Light Novel Adaptation by 8-Bit
Simulcast on Crunchyroll
Premise: Still living and training at an all girls academy, Ichika and his harem return to… do whatever it is they do. Something with robot suits? I’ll let you know the premise when the show decides to have one.
Jel’s Verdict: Endless Banality
I did not like the first season of Infinite Stratos, but it was at least competently made. So it was almost stunning how little effort went into shaping the events of the second season premiere into some kind of episode. It kicks off with a completely out of context battle with Ichika and his sister and then proceeds to jump from random scene to random scene. While I am all for the shameless pairing of fan favorites Laura and Charlotte, even their date skipped around with no transitions whatsoever. One minute they are licking crepe cream off of each others faces and BOOM suddenly they are in Charlotte’s bed dressing up in cat “pajamas”… wait what was I complaining about? FOCUS JEL, FOCUS!
The few attempts to hint at a serious, underlying plot are completely undermined by what is essentially a trailer for the upcoming Summer vacation OVA being passed off as a scene in the episode. Short of the Total Eclipse recap episode hyping a new OP song, it might have been the laziest promotion I’ve ever seen in an anime. On top of that, I was reminded how much I LOATHE Ichika, who is incredibly dumb even by harem protagonist standards. If there’s any positive to be had it’s his near non-presence this episode, but he still finds time to stay oblivious to the girls hurling themselves at him. I’d love to keep covering this for laughs, but even I have my limits for how much I’m willing to put up with.
Lifesong’s Verdict: Charlotte X Laura OTP
So first of all I need to be honest. I tried to watch season one of IS four or five times without success. I don’t have any major issues with harem anime, but the dense protagonist just left me feeling like my brain was seeping out of my head. There were two things I liked about season one. Laura and Charlotte. Judging from this first episode I’m not alone in that! The entire thing is those two hanging out. Jel tells me this is a trap and I’m inclined to think he is right, but it’s a nice trap none the less.