Audio - English (Dolby Digital 2.0)/Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles - English
Aspect Ratio - 1.78:1
Region Coding - B (Blu-Ray)
TV Standard - PAL
Rating - MA15+
Year of Release - 2013
Author: K Quach
Date A live is surprising one if the more epic series to come from japan this year, in terms of overall scope and characters. Itsuka Shido was just another regular high school boy with a normal life. Shido's adoptive sister, Kotori, tells him that the girl is a "Special Disasterous Designated Creature: Spirit," which caused the spacequakes and revealed that she was the commander of the organization that dealt with Spirits, <Ratatoskr> and ordered him to go out on a date with the Spirit in order to pacify her. Among those is Shido Itsuka, who lives with his energetic younger sister Kotori. Upon heading to Raizen High School, Shido meets that stalker, who is introduced as the class genius Origami Tobiichi. However, Shido discovers that Kotori's GPS location is still at the family restaurant. The girl in purple armour confronts. Shido, asking him if he will kill her, but before Shido could answer her, several flying units swoop down, with the one in the middle aggressively attacking the mysterious girl using missiles.
Not too long after that, an attacker came down to fight her, and she and Shido quickly recognized each other, the latter turning out to be none other than Origami Tobiichi herself. Soon, Origami prepares to fight the girl in purple armor using an energy sword, and the battle unleashes a powerful shockwave that ultimately knocks Shido out. Shido soon finds himself being monitored by a lady in military attire named Reine Murasame. Reine tells Shido that he is aboard the Fraxinus, the vessel of the Ratatoskr, after he lost consciousness in the battle.
Reine discovers that Shido is asking too much questions than what she could handle, so she took him to the bridge, where Shido discovers that the captain of the Fraxinus is his younger sister Kotori. As Kotori explains the situation about the mysterious girl earlier, whom she calls a Spirit, Shido notices that Kotori seems to have a completely different personality than before. Secondly, the ones who attacked the Spirit earlier is the AST, or Anti-Spirit Team, a task force with duties to combat Spirits who manifest on Earth. Thirdly, there is a way to defeat a Spirit without killing it, and Shido is the person they need for this. The series is very well paced and travels at breakneck speed at times.
Kotori asks Shido to return to his normal life. However, Shido demands more of his questions to be answered, to which Kotori complies to. Kotori reveals that she actually left her phone on the family restaurant shortly after parting with Shido, and they are currently 15,000 meters above sea level, at the sky above the void zone created by the spacequake earlier. This secret operation is the basis for helping is enter and get into this world. The day after that, Reine Murasame joins the faculty of Raizen High School and makes quite an impression as she falls asleep while introducing herself as the new Physics teacher. Shido later confronts Reine and Kotori about this and the fact that Reine transformed the Biology room into her personal laboratory. Soon, Kotori asks Reine to give Shido a look at the training module he would use for preparing himself as the newest weapon against the Spirits who manifest on Earth. As soon as the module finishes loading, Shido discovers that the training module is a visual novel designed for him to learn how to make a Spirit fall in love with her. And this is the main plot of the series as the it begins to expand. The series is also very well dubbed, depending on which version you see; the English one is not at all distracting, in-fact it draws you in.
Meanwhile, Origami meets up with Shido and confronts him about their unexpected encounter during the battle with the Spirit the day before. Origami tells Shido to forget about the events that happened between her and the Spirit. Shido soon asks about the Spirit, and Origami tells him that she has to deal with them as she was orphaned after a Spirit killed her family five years ago. Date A Live is a very amusing series, with engaging characters and fantastic writing that comes from the characters who assist our main protagonist in successfully dating these cute girls, known as Spirits, and the Spirits not knowing much about the human world, resulting in great comedic situations. The real point of interest is Shido goes on dates with each Spirit while receiving advice from an ear piece that is linked to a "dating command center." If your after a fast paced, fairly complex and well structured universe of characters; check out Date A live.