Funimation announced a pickup that’s been long desired back in November 2016 with the acquisition of The Mystic Archives of Dantalian, a series that previously saw streaming on Crunchyroll but never had a home video release. Funimation’s release will be coming out on February 14th, 2017 and they’ve now brought out their first clip for it that gives us a little taste of the style and design work for it. The set will have the full twelve-episode run (no OVA material) and will be a subtitled-only and DVD-only release. Priced at $39.99, it doesn’t list any extras at this point yet..
Originally airing in 2011, the show is based on the work by Gakuto Mikumo. The anime was directed by Yutaka Uemura with character designs by Sumie Kinoshita. It was toplined by Gainax for the animation production. The main cast includes Daisuke Ono as Huey and Miyuki Sawashiro as Dalian.
Plot concept: From the talented minds of studio Gainax comes an adventurous collection of mysteries where real works of literature are woven into a supernatural world. After his grandfather’s untimely death, Hugh Anthony Disward visits the estate of his inheritance where he discovers a library that’s out of this world. Embodying the archive is Dalian, a clever girl with a sharp tongue as biting as her sweet tooth. Circumstance leads to necessity, and she teaches Huey how to harness the power within-a handy trick to learn, seeing as it’s the only way to subdue the monsters brought forth by magical works of literature. These cursed tomes, known as Phantom Books, seem to always fall into the wrong hands. And while Huey and Dalian try to keep up with the paper trails, a friend from Huey’s childhood sits patiently in the depths of the Mystic Archives of Dantalian.