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Infinite Stratos ep 08: How the hell does Ichika catch all the girls?

Ping pong tam pon!~ We’ve arrived at the latest episode of HAREM HAREM YUKAI tiem again! (For those who have no idea what is Suzumiya Haruhi’s Hare Hare Yukai, please get kicked by a horse and die.)

Trivia: There’s exactly 100 pictures in this post. Let’s go!

With the mother of all coincidences to end all coincidences, Ichika and Charles face off against Houki and Laura right off the bat (their pairing being an absolute God-tier coincidence itself).


Charlotte uses Ignition Boost!

Ichika and Charles first take out Houki, before double-teaming Laura. They managed to figure out Laura’s impenetrable AIC can only stop one thing at a time. The numerical advantage results in them overpowering the silver-haired girl, and as Charles wails on her with Shield Pierce,  Laura blacks out. Of course it means FLASHBACK TIEM.

Japanese shows and their bondage...

Genetically Reinforced Test Subject C0037 was born in a military facility, raised and trained for battle. Given the identification code of Laura Bodewig, she remained the best. That is, until the unveiling of Infinite Stratos, the strongest machine in the world. Her gold-colored eye was the result of nanomachines being injected into her body, so that she could be compatible to IS. She didn’t adapt fast enough, and was deemed to be a failure. Hence, the tentacle raep.

Then, Chifuyu arrived, and with her as instructor, Laura managed to become the very best once again. For some reason, she rages when Chifuyu makes a gentle expression at the thought of Ichika, and that’s where her vow of destroying our Ginga Bishounen comes from.

BANKAI !!!!!

The nanomachines within Laura’s body responded to her will and despair, causing interference to happen, her Schwazer Roegen beginning to mutate into something else. The end product resembles a gigantic Chifuyu in an IS suit. This time, it’s Ichika’s turn to rage as he angrily shouts that there can be only one Chifuyu-nee.

Charles helps by imparting to him the remainder of her suit’s energy, but it is only enough for Ichika to manifest Yukihira. It matters little as he still manages to channel the power of Bad-Assery and cut down the transformed IS, freeing Laura from its metallic confines.

smell my manly Old Spice bodywash

And the Oscar award for Best Expression(s) goes to...

I have no idea how to describe the next scene, except by saying Ichika somehow exudes more manly charm and causes Laura to be ensnared in his harem trap.

She wakes up in the infirmary, with Chifuyu-kyokan sitting by her bedside. Sensei-san explains that Valkyrie Trace, a banned experimental system, was installed into her IS, which activated when her desires, mental state and damage taken all fulfilled the right conditions.

Ichika and Charles mull over dinner that because of this incident, the entire tournament was called off. The cancellation rears its ugly head as girls are devastated by the fact that they would be unable to decide who would go on a date with Ichika.

Houki’s obligated tsundere scene comes about as Ichika agrees to “go out” with her, but he meant it as a shopping trip. I’m not complaining about his stupidity here, as I got to enjoy Houki beating him up.

Apparently, the teachers don’t seem to give a shit about school violence, because Yamada-sensei shows up only after the bashing, and casually informs them that the boys bath is finally open.

The blondie takes tremendous advantage of the situation, sidling up to Ichika and demanding him to call her Charlotte (her real name, of course). FOR ONCE, STUPIDHEAD DOESN’T SHY AWAY OR ACT DUMB. I think he might actually like Charlotte (and her attentions).

I don’t get the sudden reversal in revealing her genderbending nature, as Charlotte only just asked Ichika to call her by that name in private.

Oh well, Houki’s reaction is great. Rin practically tears through the class to get a shot at Ichika, but her Dragon Roar is interrupted by Laura’s AIC.

And. then.


she's almost about forgotten

No, seriously, Houki’s expression IS THE BEST. The other two are stunned, but she’s like “I”MA GONNA FUCKIN KILL YOU”.

Laura declares Ichika to be her WIFE. Thanks for chopping off his balls for him, darling.

Oh wait, he didn’t had any to begin with. Also, observe his flabbergasted face.

The preview for next episode doesn’t particularly bode well for the series, as we seem to be getting the standard BEACH EPISODE. Frankly, I’m despairing as to where this story might even proceed. STOP GIVIN ME FILLERSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.


  1. February 27, 2011 at 1:04 am

    Like I said in my last post he should have some strange power around him like Touma from To Aru Majutsu no Index.
    Otherwise there would be no reason for every female that he encounter ends up loving him. XD

    • Infinyx
      February 27, 2011 at 1:35 am

      I know right, it’s a question of when, and not if, a girl will fall for him.

      Btw, love how your blog contains tons of artwork 😀
      Hope you don’t mind if I ever steal some.

      • February 27, 2011 at 1:41 am

        Free to go ahead and steal them.
        They’re there exactly to be downloaded and used as wallpapers. 😀
        They are all wallpapers 1600×1200 or superior (that was the catch of the blog :P)

        P.S.Don’t hotlink without giving me a warning with a comment or email, there is an autoban system in it. 😀

  2. February 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    In my opinion, this episode had the best action so far in the series. Especially with all that Charles pawning Houki in less than a few minutes.

    • Infinyx
      February 27, 2011 at 4:29 pm

      agreed. I wonder if there’s a reason why Houki doesn’t have her own IS yet.. maybe her missing sister will reveal some super powered suit for her 😛

      • February 27, 2011 at 10:12 pm

        True it’d be more awesome if Houki had her own IS rather than borrowing one. But then again, maybe the producers are attempting a different approach with Houki in Ichika’s harem? Who knows.

      • Infinyx
        March 1, 2011 at 6:02 pm

        I doubt the producers actually haf that much creativity ;p
        look at Charlotte’s IS! The only difference from the mass produced Raphael Revives is that it’s orange.

      • March 4, 2011 at 3:46 pm

        Watcha know…the producers did end up getting Houki her own personal IS.

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