Infinite Stratos – Final Impressions

Infinite Stratos was the only series this season that I made sure to keep up with every single week it was airing.

Even though a lot of anime stereotypes can be found in it, the series utilized them in a way that felt alright and didn’t negatively affect the flow of each individual episode. They managed to have a cliffhanger ending for almost every episode, which kept me hooked the entire season.

This first season was mostly about introducing all the characters and later ends with everyone working together to take down an automated IS that went berserker mode. My only complaint is the short length (12 episodes), which can be easily remedied if they decide to do another season of IS. The animation, especially during the aerial battle scenes, was well-done and exciting to watch.

As for the romance aspect, I didn’t expect much from the ending since this is a harem we’re talking about here, but I think Ichika is leaning towards Houki (typical, since she’s the childhood friend). Char has the best personality out of all of them though and made a few of the episodes very entertaining. The ending sequence for each episode actually shows all the girls running behind him, and it seems like their order changes depending on how close they are with him at the time.

I stand by my initial rating since Infinite Stratos lived up to my expectations. As if the new banner wasn’t already enough indication of how much I liked it.

Rating: Very Good

11 Comments to “Infinite Stratos – Final Impressions”

  1. adorach says:

    fully agree loved it i hope there is another season

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    Reltair Reply:

    Aye aye. ^^

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  2. Fabrice says:

    Im glad it ended up with Ichika leaning more towards Houki (YES!) but it would have been better if they actually kissed then the others interuped them =/
    anyway good series i would give it a 7 ^^

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    Reltair Reply:

    Yeah, it sucks that he got denied, but he can just try again later right? 🙂

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  3. Brett says:

    I watched the first episode, which I did enjoy. I will keep watching it/checking it out for sure.
    I can’t say I am a big fan of the 3D CG in with the 2D animation, but that is just a nitpicky pet-peeve of mine.

    P.S. I love the new banner. n_n

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    Reltair Reply:

    I didn’t really notice the 3D mixed in with the 2D animation later on since I got used to it. *shrug*

    Thanks, I just randomly felt like changing it to something in the current season.

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  4. Itachi says:

    Hi there. This is totally a nice anime. I really enjoy it! Just as you say, this anime is just too short which only consist of 12 episode, I really hope for second season for this series plus more episode(24 or more)… ^_^

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    Reltair Reply:

    Hey there. Hopefully we don’t have to wait too long for a second season. 🙂

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    LordHuggington Reply:

    It looks like the Blu-Ray sales have been quite good, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see more Infinite Stratos sooner than later. In the meantime, I’ve been eyeing some of the IS figures which look pretty cool. So tempted to snap up the Houki one. Not the 1/8 scale model in a naughty pose, but the other cheap one. I like its pose better. 🙂

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    Reltair Reply:

    I’m waiting for ALTER, Good Smile Company, or Max Factory to make a good figure of her. I’ve been spoiled by their high quality, so I only keep figures from them. 🙂

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