Date A Live Season Five Announced & In Development

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A fifth season of the Date A Live anime series has been announced by the anime’s production team. The announcement comes after the airing of the fourth season’s 12th and final episode on June 24, 2022. 

Date A Live light novel artist Tsunako drew a commemorative illustration to celebrate news of the fifth season’s announcement. 

The fourth Date A Live anime season features many of the returning voice cast members, including Nobunaga Shimazaki as Jido Itsuka, Marina Inoue as Tohka 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. New voice cast members consist of Hitomi Nabatame as Nia Honjo and Akari Kageyama as Mukuro Hoshimiya.

Date A Bullet‘s Jun Nakagawa is directing the series, taking over for Keitarou Motonaga. Other returning staff members include Naoto Nakamura as character designer, Shiori Tanaka (Date A Bullet key animator) as sub character designer, Kusanagi’s Nakata Junki as art director, Hitomi Ikeda as color designer, Graphinica’s Keisuke Nozawa as photography director, and Gou Sakabe as music composer. GEEK TOYS is in charge of the animation production for the fourth season. 

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Other staff members include Fumihiko Shimo (Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki) as series scriptwriter and Mika Akitaka (Strike the Blood) and Yasuhiro Moriki (Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway co-original mechanical designer) as mechanical designers. 

The first three Date A Live seasons aired in 2013, 2014, and 2019 respectively. The franchise has also inspired a 2015 anime film and a two-part Date A Bullet OVA spin-off series in 2020. 

The original light novels were first published under Kadokawa’s Fujimi Fantasia Bunko label on March 19, 2011. The series ended on March 19, 2020 with 22 total volumes and has inspired various spin-off media, manga, and video games. 

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Crunchyroll is streaming the show outside of Japan and other Asian territories, while Bilibili is streaming it in Southeast Asia. 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.

Source: Date A Live Official Twitter 

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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