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Students are trained in the Infinite Stratos academy to pilot the weapon system IS (Infinite Stratos). Although it is believed that only females have the ability to operate the IS, there is one man who can. His name is Orimura Ichika.
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-- ART: The Art was great. Sometimes inconsistent, but overall great. Battle scenes were bad. It's like they tried to make it as intense as an anime and nothing was ever clear. I got to the point where I gave up on trying to figure out what I was seeing and just quickly eyed over the pages reading the dialogs until the battle stoped.
-- Setting: The setting was good. It reminded me a lot of freezing. The characters premisses were also great. They had very interesting and distinctive personalities, specially because they were from different countries and backgrounds, which helped enrih their special traits a lot. But... it only starts off well...
- Development: The development sucks. There's no building up to climaxes or any important situations. Setting and Character potential are lost in this mess. It's like when a little kid tries to tell a story but ends up saying every single thing too fast and forgets half the stuff they wanted to say to begin with.
For example, one of the girls would tell the character something important about their lives and I would think "Why are you even telling him that? You barely even know him", and I barely even knew them to begin with, which made me care much much less for whatever the hell they went through in their past.
I mean, in freezing, 40 episodes build enough expectation to make me REALLY pissed off about Satella's family when they bring the shit up. Here, they condensed 125 episodes worth of story in only 25, it got rushed as hell.
When the side character DID know each other, it was because half the cast were childhood friends. Whaaat? This is the kind of forced situation created to explain whatever the mangaka needs to explain, which is only acceptable in oneshots, since the mangaka has only so many pages to draw interest.
Maybe they tried to do too much and ended up not doing anything? With all the premises thrown in the story, after reading it, I only remember the petty romance dramas.
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He got kidnaped, so what? She's a bastard child, so what? Parents got divorced, so what? Sister's attitude and shit broke family up, so what? Got disowned by parents, so what? Failed military experiment, so what? legendary sister retires for mysterious reasons, so what?
Nothing ever got done with any of it.
... Last updated on May 17th, 2013, 1:35pm
It's a good manga, though it's kinda hard to feel for the characters. The girls all have semi-dark pasts, but they don't seem affected. Heck,
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Ichika was kidnapped as a kid
, but you don't see any trace of trauma on him! It's a good manga, though, if you can endure through the usual harem mish-mash.
I did not get anything
I did not get anything while reading this. Funny or exciting or sad. I do not get it all in the early chapters. Maybe I'll try to continue later, and hopefully just find something interesting.. .let's hope
Just read the Light Novels.
Or the anime. Both are far superior than this slow as manga. All the light novels released so far have been fully translated at Baka-Tsuki. The anime is pretty darn good too. This manga on the other hand takes forever to be released (by both publishers and scanlators, though I don't blame the scanlators as much.) The art style is slightly of somehow and the story is exactly the same as the anime and LN. So just use those two mediums rather than read this.
Really for stories like this, I'm sure what's intersting for us readers is to find out what wacky ways will the author use to get a "typical nice guy" into a harem of beautiful ladies.
In Love Hina we have guy taking care of girl dorm. In Sekirei we have guys fighting with female robots. In To-love-ru we have guy attracting all the girls for the sole reason that he's nice.
Here we have guy enrolled to an all-girl school because he's like every other self-insert fantasy story, "special" that he gets to operate a suit that only girls can.
With that being the only "interesting" portion of the story gone. You can pretty much guess what the rest of the story will be about.
Multinational cute teenage girls with some of the few personal sized military-grade mecha suits in the world in high school.
Sounds like a hotbed for awesomeness right? In the grand scheme of things, its very awesome.
The problem is that the character are boring, cliche and flat. Other than referencing national foods and the occasional national rivalry quips, the multinational aspect of the characters are completely and utterly lost. Instead the girls fall back into typical anime tropes. The childhood friend. The ice queen. The rich girl. Etc.
That said, the art is pretty good, but can be a bit confusing once the mecha suits come on.
... Last updated on March 20th, 2012, 11:09pm
Good setting, lackluster characters
I like the sci-fi mecha stuff, which is very intriguing, but the characters are a bit cliched. I mean the entire cast consists of: -Dense main character in a girls school -Childhood friend who's a tomboy/tsundere -2nd Childhood friend (I have to admit, this actually caught me by surprise) who enters with a cooking promise -Tsundere drill hair class president -and a pretty boy (Whom I suspect is actually a girl that also falls for the main character) Basically, nothing I haven't seen before
encourage creators of "infinite stratos"
hello, at first the series is great, has everything and is fun, has a lot of potential to lift a second season, the plot so far is good for me is just beginning, so there are some who speak for not be so picky, you are not that strive and work hard to make a good job artistic, because the anime and manga is an art. among all the series is very good I want to congratulate Izuru YUMIZURU for their hard work, and Kenji AKABOSHI if great job, congratulations to both and continue to so please do not Parn the series in 12 episodes as I said before has much potential. well thanks for your attention and wish them well
PS: I like that the authors of "infinite stratos" read this
... Last updated on March 24th, 2011, 11:40am
mecha and harem soup
human gundam? gundam human? Well... whatever this is... I think it's alright. Anime sounds better than manga, though. The setting itself is quiet interesting one, but harem polygon is mediocre... I recommend it if you want some refresh in your harem collection.
... Last updated on March 13th, 2011, 1:09pm
the greatest !!
i love this anime 'cauz it really makes me feel excited and i download every episode for this anime !!! i really want to what will happen next