Date A Live

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Date A Live
Date A Live Volume 1.jpg
Cover of Date A Live Volume 1 as published by Fujimi Shobo featuring Tohka Yatogami
デート・ア・ライブ
(Dēto A Raibu)
Genre Harem, romantic comedy, science fantasy
Light novel
Written by Kōshi Tachibana
Illustrated by Tsunako
Published by Fujimi Shobo
Demographic Shonen
Imprint Fujimi Fantasia Bunko
Magazine Dragon Magazine
Original run March 19, 2011 – present
Volumes 14 (List of volumes)
Manga
Date AST Like
Illustrated by Kakashi Oniyazu
Published by Fujimi Shobo
Demographic Shonen
Magazine Monthly Dragon Age
Original run March 9, 2012December 9, 2013
Volumes 4
Anime television series
Directed by Keitaro Motonaga
Produced by Chiaki Kurakane
Written by Hideki Shirane
Music by Go Sakabe
Studio AIC Plus+
Licensed by
Network JAITS, Tokyo MX, AT-X, TwellV, Animax
Original run March 31, 2013June 16, 2013
(Niconico broadcast)
April 6, 2013 – June 22, 2013
(Tokyo MX broadcast)
Episodes 12 + OVA (List of episodes)
Game
Date A Live: Rinne Utopia
Developer Compile Heart, Sting
Publisher Compile Heart
Genre Adventure
Platform PlayStation 3
Released
  • JP June 27, 2013
Anime television series
Date A Live II
Directed by Keitaro Motonaga
Produced by Chiaki Kurakane
Written by Hideki Shirane
Music by Go Sakabe
Studio Production IMS
Licensed by
Network Tokyo MX, AT-X
Original run April 12, 2014June 14, 2014
Episodes 10 + OVA (List of episodes)
Game
Date A Live: Arusu Install
Developer Compile Heart, Sting
Publisher Compile Heart
Music by Shigeki Hayashi
Genre Adventure
Platform PlayStation 3
Released
  • JP June 26, 2014
Game
Date A Live Twin Edition: Rio Reincarnation
Developer Compile Heart, Sting
Publisher Compile Heart
Genre Adventure
Platform PlayStation Vita
Released
  • JP July 30, 2015
Anime film
Date A Live Movie: Mayuri Judgement
Directed by Keitaro Motonaga
Written by Hideki Shirane
Studio Production IMS
Released August 22, 2015[1]

Date A Live (Japanese: デート・ア・ライブ Hepburn: Dēto A Raibu?) is a Japanese light novel series written by Kōshi Tachibana and illustrated by Tsunako. An anime adaptation series was broadcast on AT-X from April 6 to June 22, 2013. Each episode was streamed in lower quality on Niconico a week before its TV premiere. The series continued its broadcast run with Date A Live II from April 12 to June 14, 2014. A film adaptation premiered on August 22, 2015.[2]

Plot[edit]

The series begins with a strange phenomenon called a "spatial quake" devastating the center of Eurasia, resulting at least 150 million casualties. For the next 30 years, smaller spatial quakes plague the world on an irregular basis. In the present, Shido Itsuka, a seemingly ordinary high schooler comes across a mysterious girl at the ground zero of a spatial quake. He learns from his adopted sister Kotori that the girl is one of the "Spirits" from different dimension whom are the real cause of the spatial quakes that occur when they manifest themselves in the real world. Shido's intelligent classmate, Origami Tobiichi, is a sergeant of the AST (Anti-Spirit Team) special unit designed to suppress the threat posed by Spirits to exact revenge of her parents' deaths. He also learns that Kotori is the commander of the airship <Fraxinus>, crewed by the organization <Ratatoskr>, and is recruited to make use of his mysterious ability to seal the Spirits' powers thus stopping them from being a threat to mankind. However, there is a catch: to seal a Spirit's power, he must make her fall in love with him and make her kiss him. As Shido successfully keeps sealing more and more Spirits, he gains allies to help him with his dates with other spirits. Shido also increases the competition among them for his attention and affection, much to his chagrin.

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

Date A Live was originally released as a light novel. It is a light novel series written by Kōshi Tachibana with illustrations by Tsunako The first volume was published on March 19, 2011 under Fujimi Shobo's Fujimi Fantasia Bunko. fourteen volumes have been released in Japan [3]

No. Release date ISBN
1 March 19, 2011 ISBN 978-4-0407-1045-7
2 August 20, 2011 ISBN 978-4-0407-1046-4
3 November 19, 2011 ISBN 978-4-0407-1050-1
4 March 17, 2012 ISBN 978-4-0407-1047-1
5 August 17, 2012 ISBN 978-4-0407-1048-8
6 December 20, 2012 ISBN 978-4-0407-1049-5
7 March 19, 2013 ISBN 978-4-0407-1030-3
8 September 20, 2013 ISBN 978-4-0407-1044-0
9 December 20, 2013 ISBN 978-4-0471-2974-0
10 March 20, 2014 ISBN 978-4-0407-0066-3
11 September 20, 2014 ISBN 978-4-0407-0143-1
12 June 20, 2015 ISBN 978-4-0407-0151-6
13 October 20, 2015 ISBN 978-4-0407-0694-8
14 March 19, 2016 ISBN 978-4-0407-0695-5

Manga[edit]

A manga adaption of Date A Live with illustrations by Ringo began on April 16 of 2012. Due to Ringo having health problems, the manga was cancelled after 6 chapters. The adaptation ended covering only a part of Shido's first date with Tohka.

A new manga adaptation began serialisation in the January 2014 issue of Shōnen Ace, this time with illustrations done by Sekihiko Inui. It was recently announced that the third volume of the manga will be the last. The third volume will be shipped by Kadokawa throughout Japan this winter.

Anime[edit]

The anime adaptation is directed by Keitaro Motonaga and produced by AIC PLUS+. The series was streamed in lower quality on Niconico, with each episode available a week before its TV premiere. The first episode was streamed on March 31 and aired on Tokyo MX on April 6, 2013.[4] The final, 12th episode was streamed on Niconico on June 16 and aired on Tokyo MX on June 22.

The opening theme is titled "Date A Live" (デート・ア・ライブ Dēto A Raibu?) sung by sweet ARMS, a vocal group consisting Iori Nomizu, Misuzu Togashi, Kaori Sadohara, and Misato. The series makes use of four ending themes: "Hatsukoi Winding Road", by Kayoko Tsumita, Risako Murai and Midori Tsukimiya; "Save The World", "Save My Heart" and "Strawberry Rain" (ストロベリーレイン?), all three by Iori Nomizu.

Following the TV broadcast of the final episode of the first season, a second season is set for April 2014.[5] The opening theme is sung by sweet ARMS titled "Trust in You" and the ending theme is sung by Kaori Sadohara titled "Day to Story".[6] The animation production will be held by Production IMS.[7] An unaired episode will be bundled with the third volume of the Date A Live Encore short story collection to be released on December 9, 2014.[8]

The anime has been licensed by Funimation for streaming and home video release in North America and by Madman Entertainment for home video release in Australia.[9][10][11]

Film[edit]

An animated theatrical film was announced via the official Twitter account of the television series as the airing of the second television season concluded.[2]

On the event of "Date A Live II", the staff unveiled that the movie will be titled as Date a Live The Movie: Mayuri Judgement (劇場版 デート ア ライブ 万由里ジャッジメント Gekijōban Dēto A Raibu: Mayuri Jajjimento?) and will premiere in August 22, with an original story supervised by the original light novel author, Koushi Tachibana. Nobunaga Shimazaki, the voice actor of Shido Itsuka, introduced a silhouette of the new title character, named Mayuri (万由里 Mayuri?).[12] During the events of "Tohka's Birthday" on 10 April, Sora Amamiya was confirmed to be voicing Mayuri.[13]

Video games[edit]

A video game named Date A Live: Rinne Utopia (デート・ア・ライブ 凜祢ユートピア Dēto A Raibu Rinne Yūtopia?) produced by Compile Heart and Sting Entertainment released on June 27, 2013 for the PlayStation 3. A promotional video was shown at Anime Contents Expo 2013. The game features a new original character named Rinne Sonogami (園神 凜祢 Sonogami Rinne?), voiced by Kana Hanazawa. A PlayStation Vita version of the game was released in Summer 2015, and features new characters and scenarios.[14]

Another video game titled Date A Live: Ars Install (或守インストール?) was also announced and features another new character named Maria Ars (或守 鞠亜 Arusu Maria?), voiced by Suzuko Mimori. The game was released on June 26, 2014. Famitsu gave the Ars Install game a review score of 30/40.[15]

A new installment for both PlayStation 3 games, named Date A Live Twin Edition: Rio Reincarnation (デート・ア・ライブ Twin Edition 凜緒リンカーネイション Dēto A Raibu Tsuin Edishon Rio Rinkāneishon?) produced by Compile Heart and Sting Entertainment was released on July 30, 2015 for the PlayStation Vita. It is a de facto sequel with new characters and new scenarios. The game will features the Yamai Sisters, Miku Izayoi, Rinne Sonogami, Maria Ars, as well as Marina Ars, and a new original character named Rio (凜緒 Rio?), voiced by Ayane Sakura. A promotional video was shown at the events of Date A Fes II.

Reception[edit]

The first volume of the first anime season placed eighth place amongst Blu-ray sales in Japan during its debut week within the Oricon charts.[16] The PS3 game Date A Live: Rinne Utopia sold 23,340 physical retail copies within the first week of release in Japan.[17] Until October 2015, the series reached a total of 4 million copies sold.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2015-03-18, Date A Live: Mayuri Judgment Film Slated for August 22, Anime News Network
  2. ^ a b 2014-06-13, Date A Live Gets Theatrical Film, Anime News Network
  3. ^ "Light Novel Releases". fujimishobo.co.jp. 2015-06-20. 
  4. ^ "Romantic Comedy Anime {'}Date A Live{'} Previewed in Ad". Anime News Network. 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  5. ^ "Date A Live Anime Gets 2nd Season". Otaku USA. 2013-12-16. Retrieved 2013-12-16. 
  6. ^ "「デート・ア・ライブⅡ」OP&EDテーマ発売決定!]". 2014-03-07. Retrieved 2014-03-09. 
  7. ^ STAFF&CAST | 『デート・ア・ライブⅡ DATE A LIVE』アニメ公式サイト
  8. ^ "Date A Live Encore Book to Bundle Unaired Anime Episode". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Funimation to Stream Date A Live Romantic Comedy Anime". Anime News Network. 2013-04-09. Retrieved 2013-07-24. 
  10. ^ "Funimation to Dub Date A Live, Red Data Girl, Karneval, Code:Breaker". Anime News Network. 2014-02-21. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  11. ^ "Australia's Madman Ent. Adds Date A Live, Maoyu". Anime News Network. 2013-08-12. Retrieved 2013-08-15. 
  12. ^ 2014-12-15, Date A Live Movie to Be All-New Work Next Summer, Anime News Network
  13. ^ 2015-04-11, Date A Live: Mayuri Judgement Film's Teaser, TV Ad Streamed, Anime News Network
  14. ^ 2014-12-19, Date A Live: Rinne Utopia coming to PS Vita, Gematsu
  15. ^ 2014-06-17, Famitsu Review Scores: Issue 1332, Gematsu
  16. ^ 2013-07-02, Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, June 24-30, Anime News Network
  17. ^ 2013-07-03, Media Create Sales: 6/24/13 – 6/30/13, Gematsu
  18. ^ 2015-10-20, Tachibana Koushi Twitter

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