The upcoming Date a Live V (Season 5) has released the first set of character visuals. The visual contains the design for the protagonist, Shido Itsuka (CV: Nobunaga Shimazaki), and the main heroine, Tohka Yatogami (CV: Marina Inoue). You can check out the visuals that also contain their spirit names below:
Kotori Itsuka (CV: Ayana Taketatsu), Yoshino Hamekawa (CV: Iori Nomizu), Origami Tobiichi (CV: Misuzu Togashi), and Miku Izayoi (CV: Minori Chihara) are also available:
Date a Live V was announced at the end of Date a Live IV’s final episode. The ending of season 4 foreshadowed that a war is coming and we can expect season 5 to be different and darker compared to the first 4 seasons as the main antagonist will finally show herself in the present time. Studio GEEKTOYS is in charge of the animation with Jun Nakagawa as the director.
There is still no information regarding the broadcast date of the series. The Date a Live franchise will also have a special program that will release new information for season 5 at the “Fantasia Bunko Big Thanks Online 2023” event on October 14, 2023.
Date a Live premiered in 2013 under studio AIC+. It was followed by season 2 in 2014 by production IMS. The same studio worked on an anime film titled Date a Live: Mayuri Judgement in 2015. J.C. Staff animated the 3rd season in 2019. In 2020, two spin-off movies titled Date a Live: Dead or Bullet, and Date a Live: Nightmare or Queen had theatrical screenings. The 4th season by GEEKTOYS aired in 2022. You can watch the entire series on Crunchyroll.
Date a Live is a Japanese light novel series by Koshi Tachibana. Fujimi Shobo serialized it with Tsunako’s illustrations from 2011 to 2020, and it has a total of 22 volumes available. Yen Press licensed the original Date a Live light novel series in English and describes the plot as:
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!
Source: Official Website
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