Date A Live: The Ironclad Commitment

This year’s The Summer of Love discussed the ecchi/harem series Date A Live. A show that needs no introduction around these parts. It is the best example of a B+ show, one that is committed to its premise, and is able to be exactly what it says. Not perfect, not masterful, but never a show whose mistakes cripple it. I spent the summer discussing all three season, the movie, and some of the character. Links to all of those posts can be found right after the cut! Please enjoy!

Date A Live Poster

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The Summer of Love II: Date A Live’s Tohka Yatogami: The Best Main Girl

The Summer of Love II continues! This is the final major post of the series, as next week will wrap up with our final thoughts. However I would be remiss if I didn’t end out look at Date A Live with a discussion on the series main female lead. Plenty to say, and not enough time to say it. After the cut let’s take a character dive into the main female lead of Date A Live: Tohka Yatogami

Check out my initial character dive right here!

Tohka
Best of the Mains

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The Summer of Love II: Date A Live III Episodes 6-11: Tobiichi Angel and Tobiichi Devil

The Summer of Love II continues! We are now at the final story arc of the series, which means this will be the final post discussing the series in general. We will have an additonal post talking about some of the fun ‘filler’ episodes, but this will be our final look at the story arcs of Date A Live. So after the cut, let’s take a look at Tobiichi Angel and Tobiichi Devil!

Origami Angel
Touched by an Angel

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The Summer of Love II: Date A Live’s Kurumi Tokisaki: Breakout Babe

The Summer of Love II continues! We only have half of season 3 left to discuss,but there are still posts to be done! Anime has dozen of memorable characters, and many of them are female. Whether it is cute looks, over the top reactions, great powers, a tragic backstory, or just a really awesome set of boobs. There have been anime characters that have managed to strike a cord with fans all over the world. However, every now and then a character comes along that just seems to completely dominate the discourse, that breakout hit that surpasses even the writers expectations. Date A Live has one of those, and today we are going to look at her. Join me after the cut as we take a character dive into the show’s breakout babe: Kurumi Tokisaki.

Kurumi 1
Right on the Mark

 

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Tune of the Week(ish): Date A Live III’s I swear

I’ve always prided myself on keeping it together when watching anime. It doesn’t make me cry.

Flashbacks from One Piece? Nothing

Clannad? Drier than desert.

Mother’s Rosario? Handled it.

However this control also means I get emotional at the most mundane and weird fucking shit. Case in point, the opening song we are talking about today. That final shot still always gets me, every damn time. The Tune of the Week is the opening theme to Date A Live III: I swear by sweet ARMS!

The Summer of Love II: Date A Live III Episodes 1-5: Natsumi Search and Natsumi Change

Alright, let’s get this out of the way right now.

Date A Live III, the third and (as of now) final season in the series is, in terms of animation. A noticeable downgrade from its predecessors. Like a considerable  downgrade. This is because, the original studio set to produce the third season: Production IMS, went into bankruptcy and shuttered before production could really begin. The series was then picked up by J.C Staff, who worked hard to complete the series on schedule.

Now I am not an animation snob. I don’t care if the show looks ‘bad’ as long as the characters and story are good. While I do have my limits (My Sister, My Writer), I am not one to flake out on a series because animation is never consistent. Date A Live is considered almost a cursed series among the fandom, as each season has been produced by a different studio, with the previous two now having completely collapsed, and with a four season coming, god only knows what will happen to J.C staff.

I bring this up, because I am not going to be talking about the animation for this third season. I think it is important to address it, but I don’t want, and frankly it isn’t bad enough, to color my impression of the season. However I wouldn’t be doing my due diligence if I ignored what is, at the end of the day, a very noticeable animation downgrade.

Now with that out of the way, let’s take a look at the first arc of the third season: Natsumi Search and Natsumi Change, after the cut!

Date A Live 3 Poster
The crime isn’t the animation, it’s spoiling the big reveal of the second half of the season in the poster.

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