The Book of Bantorra (2009–2010)
"Tatakau shisho" (original title)

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Tatakau Shisho. War and struggle between two seemingly totally opposite groups. The Armed Librarians and the followers of Shindeki Kyoudan. The Armed Librarians are exceptional people with fighting abilities far above the average person. There purpose is to guard the books of dead people in the library of Bantorra. When someone dies, all of their experiences and memories turn into a stone tablet, a book, that by a simple touch can be read by anyone. These books are the very soul of the person they came from and are to be respected and protected. This is the job of the Armed Librarians. The Shindeki Kyoudan, are after the destruction of the Armed librarians who stand in their way when using books for their own personal gain. But every war has its secrets, and so does this one. Written by Cookiegabe

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Welcome to the Library of Bantorra where the past is an open book.

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unique, strange and oddly compelling
13 May 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I've seen a lot of animes in the last few years, but this one is definitely unique. It has a European kind of feel, with almost Nordic(?) sounding names and places. The story is non-linear, so it can be difficult to follow at times, but if you have the time and inclination, its worth it.

The story comes in the middle of a conflict between the Armed Librarians and the Church of Drowning in God's Grace (cool name!). The Armed Librarians look after the 'books' at Bantorra Library. When people die, the story of their life is recorded in a stone tablet called a book, and if u place your hand on it, you can see flashes of that person's life. This heretical church seems to be intent on getting to 'heaven' through fulfilling all of life's desires and becoming a True Man...while the Armed Librarians are the guardians of peace and justice n stuff...

Some of the True Man stuff lost me, and it can get confusing jumping around in time. Plus the Acting Director of the Armed Librarians, Hamyuets Meseta, seems like a lunatic, and u never know if she's one of the good guys or not. There is a few other likable characters, with odd names, like Mirepoc Finedel, Noloty Malche and Volken Macmani. The story has a few twists, plenty of action and a long, confusing but ultimately interesting enough storyline...just don't get too attached to any of the characters haha.


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