Infinite Stratos #14 — Escalation

October 3rd, 2013

 

I’m not sure I’m in on the joke here.

Impressions:

Okay, it’s becoming clear that Japan is just screwing with me now. Is this all some kind of priming for Valvrave on Thursdays next week? Or is it some kind of "Bad Writing Fall Thursdays" theme? So let’s have a mini summary. If you remember my preview, I said it’d be better if it stayed away from the heavy stuff since that’s where the first season faltered. So how does this start? Ichika having a dream of everyone fighting, Houki sobbing, and being strangled. He then wakes up to Laura in his bed again, sleeping in uncomfortable rubber, and angling for romance as she squirms with her hands in her crotch. Stop at this point and guess how the remainder of the episode went. I’ll wait.

Made your guess? Well if you guessed that the remainder of the episode would be a lesbian date between Charl and Laura where they also fight off bank robbers who busted into a maid cafe by kicking ice in their faces, then you could probably be making a mint running a psychic hotline. I think the two most confusing questions about that entire affair is exactly how much money they had since there was just one little satchel of money, and why the hell would you cover yourself in explosives then keep them a secret from absolutely everyone. That scene escalated like you wouldn’t believe. It’s a wonder the other robber didn’t have a nuclear device. We only hook back up with the rest of the cast toward the end for a montage (after Ichika wonders why they’re all mad about finding out that the date he asked them individually on is not individual after all) which apparently was part of the awful OVA episode, and even that’s after a random aside where other people are doing other serious things… mysteriously.

Production’s a big step down from the first episode of the first season. Maybe they know that they don’t really need to try. Maybe they’re saving up. Pfft. I guess at least besides the couple parts, it was more amusingly badly written than just boringly badly written, but otherwise, no real surprises here. *shrug* Moving on…

Next Episode:

 

New girl.

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14 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • anise_punter says:

    “Well if you guessed that the remainder of the episode would be a lesbian date between Charl and Laura where they also fight off bank robbers who busted into a maid cafe by kicking ice in their faces…”

    Wait, what if we guessed right?

    Aroduc says:

    I have no idea where the last part of that sentence went.

  • Baphomet says:

    Production is a big step down because the studio did 3 titles for this season simultaneously.

  • marcus says:

    “Production’s a big step down from the first episode of the first season.”

    Indeed, I’m actually worried whats its gonna look like in the middle part of the series. That’s what you get for animating 3 shows per season…
    you get limited staff, let the koreans handle the rest.

    Stop being a gonzo, 8-bit.

    Also, DAT ED ANIMATION. ed animations are the ones least animated and what happened? You recycled the animation.

    Seriously, what a shitty opener… Totally disappointed. I’ll just wait for the Eric Andre show…

  • Flood says:

    Kind of hoping that Charl and Laura become a couple in the series. I think they end up bunking together at some point. I enjoyed the first season, so I’ll watch this like a the mindless fan that I am.

  • Mesousa2877 says:

    Oh, hey, possible lesbianism.

    Yeah, they’re pushing the “Let’s try not being a shitty Unwanted Harem series” button, AND IT’S NOT WORKING.

  • Anon says:

    Uh, somehow the Pacing was strange.. As if they wanted to make a OVA and was forced to cut to half… They cut the Fan-service in the Pool (BOOOOOOHHHHHHHHH!!!)

    Your right, this is not a 1st Episode of second season. It is a long lost Episode 14+15+16, packed into 25mins…

    Anon says:

    as if the Budget run out after 20Mins.. thats not good for the 1st Episode, you know

  • Hayate-kun says:

    This is definitely based off the light novel section where they do some focus on some of the characters. And to of course bring in what the 1st season SHOULD have introduced was the villain group.

  • Fate says:

    That ending was painful. Not even trying are they?

  • algorithm says:

    First season was awful and yet this one will probably be worse.

  • jingoi says:

    oh joy, it’s the it’s F****** Obvious that Houki is going to win so why are we Introducing More F******* Harem Members Show!

    Anonymous says:

    Wait what, isn’t the first rule of harem childhood friend never win?

  • The Phantom says:

    Cliche and all but it still remains as the most enjoyable show so far.