“Before the world ends, kill me or kiss me.” Thirty years before the events of Date A Live, an enormous explosion devastates east Asia and kills 150 million people. This is the first known “Spacequake”, an inexplicable natural disaster that has since become commonplace. Fast forward to the future. High school second year Shidou Itsuka lives alone with his cute little sister while their parents are away. What do these things have to do with each other? While rushing to save his sister from a sudden Spacequake, Shidou is caught in the blast and, in the midst of the chaos, finds a mysterious girl. It turns out that this girl is actually a Spirit, a powerful being from another world whose arrival devastates the surrounding area. Thankfully, Shidou is rescued by an anti-Spirit strike team… led by his little sister?! This vicious task force is locked and loaded, ready to exterminate Spirits with extreme prejudice. But this violent method is not for Shidou. He discovers the one way to neutralize these Spirits peacefully: make them fall in love. Now, it’s up to Shidou to save the world by dating those who threaten to destroy it! – My Anime List
Based on 16 review scores:
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This makes the anime even better because you can use it to add voices and visuals to the light novel story and characters. One thing that you don’t find much of in this anime is fan service. Sure there is some in it but unlike many other anime of this type it is not all you find. Sure the girls are all great looking and there are panty shots but the fan service is not every other scene and you get to enjoy the plot more. I would recommend this anime to people who enjoy harem anime with a good story.
While I had missed this during the simulcast and was a bit apprehensive about it since it had gotten both a second season and a movie, Date A Live is definitely a very fun show. It doesn’t answer all questions here but instead feels like it’s working some of the foundations with a few trappings while not explaining everything away. Which makes sense since there’s quite a few novels to work with. The show doesn’t give us in-depth characters and there’s obviously a kind of weirdness about the situation as the Spirits start going to school and so forth, but there’s just such a fun infusion of energy in the show combined with beautiful animation and action sequences and the right kind of fanservice that doesn’t go too far (these days) that it’s easy to get caught up in it and enjoy. It’s not a world changing show. It likely won’t be on a lot of people’s top ten lists. But it’s great piece of escapist fantasy and fun that delights for pretty much the entire run.
Date A Live is a fun series that leaves some questions unanswered in favor of continuing the series later, but provides more than enough entertainment in this first season thanks to its unique premise and a likable cast of characters that work well together to provide viewers with plenty of hilarious moments. With top-notch character designs and an enjoyable storyline Date A Live’s first season is certainly worth checking out.
It’s pretty complicated to say what I feel about this anime, it is your typical harem anime with some new stuff added that actually doesn’t make it like all the other harem. I personally enjoyed watching it because I like Tohka and I would recommend that you watch it
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I surprisingly enjoyed Date A Live. It has a couple ecchi scenes so if you absolutely can’t watch that then pass on this one but if you don’t mind it then give this a shot. I’d also recommend this for rom-com fans because it can be extremely hilarious at points and there is romance believe it or not for a harem show. Date A Live has some of the cutest characters you’ll ever see and they just make the show that much better. Date A Live has 2 season with two OVA’s for a total of 24 episodes to watch. There is also a movie just released last year. If you don’t take it too seriously and just sit back and enjoy the show for what it is then I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.
Date A Live is a harem for the modern-age anime fan, it is super flashy and incredibly ridiculous, but all the more fun for it. There is a heart underneath the farce making Date A Live something special among the throng of unsubstantial harem anime of recent times. By kissing the girl’s hearts as well as their lips, Date A Live saves the world of harem, for now.
Although Date A Live isn’t anything outstanding, it has bold characters in a memorable story and a good mix of action and romance. If you are a fan of harem anime, this series should not be missed.
Date A Live is definitely oozing with fun, comedy and pure fanservice that works on most levels, although some are a little odd for Western audiences. The dynamics of the series is extrmely fun and the animation really pays homage to the story, especially the interpretation of the Spirits. Sure it may be sexist and for the most part and politically incorrect but this is Eastern animation at its best.
My biggest complaint is that two of the female characters, Tohka and Yoshino, are infuriating. I want to strangle them both. Tohka is an idiot, and Yoshino is a loli who talks through a puppet. Ugh.
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If you are the kind of viewer that cares not for critical quality, then perhaps the girls will be enough to keep you entertained. For everybody else, and especially those already revolted by the harem genre, make sure to keep a few bandages handy. You might need them after hitting your head against the wall.
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Harem series are never known for being bastions for positive portrayal of female characters, but despite the girls being the ones to throw around all of the powers, Date A Live comes across as a little more demeaning than most of its ilk. It also rarely seems quite funny enough or dramatic enough to fully succeed (or at least succeed for long) on either of those fronts. The concept clearly worked well enough to ensure a second season, but in the grand scheme of things it is merely a run-of-the-mill harem title.
Perhaps I am being a little hard on Date-A-Live. Although I am an avid watcher of anime, and own a sizable collection that dwarfs some of the other film and television genres I quite enjoy, this particular series seems unable to peak my interest, despite there been some interesting twists I did not anticipate. If you prefer your women to be 2D, then maybe you’ll find enjoyment in this product, but I personally prefer women who are a lot more realistic, intelligent, and who don’t trip over themselves in an exaggerated fashion while chasing after love. If you love anime, especially the ecchi variety, you should probably pick up a copy of Date-A-Live, at the least to see if your opinion contradicts my own. If so, I’m glad you enjoyed it. As for me – I’m bummed I forked out $60 for this.
This show had its funny moment, dramatic moments, and also moments that made me very confused.
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I recommend this show to harem lovers who want a cool sc-fi and harem mix, but don’t want too much fanservice.
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I’ve got to say, this show is actually really great. It’s got just the right amount of ridiculousness and seriousness to keep the show engaging and entertaining, whilst still feeling like the story carries some weight. I also thought that the concept of a Spacequake was pretty cool and terrifying at the same time. All of the characters are really great and I found them all quite interesting, most o them haveing interesting backgrounds. The fights are pretty great and never failed to make me smile with its full throttle action.The soundtrack was pretty good, with a stellar opening track, really top notch. The art style if very vivid and works well to make the world feel alive, particularly how each of the main girls has a colour associated with them (mainly in the outfits).