Synonyms: To LOVE-Ru Trouble Darkness, To-Love-Ru Darkness, ToLoveRu Darkness
Japanese: To LOVEる -とらぶる- ダークネス
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 6, 2012 to Dec 29, 2012
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R+ - Mild NudityL represents licensing company
Score: 8.041 (scored by 19550 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
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Oct 26, 2013
“That’s perfectly natural behavior for a living creature,” says Mea Kurosaki. This quote itself, in which the word “that” is supposed to signify sexual thoughts, is what encapsulates the entirety of To Love Ru Darkness’s charm as a whole. It tells us how we should view Darkness as nothing more but a fun joy ride through joyous comedy and beautiful girls through sexual feelings, but we shouldn’t be ashamed by this mere fact alone. That is one of the main selling points of the show, in that it lives off of making us feel excited through hilarious incidents of girls in suggestive situations without making it feel demeaning or deliberate to either of the sexes. This aspect alone that To Love Ru Darkness expresses should be an example that all Ecchi shows should follow in the near future, which sadly isn’t always the case.
Now to express how all the things I mentioned in the previous paragraph work unlike in most shows in what Darkness follows, the one thing that absolutely works is how every character all carry the show with their likability despite their very cliched nature. Cliched in the sense that you have Yui Kotegawa who is the stereotypical tsundere who wants order in the classroom, Nana who’s another tsundere, Mikan the younger half-sister who loves him, Yami the Dandere psychopath, and Haruna who the protagonist has feelings for yet she so happens to be in love with him as well. Despite how many would view cliches as a negative term, however, the way how Darkness handles them is through sheer charm and personality that make them feel energetic and alive. You even feel contempt for them whenever drama happens between the characters even with their stereotypical archetypes. However if there is one character that must have one full paragraph alone to analyze would be the one and only Momo Deviluke.
Because of the fact that she is the new heroine of the series, replacing Lala, Momo is what makes Darkness so special and wonderful to experience. Thanks to the glorious voice of Aki Toyosaki, Momo’s sarcastic and devious personality makes her such a delight to see on-screen when she is having one of her humorous fantasies and her clever schemes to make the girls fall more in love with Rito. With these things in mind, you might think that Momo’s personality only give off this one-sided aspect of it, which is mostly being a devious pervert throughout the entire show. I would like to describe a scene that happens in the last episode involving her and Rito in a gym closet room. Momo is on top of Rito seducing him as usual until we suddenly see Rito finally give into his instincts and do the same things to her and then we suddenly see Momo in a very vulnerable state. It isn’t until later that we find out it was just another fantasy that Momo was imagining while on top of him. This fantasy she envisioned took her by surprise, something of which we never see her go through before. It wasn’t until Rito finally tries to stop her by putting his hand on her arm which suddenly surprises her and jumps away from him quickly in fear and respite with her constant breathing and blushing face. We now see Momo in a completely different light than we are used to seeing her before. It is this scene alone that makes Momo a three-dimensional character by not through general exposition, but through character interaction.
Something that has changed from previous installments of the series is the art direction. While all of the characters still look the same, everything is now colored in very bright overtones. While many can argue that Motto To Love Ru art looked more better in terms of how the characters looked, that should not disregard that Darkness’s art still looks great in keeping the traditional manga art in context with the show. One thing that I’ve always admired the series and more so in Darkness is how they’ve always drew the girls and their figures that actually look very gorgeous without overemphasizing anything on their body like many other ecchi shows tend to do. Thanks to this, the girls actually look like High School aged girls who have just hit their period of going through many changes in their body and not the other way around.
To Love Ru has not been widely known for having an impacting story to show forth underneath its charming fan-service; it wasn’t until Darkness where we actually do have one that fills this very gap. Generally most people will think that the writers wouldn’t bother with writing a competent story being the fact that it is an ecchi series and those typically don’t go so well. While Darkness doesn’t break any new ground in this aspect, it does have an interesting twist in the harem genre where the heroine is actually the one doing all the work to help our protagonist get all the girls. Like I mentioned with Momo’s schemes, her intentions on doing these are very well-handled in how it balances sweet romantic moments and pure fun comedy. There isn’t a sudden tonal shift between drama and comedy in an effort to make it edgy, thankfully. The plot might not be a deep one to experience, it doesn’t really try to be one in the first place and sticks with it which is very well appreciated.
Rito himself as a protagonist, I would say, can be grating at times in how slow they build him up to be a harem leader after years of seeing him constantly getting flustered over women falling over him. In Darkness, it still portrays Rito as if he hasn’t experienced a girl falling on him in a questionable position before even though we’ve seen him in the past in these types of position countless times before. You’d think he would get used to it by now and not be phased by it after all these months but nope. For what he’s worth, he still has some moments where he comes across as caring and likable to everyone he meets so there’s never really a moment where you think to yourself, “Why would any girl fall in love with this boy in the first place?”
Onto the comedy itself, needless to say there will not be one person who is into suggestive comedies to be disappointed with Darkness at all. Almost every situation is handled with great comedic timing, whether it be a scene involving Rito and a girl bump into each other and, in true ecchi fashion, be in a very awkward position to the public to see or a scene that’s in a constant pace in showing jokes that involves hilarious dialogue between characters; a great example would be between Nana and Mea or Momo, or vice versa. Not all jokes hit the right notes throughout the entirety of the show’s duration but for what it’s worth, it will nevertheless entertain the masses who, like myself, love to engage in hilarious perverted comedy.
Not only do the characters themselves make the show enjoyable to watch, but the voice acting is what gives them their absolutely endearing personality through the sheer talent that Darkness brings to the table. I’ve already mentioned Aki Toyosaki previously, but she’s not the only great Seiyuu in the casting. Kana Hanazawa plays wonderfully as an upstanding little sister for Rito and giving Mikan a clear voice that feels perfect for her. Nana and Momo prove to be one of the best sister duos in anime thanks to the great chemistry between Itou Kanae and Aki Toyosaki, who have previously worked together in a somewhat similar situation in Railgun. Only this time it’s Aki who plays the devious one instead of Kanae and it definitely shows that Aki’s voice really does fit with that archetype more than Kanae. Finally we have Kaori Nazuka as Yui Kotegawa, probably one of the best tsundere roles we have had in a long time. Her authoritative voice, combined with childlike embarrassment will surely make any man’s, no matter what age, heart burst with joy and pure ecstasy.
What it all comes down to is that Darkness won’t win any new fans that aren’t into something like To Love Ru, but even with that said it is something that you should still at least try to see once to see if it pulls you in. Anyone who is in fact a fan will feel right at home with this new installment that has so much to offer for ecchi fans and people who are fans of the series for more than the fan-service. It will be funny and sometimes heartwarming in its romantic undertones for everyone who has followed the franchise since the beginning. That will ultimately lead to us hunger for more and for now with the OVAs coming out here and there to continue it. For now, Darkness is more than enough for us to enjoy while we wait for the next big anime installment for To Love Ru.
Dec 21, 2012
This show is NOT for people who hate fanservice and/or harems. This show IS for people who love tons of ecchi, harems, and more ecchi. To top it off, To LOVE-Ru Darkness actually has... wait for it... a plot. *Gasp* Really?! Yes, it does. It's not just mindless fanservice (although that's cool too). You should definitely watch this show if ecchi is your thing.
...But you all probably knew that since this is the third season of the To LOVE-Ru series and you've seen the first two seasons (To LOVE-Ru and Motto To LOVE-Ru, respectively). If you haven't, then there really is no point in reading this review! Go check out the first two seasons!
Now, there are a few things I want to go over about this show:
1) Story - 7/10
You claim all ecchi shows have no plot? Think again! At first glance, the To LOVE-Ru series might seem that way, but in reality it has many arcs that keeps pointing in one direction. Sure, it's not going to be some mindblowing masterpiece like Death Note, but how can you even compare TLRD to something so different?! We have to realize that the main goal of the show is to make us go crazy over which heroine the male protagonist will choose in the end. So far, it has done that well.
However, like I've said before this show does have a bit of a story. I mean, there are two girls from outerspace trying to accomplish different things with the male protagonist. Conflicting things, if I might add. Then you get to see many girls on earth who show interest in the male protagonist. Well, it doesn't stop there because in TLRD there are even more girls from outerspace trying to accomplish things with...you guessed it: the male protagonist.
Of course, if you are Momo Bella Deviluke such troublesome things look more like a great opportunity. So for an ecchi-harem, To Love-Ru should please many (in more ways than one ;)).
Don't get me wrong -- Yeah it does have a story but it's still considerably weak. It isn't anything compelling but there are moments where it leaves you wanting more. It's enjoyable nonetheless. I'll leave it at that.
2) Art - 10/10
The To LOVE-Ru series has come a long way in terms of artwork. In the first season, the visuals were great for its time. But damn, the second season and third season turned it up a level or two. The scenery, the characters, even the small background objects look amazing. However, I remember reading forum posts and reviews criticizing the second and third season's artwork. You see... when the studio colored the characters, they added this shiny gloss to them to give the illusion of rounded body parts (i.e. the chin, elbows, knees). Not a lot of people liked it but personally I loved it. I think the studio made a good decision keeping the artwork for TLRD the same as the second season.
So overall, I think the show has beautiful art.
3) Sound - 8/10
Since it has been a year or two since the last season finished airing, To LOVE-Ru Darkness may come as a surprise to you in the sound department. Beginning with the OP song, I found it to be very good. It's called "RAKUEN PROJECT" by Ray. It's sort of a mix of electronic/dance music with rock. It threw me off a bit because the first few seconds sounded like the last few seconds of an ED song. I literally said "Damnit, this isn't the real version of the episode!" However a few seconds later you get to the "actual" part of the song. It's a really good song. Kinda stuck in my head now...
About the voice actors - You may find that you dislike the chosen voice actors for some of the characters in the show. I remember when I watched the first episode... I was wondering why the girls sounded so much younger than they looked. I thought for a second maybe they changed voice actors since the last season because I didn't remember them sounding like this. So I did a little research but found out they used the same voice actors as last season. I shrugged and decided to just watch through the first episode and hope that the voices grew on me. Well what do you know? By the end of the episode I wasn't thinking twice about having someone else voice the characters. You might appreciate the voices even more when you get to the "naughty" scenes ;).
The background music was very good too. Subtle, but good. There is usually a ballad playing when it gets to storytelling time and an upbeat soundtrack during the rare intense scenes (fighting, heated dialogues with enememies, etc.). There aren't many sound effects besides the occassional boob/ass grab. Even I found that hilariously good.
I'm not particularly fond with the ED song. It's called "Foul Play ni Kurari" by Kanon Wakeshima. It is a fast-tempo song with a string orchestra. A good song, don't get me wrong but for an ending it's a bit too 'cutesy'. I would have preferred a rock song with a bit of a ballad-edge to it but this song is good, too.
4) Characters - 9/10
One of the first things you will realize in To LOVE-Ru Darkness is the lack of Lala Satalin Deviluke. In the first two seasons, she was the main heroine but she has since dwindled into just another heroine subject to equal competition. Actually, she doesn't even get as much screentime now. I really miss her and I find myself happy just being able to see her even for a second.
Sadly, because of all the new characters the show has pretty much changed from being a harem that ends with a relationship between just two people into a harem that strictly aims to create a harem ending. I have mixed feelings about the change. On the one hand, I want Lala to win but on the other hand I'm starting to see myself change opinions because of the numerous interactions the other characters have with Rito.
Let us begin with the male protagonist. Yuuki Rito. He's a pretty typical character. He's clumsy, thick-headed sometimes, but a good person inside. Many girls like that about him. What makes him stand out though is the fact he's notorious for getting into situations that end with him being on top or under a girl. Sometimes he's naked. Sometimes the girl is naked. Sometimes they're BOTH naked! Top that off with just plain dirty and awkward hand positions like breasts/butt-groping, face-in-crotch/butt/breasts and you have one lucky bastard (minus the fact he usually gets punished for it after).
Then we have Yami the Golden Darkness. Yami for short. Yami is a quiet kuudere/dandere whose mission is to kill Yuuki Rito - although she doesn't really seem to want to do it. In the first two seasons, we didn't get much of her. She was just another character in the story for the most part. However, in this season it focuses on Yami and uncovering her past. This goes back to me saying that this show has a story!
Mea Kurosaki will be the first new character you'll be introduced to in this season. She is an assassin who was sent to earth by a master to monitor Yami's actions. By the way, Yami and Mea are sisters. They both have the ability to transform their hair into weapons and such. Although she appears to be nice (and sometimes curiously perverted) on the outside, she has a dark heart just like Yami. She's like the second best character in the show IMO. I really like her dirty schemes haha. You get to see more of that later on.
Now...Momo Bella Deviluke. Oh my goodness...she is AMAZING.To me, she's the best character in TLRD. I even dare say she is one of the best female characters of 2012. Not many will agree simply because they don't know about the show but those who have watched To LOVE-Ru Darkness will agree. They have to! I mean, c'mon she's what fuels the fire in the season. The perverted tactician would be a suitable title for her. We mostly see the story from her perspective. Her main goal is to be with Yuuki Rito, but she's okay with Yuuki Rito ending up with every girl. Wait. She isn't just okay with it - she WANTS it to happen. She ACTIVELY pursues that goal! That's why she is so entertaining to watch. And just wait until you see her extremely perverted delusions. It's hilarious!
I'd talk about the other characters but there isn't much to say. That is not to say they don't have any character development because they do. Run/Ren Elsie Jewelria is one good example of a character with good development. There are a few more characters that have yet to be introduced but I don't want to spoil it and say what happens so just watch the show!
5) Enjoyment - 10/10
Let me keep it brief: I enjoy this series so much. It is definitely the best ecchi/harem series I have watched in the past two years of my anime life. This show is so damn hilarious and entertaining to watch. I even end up watching it as soon as it comes out despite not having subs! All because I'm impatient and want to watch the show as soon as it comes out.
It's not that bad for me to watch it raw though because I'm up to date with the manga and know a bit of Japanese so I know what's going on. But anyways, 10/10!
6) Overall - 8/10
Overall, I find To LOVE-Ru Darkness to be refreshing. Even though the show does an extremely good job at it, ecchi is not the main reason why this show is good. The main reason why this show is good is because of the story, artwork, and characters. Without those three, the ecchi would lack a lot of substance. I know it's weird saying that because people think those who watch ecchi are pleased with just boobs and butts but NO. We want more! And where do we find it? In To LOVE-Ru!
So go ahead and watch To LOVE-Ru Darkness. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good ecchi show. Perhaps even those who don't watch ecchi that much but have an open-mind. Try it out and see.
Thanks for reading my review. Thank you even more if you read everything I wrote and not just skim through it. Yes, I consider them two different situations. You know it's true. :)
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Jul 18, 2013
Back to the To Love Ru darkness , if you have ever seen the previous season of To love ru darkness (To love ru and Motto to love ru), maybe you will realize the "gap" between this anime between the previous season. Not just from the score (which TLR darkness have bigger score than the two previous) but also from story aspects. if those previous seasons are TOTALLY random and doesnt have strong plot or story then this anime was 180 degree between those two. honestly, i really feel relieved since To love ru is getting better in each season, from the season 1 which is really abstract and season 2 which like a gag anime and to the season 3 (TLR darkness) which i felt like my effort for watching this series is paid off.
To love ru darkness or we can called TLR darkness, is focussing on Momo (Lala's sister) and Mae (Yami's sister) story. As for Mae, she is the new character that just appears in this season. Anyway, this anime has two main story, for the first one is Momo obssession to make a harem plan for Rito, since she thinks with the harem plan Rito can make all the girl happy, and for the second was about Mae and Yami (i am not gonna spoil it). So, what makes this season differences between those two previous season? First it was the story itself, So this series FINALLY have a story? YES IT IS! we have a main goal and know what this story about, and it obviously different with other season, like Motto To love ru, until i had finished Motto, i still dont know what the story about and it really like Shinyraku Ika Musume which have 3 different stories in each episode (I love Ika musume), but honestly it didnt fits well for a series like To love ru.
Back again to TLR darkness, after the story lets talk about the art. This maybe the whole reason why people love to watch TLR darkness. I am not gonna exaggerate it but it was superbly amazing! my first impression was extremely colourful and, so bright. The lines for the character design is really have a high quality art, like from the each character's hair or body. If you comparing between the art quality between the season 1 or season 2 and this season, you wil realizel see how big the gap between those season. Not just from the art for the character itself, the background was suprisingly really well-made. It was colourful, beautiful, and gorgeous. My eyes were never tired to watching the quality of this anime, my suggestion is you must watch this anime in the highest quality to improve the enjoyness.
Then, lets moving into the sound section, first lets talk about the opening songs. "RAKUEN PROJECT" by Ray. Honestly i dont really care about the opening songs in every anime but then i thought i might give it a try. From the first i listen it, and its directly raping up my ears. I totally love it, what makes more awesome is the video clip in those opening, it was heartwarming (especially in the end of the songs when Mae and Momo hugs Rito) not just the video clip, the lyric is really describing on what TLR is about. for me it was really fits with the anime and yet its a lovely song to hear. And for the ED, i didnt really paying attention to it, since it doesnt so special.
For the seiyuu,i dont find any negative things in here. Oh! For the new character, Mea which is being sounded by Yuka Iguchi (the seiyuu for Tsukihi from bakemonogatari and Maria from boku wa tomodachi) is really good, its really suitable with the Mea's traits which is taciturn and sometimes being naughty. as for the other main character in this series like Momo, Aki Toyosaki really did a good job for being a seiyuu for Momo. It was cute and easily grasp every viewer who're listening her voice.
And, finally, the character section. The character in this series is probably what makes this anime so special. Since in this series we will have a good developments between each character and more, We have nearly 8 or more CUTE girls that appears in this series not to mention how lucky that Rito being loved by many cute girls. because of so many girls that appears in this anime, i will just describing the main character in this series.
For the first, we have Mea Kurosaki. The new character that appears in this season series. Mea is like Yami, she is an assasin who is being sent by "master" to look for Yami, like i said before Mea is Yami's sister, so they same kind of ability that can transform their body into a weapon.On the first impression, you will see her as a taciturn girl and emotionless, but as far as the story goes, she had developments in her characters and of course the "love" development between Rito and her. its harem anyway.
The Second one is Yami, as we know from the previous season, she appears to be a dandere girl , which is cool and taciturn. She is also a loner and more She states she hates "ecchi" people, and does not hesitate to assault a person who looks at her in an obscene way, and usually Rito is the victim of this. lol. For this series, we will see the development between Yami and her friends.
The third one is Momo Devilluke Belia, she is Lala's sister and Nana's twin, she appears to be a naughty girl which is usually tease Rito in her way, despite of her action, she really loves Rito even she makes a harem plan just for Rito and even she is always protect Rito from any dangers .The last one is Rito, our main character in this series. I dont have many words for him, one sentence for me, He is a lucky guy who is being liked by many cute girls!.
I do really love with this series especially this season, because they had improve their quality like from the story and the art. But of course, there is nothing that perfect, so does this anime. Still there was unnecessary fanservice that really distrubing my eyes, Like how Rito is always trapped in such ecchi scenes (like he is usually grabbing boobs absently or how he trapped in Yami's panties without any logical reasons), but despite of that unnecessary scenes, i know that scenes were made to refresh our eyes. And of course its acceptable since this anime genre is Ecchi, honestly, although i found that unnecessary, as a man i must said it was kinda fun.
At the last, I must say i quite enjoyed this anime. I really surprise on how this anime can improve are, from such a fail anime turned into an amazing anime. of course, thanks to Momo and Mea as the new character that makes this anime more lively and fun.
The summary for this review :
+ Finally has a strong plot
+ This season have some improvement than the previous one
+ Amazing OP
+ A good developments between each characters
- Unnecessary fanservice scenes that sometimes didnt really make a sense, but oh well. Its ecchi anime anyway
- There is still fillers episode
*Thanks for reading my review! If you found this review was not helpful or doesnt good enough,please message me. I really appreciate any feedbacks* read more
Dec 31, 2012
Those of you who do not like Ecchi/fanservice anime might want to stop reading here. This anime focuses mainly on these two things and will most likely not be for you. Now for those who are in to Ecchi/fanservice, I will tell you why i think To LOVE-Ru Darkness is so great.
To LOVE-Ru Darkness is a sequel to the original To LOVE-Ru series. I highly suggest watching To LOVE-Ru, Motto To LOVE-Ru, and all the OVA's before you watch Darkness. For those who have watched and are familiar with the To LOVE-Ru series, To LOVE-Ru Darkness continues straight off from where Motto To LOVE-Ru leaves off. It - believe it or not- actually has a plot to it that extends for more than one episode.
The story this time mostly focuses on the alien princess Momo and her harem plan for her beloved Yuuki Rito. We also get a some back story about Yami, who was a side character for most of the To LOVE-Ru series. The plot is nothing special, but it is still pretty good. We get random nonsensical episodes here and there, then we would be thrown back into the actual story. There is a good balance of serious scenes and comedic scenes that makes the series quite enjoyable even if you do not like Ecchi that much.
An important thing to remember is not to focus too much on the plot though. Like the other To LOVE-Ru series, the story should not be taken too seriously. The issues do not even get resolved by the last episode, so yes it is a cliff hanger ending. What truly carries this series is it's very appealing fanservice.
That brings us to the artwork. The backgrounds are extremely bright and colorful. The characters are beautifully drawn and very hot. If you are looking for an anime with a cast of very sexy girls doing borderline hentai stuff, then this is what you are looking for. The only problem is the bright lights of censorship, but those will be taken away in the blu-ray releases.
The characters are really nothing special though. Yes, they are all pretty, but their personalities are as generic as you can get in anime. The way i see it, you can split the characters in to two groups. One side has all of the girls who want the main character, Yuuki Rito , and will be all over him when ever they get screen time. The other side also likes Rito, but they are too shy to express their feelings. Pretty normal for a harem anime.
Does this mean that they are not fun to watch? Hell no. Watching their hilarious and erotic interactions with Rito has been great a experience. Many of these scenes are very risque, so it would be best to turn down the volumes and lock your bedroom doors. This is probably the best part of To LOVE-Ru Darkness. Some of the scenes might seem a bit cliche- like the classic falling over and groping a girl's chest scene- but it can still be very amusing. Enjoy To LOVE-Ru for the Ecchi/fanservice because that is where this show excels the most.
So what is my overall opinion of this anime? It's a great show, but definitely not perfect. Its ability to only attract a specific audience- the Ecchi/fanservice lovers- severely lowers it's potential. For those of us who do favor fanservice heavy shows, then this is like a treasure among treasures. Definitely give this a shot because you'll like what you see. read more
Nov 12, 2013
'Cause the best of the best is finally here
The service you'll get is like no other show
With a heroine so hot you'll immediately blow
Lala and Haruna are stepping aside
Since neither was able to be Rito's bride
To an immodest size the harem has grown
But luckily there's a new girl in the zone
Momo takes the matter into her own hands
By planning a harem spanning all the lands
So that everyone can reach their happy end
And noone will have to be zoned out as 'friend'
Of course that won't stop her from mischievous acts
As seducing Rito is nothing but facts
His struggles can at times feel a bit hard to see
But not quite as hard as your nether parts will be
On the other hand there's now a plot and a foe
Since there is now a serious threat in this show
As Yami is bringing her friend to the scene
Who looks through the eyes of a killing machine
But don't worry though, you will like what you see
A curious mind and no pants is the key
'Cause To LOVE-Ru Darkness is its cum buckets worth
As the most borderline H show on the Earth read more
Jul 26, 2013
Now, let's describe darkness in detail. Firstly, the story progresses much further than in the previous two installments. Right off the bat, the characters and the plot are re-introduced to us, which surprised me pleasantly and I thought it was a good move on the part of the creators in case someone took a long break from To Love-Ru or anime in general.
Momo, the third of the Deviluke sisters assumes the position of the main character along side Rito in this season. The plot focuses on her attempt at monopolising all the girls for Rito, solving the succession debacle and helping Rito awaken his carnal desires and taking his place as the rightful ruler of the galaxy. Sounds like something out of a Ming Dynasty documentary, but it is genuinely hilarious and guaranteed to raise an eye brow or two as Momo's actions often have adverse effects. The boys at the school have enough of Rito's shenanigans, the girls keep molesting him mercilessly and the principal is up to his old perverted tricks. All in all, a positively entertaining WTF-fest.
Apart from the usual, we're also introduced to a couple of new characters like Kurosaki Mea and Tearju Lunatique and their appearance starts answering some questions that were on the minds of no doubt many watchers at the conclusion of the second season. Despite the ecchi silliness and lots of "what in the heck did I just watch?" moments, the plot actually thickens, revolving around the past of the main characters and some of the issues they're struggling with.
As the previous two 'To Love-Ru' seasons, this one is inconclusive which means that we'll be seeing more of Rito's/[enter Devilukian princess name here] hot tail-licking action in the future.
Now the sound and art both improve from the previous two seasons. The visual aspect here is absolutely mouth watering and attention has been paid to every detail - not only the girls. Buildings, trees, even the god damn pavements are sexy. Likewise, voice acting is spot on and the opening and ending songs nicely composed. Perhaps the only thing lacking in the sound department was the OST. It didn't have any songs that stood out or affected the viewer's emotions, it was rather plain and dull. Then again, it's hard to expect a good OST in an ecchi anime.
Summing up, To Love-Ru Darkness is a very good continuation of the series and offers more in terms of the plot and character development. Of course, at the same time we get to laugh at the various bizarre mishaps that Rito and the others go through in their daily lives... and the tail fondling. Dear god. If anything, watch it for the tails.
A solid 8 points from me.
Aug 23, 2013
Dec 31, 2012
Oct 31, 2012
So if you love ecchi like me wait until it's released on blue-ray. Otherwise, get used to random white lines and fog. read more
Oct 27, 2013
If you are one of those people who likes anime to have a good,emotional story and likes to get attached to characters then you might not like this anime. I am someone who enjoys a good story and likes to see very good character development but I still love this anime.
This anime is a great anime to watch if you just want to watch something funny and that does not have a story that gets too dramatic at times. It is an anime that I definitely recommend you guys watch from beginning to end. read more
Sep 21, 2013
So TLR's done, MTLR's done, and now we have TLRD. Is it the same? Yes and no. TLRD brings back every element from its earlier runs and includes something we all want; a plot. That's the most critical point of TLRD in my opinion. Yes, it's also true MTLR didn't follow any sequence in particular, but the idea of using mini-episodes was befitting to the that concept.
Anyway TLRD brings back a plot to the series and I must say, with the heavy referencing from the manga (meaning a proper storyline) and the fact that it's available in Bluray now, this is an adaptation fans old and new will really come to love.
STORY - 10.0
As with TLR in general, the story is absolutely original and nothing like I've seen or read before. The series goes back to its roots and follows a plot now and therefore, sequencing is important. Like MTLR, TLRD references the manga heavily and yes, in my favor, this is a much better option than just creating episodes out of thin air.
Story development is now deeper than before, and as with all series that follows plots, most events are now significant, making it more enjoyable to focus on the series. I actually like how they kicked off the season by reintroducing most, if not all the characters. Generally speaking, characters too have now slightly revised roles which adds a new, light but favorable twist to the main plot. Going up to the ending was smooth sailing; no missing holes anywhere, except for the 12th and the last episode.
The problem with this series is similar to that of MTLR; it only spans 12 episodes. Although this time, it's not a matter of rushing the series, but rather the series ending abruptly; this isn't the animation studio's problem though, hence the full score.
ART - 10.0
Introducing Bluray quality and even LESSER censoring; this is plain great for anyone belonging to the ecchi theme. Lines are even more refined and the facial features are significantly more detailed. A picture paints a thousand words as they say; you'll have to watch it to understand.
SOUND - 9.0
I assume they borrowed most, if not all of the previous series' soundtracks, so I'll comment on only the OP and ED I guess. Simply put, I liked TLR and MTLR's soundtracks; hence the favorable score.
OP, Rakuen Project by Ray. A song that can generally be classified as "anime material" consisting heavily of the electric guitar. To my surprise, Ray's vocal component fits in perfectly with the instruments. The energy from the pre-chorus leading up to the end of the chorus is pretty.. "Eargasmic". Also, pay good attention to the lyrics of her song; they actually tell you the plot of TLRD!
ED, Foul Play ni kurari by Kanon Wakeshima. Generally I'm not-so-in-favor of this song, but as an ending theme it does seem like a very good track to end an episode. No dramatic exits (although instruments insist otherwise) whatsoever; however people may not be too fond of orchestral instruments.
Voice-wise I can't really comment too much. The voice actors and/or actresses have been retained since the original run and I can't imagine what would happen if they swapped one voice actor out for another; I guess I've grown used to it.
CHARACTER - 10.0
Characters reprise their roles by doing whatever they've been doing since MTLR with some of them having a minor change. However, the most prevalent change was that of Lala becoming a secondary character while Momo and Yami step up to the front. This means that the focus of the series deviates slightly, while keeping the general plot in mind. To put it in a very objective way, this series focuses more on something happening in parallel with everything that's happened in TLR and MTLR.
With the plot change comes the change in personality of several characters. It's not so much a change, but rather an exhibition of the inner personalities of the characters. Most of the female characters in the series display their secondary thoughts, especially towards Yuuki Rito. Momo as the mastermind and Yami who's been targeting Rito this whole time too have shown personality changes towards him.
In general, characters are much more developed in TLRD; as if MTLR didn't develop them enough already. Two new characters are added to the roster, Kurosaki Mea and Tearju Lunatique; and it's a pity that the series ended short because the manga currently has more characters now. I won't give any spoilers here, but Mea's a ridiculously important character and is integral to the story, as well as how she links to other characters in the series; do keep an eye out for her.
ENJOYMENT - 10.0
If MTLR was all about ecchi, comedyi and romance, well TLRD is an amplification of that PLUS a plot to go along with it. I enjoyed watching the series throughout; seeing Yami's development, playing along with Momo's antics, watching Nana beat Rito up for the worst reasons and the classical element of Lala's devices messing up one way or another.
In a sense, it's TLR classic, yet all new at the same time. The thing with TLR is that it's constantly running on the same mechanics but forever remaining new and unique; and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that at all. The inclusion of a plot this time around makes for a very interesting series that actually sparks your curiosity with each ongoing episode. We also get more backstory and other critical flashbacks that influence the plot strongly.
On a side note, if you're reading the manga as well, do it really slowly. You don't want to have to wait a whole month just to read the next chapter; TLRD is infamous for its crazy, patience-testing cliffhangers.
OVERALL - 10.0
TLRD is a continuation of MTLR no matter how you view it. Some may call it a spin-off, but I would still regard the series as a continuation nevertheless.
As with MTLR, TLRD has the drawback of having only 12 episodes. That 12th episode corresponds to chapter 19/35 (35 is the latest at the time of this review). Because of this, the season's final episode doesn't seem to make any sense, or doesn't seem to conclude properly. And for that reason, watching up to the ending may seem like watching MTLR, more or less without a plot to begin with. Of course, the reality is that the manga is still ongoing. Therefore, an ending should not even be there in the first place.
Like MTLR, I'm happy to say again that TLRD is another successful adaptation of the manga. With all that said though, here's to hopes that an MTLRD of some sort would show up, because the series doesn't truly end there, and I would really love for another continuation. All-in-all, TLRD is as great as MTLR, maybe even better. If you haven't seen it already, by all means, please do so! read more
Nov 12, 2012
This 3rd season is the alot better than the other seasons were, in that it actually has a story going and that there is action in it. Some parts are intense and some parts are pretty funny
I think they might make another season after this, but maybe the OVA will wrap it up. This season is mostly about Momo, Yami, Rito, and new girl Mea (she reason this season is intense) Lala barely as a role at all this season so far.
Dec 6, 2013
However, despite my complaints, I did still find it more enjoyable than most anime to watch. I would recommend it to almost anyone, with some discretion considering the genre. read more
Jun 6, 2013
So the story deserves a 8, since it's pretty good but not very meaningful in terms of actual plot like most other love/romance harems. But who cares, because everybody that watches to LOVE-ru is there for the ecchi scenes.
Art is a perfect 10. They improves a lot compared to the first season. The linings of characters and the environment is just overall better than previous to LOVE-ru.
Sound, I gave it 9. The OP and ED was a little bit disappointing in my opinion. But the rest of the sounds in this anime was close to flawless to me.
Character, I gives it an 9 because each one of them is laid out very attractively and beautifully. Also, their personalities were captured really nicely.
I really enjoyed this anime watching ripped ones which doesn't have the censorships. It was honestly one of the best ecchi animes I've watched in a while. I'd say that it's equally good as the manga. In the end, to LOVE-ru earned a 9 as the average score.
Again! IT IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. Even with the censors, this anime is like at the border between R- and Rx(Hentai). BUT, Very good anime. #teammomo read more
Dec 31, 2012
Art and sound: Mediocre 5.
As usual there is that boob flashing, close up panty shots and close up booty calling that are censored just like from it's previous sequel , so to be able to view this anime without the censored, it's advisable to wait about a 1 year after it's airing, since the links would now show this anime uncensored, but that still depends on the link that one might have access to. Co'z some links still maintains archive anime whose intense ecchi genre are censored. as for the sound, I just don't have any comment about it.
Character and Enjoyment: Fair 6.
Thought, this sequel goes against the Lala X Rito arc with Haruna on the side, it very clear that in this sequel one must now forget the Lala X Rito X Haruna arc and focus on the Momo X Rito arc with Mea on the side. The arc may contradict the usual arc of the 1st season, but here the new arc is not bad at all in fact it was nice that Rito gets to have something different, however I still hate it that Rito still hasn't got the balls to confess his feelings for Haruna.
Now, I do notice that Yami was supposed to be the main character here, but it kind of looks like that what she does is no different from what she usually does from season 2, the only that charge was the amount of aired time she has. It is quiet disappointing that studio Xebec tends to mislead about that character set up, co'z it looks more like that Rito, Momo and Mea are the real main character's here than Yami, besides wasn't this sequel titled "To Love Ru: Darkness?" In which we the audience were expecting that Yami was suppose to be the main protagonist here, but instead a new comer 'Mea" is the one taking the spot light here as the antagonist, other than that nothing much has change about the other characters in this sequel. The enjoyment part is basically revolves around that ecchi and the comedy genre which was usual from season 1 to season 2. But, it was Momo who serves as the driving force of this sequels comedy aspect, thought it was also a disappointment that we the audience never get to see Mea's boss, with that and the chaotic plot I limit it to just 6.
Overall: Poor 3.
It is probably safe to say that the 1st season was better than the 2nd and this 3rd season. Because in the 1st season thought it does share that same usual genre, the executions were different, season 1's plot basically follow an organize scenario while season 2's plot was based on a per episode basis, and in this sequel the plot is on Momo's harem plan for Rito, but generally everything is on Momo. Also, about this sequel's title was a bit misleading co'z on paper it was titled "To Love Ru: Darkness", but it looks like studio Xebec unofficially titled it "To Love Ru 3," now I can't say if the "3" in what we see as the last word for this anime's title is a Japanese katagana symbol for "Ru" or is it actually "3" as in the number 3. Then again who cares? Well, I wish everyone to have a prosperous year for 2013.
Well, the bullets for my Glock 9 have just arrive we'll be doing some aerial shooting once the clock hits 12 midnight to celebrate 2013, man I wish I could use it to shoot that MAL user that pisses me off, if I can locate him. If that SOB is reading this you know who you are. read more
Jan 2, 2013
of course this anime is recommended for man, there are only rito who take a role as a man character in this season, there no outrageous scene that make you disappointed
the best story if compared with the other season, no stupid thing that rito do that makes the watcher feel irritated, but what make me feel bored is to many shower scene
great background, great character design, rito body look more manly in this season different from the the other season where rito look like pitiful man
doesn't make to curious or bored, normal but enjoy to watch
feel disappointed with 2nd season? try the 3rd totally worth it
but i feel disappointed because the main heroin in this season is momo and lala arc just take a little role
really miss lala sound to say "ritooo" read more
Jan 29, 2013
Jan 20, 2013
Art. Because it's not action-based show, you can't expect to see something innovative from the art point of view. However, characters and background were performed decently.
Sound. You should pay attention to opening and ending of this show. While ending is kinda lighthearted, opening has very intriguing sound.
Characters. If you compare it with previous to Love ru series you can see that focus is shifted toward other characters. These new characters are far more interesting than old ones (there are still episodes with them though). This simple trick rejuvenated whole show.
Enjoyment. There are many funny moments and episodes along with character developments. Heavy censorship in TV massacred most of the ecchi moments in anime, so you should wait for BDs if you're into them.
To summarize up you have decent harem show, that brings something new into the old series. Its quite possible that we can see another season of it. read more
Jul 10, 2013
Ichi - This review may not be in an objective POV and may be biased with some personal tastes or whatever.
Ni- This review shall be brief.
San- This series is ecchi, so i take it that you know i'm an ecchi fan and i am reviewing this series as an ecchi fan, hence i mentioned point #1.
Let's see, first we have our harem king, Yuuki rito. Though, as we all know how most harem series are, this character in particular is also indesicive but waaait! We have momo-chan there to rile things up a bit! Indeed, a harem plan in movement is led by momo-chan. And in his harem are, namely: Momo, Lala, Nana, Mikan, Yami, Sairenji, Yui, Ren, and finally Momo also decided to add Mea to his harem but oh well. They're fine members of his harem and mostly i'm rooting for Momo's success~ But most of all, what makes this anime awesome is its massive fan service that's almost comparable to a hentai scene! Watching this will make you want to have the lucky bastard's life. If you are an ecchi fan, i recommend you watch all of the series now! Thanks for reading~ read more
May 1, 2013
Premises is interesting to say the least... I've watched the original To-LoveRu series as a favor to a friend who stated "Its different this time!" excitedly about this particular show. Quite frankly..... i didn't find To-LoveRu to be that spectacular and don't understand it's initial popularity.
This sequel however, manages to catch my interest immediately with two factors.
One, *Gasp* it has a plot.
Two, The art style is freaking beautiful.
This anime manages to squeeze in a reasonable plot and actually adds drama to a show that i found to be absolutely meaningless and quite frankly a little bit obnoxious. The characters have been given depth when originally the only purpose they served was to have a archetype base and serve as a walking fan-service machine.
The ecchi is still there, but it is less pretentious and obnoxious than it's predecessors. I found them to be well timed and some moments to actually be funny. They do cater to the fans of the original series with situations that only they would understand such as Rito's occasional impressive landings.
I do not recommend this to ecchi haters but if you're interested in the genre this is a good place to begin. You hardly need a introduction to the characters, you can identify their archetypes almost immediately and the plot is solid enough to keep you invested. Overall its a fun little watch.
Overall: 8 read more