Date A Live

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Japanese: デート・ア・ライブ
English: Date A Live
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2013 to Jun 22, 2013
Premiered: Spring 2013
Broadcast: Saturdays at 01:30 (JST)
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: AIC PLUS+
Source: Light novel
Genres: ComedyComedy, RomanceRomance, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: HaremHarem, MechaMecha, SchoolSchool
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.171 (scored by 545482545,482 users)
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Ranked: #31832
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #143
Members: 950,959
Favorites: 9,265

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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". 
report Recommended by Keirik
In both series, the female characters are the dominant characters as they take the skies and brings about the action with their abilities. The main male protagonist gets acquainted with these characters as some of them develop feelings for him. There is fan service in both series along with some drama, action, and comedy. Romance is obvious between the main male and female character in both series. They also take place at a school life setting.  
report Recommended by Stark700
Same thing different approach... Seal powers with a kiss. 
report Recommended by RomelSan
"Make a choice". In both animes, the main character has to make choices, dating game style! In Ore no Nounai, the main character has to choose between two choices, and quickly, to prevent terrible headaches. In Date A Live, a whole team stands behind the main character, and decides his choice by voting majority. 
report Recommended by GeniusofIron
Both are great harems. Date A Live doesn't have "nudity" in it compared to High School DxD. 
report Recommended by Useds
firstly both of them have same genres:romantic-comedy,fantasy,harem. and manya mecha girls/magician girl both of the series have many heroines that have special powers.spirit in date a live and trinity in trinity seven both of the series focusing the story on the pratagonist:arata and shido both of the pratagonist have a special ability in the stories(arata is magic king and can copy magic when shido can keep spirit power also dating spirit king(tohka) both of the stories start the series with 2nd heroine pratagonist that firstly look like ordinary girl,but in the future they take the big part on the series: kotori and hijiri(and both of them are pratagonist's  read more 
report Recommended by kenji1234321
Has elements of harem and a male protagonist meeting a girl that is not human with powers. Has comedy scenes as well as action/fighting scenes. 
report Recommended by kuuderehime
Harems with very likeable characters, fantastic humor, wonderful voice acting, and generous fanservice. 
report Recommended by shigeru212
The two male MCs are playboys, can't create a romantic atmosphere, but the girls love him very much. There is also a very sweet kiss scene, maybe you like it 
report Recommended by AzurinIntensive
As far as these two series goes, Date a Live and Neptune both involves girls with super powers. Their setting contrasts each other but they have similar character designs. This is because Tsunako is involved with the artwork which makes both series' characters look somewhat similar in terms of their looks. These two series also shares a similarity in which the characters can transform but only with a certain condition are met. Their transformations grants them new powers that enhances their battle tactics. Both series' cast also are made up mainly of female characters (although DAL includes a main male protagonist). 
report Recommended by Stark700
-harem -each show has a clear enemy with two distinct teams fighting against them -girls with cool superpowers -interesting and attention keeping undertones of romance 
report Recommended by Bheaze
Plot involves Male MC dealing with girls having supernatural powers, and by getting them to kiss, either seals power shut or reveals what power the girl has. Only difference is genre-based on magic vs "other-worldly" / (I wouldn't describe Tohka as an alien?) and Male MC behavior on delinquent vs average Joe. 
report Recommended by OppaiSugoi
Both are harems full of fanservice and try to be serious.The girls all have social problems and are hunted by some eeeevil organisation and seek shelter from the main character, who is the only guy who can save them with the power of friendship 
report Recommended by Meip
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. 
report Recommended by Aleron
Relationships between the main characters and their friends have many similarities, and this is a big thing because personal relationships are important in both series. Also one can say that Strike the Blood is more “calm” version of Date A Live in this matter. 
report Recommended by dog_funtom
The power is in the kiss. And the protagonist (a guy who got lucky in life) kiss all the girls. Only while in Campione them the kiss to give you power in Date A Live he kisses to seal their powers. 
report Recommended by Tsuinteru-san
1. Isekai 2. Nice action 3. Harems 4. Cool Protag 5. Group of cool chicks around him 
report Recommended by RagonWest
Plenty of plot, ez harem, pretty cool fighting, KURUMI IS EVERYWHERE, Plenty of plot, Mc is boi, Plenty of episodes, Lots of plot. 
report Recommended by TimmyLiu
if you are the type of person to be guilty enough to love harem type comedies, with a hint of drama from time to time, then i think this one would be perfect for you. it's a step higher quality-wise from the former, but it's still a treat. 
report Recommended by albertbrown
I haven't compared it to the storyline that much but fighting techniques are quite the same and artwork is same to that of accel world 
report Recommended by Ep1c1aN
Both of them are "harem based" comedies, with other world girls. A main character that looks like a stupid weak coward, but when the time comes, he defends "her girls" from anyone 
report Recommended by Draxter_16
Same approach in terms of 'kissing to release/subdue the powers' of the girls. The protagonist has that special ability to lead these girls after being able to win them over..  
report Recommended by MagicFlier
In both animes, the MC saves some girls and after that, they become really attached/fall in love to/with the MC. Moka's personality is almost the same as Tooka's. also a lot of fanservice. If you prefer animes with a harem that contains a good load of comedy. you'll surelly enjoy these animes :) 
report Recommended by Silver_Borz
Main character must make girls fall in love with him. To save them from their turmoil. Both have comedy, romance, harem, drama, and great characters 
report Recommended by AnimeFan500
Date A Live is another cheesy mecha harem. I prefer Date A Live because Date A Live doesn't even pretend to take itself seriously...ever.  
report Recommended by Midg3tLuv
Pretty similar settings, a boy and a lot of girls in love with him going on a date and sealing/ powering up from a kiss. 
report Recommended by iwsifakismag
Both anime has capturing girls harem, comedy and mechs, the protagonist in Kami Nomi is a little more selfish than Date a Live 
report Recommended by juliuschai
Action, ecchi & harem  
report Recommended by arxiak
Both the protagonist helps some girls with problems, where they will be attracted to it. And they all have to do with spirits. 
report Recommended by OtakuNote87
Both anime has a character who lost his parents in a fire. And they have spirits that use a weapon that represent them, similar to Noble Phantasms. 
report Recommended by BonnibelPeebles_
- Both have supernatural and tech aspects - Both protagonists save heroines from trouble and those heroines fall in love with him afterwards - Both have an aggressive girl whose eyes have two different colors - Both protagonists have little sisters who care for them deeply What's better is Date A Live has a 2nd season so you'll have a nice harem anime that'll satisfy you for awhile. 
report Recommended by Tronitus
Well its harem for sure...the main character surround with many girls...its kinda good to watch...if u like date a live,im sure u like nisekoi 
report Recommended by Arix_Uwais
Both have kinda similar story and plot if we exclude the one is kinda magice based and cupid chocklate is less magic , action date a live mc is fourced to date girls and solve their prob and take them under control here mc is fourced to date girls and solve their prob to lift the cupid curse they still love them after that solving too  
report Recommended by MightyGreen
Badass girls. The battles are amazing. Lovely characters. 
report Recommended by Half-MagePrince
All the heroines are in love with the MC and he can choose any one of them as a girlfriend (or maybe a harem ending) 
report Recommended by alysson-sama
If you want a sci-fi anime with harem elements, both are good choices. You will find : - A great artsyle and an interesting world building - A powerful main character with many love interests - A futuristic setting with a main cast of teenagers - Loli ( unfortunately )  
report Recommended by Joachim_mal
The male Main Character Also meets some special Girls and he helps them with their problems and they become friends. 
report Recommended by Rad_Scientist
have action drama harem psychological ecchi  
report Recommended by Mecfael
Both animes are sci-fi series, where our protagonists got recruited by a secret organization without their conception and they are going to fight against a powerful organization filled with girls riding up mechas, also our protagonists are supposed to inspire (or fall in love) some other girls for fighting this bad powerful organization 
report Recommended by Lscala
They both have a main character who thinks that all their enemies are not evil and try to be friends with them In demon slayer it’s tanjiro who protects nezuko in spite of being a demon and comes on good terms with more demons In date a live it is shidou who thinks that the spirits are not bad and tries to make them fall in love with him so he can save them  
report Recommended by Penguatix
Don't forget to watch the 3rd and 4th season and also the future season of this anime Just my favorite anime  
report Recommended by Uxuis07
The Main Character Also meets some special Girls and he helps them. 
report Recommended by Rad_Scientist
The male Main Character Also meets some special Girls and he helps them with their problems and they become friends. 
report Recommended by Rad_Scientist
Both shows are parodies of the mecha genre in their own unique ways - Nadesico is a parody by making humorous homages to old school mecha anime and what was current at the time it came out (specifically, it parodied a fair amount of NGE), whereas Date a Live parodies the premises of most mecha anime by replacing the invading force with cute girls, and having the hero date them to save the world. Both shows have some haremish elements (in Nadesico, there are 3-5 women who want the main character; in Date a Live, it's a straight up harem), both shows have a fair amount  read more 
report Recommended by RoarkTenjouin
Both of these series are involved in a futuristic setting where women are mainly played as the stronger types of the universe. The main character has to figure out which girl is the “perfect” one in the futuristic world, dominated by an altering of virtual reality. 
report Recommended by albertbrown
Most of these two shows deal with a jealous harem, as it also deals with the MC whose sister is the companion trying to compete with this harem. 
report Recommended by albertbrown
Both are harem romcoms where all the girls have superpowers where they go and fight other characters who also have superpowers. Both be pretty cute imo.  
report Recommended by jaeheek
Itsuka Shidou, just like Mikado Ryuugamine, enters a proverbial world where the supernatural is treated as an everyday occurence that must be staved off. Major events occur as a result of these supernatural factors, and while Date A Live treats Shidou as though getting rid of the supernatural was his job, Durarara!! treats its cast as though it were everyone's job. Their misadventures across their local area lead them to encounter a multitude of conventionally attractive girls who possess superpowers with mysterious origins, as well as groups of people who want to help them and organizations who are against their cause. Their loved ones are occasionally  read more 
report Recommended by SAT0rii
The Male MC both are the Harem Master and have a girl who big eater, a Tsundere girl and mostly the actions Touma=Shidou Index=Tohka Misaka=Kotori Accelerator=Kurumi 
report Recommended by Abdul1929
Similarities - Both MCs try to increase their compatibility with their partners - Both MCs are powerless in their current world - Both MCs are typical dense male main character Differences - MC in Date A Live doesn't isekai VS MC in spirit seed manual isekais into a fantasy world - spirit seed manual MC doesn't have a harem VS Date A Live MC has a harem - Date A Live doesn't have cultivation/magic VS spirit seed manual has a magic cultivation hierarchy  
report Recommended by ST63LTH
The main character has to charm various girls in order to stop them from destroying absolutely everything. To me, Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism is inferior to Date A Live in absolutely every single aspects, but if you're into that, then you might like both of those. 
report Recommended by NatoBoram
date a live I&2 are very similar since they both a romantic comedy and have a main character who has multiple girls fall for him while never actually picking 1 to stay with however there is 1 out of the multiple girls that would be considered "the one" ie: tohka and Shido and tsukiko and youto 
report Recommended by Aznboilin
A diffident guy accepts a complex mission from a mysterious organization that causes him to come into contact with many beautiful girls. 
report Recommended by shigeru212
Both shows have gorgeous character designs, super-powered girls, and lots of fanservice. 
report Recommended by shigeru212
If you like amazing art, wonderful voice acting, engaging supernatural plots and plenty of comedy in your harem anime, then both shows deliver. 
report Recommended by shigeru212
They're both harem, comedy, shounen, and space anime and licensed by Funimation, but they have different plots when it comes to the main character getting in love by different girls 
report Recommended by RinKagamineFan97
Both anime have these 'space quakes' in which beings from another dimension seem to appear from. The cities where these quakes have adapted to them happening and people otherwise live their same old lives since before they started happening, though people do have to evacuate every time they happen. Oh, and some really weird people tend to come from that other dimension. 
report Recommended by Chdata
Both anime have the brother and sister relationship and both sister's in these anime was voiced by Taketatsu Ayana. The difference between these two anime is that date a live is about dating a girl with supernatural elements while oreimo 2 is more on hanging out with your sister playing eroge games.  
report Recommended by bloody_Venus55
If you have seen Date A Live, it will remind you of Angel Beats. First off, Kanade in Angel Beats will remind u of Tohka in Date A Live because both of them give off a similar expression i.e. both of them attacked or tried to attack the main male protagonist. *SPOILERS FOR BOTH* The main male protagonist falls in love with with the girl who tried to attack him or did attack him in the beginning of the anime and the girl falls in love with him too. 
report Recommended by kevdragoneel
The female leads start off a bit cold but have unbelievably cute dere sides. 
report Recommended by shigeru212
Tohka and Saitohimea originally hated humans because of their unfortunate circumstances but the MC shows them genuine kindness, bringing out their cute dere sides. 
report Recommended by shigeru212
Both have the same ecchi and harem genre, however one was more of martial arts while the other was moire onto scifi, so make your decision if both were worthy of watching since the mods wants such recommendations as presuasive. 
report Recommended by Nasty001
Similarities: Same school, action, romance, ecchi and harem genre. Same situation where the MC has no idea who he is. Same situation where most of the harem would be living in the MC's house. Dissimilarities: One has an extra, mecha, sci-fi genre, while the other has supernatural as its extra genre. 
report Recommended by Nasty001
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. 
report Recommended by Aleron
Both anime have similar genres and the protagonist gains a harem through fighting against the girl. The male lead has a strong impact on the girls of the anime. 
report Recommended by Aleron
The fights in Date a Live really reminded my off Black Rock Shooter, the intense battle with using some fancy guns and swords made it similar to the fights of BRS! Both are great series with lots of nice action! 
report Recommended by RafaelDeJongh
The main male character is the only who can calm down the main female character. He must to do that for the sake of the world. The mental instability of the main girl, could affect or reflect the world stability. 
report Recommended by Disillusion
They has the same Harem thing. But they do have different plots and Date A Live focuses on each character more while Oreshura focuses mostly on only one. 
report Recommended by ferguskusaribe
- girls are the fighters -girls in love with main guy -both protecting something important -both near death experienceses -unkown who the true bad guy is(maji is the gov.?, date a live ?) 
report Recommended by roxas2520
The protagonist both have special abilities, such as in Date A Live he can seal a spirits power and in Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance he is the only male spirit contractor. Both are harem genre. I also see a similarity in the characters such as Kotori and Claire; both being able to use flames, Rinslet and Yoshino both being able to control ice, and Est and Origami because of their similar appearances and similar personalities.  
report Recommended by chierii
Both feature a male mc who is drawn to the female mc both female mcs are other worldly -- one is a ghost the other is a being labeled as a spirit both females have memory issues both females get drawn to the male mc the females cannot relate to the rest of the world without the male mc 
report Recommended by XSmoky
Both involve romance, mechas, comedy, boobs and action; plus Yunoha and Yoshinon are extremely a like. Except Date A Live is a harem, and Aquarion Evol has a love square thing and multiple couples. 
report Recommended by sataneku
- Shidou Itsuka = Kouta Oyamada (Male MC) - Origami Tobiichi = Nozomu Ezomori (Light haired dandere) - Tohka Yatogami = Chizuru Minamoto (Dark haired that first captivates male MC) Both involve an indirect love triangle and although the two female MC fight each other, mostly over male MC, they eventually team up to fight a bigger evil. Both also involving kissing that either unlocks power (kanokon) or seals power (DAL). 
report Recommended by OppaiSugoi
Main Character is a boy and gets paired with girls like a harem. The MC gains power he didn't know how to use but tends to get use to it to protect girls with twin tailed hair. Awesome mecha anime and too much twintail attractions! 
report Recommended by Horriballs
I think this one almost explains itself if you've seen one or the other. Both have a lot of female character roles of various personalities and elements of romance. Shuumatsu is definitely the darker / more serious of the two although.  
report Recommended by darkmage_
Both series have the female character protagonists and antagonist completely dominant over society, Shidou(Main protagonist of Date A Live), is a lot like Ichika, accept the complete opposite at the same time. They deal with mecha, and action sequences similar to the animation of 8bit studios. This show won't disappoint you at all if you are looking for something to fill the void after Infinite Stratos. 
report Recommended by Jambles
Although the storyline isn't similar at all, both share some similarities: The main male character seems to be normal at first, then he is presented to a completely different world. Both share a main heroine that had her name given by the main hero, getting in love with him because he is the first to behave like that. Also, although SnS is way less harem-directed and less ecchi, both have lots of girls/women around the main hero. Both main heroines are jealous about the main hero, but Tohka takes it way better :P (due to the storyline, probably) 
report Recommended by 6hell6saint6
Both anime share common genres which are harem/romance/comedy and focus on a male protagonist (of course). Boku wa Tomodachi is a full-on comedy that also deals with some important issues. I guaranteed this anime will have you up till 6 in the morning watching it because it is truly a hilarious, sexy, and enjoyable show. This anime not only targets male viewers but a female audience too. Anyway, enjoy ^_^ (P.S. There is a sequel to this anime!!!) 
report Recommended by McleanSenpai
Both male main character can seal powers. Both have a tint of fantasy. Tohka is like Alice while Oz is like Shidou 
report Recommended by 129Laiou
I'm actually surprised I am the first to recommend this. Both of these shows start off with a typical guy who is nothing special, and then all of a sudden he's the real deal with a hot girl on his side. Some other small similarities are -Both have magic in them -Both have sisters who were secretly involved -Both have a lot of destruction 
report Recommended by Takkyon
Both are Comedies and have a harem,with girls show their action powers. Both are about girls with supernatural powers meet the main guy who is ordinary but contains an uncanny ability. 
report Recommended by wakasagihime
Both are really similiar, because everything goes about love, but Date a Live has action. 
report Recommended by Covetousness
Both anime have the genres sci-fi and mecha. In my opinion, the art styles and the whole fighting scenario are similar. However, if you liked the harem situation in Date A Live, AKB is not the anime for you. Similarly, if you liked the music in AKB, Date A Live is not for you. But they are similar in that the plots center around people being impacted by others, for example space quakes in Date A Live and music being banned in AKB. But in my opinion, AKB is more dismal and more sci-fi orientated. 
report Recommended by WhiteJoker
Date A Live is pretty much a dating sim version of NGE. You've got the powerful angels/girls from another world, and only one person can save the planet. He must do so by dating/fighting them. The town is also outfitted with defense/date mechanisms. 
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