The first main trailer for Date A Live IV has been released, offering audiences a look at the new anime’s visual style. Additional staff details and a new release date were also announced, with the anime now set to premiere in 2022 instead of October 2021.
Date A Live IV will be the latest anime adaptation of the light novel series written by Kōshi Tachibana and illustrated by Tsunako, which began in 2011 and ended in 2020 with 22 volumes. The light novels have spawned the Date A Bullet spin-off light novel series, a manga adaptation, and video games as well. Date A Live IV is part of the series’ 10th anniversary plan.
Unlike the first three seasons, Date A Live IV will be directed by the Date A Bullet spin-off’s Jun Nakagawa. Other previously announced staff members include Fumihiko Shimo (Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki) as the series composer, Naoto Nakamura (High School Fleet movie) as the character designer, and Gou Sakabe (LBX Girls) as the music composer. GEEKTOYS is in charge of the animation production.
The other staff members include Shiori Tanaka (Fire Force Season 2 animation director) as the sub character designer, Mika Akitaka (Strike the Blood series) and Yasuhiro Moriki (Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway co-original mechanical designer) as the mechanical designers, Nakata Junki (BEYBLADE BURST RISE) as the art director, Hitomi Ikeda (Plunderer) as the color designer, and Keisuke Nozawa (Vivy -Fluorite Eye’s Song-) as the photography director.
Additionally, Kenichi Shirai (Space Battleship Tiramisu) is the 3D director, while Noriko Masuko (Date A Bullet) is handling the special effects and 2D works.
The cast includes Nobunaga Shimazaki as Jidō Itsuka, Marina Inoue as Tōka Yatogami, Misuzu Togashi as Origami Tobiichi, Ayana Taketatsu as Kotori Itsuka, Iori Nomizu as Yoshino Himekawa, Asami Sanada as Kurumi Tokisaki, Maaya Uchida as Kaguya Yamai, Sarah Emi Bridcutt as Yuzuru Yamai, Minori Chihara as Miku Izayoi, and Ayumi Mano as Natsumi.
Crunchyroll describes the first season of Date A Live as:
Ordinary high school boy Shido discovers a mysterious girl at ground zero of a recent spacequake. Shido learns, through his sister Kotori, that the girl is one of the Spirits: mystical creatures responsible for the spacequakes. Shido is recruited to help “seal” the sprits and end their threat to mankind. There’s just one catch: the only way to seal a spirit—is to make her fall in love with you.
Sources: KADOKAWAanime YouTube channel, Date A Live IV website