So here we are, the final ep of Date A Live II. I’ll keep this intro short get right into this.

Here’s my review!

Picking up where we left off last week, Tohka has been transformed into Dark Tohka or Inverse Tohka and actually looks really badass I must say. The purple and black armor fits her nicely and you can see more of her epic boobs too. Although I should’ve kept that last comment to myself. Moving right along then, she’s a bit disoriented as to where she is, so seeing Miku, she asks her where her current position is. Miku explains that she was captured by DEM and is currently in their big building in Japan. Tohka obviously hasn’t heard of any of that before, so it’s not exactly anything useful to her. Meanwhile Isaac and Ellen are still in the room and we see Isaac looking all proud with himself that they’re created a monster out of Tohka. Yeah fuck you buddy. Isaac then tells Ellen to fight Tohka, why, I’m not really sure.

Back outside, Jessica has reached the breaking point, and has fully broken. She’s lost her mind trying to kill Mana and her facial expressions really show that. Mana shows off her expert fighting skills though, dodging Jessica’s attacks while dishing out her own attacks. Being that Jessica’s mech suit, Scarlet Licorice, is a pretty heavy duty one, it drains more energy from it’s user, so Jessica has reached her limit with all her attacks and is starting to cough up blood because of this. Jessica isn’t going down without a fight though so Mana gives her the fight she asked for, killing her in the process. “Remember, you asked for this.”

Back inside, Ellen and Dark Tohka are going at it, Tohka totally having the upper hand in the battle. Ellen thinks she’s finally got an opening and goes for a big attack, only to have it not work on Tohka. Now she’s pissed off. Tohka throws a big attack of her own, it destroys what’s left of the already ruined top half of the building. Haha, I liked the banter between Miku and Shido after Miku saved him, tsundere to the end Miku is. Isaac and Ellen have a quick chat about the current battle and if she can actually beat Tohka. Ellen still holds true to her being the best in the world and that no one could beat her, but remember that damage she sustained in her last battle, well it’s proving her costly as she’s now not on her full game, meaning she can’t stand up to the supercharged Tohka. Seeing that their at a disadvantage, Isaac decides they pull back for now, and bids Tohka, Miku and Shido farewell. Interestingly enough, Isaac addresses Shido as Takamiya for his last name instead of Itsuka. Now I don’t know everything here as I haven’t read the light novels, but I know that Mana’s last name is also Takamiya and she did say at some point in season 1 that she’s really his sister, but I don’t really want to get into making theories as I clearly don’t have all the details.

Now with Isaac and Ellen gone, next up on Tohka’s list of things to destroy are Shido and Miku. Once again I really liked Miku and Shido’s banter here as they quietly talk about what they should do. Miku brings up the point Shido was impaled by Ellen and is somehow still alive, but Tohka can’t be fucked with any of that and throws an attack, only to have it blocked by the blue Sandalphon that Shido has. Tohka asks why he has that, but before they can get into that conversation, Kotori finally makes contact with Shido as the signal isn’t being blocked anymore. She informs him that they can’t get a reading on her feelings and that the only way to fix this is to make her remember him. Shido opens up with a pretty standing line saying that if she lays down her sword and comes home, he’ll make her favorite foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sounds like a deal to me. Negotiations fail instantly forcing Miku to crack out Gabriel once again, a smaller version though, but that doesn’t have any affect (or effect) on Tohka either.

For a moment here I seriously thought Miku was actually going to die. Tohka had her down and out, thrown an attack at her, and Shido was too far away to jump in to save her. We get this montage of Miku, almost like her life flashing before her eyes, as she talks about how she only had her songs to keep her going. The half way point is here so when the eye catch is over, we’re back with Yoshino who isn’t under Miku’s control anymore, making me think Miku really did die. Kaguya and Yuzuru are also there too, wondering what’s going on. Back with Miku, she’s still alive! Shido was able to get there and protect her in the last possible second, but what’s more, Tohka is starting to remember the name ‘Shido’. But as luck would have it, she hasn’t made the connection yet and is now really pissed off. Summoning Paverschlev she readies to finish them off but before she gets the chance too, Yoshino and the cavalry arrive to save the day! But not just yet, forcing Yoshino back, Tohka opens up with her city destroying attack. Yeah, Superman approves for sure.

Miku thinks Shido’s dead, hell I thought Shido was finally gone at this point, but no, Kaguya and Yuzuru saved him from certain death. Now with an opening, Shido flies towards Tohka, much like in season 1, and arrives right in front of her, ready to save her from the dark side. With a kiss her memories return and Tohka is back to her normal self. Unlike the first time they kissed, Tohka keeps all her clothing (damn, maybe next time) and returns to her maid outfit she was wearing at the festival. She also seems to have forgotten what has just happened, I guess her memories of going to the dark side disappeared. Things are slowly back to normal now, Kurumi is off into the shadows again and all the people under Miku’s control are also back to normal too.

The next day Shido goes to see Miku, who is now addressing him as ‘darling’ (not that I’d mind if she called me that); she called him because she wants him to seal her powers, via kiss. Now this part I’m kinda… I don’t know, annoyed with or something. Shido has just kissed Miku and her clothing has just disappeared, he acts totally oblivious about that small fact. Miku even hugs him, her boobs drilling into his chest, and he’s still not really reacting at all. Wow like seriously, how can you keep a straight face while she’s doing that to you? So the ep ends with a performance by Miku, one that I actually really enjoyed a lot. The song was good and her dress was really cute too. The ep comes to an end after her performance and we’re left with a few second teaser for a Date A Live movie coming soon at some point. But pretty much that’s how it ends.


Final Thoughts

So with this Date A Live II is over; I’m happy to see it finally end as I was really not enjoying it as much as I wanted to. Looking back at it as a whole though it falls short of the amazing season 1 in pretty much every way. For starters, the first 3 eps were shit and I totally understand why anyone would want to drop it right there. Hell that’s what I did. But coming back I tried my hardest to push way the negative and try to enjoy it, but even then I never got into it as much as season 1. Season 2 lacked more Tohka and Kurumi as well as pretty much every other main character from season 1 and just focused on Kaguya and Yuzuru for the first bit, then Miku for the last bit. Kurumi made her return, but it was to short lived to really get excited for. Tohka was hardly in the middle bit of the 10 eps and Yoshino did nothing at all through the whole season. Origami was also sidelined as she spent much of the time in the hospital or just not there for some reason or another.

In one word to really sum this season up: disappointing. Granted I’ve never read the light novel so if the season had a bunch of smaller things to it that I missed, sorry, but going by what I watched, I was very let down as I had high expectations going into this. I wanted this to be more like season 1 and have that Date A Live vibe I came to love, but this just didn’t provide it and I think that’s among the main reasons it falls short for her personally. So season 2 leaves us with many things still unanswered and loose ends untied, will this movie clear all this up? I’m not sure. Personally I think there should be a season 3 as I’m guessing there is still lots of material from the light novels that could be adapted over into the anime format. But if there is a season 3, I really hope it’s not as terrible as season 2.

A common misconception with sequels is that it has to top the first one with more everything. That’s about the absolute worst thing you can ever do with a sequel. What a sequel should be is a continuation of the story, building on what you presented to the viewer in the first season (or movie) and then expand on that, progressing the story. Had Date A Live done this, I think it would’ve been much better, but instead they added new characters while pushing the old ones to the back and never really checking in on them much. The whole Dark Tohka thing at the end seemed too rushed and was easily fixed. It also doesn’t help that we don’t really learn all that much about the whole inverse thing either, except that it’s just bad when it happens.

All in all season 2 wasn’t to my liking and although it ended better than it started, it’s still not a memorable season, nor the sequel I wanted. Sorry guys, this one isn’t worth it. In accordance with the score I gave it on MAL, Date A Live II gets a 5/10. An overall disappointment.

Catch up on all 10 of the reviews here.

Some screen shots of the ep.


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Somewhere, Superman is nodding approvingly of this ultra destructive attack.
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So there you have it, the finale of Date A Live II. I’d also like to extend a big thanks once again to Deven Luca of AnimeThief for helping me with some of the reviews. Be sure to follow him anime blog for summer anime reviews too, and check him out on Twitter as well.

I hope you’ve enjoyed sticking with me through all 10 eps and I’d love to hear your thoughts on the season. If you’re going to include points from the light novel, please don’t get super spoiler-y because I do plan on reading it at some point. Alright then, I’ll leave you with the final bonus pic now!

Thanks for reading guys and I’ll cya in the next post!


Bonus Pic!

Lovely Dark Tohka pic here by my favorite kazenokaze. Click for epic full size!
Lovely Dark Tohka pic here by my favorite kazenokaze. Click for epic full size!

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