Anime Spotlight - Date A Live

by Justin Sevakis,

April, 2013 (Japanese Broadcast), March 16, 2013 (Nico Nico Live)

Key Staff

Director: Keitaro Motonaga
    (Jormungand, Getbackers, Akane Iro ni Somaru Saka)
Series Composition & Scenario: Hideki Shirane
    (Queen's Blade: Rebellion, Girl's High, Tenchi Muyo: War on Geminar)
Character Design: Satoshi Ishino
    (Excel Saga, Puni Puni Poemy)
Animation Production
AIC Plus+


Now, let our war begin!


"Spirit"—an enigmatic being that alights upon this world from another. Their presence itself brings spatial quakes, a terrifying disaster, whenever they appear. However, such disasters are no comparison for the unfathomable power that the "Spirit" possesses—
Shido Itsuka used to live a normal life as a high-school student in a perfectly normal city, until chance forces him to plunge into the center of a spatial quake, without the slightest clue as to how vastly it would change his life.

When Shido reaches the center of the spatial quake, he meets a lone, beautiful girl. Forced to battle and sow destruction against her will, she was one such "Spirit." How could he save her from her suffering? His only choice was eliminate her with force…
Or else…
Date her and capture her heart!
So begins his extreme mission to determine the fate of the "Spirit" and the survival of our world!

Dating with girls is Shido's war!


Shido Itsuka
VA: Nobunaga Shimazaki
Shido is a sophomore at Amamiya City's Raizen High School. He lives with his parents and his little sister, Kotori, but his parents are often busy and away from home. At school,he's a ordinary student, and at home, he's just a good brother. He's fairly good at cooking too.

Tohka Yatogami
VA: Marina Inoue
Codename: Princess
The "Spirit"—a being appearing in this world from another.Her birth, life, goals, everything is unknown. The only things known about her are her overwhelming power, and her dangerous beauty.
Kotori Itsuka
VA: Ayana Taketatsu
Shido's little sister. Her white ribbon is her trademark. Her tone is always innocent and quarrelsome, but she gets along well with her brother. She really loves her brother and her favorite food is “Deluxe Kids Plate”. Behind the scenes, she's also the commander of "Ratatoskr," a mysterious organization.

Origami Tobiichi
VA: Misuzu Togashi
One of Shido Itsuka's classmates. She's a talented woman with the best mind, fitness, and mysterious beauty of all in the school. She seems to know Shido from before.
VA: Iori Nomizu
Codename: Hermit
She's a very gentle "Spirit," but it's believed that her young appearance belies an unimaginably fierce power.
Kurumi Tokisaki
VA: Asami Sanada
Codename: Nightmare
The "Spirit" who's feared for taking people's lives with confidence. Unlike Princess and Hermit, one can see glimpses of a clear motive behind her actions.
Reine Murasame
VA: Aya Endo
Head Analyst and Crew Member of Ratatoskr's airship Fraxinus. She suffers insomnia, so she always looks sleepy. Although she often says strange things or behaves oddly, she's an excellent analyst.


Shido Itsuka
Nobunaga Shimazaki
Tohka Yatogami
Marina Inoue
Origami Tobiichi
Misuzu Togashi
Kotori Itsuka
Ayana Taketatsu
Iori Nomizu
Kurumi Tokisaki
Asami Sanada
Reine Murasame
Aya Endo
Tamae Okamine
Kaori Sadohara
Mana Takimiya
Hiroto Tonomachi
Anri Katsu
Kyouhei Kannaduki
Takehito Koyasu


Original Creator
Koushi Tachibana
Original Character Design
(Fujimi Shobou,
Fantasia Bunko Publishing)
Keitaro Motonaga
Visual Director
Hisashi Saito
Series Composition
Hideki Shirane
Character Design
Satoshi Ishino
Mechanical Design
Mika Akitaka
World Setting
Takaaki Suzuki
Sound Director
Yasunori Ebina
Go Sakabe
Music Production
Nippon Columbia
Flying Dog
OP Theme
sweet ARMS
ED Theme
Iori Nomizu
Animation Production
AIC Plus+

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