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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
(Dēto A Raibu)
GenreRomantic comedy, science fiction[1]
Light novel
Written byKōshi Tachibana
Illustrated byTsunako
Published byFujimi Shobo
ImprintFujimi Fantasia Bunko
MagazineDragon Magazine
Original runMarch 19, 2011 – present
Volumes19 (List of volumes)
Date AST Like
Illustrated byKakashi Oniyazu
Published byFujimi Shobo
MagazineMonthly Dragon Age
Original runMarch 9, 2012December 9, 2013
Anime television series
Directed byKeitaro Motonaga
Produced byChiaki Kurakane
Written byHideki Shirane
Music byGo Sakabe
StudioAIC Plus+ (season 1)
Production IMS (season 2)
J.C.Staff (season 3)
Licensed by
Original networkJAITS, Tokyo MX, AT-X, TwellV, Animax
Original run March 31, 2013 – present
Episodes22 + 2 OVAs (List of episodes)
Video games
  • Date A Live: Rinne Utopia (2013)
  • Date A Live: Ars Install (2014)
  • Date A Live Twin Edition: Rio Reincarnation (2015)
Anime film
Date A Live Movie: Mayuri Judgement[2]
Directed byKeitaro Motonaga
Written byHideki Shirane
Music byGo Sakabe
StudioProduction IMS
ReleasedAugust 22, 2015[3]
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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 by AIC Plus+ was broadcast on AT-X between April and June 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 to June 2014, produced by Production IMS. A film adaptation premiered on August 22, 2015.[4] A third season by J.C.Staff has been announced, and it is set to premiere in January 2019.


The series begins with a strange phenomenon called a "spatial quake" devastating the center of Eurasia, resulting in 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 school student comes across a mysterious girl at the ground zero of a spatial quake. He learns from his adoptive sister Kotori that the girl is one of the "Spirits" from different dimensions who are the real cause of the spatial quakes that occur when they manifest themselves in the real world. He also learns that Kotori is the commander of the airship Fraxinus, crewed by the organization Ratatoskr and its parent company Asgard Electronics, 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 each spirit fall in love with him and make her deep kiss with him. Shido's intelligent classmate, Origami Tobiichi, is a sergeant of the AST (Anti-Spirit Team), a special unit designed to suppress the threat posed by Spirits. 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.


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. Nineteen volumes have been released in Japan. [5]

No.TitleRelease date ISBN
1Tohka Dead EndMarch 19, 2011ISBN 978-4-0407-1045-7
  • Prologue: Chance Meeting -restart-
  • Chapter 1: The Nameless Girl
  • Chapter 2: Training (Game) Restart
  • Chapter 3: Your Name Is......
  • Chapter 4: Surprise Date
  • Chapter 5: Ruthless Slaughterer (Sandalphon)
  • Epilogue: Life With a Spirit
2Yoshino PuppetAugust 20, 2011ISBN 978-4-0407-1046-4
  • Prologue: New Daily Life
  • Chapter 1: Mission: Under One Roof
  • Chapter 2: Rainy Girl
  • Chapter 3: Excessively Distorted Compassion
  • Chapter 4: Multiple requests at Tobiichi's House
  • Chapter 5: Frozen Earth
  • Epilogue: The Past that Starts to take Action
3Kurumi KillerNovember 19, 2011ISBN 978-4-0407-1050-1
  • Prologue: The Black Visitor
  • Chapter 1: Second Transfer Student
  • Chapter 2: A Spirit's Invitation
  • Chapter 3: Sister Wars
  • Chapter 4: Triple Date
  • Chapter 5: Imitation Nightmare
4Itsuka SisterMarch 17, 2012ISBN 978-4-0407-1047-1
  • Chapter 6: Time Penetrating Flame
  • Chapter 7: Kotori's Conference
  • Chapter 8: Swimwear Battle
  • Chapter 9: Last Date
  • Chapter 10: Avenger from Five Years Ago
  • Epilogue: Encounter of Darkness
5Yamai TempestAugust 17, 2012ISBN 978-4-0407-1048-8
  • Prologue: Reverse Conquest
  • Chapter 1: DEM's Plans
  • Chapter 2: Cyclone Girls
  • Chapter 3: Double Approach
  • Chapter 4: Cross-Counter Heart
  • Chapter 5: The Light that Splits the Winds
  • Epilogue: Shidou, I—
6Miku LilyDecember 20, 2012ISBN 978-4-0407-1049-5
  • Prologue: The Girls' Tryst
  • Chapter 1: Incomprehensible Spirit
  • Chapter 2: Male/Female
  • Chapter 3: Edit Time
  • Chapter 4: Music
  • Chapter 5: Azure Flash
7Miku TruthMarch 19, 2013ISBN 978-4-0407-1030-3
  • Chapter 6: Nightmare, Reappear
  • Chapter 7: The Battlefield of Only Two People
  • Chapter 8: Streets Engulfed in Fire and Shadow
  • Chapter 9: Demon King
  • Chapter 10: Slaughtering Tyrant
  • Epilogue: After the Festival
8Natsumi SearchSeptember 20, 2013ISBN 978-4-0407-1044-0
  • Prologue: Another Shidou (Doppelganger)
  • Chapter 1: Witch of October (Halloween)
  • Chapter 2: Twelve Photos (Suspect)
  • Chapter 3: Morning Twelve (Delete) O'clock
  • Chapter 4: Suspect Designation (High risk)
  • Chapter 5: Witch's Work (Witchcraft)
9Natsumi ChangeDecember 20, 2013ISBN 978-4-0471-2974-0
  • Chapter 6: The Children (Little Monsters)
  • Chapter 7: Beckoning From The Darkness (Head Hunting)
  • Chapter 8: Transform (Makeup)
  • Chapter 9: It's Definitely A Lie (I'd Like To Believe)
  • Chapter 10: Despair Is Falling (Fall down)
  • Epilogue: DEM's Wizard (Friend or Enemy)
10Tobiichi AngelMarch 20, 2014ISBN 978-4-0407-0066-3
  • Prologue: Tobiichi Origami
  • Chapter 1: The Targeted Shidou
  • Chapter 2: The Radiant Goetia
  • Chapter 3: Angel
  • Chapter 4: Truth
  • Chapter 5: The Descending Of The Devil King To Darkness
11Tobiichi DevilSeptember 20, 2014ISBN 978-4-0407-0143-1
  • Chapter 6: The One Struggling
  • Chapter 7: Illusion
  • Chapter 8: <Devil>
  • Chapter 9: Instinct
  • Chapter 10: The Angel Of The Night With Falling Stars
  • Epilogue: Tobiichi Origami
12Itsuka DisasterJune 20, 2015ISBN 978-4-0407-0151-6
  • Prologue: The Beast of Demise
  • Chapter 1: An Invading Unordinary
  • Chapter 2: King's March
  • Chapter 3: Vacation Time
  • Chapter 4: Party Time
  • Chapter 5: Spirit's Dance
  • Epilogue: "The Second" Who Has Been Released
13Nia CreationOctober 20, 2015ISBN 978-4-0407-0694-8
  • Prologue: And More Importantly—The Time Is Not Enough
  • Chapter 1: Don't Panic, This is Spirit's Trap
  • Chapter 2: Akiba, I Have Returned!
  • Chapter 3: Very Well, Then 2D Is What You Shall Have
  • Chapter 4: If You Give Up, The Deadline Is Already Over
  • Chapter 5: What's Yours Is Mine
  • Epilogue: You Know That Nia!?
14Mukuro PlanetMarch 19, 2016ISBN 978-4-0407-0695-5
  • Prologue: Awakening of the Stars
  • Chapter 1: First Shrine Visit of the Year
  • Chapter 2: The Spirit from Space
  • Chapter 3: New Wings
  • Chapter 4: Fairy Tale
  • Chapter 5: Hero
15Mukuro FamilySeptember 17, 2016ISBN 978-4-0407-0927-7
  • Chapter 6: Battle of Cosmos
  • Chapter 7: The Unlocked Heart
  • Chapter 8: The Locked Memories
  • Chapter 9: Oblivion of the Outside
  • Chapter 10: The Key and The Sword
  • Epilogue: Reunion Time
16Kurumi RefrainMarch 18, 2017ISBN 978-4-0407-0928-4
  • Prologue: Ally of Justice
  • Chapter 1: Nightmare's Temptation
  • Chapter 2: Tide of Battle
  • Chapter 3: A Maiden's Time
  • Chapter 4: The Recent Sin
  • Chapter 5: Samsara of Salvation
17Kurumi RagnarokAugust 19, 2017ISBN 978-4-0407-0929-1
  • Fragment Chapter: The Birth of Spirits
  • Chapter 1: The Signal Outbreak of War
  • Chapter 2: Nightmare's Secret Maneuvers
  • Chapter 3: The Final Rest
  • Chapter 4: The Footsteps of Demise
  • Chapter 5: Revival of Spirit
18Mio Game OverMarch 20, 2018ISBN 978-4-0407-2565-9
  • Fragment Chapter 1: Memory
  • Chapter 1: Mother Zero
  • Fragment Chapter 2: Friends
  • Chapter 2: The Three Wizard
  • Fragment Chapter 3: School
  • Chapter 3: The Fallen Folium of Yggdrasil
  • Fragment Chapter 4: Date
  • Chapter 4: The First and Last Confrontment
  • Fragment Chapter 5: Ocean
  • Chapter 5: The One Who Pull the Trigger


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.


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.[6] 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 Nomizu.

Following the TV broadcast of the final episode of the first season, a second season was set for April 2014.[7] 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".[8] The animation production was held by Production IMS.[9] 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.[10]

The first and second season have been licensed by Funimation for streaming and home video release in North America and by Madman Entertainment for home video release in Australia.[11][12][13]

In his Twitter account, Tachibana announced Date A Live would get a third new anime series.[14] Animation production is held by J.C.Staff, with the cast and staff set to reprise their roles from the previous seasons. The opening theme is sung by sweet ARMS, and the ending theme is sung by Eri Yamazaki. The series is scheduled to premiere in January 2019.[15]


An animated theatrical film was announced via the official Twitter account of the television series as the airing of the second television season concluded.[4]

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).[16] During the events of "Tohka's Birthday" on 10 April, Sora Amamiya was confirmed to be voicing Mayuri.[17]

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.[18]

Another video game, titled Date A Live: Ars Install (或守インストール), was released in June 2014, featuring another new character named Maria Ars (或守 鞠亜, Arusu Maria), voiced by Suzuko Mimori. 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.

China ban[edit]

On June 12, 2015, the Chinese Ministry of Culture listed Date A Live II among 38 anime and manga titles banned in China.[19]


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.[20] The PS3 game Date A Live: Rinne Utopia sold 23,340 physical retail copies within the first week of release in Japan.[21] Until October 2015, the series reached a total of 4 million copies sold.[22]


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  2. ^ "Date a Live The MOVIE: Mayuri Judgement ENGLISH Sub [HD](劇場版 デート ア ライブ 万由里ジャッジメント)". 30 March 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  3. ^ 2015-03-18, Date A Live: Mayuri Judgment Film Slated for August 22, Anime News Network
  4. ^ a b "Date A Live Gets Theatrical Film". Anime News Network. June 13, 2014. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
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  6. ^ "Romantic Comedy Anime {'}Date A Live{'} Previewed in Ad". Anime News Network. 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2013-04-06.
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  9. ^ STAFF&CAST | 『デート・ア・ライブⅡ DATE A LIVE』アニメ公式サイト
  10. ^ "Date A Live Encore Book to Bundle Unaired Anime Episode". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  11. ^ "Funimation to Stream Date A Live Romantic Comedy Anime". Anime News Network. 2013-04-09. Retrieved 2013-07-24.
  12. ^ "Funimation to Dub Date A Live, Red Data Girl, Karneval, Code:Breaker". Anime News Network. 2014-02-21. Retrieved 2014-03-01.
  13. ^ "Australia's Madman Ent. Adds Date A Live, Maoyu". Anime News Network. 2013-08-12. Retrieved 2013-08-15.
  14. ^ "Date A Live Light Novels Get New Anime Series". Anime News Network. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  15. ^ "Date A Live Anime's 3rd Season Reveals New Cast Member, Staff, January 2019 Premiere (Updated)". Anime News Network. October 20, 2018. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  16. ^ 2014-12-15, Date A Live Movie to Be All-New Work Next Summer, Anime News Network
  17. ^ 2015-04-11, Date A Live: Mayuri Judgement Film's Teaser, TV Ad Streamed, Anime News Network
  18. ^ "Date A Live: Rinne Utopia coming to PS Vita". Gematsu. December 19, 2014. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  19. ^ "China bans 38 anime & manga titles incuding Attack on Titan". Special Broadcasting Service. 2015-06-12. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  20. ^ "Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, June 24-30". Anime News Network. July 2, 2013.
  21. ^ "Media Create Sales: 6/24/13 – 6/30/13". Gematsu. July 3, 2013.
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