Dantalian no Shoka 05
I have to agree with draggle that this show is one surprise after another. I don’t think there was any single moment in this episode in which, if you had asked me to predict what would happen in the next five minutes, I’d have been able to come even close.
I like how the villain of the episode is readily dubbed a real magician by Dalian. The emphasis in the distinction between real magicians and (phantom)-book readers is really cool because it seemingly undermines the show to a large extent. I mean, this is supposed to center around the mystical library and its awesomeness. Yet here is the librarian saying: oh well, this dude is beyond the need for books.
Of course, it’s possible that we will find out that at a higher level books are again necessary. Heck, I reckon it’s bound to be this way…notice that Dalian and Huey beat the magician in this episode after all! But it’s good to see these little twists and turns here.
I’m impressed with how comfortably this show does its thing, never reaches for more, and delivers an entertaining half-hour every week. And if anything the art and animation are improving in quality as we go on.
Since the nature of these books is unclear, I can’t really say what I would do if I possessed them…I hate the cold, so I would use the Salamander Tablet to keep myself warm. Burning pearls seem redundant, though I guess if I could douse the flames I’d sell them for a handsome profit. Scrap that, I’d trade all the pearls for gallons of mercury and make myself a homunculus or two!