Date A Live III (Winter 2019) – Smells Like Teen Spirit

Date A Live” no longer needs an introduction. This is one of the series that still lasts until now with a gap period of 4 years since the movie. All we need from this series is the fantasies of the fans. Nothing else but this is also the worst one if you are happy to say it. When the first episode aired, this third season gets a not-really-good response. They say that this anime is nothing more than a hentai anime even hentai has so much quality than this. They said that it followed up from the illustration of the difference between the light novel and the series. And also if this allows them to be sad again with this third season.

With no crap at all, “Date A Live III” is indeed a curious case since the first glance at the second season. This show doesn’t need to be asked anymore because of such its simple premise. Although I myself am not too overpraised this anime is as proud as it is. I always say I’ll watch anything and since then, I’ve arrived at this time. J.C.Staff made a lot of “improvement” in this high-quality series. It’s like comparing diarrhea that comes in your ears than watching this series. However, I was so curious because, in reality, people were more concerned with quality than stories. This might also apply to video games. But, this third season is still one of your generic standard harems, to begin with. It’s such a thing to combine harem with visual dating elements-like.

Our story begins with our savior, Shido Itsuka, who lives happily along with the Spirits he has kissed. This season introduces Natsumi as the seventh spirit. She has two personalities at least or two forms. In addition, Origami introduced the second arc as one of the best arcs in this season. The arc also discusses Origami’s past, decent time travel story, and a rollercoaster allows this arc to be the most serious.

The first arc introducing Natsumi who played a mind game against Shido and her friends. It’s just… what’s the matter? I feel like this isn’t too important besides Natsumi being the character who has gained the most attention since its PV. But why? This arc is pointless. She takes so much pride and jealous of Shido. Apart from that, I can conclude this arc as not the worse but it’s just pointless to see this pointless psychological game which is not discussed again in the next arc. Onto the next.

Now, I assume Origami is just a character without any development at all other than being just a slave-love to Shido himself. In fact, I don’t know why. This arc takes its tone into a serious and emotional rollercoaster ride. She is the girl who sacrificed everything to Shido the most. Not only that, but she was also not given the opportunity, especially the less sensitive Shido. This arc also discusses more Origami’s past and who actually killed her parents. One thing that makes me irritating with this arc is her character.

It follows the same format as the first and second season. I don’t even know which side she was on. At first, she lives her daily life happily ever after with Shido and other friends. But, she always became one of the antagonists for other reasons. And don’t start again with capitalism-like antagonists without any clear reason. I don’t even know where to start. I think the show stops at this arc without having to add Shido again in the last episode as fanservice. It’s a harem so what do you expect?

This show has awkward and wisecracks humor dialogues. The music is still pretty good and decent but the artwork is just “spectacular”. I mean, J.C. Staff take their ego by taking various kinds of projects. I don’t even want to start again. Clearly, “Date A Live III” shows its chance to become an interesting series into a gimmick generic harem. It’s a shame that the studio takes too much of the third season which is also a request from fans themselves. I just want to watch this series as always from the beginning. But, just enough already.

2.5 out of 5 stars.

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