Infinite Stratos

Author: Timekeeper

 

Okay, I'll be honest with you people here: when I first looked at this anime, I actually had very high hopes because a lot of people on the JustDubs forums, now and in the past, have been talking about this and how it's something so great that nothing in existence can compare. For me, I didn't really get that experience. Rather, I sort of got the opposite. So, I suppose I'll start the review now. Here we go: Infinite Stratos.

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Story:

As I said beforehand, I came into Infinite Stratos completely blind without even the slightest of knowledge of what in God's name I was even about to watch. The story seems to be some sort of cross, in my opinion, between a late Gundam series and Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS. However, I think the story of Infinite Stratos is probably its biggest flaw. Mainly because it seems to jump from one tangent to another, asking a whole bunch of questions, and then never answering the questions it asked. But I suppose there are some redeeming qualities to Infinite Stratos right? Uh...yes and no.

Characters:

The characters of the show are a bit diverse, each having their own unique personalities. You have the tsundere, the I-think-I'm-classy foreigner, the brat, and the no-nonsensical type. However, the show does include the "harem" and "comedy" genres in its grouping, so naturally all the lead females have one single goal in common: they want to find some way to get into the male lead's pants. Something that makes me constantly slam my laptop closed and walk away from the series for 40 days and nights.

Audio:

In terms of music, there really isn't much to say about it. There isn't really an extremely noteworthy track that I will remember for years or anything that will make me say "oh yeah. I remember that! That's from Infinite Stratos!" In terms of voice acting, however, most of the actors of the dub seem to perform their roles rather well. The only two qualms I have about the dub is that I think Houki's voice actress could have been better cast than Monica Rial (just for future reference, I do not dislike Monica, but I didn't think she fit well with the character) and that Shannon Emerick's faux French accent as Charlotte could have been done much better. However, on the plus side, I did greatly appreciate Tiffany Grant's (faux?) German accent of Laura.

Art:

Like the music of this show, the art and animation aren't really much to speak of. There isn't much attention to detail in terms of background or character detail, but I did appreciate the equal meshing of 2D and 3D animation during the fighting sequences with the IS models.

Verdict:

To be honest, my expectations of this show were kind of crushed like a fat guy sitting on a bag of potato chips. I wouldn't really recommend this to people who are fans of the mecha genre, but I might give a small recommendation to those who would like a cheap laugh from the fanservice scenes in this anime. There is a second season and some OVAs that may answer my unanswered questions from the first season, but to be honest, I'm not really gonna bother unless I'm beyond bored, drunk, or if someone begs me to watch it.

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If you'd like me to review a show, go ahead and comment down below and I'll see what I can do so long as it's not an extremely bulky series (Naruto, Bleach, Fairy Tail, One Piece, etc.) ^_^