As I’m busy packing up for Seattle, here’s a quick review of a recently concluded anime series that endeared many fans with its characters, IS: Infinite Stratos. Here’s the synopsis:
Japan engineered an armed powered exoskeleton “Infinite Stratos” (IS) and it became the mainstream of weapons. Since only women can operate IS, women dominate the society over men. Orimura Ichika is a 15 year old boy and accidentally touches an IS placed in the IS pilot training school. He is found to be the only man who can operate IS and forced to enter the training school. Ichika’s busy school life surrounded by girls has begun.
So, this is another typical harem series with mechas and over-powered girls fighting over an EXTREMELY DENSE male lead character. Orimura Ichika is by far the most dense male lead I’ve seen thus far, and I just can’t believe that he can’t see the obvious signs from the girls! Also, the plot was… forgettable and thin. The real defining factor for this series was the cast of the female characters, who did not get the depth that they needed in this 12-episode series. But, I’ll at least forgive it since all the female characters are just so cute in their own way. >.< Also, we definitely need to have a second season for them. 12 episodes aren’t enough.
In order from left to right in the wallpaper above, we have the representatives with their own personalized IS: Laura Bodewig from Germany, Cecila Alcott from Britain, Shinonono Houki from Japan, Fan Rinrin from China, and Charlotte Dunois from France. First off, I can see some similarities in this series with another rather famous certain series, Strike Witches. Both have fanservice. Both have girls that can fly in the skies and have overpowered weapons. Both have different people related to countries. I’ll be honest; I thought Strike Witches was good but I could barely get around the fact that the girls don’t wear pants, and I thought IS: Infinite Stratos was a much more better decent series, with the female characters and the action scenes being the saving grace.
Each character has her own personality that makes them cute and moe, which endeared many fans true enough. We have the tsundere Houki, the proud Cecila, the energetic Rinrin, the bold Laura, and the most popular in the anime community, Charlotte (there was a weird moment when Charles, the male version of Charlotte, ‘suddenly gained’ big breasts. How did she keep them hidden, I have no idea…). My favorite character is none of them (although Charlotte, Laura, and Cecila did come in very close), but it is actually Orimura Chifuyu, Ichika’s elder sister, who is my top favorite. Just look at her above. She’s hot, and is easily the strongest of all the girls.
So, do I recommend watching this series? I wouldn’t really watch it for the extremely thin plot, but it is a decent action series with plenty of fanservice from the widely diversed female characters. Here’s some wallpapers for you guys!
Also, Ichika need to get a clue through that thick skull of his and recognize the situation!