Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2013 to Jun 22, 2013
23 min. per episode
R+ - Mild Nudity
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Score: 7.661 (scored by 36051 users)
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SynopsisItsuka Shido is a high school boy. On the last day of the spring holidays, an explosion destroys the town and a girl in armor appears in front of him. Shido's sister-in-law, Kotori, tells him that the girl is called "Special Disasterous Designated Creature: Spirit", which causes a timespace quake. Kotori disclosed that she is the commander of the anti-spirit organization Ratatosk and orders him to go out on a date with the spirit girl. Kotori says, "I don't ask you to beat the spirit. Just let her fall in love with you and save the world."
Related AnimeAdaptation: Date A Live
Sequel: Date A Live OVA
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Boobs, explosions and cute girls are a time-tested formula. Apparently.
If there is one that has remained true about the anime industry, it is that cheap entertainment and low-risk adaptations prevail. AIC's "Date A Live" is yet another addition to this tired trend- doing nothing interesting or even particularly well. It expects the audience to willfully ignore its poor writing, because hey-- there are cute girls to gawk at!
Drawing inspiration from the 2008 manga "Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai", Date A Live presents itself as a pseudo-parody of otaku culture. After our protagonist Shidou conveniently encounters two busty ladies fighting one another, he finds himself waking in the headquarters of an anti-Spirit organization, which (surprise!) is led by his bipolar younger sister. Kirino-- sorry, Kotori, proposes her master plan to Shidou: prevent the Spirits' destruction by making them fall in love with him. How is he meant to achieve this? By studying dating sims, of course.
Funnily enough, this ridiculous premise is actually one of Date A Live's few redeeming points. It is self-aware and (usually) does not attempt to be anything more than silly fun. Some of the best moments are when Shidou attempts to swoon the girls with cliched eroge lines, only to be met by awkward silence and/or violent threats. It is a show that prides itself in absurdity. Mostly. At other times it is just woefully stupid.
And that is the problem. Date A Live, in all of its wisdom, also tries to push a semi-serious 'plot' amidst its comedy. A plot so riddled with lazy writing and insufferable cliches that the anime becomes the very thing that is parodying. Transfer students, toast-in-mouth, and the beloved walk-in-on-clearly-occupied-bathroom cliche? Check. Girls falling in love with Shidou for no conceivable reason except to increase the size of his harem? You bet. Deus ex machina? The third episode contains two within minutes of each other. There is even a scene in the anime where the Anti-Spirit Team-- which for some inexplicable reason is comprised entirely of busty, half-naked high school girls-- gets tentacle raped by ramen. Yes, ramen. Full stop. I will leave that to your consideration.
Shidou himself does not do the writing any favors. If there is a problem, he will preach it away- almost always with a few jejune words about self-sacrifice or how his victim simply isn't happy enough. If he is hurt, he will be magically healed through some convenient plot device. He doesn't need to fight or do anything remotely intelligent, because why the hell would he? He has plot armor to save the day. Date A Live is not concerned about petty notions such as 'sense'.
Writing aside, you will indubitably gain some enjoyment from the 'cute girls' appeal. And cute they are. Tsunako's character designs (most easily recognized through her work on the Hyperdimension Neptunia franchise) adds a level of appeal uncommon to most harem anime. Kurumi's design, for example, is one of the most attractive in anime or manga- no hyperbole intended. Their personalities are also equally adorable (though often limited to archetypes) with characters like Tohka frequently finding ways to get your heart racing. If Date A Live were to be judged solely by the cuteness of its female cast, it would be a work of art. But it is not.
It shouldn't come as much of a surprise given the designs, but Date A Live's artwork is for the most part high-quality. Characters are rendered in a consistent manner and the colorful art design tends to make up for any imperfections that the animation occasionally has. It is certainly a step down from the original light novel illustrations, though.
The sound also does not disappoint. It's almost a little saddening, even, knowing that such quality was expended on a show of this caliber. The background tracks are excellent, as is the cast of seiyuu (who do a skillful job of delivering personality to each girl) while even the catchy opening and ending sequences manage to stand out. It should be noted though that the ending sequences are supremely lazy from an animation standpoint, usually containing a single image that is panned over continuously until the song ends. Surely more effort could have been put there.
All in all, Date A Live is an absolute mess of a story-- but a disturbingly entertaining one. It is something to be watched-- maybe enjoyed-- and then immediately forgotten (assuming the writing does not give you an aneurysm). It represents precisely why an anime cannot survive on cuteness alone. Tohka does come close to saving the show, though. Almost.
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. read more
Note: Everything in this review is my personal opinion. I will try to see both sides of the fence because when i talk to people about Date A Live, they either think the show is a work of art, or they this its a complete mess. I am on the side where I think it's a work of art but I will try to not be bias.
Date A Live, or DAL for short, is a show about spirits invading our world and creating spacequakes upon entering our world that kills thousands of people. These spirits are dangerous entities and we do not know much about them. It's up to our main man Shidou to stop these invasions by dating them. Yes, dating them. Now, when I first learned of what the show is about, I thought it was kind of interesting... and stupid. It's a unique idea for a show, albeit stupid, it is unique.
Story - The story is about our harem lead, Shidou, dating the many spirits that invade the earth. To save the people of the earth, it is up to him to date these spirit girls and get them to fall in love with him. While this is going on, there is an anti-spirit team (all girls, of course) and there job is to search and destroy the spirits. As absurd and unique this show sounds, some might think this is a recipe for a disaster, but it’s actually incredibly entertaining. The whole plot is mainly for the entertaining fight scenes, between the spirits and the anti-spirit team, and the several comedic scenes between Shidou and the several spirits that accompany him. They tried to establish a plot half way through the show but it's almost like the creators of DAL just threw their papers in the air and was like "fuck this shit; we'll leave it for season 2". No, I'm serious... That’s pretty much what they did.
Summary: If you think too hard on the plot aspect of DAL your brain will melt. But, if you are watching it purely for the entertainment factor, you can look past the enormous amounts of plot holes and look at DAL for what it is... and entertaining show.
Art - The art style and animations are beautiful to look at. If there is one thing DAL does great its the animations. There were no derp faces, the fight scenes looked crisp, the backgrounds were well done, everything about was done to a tee. The character designs were also very well done. You could tell the creators of DAL put a lot of effort into the art and they didn’t skip a beat. Hats off to them they made the show LOOK good.
Sound - Soundtrack is another category DAL excels at. The BGM fit almost every scene and really brought the most out of each scene. The OP is one of my favorite songs to date and the ED isn't half bad itself. The voice actors fit each character really well. Especially Kurumi... her voice was great and fit the character perfectly. All in all, the soundtrack as a whole was really well done and does not disappoint.
Characters - You can look at the characters for DAL one of two ways. One way is that pretty much every character has almost no backstory and isn’t well devolved. They aren’t very unique as each of them are either the token Tsundere character, or the crazy girl etc.. Or, you can look at it as they are cute anime girls that are funny and entertaining in their each own way. Each girl is cute in their own way, each girl has a great voice actor that fits the character well, and each girl is different enough so that everyone has a different favorite. They are fun; enjoyable characters and each have a different view point on each situation. Albeit while they might not be very flushed out, they do the job. Last but not least, we have Shidou, the main lead and (really the only male character that matters) the one who has the duty of saving these spirits. All I can say about him is that he’s not shit. That is apparently a lot to ask for in these harem type animes. Thankfully, he’s not as bad as most harem leads and in fact he’s pretty good himself. Shidou was probably the biggest surprise out of every character in the show as he didn’t suck.
Overall - If you critically look at DAL and try to pick it apart asking yourself "well, does this show have a good plot? Were the characters good and have deep, meaningful backstories? Does the show have a great soundtrack? Are the animations up to snuff?” you're in for a bad time. The plot on a whole is a mess, and the characters really aren’t that great if you look at the big picture. But if you are like me and just watch DAL for what it is, a fun and enjoyable anime, then the show is great.
If you are a critic of every anime you watch, DAL might not be the anime for you. But, if you watch an anime for cute girls, cool fights, entertaining comedy, and just plain don't care about plot holes and such, DAL is a must watch. read more
Meet Normal-kun. Normal-kun is, overall, not stunningly popular. However, due to certain ridiculous circumstances, the world will be in great peril unless he dates a bunch of girls and gets them to fall in love with him. Follow Normal-kun on his occasionally humorous quest to "gotta catch 'em all".
to conquer a girl.
the boy in that anime need a help of there friends to conquer a girl
the boy in that anime dont need a help to conquer a girl, he just use his skill from the dating sim he played
Both contain dating-sim premise as well as use it for comedic effect. Both series also deal with fantasy/sci-fi settings to poise a problem that needs to be solved by making girls fall for the main character.
Both anime involves dating games and making girls fall in love with the main character and those girls are spirits. They're both comedic as well.
The idea of a game like scenario where the main protagonist must win the hearts of female characters is a theme present in both series.
The main male protagonist isn't very popular with girls though but still is assigned to the task after a faithful day. He also has a "sister" around him that guides him through these tasks.
Both series consists of 'arcs' that focuses on a specific characters for the main character to unlock the hearts of. However, they each contain obstacles. Among other things, both series has a lot of comedy, drama, and takes place @ at a high school setting.
Conquering girls, with setting up flags. With trying to get to the end of the line by making them fall in love with you.
Both harem anime's protagonists save the world by gaining the love of certain females
Saving the world by playing dating sims and making girls fall in love.
They are both forced to conquer the girls by making them fall in love. They need it to save the world.
'Save the world, date these girls!' is what these two animes are screaming. One is more based on action, while the other one is more based on romance. While Itsuka Shidou dates the girls to save the world and stop spacequakes, Keima dates the girls to stop himself from being beheaded by the collar on his neck. Both animes have a similar feel as well, though the anime version of Date A Live goes more in detail in terms of story than Kami nomi does.
These two are about a guy who isn't very popular with girls until one day it becomes his job to make girls fall in love with him! The fate of the world is in his hands depending on what he does. Both also have to do with him dealing with outer world things. The guy MC also has a female helping him out with his quests/missions.
They are similar by the fact that both animes have a main male protagonist who was suddenly involved with a girl who has forced them into trying to make girls fall in love with them.
While in The World God Only Knows, the male protagonist HAS to do it or else his head will be cut off. In TWGOK he has to capture girls to make loose souls get out of that persons body.
In Date A Live it has the same aspect but he has to make girls fall in love with them so he can lock the magic inside the spirit to stop space quakes from happening.
A guy is caught up in a supernatural situation where he has to take girls on dates. The protagonist of the World God only Knows however is self-capable of this task most of the time while the protagonist of Date A Live needs a lot of help in order to date about 1/5 of the girls of the other. Date A Live is also more ecchi and has action and mechs in addition to the dating sim style harem setup.
Both Anime is cool, Cute girls, Harem and everything
the main character ends up having to get various girls in love with him as well
In both cases, the stories' issue focuses on the conquest of various girls. Our male leads are both forced to make the girls they are trying to conquest to fall in love with them, and by that save the world from a disaster.
Both anime are about a guy who's tasked with falling in love with girls so as to release their Spirit power (in Date A Live) or evil spirits (in The World God Only Knows). Both anime have an aspect of visual novel games to them and have quite the diverse variety of girls to fall in love with.
Dating is something important and kissing is the final stage of dating. If you enjoy watching Date A Live, you must be enjoying Kami nomi, and vice versa. Both story goes from a boy who have a mission to make a girl fall in love. The comedy level is similar and i'll say that you'll be like this anime.
The both involve the main character conquesting other girls, and slowly building up a harem. If you have seen Date a Live, watch Kaminomi, since it is a much better take on the story. Also, if you have seen Kaminomi, don't watch Date A Live.
Both protagonist tries to sort of "conquer" the girls so as to "save" them.
Both of them harem and related to "conquer" something
Heroine anime but these girls all remember and a super powers. To control these girls powers is to fall in love with them. So both are about falling in love with girls to save them. This guy plays dating sims once he is about to date the girls unlike how the guy from TWGOK is already a god at them.
Both anime have many things in common including little sister characters that are adorable, the idea that dating sims is the only way to survive rather than date in real life, lots of comedy, decent amounts of fanservice, etc. (I could go on and on). At first, both anime seem kind of dry and the artwork appears unusual, but later on you get used to the visuals (very quickly too, for all the people who base anime off of visual like me). Both are great, fun, and are similar in different ways! If you haven't seen either of them, then what are you waiting for?
Male MC has to make a large number of girls fall in love with him in order to save the world. DAL was generally more humorous than Kami nomi in my opinion.
Same thing different approach...
Seal powers with a kiss.
Both are harem shows, which the main guy is your typical ordinary boy, until an encounter with a girl. In both shows, the girls are not human, both shows involve chick battle actions, and especially in both shows, the "kiss" is an important factor.
In Sekirei, the kiss is the "contract" and the power boost, while in DAL, the kiss is the power seal
In essence, both series involves a normal main male protagonist who gets caught up with a not-so-normal girl. That girl has superhuman powers but at the same time naive about the world around her.
In both series, there's other girls who seems to be interested in the main guy thus causing drama and stirs up misunderstandings. There's also action, drama, comedy, and ecchi.
Both series' main male protagonist also have similar personalities as they put others' will being above their own.
Both have a harem of girls with superpowers.
And in both anime there is a guy that has to kiss those girls to add them to his harem.
A kind but initially unpopular male lead befriends powerful supernatural girls, causing him to get caught up in plenty of ecchi and harem situations.
normal guy is saving girls by kissing them to seal/give power to them and he has to deal with living with them after said kiss making life more difficult.
Opening Theme"Date A Live (デート・ア・ライブ)" by sweet ARMS
Ending Theme#1: "Hatsukoi Winding Road" by Kayoko Tsumita, Risako Murai, Midori Tsukimiya (ep 1)
#2: "SAVE THE WORLD" by Iori Nomizu (eps 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12)
#3: "SAVE MY HEART" by Iori Nomizu (eps 3, 7, 9, 11)
#4: "Strawberry Rain (ストロベリーレイン)" by Iori Nomizu (ep 5)
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