Shido Itsuka, who used to be a normal high school student at Raizen High, meets the first Spirit, Tohka, and awakens his power to “seal the Spirit's power”. Though they may be feared and hated beings due to their immense power, Spirits were always alone and knew only combat and death. Shido, the only one in the world with the power to seal the Spirits' might, hurls himself into life-threatening dates with the beautiful Spirits in order to save them.
***THIS IS A SPOILER FREE REVIEW*** If you somehow find this show appealing to watch, I recommend you watch the first season before taking this one on. Ok. *Takes a deep breath* Let's get this over with. Because of money, a new season of Date a Live is here and well if you were expecting more character development from the previous season's characters then well be prepared to be very, very disappointed. Story: 4/10 It's the same as the first season plot wise; mythical creature taming stud Shido has to go seal the powers of new female characters for the love of "plot". I cannot believe I am saying this...but I actually think that the first season did a better job with the pacing of the arcs than this new season. This season in my opinion had a lot of "dead" spots where I just didn't give any sh$%s for what was going on. And what the f$#^ leaving out some of the original characters almost entirely? Yoshino is pretty much sidelined and the only decent character Kurumi isn't utilized until the very end. All this season accomplished was putting new bait under Shido's belt and unfortunately I really did not like any of the new characters. Animation: 6.5/10 Looks pretty much the same as last time. It actually might have look better during some scenes but it really didn't wow me because it was obvious that they put the real mustard of effort during the ecchi scenes. It's a real shame because some of the fight scenes actually looked pretty decent. Sound: 5/10 Average. Characters: 3/10 The newly added characters connected with me as much as a human's a$$ and a cactus. None of them seemed likeable and were actually quite annoying to watch. The decent ones from last season like I said before were pretty much sidelined and very under-utilized. Since this is a character driven harem show, if you do not end up liking the cast, it's going to be a sh#@ show. Overall: 4.6/10 Say what you want, "Oh you just hate the IP so much that you are not being unbiased in your review." If you think you are correct then by all means leave a comment below. I hoped that we would see more character development for the previous season's characters but nope a totally new fresh cast was handed the baton and they fumbled big time. I can only recommend this show if you were a fan of the first season. Enjoyment: 2.5/10 Thanks for reading my review! If you liked my writing style, would like to see some other reviews, or just want to talk, please stop by my page! Sincerely, Awesome Drummer
Tachibana Koushi's Date a Live was a very funny series to begin with. I read only the first novel and so decided to watch the first season when it began airing. I can't compare much to the novel though so I will write this review as someone who only saw the Anime. As I said, the novel was funny to begin with, and the first part of the story closed nicely in the first Season. However, I did say "to begin with," and this is a review about the Date a Live II so I'll stop talking about the previous season and move onto the actual review. I chose to continue Date a Live in hopes of good comedy, story, and music. Those were best parts of the previous season (whoops, I mentioned it again). Date a Live II, however. did not live up to my expectations. The music, including soundtrack and OP/ED, had the same quality. I actually like the soundtrack, I have some of it on my iPod in fact. I was excited to see that Sweet Arms would do the opening again, and the new opening was even better than the first one. Hooray for their orchestral versions too. But enough about music. Some people don't care. I can't say much about the story. It continued from where it left off. It wasn't slow. It was just bland. More spirit dating and kissing with an awkward twist on that last spirit. And an added third party to "mix things up." Well fine, that twist did make me enjoy the show a little bit more, but that's probably about it. I didn't find Date a Live II as funny or engaging as its predecesor (is that a good word to use? wait did I mention the first one it again?). Getting into some of the details which some may count as **SPOILERS**. The voice actress for Miku did not fit. Her ability when her shout does a "force pulse" just sounded awkward. Yoshino could have had more screen time because she's almost everyone's favorite. There were two characters introduced this season that I didn't feel were placed very well into the story. One looks much like a previously introduced character and the other behaves much like a previous character. Although they didn't make the story confusing at all, the characters just turned out flat. Speaking of characters--I felt more distant from all of the characters. Less emotional connection made me less interested in the story. ...And less interested in continuing Date a Live as it apparently has a movie coming out to wrap things up. But I guess I'll finish the series since I got this far already. Wait, unless it's just a reboot. To sum things up-WATCH THIS ANIME IF: You're a major fan of the light novels. You really need to know what happens after the first season or you'll develop withdrawal symptoms.DON'T WATCH THIS ANIME IF: You want more Yoshino. Your body and mind require another fulfilling ecchi comedy. I copy my reviews directly from the ones I write for myanimelist.net Hopefully you'll still appreciate my contribution. http://myanimelist.net/reviews.php?id=150623
A continuation from the first, this basically adds two more girls into the mix. Other than that nothing changes much. Once again Kurumi has very little presence which is unfortunate. The biggest problem about this season is that the ending really doesn't end and unless there is a 3rd season to come (which seems doubtful due to lack of popularity) it is left feeling unfinished. 10 Episodes is also questionable since an average season goes for 12 episodes. This is only as long as two movies so there is not much to say. If you liked the first season then this is as good as the first without any big changes. Review of Season 1 ; Scored 8
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