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Date A Live

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English: Date A Live
Japanese: デート・ア・ライブ


Volumes: 22
Chapters: 146
Status: Finished
Published: Mar 19, 2011 to Mar 19, 2020
Genres: MechaMecha, RomanceRomance, SchoolSchool, Sci-FiSci-Fi, HaremHarem
Authors: Tachibana, Koushi (Story), Tsunako (Art)
Serialization: None


Score: 8.131 (scored by 37673,767 users)
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Ranked: #4732
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Popularity: #1023
Members: 13,033
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Three decades ago, more than a hundred million people fell victim to an unprecedented disaster that came to be known as a "spatial quake." Ever since then, humanity has built countermeasures to mitigate the damage from future catastrophes such as instantaneous evacuation methods and immediate rebuilding of any architectural damage.

At present, 16-year-old Shidou Itsuka lives alone with his sister, Kotori. One day, he gets caught in a spatial quake despite preemptive warnings. Miraculously surviving the blast, he meets a mysterious girl in its wake, who he soon comes to know as a "Spirit"—supernatural beings who are the cause behind these spatial quakes. Coincidentally, he learns of the "Anti-Spirit Team," a specialized military unit tasked with destroying these Spirits with brute force.

As if these revelations weren't shocking enough, Shidou finds himself recruited into working for Ratatoskr, an organization dedicated to peacefully reducing the threat brought by Spirits—with his sister as its commander! As the new weapon of Ratatoskr, Shidou must nullify the Spirits' powers to prevent them from causing more havoc. His line of attack: go on dates with them, sealing the deal with a passionate kiss.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Date A Live has been published in English by Yen Press since March 23, 2021.

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Jul 16, 2014
MarlyTT (All reviews)
Tsunako is a pretty good character designer.
Tachibana is a pretty awful writer.

I wonder what the hook was. Every passing volume, I wonder what this series could've been if it was written by someone competent, with the same premise and all. That's a pleasant thought.

After deciding to catch up to the most recent volume, I can pretty much guarantee that the series isn't going to get better. This is a pretty odd series in that it presents itself as a parody of a typical harem genre formula, yet it strives to be one at the same time. At first this seemed like a very read more
Feb 19, 2015
TheATTKGaming (All reviews)
This is my first review, so I hope it you can take it as an idea of how this novel ranks!

Originally I got into the Date A Live series starting with the Dubbed Anime release in 2013 when Funimation released the DVD set. Since then because of curiously I wanted to keep up with the story from reading the Novel.

It should be noted that there are 11 Volumes in this series with more coming in the future, however if you wish to watch the anime, know that...

Volumes 1-4 Cover the first season
Volumes 5-7 Cover the second season
Volumes 8-9 and 10-11 cover unique arcs, however read more
Apr 30, 2018
Playcool (All reviews)
DAL (Date a Live) has a very silly premise, we all have to agree that the concept is fairly unrealistic and dumb if you force yourself to compare it to reality, BUT I m expecting that anyone already knowledgeable of the harem genre can bypass such trivial matters.
I have read my fair share of harem light novels, what I expect the most out of them is pure enjoyment, silly comedy and the wish fulfillement from being surround by so many cuties!
If one wants to write a sucessfull harem series, the criteria above has to be meet, the plot can suffer a bit here and there, read more
Jul 10, 2020
Yezelhlev (All reviews)
Well first lets say this, This light novel should only be read if you at least enjoyed some of Date A Live the anime. If you didn’t enjoy the anime it will be hard to read something based off of something you didn’t enjoy. Of course this review is assuming that you are a viewer of the anime and you want to see how the light novel is compared to the anime. If you are a light novel only type of guy, be sure to read this, otherwise you will be missing out.

Date A Live seems to have a silly idea in the beginning, read more

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