The upcoming Date a Live IV anime will premiere on April 8, 2022. Sweet Arms is performing the ending theme. Studio GEEKTOYS is animating the series, while Jun Nakagawa (High School Fleet) is directing. A new key visual has been revealed:
Date a Live IV is the fourth season of the Date a Live anime series. Studio AIC Plus+ animated the first season of the series in 2013, which had a total of 12 episodes and an OVA. The second season aired in 2014 and was animated by studio Production IMS. It had a total of 10 episodes and an OVA. In 2015, a movie titled Date A Live Movie: Mayuri Judgment premiered in Japanese theatres. The franchise came back in 2019 with the 3rd season under J.C. Staff, and it had a total of 12 episodes. Keitaro Motonaga (School Days) is the one who directed all of it. In 2020, two movies premiered in Japan titled Date A Bullet: Dead or Bullet and Date A Bullet: Nightmare or Queen under director Nakagawa.
The anime is based on Koshi Tachibana’s Date a Live light novel series. Fujimi Shobo started serializing it in 2011 and it ended in 2020. The light novel series had a total of 22 volumes available. The same author also wrote a light novel titled Date a Live: Encore, which includes the short stories from the original series. The same publisher is also publishing a spin-off light novel series titled Date A Live Fragment: Date A Live Bullet under Koshi Tachibana’s supervision, and it currently has 7 volumes in circulation.
Yen Press licensed the original Date a Live light novel series in English:
April 10. The first day of school. Shido Itsuka is rudely awoken by his personal alarm clock—his little sister. It’s shaping up to be another typical day…well, as typical as it gets on a planet plagued by massive spatial quakes. Little does Shido know, however, his life is about to take a sudden turn when he encounters the source of this destructive phenomenon—a girl his age, apparently known as a Spirit. Turns out, there are only two ways he can stop her from unleashing hell on the world: Eliminate her by force or placate her…by taking her out on a date and making her fall in love with him!Yen Press
Source: Official Website, Press Release
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