The complete series of Mystic Archives of Dantalian has just come out on DVD! While going through the show, we became interested in the many books showed off. Since many of these books have amazing backstories, we want to showcase some of the cool books in the show!
In the real world: This is one of the first popout books, otherwise known as a harlequinade or a metamorphosis. It was created by Robert Sayer in about 1765 and remained popular for a good 50 years.
According to The Conveyor:
“A harlequinade (known also as a metamorphosis, flap-book or turn-up book) is composed of two single engraved sheets. The first sheet is folded perpendicularly into four sections. A second sheet is cut in half and hinged at the top and bottom edges of the first so that each flap could be lifted separately. The sheets are folded into four, like an accordion, and then roughly stitched with a paper cover.”
In the anime: this book releases a myriad of animals and beings that wreak havoc, including a dragon!