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Date A Live is very purely a harem anime sprinkled with supernatural powers. There is some tongue in cheek humor involving the task force treating the whole situation as a dating simulator with Shidou as the protagonist, and there are some serious moments as well involving the girls. Most of the anime involves Shidou chasing after a super powered girl, dating her to make her fall in love and making her fall in love with him to seal her powers.
It’s all very monster-of-the-day style.
But what anime can provide the same kind of niche experience that Date A Live can provide? Much less than you would expect considering the oversaturation of harem animes on the market. Sure there are animes that have harems of superpowered women, but more often than not they are only there for comedic value rather than any actual conflict or combat. So if you’ve had as much difficulty scratching that itch as us, join us as we count down the 6 Anime Like Date A Live!
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6. Campione!: Matsurowanu Kamigami to Kamigoroshi no Maou (Campione!)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: July 2012 - September 2012
Campione: they who slay gods even though they wear the flesh of humans. Those who are crowned with the title of Campione are humans who through some insane feat of skill and luck have slayed a heretic god that descended upon Earth. In exchange, they are granted with superhuman bodies and increased parameters in all areas. They also obtain "Authorities" special powers that are related to the gods they slay. Kusanagi Godou has become one such Campione purely by chance. He has no want for the power or authority granted to him by his newly gained title, but he keeps getting challenged anyway. As the youngest Campione he is also the weakest, but he is able to survive through his own determination and the powers of the strange harem he seems to be gathering for some reason.
Like Date A Live, much of Campione revolves around Godou building up his harem of superpowered females whether he's willing to or not. It is only through working together with his females that he has any chance of surviving against the many forces that are out to get him now that he has become a god slayer. Much of the anime itself is light hearted, but it does know when to get emotional.
5. High School DxD
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2012 - March 2012
Hyoudou Issei never wanted much in his life. All he ever wanted was to be able to live the pervert life in peace by peeking on girls and watching the most erotic porn he can get his hands on. But everything changed when a fallen angel attacked. Under the guise of asking him out on a date, his date soon reveals herself to be a mythical and biblical creature that spears him through with a light projectile. However, his dreams of perversion don't end with his death, for he is soon resurrected by Rias Gremory, a top class devil. With the promise of being able to one day obtain his very own harem, Issei is spurred to train hard to battle the dangers of the supernatural alongside his new master!
Unlike many of the harem animes out there, this protagonist wants a harem for once. Issei is extremely unrepentant about his dreams and does everything in his power to obtain them. Unfortunately Issei does face the typical denseness of harem protagonists. Like Date A Live, there are many dangers that threaten the harem and Issei must do all that he can to protect them from it. While Issei is able to defend himself unlike Shidou, he is still a male and therefore at the whims of the many females that populate his harem. Jealousy, angst and female problems in general are still a real thing that the two protagonists could possibly chat about in a bar should they ever meet.
High School DxD Trailer
4. Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka? (Is this a Zombie?)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2011 - March 2011
On his way home from the convenience store, Ayumu Aikawa is killed in a horrible gruesome way by a serial killer. Fortunately, or unfortunately, he is brought back to life by the necromancer Eucliwood Hellscythe. As part of her powers, he is not brought back as a human but as a zombie, allowing him to take crippling injuries with ease and to exceed the limits of the human body. While he remains beholden to her, they come across the greatest weirdos of the supernatural world like a chainsaw wielding magical girl, a vampire leaf blade kunoichi and a girl who uses food to fight. Can Ayumu survive the abuse from so many superpowered freaks? He probably could, but he probably wouldn't like it either.
This type of harem anime isn't seen very often. While there is some general humor and even imouto style humor, much of the humor centers on the masochism of the main character. As he is now unable to die, he is able to take an unbridled amount of abuse while still staying alive. Just for the sake of his sanity, he must try to tame all the weird girls he comes across. But he'll probably fail. While most harem animes focus on corralling super powered women for the sake of comedy, Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka? does it for humor as well as actual real life combat. That’s right you heard us right; like Date A Live, there is actual conflict that actually has consequences for our heroes if they fail.
Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka? PV
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3. Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo (Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2015 - June 2015
Ryuu Yamada entered High school hoping to distance himself from his delinquent past. He wants to become a brand new person and a good student. Unfortunately, like all of us, Yamada is an ordinary shitty human being and he soon becomes a failing student who gets into trouble all the time. By a twist of fate, he runs into the honors student, Urara Shiraishi, ending in an accidental kiss. This kiss causes them to switch bodies, leading to hilarious situations. Upon learning of their power, the pair are invited the Supernatural Studies Club. Together with the club, they soon discover the legend of Seven Witches of Suzaku High, seven female students who have obtained different powers activated by a kiss.
Unlike Date A Live, kissing the girls doesn't seal the powers but causes a strange body swapping to occur. This leads to a gluttony of fan-service, so do turn away if that's not your thing. As you probably guessed from the title, Yamada has to deal with a whole harem of powerful females that could snap him in half purely with the powers of a harem protagonist. This bears a strange resemblance to Date A Live, in which the protagonist has a strange kissing power and must withstand the hormonal discharges of a whole harem of women that can cause nation wide disasters from a tantrum.
Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo PV
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2008 - September 2008
Whilst Minato Sahashi contemplates the utter failure of his life from failing the college entrance exams twice in a row, he encounters an incredibly beautiful and busty babe named Musubi. Turns out, she is a being known as a Sekirei, a human like alien with extraordinary power. When they bond their powers with that of a human male, they unlocked the untapped potential within them. And how else does this occur but through a kiss. However, Minato soon discovers that the bond comes with a price. He is now dragged into a game of survival where he and his Sekirei must survive against other partnerships in a blood sport. At the same time, something sinister lurks in the background…
Minato Sahashi doesn't seal their powers with a kiss, but instead gains their allegiance or love, all the while unlocking their full power to battle the other contestants. This can sound a lot like a dark anime full of slavery themes, but it really is mostly light hearted and humorous, with flashy fight scenes sprinkled between. Minato must do all he can to survive the sordid game, as well as his harem!
While the kiss aspect is still present, Minato has an easier time managing his harem in comparison to Shidou because he gains their loyalty. But this doesn’t mean the harem conflict isn’t as real as ever. Like Shidou, he has to juggle half a dozen girls who have fallen in love with him due to his efforts to gain their love and loyalty. And it's a thousand times worse when they possess super powers.
1. Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai (The World God Only Knows)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 2010 - December 2010
Keima Katsuragi is known online as the legendary "God of Conquest". He is able to capture the heart of any girl effortlessly as long as they reside in a dating sim game. Over the years, he has built his reputation through his obsession with galge games and finishing them as fast as he can, even going so far as to discard the real world. One day, Keima receives a challenge to prove his power at dating sim games and he accepts, not knowing that it is a trap. He is soon trapped into a contract with Elsie, a demon from hell tasked with capturing runaway spirits that hide within the crevices of young girls' hearts. The only way to force the spirits out of their hearts is to fill them; by making them fall in love. Keima must make use of his 2D powers to conquer 3D women, or face decapitation by deadly collar.
This anime is literally the closest thing to Date A Live there is. They must both make the girls that have super powers fall in love with them and seal the deal with the kiss, or mass disaster will happen. There are small differences, like the gaming mechanic being far more prominent in TWGOK and Date A Live having a smaller more concentrated cast of a girls. But at the end of the day, if you need something super similar, this is probably your best bet.
The World Only God Knows Trailer
Date A Live isn't the greatest harem anime around. But for what it is, it can be extremely enjoyable, especially if you like this particular kind of anime. It is what it is and it is not sorry about it. If you wanted more of the same, hopefully these 6 anime can scratch that harem itch that you've been developing since watching Date A Live!
Date A Live is a great anime to watch with a hilarious and troublesome plot that includes action, comedy, romance and drama in a sci-fi, fantasy world. Date A Live is also known to be a very popular harem anime that leaves many wanting more, and here are six anime series like it for you to enjoy!
Similar Anime to Date A Live
1. To Love-Ru
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Apr. 2008 - Sep. 2008
This anime follows Yuuki Rito, a high-school boy who can't muster the confidence to confess his emotions to the girl of his dreams.
As he continues his days trying to figure out a way of letting her know, a completely nude girl suddenly appears while he's taking a bath. Lala is her name, and she's a princess from another planet who fled her father and the arranged marriage he's set up for her.
Since she came across Yuuki Rito, she has the craziest plan to avoid her arranged marriage by choosing him as her husband thus being able to stay on Earth. There's just one catch, Rito has to prove he can protect Lala from the fiances of the arranged marriage, if he cannot do so, then Lala's father will kill Yuuki Rito and destroy Earth with him.
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2. IS: Infinite Stratos
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan, 2011 to Mar, 2011
This anime takes place in a world where weaponized exoskeleton systems, Infinite Stratos (IS), are the dominant tool for warfare and conflict.
These tools surpass and overpower any other weapons it comes across and can only be operated by women, thus making them dominant in the society over men. But then, a 15 year old boy named Ichika Orimura touches one of the tools by accident, recognizing himself to be compatible to use an IS and undergoes specialized training to operate and pilot his very own.
While in training, the Japanese government watches him carefully, as he is surround by girls who pilot their own IS. This begins the life of Ichika, being the only male in a school full of girls!
IS: Infinite Stratos Official Trailer
3. The World God Only Knows
[Japanese Name: Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai]
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct, 2010 to Dec, 2010
This anime follows Keima Katsuragi, who loves to play games that involve interacting with animated girls.
All he wants to experience is a world where he can exist in these 2D games and be with digital women he can call girlfriends. Who knew that chasing after girls would come in handy, also known as the “The God of Conquest”, Katsuragi comes across an email sent from an unknown sender thinking it was an invitation for a gal game, and is mysteriously chosen to help a peppy demon called, Elsie de Lute Irma, find and chase women in the real world with “loose souls” that have escaped from the depths of hell. He is fitted with a purple collar worn around his neck that will explode if he cannot convince these women to fall in love with him.
While the women are feeling this love, it reacts against the lost souls which hide in the heart and enable Elsie to return them from where they came from. Challenges arise as he needs to capture the six goddesses known as the Jupiter Sisters, from women he has already came in contact with.
Forcing him to commit even further in his attempts to sway an lure the sisters out, he is pressed on time for a rebel demon is planning on using the sisters to take over the world.
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- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jul, 2008 to Sep, 2008
This anime follows an extremely intelligent individual named, Minato Sahashi, who has problems dealing with the pressure of taking the college entrance exams which he fails, twice. Because of this, many think he's stupid and worthless and lose complete hope for, until he comes in contact with a girl, Musubi, who just experienced an attack.
After helping Musubi out, he discovers that she is a Sekirei (a super-powered being from another planet) and she has chosen Minato, under contract, to be her Ashikabi (a human with similar genes of the Sekirei). With the both of them combined, they can have full use of their powers to defend themselves and eliminate other Sekirei's in fierce battles that are part of a competition known as “The Game” or “Sekirei Plan”.
This competition is founded by a mysterious and powerful organization called the MBI Corporation, and has Minato in a situation where other Sekirei's choose him to be their Ashikabi, also under contract, which leave him trying to survive the threatening battles and his partners'.
5. When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace
[Japanese Name: Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de]
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct, 2014 to Dec, 2014
This anime follows five members of a literature club who have come across and awakened mysterious superpowers. You may think that this would change the way they look at life, but in fact, it really doesn't.
As they learn to control the powers and find new meaning in life, their regular everyday lives carry on as high school students. The group of friends don't know each others powers, afraid the will be treated differently, they keep it hidden until something comes up and they have to reveal what it is.
For example, a member challenges another and shows her power by taking the others, to only give it back because it was useless, literally. Something cool that happens during the series, there was a collaboration episode with character Mako Mankanshoku from Kill la Kill.
The anime is still ongoing with a show being recently aired as of Dec. 15, 2014.
Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de Official Trailer
6. The Familiar of Zero
[Japanese Name: Zero no Tsukaima]
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jul, 2006 to Sep, 2006
This anime follows Louise, a sweet, kind girl who is a magician that is terrible at magic. She attends the Academy of Magic where she is furthering her studies to become a great magician, so far, all of her attempts lead to unsuccessful ones and or explosions.As part of a course for the school, she was to perform a ritual that would summon her permanent familiar that could protect her for all eternity and become her partner as well.
But of course, it goes wrong, she summons a ordinary teenage boy from Japan named, Saito Hiraga, leaving her humiliated in front of the whole Academy. She then comes to be known as “Zero Louise” by her classmates. Stuck with Saito and vice versa, Louise treats him accordingly to how a summon should be treated, only worse. From here on out, you follow them both on adventures as they help friends, classmates and others they come across, as well as getting into sticky situations here and there.
It is through these experiences they learn that Saito has a mysterious power giving the ability to wield swords and other weapons to help them on their adventures, as well as, learning the true reason for Louise's incompetence with magic.
The Familiar of Zero Official Trailer