Because it was in the Spring Preview post, I’m doing a “First Impressions” on Date A Live. But it’s going to be a short one – my first impression is that it sucks.
I can’t discount the possibility that the LN this adaptation is based on is intentionally trying to be as stupid as possible, an intentional mockery of all the clichés so proudly on display in the premiere. What I can say is that even if there’s a kernel of truth in that, it won’t matter to me, because the anime is so poorly executed that it was torture to sit through the premiere. Mediocre animation, leaden pacing, uninspired acting – and the clincher, it’s not funny. For me, at least, the jokes don’t work. I didn’t so much as crack a smile once during the premiere, never mind laugh.
It’s too bad, because in Motonaga Keitarou we have a director who’s shown he can do very good work in the two Jormungand series. I can’t for the life of me figure out what drew him to Date A Live, but I guess the checks don’t bounce. I’ll try and give it one more episode but if I like it enough to do another post it will be a huge surprise.