Date A Live or DAL is a light novel series written by Kōshi Tachibana. To date, there are twenty-two main books and nine sub-books named Date A Live Encore that have been released. Four manga adaptations were released, starting in 2012. An anime series was broadcast between April and June 2013, followed by a second season between April and June 2014. An animated film was then released on August 22, 2015. A third season was released between January and March 2019. A fourth season is currently airing, and while you’re watching it, we’ll tell you everything we know about a potential fifth season.
The fifth season of Date A Live still hasn’t been confirmed yet. The fourth season premiered only several days ago, and although there is enough material for further seasons, it’s still too early, and we simply don’t know much about its future. Still, Date A Live is a very popular series, and based on all the known facts, a fifth season is highly probable. We just don’t know when.
The rest of this article is going to bring you all the known and unknown information related to a potential season five of Date A Live. You’re going to find out about its release date, whether there is a trailer, what the story could be about, the basic cast information, and much more about this intriguing anime series.
Date A Live Season 5 release date
In November 2011, publisher Fujimi Shobō announced that an anime inspired by the Date A Live series of novels was in the works via its Fantasia Bunko label. The television series was produced by the AIC PLUS + studio under the direction of Keitaro Motonaga. Satoshi Shino took care of character appearance development based on Tsunako’s original one, while Go Sakabe took care of the soundtrack with sound director Yasunori Ebina.
Comprised of 12 episodes, the anime was first published via the web on the Niconico video streaming service from March 31, 2013, and then had a regular television broadcast on Tokyo MX starting from April 6, 2013. The online broadcast ended on June 16, while the televised one on June 22. An additional thirteenth episode was released as an OVA on Blu-ray as an annex to the limited edition of the ninth original series light novel on December 9, 2013.
The opening theme song was titled “Date A Live” and starred Sweet Arms, a musical group composed by Iori Nomizu, Misuzu Togashi, Kaori Sadohara, and Misato. In the first season, four ending themes were used: for the first episode and for the OVA, “Hatsukoi Winding Road” was used, performed by Ririko (the voice actress of Kayoko Tsumita), childhood friend (voiced by Risako Murai) and by senpai (voiced by Midori Tsukimiya); characters from the galge universe featured in Date A Live, Fall in Love: My Little Seed.
For the remaining episodes, the closing themes are interpreted by Iori Nomizu and are entitled respectively “SAVE MY HEART” (episodes 3, 7, 9, and 11), “Strawberry Rain” (episode 5), and “Save The World” (remaining). Funimation Entertainment acquired the rights to the anime for streaming in North America, and for the Australian home video distribution by Madman Entertainment.
A second season of the anime, titled Date A Live II, was announced at the end of the broadcast of the last episode of the first season. This time produced by the Production IMS studio, whose broadcast was later confirmed for April 2014. The broadcast then began on 11 April 2014 on Tokyo MX and other networks. A second OAV episode was released as an attachment to Encore’s limited edition third volume in Blu-ray format on December 9, 2014. The opening theme is “Trust in You” starring the Sweet Arms, while the ending theme is “Day to Story” by Kaori Sadohara.
A third season of the anime, titled Date A Live III, was announced through a Twitter post by the work’s author. Produced by the J.C. Staff, it was broadcast from January 11 to March 29, 2019. The opening theme was entitled “I swear always” by Sweet Arms, while the ending theme was “Last Promise” by Eri Yamazaki.
The official website announced a fourth season of the anime, titled Date A Live IV. During the second day of the Kadokawa Light Novel Expo 2020 event held on March 7, 2021, it was confirmed that the Geek Toys studio would produce the fourth season under the direction of Jun Nakagawa.
Fumihiko Shimo edited the screenplay, Naoto Nakamura took care of the character design, and Go Sakabe returned to compose the soundtrack. Originally scheduled for October 2021, it was postponed to April 8, 2022 for “various reasons.” The opening theme, “OveR”, is sung by Miyu Tomita, while the ending one, “S.O.S.,” by Sweet Arms.
Now, in light of all of this, where does this leave us with a potential fifth season? Date A Live is very popular, and there definitely is a lot of unadapted material that can be made into an anime series. Taking all of this into account, Date A Live‘s future seems very bright.
The original novel series is, as we have said, quite popular, and there is absolutely no doubt that the creators behind the concept want it to continue even further; if we combine this with the fact that the fourth season premiered only recently and is still ongoing, it makes us very hopeful. In any case, the earliest we could see a potential second season is 2024, but we’d have to get some confirmation on the future during 2022 or 2023.
Date A Live Season 5 trailer
You know all the facts and our thoughts related to Date A Live Season 5, which means that you’ve probably deduced for yourself that there is no trailer for the fifth season of Date A Live. This is because we do not know whether there will even be a fifth season of the show, which means that a trailer might not appear at all. But, based on all the information we have, this does not seem like a likely outcome.
As we have said, Date A Live is a very likely candidate for a return. The light novel series still has more material up for adapting, and the anime is quite popular as well, enormously so, in fact. Still, we have to wait and see whether there are actual plans for a continuation before making a proper prediction. Be that as it may, Date A Live is currently on track with its fourth season, so we’ll have to wait and see how that ends to make any proper prediction.
Considering everything we’ve said, a trailer for Date A Livenother World is unlikely to come out this or the next year. The earliest we could see a trailer is 2024, but we would have to get confirmation of a second season sometime during 2023 for that to happen.
Date A Live Season 5 plot
At this moment, we do not know which parts of the light novel series will be adapted in the potential Season 5 of Date A Live. Namely, due to a lack of information in general, we have absolutely no clue how far the fifth season might go, if it even happens; in fact, we don’t even know how much of the series will be adapted in the future current (fourth) season. The only thing we know for sure is that it will continue the adventure of the show’s protagonists. What follows is a general overview of the show’s plot.
Thirty years ago, large parts of Eurasia were devastated by a spacequake that claimed 150 million lives. Since then, these spacequakes have been appearing repeatedly worldwide, albeit on a much smaller scale, destroying cities. When the student Shidō Itsuka tries to save his sister, who, according to the GPS, is in the area to be evacuated, during a spacequake evacuation, he meets a strange girl in a crater.
He learns from his little sister Kotori that the girl is a “nature spirit” (seirei) and that the space tremors are a side effect when they come to our world. The Seirei themselves each possess distinct powers and weapons called “angels” (named after archangels associated with the Sephiroth, or when the Seirei “invert” in anger, after their demon counterparts associated with the Qliphoth).
Kotori herself is the commander of the highly advanced airship Fraxinus of the Ratatoskr organization, which plans to attempt to render the Seirei harmless peacefully. However, Shidō, for unknown reasons, has the ability to seal a Seirei’s powers if he kisses them, and he must now ensure that the Seirei fall in love with him.
The adversaries are the Anti-Spirit Team (AST) of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Forces, which is trying to eliminate the Seirei by force, the weapon manufacturer Deus Ex Machina Industry (DEM), who is walking over corpses, and a mysterious being called Phantom who is believed to be responsible for the Seirei seems to.
Date A Live Season 5 cast
It’s still too early for us to discuss a potential fifth season of Date A Live in terms of cast and characters, simply because we do not know whether there will even be a fifth season. But, seeing how we know that the series is going to have a more-or-less fixed cast, we really don’t expect to see too many changes in the structure of season five, if it ever happens. Now, the main characters that have appeared in season one, likely to return for a fifth season, include:
|Character||Japanese Voice Actor (Seiyū)|
|Shidō Itsuka||Nobunaga Shimazaki|
|Tōka Yatogami||Marina Inoue|
|Origami Tobiichi||Misuzu Togashi|
|Kotori Itsuka||Ayana Taketatsu|
|Dr. Reine Murasame||Aya Endō|
|Kyōhei Kannazuki||Takehito Koyasu|
|Kurumi Tokisaki||Asami Sanada|
|Ryouko Kusakabe||Ao Takahashi|
|Mai Hazakura||Kayoko Tsumita|
|Ai Yamabuki||Risako Murai|
|Mii Fujibakama||Midori Tsukimiya|
|Hiroto Tonomachi||Anri Katsu|
|Kaguya Yamai||Maaya Uchida|
|Yuzuru Yamai||Sarah Emi Bridcutt|
|Miku Izayoi||Minori Chihara|
Where to watch Date A Live Season 5?
At this moment, as expected, there is no means of watching Date A Live season five, as there is no season five of Date A Live to watch. Funimation has licensed the first and second seasons for streaming, but after Sony’s acquisition of Crunchyroll, the series was moved from Funimation to Crunchyroll. It is, therefore, safe to assume that Crunchyroll is going to stream the fifth season if it ever happens.
Will there be a Date A Live Season 6?
The future of Date A Live is, as of this moment, unknown. At this moment, we don’t really know anything about a fifth season, so whether we’ll be seeing a sixth season or not is still unknown. The series has done well, and there is still a lot of material to adapt, which is a good sign for fans of Date A Live, but we are going to have to wait and see how the situation with season five evolves to know more about a potential season six, although it is likely.