April 10th. Yesterday was the last day of spring vacation, so starting this morning it was a school day. After being woken up by his cute little sister, Itsuka Shidou believed that it would be the start of another normal day. As for predicting the chance meeting with the girl who called herself a spirit……
Along with a sudden shockwave, the townscape vanished without a trace. In a corner of the street which had now become a crater, the girl was there.
“You, have you come to kill me too?”
She is the disaster that will destroy humanity, a monster of unknown origin, and a being rejected by the world. There are only two ways to stop this girl: annihilation, and conversation. His little sister Kotori, wrapped in a military uniform, thus said to Shidou: “Since it’s like this, just go date her, and make the spirit fall for you!” “Wh.. whaaaaaaaat!?” Enter a new age of boy meets girl!!
Genres: Action, Comedy, Drama, Ecchi, Fantasy, Harem, Mecha, Romance, School Life, Sci-fi, Shounen, Tragedy.
Date a Live is a light novel by Tachibana Koushi. The novel surged in popularity and has gone to spawn two seasons of anime, both of which were decent adaptations. However, Date a Live is a lot more than your average 'date 'em all' harem school novel. Date A Live surprised me with its excellent writing. The characters are well developed and each girl that gets introduced has some purpose, and changes in some meaningful way before beign conquered by our love doctor Shidou, either through skill or luck. Despite the predictable pattern (New novel = new girl), the story remains engaging due to the interesting character interactions between the already well-developed girls. They continue to grow outside of their novels, making listening to the bunch argue and banter all the more engaging. In addition, there is a greater plotline which is being slowly developed as the novels go by, helping tie the series together. Date A Live surprised me and many others with its surprisingly effective writing and characters, and has far fewer flaws than one could expect.