OP: 「True Blue Traveler」 by 栗林みな実 (Kuribayashi Minami)
「一夏(ひとなつ)の想いで」 (Ichi Natsu (Hito Natsu) no Omoi de)
“The Memory of Summer”
They’re baaaack! This episode mainly served as a reintroduction to the characters, though it also provided a little intrigue and plenty of fun with Butler Charlotte and Meido Laura.
Ichika is Still Dense
Not that there was any doubt. I’m not sure why the four girls were so mad when they found out Ichika invited all of them to the water park/festival–I would have been surprised if he didn’t do something unbelievably oblivious! I won’t say Ichika is the best harem protagonist ever – because he is not – but he’s so reliably and over-the-top oblivious that it passes through the annoyance zone and goes straight to ridiculous and funny (to me). Also, the girls are still top tier characters in every sense of the word, so that helps. That helps a lot.
Serious Business Afoot
When it comes to cryptic dreams and mysterious invaders, I must admit I’m the incurious type. I don’t see the use in wondering when they’ve given us so little information that any guess would be a crap shoot. Instead I’ll talk about how well they laid the groundwork and/or incited curiosity in others.
The answer is “pretty well”. The opening scene had a far different tone than I expected (even if the rest of the episode was all keikaku doori), which serves to initially grab your attention, while the other scene didn’t waste any time providing a reason why this mysterious M was invading the base, nor subtly insinuating that it was not totally her choice via her controller and her nanomachines. Okay, perhaps subtle isn’t the right word – they could have done more insinuating and less outright stating – but subtlety isn’t something I’ve come to expect from Infinite Stratos. I’m here for the girls, people. And the explosions.
Charlotte no Gotoku x Battle Maido Laura
Should they have spent half the episode on the Char x Laura daito? Perhaps not. Was the Char x Laura butler and meido crime-stopping show really necessary? Probably not. Was it smart to take on armed robbers while unarmed, especially when at least one of them can summon their IS arm (but didn’t)? Definitely not. Was it fun? Hellz yes!
I’m often willing to exchange realism for entertainment, and this is a prime example of why. Infinite Stratos long ago set a tone that says it will dip into unrealistic (but technically possible) plot points in order to have a good time. Is it realistic for a man as dense as Ichika to have so many girls fawning over him? Sure, he’s the only guy in school, which justifies it somewhat – and for that I’m grateful – but realistic it is not. Likewise, is it realistic that Laura and Char could take down three armed robbers with ice cubes and moxie? No, but it’s technically possible, so I’m willing to allow it. They’ve set that kind of tone, so as long as they don’t violate it too badly, I’m along for the ride.
In other news, since when did this show start shipping Char x Laura!? Refer to my twitter account for the full force of my fangirl-level reactions, but DAAAAAAAMN!! Char is the best girl, but maybe she’s better with Laura… *shakes head* No Stilts, stay the course! Stay the course. Don’t…get distracted…
Summer is Over
My main qualm with this episode was the weird pool park / summer festival scenes. It was odd how the characters’ dialogue didn’t synch up with what was happening on screen, and how they blasting through what could have been an entire OVA’s worth of material in a couple of minutes. It was the first part that struck me as a mistake, while the latter was just odd. It did get across the fact that their summer is ending, but it did it hamfistedly.
Next week will introduce us to this blue-haired beauty voiced by Saito Chiwa! More Saito Chiwa is always a good thing, and it looks like she’s toying with Ichika, which is good because the rest of his harem is starting to go full yandere or tsun. Except when they’re not, HNNNG~!
Alas, I will be out of town when the episode airs, as I’ll be attending a beerfest of truly epic proportions – I know, poor me right? Bwahaha! – so you’ll get to see it before I will. Luckily Zanibas has agreed to step in and cover for me, so the post should appear Thursday or Friday as usual. Treat him well, and I’ll see you all back here for more IS the week after!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – A reintroduction to the main cast + a few hints of what’s to come. Also, meido Laura x butler Char yuri shipping whaaaaaat!? #is_anime 01
- All the girls go yuri for Char x Laura. I know I do! Wait, what?
- Ufufu, Char still has some of her ikemen powers from when she was impersonating a boy. I want her to propose to me!
- Houki’s oppai got bigger? DAMN!
- Butler Char is pretty good, but I wanted to see meido Char.
- I’d totally watch a Hayate no Gotoku x Charlotte no Gotoku crossover. Who is the better butler x meido combo, Hayate & Maria or Char & Laura? I CAN’T DECIDE.
- Were the neko pajamas and the heavy petting necessary? Absolutely not. But they don’t need to be shut up and enjoy!
- I could have capped a full episode worth of screenshots out of just the final montage. Screw you 8bit, I don’t have the time for this!
- Remember everyone, no shipping flame-wars in the comments please. We’re all here to have some fun and talk about anime. Besides, Char is best girl anyway. Boku is best!
- But seriously, %^@& you Ichika. You lucky bastard you.
ED: 「BEAUTIFUL SKY」 by 日笠陽子, ゆかな, 下田麻美, 花澤香菜, 井上麻里奈 (Hikasa Yoko, Yukana, Shimoda Asami, Hanazawa Kana, & Inoue Marina)