The Best Anime Characters From Date A Live (Ranked)

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Date a Live is a Japanese light novel series written by Kōshi Tachibana and illustrated by Tsunako. 

An anime TV adaptation by AIC Plus+ aired in 2013. Since then, 2 more seasons aired and the fourth season is set to premiere in October 2021.

The story follows Shido Itsuka, an ordinary high schooler, who is tasked to seal the Spirits who cause the spacequakes all around the world. In order to do so, he must make the Spirit fall in love with him and kiss her.

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Date A Live is one of those series that combine genres like harem, love, comedy, and even action together. And it works like a charm in this case. The story is quite intriguing.

On top of everything, Date A Live is known for its fanservice but it doesn’t hurt this anime at all! In fact, it’s one of its strenghts!

The ranks are decided based on MaL popularity ranking.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the best anime characters from Date A Live!


10. Mayuri

Mayuri is a Spirit from Date A Live Movie: Mayuri Judgement.

She was born from Spirit energy that other Spirits emitted due to their stress and desire to have Shido all to themselves. Since her existence is dependant on the Spirit’s energy, her existence is doomed from the start and she is destined to disappear no matter what.

When it comes to her personality, she is a calm girl that rarely shows her emotions. She usually follows Shido around to observe his dates with the Spirits.

After her Angel goes berserk, it starts launching numerous blasts of energy from every direction indiscriminately. Mayuri soon realizes that her Angel is responding to her feelings of jealousy and decides to stop her Angel by sealing her powers.


9. Yuzuru Yamai

Yamai was originally one Spirit but she split into two bodies and minds later. Both twin sisters can manipulate wind.

Yuzuru often speaks in a robot-like speech pattern and loves to tease Kaguya about her smaller breast size.


8. Kaguya Yamai

Yamai was originally one Spirit but she split into two bodies and minds later. Both twin sisters can manipulate wind.

Kaguya is an outgoing and candid girl who is sometimes acting immature. She feels like she has to act a certain way because she is a Spirit and this makes her an easy victim for teasing.


7. Miku Izayoi

Miku is the sixth Spirit to appear. Before she became a Spirit, she had used to be a human.

She is an idol who hates men and treats girls as servants. The deep hatred towards males is caused by her traumatizing experience with them. While males are off-limits, Miku is very flirty towards girls (and Spirits).

Her Spirit powers include manipulations and brainwashing people.

After her powers get sealed, she no longer hates men and encourages Shido to have a harem.


6. Shidou Itsuka

Here he is, the protagonist of the series!

Shidou is a second-year high school student with a unique power to seal the Spirits into his body.

After Kotori recruits him into her organization for saving the Spirits, he proves to be a 100% match. Not only he has the sealing ability, but he is also extremely kind and sympathetic, which makes the Spirits trust him and fall in love with him easily.


5. Kotori Itsuka

Kotori is Shido’s foster sister and also the current commander of Ratatoskr, an organization created for the purpose of saving Spirits through peaceful means.

She had used to be human before she got tricked into becoming a Spirit by a mysterious being. Luckily, her Spirit Powers are safely sealed by Shido (twice).

Her Spirit powers are impressive, she can manipulate flames that erupt from her body, which makes her a dangerous enemy since she can attack both close and ranged targets with no issue.


4. Origami Tobiichi

Quite a looker, isn’t she? And she is also the most popular girl in Shido’s school!

Scoring high both in academics and sports, she seems to have it all. Almost none of the students know that she is a member of the AST—the Anti Spirit Team specializing in eliminating Spirits.

Even though she appears shy, she is in fact unsocial and very aggressive when it comes to achieving her goals.

One thing that’s very obvious to anyone who gets to know Origami is that she hates Spirits more than anything because her parents were killed by a Spirit. This causes her to completely lose it when she encounters a Spirit and trying to use any possible means to kill it.

And then she becomes a Spirit with long-range type attacks. Quite an irony, isn’t it?


3. Yoshino Himekawa

This little adorable girl is the second Spirit saved by our protagonist. You can see her always carrying a hand pupped called Yoshinon. Yoshinon sometimes speaks for her and she used to rely heavily on her.

Yoshino is a very innocent and kind-hearted girl who is never attacking back despite the AST always trying to kill her. With that being said, she is capable of creating a large blizzard dome that extends to 10 meters at her full power.


2. Tohka Yatogami

Tohka is the first Spirit to be saved by Shido.

Before Shido had a chance to talk with her, she had a cold and emotionless demeanor. She saw humans as a threat because she was attacked by the AST.

Unlike the majority of Spirits, she is a Pure Spirit, which means that she can resurrect herself if killed as long as her Sephira Crystal is intact.

She is incredibly powerful and uses a sword as her primary weapon. Tohka is capable of putting up a powerful barrier around herself, utilizing energy blasts with her hands or fingertips, as well as creating shockwaves with a mere arm swipe.

After she had been sealed by Shido, her feelings started emerging and she became a very bubbly and trusting person.


1. Kurumi Tokisaki

Kurumi is unquestionably the most popular Date A Live character.

Kurumi is a Spirit, and a powerful one. Her powers are related to time and she is even able to transport herself (or anyone) into the future or the past. Each time she uses these powers, her life force (time) decreases.

The depth of her character goes way beyond “I’m a beautiful psychopathic girl because hehe”. She had a truly dark past and was tricked into murdering innocent incompatible Spirits, referred to as monsters. When she found the truth, it was already too late.

The most interesting thing is that her end goals are pure despite her psychopathic behavior towards humans, whom she sees as mere disposable food for restoring her life force. Her ultimate goal is to go to the past and prevent the first Spirit from creating Spirits by killing her.

Do you agree with this list? Is your favorite Date A Live character featured? Let me know!

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Hi, my name is Mia and I'm the founder of 9 Tailed Kitsune. I love anime, games, and esports (I am also a bit weird). My passion for anime sparked when I was about 7 (Phantom Thief Jeanne, hello!) and has never stopped.

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