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Second season of TV anime Date A Live.

Date A Live Speculation #3

Spirits. Mysterious girls appearing from another world. To fight against their pure strength with weapons, or to address them with love. Now mankind must choose.

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Inner Writer: Hey Deven you haven’t done a Speculation in awhile. What’s up?

Me: Life! I don’t have time.

Inner Writer: Come on! Do a Date A Live Speculation. You can do it about the Astral Dresses. Come on you know you want to.

Me: Fine.

Warning: Religion will be talked about during this post. It’s part of the series and I won’t get on a soapbox and talk about that type of stuff. We’re here to have fun and love our fandom. That’s it.

Hey everyone. It’s Deven once again and I’m coming at you with another Date A Live Speculation Post. I feel like I’ve been slacking on the Date A Live stuff especially after the How To Be An Anime Blogger Post where I said I want to be the expert on Date A Live. So I’m coming back to you with something awesome. Astral Dresses!

Astral Dresses or Spirit Armor is the Spirit’s clothing created by their power. Spirits can change it into whatever shape, color, style, or appearance they want. They seem to be very durable, sustaining both the AST attacks as well as DEM’s Realizer’s attacks.

Now in Japanese the kanji used in light novel to spell Astral Dress means God’s Authority while the other half means Spirit’s Rainment. So Astral Dress is basically Spiritual Rainment of God’s Authority.

Also all of the Astral Dresses used are divine names of God representing each Sephirah in the Kabbalah Tree. See this tree keeps coming up. Remember that tree in the 2nd season opening, I think that might be it.  I can’t be sure but just guessing.

She’s the first girl so she goes first!

250px-Chara1_0Tohka’s Astral Dress is called Adonai Melek which translated from Hebrew is ‘God is King’ This dress definitely works with Tohka’s theme of being a knightly princess.

Hop, hop, hop! Bunny girl Yoshino’s next!

250px-YoshinooYoshino’s Astral Dress is known as El which means simply God in Hebrew. However the names of The Divine One and Almighty One can be inferred from this name. I can’t say anything about this one without getting smited it so I’ll move on. . .

Ah my beloved Kurumi!
250px-Chara4_0Kurumi’s Astral Dress is called Elohim which like Yoshino’s simply means God. Also like Yoshino I can’t say anything without offending someone. Granted I somewhat enjoy offending people. I won’t do it with religion though.

Our Little Commander!
250px-Kotori2Kotori’s ‘s Astral Dress is known as Elohim Gibor which means God of Battles. This is one I can talk about. You can see this while Kotori fights against Kurumi as her Spirit Powers take over. She really starts to enjoy it and that fits in with a lot of war gods over a large amount of mythologies.

Twins with the same clothes name!

The Yamai Twins share an Astral Dress name which is called Elohim Tzabaoth which means God of Hosts.  Now if you don’t know Host in this context means multiple powerful people. In the case of these names, it means Angels. Now the Yamai twins are two people which is multiple people and they’re powerful. I’d probably rank them as a unit stronger than Yoshino and Natsumi but weaker than Miku and Kotori.

Note: Just so you know what I think of the rankings in the Spirit Power here’s what I think.

1.Kurumi
2.Origami=Tohka
3.Kotori
4.Miku
5.Kaguya and Yuzuru
6.Yoshino=Natsumi

Relax. I’ll have a post . . .soon about why I think this. Back to the post.

She’s cute. She can sing and most important she’s voiced by Minori Chihara! You all know I had to say that right. I love Minori Chihara!

250px-Miku_spirit_verMiku’s ‘s Astral Dress is known as Shaddai El Chai which means Almighty Living God. I guess you can swing it as Miku was dead not only to herself but others when she lost her voice and became a Spirit. However she returned when Shido showed that he cared for her. As for the Almighty part, she ain’t all Almighty but she’s pretty darn strong.

Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble. I need a cute witch on the double!

251px-Sqsd1551297538_n Natsumi’s Astral Dress is called YHVH Tzabaoth which means Lord of the Hosts.  Not only can I not think of one but it has a holy name unto God in it. I can’t touch it.

Note: I use YHVH because I don’t want to offend the Jews. They don’t speak this name aloud and I don’t think they even write it.

She may look like an angel but definitely a fallen.

300px-MetatronOrigami’s Astral Dress is simply called Ehyeh Ašer Ehyeh or otherwise known as I Am that I Am. Now this is something I can work with. Unfortunately I’ll give you spoilers for Volume 10 but hey nothing you weren’t going to see in the anime or the movie. So in the tenth volume after becoming a Spirit Origami swears to kill all Spirits and then commit suicide. When Tohka confronts her with the fact that she is a Spirit too, she says that she will reject all Spirits including herself.  Whether human or a Spirit, Origami accepted who she was and never fought it.  She is who she is regardless of what others think.

That’s it for now. I know it wasn’t a lot because of all the religious hang ups but once I do my Speculation on the Spirit’s Angels(which will come out some time in the future.) I’ll be more free to do as I want.

Until the next Speculation
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Date A Live Speculation #2

Spirits. Different life forms that exist in a critical space and cause peculiar disasters.

Strategy 1: Annihilate them by military force.
Strategy 2: Date them and make them fall in love.

Hey everyone. It’s Deven coming to you with another Date A Live Speculation. Now since the end of Date A Live 2, it’s not much news for Date A Live other than the movie coming out and the OVA thats coming out this winter. So I’ll try to keep you guys entertained with some speculation posts.

The first one we’ve got is the big one. You know me I always want to start off strong.

Will the anime get a third season?

First off on the list is the sales of the first season, only subbed since the Funimation dub hasn’t been out very long. I’ll also throw in the two video games, Date A Live: Rinne Utopia and Date A Live: Arisu Install. During the week of June 24, 2013 to June 30, 2013, Date A Live came out on Blu-ray. Now according to Anime News Network, it premiered at 8th with 7,171 copies sold. Pretty good for a first time out.

Now let’s check the video game, Date A Live:Rinne Utopia.

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During its first week(June 24, 2013-June 30, 2013) it sold 23,340 copies. Now what’s unique about this according to TvTropes.com’s page about Date A Live there was a large influx of orders from other countries such as America. Why? Because the game is basically a dating sim where you can date all the Spirits that had been introduced at the end of the first season including Origami but most of them came for Kurumi. So add Kurumi’s popularity plus an ending with you get to marry her that got the Americans as well as a lot other countries that had no idea how to speak Japanese on the bandwagon.

Now the new video game, Date A Live:Ars Install.

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During the week of June 30, 2014 to July 6, it sold 4,383 copies. It’s low right. Completely true but the game came out the week before those stats came out. The week that it came out it sold 9703 sales! And it’s still climbing. It’s a rinse and repeat as the same as Rinne Utopia. You can date and fall in love with all the Spirits that had been introduced at the time in the anime including Miku, Kaguya Yamai, and Yuzuru Yamai. So it’s guaranteed to be a good time just by having Kurumi.

So with good stats like that at the beginning it’s safe to say that people loved the first season. We’re still waiting the sales from Funimation’s dub but I’m hoping for a good haul.

Next up is Light Novel sales. Now this info is really fresh. Like only a few months old. The stats for the top selling Light Novels was released a two months ago and Date A Live is on there twice. Once at 18th for the most recent volume 10, Angel Tobiichi. It’s there again at 22nd for volume 9, Natsumi Change. Now it’s not top ten but out of the thirty most popular Light Novels in Japan, Date A Live got on the list twice which is awesome.

So it’s pretty much locked up on the Light Novel side. We got to wonder though. Is it’s rank going to go up even higher after the release of the volume 11?

Next up is how much of the Light Novel has been adapted. Now unlike long runners like Naruto and One Piece, Naruto more than One Piece, seasonal anime don’t have much room for filler. Also filler is well hated in anime community. We know why the studios do it but doesn’t mean we have to like it. Now we look at how far the anime is from the Light Novel.

Now the first season of the anime adapted the first four Light Novels.

Dead End Tohka, Puppet Yoshino, Killer Kurumi, and Sister Itsuka

Then the second season that just ended adapted the next three.

Tempest Yamai, Lily Miku, and Truth Miku


The only ones that haven’t been adapted yet are Search Natsumi, Change Natsumi, and Angel Tobiichi.

Now the big question is why? Why didn’t the anime go further? Well the answer is pretty simple.

The last one, Angel Tobiichi came out the month before the Spring Anime season started. There’s no way that they’d be able to add in all the stuff that happened in the Natsumi arc and add to the fact that the Spirit Origami arc isn’t finished yet. Which is the reason why this season only had ten episodes as opposed to twelve or thirteen.

But I’m getting off track. The anime does still have a fair bit of stuff to still adapt. Personally I can’t wait to see the volume 10 adapted.

Another big part is characters. Come on guys you know there’s some anime you only look at because some of the characters are your favorites. Date A Live is no exception. And according to this:

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Sorry for the quality. It’s the only picture I could find.

A lot of you guys come for some Tohka!

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As well as a whole lot of Kurumi!

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With characters this awesome and well loved(Seeing as you guys buy games you can’t understand without a translator), Date A Live’s got some good characters.

Next up is how much do you want it or basically how big is the hype? So this is all up to you all. Date A Live could have the best video game sells, anime sells, and be the best Light Novel in the world but it doesn’t mean anything if you don’t support it. That means buying the merchandise! Get your Date A Live DVDs, Blu-rays, your t-shirts, plushies, and video games out the wazoo. Why? Because companies measure how good an anime is by how good the sells are, not by how much you talk about it. Because talk is cheap but buying something shows that you love it.

So at the end of it all the third season of Date A Live depends on you. We’re counting on you.

Until the third season and the next speculation,
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Let’s Look: Date A Live 2 Season Finale: How To Save Two Fallen Angels

Here we are at the finale. Now it’s time to save two Fallen Angels.

Now the stuff before the opening is just Shido getting stabbed by Ellen.

After the opening we get this.

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The whole room’s covered in this purple darkness and when it disappears we see this.

Now for a bit of backstory…it’s quick! I promise. Now the Spirit’s Inverse form, triggered when a Spirit reaches an emotional negative. It’s only happened twice in the series, once is here with Tohka when Shido got stabbed by Ellen. The other is in volume 10 when Origami despaired after she realized she was the Spirit that killed her parents. Now for the biggest fact, this is the Spirit’s true form in the dimension they come from. Now imagine an Inverse Kurumi…poor reality.

Back to the story.

Inverse Tohka ask Miku where she is and why she’s here. To which Miku explains that it’s DEM’s Japanese Branch and she was kidnapped by Ellen.

Wescott comments that everything they’ve been working for has come true and he orders her to fight Inverse Tohka.

Now this is set up to be an awesome fight…but we switch to Mana vs. Jessica Bailey.

Looks like Jessica’s got Mana on the ropes but…

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Looks like she’s coming up on her time limit.

As Jessica gets weaker and weaker, her shot gets wilder and wilder until she’s not even hitting anymore.

Jessica questions why Wescott and Ellen put her a young Asian girl to such an important post in DEM. She wanted to be Adeptus-2. Looks like someone’s jealous.

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Mana comments that Jessica’s always been jealous and ambitious but she’s loyal which she respects. You can’t deny that loyalty’s important but when you’re loyal to a bastard like Wescott.

It’s over now. Jessica asks if Wescott will acknowedge her now? Mana…what will you say? Tell her the truth? That Wescott doesn’t give a damn about her? Or let a dying woman have some peace before she dies?

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Wescott’s a bastard. No other words need be used to describe him. He used Mana and cut her lifespan down to ten more years and she’s only fourteen! She’ll die before she even gets a chance to live. Jessica got so much power stuffed in her that she only had one day to live.

Let’s go to the next scene.

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Now this is the type of power that Tohka had before she was sealed. She isn’t even trying!

Then Ellen blows the roof trying to get rid of Tohka but it doesn’t work. Now guess whose turn it is?

Someone shouldn’t be calling themselves the strongest Wizard. More like the most pwned Wizard…if that’s the case then everyone in DEM is the most pwned Wizard. They always lose.

Moving on.

Miku protects both herself and Shido with her voice. While across the room, Ellen saves Wescott. Wescott asks if she can keep fighting and Ellen says that she can’t fight Tohka now because she’s not at her best because she got cut by Origami.

Now that’s just a scratch. All I hear is coward.

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So you fuck up the world by causing a Sephira Inversion and then you just run away?! Get back here and fix it!

After Wescott and Sneaky Ellen make their escape, Inverse Tohka attacks Miku and Shido but looks like normal Tohka’s still got their backs.

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Inverse Tohka asks why does he possess an angel. While she’s answering, Kotori gets a message through and tells Shido to remind her who he is and do the same stuff as usual. Sweet talk the Spirits and make them fall for him.

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See Funanimation, your tagline got him blasted off his feet.

Now looks like Miku’s about to go at it.

Looks like it’s going to work…

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Well she’s screwed and she wore out her voice.

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Then we get a flashback from Miku, saying that she only felt useful and happy with her voice. Now that she doesn’t have her voice, she’ll be thrown away again. But despite that she wanted to see one person truly love another person from the bottom of their heart.

And then we go to commercial with Shido calling out for Miku.

After the break, we see all the Spirits awakening from Miku’s mind control and Origami trying to rush in and save Shido before passing out. That’s cool but not as important.

Now remember the title? How to save a fallen angel? This is how to save the first one.

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You save a fallen angel by keeping your promise.

Now this scene is definitely the big scene of the light novel 8 and it’s been floating around for a bit. Take a look at the original.

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It’s soo cute.

Now this is badass on Shido’s part. He’s using three Angels at the same time. He’s using Tohka’s Sandelphon, Yoshino’s Zadkiel, and Kotori’s healing all at the same time. Awesome!

Anyway Shido says the reason he saved Miku because he promised.

Now we go over to Inverse Tohka who’s straining herself saying Shido’s name. She raises her sword and does this!

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There are 10 levels of being screwed. This is level 11.

Shido asks Miku to run but she hugs him and begs him not to break his promise. Inverse Tohka’s about to attack but…

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Looks like Death’s late to the party. Don’t worry he’ll be there soon.

Now this is the power of Sephira Inversion. Even at full power without a spatial quake no one Spirit has caused this much destruction in one shot.

Looks like Shido’s gone but wait!

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Thanks to the Yamai girls for saving the day but the battle’s not over yet.

Shido drops down to Tohka and you know what he does…

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Inverse Tohka has a flashback about all the good times she’s had with Shido and it really proves how much Shido changed Tohka.

After that the sun rises and we see Kurumi commenting that her target wasn’t in the DEM Building before she disappears into the shadows.

So after that we’ve got Shido at the Tengu Square with Miku and she calls him Darling. I’m guessing someone’s changed their tune.

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And with that Shido’s sealed up six Spirits. Our man might be getting good at this.

After that Miku comments that the reason why she asked for him to come is because he promised to always listen to her songs even when no one else would. She says like he’s the only good guy and he’s the only one that she can trust. Now that’s sweet but remember she’s naked while she’s saying this. Anyone can just come by and get the wrong idea.

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So we go to the ending credits where Miku’s singing the ending song. It’s an awesome ballad and I really can’t wait until it comes out.

Of course we can’t end Date A Live without a little misunderstanding. At the end of her song, Miku says that she loves Shido and calls him Darling again.

Aw man. Don’t you know he’s got a harem of girls that would get angry?

And with that we end Season 2.

But there’s a bit more!

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A Date A Live Movie! Now that’s some good stuff! I’ll definitely keep you guys updated on it both on here and on Twitter. So now for final thoughts.

Date A Live 2 had itself a slow start with a filler episode right off the bat. Not a good start and the Yamai twins arc was at least at the beginning very fanservice heavy. However true to the standard Date A Live set itself up for it came through at the end. I feel the same for the Miku arc as well. Not much happening at the beginning but a great ending. Personally I believe that we had a half decent season here, not all good but not all bad. At the end I give Date A Live 2 a 7/10.

Make sure to keep looking here for some Date A Live Speculation posts all month long. I need to keep some Date A Live in your heads until the movie and the OVA come out.

So make sure to keep coming around. Until the next post,
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Side Note: Sorry for not having my reviews out this week. A lot of stuff has been happening with my computer. I’ll make sure to finish all the past reviews today and post the new Akuma no Riddle and Fairy Tail reviews sometime this weekend. 

Let’s Look:Date A Live 2 Episode 9: When Despair Comes To The Center Stage, The Birth of Inverse Tohka

Date A Live 2 Episode 9: When Despair Comes To The Center Stage, The Birth of Inverse Tohka

Keep going, Shido! Go as far as you can to save Tohka!

We open up with Kurumi vs. the DEM Wizards.

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We get Origami’s immediate superior Ryouko looking down on the carnage that Kurumi’s bringing to the table before going to the next scene.

Shido’s exhausted and panting as he walks through the DEM Building, trying to find Tohka.

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Can Shido go any further?

Now normally I don’t talk about the opening but the words said before the song starts are really important to the episode.

Sorry this is about to get speculative

And remember the opening for episode 10 last season.

Spirits are not human. Likewise, humans are not Spirits. But nevertheless… why is that? Shido Itsuka is confounded.

Now Spirits and humans aren’t the same. They may be similar but that’s nowhere near being the same thing. They’re from two different realms of power and those Spirit powers are taking a toll on Shido’s body right now, from a physical standpoint and a medical and spiritual standpoint.

Medically of course with Kotori’s healing power it might be subject to the Hayflick Limit, which is the limit of how many times cells can divide before dying. Healing is healing, no matter where it comes from. Everytime Shido uses Kotori’s healing power he forces cells to divide rapidly to put him back to normal and the bigger the injury the more cells divide.

So basically Shido’s cutting his life down by years during this battle and add to the fact all the physical stress that his body is taking using Sandelphon. I wouldn’t be shocked if he dropped from sheer exhaustion but he won’t drop. He’ll keep fighting to save Tohka. No matter the cost.

Let’s get back to the review.

After the opening we get Shido on the floor pressed down by a Territory before we get this.

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It’s Miku! She came to help!

So now she’s got the DEM Wizards under her control then Yoshino, Kaguya, and Yuzuru fly up and ask what should they do? To which Miku tells them to basically up Kurumi against the Bandersnatch and Wizards outside.

As Shido and Miku walk, Shido asks why did Miku come? Was it for the promise he made her and the promise he made to Tohka. She says no but look at her face.

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Mouth says no, face says yes. That’s human emotion for ya!

We head over to the battle between Mana and Jessica and Jessica’s just about lost her mind.

Mana speculates that she’s taken in a massive amount of magical power in a short amount of time. Looks like she’s going to be tough to beat.

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Sneaky Ellen!

As if things weren’t already tough on every battlefield. Now it’s Mana vs. the most powerful Wizard in the World and one Wizard with the most powerful tech in the game!

She can’t go any further…

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Mana!

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Origami coming in down just in the nick of time!

We head back to Shido and Miku. After a little yuri seduction, they get Tohka’s location but of course those Wizards are going to get in their way.

After dealing with the Wizards Miku goes in on Shido, questioning his reasons for going to save Tohka. She says that he’s too old to think he’s a superhero that can save everyone. She even offers to enslave a bunch of girls to him if he gives up on Tohka. Now remember what I said. Shido’s struggling just to move and he’s shortening his life every time he heals. I’d give up at this point but what does he do?

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Then Miku just gets childish, saying that Shido must be lying. She calls men her slaves, girls her dolls. Shido asks how could she hate people so much even when she’s human.

After that Miku gets even angrier as Shido asks what happened her. After saying he’s very persistent, Miku tells her story. She was an idol under the name Tsukino Yoimachi. She was at the top of the world then a TV manager took an interest in her and her manager told her to be nice to him. That type of nice. She refused and then the scandals came and her name was tossed through the mud and all her fans abandoned her. Finally she lost her voice forever and even comtemplated suicide before Phantom turned her into a Spirit.

The sad part about Miku’s story is that it is very much a reality for idols in Japan. Someone takes interest in you. If you accept then your career goes on but if you refuse it all goes away.

After that Miku explains that it was because those men she lost her dream, her passion. That’s why men are pigs in her eyes. But Shido doesn’t believe it for a second. There have to be a lot of fans that stuck with her after the scandals still loved her music.

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Shido says that Miku’s created an image of humans and she can’t move forward thinking like that.

Someone’s hit the mark and Shido promises to seal Miku’s powers. She gets shocked that he’ll seal her voice since that means she won’t be able to sing again. Shido says that no matter what he’ll always listen to her and be a fan.

As they walk through the floors they keep arguing or rather Miku is talking in an annoyed tone and Shido’s just listening. It’s clear that Miku’s starting to fall for Shido.

Once we reach the 18th floor we flash to Origami vs. Ellen. Turns out that she stole a piece of unregistered equipment to get around the restrictions she had.

Nice. Don’t play the game, play the man or this case the woman. Take her off guard with a distraction and hit her! That’s Origami!

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Well she gave it her best shot. Full points for effort. Ellen thought so. Something Ellen said got me.

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So does that mean that no one in DEM thinks for themselves? Wescott’s doing all the thinking.That explains why all these Wizards are going to so far to stop the Spirits even this mission to take Tohka when she’s clearly not a threat while sealed shows that few people in DEM are thinking for themselves. I think max Origami, Ryouko and the now defected Mana have ignored orders.
Anyway looks like Ellen’s about to kill Origami. Well it’s been nice knowing you sweetie.

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Just in time guys!

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Okay I’ve never seen anyone cut Ellen during this entire anime and according to her it’s the only the second time anyone’s done it. Origami might be one of the most powerful Wizards in the world.

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You got lucky, Origami.

We flash to Shido and Miku where they enter the room where Tohka is only to find Wescott. A threat, some strong words there, and he releases Tohka.

Man that was easy but puts down some type of glass to separate them.

Okay that was your move but he’s got freaking Sandelphon. It’s only going to take a second for him to cut through that glass.

Now I didn’t expect that.

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Miku do something! Don’t just sit there and stare in shock! (She does just stare in shock for the rest of the episode)

Question. How the hell did she get in without Miku(who’s standing right at the door) not noticing?

Anyway Shido lays on the ground as Wescott gives the order for Ellen to kill Shido.

She can’t cut through glass…

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There’s nothing we can do…

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What’s happening? On the Fraxinus Kotori gets a report that Tohka’s levels have gone into the negative that means…

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This is bad. Inverse Tohka!!!

The episode ends with the darkness that Tohka creates along with Wescott annoucing for mankind to prepare for the coming of the Demon King.

This is definitely an awesome episode. We’ve got good set up for the final episode of the season and we learned a lot about Miku. We’ve got awesome fights with Mana and Jessica and Kurumi vs. the DEM Wizards. More importantly we’ve got Inverse Tohka about to be born!

I can’t wait until next week but I have to so until next week
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Let’s Look:Date A Live 2 Episode 8: An Army of Beautiful Kurumis

Is there anything that Kurumi can’t do while being hot?

So we come back in on the episode with Shido and Kurumi still dealing with Miku’s psuedo zombies until Kurumi does this.

Snapshot_2Now that was pretty easy. Why were we worried again?

So after Kurumi knocks out everyone outside we flash inside to Miku realizing that Shido’s coming to seal her. She turns to Yoshino and the Yamai twins and tells them to get ready for battle.

Snapshot_4After the opening, Shido and Kurumi enter and Shido tries to talk to Miku but gets her usual ‘I hate men’ talk.

So what she do?

Snapshot_5She orders Yoshino, Kaguya, and Yuzuru as well as all the people in the arena to kill Shido…yeah that won’t work. Why?

Snapshot_6Kurumi ties up everyone with her shadow hands but the Yamai twins go all out with a wind attack but Kurumi blocks it.

Looks like things are getting serious.

Snapshot_7Do you think that they’ll let me have one?

Yoshino and the Yamai twins start fighting back until Kurumi summons Zaphkiel and asks Shido to make sure that Miku won’t interfere with them saving Tohka.

So Cute
So Cute

Then Kurumi busts out Aleph and makes a clone to take Shido to Miku.

You know with all those clones saying Me all the time must get confusing.

Anyway clone Kurumi rushes at Miku while another covers her mouth so she can’t use her powers Kurumi sinks them both into the shadows so they can have a private conversation.

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So while in the shadow world(not an official name. It’s just the best thing to call it.) Shido explains that he needs to save Tohka and he asks for her help.

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Then she launches into a spiel about how humans are selfish and evil beings. Wow someone has a lot of hatred. Ironic seeing as she’s technically like Kotori, a human turned into a Spirit. Shido tries to ask why she hates humans so much only for Kurumi to call out and say they’ve run out of time.

Kurumi pulls them out of the shadow world and we see this.

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Okay not bad girls but remember all of Kurumi’s clones don’t have her powers only her guns. That’s one of the only reasons why Kurumi isn’t easily the most powerful Spirit in the series(she’s pretty close to the top if not already there)

After leaving the shadow world Shido tries to talk with Miku again only to a warning shot from Yoshino. Kurumi uses Aleph and they teleport away.

So we flash to an alley somewhere where Shido apologizes for being unable to get Miku’s help or make her stay out of the way while they rescue Tohka.

Kurumi basically says no problem and you know what the basically the most powerful Spirit in the series asks for…a pat on the head.

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Yeah that’s a good reward…

Anyway Kurumi explains that she doubts that Miku will do anything to endanger herself and she basically put the fear of the Lord in Miku so she won’t try and cross them.

Then we go to this.

Is everything she does sexy? The answer is yes.

After that little part is over Kurumi says that she knows where Tohka is being held, DEM’s main office in Japan.

We go inside the building with the captured Tohka, Isaac Wescott, and Sneaky Ellen(she really deserves more respect from me since she’s the most powerful wizard but all I remember her falling in that hole and getting owned by Ai, Mai, and Mii.)

Wescott explains that he wants to use Tohka’s Spirit powers to turn the world upside down and he’ll do anything to make her despair.

Ha! That’s nothing for Tohka…

Snapshot_24And he hits the jackpot. Now they’re going to wait until they can get Shido so they can use Tohka’s power.

After the commericial we join up with Shido and Kurumi outside DEM’s main office while Kurumi’s going over the plan until…

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That’s strange. All the Spirits are already here.

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Kurumi manages to save Shido and call up her clones to fight the now in coming Bandersnatch.

They change up the plan using the clones as the distraction while Kurumi and Shido take the entrance.

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What the hell happened?

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Looks like Mana’s returned. That’s good. Kurumi says that she has some business to take care of in DEM so she’ll leave Shido’s protection to Mana. Kurumi disappears into the shadows and Shido and Mana move forward after a quick talk with Kotori, who’s been freed from Miku’s control.

We flash over to Miku who’s basically pissed off that Shido had the apparent arrogance to talk to her and asks the girls around what Shido thinks of Tohka. Ai, Mai, Mii give nothing of value while Yoshino and the Yamai twins say even though they’re being controlled that Shido wouldn’t care how far he had to go to save Tohka.

We go to the Fraxinus and Shido getting ready to storm the DEM building. We have a quick scene with Origami trying to get moving to the fight before we get to the real fight.

First thing about this next scene is that Kurumi’s second theme, Rage, is playing in the background so it gives this an awesome feel and it really amps up the action.

We’ve got the Kurumi army vs. the DEM wizards and the Bandersnatch.

Next up Mana vs. Jessica Bailey!

Snapshot_37This is so awesome but this is what really seals it.

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He’s got Sandelphon again!

And then he goes in on some dumb DEM wizards and one tries to stab him…umm do you know that he’s got Kotori’s healing?

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And we end the episode with Shido calling out to Tohka.

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After that you really understand why the studio chose the song they did for the ending theme. It’s all about a hero going the distance to save the princess…and Tohka’s codename is Princess. How did I miss that?

Now that was a good episode. It’s one of those episodes that makes you sad that this is only a 10 episode season. That being said this month I’ll have the Date A Live season 1 full season review as well as three Date A Live Speculations. One’s about Origami, another speculating if Kurumi will ever get sealed, and one if the anime will get a third season. So make sure to watch out for those!

I can’t wait until the next episode it’s going to be really awesome. It’s episode 9 so you know it’s going to be awesome. I hate this wait so until the next episode

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Let’s Look:Date A Live 2 Episode 7: The Reason We Watched the Other Six Episodes is Back.

Kurumi’s back…that’s all the needs to be said.

Now then let’s our date begin(I haven’t been using my opening lately. How is it? I think it sounds better in Japanese)

Now we start the episode with the announcement of who won the Tenou Festival stage portion.

And while that’s happening Origami’s fighting AST.

Who’s going to win?

Damn…well it’s what you expect. Do you want me to go over again how the odds were blatantly stacked in Miku’s favor?

Smug arrogance never looked so hot.

After the opening Miku talks to Shiori about the reason she lost is because she depended too much on her friends.

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Yeah you won. Don’t brag.

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Oh looks like we spoke too soon. Turns out Miku won the stage portion but her school lost in the booths and because of Shiori(Shido)’s awesome performance they were able to win the entire thing but lose the stage portion. So Miku lost! Ha now you’re going to get sealed, Ms. Cuteness.

Aww someone’s a sore loser. Well pucker up Miku…

Shiori says that the reason they won is because the students of Raizen banded together and covered each other. You know what the beautiful Miku Izayoi says to this?

Sore loser…well everyone’s screwed.

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And with only a few notes on the organ she’s got the entire audience under her spell.

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Apparently she’s not the “Keep my word” type.

Now this would be kinda hot if I didn’t know Shiori was Shido.

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Yeah I’m thinking that she’s about to get a nasty suprise.

Her shocked face is hilarious!

And then she turns the entire arena into zombies.

Looks like he’s screwed. Wait what if he just hit her? She’s just a music type fighter so she should have good defense.

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What can’t she control?!

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Apparently there is no limit to being screwed in Date A Live.

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Now he’s really screwed six ways to Sunday. So what’s up next…

Apparently death’s next on the list until…

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Turns out that Tohka had her rhythm monitors in her ears so she couldn’t hear Miku’s Angel, Gabriel.

So I think it’s time to get the hell out of dodge. Time to call up to the Fraxinus.

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Crap how far does Miku’s song reach?

Kotori prepares to fire the Fraxinus’s magic cannon but someone stops her.

We flash to the battle between Origami and DEM and it looks like Origami’s going to lose until…

It’s Mana! And it looks like she’s defecting to the Fraxinus!

Wow she may have only ten more years to live but she’ll be kicking ass until she dies!

We flash back inside the arena where Tohka fights against Yoshino, Kaguya, Yuzuru, and Miku.

Then it turns from bad to worst. Ellen comes in and attacks. Tohka manages to throw Shido out of the arena but this happens.

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Things are really really bad right now.

No allies, functional zombies looking for him, but at least he’s wearing pants!

All kidding aside how are you going to get out of this Shido?

The answer is two words: Kurumi Tokisaki.

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She’s back!!!

After we come back, Shido asks for Kurumi who accepts. So cute…

Next scene we get Tohka captured by Ellen.

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Ellen talks about how they plan to capture Shido and how it’s futile for Tohka to try and escape in her sealed form.

To the next scene away!!!

We get with Shido and Kurumi sneaking into Miku’s house….

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Or mansion. It’s really more of a mansion.

Once inside Kurumi does a little bit of teasing with the whole Shiori situation and comments on just how freaking large Miku’s boobs are.

Kurumi is really the sexiest girl in this anime.

Lucky bastard. Anyway while getting his face licked by Kurumi Shido finds some old CDs of Miku’s but they don’t have her name on them, it’s Tsukino Yomachi.

Kurumi uses the first bullet, Yod, to know what’s up with the CDs and the picture they found.

We flash to the final scene which is Shido and Kurumi surrounded by our loony townsfolk, ready to face her down and seal her.

And we end the episode with that.

Now that’s a good episode solely because it’s got Kurumi in it. She’s the reason why a lot of people come to this anime. I totally can’t wait until the next episode and see what Shido and Kurumi are going to do against Miku.

I can’t wait to see what happens in next week episode. Curse this one week wait but until then

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Such a beautiful demoness
Such a beautiful demoness

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Date A Live Speculation #1

Spirits. Mysterious girls appearing from another world. To fight against their pure strength with weapons, or to address them with love. Now mankind must choose.

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Hey everyone. It’s me Deven and this is my first speculation post. Now speculation posts will be taking some of the information from an anime, manga, or a light novel and then make some guesses on what will happen in the future.

The first one I’m going to do is the Spirits and the possible identity of Phantom.

First all of the Spirits correspond to branches of the Kabbalah Tree of Life. Each of those branches have a number and those numbers correspond to each one of the Spirits.

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Kurumi is 3
Yoshino is 4
Kotori is 5
Kaguya and Yuzuru are 8
Miku is 9
Tokha is 10

Now there are two Spirits that haven’t been introduced in the anime yet but they also have numbers too so at this point you can stop since they’re going to be spoilers.

Origami is 1
Natsumi is 7.

That’s right! During the 10th Light Novel Origami becomes a Spirit. The story is this.

She meets Phantom during the present timeline and she is given what is called Sephira Crystal which turns into a Spirit. After this Origami goes to meet with Kurumi asking to be sent back in time in order to kill Phantom who she believes to be the Spirit that killed her parents.

Kurumi sends her back in order to test the 12th bullet, Yud Bet. Once she gets sent back she gets into a battle with Phantom. She gets in a good shot on Phantom and gets rid of the fuzzy voice and sight effect that Phantom usually has around it. Turns out Phantom’s a woman with long hair but Origami couldn’t get a good look at her so there is no further description of her.

Okay now that the backstory’s taken care of let’s look at the Kaballah tree.

Now like I said each branch has a number but it also has a meaning which is a Sephria(yes exactly like the crystal) which also corresponds to them. Let’s take a look.

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Tokha’s name has one of the kanji for ten in it, showing that she represents the Tenth Sephira Kingdom. You can see Kingdom in her codename Princess.It’s also seen as in her Astral Dress which looks like a combination of princess’s dress and a knight’s armor and weapon. Also the fact that her sword, Sandalphon comes out of a throne.

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Next up is Yoshino.
Yoshino’s name has the four character in her name, showing that she represents the Fourth Sephira Kindnesss. You can’t see it in her codename but you can see it in her personality, which is very non-aggressive and unwillingly to hurt others.

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My favorite girl!
Kurumi’s name has the three character in her name, showing that she represents the Third Sephira Understanding. We haven’t gotten much information that would make her understanding unless you connect Understanding with Knowledge. If that’s the case then Kurumi’s quick thinking, her ability to hide in the human world, use of her powers were able to let her walk around the human world easily without getting caught.

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Our little commander!
Koroti’s name has the five character in her name, showing that she represents the Fifth Sephira, Power and Judgement. You can see it in her codename Efreet, which is a type of Infernal Jinn, well known for killing and general destruction. It also fits with her personality while she’s in her Spirit Form, being so aggressive and destructive she nearly killed Kurumi and Origami while she was fighting.


Cute Twins.
The twins last name Yamai has the eight character in their name, showing that they represent the Eighth Sephira, Majesty and Splendor. You can see it more in how they speak. Kaguya speaks with a very old Japanese style using Ware as her pronoun. I think that Yuzuru speaks a bit more modern but robotically polite.

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Miku’s name has the nine character in her name, showing that she represents the Ninth Sephira, Foundation…yeah I have no idea how that works.

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Natsumi’s name has seven characer in her name, showing that she represents the Seventh Sephira, Victory and Eternity. This shows through how she tests Shido to see if he’s worthy of her. It’s through games so she likes to win.


Origami’s name has one character in her name, showing that she represents the First Sephira, Crown. It’s shown through her rank in the AST as a Master Seargant, a field commander and her intellect.

Okay now that we’ve gotten past that. Let’s talk about Phantom.

Now my guess is that is someone we’ve already met.

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It makes a lot of sense because first Reine’s name has the kanji for zero in it which works with the Kaballah Tree because it refers to the three mysterious forces above and said to be origin of the tree which works since Phantom gave the Sephira Crystal to three current Spirits.

Also look at her voice actress, Aya Endo. During the visual novel game, Date A Live:Rinne Utopia. During the game Aya Endo also voiced Phantom as well as it was commented during the game that their speaking patterns are similar.

Now if you look at animes like Fairy Tail, anime directors like to do stuff like this. It shows relationships between characters before the relationship is even shown. For example Angel of Oracion Seis and Yukino Aguria of Sabertooth are both voiced Fuyuka Oura. It’s later shown that they’re sisters. They do this again with Poluchuka and Grandeeny.

One more thing is that Reine says herself she hasnt’ gotten a good night of sleep for thirty years which the exactly length of time from the first spacequake and the beginning of the series.

Now most of this stuff is a bit unconnected but when you put it together it makes a lot of sense that Reine might be Phantom.

That’s it for now. Make sure to pass this a lot. The more people making guesses and speculating the more fun a fandom is.

 

Until the next Speculation
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Let’s Look:Date A Live 2 Episode 6:Marina Inoue and Chihara Minori’s Awesome Singing

Ah two Seiyuu Singing Goddesses, this is a great day for anime

So we start the episode with Mana Takamiya waking up in the hospital. You all remember Mana. If you don’t this will make you remember…

Yeah she got owned by Kurumi.

Anyway the second she wakes up the guys from DEM come in only for her to ask who are they?

After the opening, we get Shido asking the three girls whose names I wish I could forget, Ai, Mai, and Mii to perform with him for the sing off against Miku.

Please be useful girls
Please be useful girls

So now the ultimate band along with Tohka and Shido has been formed with Origami at lead singer. Unfortunately she didn’t sing which is odd since her seiyuu, Misuzu Togashi, is a member of Sweet Arms, the group that sung both seasons’ openings.

Ai, Mai, and Mii are on bass, drums, and keyboard respectively and Shido’s on guitar so what’s Tohka going to play?

She’s been entrusted with the tamborine(translation:she’s got the easiest instrument other than the spoons) She’s got the true instrument! The One Instrument to rule them all!

How you that like Lord of the Rings reference?

Let’s go to the next scene.

We’ve got Origami with her superior, Ryouko Kusakabe in what I guess is an AST facility. She’s being all casual and not looking at Origami.

She isn’t doing it to be mean. She’s just saying the DEM team’s plan to attack Tohka tomorrow at 1500(about 3:00 pm) during the Tenou Festival.

Oh Snap. White Licorice
Oh Snap. White Licorice

So she’s leaving the Hanger 2 open?! If you don’t already know from last season Hanger 2 is where AST’s got White Licorice, the thing that nearly killed Shido, Tohka, and Kotori last season.

Wow Origami really is one of the most powerful members of AST
Wow Origami really is one of the most powerful members of AST

Things are getting intense. Just as good as last season.

On the next scene we’ve got one of the classics of any anime with a school in it, the school cultural festival and the maid cafe!

Kawaii
Kawaii

Nice! I almost wish that it was a bit more sexy looking though.

Cute Twins
Cute Twins

Looks like Kaguya and Yuzuru are back. Now for a bit of information to give you guys some answers. After they were sealed by Shido, Kaguya and Yuzuru were transferred into Raizen but instead being in Shido, Tohka, and Origami’s class they’re in the class next door. So that’s why they didn’t appear last episode.

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If I didn’t remember that he was a guy I’d say he was pretty good looking.

Anyway the next scene we’ve got the beautiful Miku coming around.

Just because she's evil doesn't mean she doesn't have a nice walk
Just because she’s evil doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a nice walk

And she decides to take Shido(Shiori) out on a date.

First for crepes…

Then they head to a ring toss and Miku wants to win something for Shiori.

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Ha, looks like all that singing and dancing skill didn’t give you hand-eye coordination.

Okay you can always do that…

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Umm dude, you’re going to wreck everything you’ve been working for.

Looks like he managed to save his butt because Miku likes a competition but that smile there doesn’t sit well with me.

You had one job, girls! Be useful. Couldn't even get that right
You had one job, girls! Be useful. Couldn’t even get that right

That insanely hot bitch. She’s cheating! As if she didn’t already have a massive and blatant advantage, she has to widen the gap even more.

So after that we flash to the stage competition where we get the tail end of Miku’s performance.

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Okay that was good. Maybe Shido and Tohka can beat her?

Oh come on! As if she wasn’t already going to win, she takes on her Spirit form and starts singing.

So if Miku’s gotten to the three annoying girls and Miku’s gone into her Spirit form then how are Shido and Tohka going to perform or even come close to beating Miku?

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Those Yamai girls coming in at last minute to help out!

Let’s flash over to the sky over the arena.

But…

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Yeah! It’s Origami! She’s going in on DEM Wizards.

Let’s go back to the arena with Spirits singing contest.

Looks like Kaguya can play the drums
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And Yuzuru can play the bass
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And with Shido on guitar and Tohka on tamborine looks like we’ve got a band.

But Shido can’t sing but no worries!

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Now remember Tohka’s seiyuu, Marina Inoue. She’s done a lot of songs, both singles and opening and endings for some of the anime she’s been in. So it’s not a shock that she’ll sing during this anime.

So during the song we get flashes of Origami’s battle against the DEM Wizards as well as shots of the crowd.

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Looks like she’s out of time and reinforcements are on the way.

And with that episode ends.

Looks like in the next episode we’ve got this.

Miku's Angel, Gabriel!!!
Miku’s Angel, Gabriel!!!

It looks like a church organ…and we’ve got a Spirit who uses music as a weapon. Three chances to guess who stopped playing around.

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Well with that we’ve got an episode. ..Wait!!!!

I forgot something. We got something awesome but it was only for a second.

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Kurumi Tokisaki!!

She’s back!

Okay now I’m done.

I’ll see you next week until then
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Let’s Look: Date A Live 2 Episode 5: Chihara Minori!

 

Ah my goddess, Chihara Minori! I love her so.
Side note: I use the long style of reviewing for Date A Live because I’m really into it.

Anyway we jump into the episode with Origami being taken off suspension! Yay now she can try(and fail) to kill Spirits.

Then we get this lady.

Turns out that DEM is adding in a new group that that doesn’t have to obey the usual rules of AST. Looks like DEM is making their move.

We get the opening and then we get this…

Yeah…you just got screwed bro. Now back in high school I was fairly organized and smart so people often picked me to lead stuff. It took a lot out of me just to listen to have the stuff that people mess up. Chairpersons for stuff will go crazy before the event’s even over. Trust me I know.

Anyway back to the story.

After school Shido’s basically shelpping for the cultural festival that’s shared by ten schools all around the city. That must be tiring. Then the spatial quake alarm goes off and you know what that means. A Spirit’s around and Shido’s got to put the moves on them. Fraxinus teleports him up and takes him to the scene.

Now this is the Spirit Diva. Wow she can sing. Makes sense being voiced by Chihara Minori. Ah my goddess of voice acting!

Anyway…

Shido starts talking to Diva(I’ll say her name later) and the levels just drop like a stone. And this happens…

Now that's a loud voice
Now that’s a loud voice

Looks like she’s a music type of fighter.


Wow someone just going in on him. What’s up? She just hates him for no reason.

Welcome back AST. Oh girls why are you are you even trying? You always get owned. Seriously have they ever gotten a win over a Spirit.

Tohka owned Origami. Yoshino got away from AST everytime. Mana thought she kept owning Kurumi but the second the real Kurumi came out she learned her place. Kotori nearly killed Origami with Megiddo. Finally Kaguya and Yuzuru shot an entire ship out of the sky with one shot! AST has no chance.

Anyway we see Diva just running circles around AST but let’s look at what she’s doing while she’s wrecking AST.

Sounds suspect…

Anyway Shido’s pulled back up to the Fraxinus where Kotori explains that the Spirit Diva is the idol Miku Izayoi.

Now let me stop for a minute. Now this is funny or rather ironic on a few levels.

1. First her name. Miku ya know like the vocaloid. So that’s some type of reference to her I guess.
2. Second her voice actress, Chihara Minori. In addition to being a voice actress she’s also a J-Pop singer…you could even call her an idol…
3. Third is kinda of a reference to Aya Hirano. I’ll have to talk about some of the stuff that happens in a later episode so I won’t so let’s just say that Miku and Aya have scandals in common…

Anyway Kotori tells Shido that Miku’s a lesbian so of course a guy isn’t going to get anywhere but a girl would.

I feel for the dude right here and all during this episode.

Anyway Shido meets up with Miku at the cultural festival that both of their schools share. They start talking and he gets some traction here. To the point where he actually gets a date with her.

Miku gets really attracted to Shiori and she was so attracted that she wants to use her Spirit powers to control her…him…I’m confused.

Turns out that Miku caused the spatial quake not on accident like nearly every Spirit in the world but on purpose just so she can sing the stadium.

She makes a bet with Shido if he can beat her on the stage part of the Cultural Festival then she’ll let him seal her powers but she wins she gets him(or this case her) and all the Spirits he’s sealed. Can’t afford lose this one but come on, Miku. He’s facing an idol in a sing off!

Anyway to some side plot with the AST, it looks like they’re making their move against Tohka at the Cultural Festival. Looks like along with things with Miku things are getting interesting.

This was definitely a set up episode and since we’re at episode 5 we’ve only got five more episode so this is probably going to be the last arc. Looks like we’ve got action and awesomeness from here on out. I can’t wait to see what kind of stuff we get out of this.

So until the next episode where we hear the awesome voice of Chihara Minori again.

Later Days

Here’s some cute pics of Miku in her sexy school uniform!

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