Timid 16-year-old Rito Yuuki has yet to profess his love to Haruna Sairenji—a classmate and object of his infatuation since junior high. Sadly, his situation becomes even more challenging when one night, a mysterious, stark-naked girl crash-lands right on top of a bathing Rito. To add to the confusion, Rito discovers that the girl, Lala Satalin Deviluke, is the crown princess of an alien empire and has run away from her home. Despite her position as the heiress to the most dominant power in the entire galaxy, Lala is surprisingly more than willing to marry the decidedly average Rito in order to avoid an unwanted political marriage. To LOVE-Ru depicts Rito’s daily struggles with the bizarre chaos that begins upon the arrival of Lala. With an evergrowing legion of swooning beauties that continuously foil his attempted confessions to Haruna, To LOVE-Ru is a romantic comedy full of slapstick humor, sexy girls, and outlandishly lewd moments that defy the laws of physics. – My Anime List
Based on 10 review scores:
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This is fun series worth watching, but get the bluray. You will quickly tire of the censoring otherwise.
ToLoveRu is a romantic comedy about Yuuki and his intergalactic problems. This show basically lives from its hilarious situations and its fanservice. As the manga it’s based on is pretty long and popular this show has plenty of story to work with. It’s not exactly the newest artistic and original masterpiece, but if you like harem comedy shows with lots of fanservice, this show is what you’re looking for.
From the first episode, I can tell this will be a cute, fanservice-y, romance anime! While one of the themes is action, there wasn’t too much featured in the first episode. The graphics were a bit on the peculiar side, but nothing too extreme. Comedy was alright, and the plot seems interesting, but maybe generic? It was a pretty good first episode, and I’m sure things are bound to get better throughout the series! Looks promising, and definitely let me know what you think if you watch it!
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I wouldn’t mind a second series since they have more material to pull from and I enjoyed the Manga. It would be great to see certain stories animated. I just did not like how this turned out because despite the Manga being mostly stand alone stories, the creators of this show felt the need to make their own plots for many episodes… Would I recommend this to anyone? Not really since I can basically describe this as generic. It’s nothing outstanding and there’s a lot of “typicalness” to it. If anything, for those new to Anime it might just be their first ecchi comedy because if you start watching Anime, you’ll run into these somewhere along the line unless you’re very selective and careful.
Perhaps the most damning indictment of To Love-Ru is that the best episode is one where 22 of the 24 minutes are taken up by another show (Magical Girl, Kyoko Flame, or some such) which the characters are watching. If this is not a clear indication that something – anything – else is better than watching this hodge podge of ill-executed madness and abyss of characterisation, then I don’t know what is.
If it all still sounds like your cup of tea – I can’t blame you, I thought I’d enjoy it too – then can I recommend you watch Shuffle! instead. It’s the same thing but better. Plus you actually get to see nipples. If you’ve already watched Shuffle!… watch it again, ahead of this.
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To Love Ru will give you some laughs if you don’t take it too seriously. Some of the characters are really loveable while others are not. This is probably a show you want to watch alone or with someone who really doesn’t care about sexual content/nudity so be warned. Overall the show is enjoyable enough but it has it’s share of problems.
Don’t let this overall speak for the series itself, there are several things wrong for it but I still consider it to be a worthwhile watch. I did not at all feel robbed of time from my experience with it and I went on to watch the two next seasons and all of the OVA’s. I will say that if you are the kind of person that is looking for a serious anime to sit down and scowl at for twelve hours then it is not for you. But if you are a person looking for an anime to help lighten you up after having suffered from a serious and heart wrenching show then it might be the cure for you. It’s not perfect, but as long as you don’t expect it to be this glorious masterpiece then you’ll probably enjoy it.
The worst romantic comedy anime we’ve ever seen. Stick with the manga, for the love of all that’s good and wholesome. Or at least nearly so.
To LOVE-Ru provides a nice layer of steaminess, but everything else it does is unbearable. The characters are brainless dogs in heat, the series is full of awful edge, and the writing is incredibly cringe-worthy. If Darkness were lighthearted while still keeping the wild ecchi, it might’ve had the chance to be likable. However, thanks to the overwhelming attempt at creating a dark story, the series falls flat in nearly every regard.