「ミステリアス・レイディ」 (Misuteriasu Reidi)
It’s action time as a mysterious evil organization tries to take Ichika’s IS.
Ichika vs Arachne
The thing I remember thinking during Ichika’s fight against Lady Autumn is “Oh yeah, IS has pretty good combat, doesn’t it?” It’s easy to forget in the harem antics, but good mecha battles is one of the reasons why this show is so well-regarded among harem anime – after all, a little variety makes the harem taste all the sweeter, both in girls and on-screen events, ne? I was especially impressed that Ichika wasn’t totally useless, with how he made that sweet dodge to cut off a few arms and evaded her fire for so long, but he still got caught like the damsel in distress he is.
By the way, is it just me or is Ichika’s IS one of the least impressive we’ve seen? Doesn’t seem worthy of theft. Though maybe that’s just the pilot. Stop sucking, Ichika.
Water Time with Tatenashi
A water clone!? Forget sci-fi, this just graduated to full on magical fantasy / Naruto shit right here. Not that I don’t enjoy Tatenashi getting in there and kicking some ass. Sultry and confident Saito Chiwa is always a good thing.
Still, I couldn’t help but wonder…if she was controlling the water through nanomachines that transmit IS energy, why bother with the water? (Other than the fact that it looks cool.) And they ended up giving a decent reason after Tatenashi used the mist to work her energy into the Arachne suit. Which only brings up why she couldn’t do that without the mist, but heeeey I probably shouldn’t think about it too much. Not when Tatenashi immediately followed up on the battle by flirting with Ichika, including a few devastating utterances of “Ichika-kun no ecchi“, HNNNNG! Plus claiming the crown for herself? Truly a ferocious contender.
I don’t know if that’s who the mysterious M is, but her appearance + her focus on Chifiyu-nee make it an easy leap to make. What’s for sure is that they’re building her up as a badass combatant, and doing a good job of it. Two conflicts and she’s been both completely in control and largely victorious (at least as far as her role went) in both of them, without seeming to break a sweat. It will be exciting when she goes up against Ichika & co properly, mainly to see whether they can up their skills enough to pull a believable victory off.
Infinite Stratos is a funny show in that I appreciate it when they get plotty, but I hardly remember the details and always enjoy it more when they get back to the silly harem antics. Come on, we all know why we watch this show! Fortunately it looks like we’re going to get a mix of both next week, which is fine by me.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – It’s action time as Ichika & co fight an evil organization, with Chifuyu’s imouto(?) stalker arriving to whoop some ass #is_anime 04
- Two things I disliked from this episode. The first was how Lady Autumn said she was from an evil organization. Who does that? Almost no “evil-doers” actually think they’re evil – even mass murderers and despots usually think their side is good (one man’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter, etc etc). The other would be how Houki, Laura, & Char got turned into damsels in distress at the end, because I hate seeing strong female characters suddenly demoted to that…if it weren’t for the fact that Ichika spends a lot of time in distress, so actually that ones a wash. Ichika’s harem members are still waaaay stronger characters than he is.
- Blushing Chifuyu-nee. That is all.
Check out my blog about storytelling and the fantasy novel I’m writing at stiltsoutloud.com. The last four posts: I’ve never regretted any of them, Great stories make you stop…and just feel, The subtle sexism of not killing female characters, and It’s all about the characters.
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