The dispassionate, transforming assassin Golden Darkness returns to peer deeper into the mysteries surrounding her new life, while a sinister Nemesis manipulates her younger sister Mea from the shadows. Along with their newly discovered mother, Tearju, this previously estranged family quickly becomes the center of everyone's attention. On the other hand, Princess Momo's Harem Plan stands on shaky ground amidst Rito's inability to confess to his longtime crush Haruna, who has grown feelings of her own.
But things aren't as peaceful as they seem; an evil force looms amidst the innocuous commotion, threatening to eclipse the love, happiness, and friendship of Rito and his harem. Only the light of love can hope to banish the shadow.
Note: I am writing this review for those who are already familiar with the To Love-Ru series. Perhaps you had seen the first season of Darkness and enjoyed it, but you're still skeptical of its sequel. Or despite disliking the first season (Darkness), you, for some reason, are still interested. Maybe, even now, you feel ambivalent. I hope this review will help those who are struggling to make a decision. Lastly, I am a huge fan of the series, but I've never read the manga.
"To Love-Ru Darkness 2nd" is just as entertaining as its prequels (To Love-Ru, Motto To Love-Ru, and the first season of To Love-Ru Darkness); in fact, the disparity between this and its prequels are, in my opinion, little to none. Unfortunately, this implies that many of its infamous flaws are also present in this second season. In this review, I will explore this season's strengths and weaknesses.
To Love-Ru, as a series, has a weak story. After 70+ episodes, there is little character and plot development; for example, much of the content in each episode (addressing the entire series) is Rito stumbling or slipping while female characters are conveniently nearby which results in a perverted scene. He is then chased or lectured, but ultimately forgiven. This exact scene repeats many times throughout this season. I, however, personally enjoy them and laugh occasionally because the show is self-aware that these scenes would only occur so frequently in a fictitious world.
As for character development, if you're here to watch Rito and Lala grow romantically closer, you'll likely be disappointed; there is one scene, but they simply end up reaffirming those same feelings that they had at the conclusion of Motto To Love-Ru. Additionally, more girls are added to the Harem Plan; furthermore, the characters who, originally, never knew about the plan provide their views on the subject. It's interesting to see different perspectives because some conflict with Momo's beliefs, although I had hoped that they would further elaborate on their reasoning. Still, it's exciting to see that the Harem Plan may not be as perfect as Momo makes it out to be. Interestingly, in this season, there is an antagonist (and I don't mean random fodder alien assassins) with a goal (not minor transgressions like kidnapping). I was also pleased that the show didn't feel episodic; there was continuity unlike To Love-Ru and Motto To Love-Ru.
And although it may appear that I dislike the story, I think the lack of progression is justified in some ways. For example, in To Love-Ru's universe, only two years or so (maybe less) have passed since the first episode. I don't know if two years is enough for someone like Rito to suddenly devote himself to over fifteen girls. He's sixteen; marriage, falling in love, and managing the entire universe are things that most teenagers would never think too deeply about at that age. Moreover, Rito is portrayed as an average male student; his only unqiue trait (that is emphasized) is his kindness and reliability when you really need him. So in many ways, I understand why he feels unsure about these things, especially the Harem Plan. The plot makes this clear several times that polygamy is not allowed on Earth; this implies that, for about 14 years, he has been raised with the idea that marriage is between a man and a woman. Maybe he hasn't thought about it until he was 7 or 8, but to ask someone to suddenly change their life values and beliefs in just two years seems improbable. As for character development, I think it's rather realistic that Rito's personality hasn't radically changed. I never expected him to suddenly become a whole new person in merely two years. And yes, several times, Mikan does mention that Rito has changed ever since the arrival of Lala and friends, but it's likely nothing serious as he is still shown to have those same mixed feelings (from the very first season) about marriage, love, politics, and the Harem Plan.
This is simply my opinion, and I just thought some of these things were worth thinking about.
My final note: If you don't like the theme of friendship, you may not like this season.
Compared to the very first season of To Love-Ru, the art has significantly improved (I'm sure many of you reading this know that already). Nevertheless, I don't know much about art; however, to me, the art looks colorful, vivid, and vibrant. I do prefer season 1's art (Darkness Season 1), but Rito's, Yami's, Momo's, Lala's, and Mea's faces are drawn really well this season. (I am in love with everyone's eyes!) Also it's interesting to note that the art is so stunning that when you see even a slight drop in quality, it's rather noticeable. Usually, I have to look for these, but I saw quite a few here -- especially when you're viewing the characters from a far distance (which is understandable). Nevertheless, I was bothered by how bright everyone looked as well.
Another example of good art, I think, is the ending. The planets, Yami, and the flowers are all quite artistic.
I know I compare a lot, and unfortunately, I'm doing it here again. I only give the sound a 9 because I really enjoyed listening to Rakuen Project by Ray. Secret Arms is fine; I never skipped the opening if that means anything. Conversely, the ending, in this season, is far better. Kawada's Garden is amazing; if you have some extra time, I recommend listening to the full version as well. The background music, however, wasn't memorable.
Rito: As I mentioned before, in the story section, I think Rito is growing/maturing, but it appears to be a subtle growth. That said, if you watch the specials (episode 13 and 14 which conclude the season), Rito does something quite surprising and out of character (not because he's drunk or anything like that; it's intentional). I wouldn't call it a serious change, but I like the pace of his growth; it might appear too slow for some, but I think it's fine. One of my biggest issues with the character, however, is his passive personality.
Lala: Learns something new from Momo, and there is one other minor thing with Rito, but saying anything more will ruin it. That's about it.
Haruna, Kotegawa, : Both characters remain static throughout this season, unfortunately.
Yami, Nana, and Mea: These three characters are the highlights of this season. If you like any one of them, you're in luck. The theme is friendship. That's all I'll say. And if you didn't like any of these characters before, you might like them now. You learn quite a bit about each of these characters, and I ultimately felt that they were no longer just one-dimensional characters.
Murasame Shizu: Even she sort of gets her own episode. Again, the theme is friendship.
Rin: There is more revealed about her character as well.
Mikan: Keep on eye out for her. She has some great moments this season.
Momo: I believe Momo is a character that does not need to change (personality wise). Her presence in the story is what drives a lot of these character actions in the second season. If you liked Momo in Darkness season 1, I think you'll appreciate her role here as well. Her alluring mischievous personality is always fun to watch.
Overall, I think it's fine that a lot of these characters are still the same after all these years; at least they're consistent. But until something a little more significant happens to Rito, Lala, and friends, all I can say is that the characters, this season, were good.
As I've said before, I'm a huge fan (Momo and Yami fan) of the series, so much that I ended up watching the first four uncensored episodes and finished the rest of it (along with the specials) in one sitting. Originally, I had planned on waiting until all 14 episodes were available uncensored, but I simply couldn't wait; in fact, I plan on re-watching those 10 episodes again once it's released on Blu-Ray.
To Love-Ru is an anime that truly tests the limits of the ecchi genre; it is the epitome of a borderline hentai. For this reason, you really have to love the characters to continue loving this show. I know I didn't say much, but if you've seen the first season (which I assumed you have) you already know exactly how these characters are. In lieu of a summary, I thought it might be best to tell you what season two has to offer. Honestly, had I not enjoyed the show as much as I did, I'd give this season a 6.5/10.
Anyways, I suggest giving at least the first uncensored episode a try!
I can still remember those painful days that I have been suffering watching that To love-ru First season. That every episode is like a brutal torture to my eyes. I have been through that nightmares and endure that for this very moment! And Finally! This is the price for those hardship.
To LOVE-Ru Darkness 2nd is the continuation of all the good things of first Darkness season 1. I have previously made a review for that very first season not the darkness series. I'm so depressed there that I really want to punch some thug to release my anger. Well I'm calm down now and relaxed because of this Darkness series gave me something that I wanted from the very start.
As you have made this far, you should at least already heard the rumors of this series. The story of Yuuki Rito the King of Miracle falls. He has the ability of a sudden fall to girl's boobs or pantsu that beyond the law of physics (And will shout the hackneyed phrase "Sorry! it was an accident!") What a tremendous ability.. Even though it's almost predictable that it's always like that, ecchi is an ecchi. I don't really expect that I will like this series after I finish that very disastrous first season. In that season that focuses on Lala plus other girls and Rito doing all that almost impossible situations. They really made a good decision to put Momo at the main characters and set aside Lala as the supporting cast. I mean, I don't hate Lala. However, it's too tiring to watch careless/dumb Rito and air-headed Lala in the frontlines. Momo was the most favorite character in this series. She have what it takes to carry this whole anime (because Rito can't handle his own harem). That's why Momo offers her harem plan to conquers all girls that having a feelings to Rito and make them all happy with him. Other than that, the story will also focuses on Yami and Mea. They are sisters from other planet and having a difficulties to cope the environment of the earth. Off course they are not spared from Rito's Miracle falls at least every episode we'll have to see those scenes.
All Bros are guilty and understand why I gave a 9/10. I wanted to give a perfect 10 but those gleam of light that covers the beautiful view is not forgivable. Well in the near future they'll release the uncovered versions. So it just a matter of time and we'll finally enjoy those wonderful worlds. All heroins are attractive, likable and no Bros can't resist that.
It might be i'm biased but I can't skip that opening song. Maybe I just wanted to see Momo earlier so I never skip that opening song. I have no problem on ED song either. It just that I have a little problem when they're presenting that Rito's miracles. I have to minimize the volume of my laptop to avoid the loud moan sound or else my MOM will kill me.
Set aside Rito for just being there for the sake of harem. Momo was the main attraction for this whole darkness series. She's the most influential heroin in this season. Unlike her air-headed sister Lala and innocent Nana. Momo is the most mischievous girl in this anime and doing some stuff that beyond Rito's control. She was the reason why I'm watching this, Her all imaginations and doings are the best. Yami my 2nd favorite is also moe as always. The new girl Mea that having some fondness for licking stuff is also one of my favorite scenes (her voice is cute also trust me Bro). Haruna, Run, Yui and other girls are also not exceptional for Rito's miracles and have their own scenes. And there's more, There are two MILF teacher that might join the party.
Every episode was really enjoyable. Funny and echii always making a good combo and a worth watching. Heh. I can't even get rid my grin every time I watch every episode of this anime. Being like that is so embarrassing so I've been watching this every mid-nights around 1-3 am (A perfect time to execute this mission).
Note: always check you're surroundings (specially your back) before watching this to avoid a fatal accident.
Well there still episode 13 and 14 so basically it's not yet finish. I can confidently say that this kind of anime can Unite Bros like us. So enjoying this kind of anime with Bros is the best!
This show is practically all about the enjoyment, and I enjoy it a lot!!. If you watched the original TO LOVE RU and the 1st season of Darkness, you will definitely enjoy this show as well as Rito's Ecchi escapades has no limits and will really keep on going for ever.
With the first series, the plot is somewhat episodic due to each episode having different characters to mess around with. However, there is more of a plot in this one; As there is the whole overlaying plot of what DARKNESS actually is and that is talked about through most episodes and each episode connects to the next, rather than it be episodic. This could be a positive or negative on what way you choose to look at it. I think the first show (pre Darkness) had it better due to it being more entertaining and random with Rito ending up in random places everytime. 'Darkness' s plot is more story and for me (who loved the randomness of the first show), it is a step down . And this carries on to the second season of Darkness. But it is still solid.
The sound and art are nothing mind blowing but is the art is definetly an upgrade over the past seasons to me personally. And the music is catchy as usual.
What this show really loses it points on is the characters. While it did the justice of taking, the pointless Haruna away from the Main character list, it came at the risk of Lala and Yui also becoming recurring characters. In the first season of Darkness, i feel like we saw more of them but now all we see is Mea. And i Hate Mea. She has been the focal point for so long, that it becomes a pain evereytime i see her do anything other than lick Rito. As good as Momo is, i still want more screen time Lala and Yui, especially YUI as she is the best character!! But I guess watching Momo and her harem plan will be okay for now.
For both season of darkness, my main issue has been Yui and Lala not get enough screen time. However, the other characters (except Mea) are still entertaining and Rito's ecchinnes will never stop.
Normally i will give this show a rating of 7 cause its just good on every level. But the enjoyment factor is just too much so i gave it a 8 overall.
PS: try watching once the blue rays come out so you can watch it uncensored, to fulfill your complete thirst
I already liked To Love-Ru before (when it was Momo) but this season is so good that I can not stop watching, even went to the manga.
The story is not about the wedding Rito and Lala (protagonists) as in the first season, but it shows more about the other girls. The girls won at least two episodes prominent with Rito, showing why they like him and each showing a different way of acting.
It is impossible not to like the girls, they do not have the same mode of operation as in "certain anime" that all girls like the protagonist and are rubbing it, they show that like the Rito of different and indirectly.
Despite being a ecchi he can have a good story without disturbing anything, showing the history and how each girl feel about Rito. Many people criticized for not having the same story of the first season, talking about marriage, but the story of Darkness has its purpose and is essential to the history of marriage continue to succeed .If you watched the first two seasons do not waste time and watch this that has the design better and best voices for sure you will see the anime otherwise and you will love it (or else love Momo as all hahaha.)read more
Let's take a closer look at the latest series in this long-running franchise! Just about everything has improved in this season of To LOVE-Ru: the harem is bigger, the plot is deeper, and the animation is much more detailed. Now if only I could find the uncensored version...