OVAs can always be a hit or miss. You never know when you'll happen upon one that is actually enjoyable. And despite my feelings about the TV show for Season 1 of Date A Live, which were, in the end, left as pleased but not astounded, I will say that my feelings for the OVA are just a bit more positive.
Not every character is featured this time, which could be a negative aspect for some viewers, however, I believe that the three featured girls really bring a comedic aspect to this show. The characters provided funny back-and-forth banter, as well as silly scenarios that you
just can't help but be amused with. As many a main lead harem boy has brought nothing interesting to the typical harem show, our lead this time had some comedic contributions to the show such as funny expressions and funny dialogue.
This brings me to the sound. I thoroughly enjoyed the voice actors performance; the girls were cute, which is typically all that matters in a harem. I won't nitpick anything, as the anime wasn't meant to bewilder anyone with intense dialogue. One aspect I enjoy about the show is that the opening will always change its lyrics to fit the plot of the episode and I was glad to see that they used the same general opening as in the TV show. As for the OST, I won't say that anything stands out, they use the appropriate music at the appropriate time, and it generically fits the mood of the scene.
As I mentioned before, the girls are as cute as they are intended to be. In fact, every character is designed well, I had no problems with the art as a whole. Maybe there isn't as much fan service as one may hope, but never fear, you can rely on Date A Live to deliver a panty shot or two. As fan service is one of the main premises of the show, I can only say that the scenario they built up around the characters was cliche, but enjoyable because they added the humor. And Date A Live never sold itself as anything more than the cliche harem so kudos to them.
In the end, I surprisingly enjoyed this anime, and if you're into a quick fix of fun and fan service, and you've already seen the TV show, I would certainly recommend the Date A Live OVA,
Similar to many other OVAs nowadays, this OVA has little plot and some fanservice. However, that does NOT mean you should not watch it. It is still as funny as the ones in the TV Series.
Like I said, there is no story. The OVA focuses on dates with Tobiichii and Tohka. Shidou no longer wants Tobiichii to be in love with him, so he and Kotori devises a plan to get her to hate him. However, the more he tries, the more she loves him (ish). Then, he goes on a date with Tohka because apparently her mental state is unstable.
is still as colorful and amazing as the series.
It only focused on Shidou, Tobiichii, and Tohka, with the members on the blip and Kotori making a brief entrance. Tobiichii's reactions to Shidou's weird comments made their date really hilarious to watch.
One of the phrases was, "I am also a siscon that sleeps with his sister when given the chance. I also take her panties out and sniff them."
Tobiichii, "Is that so? That's great."
OVerall, if you were a fan of the series, then you would already know what you are getting into. If you liked the series, then you definitely would like the OVA.
As with many OVA's, the Date A Live OVA really has no significance in its plot, or any real merit. Without further ado, onto the review. (rhyming FTW)
Story (6/10): The date a live OVA literally is about pissing around with the 2 main female leads Origami and Tohka. While it was ok in a comical sense, there really is no significance to the story. The OVA is based around the anime's "love triangle" with bits and bobs of comedy that is good for a quick laugh. Other then that, there's nothing else really.
Character (7/10): The characters are pretty much the
same as they feature the characters from the original anime series. But there is the portion of the OVA where you see Tohka in a different light, but other then that, there's no difference or development.
Art and Sound (8/10 and 7/10): The art is pretty consistent with itself and aesthetically beautiful as always. With wonderfully made character designs and scenery. However, what bugs me is the fact that this OVA didn't really meet up fully to its anime parent. The background characters for the majority of the OVA were literally white blobs with a face. To me, this saddened me, as the creators sort of took the "easy" way out. The sound is reused from its anime counterpart and needs no further explanation.
Personal enjoyment (7/10): While this wasn't as good as I thought it was going to be, it was still entertaining. Yes, there were shortcuts in the animation. Yes, there were a bunch of scene cliches and sometimes rushed scenes. But overall, I found this OVA "ok" to watch. It wasn't really that good, but it wasn't that bad either. What I did like was a nice little "ease in" into the next season, as the OVA featured a cameo! (If you read the novel, you'll know whom it is when you watch it.) If you like Date A Live, this will be ok for you. If you hate harems or just general fanservice, (cause the Date A Live series has quite a bit, and this OVA is no exception), then don't take this on.
Little note: There's an unexpected thing that Tohka does, that I would never imagine in my wildest dreams to happen.