Anime Date A Live Season 1

Thirty years before a strange phenomena called a “spacequake” devastated the center of Eurasia, claiming the lives of at least 150 million people. Since then, smaller spacequakes plague the world on a irregular basis. Shidō Itsuka, a seemingly ordinary high schooler comes across a mysterious girl at the ground zero of a spacequake and learns from his sister Kotori she is one of the “Spirits” who are the real cause of the spacequakes that occur when they manifest themselves in the world. He also learns that Kotori is the captain of the airship Ratatoskr and recruits him to make use of his mysterious ability to seal the Spirits’ powers and stop them from being a threat to mankind. However, there is a catch: to seal a Spirit, he must make her fall in love with him.

Type: TV
Studio: AIC Plus+
Aired: April 6, 2013 – June 22, 2013 (12 episodes)
Watch Online: Funimation

Anime Date A Live Season 1

Date A Live Episode Synopsis

Episode 1: April 10th

Beginning with the original spacequake 30 years ago, the ditzy Kotori and her brother Shido are introduced as modern day residents of Japan. For the opening ceremony, Kotori and Shido make a promise to meet at a diner later that day. As school ends for Shido, a spacequake alarm sounds throughout the city for the citizens to enter shelter areas immediately. After being unable to contact his sister, Shido uses her GPS to confirm that she is still within the city according to their promise. He leaves the shelter to find her and in doing so, is outside when the spacequake occurs thus meeting his first Spirit. After the battle between the Spirit and the AST, where Shido learns that Origami is a part of the AST, Shido finds himself among the group Ratatoskr on the airship Fraxinus learning about the Spirits, his sister and the organization she is a part of.

Episode 2: Close Re-encounter

Shido is undergoing stage two of his training which is practical application upon real humans. First is his teacher who, with the assistance of Reine and Kotori, falls head over heels in obsessive love with him. Running away from her, he bumps into Origami. He uses her for practice but ends up unintentionally starting a relationship with her. A spacequake alarm occurs and the Princess Spirit is expected to appear at Raizen High School. With the students evacuated, Shido heads inside the demolished section of the school to confront the Princess. Shido makes a connection with the Princess and names her Tohka. The AST shows up and engages Tohka from long range with their rifles to drive Tohka out but Origami sees Tohka with Shido and assumes that Tohka is holding him hostage. Since Shido is now her boyfriend, enraged, Origami flies to engage Tohka in close combat. Tohka is lost during an explosion and Origami is taken away for minor hospitalization. The next day, Tohka appears before Shido as he is rummaging through the rubble so that they may go on their date.

Episode 3: Sword That Splits the Sky

Shido and Tohka are on their date being overseen and supported by the Fraxinus crew. Tohka mistakingly assumes that each variety of food she is consuming at first is a “date”. Not accustomed to a crowd, when the couple enter the shopping area she assumes that humanity is launching an all out attack on her. Origami observes them from the shadows while Shido and Tohka go from a high priced restaurant to south of the station where they enter an improvised shopping area. Tohka is able to indulge in the foods present to her desire but notices that Shido doesn’t seem to be having fun. They move on to an arcade that is dominated by crane games which Tohka mistakingly assumes is the “mecha team’s” secret base. In the course of playing for a prize that has caught Tohka’s eye, Tohka inadvertantly voices her bond with Shido. They make their way to a cliff edge where Tohka finally finds out what a “date” is and sees why the “mecha people” want to kill her as she keeps destroying a world that’s so kind, fun and beautiful. Meanwhile, Origami is given permission to fire but as she fires, Shido pushes Tohka out of the way and is killed instead. Enraged by Shido’s death, Tohka rampages on a stunned Origami as she sees the AST as people who only want to kill and die. Before Tohka can swing the killing blow on Origami, Shido is revived with his wounds completely healed and falls from the sky towards Tohka. To prevent the city from being destroyed by a critical state Halvanhelev, Tohka kisses Shido while they glide down to the cliffedge as Tohka’s Astral Dress disappears. Her last request is that Shido take her on a date again.

Episode 4: Unhappy Rain

Shido meets Yoshino for the first time while running through a shrine on a rainy, ill-forecasted day. Believing her to be just a girl, he goes on about his way. At school, Tohka has made cookies and competes with Origami for Shido’s attention. Arriving home, Shido learns that Tohka will be living in his house since he has sealed her powers. Kotori explains that it is also training as Shido still has to assist in sealing more spirits. Later, as a spacequake alarm goes off during school, Shido heads out to find it is Yoshino that is the cause. Tohka is left in the shelter while Shido goes out to meet Yoshino only to have Tohka follow him and witness the two accidentally having kissed. Tohka retrieves her powers from Shido but only to provoke Yoshino who attacks while leaving. Utilizing her angel Zadkiel, Yoshino is also able to escape from the AST nearby while Origami eyes Yoshinon, Yoshino’s puppet.

Episode 5: The Freezing Ground

Tohka is avoiding Shido due to her feelings about what happened between him and Yoshino. She talks with Reine and receives advice and clarity about what occurred. During this time, Shido helps Yoshino look for her puppet, Yoshinon. Yoshino gets hungry while searching so the two go to Shido’s house to eat. It’s revealed that Yoshinon is Yoshino’s friend because he is strong, cool, bold, and is essentially a hero that is everything Yoshino wants to be. As Shido is getting close to Yoshino, Tohka barges is spouting an apology but misinterprets the situation. Yoshino teleports away, Tohka barges out again, but Shido learns that Yoshinon is at Origami’s place. Origami forcibly makes progress between them when Shido comes over but as the conversation turns to Spirits, she gets notice of a mission. Yoshino is being targeted by the AST but Shido plans to save her with Tohka’s help. As Tohka acts as a decoy, Shido makes it through Yoshino’s barrier with Yoshinon to fulfill his promise. With her trust in him established, Shido seals Yoshino’s powers. In the last few scenes, it is revealed that the housing for the Spirits has been completed so that Tohka and Yoshino may move in.

Episode 6: Hot Springs of Love

Tohka and Yoshino want to go to a hot springs so Shido Shido speaks with Kotori to make the arrangements for them to go to Tenguu Gokuraku Hot Springs. Kyouhei attempts to convince Kotori to go but it’s revealed that his ulterior motive is to record Kotori while naked at the hot springs. He’s then punished by Kotori by digging a hole and refilling it for the next week. Meanwhile, the AST’s captain is informed that the DEM Corporation is going to send reinforcements. Already frustrated, the captain is informed that due to the increase in the Spirit’s attacks the alert level has been raised and the group’s vacation trip has been cancelled. After being convinced, Ryouko decides that the AST will instead go to the hot springs. While everyone is celebrating the news, Origami receives a phone call from Shido where she overhears that he’ll be going to the Tenguu Gokuraku Hot Springs as well with Tohka. During their car ride, Yoshino is given affectionate attention by Shido which frustrates Tohka causing her to collapse the road. This in turn disrupts the troop deployment train that the AST is riding on underground. Arriving at the surface, the AST comes up behind Reine, Shido, Yoshino and Tohka. To prevent contact of the two groups, Ratatoskr intervenes in the path of the AST with multiple obstructions. Shido spots Kotori and invites her but goes on ahead while Kotori is informed of the situation regarding the AST. She orders Date Town to enter Battle Mode Level 2 with authorization to open fire. A battle ensues between AST and Date Town in which stray ordinance causes Yoshinon to fly off. Shido goes to find Yoshinon in the midst of the battle and is almost killed by Ratatoskr’s Destruct Mode. Origami spots Shido however it is Tohka who reaches him to protect him from the attack. Everyone reaches the hot springs but due to Yoshino’s actions, it isn’t a viable option. Kannazuki reports that he’s found a hot springs that Kotori, Shido, Tohka and Yoshino end up enjoying by themselves. Mana Takamiya is then shown as having arrived in Japan.

Episode 7: The Visitors

Mana is having a 10v1 practice match against Origami’s unit before having introduced herself at the briefing AST’s previous battle with Hermit where she unknowingly reveal’s herself to be Shido’s sister. Kurumi transfers into Shido’s class revealing herself to be a Spirit to get closer with Shido. During her time touring the school with Shido they’re followed by Origami and Tohka, but as Shido is attempting to seduce Kurumi she is also attempting to do the same to Shido. After school, Kurumi kills three humans and is confronted by Mana. Mana then runs into Shido later on that day. Taking her to his house, what Mana shares about herself leads to a quarrel between her and Kotori but ultimately leaves everyone with more questions than answers. During school the next day, Shido finds out that Kurumi was killed during her confrontation with Mana yet she appeared at school. Origami questions Kurumi in a secluded place and finds out that Kurumi is ultimately after Shido.

Episode 8: Triple Frenzy

Shido invites Kurumi out but is forced on a polygamous date when Tohka seduces him and Origami forces her plans upon him for a date. Shido is unable to deny any of them as Tohka would be heartbroken, Origami would be suspicious and his plans to seal Kurumi depend on the date. With their dates occurring around the same time and their entertainment venues located rather close to each other, Ratatoskr assists Shido by teleporting him to each girl’s location while monitoring their emotional levels. After Shido leaves Kurumi, she finds some boys shooting at a stray cat and convinces them to let her play with them. Ratatoskr loses sight of Kurumi as Origami and Tohka run into each other. After they both proclaim their trying to find Shido for their date, Origami runs off concerned there may be another. Shido returns to look for Kurumi but finds blood, body parts, and Kurumi killing a man. As she holds Shido within her clutches, Mana intervenes wearing her CR Unit.

Episode 9: Raging Nightmare

Mana kills Kurumi and explains everything to Shido. After he is forced away, he avoids Origami and Tohka after running into them because of seeing the death Kurumi caused. Tohka finds out the reason for Shido’s behavior and continues her date with him to try to cheer him up. After gaining some insight to Kurumi, the next day Shido declares to Kurumi that he’ll save her. Kurumi goes to the school rooftop while encasing the school in her field to dissuade Shido from trying to save her. Mana is confronting Kotori about Ratatoskr and attempting to use it as leverage against Kotori so she’ll release Shido from the potential danger he’s in. While Kurumi is threatening the school and the town, Origami and Tohka are engaging in battles with other copies of Kurumi. Shido convinces Kurumi only for her to be killed by another Kurumi. As Tohka and Origami show up, it’s revealed that the hands in Kurumi’s shadow are actually the hands of other copies of herself. Kurumi takes everyone hostage and attempts to blow a spacequake only for it to be blown away. Kotori appears explaining the cancelling of the spacequake while in her Spirit form. She has taken back her Spirit powers from Shido temporarily to fight Kurumi.

Episode 10: Spirit Of Fire (Ifrit)

Kurumi and Kotori start fighting after a short conversation. Kurumi used one of her skills to make Kotori stay still, create copies of herself, and shoot Kotori a few times. Kotori fell over after Kurumi’s last shot but Kotori’s healing skill enables her to not die. Then, the shocked Kurumi sent her copies to kill Shido but he was pushed away by Kotori and the copies were killed. In the heat of the fight, Kurumi used one of her skills to inhibit Kotori but it only worked for a while. Kotori used her weapon to shoot Kurumi’s angel after the frightened Kurumi summoned her copies to shield her. Shido immediately stood in front of Kurumi to shield her, knowing Kotori is no longer herself when he tries to reason with Kotori to not kill Kurumi. After the shot launched, Kotori suddenly regained conscious and deflected the shot. Shido woke up on Fraxinus after dreaming of the event that happened 5 years ago. He went to meet Kotori for information of her powers after being calmed down by Reine. He left in despair to meet Mana and Origami in the hospital after he heard from Reine about Kotori’s condition. Being unable to meet Mana, Shido instead met Origami, who tried to get him closer to herself. Before Shido exited Origami’s room in the late evening, she told him of her intent to kill the Spirit of Fire to avenge her parent’s death five years ago and that’s the reason that she joined AST.

Episode 11: Countdown

Shido is contemplating the situation regarding Kotori involving the events five years prior including the statements made by her and Origami about the apartment fire. While he meets with Reine to discuss the date with Kotori, Origami is informed about gear arriving at the base in two days by Ryouko while she visits. With Ratatoskr’s headquarter’s personnel all agreeing that Ocean Park is the ideal venue for Shido’s date, Shido undergoes training outlined by Reine involving Shido taking Tohka and Yoshino to buy swimsuits. As Tohka asks about a swimsuit, Origami appears and teases her that it’s a new piece of anti-Spirit equipment. Finally, she inquires of Tohka about the Spirit of Flames to the point of being overly polite in her questioning. Finding Tohka’s information useless, Origami pressures Shido into viewing her choices of swimsuits. Tohka and Origami turn it into a contest in that whoever turns on Shido more gets to go on a date with him. Yoshino ultimately wins but back on Fraxinus, Shido watches the video of the fire from five years ago. Recognizing ordinary video noise as a Spirit initiates a series of flashbacks that lead to Shido blacking out. Tohka and Yoshino tag along the next day to help Kotori ease up and be able to partake of the date. As Shido sees Kotori resorting to pharmaceuticals to counteract her deteriorating mental condition, his determination is invigorated leading him to take Kotori away alone. At the AST base, Origami gets a firsthand view of the DW-029 Annihilator Gear codenamed “White Licorice” sent there by DEM Industries for use by Mana. In talking with Ryouko, she’s indirectly told that they have footage of the battle between Kotori and Kurumi. In the last scene, Origami is staring at a frame from the footage showing Kotori as she realizes who Efreet is.

Episode 12: Things You Can’t Give Up

Picking up directly from Origami seeing Kotori, a frightened Kotori is with Shido at the amusement park riding various roller coasters and attractions on their date. Without communications, Ratatoskr can only monitor with Kyouhei making masochistic comments to the opportunities Shido should have taken. While separated, Yoshino tells Tohka what she overheard about Kotori being a Spirit and how Shido is trying to seal her powers. Origami steals the DW-029 Annihilator Gear codenamed “White Licorice” and suddenly attacks Kotori as she is talking to Shido. Origami enters into a rampage, going into a full offensive when she witnesses Kotori change into her Spirit form. Before Kotori strikes a finishing blow, Origami tells her of how she killed Origami’s parents five years ago sending Kotori into a state of temporary shock. Shido intervenes, delaying Origami but as she is about to fire Tohka and Yoshino arrive. Tohka strives to stop Origami but as her ordinance is exploding ever closer to Shido and Kotori, the latter two kiss effectively sealing Efreet. During the kiss, Shido and Kotori remember exactly what happened five years prior. Shido pleads with Origami as she reaches the operational limit of White Licorice and collapses from exhaustion. Kurumi is seen on a rooftop only commenting “This is not enough.” Back on Fraxinus, Reine reveals that the date wasn’t necessary as Kotori’s affection levels hadn’t wavered since Shido first woke. Kotori returns to fill out reports asking if what Shido said was true. Kotori gets uncharacteristically embarrassed as he confirms his love of her, but as Shido finishes saying simply as his sister he receives swift punishment. During the credits it’s shown that White Licorice has been returned and Origami has been hospitalized. As Shido is going to kiss Tohka he’s interrupted by Ratatoskr and finally [Yoshinon] along with Yoshino who simply say “To be continued. Sometime.”

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