So the new season of Date A Live started with a bang, quite literally! We open the series finding that Shido has been having a bit of a problem. Apparently if the emotions of Tohka and Yoshino become unstable their powers will start to destroy the surrounding area. It seems like it may have to do with the amount of time that has passed since Shido originally sealed their powers (three months according to the show).
One interesting thing is we find out that Origami had to stand trial for her actions at the end of the previous season and that she has been suspended. We find out that there are some shady higher ups in her organization, something we really should have guessed, and we are introduced to a new character that is apparently a human mage.
Do the a series of misunderstandings Tohka’s powers continue to get out of control and threaten to create a space quake. To counter this Shido eventually takes Tohka on a date, unfortunately nothing seems to go right. Eventutally Tohka get’s it in her head that Shido is leaving her to run away with Origami. She summons her powers and tells him that if he is going to leave her, he will have to “defeat” her first.
Shido manages to clear up the misunderstanding but not before Tohka’s powers overwhelm her. Shido is forced to once again seal her powers with a kiss. This episode in many ways mirrors the first two episodes of the previous season but fails to capture the real tenseness of them. There was a lot of fan service and the episode just didn’t feel like it stood well enough on it’s own in my opinion.
Based on the preview video, we can only guess that this problem will only get worse down the road and be the main plot point initially. We also find out that the original first spirit that arrived on Earth 30 years ago will likely be the new Big Bad this season.
For a first episode in many ways this episode was only “okay”. While the animation is superior to the first season, I really just can’t get past the feeling that it somehow fails to create the sense of urgency and tension that the first and second episode of the first season did. It becomes more comical and even sappy, which isn’t all bad but it only works if you continue directly from where the previous season left off, it doesn’t carry well enough on its own.
Eventually the last few minutes of the episode manages to recreate the tone that made Date A Live interesting int eh first place, however the outcome was too straightforward and predictable in my opinion. The foreshadowing at the end manages to redeem it to some extent.
In terms of overall enjoyment I’m going to rate this episode a 7 of 10 and hope next week’s episode manages to do a bit better.
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