Date A Live II Review — C+


Date! Date! Date! Our hero continues to build a harem to save the world.


I actually liked this second season a bit more than the first, mainly because the new characters are a big improvement over last season’s. We have two lesbians who always get into fights, Itsuki becomes a cross dresser and almost steals Origami’s title of Best Girl™, an idol who falls in love with cross-dressing Itsuki, and last season’s villain Kurumi returns on Itsuki’s side to sexually harass him. It’s a tough one but I think Origami still narrowly edges out Kurumi to retain her title. Of course, all of these characters blow away that stupid loli from last season who fortunately doesn’t play much of a role, as well as Tohka.

Tohka remains this series’ main problem. She is the lead female, but she is the most insufferably boring character of the entire cast. Why couldn’t they just toss out Tohka’s character entirely and make Origami the lead female? Or any of the Spirits aside from the loli? Hell, Date A Live would be vastly improved if it became an imouto show!

Despite Tohka, Date A Live remains entertaining due to its sense of humor and its top-notch fanservice. It seems to have flown under most people’s radar, but I recommend it (unless you hate fanservice for some reason).

  • Storytelling – C – Not the most fluid storytelling. Lots of dumb speeches by Itsuki. But excellent fanservice!
  • Voice – A – Lol, nothing else quite like this.
  • Characters – B – Large cast of interesting, funny and diverse characters (except for Tohka, screw her).
  • Attention Grab – B – No trouble retaining my interest.
  • Production – C – Looks fine, although they’re probably a bit lazy.
  • Overall – C+

Recommendations – Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou

3 thoughts on “Date A Live II Review — C+

  1. This one is certainly plagued by budget issue. They cut out a lot of plot from the light novel, only to end up making 10 episode? Why not make it 12 episode?
    Itsuka Shiori will certainly become your favorite heroine when they did that.
    The great seiyuus are wasted by this poor animation company.
    I keep thinking what makes this series different from others such as the naked loli dragon anime.
    Yep. It has to be the voice.
    Imoutos usually have horrible high pitched noise, but Shidou’s imouto is very cool.
    The thunder twins have great voices. Also Origami dan Kurumi.
    Tohka and ice loli… they make facepalm when they open their mouths.

    1. You have a point, the voice acting is really good. That might be part of why I hate Tohka and ice loli so much too. Especially Tohka. Jesus, that voice.

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