At the beginning of the episode we are demonstrated the power of spacequakes; large and mysterious disasters that have plagued the Earth for some time, this scene alone even claimed one-hundred and fifty million innocent lives. Ninety seconds later, a bright pair of pink striped panties gets shoved into your face.
It’s this awkward sense of contrast that sets the underlying tone for Date A Live.
Shido Itsuka is our main protagonist who is tasked with the mission to make Spirits – intelligent life forms known to be the cause of spacequakes (who all conveniently resemble young attractive girls) – to fall head over heels in love with him. It’s believed that falling in love will seal their powers.
“The plot feels like a bastardised mash-up of Neon Genisis Evangelion meets The World God Only Knows“
The plot feels like a bastardised mash-up of Neon Genisis Evangelion meets The World God Only Knows, with the general basis of the show documenting Shido’s efforts to target a Spirit for three or four episodes, then moving on to the next one. Date A Live does a great job with character development with twists and turns taking place in the latter half of the series. The battle scenes are well done nicely choreographed, but all felt underwhelming and generic.
“If there’s one reason to watch Date A Live, it’s the eye-candy.”
If there’s one reason to watch Date A Live, it’s the eye-candy. Tsunako did a fantastic job on designing the characters, especially the Spirit’s clothing and armour wear. It’s obvious that Tsunako put a great amount of tender love and care into the Spirit’s character designs. There’s something about Tsunako’s work that makes you want to take them home with you and love them tenderly.
Date A Live however has a hard time deciding whether it wants to be super serious or super fun and light-hearted. In one example the characters are faced with a serious predicament, but in the next episode the cast decides to take a dip at a water park. This topsy-turvy level of atmosphere made my viewing experience queasy and uncomfortable.
“Date A Live has a hard time deciding whether it wants to be super serious or super fun“
With the steadily increasing rate of girls in Shido’s arsenal throughout the series, it’s obvious that Date A Live is another Romantic Comedy Harem type of anime with a heavy dose of fanservice, but the eye-candy, the legitimately funny comedy, not to mention the hilarious situations Shidou gets into makes Date A Live a worthwhile watch. Also, Kurumi is the best Spirit. I’m looking forward to the sequel coming next year.
– 8/10 –
P.S. Date A Live triggered my new-born hatred for the Japanese art of paper folding.