After a long wait the highly anticipated Date A Live is finally back for it’s second season!

How did the season opener go?

Here’s my review!

Tohka is back! Origami is back! Kotori is back! Yoshino is back! Kurumi is back! They’re all back for another season of Date A Live. Wow it’s finally here! Yep it’s been a while since we’ve last seen them all but after all that time… I was actually disappointed by this ep. Yeah, strange I know, but watching it a second time was… ugh, painful actually. Honestly this felt nothing like a season opener should be like, this could’ve rather been an OVA or just another random filler ep! But there were a few key points to bring out, points that should likely set the stage for this season.

So first up we’ve got Origami, who after the events in ep 12, has been suspended for 2 months; not as long a suspension considering what took place in that ep, but anyways she’s off duty for sometime. Overall she never missed a beat from season 1. She’s still the same calm person with that icy voice. I’d forgotten about her lack of emotion she (doesn’t) display, but that’s nothing to get upset about. I don’t mind her, she’s pretty good. Kotori is still the same commanding officer as she was in the first season; sitting in her seat issuing orders, not much new with her. Yoshino, well honestly she didn’t do/say much in this ep, but she’s pretty much the same too. And of course Tohka. I love Tohka and to me she’s the best girl, but… I didn’t like her in this ep. Another disappointment here as I was really looking forward to seeing her once again, but honestly she came across as very anxious and actually downright annoying. Her jumping to conclusions was cute for the first few minutes, but after she just didn’t like that one die, it became just some running joke that needed to stop running and just, well, stop.

I’m letdown by all this, I was expecting something new and exciting to happen, I wanted something big to happen, something that made me go “wow this season is gonna be sick!” but no, I didn’t get any of that from this ep. The only really exciting part came at the ending scene before the credits, where we have Kurumi standing on the roof top looking badass like she always does. You know I’m starting to like her more than Tohka. Then the next exciting part came during the preview for ep 2, where we see the two Yamai girls. Oh and one more thing: are they seriously having the beach ep next time? Normally I’m down for beach ep, I mean who doesn’t like to see their favorite anime girl in a bikini? But honestly having it in ep 2? What is this, some ecchi series where we gotta cram all the bouncing boobs and nosebleed shots into the series as soon as possible? Goddamn it where’s the lead up? Where’s the anticipation? Season 1 had us wait till the last 2 eps before letting us feast our eyes on the swimsuit clad body of our favorite girl, now it’s just “oh throw that shit in the second ep, they’ll like that” fuck man, really?

So all in all this ep was a lack luster experience and one that really took the wind out of my sails. I wanted something else, but this filler ep wasn’t anything to make me excited about this season at all. Oh and before I was pissed that it’s only gonna be 10 eps, now I’m actually okay with that, seeing how if it continues on this path, 10 eps will be about all I can handle.

Fuck…

Rant over. Screen caps of the ep, I’ll cya at the end.


 

Alright, starting off with explosions, that's cool.
Alright, starting off with explosions, that’s cool.

[FFF] DATE A LIVE II - 01 [0F1FB331].mkv_snapshot_01.17_[2014.04.12_18.06.34]

Eh...? What?
Eh…? What?
SHIDO, DO EVERYTHING.
SHIDO, DO EVERYTHING.
RESCUE HIM OUT OF THE FUCKING FREEZING WATER.
RESCUE HIM OUT OF THE FUCKING FREEZING WATER.

[FFF] DATE A LIVE II - 01 [0F1FB331].mkv_snapshot_02.10_[2014.04.12_18.08.35]
OH THANK YOU SO FUCKING MUCH FOR REACHING INTO THE FUCKING WATER AND PULLING HIM THE FUCK OUT. GEEZ.
[FFF] DATE A LIVE II - 01 [0F1FB331].mkv_snapshot_02.23_[2014.04.12_18.08.57] [FFF] DATE A LIVE II - 01 [0F1FB331].mkv_snapshot_02.25_[2014.04.12_18.09.09] [FFF] DATE A LIVE II - 01 [0F1FB331].mkv_snapshot_02.29_[2014.04.12_18.09.22]

Finally something interesting happens in the form of this guy.
Finally something interesting happens in the form of this guy.
Oh great...
Oh great…

[FFF] DATE A LIVE II - 01 [0F1FB331].mkv_snapshot_03.24_[2014.04.12_18.10.59] [FFF] DATE A LIVE II - 01 [0F1FB331].mkv_snapshot_03.32_[2014.04.12_18.11.14]

For you Origami fans.
For you Origami fans.
Yeah, we found her.
Yeah, we found her.
Panty shot because it was among the only few good parts of this ep
Panty shot because it was among the only few good parts of this ep
Cute Tohka pics
Cute Tohka pics
Haha!
Haha!
Oh?
Oh?
Kinda epic.
Kinda epic.

So there you have it, a quick run through of ep 1. The more you watch ep 1, the more you don’t like it; I really, really hope this gets better as it continues because I’m having a hard time liking what was among my favorites of last year. The interesting events that happened near the end are probably the most screen shot worthy out of everything here.

 

Alright then, that’s all I’ve got time for this week; I’ll cya next week for more Date A Live II. Screens from the preview.

Up next I’ll have a look at the premier of the 3DCG mech anime Knights of Sidonia. Look forward to that!

 

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