To Love Ru

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To Love Ru
To Love-Ru manga volume 1.jpg
Cover of the first manga volume featuring Rito Yuki (left) and Lala Satalin Deviluke (right).
To LOVEる -とらぶる-
(To LOVEru -Toraburu-)
GenreHarem, romantic comedy, science fiction[1]
Manga
Written bySaki Hasemi
Illustrated byKentaro Yabuki
Published byShueisha
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
ImprintJump Comics
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Jump
Original runApril 24, 2006August 31, 2009
Volumes18 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byTakao Kato
Produced by
  • Akihiro Kawamura
  • Kazuhiko Torishima
  • Yoshihisa Nakayama
  • Yukinao Shimoji
Written byAkatsuki Yamatoya
Music byTakeshi Watanabe
StudioXebec
Licensed by
Original networkTBS, MBS, CBC, BS-i, AT-X
English network
Original run April 4, 2008 September 26, 2008
Episodes26 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Directed byTakao Kato
Produced by
  • Nobuhiro Nakayama
  • Takeshi Tanaka
  • Makoto Ōyoshi
  • Masanori Gotō
  • Hiroyuki Yonemasu
  • Takatoshi Chino
Written byAkatsuki Yamatoya
Music byTakeshi Watanabe
StudioXebec
Released April 3, 2009 April 2, 2010
Runtime25 minutes each
Episodes6 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Motto To Love Ru
Directed byAtsushi Ōtsuki
Produced by
  • Nobuhiro Nakayama
  • Takeshi Tanaka
  • Takumi Kusakabe
Written byYasunori Yamada
Music byTakeshi Watanabe
StudioXebec
Licensed by
Original networkTokyo MX, Chiba TV, Sun TV, TV Aichi, AT-X
English network
Original run October 6, 2010 December 22, 2010
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Manga
To Love Ru Darkness
Written bySaki Hasemi
Illustrated byKentaro Yabuki
Published byShueisha
English publisher
Seven Seas Entertainment
DemographicShōnen
ImprintJump Comics SQ.
MagazineJump Square
Original runOctober 4, 2010March 4, 2017
Volumes18 (List of volumes)
Original video animation
To Love Ru Darkness
Directed byAtsushi Ōtsuki
Produced by
  • Nobuhiro Nakayama
  • Tsuyoshi Tanaka
  • Kazumasa Sanjōba
  • Kentarō Hattori
Written byAtsushi Ōtsuki
Music byTakeshi Watanabe
StudioXebec
Released August 17, 2012 April 3, 2015
Runtime25 minutes each
Episodes6 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
To Love Ru Darkness
Directed byAtsushi Ōtsuki
Produced by
  • Nobuhiro Nakayama
  • Tsuyoshi Tanaka
  • Kazumasa Sanjōba
  • Kentarō Hattori
Written byAtsushi Ōtsuki
Music byTakeshi Watanabe
StudioXebec
Licensed by
Original networkTokyo MX, AT-X
English network
Original run October 6, 2012 December 29, 2012
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
To Love Ru Darkness 2nd
Directed byAtsushi Ōtsuki
Produced by
  • Nobuhiro Nakayama
  • Tsuyoshi Tanaka
Written byAtsushi Ōtsuki
Music byTakeshi Watanabe
StudioXebec
Licensed by
Original networkBS11, Tokyo MX, Sun TV, AT-X
English network
Original run July 7, 2015 October 28, 2015
Episodes14 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
To Love Ru Darkness 2nd
Directed byAtsushi Ōtsuki
Produced by
  • Nobuhiro Nakayama
  • Tsuyoshi Tanaka
Written byAtsushi Ōtsuki
Music byTakeshi Watanabe
StudioXebec
Released January 4, 2016 November 2, 2017
Runtime10–25 minutes each
Episodes4 (List of episodes)
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To Love Ru (Japanese: To LOVEる -とらぶる-, Hepburn: To LOVEru -Toraburu-, literally "To Love Ru -Trouble-") is a Japanese manga series written by Saki Hasemi and illustrated by Kentaro Yabuki, creator of Black Cat. The manga was serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine from April 2006 to August 2009, and the chapters collected into 18 tankōbon volumes. The title, Toraburu (とらぶる), is the English gairaigo (loan word) "trouble", and "rabu" (ラブ) is the English loan word "love"; the title is a pun on the words "love" and "trouble", which describes the harem aspect of the series.

A drama CD was released in February 2008, featuring an original story along with character songs. A 26-episode anime television series adaptation by Xebec aired in Japan in 2008. Six original video animation episodes were produced by Xebec between April 2009 and April 2010. A 12-episode second season by Xebec titled Motto To Love Ru aired in 2010. Four video games have been released for the Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita.

A continuation of the manga called To Love Ru Darkness was serialized in Shueisha's Jump Square magazine from October 2010 to March 2017, and the chapters collected into 18 tankōbon volumes. Xebec produced six OVA episodes of To Love Ru Darkness from August 2012 to April 2015. A 12-episode anime television series adaptation by Xebec aired in 2012. A second season of To Love Ru Darkness, called To Love Ru Darkness 2nd, aired in 2015. Four OVA episodes of To Love Ru Darkness 2nd were released between January 2016 and November 2017.

Synopsis[edit]

To Love Ru[edit]

The story of To Love Ru revolves around Rito Yuki, a shy and clumsy high-school student who cannot confess his love to the girl of his dreams, Haruna Sairenji. One day when sulking in the bathtub, a mysterious, naked devil-tailed girl appears out of nowhere. Her name is Lala Satalin Deviluke, the runaway crown princess of the planet Deviluke. Her father wants her to return home to marry one of her marriage candidates. When Devilukean commander Zastin arrives to bring her home, she swiftly declares she will marry Rito in order to stay on Earth, leading Zastin to attack Rito. But when Rito angrily declares that marriage is only possible with the person you love, the two dull-witted aliens misunderstand him, believing he truly understands Lala's feelings. Lala quickly falls in love with him, and Zastin also approves of their engagement, much to Rito's dismay. While Zastin reports his support for the pair to Lala's father, Gid Lucion Deviluke, who is the King of Deviluke and much of the known universe, Rito reluctantly helps Lala transition to life on Earth, while gradually befriending his dream girl, Haruna, along with a colorful cast of other girls (both humans and aliens), such as the uptight, high-strung girl Yui Kotegawa, the gender-switching alien Run/Ren, and the queen bee Saki Tenjouin, among others. In the meantime, Rito must also fight off Lala's antagonistic alien suitors, one of whom sends the alien assassin Golden Darkness to kill him.

To Love Ru Darkness[edit]

The story continues in To Love Ru Darkness, which focuses on Lala's little sister, Momo Belia Deviluke. She and her twin sister, Nana Astar Deviluke, have since come to live with Lala in Rito's house. While Rito remains indecisive between his longtime crush on Haruna, and his growing affection for Lala, Momo has also fallen in love with Rito. But not wanting to steal Rito away from her sister, Momo instead plots to build a harem of girls around Rito, hoping that if Rito marries Lala and becomes the King of Deviluke, he can legally marry every girl who is in love with him, including Momo herself. While Momo works in the background and plays matchmaker with Rito, a plethora of beautiful girls gradually enter Rito's life and warm up to his kindness, including Golden Darkness, who has since lived peacefully on Earth but struggles to escape her dark past. Thus, Rito's otherworldly love troubles continue on forever.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

To Love Ru began as a manga series written by Saki Hasemi with illustrations by Kentaro Yabuki. It was serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine between April 24, 2006 and August 31, 2009.[2][3] The chapters were collected into 18 tankōbon volumes and were published by Shueisha in Japan between November 11, 2006 and April 2, 2010.[4][5] A sequel manga, To Love Ru Darkness (To LOVEる -とらぶる- ダークネス, To LOVEru -Toraburu- -Dākunesu-), was serialized between October 4, 2010 and March 4, 2017 in Jump Square.[6][7] Shueisha published 18 volumes for Darkness in Japan from March 4, 2011 to April 4, 2017.[8][9] Additionally, two bonus chapters were published in the May and June 2017 issues of Jump Square.[7] Both manga series are licensed in North America by Seven Seas Entertainment, who release them in print and digital formats.[10] To Love Ru was published in two-in-one omnibus volumes, while To Love Ru Darkness was released as single volumes. Both manga series were originally slated to begin publication in October 2017, but were later delayed to December 2017.[11]

Drama CD[edit]

A drama CD for To Love Ru was released on February 29, 2008 with an original story, featuring the voice cast later used in the anime, along with character songs.[12]

Anime[edit]

An anime series adaptation produced by Xebec and directed by Takao Kato aired in Japan between April 4 and September 26, 2008, and contains twenty-six episodes. The anime uses characters and general themes from the original manga, it captures various chapters and events from the manga in no specific order. The anime's opening theme is "Forever We Can Make It!" by Thyme, the first ending theme for episodes one through thirteen is "Lucky Tune" (ラッキーチューン, Rakkī Chūn), and the second ending theme is "Kiss no Yukue" (kiss の行方); both are sung by Anna. The anime is licensed in North America by Sentai Filmworks and distributed by Section23 Films. The complete DVD collection part one containing the first half-season was released on December 15, 2009[13] and part two containing the second half-season was released on February 16, 2010.[14] Sentai released the series on Blu-ray on March 18, 2014.[15] An English dub for the first season is currently in production by Sentai Filmworks.[16]

Three original video animation (OVA) episodes produced by Xebec and directed by Takao Kato were shipped starting on April 3, 2009 with pre-ordered copies of the manga's 13th, 14th and 15th volumes.[17] An additional three OVA episodes were released with the bundled version of the 16th, 17th and 18th volumes.[18] The opening theme for the OVAs is "Yatte Koi Daisuki" and the ending theme is "Apple panic"; both songs are by Haruka Tomatsu and Sayuri Yahagi, the voice actresses of Lala Satalin Deviluke and Haruna Sairenji, respectively. A second season of the anime, titled Motto To Love Ru (もっとTo LOVEる -とらぶる-, More To LOVEru -Toraburu-),[19] produced by Xebec and directed by Atsushi Ōtsuki aired 12 episodes between October 6 and December 22, 2010. The opening theme for the second season is "Loop-the-Loop" by Kotoko and the ending theme is "Baby Baby Love" by Tomatsu. Sentai Filmworks have also licensed the second season and released the complete series set on DVD on April 3, 2012;[20][21] the Blu-ray set was released on May 27, 2014.[22]

Six OVA episodes of To Love Ru Darkness were produced by Xebec and released with the limited editions of the manga's 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 12th, and 13th volumes on DVD on August 17, 2012,[23] December 19, 2012,[24] August 19, 2013, December 4, 2013,[25] December 4, 2014,[26] and April 3, 2015,[27] respectively. A twelve-episode anime television series adaptation was also produced by Xebec, directed by Atsushi Ōtsuki, and aired between October 6 and December 29, 2012.[28] The opening theme for To Love Ru Darkness is "Rakuen Project" (楽園PROJECT) by Ray and the ending theme is "Foul Play ni Kurari" (ファールプレーにくらり) by Kanon Wakeshima. Sentai Filmworks released To Love Ru Darkness on DVD and Blu-ray in North America on July 15, 2014.[29][30] A second season of To Love Ru Darkness, titled To Love Ru Darkness 2nd (To LOVEる -とらぶる- ダークネス2nd, To LOVEru -Toraburu- -Dākunesu- Sekando) aired in Japan between July 7 and October 29, 2015.[31] The opening theme is "secret arms" by Ray while the ending theme is "Gardens" by Mami Kawada.[32] Sentai Filmworks released To Love Ru Darkness 2nd on DVD and Blu-ray in North America on November 1, 2016.[33][34] Three OVA episodes of To Love Ru Darkness 2nd were produced by Xebec between January 4 and December 2, 2016. A fourth OVA episode to commemorate the 10th anniversary of To Love Ru was released on November 2, 2017 with a book titled To Love Ru Chronicles.[35]

Video games[edit]

Five To Love Ru video games have been released.[36] The first is a 2D and 3D visual novel on the Nintendo DS titled To Love Ru: Exciting Outdoor School Version (To LOVEる-とらぶる- ワクワク! 林間学校編, To LOVEru -Toraburu- Waku Waku! Rinkangakkō-hen) which was released on August 28, 2008.[36] The second is a 2D adventure visual novel on the PlayStation Portable entitled To Love Ru: Exciting Beach School Version (To LOVEる-とらぶる- ドキドキ! 臨海学校編, To LOVEru -Toraburu- Doki Doki! Rinkaigakkō-hen) which was released on October 2, 2008.[37] A third game, titled To Love Ru Trouble Darkness: Battle Ecstasy (To LOVEる -とらぶる- ダークネス バトルエクスタシー, To LOVEru -Toraburu- -Dākunesu- Batoru Ekusutashii), was released on May 22, 2014 for the PlayStation Vita. It was developed by FuRyu, the developer of Unchained Blades.[38][39] Lala Satalin Deviluke appears as a support character in the Jump crossover fighting game J-Stars Victory VS.[40] A smartphone game titled To Love Ru Darkness: Idol Revolution (To LOVEる-とらぶる- ダークネス -Idol Revolution-, To LOVEru -Toraburu- -Dākunesu- -Aidoru Revoryūshon-) was released on March 19, 2014;[41] the game was later added to the website DMM.com on May 13, 2015.[42] A game titled To Love Ru -Trouble- Darkness: True Princess (To LOVEる ‐とらぶる‐ ダークネス トゥループリンセス, To LOVEru -Toraburu- -Dākunesu- Turū Purinsesu), was released on November 5, 2015 for the PlayStation Vita.[31]

Reception[edit]

The seventh manga volume was the best selling manga volume in its first week of release in Japan.[43]

The first season of the anime series was not well received, mostly from its minimal usage of its source material manga. THEM Anime Reviews labeled it "the worst romantic comedy we've ever seen", and also described it as "a watered down Urusei Yatsura for the 21st century".[1]

In 2012, To Love Ru Darkness was reviewed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly to see if it violated their newly passed controversial Bill 156.[44] This was after they had received a phone call from a parent who discovered a To Love Ru Darkness book while cleaning a son's room.[44] The parent did not like that there was frontal nudity of a female character, including her lower body. At the meeting on April 9, 2012, they decided that while the book did include the aforementioned nudity, it did not violate the new ordinance.[44]

References[edit]

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  40. ^ "J-Stars Victory VS+ Game's New Trailer Reveals June Release Date". Anime News Network. April 16, 2015. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  41. ^ "「To LOVEる-とらぶる- ダークネス -Idol Revolution-」が本日配信開始" (in Japanese). Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  42. ^ "「To LOVEる-とらぶる- ダークネス -Idol Revolution-」配信開始" (in Japanese). Retrieved October 22, 2015.
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