Vampires are popular. They are frequently depicted in literature, film and television. Interestingly enough, this is not solely a Western trend. Over the years, I’ve watched many Japanese anime series in which vampires enjoy quite the prominent role in the story. They each offer their own take or interpretation on these creatures of myth. Some of them do not veer too far from established tradition while others set off in radically new directions. One vampire-centered series I watched that made me stand up and take notice is Strike The Blood.
Based off a popular Japanese light novel series, Date A Live’s core premise can come across as outright fantastic or even ridiculous: To help ensure the continued survival of our planet, the central male protagonist has to earn the affections of a group of super-powered girls. Yes, you read that correctly. For those readers who are raising their eyebrows incredulously I can understand their reaction. That being said, anyone who would automatically dismiss this anime based on my earlier statements would be missing out on something truly inspired and enjoyable. Continue reading Hearts in Resonance: A Look at Seasons One and Two of Date A Live