「デイリー・ライフ」 (Deirii Raifu)
Soap operas are dangerous!
Easing Us Back In
There are two ways to do the first episode of a sequel: 1) ease the viewer back into the series with a mostly stand-alone episode that reintroduces them to the world and its characters, or 2) ignore all that crap and just get on with the story. Date A Live II chose #1, and it mostly worked. I didn’t feel like I was being rushed as they reintroduced us to Date A Live’s whole schtick, and there were some laughs too. The one downside of this approach is that, like I mentioned in my post about the first episode of Love Live 2, it can leave you with an episode that feels like a waste of time. I was getting that feeling towards the end, but they saved it with some timely foreshadowing.
The whole drama with Tohka lacked punch because it was painfully obvious it would be resolved by the end of the episode. That hurt the first episode somewhat, but it was saved from being a waste of time by the discussion between Sir Isaac Ray Pelham Westcott (Okiayu Ryotaro) and Ellen Mira Mathers (Itou Shizuka). If this cour had followed immediately from the first season perhaps we wouldn’t have had to waste time with an otherwise throw away episode, but it did introduce these two more smoothly. That plus Westcott bailing Tobiichi Origami (Togashi Misuzu) out and the discussion-with-herself by Tokisaki Kurumi (Sanada Asami) gave me elements to look forward to in what would have otherwise been a fairly light episode.
The Girls, The Laughs
When it comes to Date A Live though, I don’t watch it for the plot, though the plot can be pleasant at times. I’m really here for the girls and the laughs, and it did deliver those. Origami continues to be my favorite in how she pursues Spirit Tamer Itsuka Shidou (Shimazaki Nobunaga) in a…sidewise way, I guess I would say. She’s always coming at him from an angle he can’t deal with, and the deadpan way she heaps so much stress on him is hilarious! I’m also quite fond of Yatogami Tohka (Inoue Marina), but only when she’s being silly-cute, because she gets jealous and freaks out way too often, which just makes me feel bad for the much quieter Yoshino (Nomizu Iori). Sorry Yoshino, the squeaky wheel always gets the grease, or the daito in this case.
Ahhhh, the dream of so many men with more ero-power than good sense – twins. If the girls are the power behind Date A Live, adding two more in one go is liable to be fun to see, especially if Tohka nets some non-loli Spirit rivals for Shidou’s attention. I don’t plan on blogging this show any further, but I will be watching it, so check in on my twitter if you want to know my reactions to the latest episode. Until next time!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – A quick reintroduction to what this series about, followed by some foreshadowing to kick the season into high gear #date_a_live s2e1
- Catch that foreshadowing of the Yamai twins’ powers on the TV? That was nicely done.
- It’s just like I’m always saying, stories are powerful. They can destroy the entire world if they reach the wrong mind.
Check out my blog about storytelling and the novel I’m writing at stiltsoutloud.com. The last four posts: I’ll allow it; Useful lies; Missing the point; and You don’t get credit for the words you don’t write.
ED: 「Day to Story」 by 佐土原かおり (Sadohara Kaori)