Synonyms: To Love You, ToLoveRu, ToLoveRu Trouble, To-Rabu-Ru, ToRaBuRu
Japanese: To LOVEる -とらぶる-
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 4, 2008 to Sep 26, 2008
24 min. per episode
R+ - Mild Nudity
L represents licensing company
Score: 7.441 (scored by 68477 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
bishojo comedy ecchi romance
SynopsisThe story is about Rito Yuuki, a high-school boy who cannot confess to the girl of his dreams, Haruna Sairenji. One day when coming home and sulking in the bath-tub a mysterious, nude girl, appears out of nowhere. Her name is Lala and she comes from the planet Deviluke, where she is the heir to the throne. Her father wants her to return to her home planet so she can marry one of the husband candidates, but she decides that she wants to marry Rito in order to stay on Earth.
Related AnimeAdaptation: To LOVE-Ru
Sequel: To LOVE-Ru OVA
Characters & Voice Actors
To LOVE-Ru is a pretty standard harem anime with the usual sickeningly innocent protagonist with unbelievable luck with women falling at his feet. This anime is full of fan service, I mean packed full, there isn't an episode without a decent amount of ecchi scenes. Despite the fan service and dull story it is still a pretty funny and fun to watch anime, with the following continuation to Motto To LOVE-Ru and To LOVE-Ru Darkness being very enjoyable to watch.
What I loved about the To LOVE-Ru series as a whole (all 3 seasons), was the enjoyment. This anime made me laugh but was fun and uplifting throughout, it was just very pleasant to watch. I'm not one to watch anime one handed but the fan service usually came with a laugh so it added to the anime without being purely for fan service sake. The romance in the anime is enjoyable to watch unfold albeit a bit frustrating sometimes but overall it was sweet and really makes you envy the main character.
What I disliked about the To LOVE-Ru series was the repetitiveness. They re-used so much over and over. Almost all the jokes came from the same misunderstandings, basically all the comedy came from misunderstandings. Almost every episode followed the same format, a flower or invention would do the same thing and the outcome would be the same and it got a bit tiresome. This series is incredibly predictable, you can easily guess what is about to happen and it ruins a lot of moments. I disliked how the main characters and side characters roles kept changing so much throughout the series, some characters would disappear and reappear whenever it suited the writers to throw them in, it really devalued any character progression when their roles were messed around so much. I disliked how the first season had 26 mediocre episodes and the much better follow up seasons only had 12 episodes each.
The story of To LOVE-Ru the first season takes place over 26 episodes. I've watched some great anime that told an entire story over 26 episodes, and yet this anime did nothing over 26 episodes. There is basically no story to the first series, it's really just showing the day to day life and events of the characters. Well there is a story but its overshadowed by the fan service and random events that it becomes almost unimportant. After 10 episodes I was about to drop this anime but I'm glad I didn't. To LOVE-Ru is the first season, followed by Motto and then Darkness. The first season is nothing special at all but the following seasons make up for it, they are much much better in every way and are thoroughly enjoyable. The story and enjoyment factor goes up with every season, the first season (To LOVE-Ru) for me would be a 7/10 at a push, the next season (Motto To LOVE-Ru) a much better 8/10 and the final season (To LOVE-Ru Darkness) a strong 9/10 in my opinion.
I rarely mention the art of anime series because I like contrast between different series with their own unique style of drawing and colouring. I will however say that the art of To LOVE-Ru was nothing impressive at all but I was really impressed with the next two seasons, a lot of work was put into the vivid colours of Motto and Darkness with a nice soft feeling on the eyes.
Overall I enjoyed this anime as a whole and I will be watching any new episodes they bring out but it has a lot of flaws and is far from perfect which is expected from a harem anime I suppose. My tip would be to not watch this anime around your family, it would raise too many questions I feel if anyone saw what you were watching. Since the anime is so immersed in fan service you should get the uncensored DVD versions which have better quality and are uncensored so you don't have to stare at mist and sunshine and can actually watch the series as it was meant to be watched. read more
Story: Pretty much all filler. Each episode stands alone except the ending and they don't really play off of each other. The series strays way too far from the Manga and doesn't explore the main parts where you see many characters develop themselves. I understand that the Manga has stories that end in one chapter and expansion is necessary to make the Anime but they could've handled it better. A similar style to the beginning of Full Metal Panic Fumoffu would've been cool where there were two stories split between an episode. Since chapters for To-Love-Ru are short, that would've been a great direction for this show to take. However, this show's filler made me feel incredibly bored as most of the stories weren't even adapted from the Manga. They were original stories. Only some of the episodes were based off the Manga. The ending was disappointing but you can predict that it'll go nowhere anyway. A predictable "plot" and being composed of mostly ecchi scenes gets it a 5. I'll admit that a few of the episodes, maybe five of them, I really liked, thought they were well done, and made me laugh a bit.
Art: Better than I expected for a series like this. It was pretty consistent for each episode. Nothing looked too horrible to me.
Sound: Nothing in the bgm caught my attention and the opening was just okay. As for the voice acting, I didn't really have a problem with anyone. No one was extremely annoying to listen to. They did a pretty good job here.
Character: I did enjoy watching some of the characters but a lot of them seemed neglected and didn't get much screen time, which kind of disappointed me. I know they're side characters but if they're going to show up more than a few times, make them do more than "Oops, you can see my panties" or accidentally get naked. I suppose in the end, I shouldn't expect more than that in a series like this.
Enjoyment: I finished it. That's a sign that I didn't completely hate it. Most of the episodes made me want to punch my screen though. They were that awful and stupid. So be careful with it. It's supposed to be comedy as well but it didn't spark too much laughter from me. I wouldn't say that they're trying too hard or anything like that. It's just that most of the pervy jokes, accidents and misunderstandings are things we've seen before.
Overall: 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.
Thank you for reading my review. Feedback would be greatly appreciated. Hope this helped. read more
Both are pure service anime made for your amusement. Yes, there is harem as well as overly jiggly boobs. If you liked Rosario+Vampire, then you'll love Tu-LOVE-Ru, or otherwise. The female lead role both have lovely pink hair.
Same kind of harem comedy with a lot of ecchi and fanservice in it but absolutely nothing that can be considered story that took more then 5 minute to think of.
Both also havea pink haired female lead character.
So if you can enjoy one of them you'll probably also like the other.
They are both heavily ecchi oriented and with a bit of comedy added in. Both of the series focused more on the fanservice than on the story, which made the story very thin. They also have a pink haired female lead character.
They both have a boy in them who is loved by more than 1 girl and they are fighting over him.
They both have people fighting over the same person.Well in these cases, they have a group of high school girls fighting over one boy. They are both very funny, good story lines, and have really good endings. They dont just suddenly end like some others do. :>
Very Similar in feel and harem comedy. Both Girls have hot pink hair =)
They both involve a male that is constantly swarmed by females that long to be with him.
Moka-san's legendary vampire transformations and Lala's costume "dressforms" are similar, they both have pink hair and their personalities match.
You like stories that started from a "fated encounter" one day? Then look no further than this two harem, comedy, romance, and school setting centered series. The male protagonist of both series has this kind of encounter that changed their life forever. The main difference though is the scenario, one is that of a supernatural encounter and the other is an extraterrestrial-life encounter.
They both have awesome characters and funny/cute parts in the plot
Both have weak male leads but they both have a harem full of supernatural girls who fell in love with the protagonist as the story goes on.
Most of the girls in both these anime are not human and are from another area. The male protagonist are human and find themselves in a situation they are unable to get out of. The girls he meet are totally kawaii and it seems the male protagonist reached far within their heart in order for them fall in LOVE HIM WITH ALL THEIR MIGHT. The difference is the location they take place in.
• Both anime have jiggly boobs. ♥
• Both female lead have lovely pink hair!
• Both are harem.
To love-Ru (one of my top 3) is a story about a kid named Rito Yuuki who is desperately in love with haruna sairenji, later on in the first episode (spoiler) a girl named Lala from the planet deviluke teleports into his bath unexpectedly. now the similarities in these two shows comes down to a very fine line. both of the shows take place in highschool and in both shows the people (other then the main character) are aliens/monsters. both of these shows revolve around a shy, inept main character that doesn't know how to make up his mind to even save his life. i highly recommend watching To Love-Ru if you haven't already.
Both have Harlems and good plots echie which is allways is a plus thay have there funny moments and all around good even if u never heard of thes titles please give them a try u just might like them
The main male character in these series got off in a weird start when he met a girl with some strange characteristics. Similar wise, the female character has a characteristics of a pink hair, innocent, and somewhat lovable personality and a school filled with comedy moments. The male character, at first felt confused and frightened, but soon will get used later on. Expect some romance, and some supernatural elements on the story.
The lead, Tsukune and Rito that is, are both shy and kind. Both animes are harem, and they both have the female lead, lala and moka that is, to be a sweet, emotional and optimistic girl with long pink hair and green eyes. Their both kind of the fantasy, romance, comedy, school, shounen and of course ecchi genre. I think they both have a good story line/plot, but not the best.. at least they're not predictable. ^^ I love both of these animes especially: "rosario + vampire" but that's just my opinion. i hope you can use this for anything, sincerely Mikkel M.C.F. ^^
Both about a guy who is forced into a marriage through a series of crazt events, and both are really funny with lots of comedy and cute girls as lead characters ;3
Same crazy setting where main character is stuck with an option of marrying (engaged) another girl or experience destruction. (...)
It's the exact same story with exactly the same characters who just look a little different.
it is almost the same in both stories there is a guy who find himself forced to marry a girl that he just met...
Seto no Hanayome is a MUCH better version of To-Love Ru. Both shows got similar theme, having the male protagonist get into a marriage that they know nothing about at first. Definitely will make you laugh like no tomorrow.
Guy is forced to marry a girl that he doesn't know. Girls are a little "strange" - San is a mermaid, Lala is an alien
Both are harems so obviously their are going to be crushes other than the main characters. In To-Love Ru Yukki was forced to be engaged after touching Lala's chest. In Seto, after seeing a mermaid's true form Nagasumi has to choose either marriage or death. Similar stories but Seto no Hanayome is WAYYY funnier.
Both involve a boy in school who get's unwillingly married to a girl who is not human. Both are full of humor and while To-Love-Ru is more provocative, Seto no Hanayome is just as good. To-Love-Ru revolves around aliens and Seto no Hanayome revolves around mermaids.
same story line... same... same....
loyal wife is very honor........
Very similar. Both series are about a school guy who's going to get married with the girl who is not really human. Extremely funny.
both deal with forced marriage
- Both anime main heroes meet non-human girls and are forced to marry them.
- Both need to deal with girl's families which are more or less hostile to them,
- Both anime are good comedies with CRAZY sense of humour.
Very similar: a magical girl - a mermaid, Fiancés stuffs and rivals
The beginning episodes presented new characters.
The main protagonist are far unlucky.
Both are harem anime with a huge focus on comedy and both anime have a fairly serious last 2 episodes. Both anime involve a forced engagement between a human and another species:
-In To Love Ru the protagonist is forced into an engagement with an alien princess
-In Seto No Hanayome the protagonist is forced into an engagement with the heiress of a gang of mermaid Yakuza
Opening Theme"forever we can make it!" by THYME
Ending Theme#1: "Lucky Tune (ラッキーチューン)" by Anna (BON-BON BLANCO) (eps 1-13, 26)
#2: "kiss no Yukue (kissの行方)" by Anna (eps 14-25)
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