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The Mystic Archives of Dantalian: Introduction - "The Testimony of the Accomplices"
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Japanese Name

『ダンタリアンの書架』 序章~共犯者たちの証言~

Romanized Name

Dantalian no Shoka: Joshō ~Kyōhan-sha-tachi no Shōgen~


July 9, 2011

The Mystic Archives of Dantalian: Introduction - "The Testimony of the Accomplices" is a 30-minute special broadcasted days before Episode 1 to promote the anime. In this special directed by Takao Sato, Japanese experts talked about history, British society, Gothic fashion and other aspects which helped the viewers to better understand the setting of the anime.

The dresses of Dalian and the girl in white, designed by Baby, the Stars Shine Bright, were shown, using real models. The anime original soundtrack was used. The ending sequence was shown for the first time, even before Episode 1.[1][2]

The special was filmed in British Hills, Fukushima.[1] Established in 1994, it's a place where people can experience British culture in Japan. It has a climate close to that of the Scottish Highlands, and a manor with interior inspired by the Victorian era.[3]


Kumie Inose, historian and professor at the Konan University, specializes in British modern history.[4] She talked about World War I, the overall state of the world at that time and how the war affected people. The anime was released a few years before the First World War centenary.[2]

Toshiyuki Takamiya, academic and author, Emeritus Professor at Keio University since 2009, is an authority on medieval English literature, medieval English manuscript studies and a collector of antiquarian books.[5] He talked about bibliomania, an obsession which involves collection and hoarding books. It was a popular fever among aristocrats in the early 19th century. The bourgeois prospered with the Industrial Revolution. They didn't work, only invested, so they adopted book collection as a hobby. They enjoyed searching for a book more than reading it. They would lose interest in a book as soon as they got their hands on it. Some used to standardized the cover of all their books, including the coat of arms of their families on it, everything to make their collection more impressive and worthy to be proud of it.[2]

Mitsuhiro Mizutani is a political scientist, Professor Emeritus at the Kokugakuin University. His writings contain comparisons between the politics of Japan and the United Kingdom.[6] In order to show their power, British aristocrats decorated their mansions with paintings and other works of art. They didn't spare effort and money to collect these items, which indicated not only how rich the family was, but how extensive is its social network. Many generations of the same family would practice book collecting.[2]

Yuichi Konno was presented as the editor-in-chief of the Yaso magazine. He works with communication of many cultural genres such as art, cinema, literature and fashion. He talked about the Victorian era and the Gothic Lolita fashion[2], a style of Lolita that is primarily influenced by victorian-inspired Goth styles.[7] A very distinctive property of Lolita fashion, a subculture from Japan, is the aesthetic of cuteness.[8]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 ダンタリアンの書架. (2020, September 29). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16:07, October 15, 2020, from https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/ダンタリアンの書架
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian anime, The Mystic Archives of Dantalian: Introduction - "The Testimony of the Accomplices".
  3. Concept. In British Hills. Retrieved 16:07, October 15, 2020, from https://www.british-hills.co.jp/english/concept/
  4. 井野瀬 久美惠. (2020, October 4). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16:07, October 15, 2020, from https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/井野瀬 久美惠
  5. Toshiyuki Takamiya. (2020, October 3). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16:55, October 18, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Toshiyuki_Takamiya&oldid=981666899
  6. 水谷三公. (2020, March 25). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16:07, October 15, 2020, from https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/水谷三公
  7. Gothic Lolita. (2020, September 20). In Lolita Fashion Wiki. Retrieved 14:15, October 15, 2020, from https://lolitafashion.fandom.com/wiki/Gothic_Lolita
  8. Lolita fashion. (2020, October 14). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 18:08, October 18, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Lolita_fashion&oldid=983391494
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