Date A Live

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April 10th. Yesterday was the last day of spring vacation, so starting this morning it was a school day. After being woken up by his cute little sister, Itsuka Shidou believed that it would be the start of another normal day. As for predicting the chance meeting with the girl who called herself a spirit……

Along with a sudden shockwave, the townscape vanished without a trace. In a corner of the street which had now become a crater, the girl was there.

“?You, have you come to kill me too?”

She is the disaster that will destroy humanity, a monster of unknown origin, and a being rejected by the world. There are only two ways to stop this girl: annihilation, and conversation. His little sister Kotori, wrapped in a military uniform, thus said to Shidou: “Since it’s like this, just go date her, and make the spirit fall for you!” “Wh.. whaaaaaaaat!?” Enter a new age of boy meets girl!!

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デート・ア・ライブ
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Date A Live Encore (Side Story)
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Minarett
Minarett rated it
April 24, 2016
Status: --
This is a really good series. It has a good plot that makes sense throughout the whole story. The plot is basically Shidou, who is the main character, seducing spirit/alien girls. The fact is that these girls create things called space quakes when they appear on earth which kills plenty of people if they aren’t already in the evacuation ground so he needs to make them fall in love with him to stop them from destroying the world unintentionally. It reminds me of TWGOK with all the ‘Dating Sim Scenarios’except... more>> here the MC actually cares about his harem.

The romance in this story progresses quite a lot with most of the girls being straight forward with Shidou about their feelings. Shidou likes them quite a bit as well.

All in all it is a really good light novel and even has 12 volumes translated. It also has two anime seasons and a movie so there is a lot to watch or read.
Also Origami best girl. <<less
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Okabe_rintarou
Okabe_rintarou rated it
March 12, 2019
Status: v19
An enjoyable novel if you ignore the annoying Kotori.

Everything about this story is good, except for Kotori.

Kotori is the personification of modern Japanese otaku culture... Tsundere, twin-tails (that too red twin-tails), non-blood related imouto (younger step-sister), childishly violent, stupid in a lot of stuff yet posing to be intelligent, never admitting her own mistakes and annoying as hell.

... more>> Other girls

Tohka: An incredibly stupid glutton, but loyal and cute

Origami: A female pervert whose existence itself is somewhat reliant on the MC.

Yoshino: Timid, lovable and super cute doll. This one's too young. She has a puppet called Yoshinon which is her way to express bold thoughts 😂

Yamai sisters: Naive, stupid, energetic and Chuunibyo Kaguya and Stoic, easily impressed and loving Yuzuru

Miku: Another female pervert, who loves girls and crossdressing Shido 😂

Natsumi: A mentally unstable girl with a lot of self respect issues.

Nia: A shut-in older woman who's good for nothing other than drawing manga

Mukuro: An angel like girl who speaks in archaic tongue. Lost her faith in humankind due to her parents 😂

Well. There are other girls. But speaking more would be a massive spoiler.

But I'll tell you this. None of these girls would be the main heroine. This is the biggest spoiler.

Now the other problems with the story.

An organisation with a middle-school girl as the 'captain' isn't exactly uncommon in Japanese novels. So lets not dwell on it.

The annoying choices forced upon the MC by the organisation is something I can't ignore, because I felt it was more like getting in the way because he couldn't be genuine through it.

The most attractive woman is an antagonist 😂

Anyway. I think the existence of Kotori ruins a lot. I would've only given it 2 stars (3 stars lost entirely due to Kotori), but volumes 17, 18 and 19 are so damn epic.

So you got 2 stars back. I would give another free star if it didn't have Kotori... 😤 <<less
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Heracross
Heracross rated it
March 14, 2019
Status: v19
This series is about making "spirits" fall in love with our protagonist to allow him to seal them. Quite a show comes out from this as it mixes challenges, comedy, sadness, joy, violence etc...

It tries to be ambitious but does fail at some parts, especially when the author decides to add some kind of slice of life parts during a period of tension. When our character is in a predicament, sometimes the novel will go on a tangent just for the sake of adding a comedic moment. This will feel... more>> out of place and might be a bit dragging for some. This will really present in the latest volumes of the book and I personally wished those moment were used better instead of being nonsensical.

The character embodies the typical Japanese tropes but do grown with the series. This will take at least a dozen of volumes to get bet depth and understanding on who the characters are and why they behave certain ways.

Yet, the author will not develop some characters. The side characters will remain just props for the sake of having them for either comedy relief or helping to create a plot convenience.

Spoiler

Shidou sister Kotori and Mana won't get much development. Mana will be one recurring character that will help our protagonist out of predicament. She is a tool the author use when the author needs to fix an issue with the plot. I am really sadden by the fact Shidou doesn't try more to care for her nor help her more with her health and memories. Kotori is also under used with Nia being really useless

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The story takes a bit of time to take off. With an introduction of a new spirit at each volumes and solving any issues regarding it within 2 volumes. Those arcs are great yet so much potential is not used and sometimes will leave you waiting for more to come. I wished those could be done in 3 volumes to add more tension, depth and character to a big arc.

Overall, I find this very entertaining and a nice guilty pleasure to read. Don't take it seriously and enjoy the ride. <<less
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