Infinite Stratos #11 — Little Surfing Girl

March 24th, 2011


You ride ‘er, Ichika.


I guess it was an okay episode, but I really don’t like the way that they’ve handled Houki or Whitey here at all. Houki is a production of basically the entire season. She sat on the sidelines from about episodes 3-9 and is now consuming entire episodes with her angstiness over ignoring random boats. Meanwhile, Whitey still isn’t much of an antagonist to me. It hasn’t really actually done much of anything and only even beat Houki and Ichika together because Ichika dragged Houki naked into some kind of magical dimension so that he could berate her about her win-at-all-costs mentality, followed by immediately getting himself shot down protecting her. Heavy drama was never one of this show’s strengths, but hey… end of the season so let’s spew some of that out for ten minutes to make the show deep. Because Houki’s ribbon burning was symbolic of her loss of innocence or something. DEEP.

The battle wasn’t the most impressive that this show’s had either, which also contributed to Whitey not really doing much for me. The fight against Laura was a lot more physical and visceral, which lended it a more savage edge to it. So far, this has had Ichika surfing on Houki’s back and Whitey spinning as little lasers rain down. It’s hard to take the former seriously and hard to find the latter dangerous. Also, like I said, random naked people having moralistic talks in the middle of combat would not be one of the things I look for in my action scenes. Well, I’m okay with the nakedness. Half of it at least. But let’s keep the moral lecturing elsewhere. Preferably in another show entirely. Maybe not surf her anymore either.


I don’t think that you’re dressed for combat, Houki.

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15 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Aldonaris says:

    Damn Houki, stealing precious screentime.

    Btw, the title says “Infinite StraOTS”.

  • Jack says:

    At least Houki is acting more like a girl these days and less like a lawn gnome. End of season drama is probably all we’ll get instead of a real ending with harem resolution (which is against Japanese law, btw).

    • Zilla says:

      Details, details.

    • jingoi says:

      You mean that sinful ishihara’s anime/manga/game genocide law, been too worried about other things so almost forgot about it, wish the quake killed him and his son and matsuwhatever.

      And hope the manga isn’t so clique that Houki is going to win no matter how many times Ichika gets close to a nude Charlotte, wakes up with a nude Laura in his bed or gives Cecilia gets a erotic massage(although I think of Cecilia more as a possible mistress.)

  • Dual says:

    Damn, Whitey is strong

  • Aex says:

    This would be a lot more exciting if we hadn’t seen that scene at the beginning of episode 1, cause thanks to that we already know Ichika will wake up and save the day anyways. Still pretty good though, even with Houki around. Rin should’ve slapped her earlier though.

  • Amyable says:

    If you don’t like moral lecturing in your combat, then why do you like Index so much?

    Oh, right.

  • Anonymous says:

    “Drive me closer Houki! I want to hit it with my sword!”

    Good old IS…

  • Pseud says:

    Aroduc: “Also, like I said, random naked people having moralistic talks in the middle of combat would not be one of the things I look for in my action scenes.”

    I second this sentiment, and would advise anyone who feels the same way to never, ever watch a Gundam UC series.

  • Anise_Punter says:

    “random naked people having moralistic talks in the middle of combat would not be one of the things I look for in my action scenes”

    I would concur, but we all know that if/when Shana S3 comes out that you’ll be blogging it and we’ll all be here reading it.

  • liubei013 says:

    Figures that they would bring in ‘naked space’ at some point. All we need is a big shiny white ship. Oh, and more angst.

  • Anonymous says:

    A lame and blatant buildup episode for the climax next week. Did not enjoy it at all.