The BEST Episodes of Date A Live
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jan 2, 2022
Thirty years ago a strange phenomenon called "spacequake" devastated the center of Eurasia, claiming the lives of at least 150 million people. Since then, smaller spacequakes plague the world on an irregular basis. Shido Itsuka, a seemingly ordinary high schooler comes across a mysterious girl at the ground zero of a spacequake and learns from his sister Kotori she is one of the "Spirits" who are the real cause of the spacequakes that occur when they manifest themselves in the world. He also learns that Kotori is the commander of the airship Fraxinus, crewed by the organization Ratatoskr, and is recruited to make use of his mysterious ability to seal the Spirits' powers thus stopping them from being a threat to mankind. However, there is a catch: to seal to Spirit's power, I must make it fall in love with him and kiss her.
#1 - That Which Cannot Be Forgiven
Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 22, 2013
Picking up directly from Origami seeing Kotori, a frightened Kotori is with Shido at the amusement park riding various roller coasters and attractions on their date. Without communications, Ratatoskr can only monitor with Kyouhei making masochistic comments to the opportunities Shido should have taken. While separated, Yoshino tells Tohka what she overheard about Kotori being a Spirit and how Shido is trying to seal her powers. Origami steals the DW-029 Annihilator Gear codenamed “White Licorice” and suddenly attacks Kotori as she is talking to Shido. Origami enters into a rampage, going into a full offensive when she witnesses Kotori change into her Spirit form. Before Kotori strikes a finishing blow, Origami tells her of how she killed Origami's parents five years ago sending Kotori into a state of temporary shock.
#2 - Countdown
Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 15, 2013
Shido is contemplating the situation regarding Kotori involving the events five years prior including the statements made by her and Origami about the apartment fire. While he meets with Reine to discuss the details regarding the date with Kotori, Origami is informed about high-tech gear coming into the base in two days by Ryouko while she visits Origami in the hospital. Ratatoskr's headquarter's personnel have all agreed that going to Ocean Park with Kotori is the ideal venue for Shido's date so Shido undergoes a training session outlined by Reine to prepare involving Shido taking Tohka and Yoshino to buy swimsuits. As Tohka asks about a swimsuit, Origami appears and teases her about it being a new piece of anti-Spirit equipment but reveals that her true motive for joining them is to inquire of Tohka about the Spirit of Flames to the point of politely being courteous in her questioning. Finding Tohka's information useless, Origami pressures Shido into giving his opinions on her choice of swimsuit. Tohka and Origami turn it into a battle in that whoever turns on Shido more gets to go on a date with him. Yoshino ultimately wins but back on Fraxinus, Shido watches the video of the fire from five years ago. Recognizing ordinary video noise as an actual person initiates a series of flashbacks that lead to Shido blacking out. During Kotori's date the next day, Tohka and Yoshino tag along to help Kotori ease up and be able to partake of the actual events. As Shido sees Kotori resorting to pharmaceuticals to counteract her deteriorating mental condition, his determination is invigorated so he goes about the date with just him and Kotori. At the AST base, Origami gets a firsthand view of the DW-029 Annihilator Gear codenamed “White Licorice” sent there by DEM Industries for use by Mana. In talking with Ryouko, she's indirectly told that they have footage of the battle between Kotori and Kurumi. In the last scene, Origami is staring at a frame from the footage showing Ko
#3 - For the Sky and the Sword
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 20, 2013
Shido and Tohka are on their date being overseen and supported by the Fraxinus crew. Tohka mistakingly assumes that each variety of food she is consuming at first is a "date". Not accustomed to a crowd, when the couple enter the shopping area she assumes that humanity is launching an all out attack on her. Origami observes them from the shadows while Shido and Tohka go from a high priced restaurant to south of the station where they enter an improvised shopping area. Tohka is able to indulge in the foods present to her desire but notices that Shido doesn't seem to be having fun. They move on to an arcade that is dominated by crane games which Tohka mistakingly assumes is the "mecha team's" secret base. In the course of playing for a prize that has caught Tohka's eye, Tohka inadvertantly voices her bond with Shido.
#4 - Inversion
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 14, 2014
Tohka is born into a negative form with her counterpart sword Qliphoth and has no memory. Mana and Jessica reach the concluded battle. Jessica, dying in Mana's arms, tells how she always felt jealous and wanted to become strong for the DEM, Mana made her decision to dishonor Westcott. Westcott decides to retreat, although he briefly calls Shido "Takamiya". Tohka launches brutal attacks then Miku becomes vulnerable. Yoshino, Yoshinon, Kaguya, and Yuzuru regain their sanity. Shido took the hit to protect Miku. Tohka swings the sword of demise on the city, Shido flies towards her reminding her of him; dropping the Sandalphon, he seals her power once more with a kiss restoring her. Kurumi continue her search for the captive Spirit. The next day, Miku who is happy trusting Shido she purposely kisses him sealing her power much less her clothes. Miku invites everyone to listen to her latest concert then announces to her "darling" stunning the crowd and Shido. His competition among the girls' affection continues.
#5 - The Truth About Miku
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 7, 2014
Shido almost got caught until Miku makes an entry as she commands the Spirits to join the battlefield just to collect Tohka. Origami in a convention suit partners with Mana. While Shido and Miku argue, he reveals that Kurumi learned how Miku acquire her Spirit power from Phantom (like Kotori), she finally tells that she used to be a splendid singer Tsukino Yoimachi, but one day she rejected a TV producer's career offer due to disgrace, then bad rumors spread with no help from her agency and fans, she tried to reconnect with her fans, but suffers psychogenic aphonia, resulting in her losing her voice; this cause Miku to tension condemn humanity. Shido vows to keep his promise. Origami, Ratatoskr, terrorizes the territory to subdue Ellen. Westcott makes his appearance when Shido and Miku find Tohka. Shido is stabbed by Ellen with Tohka watching she goes berserk.
#6 - Manifestation
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired May 3, 2014
The woman stalking Tohka and Shido before, Ellen, finally reveals her true colors and orders a pack of mechs called Bandersnatch units after Tohka in an attempt to capture her. During the clash, Tohka gets incapacitated and captured only for Shido to call upon her sword to break the Bandersnatch off her. Meanwhile, Kannazuki and his crew on board the Fraxinus gets attacked by an enemy airship. Kannazuki launches a counterattack after deflecting several shots, leading to a full-scale dogfight between the two ships. Back at Shido's battle, Ellen falls down into a pit trap (oddly enough) dug by Ai, Mai, and Mii allowing Shido and Tohka to escape. Running to Kaguya and Yuzuru, he summons Tohka's power to intervene the duel and convinces both the girls to forget about becoming Yamai and focus on enjoying their lives together. Noticing the airship that attacked the Fraxinus, the twins combine their powers and eviscerate the ship with one massive blast. After the incident, Shido successfully seals the Yamai twins' powers, unfortunately stripping them of their clothes just as Tohka arrives. Meanwhile, Kotori learns from a strange man that Shido has manifested a spirit's power and that she might have to kill Shido if the situation worsens.
#7 - Girls' Music
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired May 17, 2014
Mana finally awakens from her battle with Kurumi. For the upcoming competition Ai, Mai, and Mii prepare a band to compete against Miku's. Origami hears from Ryōko about the usurp mission in capturing Tohka and Shido during the festival. Serving a Maid Café with the Yamai twins employed, Shido (as Shiori again) even hands out posters as the head maid when he and Miku come across and ask "her" to date her though Shiori still annoyed of Miku's arrogance. Shido then finds the bandmates were manipulated and will not perform for the concert. Fraxinus cuts the stage's power to slow things down, but Miku gets the advantage with her Astral Dress. The AST led by Jessica target the Tengu Square until Ryōko and Origami piloting the “White Licorice” interfere. Kaguya and Yuzuru as they are professional, backup Tohka and Shido to perform as best as they could regardless of outside interference.
#8 - Flame Spirit (Ifrit)
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 8, 2013
Kurumi and Kotori start fighting after a short conversation. Kurumi used one of her skills to make Kotori stay still, create copies of her, and shoot her a few times. Kotori fell over after Kurumi's last shot but Kotori's healing skill enables her to not die. Then, the shocked Kurumi send her copies to kill Shido but he was pushed away by Kotori and the copies were killed. In the heat of the fight, Kurumi used her one of her skills to Kotori but it only worked for a while. Kotori used her weapon to shoot Kurumi's angel after the frightened Kurumi summoned her copies to shield her. He immediately stands in front of Kurumi to shield her, knowing Kotori is no longer herself at that time when he tries to reason with Kotori to not kill Kurumi. Later, after the shot have launched, Kotori suddenly regained conscious and deflects the shot.
#9 - Sullen Rain
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 27, 2013
Shido meets Yoshino for the first time while running through a shrine on a rainy, ill-forecasted day. Believing her to be just a girl, he goes on about his way. At school, Tohka has made cookies and competes with Origami for Shido's attention. Arriving home, Shido learns that Tohka will be living in his house since he has sealed her powers. Kotori explains that it is also training as Shido still has to assist in sealing more spirits. Later, as a spacequake alarm goes off during school, Shido heads out to find it is Yoshino that is the cause. Tohka is left in the shelter while Shido goes out to meet Yoshino only to have Tohka follow him and witness the two accidentally having kissed. Tohka retrieves her powers from Shido but only to provoke Yoshino who attacks while leaving.
#10 - Triple Capriccio
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired May 25, 2013
Shido invites Kurumi out but is forced on a polygamous date when Tohka seduces him and Origami forces her plans upon him for a date. Shido is unable to deny any of them as Tohka would be heartbroken, Origami would be suspicious and his plans to seal Kurumi depend on the date. With their dates occurring around the same time and their entertainment venues located rather close to each other, Ratatoskr assists Shido by teleporting him to each girl's location while monitoring their emotional levels. After Shido leaves Kurumi, she finds some boys shooting at a stray cat and convinces them to let her play with them. Ratatoskr loses sight of Kurumi as Origami and Tohka run into each other. After they both proclaim their trying to find Shido for their date, Origami runs off concerned there may be another.
#11 - Frozen Ground
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired May 4, 2013
Tohka is avoiding Shido due to her feelings about what happened between him and Yoshino. She talks with Reine and receives advice and clarity about what occurred. During this time, Shido helps Yoshino look for her puppet, Yoshinon. Yoshino gets hungry while searching so the two go to Shido's house to eat. It's revealed that Yoshinon is Yoshino's friend because he is strong, cool, bold, and is essentially a hero that is everything Yoshino wants to be. As Shido is getting close to Yoshino, Tohka barges is spouting an apology but misinterprets the situation. Yoshino teleports away, Tohka barges out again, but Shido learns that Yoshinon is at Origami's place. Origami forcibly makes progress between them when Shido comes over but as the conversation turns to Spirits, she gets notice of a mission.
#12 - Frenzied Nightmare
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 1, 2013
Mana kills Kurumi and explains everything to Shido. After he is forced away, he avoids Origami and Tohka after running into them because of seeing the death Kurumi caused. Tohka finds out the reason for Shido's behavior and continues her date with him to try to cheer him up. After gaining some insight to Kurumi, the next day Shido declares to Kurumi that he'll save her. Kurumi goes to the school rooftop while encasing the school in her field to dissuade Shido from trying to save her. Mana is confronting Kotori about Ratatoskr and attempting to use it as leverage against Kotori so she'll release Shido from the potential danger he's in. While Kurumi is threatening the school and the town, Origami and Tohka are engaging in battles with other copies of Kurumi. Shido convinces Kurumi only for her to be killed by another Kurumi.
#13 - Another Close Encounter
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 13, 2013
Shido is undergoing stage two of his training which is practical application upon real humans. First is his teacher who, with the assistance of Reine and Kotori, falls head over heels in obsessive love with him. Running away from her, he bumps into Origami. He uses her for practice but ends up unintentionally starting a relationship with her. A spacequake alarm occurs and the Princess Spirit is expected to appear at Raizen High School. With the students evacuated, Shido heads inside the demolished section of the school to confront the Princess. Shido makes a connection with the Princess and names her Tohka. The AST shows up and engages Tohka from long range with their rifles to drive Tohka out but Origami sees Tohka with Shido and assumes that Tohka is holding him hostage. Since Shido is now her boyfriend, enraged, Origami flies to engage Tohka in close combat. Tohka is lost during an explosion and Origami is taken away for minor hospitalization.
#14 - Gabriel
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired May 24, 2014
As the score results for the annual contest comes in, even though Miku won the best performance, the support of Raizen's Maid Café earns Shido enough declare winner. Depress and refusing to accept Shiori's friendship, Miku unleashes her angel Solo brainwashing the crowd, except Tohka, and hold down Shiori. But then Miku finds out Shiori is a guy leading her totally shock. To make matters worse, Fraxinus and Kotori fallen under Miku's control too, and Ellen abducts Tohka. Shido manages to escape, however, he is now a fugitive in the city. Thought-out the disturbance, Shido meets Kurumi and begs her to help him. Tohka awakens in the DEM facility restrained.
#15 - Diva
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired May 10, 2014
The suspension placed on Origami is finally lifted, we see Kusakabe having some complaints and a new character is introduced into the series. Shido is selected as the organizer of the Ten-Oh Festival, after a spacequake alarm goes off, Shido gets working and a new spirit is revealed, Diva, proves to be more of a challenge than the other spirits. AST interrupts Diva and they go on trying to take her down resulting in her escaping, after Shido encounters himself in a troublesome situation. The transformation of Shido into Shiori begins. The fierce battle to win Diva over begins, but will Shiori be able to accomplish the task at hand or will Diva be more challenging than expected?
#16 - The Promise to Keep
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired May 31, 2014
Shido and Kurumi arrive back at the Tengu Square to reason with Miku. Obnoxious she attempts to assault Shido, but Kurumi's power intercepts as she's resistible to Miku. As Kurumi distracts Kaguya, Yuzuru, and Yoshino; Kurumi traps Miku with Shido in a dark void to have private conversation. Despite his apology she still will not listen, so Shido makes his way to rescue Tohka alone. Westcott torments Tohka for his ambition to harness her power in despair. Fake spatial quake alarms are set off to evacuate all civilians. Kurumi holds off a pack of Bandersnatch units, as Mana appears and everyone aboard Fraxinus are back in their right minds. Meanwhile, Miku struggles about Shido's justice whether he actually cares for others than himself. Infiltrating the DEM Industries, Mana and Jessica engage, communications are jammed, Shido summons the Sandalphon to swipe the guards and enduring Kotori's healing ability.
#17 - Hurricane Children
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 19, 2014
After a very awkward moment in Shido's class where Tohka tries switching genders in an effort to bunk with Shido, the class goes on a field trip to Arubi Island. During the entire trip, Origami and Tohka end up constantly annoying Shido in an effort to win his affections. Meanwhile DEM Industries, an organization with an interest in spirits begins stalking Tohka. Some time later, a massive hurricane appears out of nowhere while Shido and Tohka are on a stroll. Three trash cans strike Tohka, knocking her out in the process while two spirits viciously battle overhead. When Shido tries to intervene, the twin spirits Yuzuru and Kaguya decide that their next battle will be over winning Shido's heart to the latter's dismay. When the two girls follow Shido back to the class holding his arms, Origami becomes enraged over her new competition. As Shido's teacher tries to arrange the girls to be students in the class, Kaguya and Yuzuru explain that they were once one spirit named Yamai and that their contests are in an effort to find out whose personality will stay when the girls fuse and become Yamai once more. Later that day, an incident occurs when the twins drag Shido into the men's bath in an effort to sexually seduce him. Things get worse when Tohka shows up along with the rest of the class.
#18 - Visitors
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired May 18, 2013
Mana is having a 10v1 practice match against Origami's unit before having introduced herself at the briefing AST's previous battle with Hermit where she unknowingly reveal's herself to be Shido's sister. Kurumi transfers into Shido's class revealing herself to be a Spirit to get closer with Shido. During her time touring the school with Shido they're followed by Origami and Tohka, but as Shido is attempting to seduce Kurumi she is also attempting to do the same to Shido. After school, Kurumi kills three humans and is confronted by Mana. Mana then runs into Shido later on that day. Taking her to his house, what Mana shares about herself leads to a quarrel between her and Kotori but ultimately leaves everyone with more questions than answers.
#19 - Two Requests
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 26, 2014
The twin spirits, still trying to seduce Shido, start cuddling up to Shido completely naked in bed. The situation worsens when one of his teachers walks in on the mess. Later, Shido plans to seal the Yamai twins' powers without letting one of them win in an effort to avoid both the unpredictability of the loser and what would happen to the loser's personality. During their contest, they have Shido coat their backs in suntan lotion ending up turned on from the application. Later, the Yamai sisters team up with Shido to take on Tohka and Origami in a volleyball game in which the winner is the former's team. During the afternoon, Origami is ambushed by a strange mech-like being.
#20 - Romantic Hot Springs
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired May 11, 2013
Tohka and Yoshino desire to visit a hot springs so Shido makes the arrangements with Kotori for them to go to Tenguu Gokuraku Hot Springs. Kyouhei attempts to convince Kotori to go but it's revealed that he has ulterior motives. His punishment is to dig a hole and refil it for the next week. Meanwhile, Kusakabe is informed that the DEM Corporation is going to send reinforcements. Kusakabe also finds out that due to the increase in the Spirit's attacks the alert level has been raised causing the group's vacation trip to be cancelled. Convinced by an AST member, Kusakabe decides that the AST will instead go to the hot springs. Origami receives a phone call from Shido where she overhears that he'll be going to the Tenguu Gokuraku Hot Springs with Tohka. While riding, Yoshino is given affectionate attention by Shido which frustrates Tohka causing her to collapse the road. This in turn disrupts the train the AST is riding on underground.
#21 - Daily Life
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 12, 2014
Shido wakes up by the troubles of both Tohka and Yoshino and somehow resolves it, meanwhile Origami got suspended for two months by the AST. While eating their breakfast, Shido receives a text from Origami and they discuss about the event that happened a month ago, While cleaning the room of Shido, Tohka notice a suitcase (for their schooltrip) that is a resemblance of a drama sequel on the television. Tohka got worried and rushes to find Shido and found Shido with Origami. While Shido tries to make it up with Tohka by getting her some kinako bread and got home, he notice that the lock of his suitcase was broken, so he went out and meet up with Origami again. While Tohka imagines another scheme of the show she rushes again to find Shido. And this time he caught Shido and Origami together and imagines that both of them are leaving. Tohka gets jealous and gain of her powers and runs of while carrying Shido's suitcase. By the spirit power of Tohka, she activated a spacequake. Shido rushes to find Tohka and finds her in their special place and Tohka (misunderstands everything) tries to prevent Shido from leaving but he explains that all is a misunderstanding, while Tohka cannot control her powers and hit Shido with shockwaves but Shido is determined and sealed Tohka power again. While Isaac and Ellen scheming a plan for Tohka, meanwhile Kurumi have some other plans and that is to kill the first spirit.
#22 - April 10
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 6, 2013
Beginning with the original spacequake 30 years ago, the ditzy Kotori and her brother Shido are introduced as modern day residents of Japan. For the opening ceremony, Kotori and Shido make a promise to meet at a diner later that day. As school ends for Shido, a spacequake alarm sounds throughout the city for the citizens to enter shelter areas immediately. After being unable to contact his sister, Shido uses her GPS to confirm that she is still within the city according to their promise. He leaves the shelter to find her and in doing so, is outside when the spacequake occurs thus meeting his first Spirit. After the battle between the Spirit and the AST, where Shido learns that Origami is a part of the AST, Shido finds himself among the group Ratatoskr on the airship Fraxinus learning about the Spirits, his sister and the organization she is a part of.
#24 - You're Natsumi
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 25, 2019
Shido is losing his head and losing friends faster with each passing day of Natsumi's game. But when it's all over, he may have a little problem on his hands.
#25 - Angel of the Starry Night
Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 22, 2019
Shido takes Origami on a date but she's not acting like herself. After all hell breaks loose, the fate of the world depends on whether he can reach out to her heart or not.