Looks like things are starting to heat up again, with the introduction of that other prominent Spirit!
Unexpectedly, a new student transfers into Shido’s class. She announces herself as Kurumi Tokisaki, a Spirit. Kurumi then asks Shido to show her around school. We get a bit of comedy as Ratatoskr tries to guide Shido into doing / saying the right things to Kurumi. Ultimately though it doesn’t work.
On the way home, Shido runs into a girl named Mana Takamiya, who claims to be Shido’s little sister. Apparently Shido was adopted into Kotori’s family, and Mana is actually his lost blood-related sister. Kotori took a disliking to Mana immediately and the two argue a bit before Mana runs out when she lets slip that she is living in a “special work dorm”.
The next day it’s revealed to Shido that Mana is actually a member of the AST, which was revealed to us at the very beginning of the episode. We also see that Mana had killed Tokisaki, decapitating her – but somehow, Tokisaki still appeared at school. The episode ends with Tokisaki strangling Origami in the stairway after Origami confronted her saying that she should have died.
I definitely hadn’t forgotten about Kurumi and several of her abilities, although I did forget about the part where she can come back from death… What really surprised me was how soon she is introduced – episode 7! I guess this means we’ll be getting 6 solid episodes featuring Kurumi? I’d be pretty OK with that, Kurumi is a pretty cool character.
Yep. I completely forgot about this character. Even after she declared Shido her big brother, it still wasn’t ringing any bells for me. I don’t remember anything about Mana and what happens with her throughout the series. Which is a good thing I think, because the more I’ve forgotten, the more fresh the episodes feel.
I’m sure most of you who have seen Date A Live will remember this one. The Ratatoskr AI managed to come up with a conversation option for Shido where he asks Kurumi what kind of panties she is wearing. Naturally, the Vice-Captain suggests option 3, because “black tights with white panties are the pride of mankind”. Kotori snaps her fingers and two men drag the Vice-Captain away.
I’m really starting to like the Vice-Captain…
Of course the anime had to come up with a way to get Shido to actually ask Kurumi about her panties! Kotori reads the question out loud, asking why such a question was even presented. But because her mic was still on, Shido heard her read the question and ends up asking it.
The sad part though is that we don’t actually get to see Kurumi’s panties, even after she teases showing them, because Shido wimps out. It’s too bad really, being denied the pride of mankind like that. If they wouldn’t show panties here, then when will they? It’s definitely starting to look like episode 2 was the end of panty shots in Date A Live.
Origami vs. Mana Fight
At the beginning of the episode, we watch a sparring session between several AST members (including Origami) and Mana. Origami pulls off some moves and manages to get her blade touching Mana’s back, but for some reason Mana won the sparring match. I still don’t understand why Mana won the match, when she had a sword to her back like that..
Not a big deal but it seemed odd. I feel like they could have done a better job at displaying Mana’s abilities in that fight, instead of having her stand still and then somehow magically win without really doing anything.
This was a nice episode. I feel like introducing BOTH Kurumi and Mana may have been a bit much for a single episode, but the plus side to this is that we don’t have to worry about time being spent on their introductions in future episodes. Which means we have another 5 solid episodes in the season where the anime can really ramp up the tension / action.
In the end though, any episode that features Ratatoskr and the “dating options” is a winner in my books!
Until next time,
Thanks for reading.
Other Date A Live Posts
- Ep1 – Little Sister Edition
- Ep2 – Sunset Tohka Edition
- Ep3 – Sunset Sniper Edition
- Ep4 – Cat Pen & Lollipop Edition
- Ep5 – Sad Edition
- Ep6 – Too Cute Edition
- Ep7 – “Tick Tock, Eye Clock” Edition
- Ep8 – Fun in the Park Edition
- Ep9 – Cloudy Skies Edition
- Ep10 – 1 O’Clock Edition
- Ep11 – Group Date Edition
- Ep12 – Fiery Temper Edition
- Season 1 Review