To Love-Ru Season 5: Premiere Date, Characters, Plot (2023)

‘To Love-Ru,’ which in its Japanese form is a pun on the English words ‘love’ and ‘trouble’, strives to highlight how one is non-existent without the other. It is a manga series written by Saki Hasemi with illustrations provided by Kentaro Yabuki. The series was published in Shueisha’s popular magazine ‘Weekly Shōnen Jump’ from April 24, 2006 to August 31, 2009 in 18 tankōbon volumes. A drama CD was also released in the year 2008 that introduced a completely new storyline. Due to the popularity of the manga, an anime was quickly put into production with the first season being aired from April 2008 to September 2008. It contained a total of 26 episodes and laid the groundwork for the sequels and the spin-offs that were to come. Six OVAs were also produced and released in Japan between April 2009 and April 2010.

The anime adaptation is produced by Xebec and directed by Takao Kato and is often cited by many as a weak adaptation of its manga counterpart. It does not take many influences from its source material and strives to introduce new quirks in order to keep it entertaining for the television screens. However, while trying to achieve this, many felt that the anime fell short of its expectations and deliberately sabotaged its own identity in exchange for a few laughs. While it does use the characters and themes from the manga, it changes the order of the events in order to better fit the format. Personally, we feel that the anime would have been much more appealing if they had just stuck to the plot as proposed in the manga. It is presently licensed by Sentai Filmworks and distributed by Section23 Films in North America. The entire first season is available on a blu-ray disc to purchase online.

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To Love-Ru Season 5 Release Date: When will it premiere?

To Love-Ru season 4 premiered on Jul 7, 2015 and ended its run on Oct 29, 2015. Since then, there have been no official announcements for a new season of the anime but as Saki Hesami has already stated that there will be a new manga coming out soon, an anime is not a far-fetched thought. It is important to note here that the series has witnessed its fair share of scandals over the years, which may or may not affect the production of a new season. Though most of them were unrelated to the content of the manga or the anime, it still affected its sales and sometimes disrupted its distribution policies.

While researching on a new season of anime, we came across some interesting facts that we thought were relevant to this discussion. One such incident occurred when a mother found a copy of the manga containing a picture of a woman with full frontal nudity. She went on to mail a copy to the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly to review whether it meets the standards as declared by the infamous Bill 156. At a later session, the assembly concluded that even though the manga did contain full frontal nudity, it still met all the standards and the case was dropped. However, we all know how such allegations are perceived by the masses in general and are yet to see whether it had any impact on later developments.

There is one more incident that we would like to bring to notice here but it’s hard to confirm the accuracy of these reports, so take these with a grain of salt. It seems the illustrator of the series, Kentaro Yabuki, got into trouble with his wife over the custody of their child and various intellectual rights. The story goes that the woman claimed various royalties from Kentaro, including the revenue from the popular manga ‘To Love-Ru’. It seems like this is the main reason why the series had to stop their actual serialization and develop a spin-off. It’s impossible to actually verify the sources and the credibility of this information but it does seem to make sense when you look at the bigger picture. Anyway, if there’s anyone reading this who can shed some more light on this story, then please let us know and we will definitely update it here.

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There is one more ‘issue’ plaguing the development of a new season and I stress here on the word ‘issue’. I mean, this is not really an issue all things considered but it is delaying the development process anyway, so it deserves a mention! Yabuki Kentaro, the aforementioned illustrator of the series, is currently working on another project, ‘Darling in the Franxx’, which is about halfway complete. He has already stated that he will resume work on ‘To Love-Ru’ as soon as that project is over. So if the source material is the problem behind the development of a new season, that shouldn’t be the issue any longer. Considering the time that a manga series takes to develop and then print, we can expect ‘To Love-Ru’ season 5 release date to be sometime in late 2020 or early 2021. Yes, it’s kind of a long wait but there are tons of other materials like the OVAs and the original manga series to keep ourselves occupied in the time being.

To Love-Ru English Dub:

For over 10 years, viewers outside Japan had to watch the anime with English subtitles and recently an English dub was announced. It is currently in development and should be available sometime later this year. The anime with English subtitles is presently available on Crunchyroll and Hulu in North America.

To Love-Ru Plot and Characters:

‘To Love-Ru’ follows the storyline of Rito Yūki, a high school student who has major problems confessing his love for his high school crush, Haruna Sairenji. The anime does take a lot of liberty when it comes to portraying the various ways in which Rito gets stopped in his tracks while trying to confess his love. Right from the very first scene in the anime, we get to see Rito trying to devise ways to get Haruna to talk to him but fail miserably. We are then greeted with them passing by each other in the corridor and again Rito fails to make the move. Whether it’s something like a small flower pot or a horde of elephants (yeah, it gets absurd just about here), Rito is never able to gain the upper hand when it comes to confessing his love. It is at this moment that Rito swears that he will propose to Haruna the next time he sees her.

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Now, I know what all of you are thinking. Something absurd will happen that will prevent Rito from carrying out his task but what actually happens blows everything out of proportion. A spaceship crash lands right in front of Rito and this is just the beginning of his troubles. As he goes back home and takes a shower, his bathtub explodes and a naked girl suddenly appears out of nowhere leaving him flabbergasted! To his surprise, he finds his hands on top of her breasts (which we later come to find out is a way of proposal in their culture).

Anyway, as Rito makes his way back to his bedroom, the girl introduces herself as Lala, the princess of Deviluke, an alien planet. She is on the run from her parents and as a means of escape used her spaceship and landed on Earth, accidentally ending up in Rito’s bathtub. At this moment, two agents from her home planet appear and attempt to take her back, but Rito stands up for her and helps her escape. It is at this point that she starts admiring Rito and follows him all around school much to the surprise of his classmates and Haruna. They were under the impression that Rito had a soft corner for Haruna and were shocked at his deceit.

Rito, still having a soft corner for Haruna, tries to convince her of his innocence in the whole matter but somehow the antics of Lala get in the way…again! At one point, he even manages to propose to Haruna but Lala timely gets in the way and accepts his proposal. This is where the comical aspect of the anime kicks in full drive with the introduction of Zastin, Lala’s brother. Zustin, who first attacked Rito for defending Lala when she was escaping from them, now wants Rito to marry Lala as they are engaged! Rhito is shocked out of his wits and faints under pressure.

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Lala, as a means of staying on Earth, tells her brother that they are engaged and will get married to Rito. Zastin now congratulates both of them on their engagement and proceeds to introduce himself to Rito’s family as one of their own. Rito, who’s completely caught out of the act, tries to escape but is not able to do so due to the watchful eyes of Zastin. When Rito enquires Zastin about when they got engaged, Zastin proceeds to explain that touching the breasts of another woman is a means of proposing in their culture. That fueled by the fact that Rito actually proposed accidentally completely renders Rito’s excuses useless and he is forced into the engagement.

Rito attempts one last try towards freedom as he hypothetically asks Zastin if there are any ways of revering the engagement, hypothetically speaking. We stress on the word hypothetical because Zastin draws his sword on Rito at the very first signs of escape and Rito needs to constantly assure him that the conversation is taking place hypothetically.

Later, Zastin tells him that there is one way of reversing the engagement and that is to undo what set forth the events in the first place. Somehow this translates to touching her breasts again…and hey, we are not judging! Rito needs to do what he needs to do! However, this act must take place within 72 hours of the initial act so Rito has very limited time to undo the process. He gives it his best efforts and even though he comes close every time, something or the other prevents him from the final act. 72 hours pass and Rito is officially engaged to Lala. The anime goes on to portray how Rito tries to juggle his new life with his life-long crush, Haruna, and he even somewhat starts to like Lala but that’s treading on spoilers, so we won’t go there.


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Does To LOVE-Ru have a plot? ›

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.

Who is the main character in To LOVE-Ru? ›

To Love Ru

Who is the plant GIRL IN To LOVE-Ru? ›

Celine (セリーヌ, Serīnu) is initially introduced as a gigantic, alien, sentient flower from planet Plantas that is given to Rito by Lala for his 16th birthday. Although seemingly monstrous, Rito cares for Celine deeply, keeping her in the Yuuki residence's backyard, and referring to her as his family.

Who is Celine IN To LOVE-Ru? ›

Celine (セリーヌ)

Lala's gift for Rito's 16th birthday, Celine is a multi-story, carnivorous, sentient sunflower kept in the Yuuki's residence backyard. Although seemingly monstrous, Rito cares for Celine deeply, referring to her as his family.

What does OVA mean in anime? ›

Original video animation (Japanese: オリジナル・ビデオ・アニメーション, Hepburn: orijinaru bideo animēshon), abbreviated as OVA and sometimes as OAV (original animation video), are Japanese animated films and series made specially for release in home video formats without prior showings on television or in theaters, though the first ...

Who does Rito love more? ›

It is recently revealed that he is in love with Lala, but he is also in love with Haruna. At the end of the series, he confesses to Lala but tells her he also loves another person (Haruna), yet she is happy on both parts.

Who does Lala end up with To Love Ru? ›

At the end of the original series, Rito confesses his love to Lala, while also telling her that he loves Haruna as well. Lala is ecstatic about this, however, noting that once their marriage is official, Earth laws will no longer matter, and he will be free to marry both Lala and Haruna.

Who is the antagonist in To Love Ru? ›

Nemesis, also known as Master Nemesis, is the main antagonist in To Love-Ru: Darkness. She is a bio-engineered weapon, like Golden Darkness and Mea Kurosaki, but does not share their genetic origins.

How old is Ru sister? ›

Storm Reid – Gia Bennett

Storm Reid plays Gia, the younger sister of Rue. She is 18 in real life, compared to her character who is 13, making this a five year age gap.

Who is the green haired girl in To Love Ru? ›

Lala Satalin Deviluke
First appearanceManga: To Love Ru chapter 1: "The Girl Who Fell From the Sky" Anime: To Love Ru episode 1: "The Girl Who Fell From the Sky"
Created bySaki Hasemi Kentaro Yabuki
Voiced byHaruka Tomatsu (Japanese) Alexis Tipton (English)
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Who does Rito Yuki date? ›

As Haruna and Lala try to rescue Rito from death, Rito sees flashbacks and realizes that he loves Lala too. After the amoeba was defeated by Yami and Lala, Rito tells Lala in private that he loves her, but loves Haruna too. Lala happily proposes that Rito marry both of them.

What is Tsubaki's last name? ›

Tsubaki Nakatsukasa (中務 椿, Nakatsukasa Tsubaki) is a demon weapon partnered with Black☆Star hailing from the Nakatsukasa Clan, a special weapons clan who are direct descendants of demon weapons created by the mother of magic weapons, Arachne Gorgon.

What is Tsubaki's full name? ›

Tsubaki Nakatsukasa is one of the main protagonists in the anime/manga series Soul Eater and is Black☆Star's weapon partner.

Can I skip OVA? ›

They are not necessary at all. The ovas are a really fun watch though. Watch them if you have time.

Is OVA better than anime? ›

There is actually no difference between an OVA and an anime since OVAs, short for Original Video Animation, are anime. Back in the 80s and 90s, anime was released as either TV shows, movies, or OVAs. TV shows and movies obviously were shown on TV or in theaters.

What does OA mean in anime? ›

Original Animation Video & Original Video Animation (OAV / OVA) are interchangeable terms used in Japan to refer to animation that is released directly to the video market without first going through a theatrical release or television broadcast.

Who loves Ren? ›

Chapter 279 - Ren confesses to Kyoko that he loves her. Chapter 280 - Kyoko accepts Ren's confession. Chapter 282 - Kyoko and Ren decide not to fundamentally change their relationship until they reach their respective goals. Ren promises Kyoko that his heart is hers wherever he might be.

Who is Yami IN To Love Ru? ›

Konjiki no Yami (金色の闇)

A dispassionate, withdrawn assassin, Golden Darkness is hired by one of Lala's arranged suitors, Lacospo to kill Rito, until she breaks the contract, noting the true nature behind her target.

Who is Lala's ex boyfriend? ›

Lala Kent is fully back on the dating scene following her split from her ex-fiancé, Randall Emmett, last October, and now she's spilling all the tea.

Who is Lala's secret boyfriend? ›

Summer 2021: Lala Kent and Randall Emmett plan for 2022 wedding. During an episode of Vanderpump Rules that aired in November 2021 but was filmed months earlier, Emmett told Vanderpump that he and Kent would get married in 2022.

Who was Lala's mysterious boyfriend? ›

Her man! Lala Kent and Randall Emmett's romance has fascinated Vanderpump Rules viewers from the beginning.

How strong is GID from To Love Ru? ›

Powerful Combatant: Though little of his true power has been shown, Gid has shown to be so skilled in combat that he can fight confidently against a powerful opponent, using nothing but his tail as a weapon, easily dodging dozens of attacks at dangerously close range, and with his hands crossed.

How old is Storm Reid? ›

Is Rue a junior or senior? ›

What Grade Is Rue Bennett in on Euphoria? Rue is in 11th grade.

Is Maddie older than Rue? ›

Maddy (Alexa Demie)

Distractify lists her as 17, so the same age as Rue. Played by Alexa Demie, she is the oldest of the teenage characters, having just turned 32.

Who is Nana and Momo IN To Love Ru? ›

Momo Belia Deviluke (モモ・ベリア・デビルーク, Momo Beria Debirūku) is a fictional character in the manga series To Love Ru, created by Saki Hasemi and Kentaro Yabuki. In the series, Momo is Lala Satalin Deviluke's younger sister and the younger twin sister to Nana Astar Deviluke, with Momo as the most mischievous of the three.

Does Rito like tooru? ›

Tooru Kokonoe

- In the first game, Rito was rendered unconscious by Tooru and Julie. She afterwards became interested in Tooru and gained a slight crush.

What is the age rating for to love ru? ›

Now a hit anime! Ages 13 and up.

Is To Love Ru Darkness connected? ›

Yes, they are related and the order you posted would be the correct one to watch them. However I also suggest you watch the To Love-Ru OVAs before the Motto season, since they introduce 2 new characters that will show up quite often later in the series.

Why did crunchyroll remove love Ru? ›

The reason behind the removal is an expired licence mainly. Basically, Crunchyroll acquires a limited-time licence from the producers of the anime in order to stream on the site. We assume an expired licence is not renewed when the show has less popularity or has been around for a long time.

Why is the anime called to love ru? ›

To-Love-Ru is a play on the Japanese pronunciation of the English words "trouble" (toraburu) and "love" (rabu).

Can a 12 year old watch love hard? ›

Love Hard is rated TV-MA for language and sexual content which means this program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and may be unsuitable for children under 17.

Can a 12 year old watch Love, Victor? ›

Good for age 12+ if they are emotionally mature

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Can a 12 year old watch love Simon? ›

Too Crude For Kids

Though this movie is funny and important, it is to crude for kids/younger teens.

Who is the antagonist in to love ru? ›

Nemesis, also known as Master Nemesis, is the main antagonist in To Love-Ru: Darkness. She is a bio-engineered weapon, like Golden Darkness and Mea Kurosaki, but does not share their genetic origins.

Who does Yuuki Rito end up? ›

It is recently revealed that he is in love with Lala, but he is also in love with Haruna. At the end of the series, he confesses to Lala but tells her he also loves another person (Haruna), yet she is happy on both parts.

Is love Ru done? ›

To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness manga writer Saki Hasemi commented in the manga's 18th and final volume on Tuesday that, while To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness is over, and while any future developments haven't yet been decided, it is "not the final chapter" of To Love-Ru .

How do you say ily in anime? ›

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  1. Aishiteru (愛してる) The Japanese ai shiteru (pronounced as aye-shee-teh-ru) expression is translated as I love you in Japanese. ...
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