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Infinite Stratos Trailer Promises Girls, Robots, All That Is Best In Life

Posted on: August 9, 2010

Ota, what is best in life?

Shinonono. Just rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?

With Comic Market 78 coming this weekend, there is a helluva lot of fall anime being put on display in anticipation of the year’s biggest otaku event. First in line: Infinite Stratos, the girls-in-powered-suits sci-fi action/romcom from Eight Bit. A new 90-second trailer has been posted on the official site, and fans are already hailing the adaptation of Yumizuru Izuru’s light novels as the “next Sakura Taisen.”

It’s hard to argue with the enthusiasm. From the brief bits in the trailer, it looks great on both the mecha and cute girl sides of the equation. If this is the average quality we can expect from this series, it’s going to be a must-watch for me. I was a huge fan of Sakura Taisen back in its heyday, and with its “Only one boy can pilot these powered suits” premise, it hearkens back to the wonderful cheese that Sakura Taisen fans loved so much.

Plus, the cast they’ve assembled is pretty top-notch. The tsundere samurai miko is played by Hikasa Youko (Mio from K-On!), the British twin-drill is played by Yukana (Teletha Testarossa in Full Metal Panic!), the Chinese childhood friend is played by Shimoda Asami (Chihaya of iDOLM@STER), the French girl is Hanazawa Kana (Nadeko of Bakemonogatari), and the one-eyed German military girl is voiced by Inoue Marina (Yoko of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann). The main character isn’t very well-known, but then again, in a production like this, who cares about the guy?

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1 Response to "Infinite Stratos Trailer Promises Girls, Robots, All That Is Best In Life"

I love how the elevator pitch for the series is just “MECHA x BISHOUJO”. They know which side their bread is buttered on!

It could be great as long as the series can hit the balance between characters and robots. Robots punching each other can only be great anime if there’s either a lot of BURNING PASSION or if you care about the pilots. From the trailer, it looks like Main Character Dude is too much of a milquetoast to YOU GET TO BURNING!!! unless he gets caught in typical harem hijinks and the tsundere roasts him with a flamethrower*. As far as characters, the temptation will be to try and give each girl a focus episode to hit all the harem notes, but end up with no really strong characters because there’s not enough room for anyone to be a constant presence except the guy.

* I would watch that!

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