Date A Live may look like just another cliche harem anime which is true at some point, but it is also an excellent parody anime of the Mecha genre with the notable example being Neon Genesis Evangelion. Date A Live uses the overused plot of a mecha anime where some invading force comes to to earth destroy it. But in the case Date A Live, the invaders are cute girls, and the way to defeat them is by making them fall in love with the main character. Now this concept is unique and never seen before, plus there is a reasonable amount of fan service for ecchi fans.
The show focuses on love comedy, but it also has some action-packed fights and sometimes the scenes can be a little dark. The colour palette used for the character designs are pretty awesome looking. While watching, you might notice a sense of characters being colour coded, which is not bad as it psychologically helps out fans to get attached to characters in harem anime. Date A Live is certainly not the best anime out there, but its absurd storyline makes the anime genuinely enjoyable even if you are not a fan of harem or ecchi in general.
If you are planning to watch Date A Live anime, then watch it according to this order:
- Date A Live
- Date A Live: Date to Date
- Date A Live II
- Date A Live II: Kurumi Star Festival
- Date A Live Movie: Mayuri Judgment
- Date A Live III
Date A Live is a harem comedy anime with mecha and sci-fi as the core elements in the story. AIC Plus+ produced the first season and OVA of the anime with the second season and the movie adaptation produced by Production IMS. J.C Staff produced the third season. Director Keitaro Motonaga was involved in all the anime projects. The anime is an adaptation of a popular light novel series written by Koushi Tachibana and illustrated by Tsunako.
Synopsis: A mysterious phenomenon called the spatial quake destroyed the Eurasian continent. The quake are vibrations coming from an unknown origin in space. During its first occurrence, it left 150 million casualties. Even after thirty years, the quakes are still happening but are on a small scale. One day, the threat of spatial quake occurs on Tengu City. Shidou Itsuka, a high schooler, hurries to save her sister but gets caught in quake.
In the eruption, Shidou discovers the origin of the quakes, and it turns out to be a mysterious girl known as Spirit. Soon he finds himself in the middle of a fight between the anti-spatial force and the mysterious girl. Ratatoskr, a third party, also gets involved and is run by Shidou’s sister Kotori. She recruits Shidou and reveals an alternate method to deal with the Spirit, and it requires Shidou to go on a date with the Spirit. Now Shidou is forced to become a dating expert to save the world from the next big spatial quake.