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Top 10 Infinite Stratos Girls

Last week, I couldn’t decide which girl from this series to put as my #1 girl from an anime I’d sleep with, so I put the entire female cast as #1. This week however, I have the impossible task of picking 10 of them and ranking them. This is gonna be painful…

So to make it fair for every character on the show, the rules will be far simpler than the usual fodder. There are three things they’re being judged on: One, their overall looks, of course. Two, how they look in alternate clothing compared to their default uniform (but to make it fair, I’m not counting their “Ichika servant” costumes from the second season, ex: Cecilia’s bunny hostess outfit). And three, the combination of their voice and personality. This way, I’m not biased based on what someone did during the series (ex: Charlotte in the shower, Laura being naked in Ichika’s bed, etc.), I’m judging them solely on what I see looks and personality-wise.

So without further to do, let’s hop to it!

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We start off with the teacher at the IS Academy that we see and isn’t related to Ichika. Maya is pretty average at best, I suppose what’s meant to bring guys towards her are breasts, she has possibly the largest set of the series, which is still a tame size for anime. She is very sweet though, one of the few characters in the series who isn’t either crazy or super serious. But because of that she falls into the background compared to a lot of the other girls, so that puts her into the #10 spot.

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I’m convinced Tabane would be further on this list if she wasn’t batshit fucking stone cold crazy. While I love her English voice, I am well aware that it would get old really fast. She’s good in spurts, but having her around for an extended period of time would probably drive me insane. Regardless though, she’s a very attractive woman and the mysterious factor with her does apply on top of that. I just wouldn’t invite her directly to my house, she’d destroy the yard with that giant carrot thing she crashes down in.

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It wasn’t until I started this list and going back to find pictures of all the characters that I realized I completely forgot about Riko when I was mentioning all the side girls in the Top 10 Anime Girls I’d Sleep With list. Out of all the girls that isn’t designed to stand out, Riko’s easily the prettiest to me. As per usual, the glasses add onto her look, but she’s also shaped very nicely. She also gives off that very shy personality, which I always enjoy as well. If not for all the main characters getting so much more screen time, she’d probably be higher on this list.

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I’ve really grown to like Cecilia a lot more than I initially did when I first watched the initial season. She came off very bitchy to me the first time, however after watching through it again, I started to see a little deeper into her character and began to half-ass like her. Then by Season 2, she moved up to “All right, you’re cool.” status. She’s arguably designed to be the sexiest girl in the show and yeah she’s right up there, but with my tastes she’s just not quite there to at least attain top 5 status.

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Without a shadow of a doubt, the best of the entire cast of side characters and it’s crazy saying that when the most you see Honne out of that mascot costume is her top half. I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised when you see her top half in Season 2 and she has a larger than average bust, but regardless she still stands out as a wonderful personality, someone who seems absolutely hilarious and fun to be around. And I can only imagine how she looks with the costume completely off…

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I’m going to be completely honest. I absolutely hated Houki in Season 1. Detested her. Completely pissed off that of all the girls, she’s the one that’s designed to be Ichika’s choice. But then Season 2 came around. The red bikini from Episode 1 was a good start, but then she really started opening up a little more, I was feeling a lot less of the bitch side of her coming out and a little more of her insecurities. I think Houki is the kind of girl you really have to work on getting close to before you ever see the softer side of her, she has a very tough exterior shell that is on full display until you can prove to her that you’re all right. And with the body she has, especially given her immense training regiments, she’s always in great shape, it’s hard to ignore her. She’s worth the effort.

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There is very little I can say about Infinite Stratos as a whole that pisses me off. The way they pretty much toss Ran aside is one of them. I’m willing to say, I think she’s arguably the cutest girl in the entire series (and I really love Laura) and she’s essentially tossed aside, even though she on two separate occasions displays that she really likes Ichika. She even tells him she can’t wait to get into the IS Academy so she can see him more. It’s kind of frustrating to see that kind of devotion just put on the shelf as if it didn’t matter. I mean as far as we know, her only intention of joining the IS Academy was to be around him more, she says to him that she can’t wait for him to become her upperclassman. Anyways, like I said she’s probably the cutest girl of the series and she has a really great mix of a personality. And seeing how laid back she is in her own home is also a comfortable feeling.

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As many times as I think about how I’d have to be her sparring partner if she ever existed and I was dating her, I still keep on believing that Laura’s worth it. Only in anime can a killing machine be this adorable. I knew the second she showed up on screen I was gonna like her and I was more than right. Take away the vengeful, badass trained soldier from Laura and you get one of the cutest girls on the show. And when you’re into smaller girls like I am, she’s a perfect match. The only real things against her being #1 is the eyepatch and the fact she could snap my arm with incredible ease. Scary!

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When she’s not being featured in incest-innuendo inducing scenes in the series, Chifuyu is shown off as easily the sexiest woman in the entire series, at least in my opinion. Season 1’s beach episode cemented that fact, I don’t care how good-looking Houki was in Season 2, she still can’t hold a candle to Chifuyu in that black getup, especially that butt shot while she’s giving volleyball signals that I will never make an effort to find out what it meant. If not for her sometimes bitch attitude and the feeling that she’d be very demanding of her partner (I mean just look how Ichika is around her, the things he does for her and he’s her brother), she’s be #1 without question.

But because of that, that means our #1 girl in the Infinite Stratos series is…

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The Top 10 list was hard to make, except for the #1 spot, I knew who it was long before. If there’s something in anime that just seems to work for me when it comes to female characters, it’s the ones who disguise themselves as boys. I don’t know how or why, but those are the ones that always end up being the most attractive to me (ex: Naoto Shirogane from Persona 4). Charlotte’s a rare case to where a blonde is at the top of a list in terms of girls, I’m usually not the biggest fan of blondes in anime, compared to the many other colour options I have to choose from. Blondes tend to be designed to be very bitchy or overly-sexualized. Charlotte on the other hand is the opposite, she’s super sweet, comes off very shy at times, but can switch to serious when she needs to. Of course, her French accent just cements how attractive she comes off. You’ll be seeing her again for sure on a Top 10 when I do the Anime Girls I’d Marry list. Will she be #1 there? It’s very possible, but remember, I had Rikku slated #1 for the gaming list and then I changed my mind at the very end. So you never know.

Thanks for reading, as always I enjoyed making this list and if you have your own Top 10, or maybe just a quick switch, don’t hesitate to leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Anime Spotlight: Infinite Stratos

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My favourite anime of all-time is currently Infinite Stratos. Yes, that means shows like Dragon Ball Z, Hellsing and many other very popular shows (I don’t watch the major ones like Naruto, Bleach, Attack on Titan, etc.) are behind a harem anime with mechs. So sue me.

Like I said in my article Tuesday, I love harem anime, but not just because of the ecchi content. IS encompasses all the things I love in anime and then does something no other show has done to the same quality thus far.

The concept is pretty straightforward for a harem anime. The IS Academy houses young girls from all over the world who have the capability to pilot an IS unit. Ichika Orimura however mysteriously becomes the first male to ever be able to pilot a unit and thus becomes the classic one guy in a massive group of girls. And yes, he is pretty much completely clueless that essentially every girl in the entire campus (maybe even counting the instructors, yes that includes his sister, Chifuyu) wants him. The two seasons so far (if there’s ever a third) are largely episodes split into thirds. One-third action, one-third serious story time and one-third comedy/ecchi. And the show does all three well.

For starters, the action sequences in the entire series are phenomenal. They come off very much like some of the best Gundam action you can get, except there’s no need for shots of the pilot inside the mech as in Infinite Stratos, the mech doesn’t cover up their head and for some, their hips (gotta get a little butt action apparently). There really isn’t a battle that I didn’t enjoy watching, they’re done very well and each major strike has a purpose. I can imagine anyone enjoying this series’ action scenes if some weren’t thrown off by the half-naked girls.

The story itself is also very good outside of the main girls trying to gain Ichika’s affection. The first season ended a little abruptly, but the second season gained a lot of steam, having legitimate villains around that time. Some would say the story is a little under-developed, but keep in mind a large focus of a harem anime is usually the relationships, so there’s only so much time to work with and IS does a pretty good job of working with what they’ve got.

Finally, of course the ecchi content is just as phenomenal as well. Unless I’ve forgotten, they don’t resort to the usual cliché ecchi anime likes to do, which is have girls grope each other. Instead they get a little more creative (no matter how ridiculous it may be) with some of their scenes. Of course, the “shocking” (cause you couldn’t call it a mile away) reveal in the shower that Charles is actually a Charlotte is a very sudden and perfectly drawn/animated scene. My personal favourite though is Ichika waking up the following morning after Laura claimed him as her “bride” and finds her naked in his bed. When he tries to flee, she captures him in an armbar (which only works for her when you’re nigh flat-chested) and blushes as she offers to be his training partner, cause of course a 15 year-old female Spetsnaz-similarly trained soldier would blush thinking about that. There’s tons of adorable moments, like in Season 2 when Houki goes down the couple slide with Ichika. There’s a mixture of cute, beautiful and downright sexy throughout the series and whenever it takes place, it works well with that respective character.

Which brings me to my favourite thing about the series.

The one thing that Infinite Stratos does that I never expected to do be as well as I would have ever expected, is the English dubbing of the series and its various accents they use with the girls. Granted if the character is Asian, they get normal American voices. But Charlotte (French), Cecilia (British) and Laura (German) all have very distinct accents that don’t sound like over-exaggerations and are done almost perfectly, capturing their nationality very well. Most English dubs just aren’t that great, so when you try to employ accents into the dub as well, you’re almost asking for trouble. But IS not only doesn’t fail the English voicing, but the accents are great as well, they really do enhance their respective characters.

So yeah, if you can get past harem anime and you haven’t given Infinite Stratos a check, I suggest you do so!