Infinite Stratos – First Impressions

I had my doubts regarding Infinite Stratos since its synopsis revealed that the main character is the only male in a completely female academy.

A series with a premise like this can easily end up focusing too much on fan service and awkward situations while it slowly builds up to a harem ending. However, Infinite Stratos instead spends its time on the characters and their involvement with the IS weapon system.

The IS is more of a mecha suit along the lines of those found in Sky Girls than being an actual mech. I hope it is explained later why he is the only male in the world that is able to use one. So far they only said that the core of the IS is essentially a black box to everyone except the sole creator of them.

Every episode has ended in such a way that had me eagerly anticipating next week’s release. Out of all the new series I’ve seen from this season, this has been my favorite and most enjoyable to watch thus far.

Rating: Very Good

8 Comments to “Infinite Stratos – First Impressions”

  1. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by IS. I didn’t think I would like it much after the premise. The first episode though, managed to catch my interest and the second didn’t let me down by any means. I hope they keep it up.

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    Reltair Reply:

    Yup, the intro sequence also showed them all fighting together against something or someone. That should be good when the series gets to that point.

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  2. Yi says:

    I hesitated about watching this for the same reason you did… One male lead in a female academy. Also, I’m not a huge fan of mech, although I’m ok with Sky Girl stuff though.

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    Reltair Reply:

    It’s a fun series to watch, although they somehow managed to end every episode so far on big cliffhangers. >_<

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  3. adorach says:

    Very good series thus far always leaving me wanting more

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    Reltair Reply:

    Yup, I just saw the latest episode (7) today and it’s still going strong. Good stuff.

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  4. adorach says:

    lol i just saw the latest episode today turning into quite the harem but still maintaining the story line only problem im seeing is that I’M GOING TO WANT MORE THAN ONE SEASON lol if not they may try to rush the ending like they tend to do on so many other shows that are really good

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    Reltair Reply:

    Haha, yeah I just saw the latest episode and the harem size has increased once again. Since it’s based on a light novel series and this season has only 12 episodes, I’m assuming they’re going to do at least another season. Good stuff though, it’s fun to watch.

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