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「ラブリー・スタイル」 (Raburii Sutairu)
“Lovely Style”

This show is bad for my health. The amount of fanservice in this episode was near toxic levels – and I loved it!

Separation of Fanservice and Plot

Some shows are very good about mixing fanservice, comedy, and plot – Hataraku Maou-sama was one, though it had far less fanservice to mix in. Infinite Stratos has more of a mixed record in this. Its mecha stylings are still better than the non-harem aspects we get in most other harem stories, but it doesn’t weave it with comedy and fanservice as well as other series, at least this season (I only remember the broad outlines of Season 1 at this point, so I can’t directly compare). That’s why their decision to almost completely separate the fanservice and plot in this episode actually worked out really well. The–well, the majority of the episode was all fanservice all the time, and it was amazing. Then they switched over fully to plot with the reveal at the end, and the seriousness of the scene wasn’t polluted by any fanservice or humor. I respect stories that can seamlessly mix these tones a lot, but I also respect those stories that realize they can’t (or shouldn’t) mix them and keeps them separate. It’s not the ideal, but it gets the job done.

All The Contenders Show Their Stuff

It’s official – Ichika is a boob man. I mean holy heck, that fanservice! When Houki came out with the kitsune miko and Ichika was totally enraptured by her we’ll say ears, I was about to call the competition for Houki, but then Cecilia came out. If we’re just going by oppai, don’t count England out, especially since that’s not the only place she’s packing heat. I was especially impressed how her choice in billiards allowed her to snuggle up to Ichika with a good excuse, so extra points there…that is, until Charlotte came out with her french poodle outfit (DAMN!), and I instantly lost three-quarters of the blood in my body. That attempted kiss and that accidental oppai cookie–!! OH MY France-tan is still best tan!

If I had to put someone on the bottom of the pile (hur hur hur), it would be Ling, who didn’t even really get her turn after it was snatched away by Russia. Speaking of, Tatenashi-sempai oh damn! I just…that says it all. As for Laura, she had a surprisingly weak showing, though I did laugh at the swimsuit bit. And then meido Chifuyu-nee–!! The other fourth of my blood is gone. It’s official – death by moe. I’m typing this as a ghost. Someone get me a defibrillator with Char’s voice before the reaper gets here. Hurry, I see a light.

Indulgent Art

I feel it’s worth repeating – the reason this episode worked is because it knew exactly what it wanted to be, and it did that. It was a fanservice episode 1000%, and though that’s indulgent and lowbrow and any number of other charges you might level against it, it didn’t try to pretend to be something it’s not. At its best art is, honestly, not indulgent at all – I probably should call this indulgent narrative if nothing else. Even so, I still respect shows (like High School DxD) that know what they want to be and are shameless about it. They’re not high art, but they can be damn fun.

Ichika Is Such a Siscon

Of course, this episode wouldn’t be complete without dense Ichika. Ever since I first realized that every third line of his is “Huh?” I’ve been noticing it more and more, and more than the rest of his idiocy that’s really bugging me now, AGH! Oh well, no one to blame but myself. Anyway, he was actually pretty good throughout most of the episode, because it was clear that he knew the girls were coming onto him, and since he probably didn’t want to die a horrible, terrible death he was wisely trying to resist them.

Then he decides that the best girl is Chifuyu-nee. Mind you, if she were wearing a meido outfit and serving me ice cream I wouldn’t disagree – actually, can I get a nurse Chifuyu-nee to go along with that defib? Thanks – but in that situation you apologize and say you can’t decide because they were all so great and thank them again for making your birthday so special! Come on Ichika, this is minor league stuff – short of the final “I choose _____” moment, you either constantly pick a favorite (the Keitaro or Keiichi method) or never pick one. Just don’t take the question at face value – that’ll get you killed!

Looking Ahead – Mecha Shoujo Orimura Madoka

So M–sorry, Orimura Madoka (Kayano Ai) says “I am you, Orimura Ichika”, so the smart money is now on clone. (Hide and label those spoilers, source readers). The tension of the gunshot did ring hollow because Infinite Stratos is just not the kind of show where someone gets shot…uh, ever. I’d love to be surprised though, because A) it would be an interesting development and B) Ichika deserves to get shot after all of his luck this episode. Haha, I’m just kidding…but no seriously, if I ever met him I would beat him to death with half a brick and that bottle Houki was holding. Lucky bastard.

tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Multiple levels of fanservice, followed by fanservice, then more fanservice, & Ichika is a siscon. Also a gunshot. & fanservice #is_anime 05

Random thoughts:

  • Houki truly is a master of embarrassed moe. Like Segawa Izumi, she leads a life of shame. I promise you Hayate fans found that to be hilarious. Probably.
  • Cecilia really knows how to work a stick, ufufu~! I’d really like to hit some balls into her pockets wait no that doesn’t make sense I’ll stop now.
  • Ever noticed how much of a young wife / mother vibe Char puts out? And then accidental oppai cookie. I don’t think that has any bearing on my point, I just wanted to say it again. Related: “Accidental Oppai Cookie” would be a great name for a Houkago Tea Time competitor. Someone make this happen.
  • I can accept how good Cecilia is at billiards, but both Laura and Ichika getting bullseyes at darts? Hax! It’s harder than that dammit! Though I guess they’re sober, so that helps.
  • You’re stepping on a minefield there, Maya-sensei. Though at least it’s not a straight on a mine like Ichika.
  • I can’t judge Ichika for forgetting his own birthday, considering how I routinely forget my own until a day or two beforehand. He’s a little young for that though. He’s still not to the drinking age yet! Come on Ichika, birthdays are still useful to you. You have many years to look forward to where birthdays mean nothing more than another marker on the inexorable slide down to your inevitable and probably embarrassing death. Yes, I just ended a fanservice episode post with a depressing comment about our mutual impending doom. I don’t play by the rules, bitches!

Check out my blog about storytelling and the fantasy novel I’m writing at stiltsoutloud.com. The last four posts: My stance on piracy, The three main rules of storytelling, I’ve never regretted any of them, and Great stories make you stop…and just feel.

Full-length images: 02, 03, 08, 10, 12, 14, 21, 22, 33.

 

ED1.5 Sequence

ED: 「BEAUTIFUL SKY」

Preview

November 1, 2013 at 2:15 am
123 comments »
  • November 1, 2013 at 2:23 amCroos

    Yes, Stilts this show is making me sick(literally) every week.
    After watching this episode, I had the sudden urge to make the 【gifs】 even though I was planning to sleep.
    The result, I got a fever(literally).

    • November 1, 2013 at 2:30 amCroos

      And @Stilts

      It’s official – death my moe

      Shouldn’t it be Death by Moe? You really have lost a lot of blood, have you.

      • November 1, 2013 at 11:19 amStilts

        I just edit badly when I’m exhausted :P

    • November 1, 2013 at 2:36 pmZeru

      That last gif might be a bit much for my heart, but totally worth it.

  • November 1, 2013 at 2:25 amRadiosonde

    I need a doctor after watching this episode. My blood loss has reached unprecedented levels.
    I’m officially on the Russia ship. LOOK AT THAT PLOT & THAT POSE. LOOK AT IT

  • November 1, 2013 at 2:28 amArthuria

    http://randomc.net/image/Infinite%20Stratos/Infinite%20Stratos%202%20-%2005%20-%20Large%2017.jpg
    Holy……..this could’ve turned into something else…..

    Ichika totally doesn’t deserve all of this with his impeccable denseness.

    • November 1, 2013 at 2:45 amCroos

      I’ll put a 【gif】 of that here for easy viewing.

      • November 1, 2013 at 3:56 amSetsunah

        What should I do in this kind of situation?

    • November 1, 2013 at 3:20 ambaseone

      I’d say “Itadakimasu!” in a heartbeat.

      • November 1, 2013 at 5:04 amc2710

        Same

      • November 1, 2013 at 11:20 amStilts

        Thirded. No one would be able to hold me back.

        Charl~!!!

      • November 4, 2013 at 12:37 amCroos

        I rather eat the melon than the cookie.

    • November 1, 2013 at 5:08 amTheMoondoggie

      You don’t get it: Those things happen only because Ichika is the King of Dense.

  • November 1, 2013 at 2:58 ambaseone

    You know your too dense when you forget even your own birthday.

    That aside, the allotted time between the girls are biased especially with Laura!

  • November 1, 2013 at 2:58 amTechim

    So..let the question that was posed to Ichika, be posed to us viewers as well.
    Whose segment would you consider the best? :)
    Houki, Cecilia, Charl, Laura, Tatenashi, Chifuyu?

    I’m kind of at a hard time choosing…they’re all charming in their own way.
    Though I do wonder what kind of segment Ling would have done…
    Apparently this maiden battle is an anime-original story,
    so I’m just blindly guessing that Ling would have served him some home-made food;
    that being her strong point whilst feeling inferior about her chest :p.

    I wonder who’ll be the focus of next week’s Ep Preview sequence now that the main 5 girls have been covered…I’m guessing Tatenashi?

    • November 1, 2013 at 1:31 pmAggron

      Well Houki hasn’t gotten an ep, we have barely seen her.

      • November 1, 2013 at 3:17 pmAnanas

        Let’s keep things that way.

      • November 1, 2013 at 9:28 pmSortedeVaras

        ^ agreed, things are just better in general without her.

    • November 4, 2013 at 2:32 pmewok40k

      Madoka. Someone as dense as Ichika deserves to be shot!

  • November 1, 2013 at 3:05 amEmD

    Cecilia hasn’t been on my radar in forever due to Laura, Char and Mother Russia.

    BUT GOOD GOD

    She played to absolutely everything I love.

    My body wasn’t ready.

    She’s amazing.

    • November 1, 2013 at 3:24 amCroos

      Like what Stilts said,

      “Cecilia really knows how to work a 【stick】

    • November 1, 2013 at 9:09 amVaan

      Sure is! She has the best outfit among the girls. And she looks hot in that bunny girl suit.

      I’d definitely pick her.

    • November 1, 2013 at 11:22 amStilts

      It’s really no surprise. Clever, beautiful, voiced by Yukana…she couldn’t be held back by the plot forever, especially when she’s got so much PLOT to offer.

      • November 2, 2013 at 1:27 amEmD

        I didn’t even know she was voiced by Yukana! I thought it was Azumi Asakura.

        Yukana always voices top-tier girls though, so no surprise.

    • November 1, 2013 at 5:21 pmAnanas

      Her billiard scene was the most refined of them all. Although she’s usually portrayed as an idiot, this time she was presented as a skillful and playful woman who knows how to use her assets.

      http://i.imgur.com/1ZcAt96.jpg
      http://i.imgur.com/CMddv2W.jpg

  • November 1, 2013 at 3:25 amStiltzkin

    That confirms it, I guess. The man has spoken. The Chifuyu-nee ship has sailed!
    All other ships have sunken. I’ll proudly go down with Stilts on the S.S. Charlotte. It’s been an honour sailing with you sir. Anything for that smile.

    • November 1, 2013 at 5:07 amTheMoondoggie

      Char is lewd this episode. She got called out because of it, LOL.

      • November 1, 2013 at 11:25 amStilts

        Most of them were lewd. Char just went further, ’cause this time France don’t back down!

      • November 1, 2013 at 11:10 pmSetsunah

        I agree with Stilts.

  • November 1, 2013 at 4:24 amstroller

    I watch this show for the robots… yes, robots

    • November 1, 2013 at 4:40 amx

      Soft, round, bouncy robots.

  • November 1, 2013 at 4:31 amdrzero7

    Kinda sad that Rin gets a TOTAL shaft. And this episode should have been done after the 7th girl is introduced. BTW, this IS a filler right? I don’t remember this in the LN.

    • November 1, 2013 at 4:51 amx

      Yeah, this is filler for the most part. They replaced the whole arc in volume six of the novel with this ^^;. Well, even the previous episodes gave enough clues that they might do something like this :p. They didn’t set things up for the sub-plots in volume six at all (which kind of make this high school look much easier than the way it is portrayed in the novel ^^; ). Will see if they use any of the sub-plots in volume six later (maybe merged with the plot elements in volume seven and eight?), but I get the feeling that they will not :(.

      • November 1, 2013 at 5:06 amc2710

        No wonder an entire chunk felt missing….

  • November 1, 2013 at 4:56 amiyArashi

    I still can’t believe the way he treated Tatenashi. After seeing that I’m convinced Ichika is definitely gay. If only there was another male character in this story we can ship him with (besides this guy). He is so(u) uke.

    • November 1, 2013 at 5:04 amTheMoondoggie

      No, he’s not gay. He’s just Chifuyu-sexual. Even when confronting Madoka his first thought was Chifuyu(he should have noticed the height difference).

      • November 1, 2013 at 5:51 amSDFGS

        but in all honesty, in real life ichika would either be really gay, or really respectful towards woman’s body’s.

    • November 1, 2013 at 6:00 amMistic

      As TheMoondoggie has said, he’s not gay, just totally Chifuyu-sexual.

      But didn’t like Tatenashi in this episode, especially after it was revealed it was a crazy birthday party. Sure, it was titillating, but let’s check what she did:
      -She intruded on a party she wasn’t invited to. A private birthday party with all the people in the academy Ichika considers family and/or friends.
      -She knocked down one of Ichika’s childhood friends and stole her costume. After the girls went great lenghts to have turns and set some rules (Charlotte, that was cheating!), it was a dick move.
      -She interrupted Laura’s rightful turn. That was heinous! I mean, what happened to the swimsuit? xD

    • November 1, 2013 at 8:49 amTez

      That reminds me… wasn’t that guys little sister supposed to show up this season and add yet another girl to Ichika’s ever growing harem.

      Man… you think he’ll add that clone will turn into a bro-con and also be added to the harem?

    • November 1, 2013 at 9:07 amVaan

      As Stilts said, he’s a siscon.

      His heart, mind, and body already belongs to Chifuyu-nee.

    • November 1, 2013 at 11:28 amStilts

      Also, he probably doesn’t want to die. His harem is turning increasingly yandere, so if he gets a little too close to anyone…yeah, dangerous situation.

      • November 1, 2013 at 3:27 pmBear

        Since when hasn’t his harem been yandere? At the end of the last series they were attacking him and Houki when they thought they might be kissing! Houki has tried to cut him into pieces a number of times when she got jealous.

      • November 4, 2013 at 12:28 amStilts

        That was really where they all started getting yandere. It was only once the main 5 girls had joined the fray that yandere tendencies emerged.

  • November 1, 2013 at 5:05 amTheMoondoggie

    Chifuyu-nee > Everyone

    Just goes to show that Ichika has only eyes for his Onee-chan.

  • November 1, 2013 at 5:13 amc2710

    I must say…. It was hard for me to sit through this episode… Not that I complain of the massive blood loss…

    It felt truly OVA-esque and disconnected from the previous episode.

    It’s the disconnectedness that left an overpowering bitter after taste…

    Now with that out of the way… Seriously France and Russia…. Russo-Franco actions has never this blood loss inducing.

    Anyway, the revelation of Madoka Orimuta is at which volume? Read till vol 8 and it still has not divulge much info on Madoka Orimura

  • November 1, 2013 at 5:48 amMistic

    Ok, maybe this didn’t appear in the novels and is filler, but the episode confirmed several things:
    -That Ichika is a siscon. Ok, Chifuyu is certainly the most awesome girl in the whole cast, but it’s your sister, Ichika!
    -That Ichika is so dense that he forgets even his own birthday.
    -That Ichika is a masochist. After being hit and just before meeting Mecha Shoujo Orimura Madoka (I like the name), he was complaining about the pain, but then said “it was fun!”.

    • November 1, 2013 at 6:02 amCroos

      That Ichika is a siscon.

      While Chifuyu is a brocon.
      -Would do anything to save him.
      -Quits Military trainer in Germany just to teach in Japan IS academy and get close to Ichika.
      -would mistaken sugar from salt when worried about Ichika despite keeping her facial cool.
      -would dress as a maid in front of Ichika despite complain about it(dere-dere mode KITAAA!!).

      • November 1, 2013 at 6:10 amTheMoondoggie

        Chifuyu even once said in the Lightnovels…

        A little brother belongs to his elder sister.

        Clearly she’s just holding back and actually wants to snuggle with her little brother.

      • November 1, 2013 at 6:27 amMistic

        Agreed. Let’s be honest, had they not been blood related, there wouldn’t have been a harem to begin with.

      • November 1, 2013 at 11:33 amStilts

        Man, Moondoggie’s quoted line…she really is a brocon! Not that it wasn’t hinted at before, but that’s another level. Though honestly, you could take that more as a he-should-respect-and-pamper-his-onee-san kinda thing.

      • November 1, 2013 at 2:25 pmCybersteel

        I am sure they are not blood related and that Orimura Ichika was adopted.

      • November 5, 2013 at 8:07 pmUngas123

        Croos-kun, you forgot to add that she wore a sexy bikini when there were no other guys to show off except our favorite dense idiot at the beach last season.
        >She showed a tender smile when she was reminiscing about the idiot and caused Laura to be angry.
        >Went off and smashed herself when the harem went and visited their house.

  • November 1, 2013 at 5:58 amdytianquin

    Can we safely assume by the end of this Orimura Madoka will ride the harem train with the rest of the girls?

    • November 1, 2013 at 6:08 amOscar

      Its not know but strangly enough i actually hope so XD

    • November 1, 2013 at 6:14 amTheMoondoggie

      Orimura Madoka is Orimura Ichika, that’s what she said.

      She’d probably be the female version of him:

      >Dunce and dense
      >Chick magnet
      >Chifuyu-sexual

      • November 1, 2013 at 6:17 amdytianquin

        Well, unlike Ichika, Madoka seems strong, independent, talented, and smart. There’s a stark difference between Ichika and Madoka. She seems more like the angrier and younger version of Chifuyu rather than the female version of Ichika.

      • November 1, 2013 at 6:32 amMistic

        In the long debate of nature vs. nurture, I’d say the traits “chick magnet” and “siscon-brocon” are clearly genetic. Both Chifuyu and Ichika have them, and Madoka seems to have shades olf the later.

        As for denseness, Ichika’s must have been caused by some sort of accident. Probably Houki hit him too many times in the head while doing martial arts, since by the time he met Ling he was already the oblivious guy we know xD

    • November 1, 2013 at 8:50 amTez

      She’ll turn tsundere bro-con for sure!

    • November 1, 2013 at 11:35 amStilts

      Tbh, I think Madoka will join Chifuyu’s harem if anything. She’s the clearly superior choice, and if she is Ichika…

  • November 1, 2013 at 6:06 amOscar

    Sorry for that comment on episode one, its just i was really curious about Madoka and well i was wondering he she would ever show up. Also the clone thing seems really acurate but some people have said thjat the line i You refers that Show Spoiler ▼

    but again no more info on madoka has been release, weell need to see what the anime does difernt that the novel in this point

  • November 1, 2013 at 6:27 amReianz

    I’m sorry Houki, as much as I like the dere-dere side of you, I’m afraid I will have to jump ship on the Charl bandwagon. She’s just too hard to resist. Time to give in to the dark side =P

    • November 1, 2013 at 11:35 amStilts

      One of us, one of us, one of us!

    • November 1, 2013 at 2:28 pmCybersteel

      come to the dark side | we have cookies

    • November 5, 2013 at 8:14 pmUngas123

      You won’t regret riding this ship!!!

  • November 1, 2013 at 6:43 amhaseo0408

    Who else wants to be that cookie?.

    • November 1, 2013 at 7:10 amc2710

      Cookie???? What cookie????

      All I see are Charlotte’s fully developed plots

  • November 1, 2013 at 8:01 amKuntzy

    Hahahaha, Charlotte got the red card for being too lewd. Charlotte no ecchi.

    And as expected, Chifuyu-nee wins. Ichika knows what’s up (even though it’s totally illegal). I have to admit, having Chifuyu in a maid outfit and telling me to shut up or she’d kill if I made a comment as she feeds me… would be oddly arousing.

    I don’t know why but I get the feeling that when I get married I’ll be buying my wife a black latex outfit and a whip.

  • November 1, 2013 at 8:48 amdanny zeto

    Death by French Poodle.

  • November 1, 2013 at 9:04 amVaan

    If I had to choose one of them it’ll be Cecilia.
    She’s so sexy in that bunny girl.
    http://randomc.net/image/Infinite%20Stratos/Infinite%20Stratos%202%20-%2005%20-%20Large%2010.jpg
    Plus dat ass!
    http://randomc.net/image/Infinite%20Stratos/Infinite%20Stratos%202%20-%2005%20-%20Large%2011.jpg

    Thought, Ichika did not make the wrong choose.
    Chifuyu-nee is hot and great in a maid outfit. Ichika already has her in his heart longer
    than the girls. And compared to the other girls, he won’t be killed.

    “but in that situation you apologize and say you can’t decide because they were all so great and thank them again for making your birthday so special!” – I agree with you Stilts, ya sure know how say it. I’ll note of this when it happens to me. IF that happens to me. Sigh

    • November 1, 2013 at 11:38 amStilts

      Going straight on their performance this episode alone, I may choose Cecilia as well. It’s hard to forget the rest of the series though, where she’s been clearly inferior to the others.

      And I’m not saying I’ve been in a situation like this, I just know how to handle it. For reasons. Sexy, sexy reasons…

  • November 1, 2013 at 10:30 amSelpheed

    well, my two cents:

    1) Charllote wins !
    2) Yes, Ichika deserves to get shot after this episode…

  • November 1, 2013 at 10:53 amwinters

    OMG,as much as I’m all for Houki, this ep almost had me jumping ship to France and Russia, almost…..

    • November 1, 2013 at 11:38 amStilts

      One of us, one of us, one of us!

    • November 1, 2013 at 3:22 pmBear

      Resist! Houki is still the most dere! Cecilia definitely made a major move with her bunny outfit and had me wavering, but a kitsune miko? Who can resist that?!

  • November 1, 2013 at 10:54 amYanDaMan

    And Chifuyu-nee wins again! Just like the swimsuit from season 1.

    And poor Ling, didnt even get a shot. This show just keeps shafting her. Even Cecilia won major points this episode.

  • November 1, 2013 at 11:23 ama

    In this contest

    Hottest:
    1:Tatenashi
    2:Cecilia

    Cutest:
    1:Houki
    2:Char/Laura

    DQ:
    1:Ling

  • November 1, 2013 at 12:24 pmlivevoid

    Never thought I’d say this, but I think France won this war.

    • November 1, 2013 at 12:30 pmSeorori

      I object that! Char got the red card. :D

      • November 1, 2013 at 4:50 pmc2710

        That’s because she used WMDs instead of conventional weapons

    • November 4, 2013 at 12:29 amStilts

      No one ever remembers Napoleon, do they? Poor guy. He wasn’t even that short…

  • November 1, 2013 at 12:37 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

    For this episode, at least, Cecilia definitely stole it for me.

    That bunny outfit was just “mmm-mm!” (those legs go on forever), plus she was the only one to have any major physical contact with Ichika during her time, though Charlotte came SO close, lol (even Tatenashi wasn’t actually touching him, just crawling OVER him). Though, Houki and Chifuyu definitely get honorable mentions too.

    Also seems we’ll be introduced to Kanzashi next episode if what Tatenashi was saying is any indication.

  • November 1, 2013 at 12:56 pmFrontier

    For an episode that was pretty much 98% filler, 2% plot, and a whole lot of fanservice, I was honestly quite entertained. It certainly made for a nice “IS Halloween Special” of sorts with all the girls dressing up in costumes.

    Houki was the most wholesomely dressed of the girls, but still managed to be cute and have some nice sex appeal.

    Cecilia… I wasn’t expecting that. I think that was the best billiards game I’ve ever seen! Laura isn’t half bad as a Bunny Girl, but she’s got nothing on Cecilia. She may not be moving up in the harem anytime soon, but my opinion of her certainly has!

    Charlotte, of all people, getting removed for lewd behavior was as funny as it was ironic. A shame too, considering that she makes a very nice French Poodle.

    Poor Rin, having to deal with Tatenashi stealing the show again. Though I believe a naked girl covering herself with a cloth is actually as appealing as a catgirl…

    Can anyone post a pic of the scene of Houki and Cecilia on the bench during Charlottes turn?

  • November 1, 2013 at 1:26 pmGP1301

    “Calling Dr. Hyoudou, Calling Dr. Hyoudou. We got a male patient with chronic densitis syndrome and sisconian disease who need erotical attention immediately.”

    Someone need to smack ichika for him to bang all those bitches.

  • November 1, 2013 at 1:41 pmAggron

    I kind of wanted to see Ling’s act :(

    • November 1, 2013 at 1:51 pmMistic

      Me too. Tatenashi lost points for me when she did that to Ling :(

    • November 1, 2013 at 1:58 pmStilts

      As another commenter noted above, it was pretty mean. She just butted into a private party and trounced Ling so she could make off with the guest of honor. Maybe she’s feeling jealous and wanted in on the fun, but that wasn’t the nicest way to go about it.

      Though with only so much runtime per episode, woulda been hard to fit in Ling + Tatenashi-sempai. I sympathize with the scriptwriter on that.

      • November 1, 2013 at 3:24 pmBear

        Ling needs a redo! It’s only fair.

      • November 2, 2013 at 6:34 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

        It also doesn’t help that, after her interference, she just disappears and doesn’t even show up to the party itself at the end.

    • November 1, 2013 at 5:30 pmAnanas

      She dared express her contempt for Charlotte’s boobs, the sacred cow. Think about that.

  • November 1, 2013 at 2:21 pmOmega

    Waifu mode Charl doing the preview segment/corner is the most epic thing to ever happen in anime preview segment/corner history. Throw in A~NA~TA and it be godly and deadly.

  • November 1, 2013 at 2:34 pmTaiyo

    Tatenashi and Char. Ichika can die in a hole.

    • November 4, 2013 at 12:30 amStilts

      Are we shipping Tatenashi x Char now? x Laura? ‘Cause I’m totally okay with that.

  • November 1, 2013 at 2:35 pmLurker

    Since everyone else covered most of what I wanted to say, I’ll just cover the ED. Rin doesn’t look half bad in that getup at all. And I found it worth watching to the end just because they’re all out of regulation dress.

    Also, was Houki really the tallest of the girls?

  • November 1, 2013 at 4:17 pmGinobi47

    This is THE BIRTHDAY that all men dream about, yet a man with a skull thicker than a brick is at the receiving end of it. Ichika deserves to die!

    Though i agree 85% with Ichika’s choice at the end. Chifuyu definitely stole the show despite barely showing up

  • November 1, 2013 at 5:27 pmAnanas

    Rin who?

    http://randomc.net/image/Infinite%20Stratos/Infinite%20Stratos%202%20-%2005%20-%20Large%2030.jpg

    Seriously, why is she still here?

    http://randomc.net/image/Infinite%20Stratos/Infinite%20Stratos%202%20-%2005%20-%20Large%2002.jpg

    It’s been so long so I kinda forgot but hearing Yamada-sensei clearly is a delight.

    • November 2, 2013 at 6:33 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

      Sadly, Rin was already a step behind to begin with by being the second childhood friend. Being the regular childhood friend is “bad enough” when it comes to attempting romance, but a secondary childhood friend? And one that, in ways, feels a bit like a temporary Houki “replacement” (even to the point of having twin-tails, albeit a different style).

  • November 1, 2013 at 5:31 pminanis

    imho .. Tatenashi won

    .. then again im weak to cat-girls (specially white ones)

    PS: man.. imma go watch Black-Hanekawa again!

  • November 1, 2013 at 6:07 pmHochmeister

    Dear God… Why does it all have to be wasted on Ichika? WHY CRUEL WORLD??? [sobs in corner]

    Ahem. Excuse me, got a bit carried away. While the fanservice this season has been nothing short of fantastic, the plot leaves much to be desired. IIRC over half the episodes have felt like filler, and the tidbits of grimdark plot we do get just don’t mesh well with the other stuff. The harem antics are entertaining, but the characters seem to be stuck in an endless loop of playing around instead of actually developing relationships with each other (with the exception of Char and Laura). Take Tatanashi, I really don’t know who she is or why she’s interested in Ichika which makes it hard for me to feel any empathy or respect for her as a character (despite her many, um, charms). And finally, while the fanservice is great, the mecha porn is sorely lacking especially in comparison to season 1.

    • November 4, 2013 at 12:33 amStilts

      True, the mood whiplash is a bit intense. Without the strong overriding purpose of adding more girls (which we had and was still needed during Season 1), this one is stuck in a bit of a holding pattern, and the tone swings wildly about like Stilts on a Friday night. Makes me worry about how it’ll be when we’re in full-on plot mode later on.

  • November 1, 2013 at 6:39 pmrh75

    So only 5 episodes in and we already have a filler/anime-only episode? Doesn’t fill me with confidence that the show can be saved. Fanservice is nice but it quickly becomes dull and makes a show lifeless.

    I must be an ‘M’ for being willing to stick around to the end, but I will.

    • November 1, 2013 at 7:10 pmCroos

      For a filler episode, strangely this episode top 1 on Twitter Japan during its airing.
      Dull for old viewers but exciting for new viewers.
      And there will always be a new anime viewer everyday/every month.

    • November 2, 2013 at 8:00 amricz

      Been wondering….(for LN reader) will it continue to be 80% fanservice 20% the rest until the end? Cause if it’s yes then I have no choice but to drop this series or put it on hold(to give time for the other animu)

      • November 2, 2013 at 8:39 amCroos

        Hint-> Openning.
        And it’s 24 episodes and they are still a lot explaining on how the world works.

      • November 2, 2013 at 8:48 amCroos

        Oh crap!
        I was pertaining to Log Horizon.
        orz.
        I really need to close those useless tab to see the title

  • November 1, 2013 at 7:24 pmctscloud

    Team Char all the way!!!

  • November 1, 2013 at 7:34 pmJason Isenberg

    I love Char and I’m a big part of the fan club, and Tatenashi holy crap but man oh man I don’t know why Houki kinda won it for me. Her embarrassed/shy face and outfit was amazing. Everyone else was a little too exposed which I don’t mind btw but for the mood it was definitely Houki for me.

    • November 4, 2013 at 12:34 amStilts

      Truly, Houki leads a shameful life.

  • November 1, 2013 at 8:29 pmricz

    Plot plot plot everywhere…
    Now I know what’s the story for season 2 >.>

  • November 1, 2013 at 8:31 pmKuma

    Fanservice is cancer.

  • November 1, 2013 at 8:32 pmTrapMaster

    Char ship all the way!!!! XD I must admit, this episode was too much for me. Every girl, even Rin, scored points on me, man Cecilia was just too much for me to handle, and just as I was about to recover from her plot, Char, man, Char just comes crashing through, I literlly replayed that scene like 5 times berfore moving on to the next contestant XD

  • November 2, 2013 at 9:39 ampaulrenzo

    You’d think Russia would sabotage someone else (like Germany) instead of China.

    • November 2, 2013 at 6:29 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

      She did, actually, with stealing Ichika away before Laura’s time was up, lol.

  • November 2, 2013 at 5:10 pmmrdaftpunk

    Ugh, Chifuyu-nee in a maid outfit was the highlight for me.

  • November 2, 2013 at 7:29 pmGoukaRyuu

    I have to admit this episode is in rather bad taste after the last one. I mean we just had this organization that admits they kidnapped him before and want to steal his IS now. So, what do we do? Draw Ichika out to a dark room, kidnap him, and strap him to a chair leaving him, if only for a minute or two, to wonder if he has been captured and will be tortured. And, then we find out it’s a stupid game. If Ichika was an actual real life person, ignoring everything before this that shows he can’t possibly be a guy or have an ounce of testosterone, he would have been livid and would not have given two shits about this game.

    • November 4, 2013 at 12:36 amStilts

      Actually a good point. It worked because we (the viewers) didn’t for a second expect something like that to be serious – especially when they showed five clearly female figures jumping him – but if we were in Ichika’s shoes? If he wasn’t so damn dense he probably woulda been pissed.

  • November 3, 2013 at 11:02 amewok40k

    is she a Blue Russian Cat?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_Blue

  • November 3, 2013 at 11:11 pmYou know, for kids!

    Huh?

  • November 4, 2013 at 2:04 amKaleRylan

    This is a hard show to watch. Ichika continue’s to be distractingly, frustratingly dense.

    And the girls are weird. They’re all good enough to be the heroine in any other harem show, which makes picking between them hard. Except in this show they’re up against Char, which makes it frustrating that she’s not the ‘main’ girl.

    This episode just hammered on the existing issues I have with this show because it made me want char to win even more. And it made me want Ichika to not be horrible. Be like Shinichi in outbreak company.

  • November 4, 2013 at 2:06 amKaleRylan

    Also, where do they live that half-naked birthdays for high school kids are a thing? And your teacher and sister join in?

    • November 4, 2013 at 9:34 amGouka Ryuu

      They live in Otaku Fantasy Land.

  • November 4, 2013 at 2:13 pmewok40k

    There is dense, there is harem lead dense, and there is “a girl is feeding me a heart-shaped cookies by mouth and I don’t get the message” dense… /facepalm

    • November 4, 2013 at 5:13 pmbakakubi

      Welcome to the rage that is induced by only Ichika. Love the series and all, but his denseness is really killing the show quite a bit at times. I get it’s a running gag of the series, but still. -__-