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“Date A Live” New Anime Series Is In Production

Date A Live fans! get ready for more nostalgic punches as the new anime project of the light novel series will be coming soon. At the Fantasia Bunko Festival 2017, it was announced that the series based on Koushi Tachibana’s sci-fi light novel Date A Live will receive a new anime and work is now in production.

On Saturday, Date A Live author Koushi Tachibana on his Twitter revealed a visual for the franchise’ new anime adaptation in the production. The visual below didn’t give any details regarding the new adaptation, but is followed by a message which reads as, “Now then, let’s start our new date.”

Series goes thirty years before the events of Date A Live, an enormous explosion destroys east Asia and kills 150 million people. This is the first known “Spacequake”, an unexplainable natural disaster that has since become common. As a fast forward to the future. High school second-year Shidou Itsuka lives alone with his cute little sister while their parents are away. During a Spacequake rush to save his sister, where Shidou is get caught in the blast and perceive him in the middle of the chaos, where he finds a mysterious girl. But it turns out that the girl is actually a Spirit, a powerful being from another world whose arrival destroys the surrounding area. Thankfully, Shidou is rescued by an anti-Spirit strike team which led by his little sister!

This anti-Spirit task force is locked and loaded, ready to exterminate Spirits with absolute contempt. But Shidou didn’t follow up this method and finds that the only way to neutralize these Spirits peacefully is to make them fall in love. Now, it’s up to Shidou to save the world by dating those who threaten to destroy the world!

Cover of Date A Live Volume 1

A manga adaption of Date A Live with illustrations by Ringo began on April 16 of 2012. Due to Ringo having health problems, the manga was canceled after 6 chapters. The adaptation ended covering only a part of Shido’s first date with Tohka. A new manga adaptation began serialization in the January 2014 issue of Shōnen Ace, this time with illustrations done by Sekihiko Inui. It was recently announced that the third volume of the manga will be the last. The third volume will be shipped by Kadokawa throughout Japan this winter.

The anime premiered on March 31, 2013, on Niconico. On TV, it premiered on April 6, 2013, on Tokyo MX. The Blu-ray Box features an additional 35 minutes worth of content. Due to the Blu-ray Box being released after FUNimation Entertainment’s release, this additional material was not included in any English release. A video game named Date A Live: Rinne Utopia produced by Compile Heart and Sting Entertainment released on June 27, 2013, for the PlayStation 3.

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