Despite being the only male capable of piloting an Infinite Stratos, Ichika has finally settled in to life at Infinite Stratos Academy. Unfortunately, living in a school full of competitive girls with giant robots has more hazards than perks as the fight for Ichika’s affections continues. And it’s not long before a new enemy appears- one with a very unexpected tie to Ichika and a plot to steal the Byakushi for its own evil purposes!
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Intern: Sir, the last season was well recieved by many, but I believe we added in too many characters. Producer: *Burp* Waaa....? Naw kid, you've got al..*hic*ot to learn. We need moar boobs, panties and girls, and less IQ, character development and content. Intern: But sir, we already have 5 girls, we don't have space for anymor.... Producer: Shuut yer trap imbecile. We haven't covered all the cliches yet. Yo writers...add in the moar girls RIGHT NOW! And that my fellow anime enthusiasts is how I imagine the meeting for the second season production went. Apparently our dear protagonist happens to be the last remaining male on earth, and that sets the premise for the rest of this season. Story The only reason this section got more than 1 point was because they did add a nice twist near the middle of the season, but they never built anything around it. The twist was pretty much just stated and then left alone. Before that, however, there is pretty much no story to this season. It is your typical, done-to-death plot where some evil organization has its eye out for our dear dumbass (protagonist). Between fanservice, fights and Ichika running away from girls that adore him (WHY?!?! I will NEVER understand) there is...absolutly nothing. Thats it. That is the whole story. Perverted situation -> misunderstanding -> evil people attack -> Ichika almost dies but doesn't -> Bad guys defeated -> Big sister Chifyu nods her head in understandingRinse and repeat for 12 episodes. Oh and guess what? They added moar girls. Animation The only redeeming quality about this show. The animation was quite brilliant during the fight scenes and they were enjoyable to watch because the effects were done well. Character design and animation wasn't too bad either, except for dear dumbass who has the same old, dry as sand look that every male harem lead shares. The character design for girls is a bit better and at least you can tell them apart. Sound The background music wasn't too repetitive but it was really dull. The sound effects, however, were better and seemed to be in place. Even the voice acting was good so hats off to the voice actresses and that one vocie actor who were forced to sit through this entire season Characters Walking personification of cliches. Absolutely no depth at all. If there was something less than one dimensional then these characters are that. I cannot think of a single character in this entire series with a better background story or personality than what your everyday potato posesses. The girls exist simply to give dear dumbass a hard on, which he seems to despise having because, well, I honestly don't know. Which guy here hates having girls fawn over him? I am sure even homosexual men wouldn't mind having the level of devotion and attention from a whole school filled with girls (everyone enjoys positive attention) but our dear dumbass apparently hates it. He tries his best to remain nuetral and ignorant over the advances of the girls. Reason explained below: Ichika is one of those indecisive, dumb and ignorant type of character who exists only as a shell for young tweens to put themselves in his place and enjoy being the center of attention, even if it is only in their minds. Now the girls themselves...well technically speaking, if Ichika is the last remaining human with a penis on this earth, which isn't explicitly stated but you can assume as much since there is NO OTHER male character human or otherwise in the entire series, I bet the girls would fawn over him simply because of biology. Even so, the fawning got out of hand many times, to the point where I felt embarrased about what real girls would think about how we men think of them to be while watching this piece of crap. Overall Waste of time. This season was nothing but fanservice, and the bad kind at that. It was a pain to continue through the last few episodes since you could already predict the plot halfway through the season. I recommend skipping the season altogether since it contributes nothing to the series. Go read a summary about it and that pretty much will help you cover what little changes occured.
If there was anything you can take away from both this season and the anime as a whole; it's wasted potential. While there was an attempt at a plot made this season, which admitable is a step up from the prior season - everything else, bar the graphics and animations that still remained pretty good, dwindled in quality. Since they spent last season introducing all the main cast of characters, there was a lot of potential for them to expand upon this creative and potentially expansive world of theirs and make a really good show. But unfortunately it was pretty much all wasted on fanservice, meaningless side plots that kept intruding the main plot, and wasting another 3rd of the season focusing on introducing a single new chracter whose backstory wasn't even interesting and didn't even bring much to the series. Overall it wasn't terrible, but it definitely could've been a lot better. If a 3rd season does happen, which admittedly it still can, I sincerely hope the writers actually attmept to make the show into a story that makes you care about the series as a whole rather than being a compilation of sub-par fanservice you can narrow down and watch within 5 minutes on Youtube be its legacy.
Dimwit's are boring and so is this! I did not see the first one IS 1. This is another harem anime. An extremely dim-witted teenager called Ichika is dropped into an all girls school where the students learn to pilot some sort of spontaneously materialising/dematerialising suits called IS. Like magic mechas. The boy starved girls of the school flock around Ichika and then various infantile semi-romantic things happen for no particular reason. Infinite Stratos has no meaningful or coherent plot and no character development. Either nothing is revealed about the characters or in most cases, more likely, there is nothing the reveal about them. They are just a bunch of anime archetypes going through the motions. The protagonist Ichika has the same bland optimistic upbeat look on his face the entire season. It only changes in response to the girls around him. He passively accepts everything, and exerts nothing. He is a black hole with no gravitational pull. Infinite Stratos is not totally dreadful, the artwork is good and the sounds and music is passable. The mecha battles are simple affairs lacking in identifiable strategy, tactics and intensity. Where there is nothing at stake including the characters life's. It is stronger on the episodes that just focus on the romantic encounters between the protagonist and girls. As harems go it is mediocre. Add an extra two stars to my score if you really love harems and deduct two if you hate them.
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