DATE A LIVE Review — C+

Our hero is awakened by his sister jumping on top of him in bed, and he spends the day flirting with cute girls at school.


Then he learns that his sister commands a flying battleship and his love interest is a cyborg who fights aliens. He has to date all the aliens or they will destroy the world!

This premise sounds completely retarded at first glance. But I enjoyed it immensely. It’s quite funny as a parody of dating sims. The crew of the ship will get some choices, as in a visual novel, and the main character will execute the one they vote on. Usually it’s blindingly obvious but they’ll debate it anyway. Sometimes all the choices are idiotic. There are tons of other ridiculous things going on, like an NGE-style town transformation where all the food stalls are actually missile launchers.


DATE A LIVE also has some excellent, bizarre fanservice. Origami is the best, FYI.


We also have a villain who is murderously insane. I’m a bit of a sucker for that. Yeah that’s right, look forward to my review on Crime Edge, one of the best shows of the season.

My biggest complaint is that two of the female characters, Tohka and Yoshino, are infuriating. I want to strangle them both. Tohka is an idiot, and Yoshino is a loli who talks through a puppet. Ugh.

  • Storytelling – B – Surprisingly engaging given the content.
  • Voice – B – A silly setup that serves well as a parody.
  • Characters – D – The biggest weakness of the show are Tohka and Yoshino. Plus the main character is a wet blanket, but that comes with the genre, I suppose. Otherwise the characters are pretty solid.
  • Attention Grab – B – Kept me interested except when Tohka and Yoshino appeared.
  • Production – C – Looks fine.
  • Overall – C+

RecommendationsKore wa Zombie Desu ka?Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou

6 thoughts on “DATE A LIVE Review — C+

  1. It is popular. So that 2nd season is announced already. Even SAO didn’t have that.
    Tohka is your usual dumb broad, and Yoshino is the cute and well behaved loli. The other girls are… pretty mediocre. But they give pretty good laugh. My favorite is actually the expressionless trio, especially the one who always say “Disgusting…”
    Too bad they didn’t have more appearance, but hey, the comedy might lose it’s charm if it’s done too often.

    1. It’s a pretty good show. Not going to begrudge it a second season. 🙂

      I thought Origami and the sister were hilarious.

    2. It’s not that DAL is more popular than SAO, SAO’s anime is not that good but the fanbase from the LN is huge. SAO’s novel format is kind of hard to adapt so ss2 may have to wait for a while.

      1. Yeah, even a good portion of the SAO fanbase seems to acknowledge that the anime isn’t all that good. That said, from having watched the anime I find it hard to believe that the light novels are any good…

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