man who got lost there called the world “Labyrinth Library”. However, “Dantalian’s Bookshelf” is a more appropriate name. She explains that Dantalian is the name of the owner of the library. Hugh wonders if she’s named Dantalian.

Hugh asks what will happen with the Dead Book. The girl in white explains that the Dead Book will be sealed inside the Dantalian’s Bookshelf, until a worthy reader is found. The Dead Book believed that the Dantalian’s Bookshelf is a palace. The girl in white explains that the library is a labyrinthine world in a jar, a world to contain a terrible creature named Knowledge. The Biblioprincess is a sacrifice, an offering to a monster. She reveals that, a long time ago, she opened the library and released disasters into the world, just like in the myth of Pandora. The girl in white was imprisoned as punishment. Now, she guards the sleep of the Phantom Books, preventing them from falling into the hands of unworthy readers. Hugh notices that she looks a lot like Dalian. He wonders if they are the same girl, but in different worlds.

The girl in white affirms that she forgot the feeling of loneliness. Hugh looks at the golden key in his hand. He wonders if he can help her out of the library. Hugh is not the key-keeper yet but, in the future, she hopes that he can help her. She puts her finger to her lips. It seems like she’s afraid that someone will hear them. She tells Hugh to go back before the library closes. She squeezes his hand. Hugh is surprised to see a thin, almost invisible thread tied to his fingers. The thread will lead him out of the library. Hugh reflects about her name, but he has no time to ask her about it. Hugh wakes up in the Disward estate. Hugh promises to see the girl in white again. He struggles to keep the memories about the girls he met that day.[1]

The House-Elf (manga-only)[]

Hugh feels sick. Dalian’s other-self appears to take care of him. She uses the Book of the House-Elf to summon small creatures. She orders the house-elves to light the fireplace and to clean the room. She grabs one of the house-elves who tries to bite Hugh’s key. She tells Hugh to rely on her when needed. The guardian of the Dantalian’s Bookshelf appears to search for the girl. She returns to the Dantalian’s Bookshelf. Hugh wakes up, unable to distinguish dream from reality.[8]

Book of Wisdom II (manga-only)[]

Rasiel and Dalian's other selves are shown inside the Labyrinth Library. Dalian's counterpart wants to know the name of their world. She’s usually only interested in the knowledge from the books around. She finds inconvenient that the place has no name. Rasiel tells her to name the place, based on the name of the demon of knowledge, depicted with books in his hands.[6]

Dalian and Rasiel

The girls inside the Dantalian's Bookshelf.

The Magician’s Daughter (anime-only)[]

Hugh asks if the girl in white wants to leave the library. She affirms that she’s satisfied living in a world of books. She can experience everything by reading. It’s the real world to her. Hugh asks if she feels lonely. She affirms that she forgot the feeling of loneliness. Hugh walks away with five Phantom Books. The girl affirms that now that she knows him, she remembers the feeling of loneliness.[9]

The Perfumer (anime-only)[]

The girl in white notices Hugh’s presence once again. She tells him to leave the library before his soul is taken. Hugh holds out his right hand to her. Now that the library is opened, he tells her to accompany him to the outside world. The girl refuses the offer. The library is her home. Hugh offers to take her to her real home in a plane. The boy excitedly talks about airplanes. The girl feels sad. Her peaceful world changed after she met Hugh. She has expectations now that she knows him.[10]

Phantom Score (anime-only)[]

Hugh wants to show London and the pyramids to the girl in white. However, she affirms that her destiny is to stay alone for eternity in the library. Hugh affirms that he will never leave her alone. The girl is certain that Hugh will age and eventually part. Hugh leaves the Dantalian’s Bookshelf. The girl bids farewell to Hugh, her momentary dream.[11]

Song of the Unseen Tomorrow (anime-only)[]

Hugh is shot by the Professor. Hugh ignores his wound. He decides that the time to free the girl in white has come. He enters the Dantalian’s Bookshelf. He tells her that he’ll never leave her alone. He grabs her hand. She’s happy to follow him. The Dantalian’s Bookshelf starts to collapse, as if reacting to the girl’s escape attempt. The couple runs, eventually reaching the door to the outside world. The door is locked and protected by a giant guardian. The monster exists to keep the girl imprisoned. The creature releases a burst of energy which destroys the floor under the couple. Hugh is lost in a dark region of the library. The girl is chained to the door. She talks to Dalian, her other self. The girls help each other to save Hugh. He receives the Crastinus Dies Nunquam Sciat. He manages to leave the Dantalian’s Bookshelf.

While Hugh is reading the Phantom Book, the past of the girl in white is shown. She appears in front of a minotaur. Then, she opens a box, releasing disasters to the world. A scene from the future is also shown. A girl appears admiring a futuristic city through a window.

The girl in white thanks Hugh for giving her something precious. She can’t leave the Dantalian’s Bookshelf yet, but she’s certain that she will be free someday. At the anime conclusion, the girl in white appears inside the partially destroyed library. She closes the Crastinus Dies Nunquam Sciat on her lap.[5]

Trivia[]

  • Dalian and the girl in white are voiced by the same person. However, the girl in white is never credited.[12]
  • Dalian and the girl in white appear in the anime's eyecatch.[13]
  • In the Pandora myth, Prometheus stole the fire from the realm of gods and gave it to humanity. Angered, Zeus commands the creation of the first woman, Pandora, who opens the box that releases all evils upon man.[14]
    • Only hope remains inside the box.[14] When the girl in white meets Hugh, she hopes to escape the Dantalian's Bookshelf.[1]
    • The phrase "Pandora's box" is widely known, although the word "pithos" used in the tale refers to a large storage jar.[14] Dalian is the "heaven in the pot".[2]
  • When the girl in white gives the thread to Hugh, he reflects about her name. He probably concluded that her name is Ariadne.[14]
    • Ariadne was a Cretan princess in Greek mythology. She fell in love with Theseus, who volunteered to kill the Minotaur, a creature held in a labyrinth. Ariadne provided Theseus with a sword and ball of thread so that he could retrace his way out of the labyrinth of the Minotaur.[15]
    • Ariadne is an anagram of Dariane.
  • in the anime, the girl in white is always shown sending a Phantom Book to Hugh when he opens the Dantalian's Bookshelf. The scene is only omitted in Episode 9.[16]
  • To promote the anime, volumes 1 to 7 of the light novel were released with new covers depicting the character designs from the adaptation. She was featured in volume 7.[17]
Ariadne cover

Cover of the light novel volume 7 special edition.

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novelChapter 4, volume 7.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novelChapter 1, volume 4.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novelChapter 2, volume 4.
  4. The Mystic Archives of Dantalian manga, Chapter 2.
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian anime, Episode 12.
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian mangaChapter 11.
  7. The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novelChapter 1, volume 2.
  8. The Mystic Archives of Dantalian mangaChapter 8.
  9. The Mystic Archives of Dantalian anime, Episode 5.
  10. The Mystic Archives of Dantalian anime, Episode 7.
  11. The Mystic Archives of Dantalian anime, Episode 10.
  12. Dantalian no Shoka. In MyAnimeList. Retrieved 21:02, October 12, 2020, from https://myanimelist.net/anime/8915/Dantalian_no_Shoka
  13. The Mystic Archives of Dantalian anime.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Pandora. (2020, September 23). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 21:02, October 12, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Pandora&oldid=979990089
  15. Ariadne. (2020, September 20). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 21:15, October 12, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ariadne&oldid=979307097
  16. The Mystic Archives of Dantalian anime, Episode 9.
  17. 『ダンタリアンの書架』 やっぱアニメのキャラデザ受け入れられんかも. In Reshinanidayo. Retrieved 16:07, October 15, 2020, from http://blog.livedoor.jp/reshinanidayo/archives/40687011.html
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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