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To Love Ru (Japanese:To LOVEとらぶ, Hepburn:Toraburu) is a Japanese manga series written by Saki Hasemi and illustrated by Kentaro Yabuki. The manga was serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine from April 2006 to August 2009, and the chapters collected into 18 tankōbon volumes. It chronicles the life of high school student Rito Yuuki after he meets and accidentally gets engaged to the alien princess Lala Satalin Deviluke. The title,Toraburu, is a pun on the English loan wordstoraburu ("trouble") andrabu ("love"), referencing the harem aspect of the series. To Love Ru is noted for its fan service, with Hasemi and Yabuki admitting that they tested the boundaries of what would be allowed in a shōnen manga.

To Love Ru
Cover of the first manga volume, featuring Rito Yuuki (left) and Lala Satalin Deviluke (right).
To LOVEとらぶ
(Toraburu)
GenreHarem, romantic comedy, science fiction
Manga
Written bySaki Hasemi
Illustrated byKentaro Yabuki
Published byShueisha
English publisher
ImprintJump Comics
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Jump
DemographicShōnen
Original runApril 24, 2006August 31, 2009
Volumes18(List of volumes)
Manga
To Love Ru Darkness
Written bySaki Hasemi
Illustrated byKentaro Yabuki
Published byShueisha
English publisher
Seven Seas Entertainment
ImprintJump Comics SQ.
MagazineJump Square
DemographicShōnen
Original runOctober 4, 2010March 4, 2017
Volumes18(List of volumes)
Further information
Anime television series
Directed byTakao Kato
Produced by
  • Akihiro Kawamura
  • Kazuhiko Torishima
  • Yoshihisa Nakayama
  • Yukinao Shimoji
Written byAkatsuki Yamatoya
Music byTakeshi Watanabe
StudioXebec
Licensed by
Original networkJNN (TBS, MBS, CBC, BS-i), AT-X
English network
Original run April 4, 2008 September 26, 2008
Episodes26(List of episodes)
Original video animation
Directed byTakao Kato
Produced by
  • Nobuhiro Nakayama
  • Takeshi Tanaka
  • Makoto Ōyoshi
  • Masanori Gotō
  • Hiroyuki Yonemasu
  • Takatoshi Chino
Written byAkatsuki Yamatoya
Music byTakeshi Watanabe
StudioXebec
Released April 3, 2009 April 2, 2010
Runtime25 minutes each
Episodes6(List of episodes)
Anime television series
Motto To Love Ru
Directed byAtsushi Ōtsuki
Produced by
  • Nobuhiro Nakayama
  • Takeshi Tanaka
  • Takumi Kusakabe
Written byYasunori Yamada
Music byTakeshi Watanabe
StudioXebec
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment
Sentai Filmworks
Original networkTokyo MX, Chiba TV, SUN, TVA, AT-X
English network
Anime Network
Original run October 6, 2010 December 22, 2010
Episodes12(List of episodes)
Original video animation
To Love Ru Darkness
Directed byAtsushi Ōtsuki
Produced by
  • Nobuhiro Nakayama
  • Tsuyoshi Tanaka
  • Kazumasa Sanjōba
  • Kentarō Hattori
Written byAtsushi Ōtsuki
Music byTakeshi Watanabe
StudioXebec
Released August 17, 2012 April 3, 2015
Runtime25 minutes each
Episodes6(List of episodes)
Anime television series
To Love Ru Darkness
Directed byAtsushi Ōtsuki
Produced by
  • Nobuhiro Nakayama
  • Tsuyoshi Tanaka
  • Kazumasa Sanjōba
  • Kentarō Hattori
Written byAtsushi Ōtsuki
Music byTakeshi Watanabe
StudioXebec
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment
Sentai Filmworks
Original networkTokyo MX, AT-X
English network
Anime Network
Original run October 6, 2012 December 29, 2012
Episodes12(List of episodes)
Anime television series
To Love Ru Darkness 2nd
Directed byAtsushi Ōtsuki
Produced by
  • Nobuhiro Nakayama
  • Tsuyoshi Tanaka
Written byAtsushi Ōtsuki
Music byTakeshi Watanabe
StudioXebec
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment
Sentai Filmworks
Original networkBS11, Tokyo MX, SUN, AT-X
English network
Anime Network
Original run July 7, 2015 October 28, 2015
Episodes14(List of episodes)
Original video animation
To Love Ru Darkness 2nd
Directed byAtsushi Ōtsuki
Produced by
  • Nobuhiro Nakayama
  • Tsuyoshi Tanaka
Written byAtsushi Ōtsuki
Music byTakeshi Watanabe
StudioXebec
Released January 4, 2016 November 2, 2017
Runtime10–25 minutes each
Episodes4(List of episodes)

A drama CD was released in February 2008, featuring an original story along with character songs. Following a 26-episode anime television series adaptation that aired in Japan in 2008, Xebec produced six original video animation episodes and a 12-episode second season, titled Motto To Love Ru, between 2009 and 2010. Four video games have been released for various platforms.

A continuation of the manga called To Love Ru Darkness (TO LOVEとらぶる ダークネス,Toraburu Dākunesu) was serialized in Shueisha's Jump Square magazine from October 2010 to March 2017, and the chapters collected into 18 tankōbon volumes. Between 2012 and 2017, Xebec produced 10 OVA episodes and 26 anime television series episodes based on To Love Ru Darkness. The To Love Ru and To Love Ru Darkness manga series have over 16 million copies in circulation.

Contents

To Love Ru

Set in the fictional city of Sainan (彩南), the story of To Love Ru revolves around Rito Yuuki, a shy and clumsy high-school student who cannot confess his love to the girl of his dreams, Haruna Sairenji. One day when sulking in the bathtub, a mysterious, naked devil-tailed girl appears out of nowhere. Her name is Lala Satalin Deviluke, the runaway crown princess of the planet Deviluke. Her father wants her to return home to marry one of her marriage candidates. When Devilukean commander Zastin arrives to bring her home, she swiftly declares she will marry Rito in order to stay on Earth, leading Zastin to attack Rito. But when Rito angrily declares that marriage is only possible with the person you love, the two dull-witted aliens misunderstand him, believing he truly understands Lala's feelings.

Lala quickly falls in love with him, and Zastin also approves of their engagement, much to Rito's dismay. While Zastin reports his support for the pair to Lala's father, Gid Lucion Deviluke, who is the King of Deviluke and much of the known universe, Rito reluctantly helps Lala transition to life on Earth, while gradually befriending his dream girl, Haruna, along with a colorful cast of other girls (both humans and aliens alike), such as the uptight, high-strung girl Yui Kotegawa, the sex-switching alien Run/Ren, and the queen bee Saki Tenjouin, among others. In the meantime, Rito must also fight off Lala's antagonistic alien suitors, one of whom sends the alien assassin Golden Darkness to kill him.

To Love Ru Darkness

The story continues in To Love Ru Darkness, which focuses on Lala's little sister, Momo Belia Deviluke. She and her twin sister, Nana Astar Deviluke, have since come to live with Lala in Rito's house. While Rito remains indecisive between his longtime crush on Haruna and his growing affection for Lala, Momo has also fallen in love with Rito. But not wanting to steal Rito away from her sister, Momo instead plots to build a harem of girls around Rito, hoping that if Rito marries Lala and becomes the King of Deviluke, he can legally marry every girl who is in love with him, including Momo herself. While Momo works in the background and plays matchmaker with Rito, a plethora of beautiful girls gradually enter Rito's life and warm up to his kindness, including Golden Darkness, who has since lived peacefully on Earth but struggles to escape her dark past. Thus, Rito's otherworldly love troubles continue forever.

Writing and development

Manga artist Kentaro Yabuki first met anime screenwriter Saki Hasemi at preliminary meetings for the 2005 anime adaptation of Yabuki's previous series, Black Cat. When Hasemi told Yabuki that he was interested in writing an original manga, the artist told Hasemi he could contact him if he had any questions. When the time came for Yabuki to create a new series, he said he "hit a brick wall". The editorial department asked him to go in a different direction, so he started asking Hasemi his opinions on things. After they started working together, Hasemi said he originally thought of doing a shōnen battle manga, but could not come up with a "hook". He then remembered that Yabuki had said he wanted to create a romantic comedy manga, and the two started to come up with ideas for one easily. Yabuki created the rough designs and personalities for Rito and Lala and then discussed what kind of story would work with them with Hasemi and their supervisor. Hasemi said that Yabuki was set on two things; having a love triangle between Rito, Lala, and Haruna, and that Rito could not be a pervert. They initially imagined the series as mainly a comedy featuring Rito and Lala, with Rito only longing for Haruna. But as they had more meetings, this changed to Haruna also being a featured character with feelings for Rito, in order to emphasize the love triangle. Hasemi said once Yabuki decided on Peke being a "robot for undressing", they could see the direction the manga was headed in.

Having only worked on anime and video games previously, Hasemi said he had trouble fitting his ideas into the 19-page-per-chapter structure of a weekly manga serialization at the beginning. The duo's initial editor, Nakamura, would often tell him that certain details he added were not going to make it into the finished chapter. Hasemi said a turning point was when Yabuki asked him not to change scenes so much. While this is a heavily used technique in anime to show momentary pauses in action or passages of time, in manga, the more scene changes there are, the more expository panels are required. The basic plan was to give each chapter a self-contained plot and have the action take place in one location. Hasemi said that the manga was hard to write for; while it can paradoxically be easier on the author to make a story more complicated and build the world, To Love Ru instead relied entirely on visuals and emotions to convey everything. Yabuki said he made sure everything was easy to read by limiting each page to a maximum of six panels, and never using distorted panels. Hasemi and Yabuki always knew they were going to make many revisions to the collected tankōbon volumes of To Love Ru. They thought it was more fun for the chapters to be different than when they were published in Weekly Shōnen Jump. It took six months for the first volume to be released, partly because Yabuki would look at his "old" art and feel compelled to "fix" it. Hasemi and Yabuki aimed from the beginning to have three or more years of serialization, on top of an anime adaptation and a video game, and Hasemi said he purposefully made the series easy to adapt into an anime. Towards the end of serialization, Yabuki was having a "hard time privately, and felt like breaking down and crying", but was happy that he was able to punctuate the final moments of the manga with the same "stupid perversion" it always had. He was happy that they were able to make the series fun up until the very end, and that they never drifted from the original premise by turning it into a serious action manga.

How to end To Love Ru was discussed over and over again in meetings, until Yabuki suggested that instead of having Rito end up with someone in particular, it could end without him choosing anyone. Although both Hasemi and Uchida, who became their editor around October or November 2007, were initially skeptical on an "ending-less ending", Hasemi told Yabuki he did not really want to end the series and came around to the idea. They wanted Rito to come to the conclusion that he loves Haruna, but purposefully did not explain why he did so. By having Lala misunderstand the situation, it connected back to the first chapter of the series. They did not know when they would find out that their next chapter would be the last, it just so happened that the characters were at the pool, which allowed them to show everyone. In an interview included in the final volume, Hasemi questioned how much they could reveal about their next manga project. To which Yabuki replied, "If they'd let us do it, it'd be To Love Ru 2!" Both creators also said that it was not really the end of the series and its world, with Yabuki stating that he personally was interested in a spinoff with Momo and Nana as the main characters.

Yabuki said that To Love Ru Darkness started as a "self-indulgent whim" of his. He drew an outline and "dragged" Hasemi back in for a spin-off. Hasemi described it as a spin-off with the intention of carrying on the original's spirit, while "adapting its relationships to a new vector of development". He said he was satisfied with how they portrayed the changes in Momo's heart, and that Lala and Haruna made romantic progress as well. Yabuki also initiated the ending of Darkness, telling Hasemi, the editor-in-chief, and all others involved around May or June 2016, the tenth anniversary of the entire franchise. He had several reasons; the events included in volume 18 finished telling everything there is to say about "the Darkness arc of Momo and Yami as we originally planned it", both the authors and the readers had become too desensitized to the sexiness, 18 volumes matches the original manga, and 10 years seemed like an ideal run. Yabuki also said he could not let To Love Ru Darkness drag on pointlessly forever, because he cares about the work. In the final volume, both creators stated that it was not the end of To Love Ru.

Characters and fan service

Hasemi and Yabuki took care to make sure that Rito was likeable and that his actions were not unpleasant. Hasemi said that because it ran in a shōnen magazine, if boys did not like and support the protagonist, then drawing cute girls would be meaningless. They made use of Lala's alien quality by making her ignorant and curious about earth culture. She was made an inventor to be a source of comedy, and it was Hasemi who thought up her producing things from her handheld "D-Dial". Lala's open personality and lack of shame is a result of her royal upbringing, and acts as contrast with Haruna. Haruna is meant to bring a "certain charm" to the manga that Lala lacks; she is shy and can not voice her feelings. Saki was created to have a senpai character and a character from the upper class of society, who looks down on everyone and speaks her mind. Her wealth makes it easy to develop events and advance the story. Yui was created as a series regular to celebrate one year of serialization. She was given an abundance of common sense and a serious personality, making her a tsundere. In a series full of characters who lack common sense, Yui plays the "straight man" role. Yui was the character that was planned to have the most character growth, as she was the only one who would bring up the perverted stuff Rito does to them. But Yabuki said he did not expect her to turn into such a serious love interest. The artist also cited Nana and Momo as having great character development and standing out in the latter half of the series. Because the other females are all young high school students, Ryouko Mikado was introduced to inject more adult appeal into To Love Ru. The latter half of the manga features a lot more quirky and unique characters because, the newer the character, the harder Hasemi and Yabuki had to work to establish and differentiate their personality. Yabuki said that by the latter half of the series, they were treating all the female characters as main heroines. In the manga's third year, the creators thought about having the main cast move up a grade, but decided against it because Saki would have to graduate and Mikan would have to grow up.

Hasemi stated that when To Love Ru began, "there weren't any limits" on romantic comedies in Weekly Shōnen Jump. Yabuki said that at that time, he never would have imagined that lewd scenes would become the main focus of the series. As the manga went on, Yabuki said it became more and more about testing the limits as to what Weekly Shōnen Jump would allow them to draw. When there was a question on a reader survey about wanting more eroticism in the manga, it received an overwhelming response and the duo was happy to respond since they had fun creating those scenes. But heading into the second year of serialization, Hasemi said that coming up with erotic situations had become a lot more difficult. For example, having Rito accidentally fall down and touch someone had become worn out. Yabuki had to make subtle changes when that type of scene was still used, such as using a different angle or making the girl the one to fall on top of him. The artist said that by the halfway point of serialization, simply touching the girls was not enough for their readers, Rito's fingers had to end up in certain places. Uchida said that this caused every week to be a battle against the editing department. Yabuki said that drawing the nudity in To Love Ru really "sap[ped] more of my strength" than any other kind of art in the manga. On the bright side, in February 2010 the artist said he is now able to draw perverted scenes that he previously would have been too embarrassed to draw. At that same time, Uchida said that the editorial department was using Yabuki's style of drawing soft breasts as reference for newer artists.

To Love Ru is written by Saki Hasemi and illustrated by Kentaro Yabuki. It was serialized in Shueisha's shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump between April 24, 2006 and August 31, 2009. The 162 individual chapters were collected into 18 tankōbon volumes and were published by Shueisha between November 11, 2006 and April 2, 2010. The series was republished in a 10-volume bunkoban edition between November 18, 2016 and March 17, 2017. A sequel manga, To Love Ru Darkness, was serialized between October 4, 2010 and March 4, 2017 in the monthly manga magazine Jump Square. Shueisha collected and published its 77 individual chapters in 18 volumes for Darkness in Japan from March 4, 2011 to April 4, 2017. Additionally, two bonus chapters were published in the May and June 2017 issues of Jump Square. The series was republished in a 10-volume bunkoban edition between October 16, 2020 and February 18, 2021. To celebrate Yabuki's 20th anniversary as a professional artist, a special To Love Ru story was published in Weekly Shōnen Jump on April 27, 2019. A full-color To Love Ru Darkness one-shot was published in Jump Square on May 2, 2019 for the same occasion.

Both manga series are licensed in North America by Seven Seas Entertainment, who release them in print and digital formats. To Love Ru was published in two-in-one omnibus volumes, while To Love Ru Darkness was released as single volumes. Both series were originally slated to begin publication in October 2017, but were later delayed to December 2017.

Anime

An anime television series adaptation produced by Xebec and directed by Takao Kato aired in Japan between April 4 and September 26, 2008, and contains twenty-six episodes. The anime uses characters and general themes from the original manga, it captures various chapters and events from the manga in no specific order. The anime's opening theme is "Forever We Can Make It!" by Thyme, the first ending theme for episodes one through thirteen is "Lucky Tune", and the second ending theme is "Kiss no Yukue"; both are sung by Anna. The anime is licensed in North America by Sentai Filmworks and distributed by Section23 Films. The complete DVD collection part one containing the first half-season was released on December 15, 2009 and part two containing the second half-season was released on February 16, 2010. Sentai released the series on Blu-ray on March 18, 2014. Sentai Filmworks later produced an English dub of the series, which began streaming on Hidive on March 27, 2020.

Three original video animation (OVA) episodes produced by Xebec and directed by Takao Kato were shipped starting on April 3, 2009 with pre-ordered copies of the manga's 13th, 14th and 15th volumes. An additional three OVA episodes were released with the bundled version of the 16th, 17th and 18th volumes. The opening theme for the OVAs is "Yatte Koi Daisuki" and the ending theme is "Apple panic"; both songs are by Haruka Tomatsu and Sayuri Yahagi, the voice actresses of Lala Satalin Deviluke and Haruna Sairenji, respectively. A second season of the anime, titled Motto To Love Ru, produced by Xebec and directed by Atsushi Ōtsuki aired 12 episodes between October 6 and December 22, 2010. The opening theme for the second season is "Loop-the-Loop" by Kotoko and the ending theme is "Baby Baby Love" by Tomatsu. Sentai Filmworks have also licensed the second season and released the complete series set on DVD on April 3, 2012; the Blu-ray set was released on May 27, 2014, and the English dub began streaming on Hidive on February 2, 2021.

Six OVA episodes of To Love Ru Darkness were produced by Xebec and released with the limited editions of the manga's 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 12th, and 13th volumes on DVD on August 17, 2012, December 19, 2012, August 19, 2013, December 4, 2013, December 4, 2014, and April 3, 2015, respectively. A twelve-episode anime television series adaptation was also produced by Xebec, directed by Atsushi Ōtsuki, and aired between October 6 and December 29, 2012. The opening theme for To Love Ru Darkness is "Rakuen Project" by Ray and the ending theme is "Foul Play ni Kurari" by Kanon Wakeshima. Sentai Filmworks released To Love Ru Darkness on DVD and Blu-ray in North America on July 15, 2014. A second season of Darkness, titled To Love Ru Darkness 2nd, aired in Japan between July 7 and October 29, 2015. The opening theme is "secret arms" by Ray while the ending theme is "Gardens" by Mami Kawada. Sentai Filmworks released To Love Ru Darkness 2nd on DVD and Blu-ray in North America on November 1, 2016. Three OVA episodes of To Love Ru Darkness 2nd were produced by Xebec between January 4 and December 2, 2016. A fourth OVA episode to commemorate the 10th anniversary of To Love Ru was released on November 2, 2017 with a book titled To Love Ru Chronicles.

Video games

Five To Love Ru video games have been released. The first is a 2D and 3D visual novel on the Nintendo DS titled To Love Ru: Exciting Outdoor School Version, which was released on August 28, 2008. The second is a 2D adventure visual novel on the PlayStation Portable entitled To Love Ru: Exciting Beach School Version, which was released on October 2, 2008. A third game, titled To Love Ru Darkness: Battle Ecstasy, was released on May 22, 2014 for the PlayStation Vita. It was developed by FuRyu, the developer of Unchained Blades. Lala Satalin Deviluke appears as a support character in the Jump crossover fighting game J-Stars Victory VS. A smartphone game titled To Love Ru Darkness: Idol Revolution was released on March 19, 2014; the game was later added to the website DMM.com on May 13, 2015. A game titled To Love Ru Darkness: True Princess was released on November 5, 2015 for the PlayStation Vita.

Other media

A drama CD for To Love Ru was released on February 29, 2008 with an original story, featuring the voice cast later used in the anime, along with character songs.

Hikaru Wakatsuki wrote two novels based on the series; To Love Ru: Dangerous Girls' Talk was published on August 3, 2009, and To Love Ru Darkness: Little Sisters was published on August 17, 2012.

Three art books have been published for the two manga series; Love Color on January 4, 2010, Venus on October 9, 2012, and Harem Gold on May 2, 2016. An official data book was published on March 4, 2011, while a guidebook to Darkness was published on October 3, 2014. A special book celebrating the tenth anniversary of To Love Ru and its sequel was published on November 2, 2017. It features tribute illustrations by artists such as Akira Toriyama, Rumiko Takahashi, Eiichiro Oda, and Hajime Isayama.

Sales and popularity

To Love Ru and To Love Ru Darkness had over 16 million copies in circulation by March 2017. According to Oricon and Tohan, the collected volumes of To Love Ru consistently ranked in the top 10 best-selling manga during their first weeks of release in Japan. Volume 7 was the best-selling manga volume in its week of release, while two versions (a regular and a limited edition) of volumes 13, 15, and 17 ranked in the top 30 during their respective release weeks. Like its predecessor, the collected volumes of To Love Ru Darkness all ranked in the top 10 best-selling manga during their first weeks of release. Two versions (a regular and a limited edition) of volumes 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, and 17 ranked in the top 40 during their respective release weeks. According to Oricon, To Love Ru Darkness sold 1,067,988 copies in 2011, while its fourth volume alone sold 460,543 copies in 2012. The series sold 1,558,973 copies in 2013, 437,671 of which were from volume 7. Oricon reported that in the first half of 2014, volumes 9 and 10 sold 326,208 and 334,502 copies respectively. Volume 15 of To Love Ru Darkness sold 277,118 copies in the first half of 2016, while volumes 17 and 18 sold 262,024 and 262,201 copies respectively in the first half of 2017. In November 2014, readers of Da Vinci magazine voted To Love Ru number 20 on a list of Weekly Shōnen Jump's greatest manga series of all time. In early 2018, a Goo poll of 5,322 people saw To Love Ru voted the most erotic manga in Weekly Shōnen Jump's history.

Critical response

Anime News Network had four different writers review the first two-in-one omnibus volume of To Love Ru. Lynzee Loveridge, Amy McNulty and Rebecca Silverman each gave it a 3 out of 5 rating. Loveridge described the work as pure harem and praised Yabuki's comedic artwork, but felt that the personality types of the love-triangled main characters were "retreading well worn ground." McNulty disagreed, calling Lala "refreshingly charming" and noting that Haruna does not enter tired tropes either. Silverman called Yabuki's art dynamic and attractive and recommended the series to fans of harem rom-coms, but called the plot very cliché and providing nothing new. McNulty stated that the beginning with just the original love-triangle works just fine, making the love interests added later seem unnecessary, and comes off as quaint when compared to To Love Ru Darkness. Also in comparison to the sequel, Loveridge described the original series as tame in comparison to the "thinly veiled hentai" that is To Love Ru Darkness.

Austin Price, the fourth writer, gave it a scathing review, calling the story a straight rip-off of Urusei Yatsura and claiming the jokes were ripped straight from harem comedy classics such as Ranma ½, Tenchi Muyo! and Love Hina. He also called Yabuki "the most utterly unremarkable artist in Shonen Jump's history." Stig Høgset and Tim Jones of T.H.E.M. Anime Reviews described the first season of the anime series as "a watered down Urusei Yatsura for the 21st century" and called it the worst romantic comedy they have ever seen. They mainly criticized the anime's large amounts of original material not adapted from the manga, but also noted poor animation and music. When they reviewed the Motto To Love Ru anime, Høgset and Jones felt it improved significantly as it reduces manga arcs into 7 minutes each so as to include three in each episode. They gave it 3 out of 5 stars, but stated it unfortunately focuses on the "lesser characters" too often, and their "antics will get old in 5 minutes."

Controversy

In 2012, To Love Ru Darkness was reviewed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly to see if it violated their newly passed controversial Bill 156. This was after they had received a phone call from a parent who discovered a To Love Ru Darkness book while cleaning a son's room. The parent did not like that there was frontal nudity of a female character, including her lower body. At the meeting on April 9, 2012, they decided that while the book did include the aforementioned nudity, it did not violate the new ordinance. In 2014, volume 9 of To Love Ru Darkness was officially designated a "harmful publication" in Fukushima Prefecture under its "Youth Protection and Nurturing Ordinance".

  1. ラッキーチューン,Rakkī Chūn
  2. kiss の行方
  3. 楽園PROJECT
  4. ファールプレーにくらり
  5. TO LOVEとらぶる ワクワク! 林間学校編,Toraburu Waku Waku! Rinkangakkō-hen
  6. TO LOVEとらぶる ドキドキ! 臨海学校編,Toraburu Doki Doki! Rinkaigakkō-hen
  7. TO LOVEとらぶる ダークネス バトルエクスタシー,Toraburu Dākunesu Batoru Ekusutashii
  8. TO LOVEとらぶる ダークネス IDOL REVOLUTION,Toraburu Dākunesu Aidoru Revoryūshon
  9. TO LOVEとらぶる ダークネス トゥループリンセス,Toraburu Dākunesu Turū Purinsesu
  10. To LOVEる -とらぶる- 危ないガールズトーク
  11. To LOVEる ダークネスLittle Sisters<りとしす>
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To Love Ru Article Talk Language Watch Edit To Love Ru Japanese To LOVE とらぶ る Hepburn Toraburu is a Japanese manga series written by Saki Hasemi and illustrated by Kentaro Yabuki The manga was serialized in Shueisha s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine from April 2006 to August 2009 and the chapters collected into 18 tankōbon volumes It chronicles the life of high school student Rito Yuuki after he meets and accidentally gets engaged to the alien princess Lala Satalin Deviluke The title Toraburu is a pun on the English loan words toraburu trouble and rabu love referencing the harem aspect of the series To Love Ru is noted for its fan service with Hasemi and Yabuki admitting that they tested the boundaries of what would be allowed in a shōnen manga To Love RuCover of the first manga volume featuring Rito Yuuki left and Lala Satalin Deviluke right To LOVE とらぶ る Toraburu GenreHarem romantic comedy science fiction 1 MangaWritten bySaki HasemiIllustrated byKentaro YabukiPublished byShueishaEnglish publisherNA Seven Seas EntertainmentImprintJump ComicsMagazineWeekly Shōnen JumpDemographicShōnenOriginal runApril 24 2006 August 31 2009Volumes18 List of volumes MangaTo Love Ru DarknessWritten bySaki HasemiIllustrated byKentaro YabukiPublished byShueishaEnglish publisherNA Seven Seas EntertainmentImprintJump Comics SQ MagazineJump SquareDemographicShōnenOriginal runOctober 4 2010 March 4 2017Volumes18 List of volumes Further informationAnime television seriesDirected byTakao KatoProduced byAkihiro Kawamura Kazuhiko Torishima Yoshihisa Nakayama Yukinao ShimojiWritten byAkatsuki YamatoyaMusic byTakeshi WatanabeStudioXebecLicensed byAUS Madman EntertainmentNA Sentai FilmworksOriginal networkJNN TBS MBS CBC BS i AT XEnglish networkNA Anime NetworkOriginal runApril 4 2008 September 26 2008Episodes26 List of episodes Original video animationDirected byTakao KatoProduced byNobuhiro Nakayama Takeshi Tanaka Makoto Ōyoshi Masanori Gotō Hiroyuki Yonemasu Takatoshi ChinoWritten byAkatsuki YamatoyaMusic byTakeshi WatanabeStudioXebecReleasedApril 3 2009 April 2 2010Runtime25 minutes eachEpisodes6 List of episodes Anime television seriesMotto To Love RuDirected byAtsushi ŌtsukiProduced byNobuhiro Nakayama Takeshi Tanaka Takumi KusakabeWritten byYasunori YamadaMusic byTakeshi WatanabeStudioXebecLicensed byAUS Madman EntertainmentNA Sentai FilmworksOriginal networkTokyo MX Chiba TV SUN TVA AT XEnglish networkNA Anime NetworkOriginal runOctober 6 2010 December 22 2010Episodes12 List of episodes Original video animationTo Love Ru DarknessDirected byAtsushi ŌtsukiProduced byNobuhiro Nakayama Tsuyoshi Tanaka Kazumasa Sanjōba Kentarō HattoriWritten byAtsushi ŌtsukiMusic byTakeshi WatanabeStudioXebecReleasedAugust 17 2012 April 3 2015Runtime25 minutes eachEpisodes6 List of episodes Anime television seriesTo Love Ru DarknessDirected byAtsushi ŌtsukiProduced byNobuhiro Nakayama Tsuyoshi Tanaka Kazumasa Sanjōba Kentarō HattoriWritten byAtsushi ŌtsukiMusic byTakeshi WatanabeStudioXebecLicensed byAUS Madman EntertainmentNA Sentai FilmworksOriginal networkTokyo MX AT XEnglish networkNA Anime NetworkOriginal runOctober 6 2012 December 29 2012Episodes12 List of episodes Anime television seriesTo Love Ru Darkness 2ndDirected byAtsushi ŌtsukiProduced byNobuhiro Nakayama Tsuyoshi TanakaWritten byAtsushi ŌtsukiMusic byTakeshi WatanabeStudioXebecLicensed byAUS Madman EntertainmentNA Sentai FilmworksOriginal networkBS11 Tokyo MX SUN AT XEnglish networkNA Anime NetworkOriginal runJuly 7 2015 October 28 2015Episodes14 List of episodes Original video animationTo Love Ru Darkness 2ndDirected byAtsushi ŌtsukiProduced byNobuhiro Nakayama Tsuyoshi TanakaWritten byAtsushi ŌtsukiMusic byTakeshi WatanabeStudioXebecReleasedJanuary 4 2016 November 2 2017Runtime10 25 minutes eachEpisodes4 List of episodes A drama CD was released in February 2008 featuring an original story along with character songs Following a 26 episode anime television series adaptation that aired in Japan in 2008 Xebec produced six original video animation episodes and a 12 episode second season titled Motto To Love Ru between 2009 and 2010 Four video games have been released for various platforms A continuation of the manga called To Love Ru Darkness TO LOVE とらぶ る ダークネス Toraburu Dakunesu was serialized in Shueisha s Jump Square magazine from October 2010 to March 2017 and the chapters collected into 18 tankōbon volumes Between 2012 and 2017 Xebec produced 10 OVA episodes and 26 anime television series episodes based on To Love Ru Darkness The To Love Ru and To Love Ru Darkness manga series have over 16 million copies in circulation Contents 1 Synopsis 1 1 To Love Ru 1 2 To Love Ru Darkness 2 Production 2 1 Writing and development 2 2 Characters and fan service 3 Publication 4 Media 4 1 Anime 4 2 Video games 4 3 Other media 5 Reception 5 1 Sales and popularity 5 2 Critical response 5 3 Controversy 6 See also 7 Notes 8 References 9 External linksSynopsis EditSee also List of To Love Ru characters To Love Ru Edit Set in the fictional city of Sainan 彩南 the story of To Love Ru revolves around Rito Yuuki a shy and clumsy high school student who cannot confess his love to the girl of his dreams Haruna Sairenji One day when sulking in the bathtub a mysterious naked devil tailed girl appears out of nowhere Her name is Lala Satalin Deviluke the runaway crown princess of the planet Deviluke Her father wants her to return home to marry one of her marriage candidates When Devilukean commander Zastin arrives to bring her home she swiftly declares she will marry Rito in order to stay on Earth leading Zastin to attack Rito But when Rito angrily declares that marriage is only possible with the person you love the two dull witted aliens misunderstand him believing he truly understands Lala s feelings Lala quickly falls in love with him and Zastin also approves of their engagement much to Rito s dismay While Zastin reports his support for the pair to Lala s father Gid Lucion Deviluke who is the King of Deviluke and much of the known universe Rito reluctantly helps Lala transition to life on Earth while gradually befriending his dream girl Haruna along with a colorful cast of other girls both humans and aliens alike such as the uptight high strung girl Yui Kotegawa the sex switching alien Run Ren and the queen bee Saki Tenjouin among others In the meantime Rito must also fight off Lala s antagonistic alien suitors one of whom sends the alien assassin Golden Darkness to kill him To Love Ru Darkness Edit The story continues in To Love Ru Darkness which focuses on Lala s little sister Momo Belia Deviluke She and her twin sister Nana Astar Deviluke have since come to live with Lala in Rito s house While Rito remains indecisive between his longtime crush on Haruna and his growing affection for Lala Momo has also fallen in love with Rito But not wanting to steal Rito away from her sister Momo instead plots to build a harem of girls around Rito hoping that if Rito marries Lala and becomes the King of Deviluke he can legally marry every girl who is in love with him including Momo herself While Momo works in the background and plays matchmaker with Rito a plethora of beautiful girls gradually enter Rito s life and warm up to his kindness including Golden Darkness who has since lived peacefully on Earth but struggles to escape her dark past Thus Rito s otherworldly love troubles continue forever Production EditWriting and development Edit Manga artist Kentaro Yabuki first met anime screenwriter Saki Hasemi at preliminary meetings for the 2005 anime adaptation of Yabuki s previous series Black Cat When Hasemi told Yabuki that he was interested in writing an original manga the artist told Hasemi he could contact him if he had any questions 2 When the time came for Yabuki to create a new series he said he hit a brick wall The editorial department asked him to go in a different direction so he started asking Hasemi his opinions on things 2 After they started working together Hasemi said he originally thought of doing a shōnen battle manga but could not come up with a hook He then remembered that Yabuki had said he wanted to create a romantic comedy manga and the two started to come up with ideas for one easily 2 Yabuki created the rough designs and personalities for Rito and Lala and then discussed what kind of story would work with them with Hasemi and their supervisor 3 Hasemi said that Yabuki was set on two things having a love triangle between Rito Lala and Haruna and that Rito could not be a pervert 4 They initially imagined the series as mainly a comedy featuring Rito and Lala with Rito only longing for Haruna But as they had more meetings this changed to Haruna also being a featured character with feelings for Rito in order to emphasize the love triangle 3 Hasemi said once Yabuki decided on Peke being a robot for undressing they could see the direction the manga was headed in 3 Having only worked on anime and video games previously Hasemi said he had trouble fitting his ideas into the 19 page per chapter structure of a weekly manga serialization at the beginning The duo s initial editor Nakamura would often tell him that certain details he added were not going to make it into the finished chapter Hasemi said a turning point was when Yabuki asked him not to change scenes so much While this is a heavily used technique in anime to show momentary pauses in action or passages of time in manga the more scene changes there are the more expository panels are required 2 The basic plan was to give each chapter a self contained plot and have the action take place in one location Hasemi said that the manga was hard to write for while it can paradoxically be easier on the author to make a story more complicated and build the world To Love Ru instead relied entirely on visuals and emotions to convey everything Yabuki said he made sure everything was easy to read by limiting each page to a maximum of six panels and never using distorted panels 2 Hasemi and Yabuki always knew they were going to make many revisions to the collected tankōbon volumes of To Love Ru They thought it was more fun for the chapters to be different than when they were published in Weekly Shōnen Jump It took six months for the first volume to be released partly because Yabuki would look at his old art and feel compelled to fix it 2 Hasemi and Yabuki aimed from the beginning to have three or more years of serialization on top of an anime adaptation and a video game and Hasemi said he purposefully made the series easy to adapt into an anime Towards the end of serialization Yabuki was having a hard time privately and felt like breaking down and crying but was happy that he was able to punctuate the final moments of the manga with the same stupid perversion it always had He was happy that they were able to make the series fun up until the very end and that they never drifted from the original premise by turning it into a serious action manga 2 How to end To Love Ru was discussed over and over again in meetings until Yabuki suggested that instead of having Rito end up with someone in particular it could end without him choosing anyone Although both Hasemi and Uchida who became their editor around October or November 2007 were initially skeptical on an ending less ending Hasemi told Yabuki he did not really want to end the series and came around to the idea They wanted Rito to come to the conclusion that he loves Haruna but purposefully did not explain why he did so By having Lala misunderstand the situation it connected back to the first chapter of the series 2 They did not know when they would find out that their next chapter would be the last it just so happened that the characters were at the pool which allowed them to show everyone In an interview included in the final volume Hasemi questioned how much they could reveal about their next manga project To which Yabuki replied If they d let us do it it d be To Love Ru 2 Both creators also said that it was not really the end of the series and its world with Yabuki stating that he personally was interested in a spinoff with Momo and Nana as the main characters 2 Yabuki said that To Love Ru Darkness started as a self indulgent whim of his He drew an outline and dragged Hasemi back in for a spin off 5 Hasemi described it as a spin off with the intention of carrying on the original s spirit while adapting its relationships to a new vector of development He said he was satisfied with how they portrayed the changes in Momo s heart and that Lala and Haruna made romantic progress as well Yabuki also initiated the ending of Darkness telling Hasemi the editor in chief and all others involved around May or June 2016 the tenth anniversary of the entire franchise He had several reasons the events included in volume 18 finished telling everything there is to say about the Darkness arc of Momo and Yami as we originally planned it both the authors and the readers had become too desensitized to the sexiness 18 volumes matches the original manga and 10 years seemed like an ideal run Yabuki also said he could not let To Love Ru Darkness drag on pointlessly forever because he cares about the work In the final volume both creators stated that it was not the end of To Love Ru 5 Characters and fan service Edit Hasemi and Yabuki took care to make sure that Rito was likeable and that his actions were not unpleasant Hasemi said that because it ran in a shōnen magazine if boys did not like and support the protagonist then drawing cute girls would be meaningless 4 They made use of Lala s alien quality by making her ignorant and curious about earth culture She was made an inventor to be a source of comedy and it was Hasemi who thought up her producing things from her handheld D Dial Lala s open personality and lack of shame is a result of her royal upbringing and acts as contrast with Haruna 3 Haruna is meant to bring a certain charm to the manga that Lala lacks she is shy and can not voice her feelings 3 Saki was created to have a senpai character and a character from the upper class of society who looks down on everyone and speaks her mind Her wealth makes it easy to develop events and advance the story 4 Yui was created as a series regular to celebrate one year of serialization She was given an abundance of common sense and a serious personality making her a tsundere In a series full of characters who lack common sense Yui plays the straight man role 6 Yui was the character that was planned to have the most character growth as she was the only one who would bring up the perverted stuff Rito does to them But Yabuki said he did not expect her to turn into such a serious love interest 2 The artist also cited Nana and Momo as having great character development and standing out in the latter half of the series 2 Because the other females are all young high school students Ryouko Mikado was introduced to inject more adult appeal into To Love Ru 6 The latter half of the manga features a lot more quirky and unique characters because the newer the character the harder Hasemi and Yabuki had to work to establish and differentiate their personality 2 Yabuki said that by the latter half of the series they were treating all the female characters as main heroines In the manga s third year the creators thought about having the main cast move up a grade but decided against it because Saki would have to graduate and Mikan would have to grow up 2 Hasemi stated that when To Love Ru began there weren t any limits on romantic comedies in Weekly Shōnen Jump Yabuki said that at that time he never would have imagined that lewd scenes would become the main focus of the series As the manga went on Yabuki said it became more and more about testing the limits as to what Weekly Shōnen Jump would allow them to draw 2 When there was a question on a reader survey about wanting more eroticism in the manga it received an overwhelming response and the duo was happy to respond since they had fun creating those scenes But heading into the second year of serialization Hasemi said that coming up with erotic situations had become a lot more difficult For example having Rito accidentally fall down and touch someone had become worn out Yabuki had to make subtle changes when that type of scene was still used such as using a different angle or making the girl the one to fall on top of him The artist said that by the halfway point of serialization simply touching the girls was not enough for their readers Rito s fingers had to end up in certain places Uchida said that this caused every week to be a battle against the editing department 2 Yabuki said that drawing the nudity in To Love Ru really sap ped more of my strength than any other kind of art in the manga On the bright side in February 2010 the artist said he is now able to draw perverted scenes that he previously would have been too embarrassed to draw At that same time Uchida said that the editorial department was using Yabuki s style of drawing soft breasts as reference for newer artists 2 Publication EditSee also List of To Love Ru chapters To Love Ru is written by Saki Hasemi and illustrated by Kentaro Yabuki It was serialized in Shueisha s shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump between April 24 2006 and August 31 2009 7 8 The 162 individual chapters were collected into 18 tankōbon volumes and were published by Shueisha between November 11 2006 and April 2 2010 9 10 The series was republished in a 10 volume bunkoban edition between November 18 2016 and March 17 2017 11 12 A sequel manga To Love Ru Darkness was serialized between October 4 2010 and March 4 2017 in the monthly manga magazine Jump Square 13 14 Shueisha collected and published its 77 individual chapters in 18 volumes for Darkness in Japan from March 4 2011 to April 4 2017 15 16 Additionally two bonus chapters were published in the May and June 2017 issues of Jump Square 14 The series was republished in a 10 volume bunkoban edition between October 16 2020 and February 18 2021 17 18 To celebrate Yabuki s 20th anniversary as a professional artist a special To Love Ru story was published in Weekly Shōnen Jump on April 27 2019 19 A full color To Love Ru Darkness one shot was published in Jump Square on May 2 2019 for the same occasion 20 Both manga series are licensed in North America by Seven Seas Entertainment who release them in print and digital formats 21 To Love Ru was published in two in one omnibus volumes while To Love Ru Darkness was released as single volumes Both series were originally slated to begin publication in October 2017 but were later delayed to December 2017 22 Media EditAnime Edit Main article List of To Love Ru episodes See also To Love Ru season 1 Motto To Love Ru To Love Ru Darkness TV series and To Love Ru Darkness 2nd An anime television series adaptation produced by Xebec and directed by Takao Kato aired in Japan between April 4 and September 26 2008 and contains twenty six episodes The anime uses characters and general themes from the original manga it captures various chapters and events from the manga in no specific order The anime s opening theme is Forever We Can Make It by Thyme the first ending theme for episodes one through thirteen is Lucky Tune Jp 1 and the second ending theme is Kiss no Yukue Jp 2 both are sung by Anna The anime is licensed in North America by Sentai Filmworks and distributed by Section23 Films The complete DVD collection part one containing the first half season was released on December 15 2009 23 and part two containing the second half season was released on February 16 2010 24 Sentai released the series on Blu ray on March 18 2014 25 Sentai Filmworks later produced an English dub of the series 26 which began streaming on Hidive on March 27 2020 27 Three original video animation OVA episodes produced by Xebec and directed by Takao Kato were shipped starting on April 3 2009 with pre ordered copies of the manga s 13th 14th and 15th volumes 28 An additional three OVA episodes were released with the bundled version of the 16th 17th and 18th volumes 29 The opening theme for the OVAs is Yatte Koi Daisuki and the ending theme is Apple panic both songs are by Haruka Tomatsu and Sayuri Yahagi the voice actresses of Lala Satalin Deviluke and Haruna Sairenji respectively A second season of the anime titled Motto To Love Ru 30 produced by Xebec and directed by Atsushi Ōtsuki aired 12 episodes between October 6 and December 22 2010 The opening theme for the second season is Loop the Loop by Kotoko and the ending theme is Baby Baby Love by Tomatsu Sentai Filmworks have also licensed the second season and released the complete series set on DVD on April 3 2012 31 32 the Blu ray set was released on May 27 2014 33 and the English dub began streaming on Hidive on February 2 2021 34 Six OVA episodes of To Love Ru Darkness were produced by Xebec and released with the limited editions of the manga s 5th 6th 8th 9th 12th and 13th volumes on DVD on August 17 2012 35 December 19 2012 36 August 19 2013 December 4 2013 37 December 4 2014 38 and April 3 2015 39 respectively A twelve episode anime television series adaptation was also produced by Xebec directed by Atsushi Ōtsuki and aired between October 6 and December 29 2012 40 The opening theme for To Love Ru Darkness is Rakuen Project Jp 3 by Ray and the ending theme is Foul Play ni Kurari Jp 4 by Kanon Wakeshima Sentai Filmworks released To Love Ru Darkness on DVD and Blu ray in North America on July 15 2014 41 42 A second season of Darkness titled To Love Ru Darkness 2nd aired in Japan between July 7 and October 29 2015 43 The opening theme is secret arms by Ray while the ending theme is Gardens by Mami Kawada 44 Sentai Filmworks released To Love Ru Darkness 2nd on DVD and Blu ray in North America on November 1 2016 45 46 Three OVA episodes of To Love Ru Darkness 2nd were produced by Xebec between January 4 and December 2 2016 A fourth OVA episode to commemorate the 10th anniversary of To Love Ru was released on November 2 2017 with a book titled To Love Ru Chronicles 47 Video games Edit Five To Love Ru video games have been released 48 The first is a 2D and 3D visual novel on the Nintendo DS titled To Love Ru Exciting Outdoor School Version Jp 5 which was released on August 28 2008 48 The second is a 2D adventure visual novel on the PlayStation Portable entitled To Love Ru Exciting Beach School Version Jp 6 which was released on October 2 2008 49 A third game titled To Love Ru Darkness Battle Ecstasy Jp 7 was released on May 22 2014 for the PlayStation Vita It was developed by FuRyu the developer of Unchained Blades 50 51 Lala Satalin Deviluke appears as a support character in the Jump crossover fighting game J Stars Victory VS 52 A smartphone game titled To Love Ru Darkness Idol Revolution Jp 8 was released on March 19 2014 53 the game was later added to the website DMM com on May 13 2015 54 A game titled To Love Ru Darkness True Princess Jp 9 was released on November 5 2015 for the PlayStation Vita 43 Other media Edit A drama CD for To Love Ru was released on February 29 2008 with an original story featuring the voice cast later used in the anime along with character songs 55 Hikaru Wakatsuki wrote two novels based on the series To Love Ru Dangerous Girls Talk Jp 10 was published on August 3 2009 and To Love Ru Darkness Little Sisters Jp 11 was published on August 17 2012 56 57 Three art books have been published for the two manga series Love Color on January 4 2010 Venus on October 9 2012 and Harem Gold on May 2 2016 58 59 60 An official data book was published on March 4 2011 while a guidebook to Darkness was published on October 3 2014 61 62 A special book celebrating the tenth anniversary of To Love Ru and its sequel was published on November 2 2017 It features tribute illustrations by artists such as Akira Toriyama Rumiko Takahashi Eiichiro Oda and Hajime Isayama 63 Reception EditSales and popularity Edit To Love Ru and To Love Ru Darkness had over 16 million copies in circulation by March 2017 64 According to Oricon and Tohan the collected volumes of To Love Ru consistently ranked in the top 10 best selling manga during their first weeks of release in Japan 65 Volume 7 was the best selling manga volume in its week of release while two versions a regular and a limited edition of volumes 13 15 and 17 ranked in the top 30 during their respective release weeks 66 67 68 69 Like its predecessor the collected volumes of To Love Ru Darkness all ranked in the top 10 best selling manga during their first weeks of release 70 Two versions a regular and a limited edition of volumes 6 8 9 12 13 15 and 17 ranked in the top 40 during their respective release weeks 71 According to Oricon To Love Ru Darkness sold 1 067 988 copies in 2011 while its fourth volume alone sold 460 543 copies in 2012 72 73 The series sold 1 558 973 copies in 2013 437 671 of which were from volume 7 74 75 Oricon reported that in the first half of 2014 volumes 9 and 10 sold 326 208 and 334 502 copies respectively 76 Volume 15 of To Love Ru Darkness sold 277 118 copies in the first half of 2016 while volumes 17 and 18 sold 262 024 and 262 201 copies respectively in the first half of 2017 77 78 In November 2014 readers of Da Vinci magazine voted To Love Ru number 20 on a list of Weekly Shōnen Jump s greatest manga series of all time 79 In early 2018 a Goo poll of 5 322 people saw To Love Ru voted the most erotic manga in Weekly Shōnen Jump s history 80 Critical response Edit Anime News Network had four different writers review the first two in one omnibus volume of To Love Ru Lynzee Loveridge Amy McNulty and Rebecca Silverman each gave it a 3 out of 5 rating Loveridge described the work as pure harem and praised Yabuki s comedic artwork but felt that the personality types of the love triangled main characters were retreading well worn ground McNulty disagreed calling Lala refreshingly charming and noting that Haruna does not enter tired tropes either Silverman called Yabuki s art dynamic and attractive and recommended the series to fans of harem rom coms but called the plot very cliche and providing nothing new McNulty stated that the beginning with just the original love triangle works just fine making the love interests added later seem unnecessary and comes off as quaint when compared to To Love Ru Darkness Also in comparison to the sequel Loveridge described the original series as tame in comparison to the thinly veiled hentai that is To Love Ru Darkness 81 Austin Price the fourth writer gave it a scathing review calling the story a straight rip off of Urusei Yatsura and claiming the jokes were ripped straight from harem comedy classics such as Ranma Tenchi Muyo and Love Hina He also called Yabuki the most utterly unremarkable artist in Shonen Jump s history 81 Stig Hogset and Tim Jones of T H E M Anime Reviews described the first season of the anime series as a watered down Urusei Yatsura for the 21st century and called it the worst romantic comedy they have ever seen They mainly criticized the anime s large amounts of original material not adapted from the manga but also noted poor animation and music 1 When they reviewed the Motto To Love Ru anime Hogset and Jones felt it improved significantly as it reduces manga arcs into 7 minutes each so as to include three in each episode They gave it 3 out of 5 stars but stated it unfortunately focuses on the lesser characters too often and their antics will get old in 5 minutes 82 Controversy Edit In 2012 To Love Ru Darkness was reviewed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly to see if it violated their newly passed controversial Bill 156 83 This was after they had received a phone call from a parent who discovered a To Love Ru Darkness book while cleaning a son s room 83 The parent did not like that there was frontal nudity of a female character including her lower body At the meeting on April 9 2012 they decided that while the book did include the aforementioned nudity it did not violate the new ordinance 83 In 2014 volume 9 of To Love Ru Darkness was officially designated a harmful publication in Fukushima Prefecture under its Youth Protection and Nurturing Ordinance 84 See also EditList of harem anime and mangaNotes Edit ラッキーチューン Rakki Chun kiss の行方 楽園PROJECT ファールプレーにくらり TO LOVE とらぶ る ワクワク 林間学校編 Toraburu Waku Waku Rinkangakkō hen TO LOVE とらぶ る ドキドキ 臨海学校編 Toraburu Doki Doki Rinkaigakkō hen TO LOVE とらぶ る ダークネス バトルエクスタシー Toraburu Dakunesu Batoru Ekusutashii TO LOVE とらぶ る ダークネス IDOL REVOLUTION Toraburu Dakunesu Aidoru Revoryushon TO LOVE とらぶ る ダークネス トゥループリンセス Toraburu Dakunesu Turu Purinsesu To LOVEる とらぶる 危ないガールズトーク To LOVEる ダークネスLittle Sisters りとしす References Edit a b Hogset Stig Jones Tim To Love Ru T H E M Anime Reviews Retrieved April 13 2016 a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Hasemi Saki Yabuki Kentaro 2019 2010 Special Interview To Love Ru Vol 17 18 Seven Seas Entertainment ISBN 978 1 947804 39 5 a b c d e Hasemi Saki Yabuki Kentaro 2018 2007 Character File 02 Character File 03 To Love Ru Vol 5 6 Seven Seas Entertainment ISBN 978 1 947804 08 1 a b c Hasemi Saki Yabuki Kentaro 2018 2007 Character File 2 Character File 01 To Love Ru Vol 3 4 Seven Seas Entertainment ISBN 978 1 947804 06 7 a b Hasemi Saki Yabuki Kentaro 2020 2017 Afterword To Love Ru Darkness Vol 18 Seven Seas Entertainment ISBN 978 1 947804 52 4 a b Hasemi Saki Yabuki Kentaro 2018 2008 Character File 6 Character File 8 To Love Ru Vol 7 8 Seven Seas Entertainment ISBN 978 1 947804 11 1 週刊少年ジャンプ 2006年 Vol 21 22 in Japanese Shueisha Archived from the original on February 23 2009 Retrieved April 22 2019 Loo Egan August 25 2009 To Love Ru Freesia Noramimi Manga End This Month Anime News Network Retrieved April 22 2019 To LOVEる とらぶる 1 To Love Ru 1 in Japanese Shueisha Retrieved March 5 2010 To LOVEる とらぶる 18 To Love Ru 18 in Japanese Shueisha Retrieved April 5 2010 To LOVEる とらぶる 1 in Japanese Shueisha Retrieved April 21 2022 To LOVEる とらぶる 10 in Japanese Shueisha Retrieved April 21 2022 To Love Ru Spinoff Manga Series to Launch in October Anime News Network July 29 2010 Retrieved August 17 2010 a b To Love Ru Darkness Manga Ends With Extra Chapter Planned Crunchyroll March 1 2017 Retrieved March 4 2017 To LOVEる とらぶる ダークネス 1 in Japanese Shueisha Retrieved March 6 2011 To LOVEる とらぶる ダークネス 18 in Japanese Shueisha Retrieved March 4 2017 To LOVEる とらぶる ダークネス 1 in Japanese Shueisha Retrieved April 21 2022 To LOVEる とらぶる ダークネス 10 in Japanese Shueisha Retrieved April 21 2022 To Love Ru Manga to Return with One Shot Story in Japan This Saturday Crunchyroll April 21 2019 Retrieved April 21 2022 To Love ru Darkness Manga Returns in 1 Shot in May Anime News Network April 5 2019 Retrieved April 21 2022 Seven Seas Licenses To Love Ru To Love Ru Darkness Manga Anime News Network April 21 2017 Retrieved April 21 2017 Seven Seas Launches Mature Reader Imprint With Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs World s End Harem Manga Anime News Network October 11 2017 Retrieved October 11 2017 Sentai Filmworks Section23 Adds To Love Ru Anime Anime News Network October 6 2009 Retrieved October 6 2009 Sentai Adds Skull Man Maria Holic Anime in February Anime News Network December 4 2009 Retrieved December 4 2009 To Love Ru Season 1 Complete Collection Blu ray Amazon Retrieved March 18 2014 Sentai Filmworks Announces English Dub for To Love Ru Anime Anime News Network December 4 2018 Retrieved December 4 2018 The To Love Ru Dub Makes Its Streaming Debut on HIDIVE Hidive March 20 2020 Retrieved April 4 2021 To Love Ru Trouble To Love Ru Trouble OVA Project to Be 3 Volumes Long Anime News Network December 8 2008 Retrieved March 26 2008 3 New To Love Ru OVA Volumes Green Lit Anime News Network July 1 2009 Retrieved July 1 2009 Motto To Love Ru Trouble Anime to Air this Fall Anime News Network July 12 2010 Retrieved July 13 2010 Sentai Filmworks Licenses Motto To Love Ru Trouble Anime Series Anime News Network January 11 2012 Retrieved January 11 2012 Motto to Loveru Complete Collection Amazon April 3 2012 Retrieved July 26 2012 Motto to Love Ru Season 2 Blu ray Amazon Retrieved July 26 2014 The Motto To Love Ru Dub is Coming to HIDIVE Because of You Hidive January 26 2021 Retrieved April 4 2021 To Love Ru Darkness Manga to Bundle Anime DVD in August Anime News Network April 17 2012 Retrieved May 1 2012 To Love Ru Darkness Manga to Bundle 2nd Anime DVD Anime News Network August 2 2012 Retrieved December 4 2013 New To Love Ru Darkness Anime to Be 2 New OVAs Anime News Network March 30 2013 Retrieved December 4 2013 To Love Ru Darkness Manga Gets New Original Video Anime DVD Anime News Network June 30 2014 Retrieved June 30 2014 Next To Love Ru Darkness OVA Slated for April 3 Anime News Network October 30 2014 Retrieved October 30 2014 To Love Ru Darkness Anime Confirmed for TV Anime News Network April 3 2012 Retrieved April 3 2012 To Love Ru Darkness Season 3 Complete Collection Amazon Retrieved July 26 2014 To Love Ru Darkness Season 3 Complete Collection Blu ray Amazon Retrieved July 26 2014 a b To Love Ru Darkness Gets 2nd Season New PS Vita Dating Sim Anime News Network December 20 2014 Retrieved December 21 2014 TVアニメ To LOVEる とらぶる ダークネス 2nd ED担当決定 NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan March 21 2015 Retrieved March 21 2015 To Love Ru Darkness 2nd Season 4 Complete Collection Amazon Retrieved November 6 2016 To Love Ru Darkness 2nd Season 4 Complete Collection Blu ray Amazon Retrieved November 6 2016 To Love Ru OVA Delayed Crunchyroll July 21 2017 Retrieved August 5 2017 a b To Love Ru DS and PSP Editions Official Website Open Today in Japanese ASCII Media Works May 30 2008 Retrieved May 30 2008 To Love Ru Doki Doki Rinkaigakkō hen in Japanese Marvelous Interactive Retrieved September 16 2008 Unchained Blades Developer Working On To Love Ru Harem Game For Vita Siliconera November 26 2013 Retrieved December 1 2013 To Love Ru Darkness Manga Gets Vita Harem Game by FuRyu Anime News Network Retrieved December 1 2013 J Stars Victory VS Game s New Trailer Reveals June Release Date Anime News Network April 16 2015 Retrieved May 11 2015 To LOVEる とらぶる ダークネス Idol Revolution が本日配信開始 in Japanese Retrieved October 22 2015 To LOVEる とらぶる ダークネス Idol Revolution 配信開始 in Japanese May 13 2015 Retrieved October 22 2015 To Love Ru Darkness Manga To End On March Final Volume To Be Scheduled On April TravelersToday March 3 2017 Retrieved September 22 2019 To LOVEる とらぶる 危ないガールズトーク in Japanese Shueisha Retrieved April 21 2022 To LOVEる ダークネスLittle Sisters りとしす in Japanese Shueisha Retrieved April 21 2022 To LOVEる とらぶる 画集 らぶから in Japanese Shueisha Retrieved April 21 2022 To LOVEる とらぶる ダークネス画集 Venus in Japanese Shueisha Retrieved April 21 2022 To LOVEる とらぶる ダークネス画集 Harem Gold in Japanese Shueisha Retrieved April 21 2022 ぱ ふぇくとらぶる To LOVEる とらぶる amp To LOVEる とらぶる ダークネス公式データブック ジャンプコミックス in Japanese ASIN 4088748522 To LOVEる とらぶる ダークネス楽園計画ガイドブック とらぶまにあ in Japanese Shueisha Retrieved April 21 2022 20 Manga Creators Celebrate To Love Ru Trouble in 10th Anniversary Book Anime News Network October 17 2017 Retrieved April 21 2022 To LOVEる ダークネス 7年の歴史に幕 次号から番外編掲載へ Mantan Web in Japanese March 4 2017 Retrieved April 21 2022 Chart references Japanese Comic Ranking June 5 June 11 Anime News Network June 13 2007 Retrieved April 25 2022 Japanese Comic Ranking March 4 10 Anime News Network March 15 2008 Retrieved April 25 2022 Japanese Comic Ranking April 29 May 5 Anime News Network May 8 2008 Retrieved April 25 2022 Japanese Comic Ranking August 5 11 Anime News Network August 13 2008 Retrieved April 25 2022 Japanese Comic Ranking September 30 October 6 Anime News Network October 8 2008 Retrieved April 25 2022 Japanese Comic Ranking January 6 12 Anime News Network January 14 2009 Retrieved April 25 2022 Japanese Comic Ranking March 31 April 6 Anime News Network April 8 2009 Retrieved April 25 2022 Japanese Comic Ranking June 1 7 Anime 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Retrieved April 21 2022 Top Selling Manga in Japan by Volume 2017 First Half Anime News Network June 1 2017 Retrieved April 21 2022 Da Vinci Magazine Asks Japanese Readers to Name Greatest Shonen Jump Manga Crunchyroll November 13 2014 Retrieved September 19 2020 ジャンプ史上最高に興奮した お色気漫画 ランキング Goo in Japanese March 28 2018 Retrieved April 26 2022 a b To Love Ru Vol 1 2 The Fall 2017 Manga Guide Anime News Network November 7 2017 Retrieved September 13 2020 Hogset Stig Jones Tim Motto To Love Ru T H E M Anime Reviews Retrieved September 19 2020 a b c Tokyo s Youth Healthy Development Council Looks at To Love Ru Darkness Anime News Network June 2 2012 Retrieved March 24 2013 3 有害図書類 包括指定 PDF Fukushima Prefecture official website in Japanese Archived from the original PDF on January 11 2017 Retrieved April 21 2022 External links EditOfficial website in Japanese Video games official website in Japanese To Love Ru manga at Anime News Network s encyclopedia Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w 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