Review: IS: Infinite Stratos

Infinite Stratos

I was going to write a review for this earlier, but I decided to rewatch the entire series in one sitting before I did. Infinite Stratos was not what was advertised, I was expecting something completely different than what I got. And the answer is yes, this is not a good show. It will not be remembered in 10 years. The only way that will happen is if the light novels do something drastic.

Infinite Stratos’ story is simple enough: 5 girls all find out ways how to get in Ichika’s pants. They haven’t really given another story for me to consider, which is expected as apparently the story in the light novels doesn’t pick up until the 5th one. So right now, it is a generic harem with mechs. But these mechs aren’t any normal mechs; they can only be piloted by females. Or so the world thought until Ichika stumbled upon a personal IS. He is the first, and as of now, the only male able to pilot them. I can only guess that it has something to do with magic, as physically, males are much stronger than females. Another theory suggests that females can fit into an IS and males can’t because females do not have a penis, and Ichika’s is so small he is able to pilot one. The story is the shows weakest aspect and do not watch this if you are looking for a deep compelling plot.

The second weakest aspect of this show is the characters. We have our dense protagonist, Ichika, who couldn’t tell if a girl liked him even if she were sucking his dick. He is the definition of clueless and it is quite frustrating to watch him be completely oblivious to all of the girls around him. Then we have our harem members: Houki (Japan), Cecilia (Britain), Rin (China), Charlotte (France) and finally Laura (Germany). Houki doesn’t really have any redeeming qualities, except for tits that can sink the titanic. I’m not sure what is up with Japanese girls having the biggest breasts out of any other girl in every anime, but Houki is no exception. Oh, and she’s a tsudere… I guess. Cecilia is the stereotypical British snob who makes terrible food. That’s the best summary I can give of her as I literally do not know what else to write. Rin is the smallest of all the girls, and never really got anywhere with Ichika. She has a short temper, I guess. But other than that she gets the least amount of screen time. Charlotte is by far the best and hottest character on the show. She has many redeeming qualities including boobs that can change size for the convenience of the plot, deep purple eyes and silky white skin. Not even Ichika, the gayest of the gay harem main characters can resist that… Or so I thought. She is the best character on the show in my opinion. Then we have Laura, the warmongering German who sneaks into Ichika’s bed at night. She apparently isn’t aware that sleeping in the same bed as a boy naked might give him the wrong (or right, depending how you look at it) impression. Aside from Charlotte, the show has no memorable characters.

The animation and sound in this show is excellent. I typically don’t like CG effects in anime but this show does it well. The mech fights are beautiful and fast paced. The way the camera moves during them makes you feel like you’re part of the battle. The music during the battles is usually hit and miss, but the battles that have good music are noticeably better. The OP and ED are J-pop, so I wasn’t a fan of them. There is also not one average looking girl in this show, they are all extremely hot.

Despite the shows flaws, and it has a lot of flaws, I found myself entertained while watching. It wasn’t something I’d ever watch again and only recommend to people looking for something strictly harem, but it never tried to be anything else. The characters were bad, the story was bland and the melodramatic ending was boring. I’d give it a 6, but the pointless melodrama at the end pushes it into mediocrity.






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