Date A Live
Released Year : April 6, 2013 to June 22, 2013
No of Episodes : 12
Genre : Comedy,Harem,Mecha,Romance,School,Sci-Fi,Shounen
Plot : Itsuka Shido is a high school boy. On the last day of the spring holidays, an explosion destroys the town and a girl in armor appears in front of him. Shido's sister-in-law, Kotori, tells him that the girl is called "Special Disasterous Designated Creature: Spirit", which causes a timespace quake. Kotori disclosed that she is the commander of the anti-spirit organization Ratatosk and orders him to go out on a date with the spirit girl. Kotori says, "I don't ask you to beat the spirit. Just let her fall in love with you and save the world." (Source: MAL)
Our Review : Date A Live is, on short, a Fantasy Wanna-Be-Mecha Harem Romantic Comedy.
Set into the future, we follow our not-so-heroic hero named Shido. In order to save the world and humanity from the dangerous Spirits that are all female, of course, he has to date them as soon as possible after they make their appearance on Earth via a Spacequake. First contact, he must gain their trust. Second step, he must invite them on a date to which they must accept. Third and final stage, he must make them fall in love with him. Short, simple, and pretty much all there is to these series.
The harem, romance and comedy would be the main points of the series, making the mecha parts totally useless and more-or-less a total fail overall. All in all, I guess the mecha parts themselves were meant to be there to display the danger and how strong the situations truly are, but it didn't really do the job well there. In the end, the mecha genre is a joke. Pretty much a simple decoration to the harem romantic comedy, which is all these series are.
The art and sound have their strong-points and weak-points. Although nothing special, the art is quite detailed at the edges of various objects, making it a bit unique, but good for the eye to see. Besides the fails of the voice actors trying to sound dramatic and hyped for something that wasn't all that dramatic at all, I cannot really say the sound fit the story's display well. They did their job, I guess, but there are quite a lot of scenes where they unnecessarily went all out, since it wasn't a peak of action or anything like that at all.
Some characters are pure classic, while some are just bland. Shido is simply bland, with nothing special or interesting to drag out of him. The first spirit, Tohka, is a tsundere. The second spirit, Yoshino, is a dandere. The third spirit, Kurumi, is a yandere. Shido's younger sister, Kotori, comes close to being a kuudere. The type you like the most will probably end up as your favourite character, since there is no extra spice or additions to them, other than their -dere style.
Although it was extremely predictable the entire time, I quite enjoyed watching Date A Live. What can I say, harem romantic comedies are still on a roll for me, and that probably won't change any time soon. There are quite light series that want to be something hardcore and strong at some scenes, like Code Geass, but fail at doing so. Keeping that aside, Date A Live were still some good series to put time into when you simply know that there will be no deep story included, nor the goals, or resolves.
“If people refuse to accept you, I'll just accept you even more.”
Hey, that's my pick-up line, boy.