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When harem anime meets SciFi mecha...,
This review is from: Infinite Stratos Complete Collection (DVD)
You get Infinite Stratos...
The concept behind the series is not bad. It borrows a bit from an older series called Sky Girls. There are differences indeed. Sky Girls does not have mechas behaving more like power suits that fit into a compact form they wear at all times. They also are more like personal jets than suits like this. When you look at them both, Infinite Stratos has an edge on design. For that reason alone, IS is worth a rental.
As a harem anime, IS fits in on par. Characters behave in traditional patterns and there are the common characters rehashed. You can somewhat predict how the story will go from that. If you are a fan of these sorts of shows, you will find some decent scenes here and there. It isn't a bad show and it is nice that there really isn't one completely clear winner girl throughout it. You know which girl is going to get more screen time but each of the girls make an impact on the guy, some more than others. The potential for a sequel is quite strong.
Had this series been released years ago, it might have been cleared for a full 24 episode season. That is perhaps one of it's biggest weaknesses. It is just a single season. Some of the character development with the other girls gets cut and the series tends to rely more on, the clueless guy with girls fighting over him, concept. That alone causes it to drop a star.
Harem animes have tended to slip more into this format in the past years. Something which is a bit of a shame. Love Hina is the textbook example of a good harem anime and it still is. Too often writers use the girls fighting over the numbskull to insert fanservice. Generic story + generic characters...just insert dumb guy...add girl fighting...blend!
The SciFi aspects of this series and the mecha designs alone are what brings IS out of the generic toilet. It is a bit generous to give it 4 stars but I can't quite give it 3 stars. So 3.5 rating on this would be best. At the very least, give it a rental if you have a renting service. It is worth at least that much.
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Initial post: Aug 10, 2012 1:23:37 PM PDT
I tend to agree with this review over the others here. I myself would give it a three star review, but will just tag on to this one with my comments. It is worth a watch, but I have seen far too many series like this before this show was ever made to think it is anything special or brings anything new to the table in the anime scene. Lots of newer anime shows these days are less story driven and more formulaic, trying to remix the established tropes into a new recipe. That doesn;t make for a bad show necessarily, but don't expect something memorable that you will compare future shows to saying, "ah but it is not as good as Infinite Stratos". This will never be a benchmark for good anime to be compared against.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 1:14:09 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 11, 2012 1:15:42 AM PST
Well said. It surprises me seeing some of the raves people are having for some of these newer shows. Lot of them are rehashes of rehashes. But then I gotta remind myself, they probably don't watch as much as I do. Honestly I didn't start watching anime till 2007. Before that I was more repulsed by the idea of it. Had an ex gf who was a nut about it, then going through a rough time myself I got into it with Love Hina. She'd be shocked to see me now. Since then I've watched 100s of anime. From the greats to the dime a dozen shows.
But it did take a few years to finally get to the point I could tell a winner from the first couple episodes. Or at least a show with enough good story to keep interest. Wasn't too formulaic or mundane. There is a lot of really fantastic anime out there. I love a lot of the old stuff, but there is some I don't like. Same goes for modern shows. Heck there is a lot of great anime that has never made it here to the states. Best example, I've been arguing for years now at AX for a publisher to release Lovely Complex here. But then I see real dumb formulaic shows getting released instead and folks rave about them.
IS won't ever be a benchmark, very true. But time spent on it isn't really time lost.
Posted on May 27, 2014 7:35:50 AM PDT
Ragnar Stornæs says:
the thing about the series seeming incomplete probably comes from the author not having very good health at the time, at least that was the case about a year ago, due to the one could consider the entire series temporarily or indefinitely suspended when it comes to story progression and writing...
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