IS: Infinite Stratos 2 – 12 [END]

xmas IS

We hope you have a very special Christmas!

Well the end is finally here and thank you for following along with our livewatches! Hopefully we find something fun for the winter season, but as normal you can download or watch the youtube video.

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Extra harem fun

IS2 (7)

Take care Charles!

IS2 (5)

Who needs fancy iphones when you have a helmet like hers.

IS2 (1)

Was this the season three hook?

IS2 (3)

His ass is quite scary!

The end

IS2 (4)

Thanks for watching!

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18 Responses to “IS: Infinite Stratos 2 – 12 [END]”

  1. skylion says:

    I really did try to watch the first season. I bailed at the middle of episode two. Why did I follow this in the second season? Why?

    IS is a convoluted mess. The tech is sports equipment isn’t military tech but it’s sports equipment but it is military tech. I can understand how this is a key element to the background, but it never quite stuck me as being anything more than a reason to have mechs that do cool stuff. Not a bad reason, but it always felt disjointed.

    And the harem element was just so disjointed and flaccid as to not appeal. They had such great VA talent that just had to phone it in. I could hear Chiwa Saito’s boredom. You cannot make a series that makes me hear her boredom.

    LOL. It was OK, I guess.

    • Highway says:

      I think the issue is that IS has a couple structural flaws, but overall the biggest problem is with the writing. The novels are pretty much just as bad as the anime is, and it’s a shame because there are some things that have a lot of appeal with the show. The first season’s IS battles were MUCH better than the second season’s (they’re very similar to Busou Shinki, another 8-bit series). And there was a lot more of it, even if it was “Hah, Ichika, I’m the new girl and I have to fight you now!” There was just much more actual plot, things like Laura’s introduction and first fight where her IS started mutating around her.

      Unfortunately, this second series just devolved into too much girl focus. That’s fine for a few episodes, but it didn’t work every episode, where they abandoned the plot for the most part, and just focused on harem fights. The best episodes of this series were the ones where the harem stuff went away, and it treated everyone just as a girl learning to pilot an IS, like Kanzashi’s episodes. And Tatenashi was a good character, but there just isn’t room for her the way they presented it. Ichika’s harem is almost as big as Rito’s , but they don’t show all of Rito’s harem every episode (for a good reason).

      For everyone, if you’re going to make a choice between watching IS 2 and Infinite Stratos first series, watch the first series. But if you want shows with good harem and fighting and ecchi, you’re better off with Sekirei or To-Love-Ru: Darkness.

      • skylion says:

        To-Love-Ru is the bomb in all thing harem. It never fails to entertain. Yep it is down to writing. I’ve been reading a bunch of LN’s these past couple of months, mostly the Index stuff. But they do read like the pulps of the days of yore. IOW, sensationalist and rather discard-able. Really J.C. Staff should be saluted for making a coherent story out of Index.

        They just didn’t know how to dole it out did they?

        • Highway says:

          I really recommend the High School DxD LN’s. Reading them really points up what great adaptations the two anime series have been. It’s not great writing from a literary standpoint, but it’s very good writing as far as matching up to how it would be presented in the anime.

          • skylion says:

            I got stuck on New Testament Index Four. It was so derpy. So yeah, I will take this recommend.

            Merry Christmas HWY. Thanks for being being the Best HWY evar.

            • belatkuro says:

              Bersi was a big bro though. And the fighting lolis(Kumokawa and Oumi) not enough for your taste? ;)
              But yeah, NT4 was a mixed bag alright.

              Merry Christmas to the both of you.

            • Highway says:

              Merry Christmas to you, too, skylion!

            • skylion says:

              Haven’t gotten to him yet. I stopped reading about twenty or so pages in. But, yeah, I knew of the fighting lolis. Sometimes that doesn’t save everything, or can….

              Merry Christmas, Bel.

            • d-LaN says:

              Regardless abt Index writing, Kamachi.exe talents in writing comedies based on trolling, playing with tropes and fourth wall breaking are certainly top notch. “The Circumstances Leading to Waltraute’s Marriage” had ROFLMAO the whole way.

              I’d also recommend his other series Heavy Object and A Simple Survey too. I enjoyed reading them at the very least.

  2. amado says:

    its really hard to believe that IS2 has the most sales of the shows this season…

    • Highway says:

      It’ll be interesting whether IS 2 can keep up its huge sales from the first volume. Everyone knew that the first episode was going to be a BD special, and it was certainly worth it, with the extended version being much much better. But the rest of the discs don’t have that, afaik, so I don’t know how the sales will go.

      Of course, *everything* from Fall has terrible sales so far, so it’s not going to be hard for IS 2 to have best sales this season. The only things that are projected to sell anything are IS2, Non Non Biyori, Arpeggio of Blue Steel, and Yowamushi Pedal.

    • BlackBriar says:

      Different strokes for different folks, dude.

  3. BlackBriar says:

    Even an all action episode wasn’t able to save this show from being a miserable, unpleasant trainwreck. More disappointing is that an interesting story piece which revolved around Phantom Task was wasted. We still know next to nothing about them, only Madoka’s vague reasoning for wanting to kill Chifuyu. Apparently, it isn’t over because there’s an OVA on its way.

  4. Oblivion says:

    Just thought I would wish you all a happy New Year, and I would also like to say that ‘Highway’, I am glad to see someone recommending “Sekirei” to others; as it has been a long time since I have seen anyone recomend it to people. It makes me happy to else who liked the series (although I really wish that they would hurry up and finish the manga already, and maybe even make another season of the anime) enough to be able recommend it to others. (^-^)

    • Highway says:

      Sekirei was good enough to get me really interested in anime. It’s the series I credit with piquing my interest enough to start looking online for it, and watching subtitles. So it will always be a bit special for me. And even without those rose-colored glasses, I think it’s a pretty darn good harem / fighting show. It hits a sweet spot of action, humor, romance, rivalry, and consequence that’s rare. And while it’s not the best voice work there’s ever been, the group of Saori Hayami, Aya Endou, Marina Inoue, Yukana, Romi Paku, Shizuka Itou, and Sayaka Oohara is almost unmatched (that’s not even counting Kana Hanazawa, because Kuu is all baby-voice).

  5. Highway says:

    For those of you who still like the characters, you can preorder your Charlotte Dunois Figure today from the Crunchyroll store on sale: http://www.crunchyroll.com/store/p/85630/Figuarts-ZERO-Charlotte-Dunois

    Not a bad figure, if you’re into that kind of stuff. If the Houki one is good, I’d maybe be interested.

    • BlackBriar says:

      Not bad looking but it might be sold in an inopportune time, off season, if you will. Don’t you think it would’ve had more appeal if it were to be sold during the time Infinite Stratos 2 was airing? That would have brought in more hype and motivation.

      • Highway says:

        Sales are a different kettle of fish. Plus, you want to maximize your store presence. So you have something like this come out more during the time the BD’s are out. And you make most of them preorders so that 1) you know how many to produce and 2) the supply after that is limited. That keeps the value higher for people who own them because if a new person finds the series, or missed the sale, they pretty much have to get second-hand or speculative stock.

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