A lot of you lunatics were telling me that DANTALIAN “ripped off” this series. I don’t know too much about the context: I don’t how Bones and Gainax’s respective start dates align, nor do I know if either of these are based on any books, let alone which of those books came firstl. From my own sort-of “double blind” perspective, there are undeniable base similarities. Both of these shows center on mysteries (with actual or only seeming supernatural qualities,) both revolve around outlandishly-huge libraries and both star a willful lil' spitfire and a more reserved young intellectual. Such broad similarities aren’t enough to call this plagiarism, by my reckoning, though. Even if they do, this case perhaps serves as an argument for how rip-offs can improve an idea with a second go-round, because I wasn’t nearly as impressed by GOSICK as I was by DANTALIAN.
The plotting starts off rather muddled, here, and our plucky male lead just shows up suddenly at the library without much clear delineation of how he got there, or even why. The joke about the master detective’s pompadour is lame from the get-go, and it gets even lamer when it turns into a running gag. Also, I realize this is all fantastical and I’m not always aware of which strict audiences these shows are intended for, but the centerpiece murder case is built on one the flimsiest mysteries I’ve seen in any stripe of detective fiction. Wouldn’t the old lady’s gun wound still be smoking? Wouldn’t she still be a twitching mess? Even Scooby Doo would find it patently obvious that the maid did it.
I don’t want to totally trash the show. Lame hairdo-related banter aside, the three leads make good foils and I especially liked how the “unpacking” scene said a lot about the girl’s reclusiveness without actually stating anything outright. Perhaps, it’s simply a victim of my timing, though, because this “book” looks rather dogeared in comparison to DANTALIAN's rich hardcover spine.
Watch this episode "The Dark Reaper Finds The Golden Fairy" here and decide for yourself.