First off, I want to apologize for several errors in my previous post. The spacial events are called “Spacial Quakes”, not “spacial distortions”, and the AST is Anti-Spirit Team, not Task Force. I’m sure there are other errors too, I’m bad at names and double checking my posts sometimes. Gomenasai.
Now, for the actual review: one observation that I’ve had with a number of Visual Novels turned Anime is that the VN typically runs a lot longer than the anime, this could be because they plan for more seasons than are currently available, or it could just be because there are multiple novels of information for a single ~12 episode show. Date A Live (btw, I found out from the second opening song that it is “Date A Live” and is “alive”, so that answers that question) lives up to this reputation. Season two starts off by winding itself back a bit after the sucker punch that was the end of Season 1, though there is still the lingering threat in the form of escalation from the ostensibly “bad guy” humans. New villains are introduced, as well as a few new Spirits.
In a way, the show almost takes on an almost Pokémon feel to it, as big-bads attempt to kidnap Touka only to be thwarted time and again. At least once, you could practically hear them say “looks like Team Rocket’s blasting off again!” as the shot faded out even. It’s pretty slapsticky comical, and plays a nice counterpoint to what is actually going on. The content particularly of Season 2 could have made for a MUCH darker anime if not for moments like that. I’m not sure if it would have been better or worse, but it would have had a very different feel. Though, in a way, a base tone like that would also do a lot to undermine the second half of the anime, where between bits of levity and comical romantic moments, you have some bits that are actually extremely dark and even unsettling. Given some of the characters involved, it does a pretty good job to help re-humanize some that you had previously thought of as villains, which does wonders for the mindscape of the situation. I’m trying to be very spoiler free, but I hope that you enjoy the last three or four episodes in particular as much as I did.
In the end, however, things are set mostly to rights, as we all knew it would. But there are still some big questions out there for Shido and the gang to answer. Answers that I’m looking forward to seeing in the future. The ending is a bit of a direct cliffhanger as it notes that a film will soon follow. I don’t know when the American release date is, but according to Wikipedia, the Japanese release is just around the corner in early December. I’m looking forward to the American release as soon as it does come out, that’s for sure.
Anyway, that’s my two cents. Good anime, if you’re into the genre. Does a very good job of largely being light and fluffy, while still pulling at the heartstrings at the right moment, and a lot to think about if you are willing to dive deeper than what is handed to you.
The Ranting Loon