Dantalian no Shoka 07
The end of the episode saved it for me.
The lady was healed and she suddenly ran off. I couldn’t figure it out what was about to happen, and that’s what Dantalian is all about.
Prior to that I had the uneasy feeling (and I still do) that I’m starting to figure this show out and that they’d better change gears on me or I’ll start getting bored. I enjoyed the bread talk, I liked the story but this fragrance is starting to wear off. I guess what I’m saying is that after seven episodes it’s time to start setting up a story arc of some sort. It doesn’t look like it will happen next week, though, since the preview mentioned two books and so we’ll likely get two half-episode. I’m hoping then episode 9 will be the one.
But wait!! There is an overarching plot, and we got a whiff of it in the first minute of this episode. It’s the girl trapped in the book [some form of Dalian I imagine] and Little Huey’s attempt to take her out of the mystical library. OMG no!!! This has been done 65 million times alreadyyyyyy!!! I tell you what: I was at the Harvard Natural History Museum a couple of weeks ago and they had an exhibit on T-Rex’s where they said by studying the reptilian brains they had discovered that T-Rex’s actually developed stories (dramatic plays mostly) although they were never written down because of those little hands etc. Anyway, apparently the plot of all of these tales ran along the lines of: female ankylosaur is trapped inside a mystical bog but happy to be there, then young dashing T-Rex turns her world upside down and she longs to be free (who knew T-Rex’s though ankylosaurs were sexy?!). In summation: this plotline has been around since the Cretaceous.
I knew that a ghandarva was a celestial musician (in Hindu lore) but I didn’t know that they fed on fragrances (called “gandha”) until I researched the matter after watching the episode. Great name for the phantom book!
The healing tome is more mysterious. Huey invoked Arawn, the Welsh god of the dead, so one reckons the invocation is a plea not to take the body away so soon. And of course you can’t ask the god twice or he might take you home instead.
If I had possession of this healing book, I can tell you what I would NOT do. I would not recklessly endanger my life, go parachuting or anything like that and use the book as insurance. I would NOT advertise myself as a healer and collect money for my services. Both of those paths lead to destruction…of that I’m sure. I’d keep it in a bag by my side and use it when necessary 🙂