Infinite Stratos (Light Novel) - TV Tropes
Even if her true purpose at the academy was to spy on Ichika, discover how he is Houki and Cecilia were arguing with her about her relationship with Ichika. >getting so butthurt no one likes your waifu Houki that you stop even writing. IS' author was a preddy funny dude. Shame that IS crashed and burned without Ichika ever ceasing to be such a giant faggot .. >A total feminazi in a relationship Why still exist this unjusticated fag/hate meme towards Houki?. Explore omarcafini.info Qhadafi's board "Infinite Stratos Houki Shinonono" on at the IS Academy in Class One and the childhood friend of Ichika Orimura. . These went together pretty quick in relation to the motor (not painted yet, but don't ru. The source of Anime quotes & Manga quotes - FB | TWITTER | QUOTURES LIST.
When Laura complains that her matter with Ichika is strictly between a husband and wife, Chifuyu counters by saying that she would never accept a sister-in-law that acts like that. The statement hits Laura pretty hard, and she quietly sits down on the floor with a gloomy look, muttering to herself. Rin, Cecilia, Charlotte, and Laura are shown to be this in the illusions they have due to the World Purge.
Ichika's IS is a close-ranged fighter, so in a ranged fight he has to dodge or absorb shots thrown at him until he can get close enough. Unless another IS user allows him to use their ranged weapons. Averted with Rin, who has a weapon that has some medium range capabilities. Active Inertial Canceler seems to nullify any attack thrown at her, but she has to stay focused on the attacker for it to work.
So if someone else shoots her from behind Cecilia's IS is designed solely for long ranged combat eg. Chifuyu also comments in one episode that she's also designed to take on multiple opponents, but in the anime at least, she only ever fights against one opponent at a time.
Laura easily defeats both Cecilia and Rin at the same time in her debut battle. Yamada-sensei does the same to those same two girls during a training fight, with a Second-GenerationMass-production IS suit. After the missile attack was repelled, countries from all over the world send a task force to capture or destroy White Knight; it destroys every single thing sent after it.
At the end of the battle, fighter jets, 7 cruisers, 5 aircraft carriers and 8 satellites were destroyed - the kicker - no loss of human life. The White Knight is a first generation IS. Heavily implied to be Tabane's work, trying to convince the world that the Infinite Stratos far outguns any weapon or weapon platform then available. It works unbelievably well. Outright stated to be Tabane and Chifuyu in the original novels. The fight between Tatenashi and Autumn in episode 4 of season 2. Any setbacks the former faces was largely just her playing around with the latter, but she has the upper hand, forcing Autumn to attempt a retreat.
Tatenashi is then on the receiving end of one in episode 9 of season 2, when she realizes that her usual attacks don't seem to be affecting the unmanned IS suits attacking the school. Is understandable in Ichika's case but there's not really any excuse for the rest of the main characters. Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Applied to both, the IS uniform and the IS units itself.
The Byakku Shiki's signature attack is extremely powerful, but it comes at the cost of draining the suit's own shield energy. There's also the Valkyrie Trace System where the I. A few of the girls wear this. It becomes an embarrassing plot point for Charlotte in episode 6 of season 2, when due to an IS malfunction, her panties kept disappearing.
Then Laura tries to walk up and just ask what's going on, but Cecilia and Rin stop her. However, in the novel, there was another scene that happened after the OVA's ending that wasn't animated where it's revealed the pilot survived, and Chifuyu releases her and tells her to go back to her base since it isn't worth the political headache to keep her as a hostage. Laura is initially very hostile to everyone, particularly Ichika. But after he beats her, and saves her post-meltdown, she softens up.
Inverted with Cecilia, who technically won her first fight with Ichika, but grew to respect him anyway. Looked at Cecilia's breasts accidentally? Get punched with an IS arm. Take a bath with a guy who turned out to be a girl? Rin will go Yandere on you! Caught in an arm grapple by a naked girl who snuck into your bed? All the girls will now hunt you down like the dog you are. No wonder he has to act like a Chaste Hero most of the time, because no matter who he chooses, he loses.
He lampshades this reason of his in the manga adaptation. Distracted by the Sexy: All the freaking time - even his own sister invokes it. Although he acts more embarrassed by it more than anything. Taken Up to Eleven in episode 5 of season 2, where all of the girls are wearing Sexy Whatever OutfitsIncluding Chifuyu in a maid outfitand are trying to appeal themselves to him. Ichika was kidnapped because he was the brother to the world's best IS pilot at the time, Chifuyu. Continue reading for the most informative look into the I.
Anime, or search in your browser for "mangatronloveshouki" minus the quotes to go to "Answers to the Questions", and search for "mangatronreallyloveshouki" to go to the conclusion part.
Or type "Episode xx" where "xx" is the episode number in "00" format. It would really help if you are very knowledgeable about the series as much as I am, as I have watched each episode on average 3 times each, some over 5, and so treating this editorial like a read-along will really give you a more in-depth feel of actually understanding the meaning of why I believe I.
It's easy to say that Houki's handling in the writing of this series was off and on, to say the least. It looks that way, sure, and some may find it a little hard to connect with her, but as it always is with me; I never see things simply and instead see things much more complicated than the usual, which is my patented "alternate hilarious view". I'll explain why the above line about the series handling of Houki's screen time is in actuality, bogus, and how the entire series was quite a bit more of a Houki X Ichi rundown than for anyone else.
The rooftop scene of Episode 01 First, let's go to the start of the series, episode Houki's actually quite happy to see the Ichi, to which she calls him out, but our first sign is the silence of a girl. As speechless as Houki was, mankind knows that females are the most mysterious creatures of the universe, and whoever the genius was that said "actions speak louder than words", he just showed right here why the Ichi is actually no fool.
Having caught on to Houki's fidgeting, he carries the convo on his shoulders, pretty much answering any questions she had for him, or her concern thereof. This scene is probably one of the series' most important ones, as this showed several things: Houki rarely says much here, but what she does is important enough: In the end you may not have found out why she wanted to speak with him, but she heard a lot of some happy things.
While the next scene is largely centered on Cecy-chan, the scene when Ichi heads to his new room was a little more than just some Houki fanservice.
This is a part when we see she's actually kind of content being with Ichi, but he is dense, I'll admit that much. This scene is comparable to the rooftop scene, actually, as we see another expectation from Houki in regards to Ichi's room choicebut this is our first look at Houki's hopes being dashed when Ichi gives her a "Really? Try to remember this part, actually, of Houki getting her hopes dashed. Now, right after, you'll see again she's so content with Ichi living with her she sets up some rules.
You'll see Houki bring into question what 6 years can do to him, and right after the Bra incident, he then remarks something completely dense, which was something he should have said 4 years ago. These two were just getting to know each other after so long, eh?
You'll do well to note by now that he's really not up to speed on the apparent change Houki went through since she last saw him. Because the next scene when the two are having a meal, is a really important scene you will remember by series end.
First Houki gets irritated by his use of her given name, very much to his displeasure. The next scene worthy of noting is his reminiscence of the past, where he goes on about his childhood experience with Houki, then Episode 02, before he drags her to lunch.
Let's take a peek at Episode First we see Ichi concerned about Houki's relationship with Tabane, so, he tries to cheer Houki up by, well, once again calling her "Houki", and inviting her to lunch.
Here's another important detail: And he's like "I see you what you did there" and she's like "aren't you just weak? I guess one of this series finest moments is when he tells her to shut it and just go lol.
He says even more interesting stuff once in the cafeteria, like how he wouldn't drag any girl out to lunch even if she'd ask, and the special reason why he'd go out of his way for her. Seems like his concern of Tabane X Houki comes into view again, something she's reluctant about.
Who knew the Ichi was a private detective. Oh by the way, she's no longer protesting his use of her name ie she likes it that way, and they are eating together yet again.
But we're not stopping, because he needs her help with IS stuff, and she's rather miffed he got himself into that mess in the first place. But when another girl offers her help to the Ichi, Houki insists that she'll be the one helping, and one of her reasons is Why do I even mention this?
Considerate was concerned for Houki and her relationship with Tabane, and in his act of kindness towards Houki and her family, gave Houki a somewhat valid reason to teach Ichi about IS, and we all know admission is the first step to recovery, and by declaring herself as Tabane's sister, it's Houki's first step on the road to amends with Tabane.
The battle against Cecy-chan. The Kendo training afterwards does show how weak Ichi really is, and how surprised Houki was about it. During her changing room scene, she goes on about how lax he's been for 6 years, and, apparently, how disapointed she is with that. Uh-oh, someone's too strong. Seems like she'll want to enjoy some alone time with him by continuing to train him.
And, after the battle with Cecy-chan, Houki doesn't look too angry that he lost, and on the way home, she's really set on teaching Ichi about IS stuff, and one of the surprising things Ichi says this whole series, is quite literally "I feel better dating you than other girls" lol he actually says here that he's more comfortable with her. Oh she was happy alright, and I was happy too Note that he brings up Tabane again during this conversation, the same thing she said during lunch earlier.
Here Houki decides to teach Ichika about I. Episode 03 may have looked like it was getting into its harem roots, but there's a few noteworthy things in the progress of Ichi X Houki. Namely, I'll start the Chifuyu conspiracy theories by noting that she coincidentally interupted Cecy-chan when she was trying to have an intimate convo with Ichi, and then the little training session didn't go so well for Ichi, and Houki clearly was unhappy with his utilization of her teachings.
You'll also see Ichi totally unaware of the "other" meaning behind the girls' bickering with each other in regards to him. During that celebration afterwards, though, he's particularly concerned with Houki's tsun-tsun, again due to his inability to decipher the jealousy of a girl. And, when the picture was taken, Houki clearly stepped inbetween Cecy-chan and Ichi.
When they are together in their room, Ichi is still concerned about Houki's rather hostile attitude, but something else in the advancement of their progress, was his remarks during the bedtime scene when Houki is changing. Firstly, Ichi still doesn't get why Houki is miffed towards him, and the other thing, he noticed Houki was wearing a new Obi sash, tied around waist.
Well, Ichi makes it clear, he's very perceptive and mindful of Houki nowadays, and her actions, attitude, etc. Houki of course, is quite happy in how daily interaction between the two holds little secrets. Do note why I keep mentioning Ichi being concerned over Houki's tsun-tsun, it will be fairly obvious come series end. Yeah dude, she's not mad at you. When Rinny joins the fun, this is where I have to laugh for a bit.
Ichi recognizes her right away, even though we saw back in ep 01 he "didn't really remember much of the past" lol. The lunch with Rinny at the same table was standard "it's been awhile" stuff from 2 people who haven't seen each other for so long. But when Houki and Cecy-chan jump in and inquire about Rinny, Ichi is just so-so with his "we're just childhood friends" bit, which, again, he's unaware of the "other meaning" of a girl's feelings.
Although, it seems like Ichi has told Rinny about Houki before, so once again Houki's been on his mind even when talking to another girl. But as the 3 girls bicker amongst one another, Ichi just Because he knows not of a girls' feelings.
Oh boy, this might become a recurring joke. But you should be able to see it by now, he's not holding any special feelings for Rinny, as he makes no effort of concern over Rinny's hostility towards the other 2 girls, compared to the way he gets concerned over Houki's hostility.
Now, we need to move on to the training bit afterwards, and when Ichi goes against Cecy-chan and Houki, he of course fails miserably. But Houki still shows contempt towards him, further fueling her distaste for his weakness. It builds up, you know. Now I know the next scene deals largely with Rinny, but even here you need to note even the tiniest of details. Rinny chats with the Ichi, and while she tries to make something special about it, he totally ruins the mood.
To make it worse for her, he proceeds to cut her off and tell her he's heading back to his room, and Houki should be done showering. Let's think about the other type of human behaviour. A different type of guy would try to hide the fact that he's rooming with a girl, when it's not a common thing in the dorm, and it's definitely not something you tell another girl.
In this case, tie this particular scene together with what I mentioned earlier, during the lunch with Rinny, "Although, it seems like Ichi has told Rinny about Houki before, so once again Houki's been on his mind even when talking to another girl.
Even about Houki's shower details. She sure is special to him, ja? When Rinny tries to get Houki to switch rooms with her, it gets fun. Houki clearly doesn't want to switch rooms, and Rinny tries to pull the "Promise" card.
Cecy-chan doesn't like to be ignored, and the best she does is mouth off, but Houki too doesn't like to be ignored, and quite literally attacks Rinny. This scene is special because of my earlier comments at the Animesuki Forums about Houki's power abuse, here Houki tries to use force against Rinny, and we can see the Ichi clearly doesn't like what Houki has done. Other important bits are, Houki is largely unapologetic, even though she looks that way, and Ichi lets it slide. Now when the promise is gone into detail, it spirals out of control because he apparently doesn't know the "other meaning" to it.
Detail here is Houki surely knows the meaning, and she too is angry with him after Rinny leaves. With him and his patented "Eh? One of many dedicated camera views of Houki Episode 04, and siscon conspiracies arise during the battle against Rinny Ichi, just because you're using Chifuyu-nee's sword, doesn't mean you'll wield it the same way. Standard mecha action except for the occasional concern Houki has for Ichi them special Houki viewswhile others are concerned of the tchnical side of the battle.
I'll start the conspiracies by saying this unknown I. Now, while Cecy-chan and Chifuyu do the "by the book" talk, Houki goes her own way to give a little motivational speech to Ichi. Now, one can look at it this way, that while Rinny and Ichi were talking about life, Mr. Drone paid them no mind. But as soon as Houki got to talking, Mr. Drone takes aim at her. Now, she's a non-combatant, and not a target of opportunity, but this could be Mr.
Drone's way of getting Ichi to get his butt moving. Houki, meet the Drone. The rest of the ep had a couple of bright parts in it: Rinny failing to kiss Ichi, and despite having 3 girls fighting over him, the first thing Ichi says since the 2 girls entered the infirmary was XD I feel like re-animating this scene to make their lips touch Episode 05 rolls around, and I just wanted to take a moment and say Ran-chan's hot pants and tanktop is super effective to my tastes.
Anyways, not to ignore the tiniest of details, note here how the episode starts, and Ichi goes on about being glad Rinny came aboard as he had very little people to chat with.
You'll also see how he is completely unaware of Ran-chan's advances, and yes, by eating at their place we now know Ichi is a food freeloader, and that's all he cares about. Poor Rinny, who was only a source of food for Ichi. The next scene shows that apparently, Ichi can have his own room now, much to the protest of Houki.
Ichi is once again completely unaware of her concern, but you don't have to view it as him being utterly dense yet again. One can also view his wishy-washy attitude as simply as a basic concern for Houki, as we should remember it's been a little inconvenient for Houki as a maiden and Ichi as a gentlemanwith inconveniences such as conflicting shower times, lack of a changing room, and the moral side of it.
Houki though just doesn't like how Ichi is unaware of "the other meaning" of a girl's feelings, and so at that moment she got fed up and scrammed, with Ichi yet again and his "huh? This is a little bit of an important bit here, as Houki's riding her kendo powers in thinking of winning the championship Even Houki's boobies get zoomed in Namely, when Ichi drags Shirley out of the classroom, you get a couple of seconds of a shot of Houki looking on.
You'd have noticed these Houki shots as this series goes on, as for some fantastically absurd reason we saw nothing of Cecy-chan from the moment Shirley walked in till the class training though we saw her only once before the class assembled. Poor Cecy-chan is getting shafted and it's just ep The training bit is amusing though, as you'll see Rinny apparently gets along quite well with Cecy-chan when they both suddenly share a common interest.
This is amusing because of the episode 03 Rinny x Ichi lunch scene, when Rinny practically tells Cecy-chan that she doesn't care about her. Then you just gotta love Yamada-sensei, since she seems to be fine joining Ichi's harem.
I love her breasts I mean I. When the personal machine holders play show and tell, I have to admit I can't take it anymore, the mass amount of girls in their bodysuits ahem I mean Houki managed to be in Ichi's group, but she's miffed as usual when he's surrounded by girls. When the time comes for Houki's I. I'm not going to go into specifics on how significant this means as I'm sure everyone knows, but there's something to consider: Ichi held Rinny in a similar way during the Drone battlebut that was in battle and Rinny was Mechanized and tried to stop him, while in this scene Houki is literally carried while bodysuitedand she makes note of it.
Enthusiastic about the whole thing, she invites Ichi to lunch on the roof, to which he agrees.
Score one for Houki You'll need to keep in mind Ichi apparently hates being alone, and likes to talk to someone, anyone, and apparently, the more the merrier. Nice going dude, not only do you get to touch a bodysuited Houki, you get to eat lunch with her too, I am enraged I have to admit Rinny sitting cross-legged has an alleged reason, aka sitting seiza Japanese sitting like kneeling position is not friendly with those boots.
See, minor details are fun to look out for. Uh, yeah, so this luncheon the group is having is a significant jump in the building up of Houki's relationship with Ichi, and some other details to take note of. First of all, Ichi's continually remarking about Shirley being a boy and just how much he's apparently happy to have someone to talk to [that's not a girl].
Now the eating part, can hold my particular method of thinking of the meanings behind Ichi's actions. Let's begin with Shirley having absolutely no part in this harem sorry Shirley fans! Poor Rinny, apparently the promise of if she could make it again he'd have free food, was just for looks.
Next, Cecy-chan and her sandwiches, which Ichi does sample some, but just doesn't want to go through with it.
Here's the meat of the lunch scene, as we get to Houki's turn. It moves every bit in her favor, even backed up by Shirley, all to the dismay of Rinny and Cecy-chan.
I'd call this the Battle of Midway, the Battle of Gettysburg, The Battle of Stalingrad, The Mother of All Battles, heck it's the turning point of when Houki's progress in this series in her relationship with Ichi goes to new heights, and it is an undeniable truth. Ichi does sample Houki's lunch as well, she's concerned about the result, and he likes it.
He praises her for it. She replies that she spent a great deal of effort on it, and that she consumed the failed attempts, and that as long as he's happy it's cool. Ichi though is so happy how it tastes, he proceeds to stuff one into Houki's mouth. You will can view this 3 ways; Ichi's so happy he wants Houki to "get some", Houki is so full giving her more is like making her fat, and the 3 other girls see it as the "Open wide, the airplane is coming in for a landing".
I have sounded like a father just now. Oh by the way, that was so cute the way she covered her mouth after he fed her. Now while Ichi absent-mindedly says okay to Shirley's suggestion that they share food with each other, he apparently forgot he doesn't like Cecy-chan's food, and perhaps we may never know whether or not he did even sample poor Rinny's food.
Swallow it, don't let it drip. BTW, this is not a hentai doujin Here we go the scene afterwards, and Ichi's remarks of being with a boy is Do note that Shirley is playing spy at this moment, and shows absolutely no interest in Ichi otherwise. Now, when we go the class the next day, Laura is introduced, and much to my surprise when she slaps Ichi, only 2 of the 3 other girls in the harem react: I bring this up because not only do we get another shot of Houki, but yet again Cecy-chan is left out of even saying anything at all this entire time.
Blasphemy to the Cecy-chan fans! It's far from over, though, and even this little bit of I. Look at the 3 girls' training methods for the Ichi: Houki here is clearly trying to brainwash Ichi with her methodological power mentality, Rinny is going mental on him Chinese proverb and Cecy-chan is is going all tactics on him Japanese technology powered by British wit!
While I'm basically laughing at my explanation for Rinny and Cecy-chan the Rinny joke is something everyone knows, but the Cecy-chan joke is a Company of Heroes jokeyou will pay attention to Houki's methods, and it is significant because clearly, she relies simply on power and 6 episodes in it's building up within her, as we've seen this from her a number of times already.
You'll see after Ichi spar's with Shirley that he somewhat understands Shirley's technical explanation, and not Houki's power trip, Rinny's mind games or Cecy-chan's complicated methods. The thing to note is Houki still seems to want Ichi to rely on power, which his I.
You should also remember that Shirley is still in spy mode, and she's made several findings here in regards to Ichi and Byakushiki. Sorry guys, no Shirley X Ichi going on here.
By the way, I want to take this moment and say The rest of this is standard plot stuff hoho! I could even view his reaction to Shirley's breasts as a reaction to his previous encounter with Houki's shower scene way back in ep 01, perhaps afraid to feel the wrath of Shirley, as when she asked him if he wanted to see, and when she called him a pervert, this is a similar response he gave to Houki, about why they have to label him as a dirty thinking pervert, so nothing special there except in regards to Ichi.
She wants you to commit seppuku, dude. I'm going to point out this little scene afterwards when Cecy-chan drags Ichi out for dinner. They just so happened to run into Houki on the way there, and Houki's not happy about Cecy-chan clinging to Ichi. Do note Ichi finally said something smart, when Cecy comments about a gentleman escorting the lady, and he quips "more like I'm being escorted.
This is also the second time we see Houki eating a little more than usual all for the sake of Ichi, as we can see she is carrying around a real sword big question: I'm going to bring to light, yet again, she's brandishing a sword as a playing card in trying to gain upper hands when it comes to Ichi.
Houki, in the middle of Akihabara: P Episode 07 starts with some very important Houki stuff, and we yet again have a camera pan of Houki looking very concerned towards Ichi. I think it's safe to say we've had a little over 7 of those special shots, just about 1 per episode. Afterwards, she's up on the roof, and this is where the previous 6 eps led up to this moment: I'll also need to point out that she's been doing kendo as a means to decontaminate the depression she went through while growing up, and she has been doing that for a long time.
It was her only connection she had to Ichi, something they both did in their early years, but she had grown complacent as she continued to beat down her opponents through sheer power, and in doing so it no longer became a connection to the Ichi but something dark growing within her. And she made her decision, at the end of that rooftop scene you'll see she wants to do this for herself, and in doing so began the distance between her and Ichi.
Over the past few years these 2 have been regularly thinking of each other. When they finally meet, the changes each other have gone through is the testing period of their relationship, and whether or not they will come to grips with each others feelings towards each other is that other view of this series so far.
Episode 07 just started and I'm seeing some heavy development between these two. She wants to fight too. Moving on, I'll just have a quick word with Rinny's training against Cecy, and their yummy "transformation" sequences. And I like Laura's smirk. Ahum, this is largely a mecha battle going here, but even it has it's Houki and Ichi moments. It's funny that we first see Shirley and Ichi heading to the arena to check it out, and Houki shows up too, hmm coincidence.
Let me tell you something. But the important parts of her and Ichi here are not to be overlooked, as you'll clearly see here, Ichi's not going after Laura to put her in her place, he's doing it for Rinny and Cecy. Houki can only look on as she does not have a personal machine, but she clearly wanted to do something, and if you look at her brief flashback during this scene where she pummeled a kendo opponent, you can think of it that right then and there, Laura was clearly doing the same thing, and I can only guess a strong guess here that Houki really wanted to lay the smackdown on Laura if she had a persona machina.
After that battle, while in the infirmary, Ichi is being plain old Ichi, but I don't need to remind you do I? His concern over Rinny and Cecy are clearly on the friend-zone side, and never romantically. I can't even blame him anymore, because what else can he do?
He clearly see's them nothing more than friends, and quite frankly, with the way those 2 girls used to bite each others head off, and then act buddy buddy, even I would wonder what it is that had them go at each others throat one minute, then the next minute they're friendly with each other and have teamed up to boot.
The next bit of importance about Ichi, is when he decides to team up with Shirley for the tournament. Some may see it as the next step in the progress of Shirley X Ichi, but you'll find out later that he did so merely to continue the facade of Shirley's true gender.
I'll then point out what happens next between those 2 in the bedroom, is once again Ichi's same kind of concern for Shirley as he's shown to the other girls, and he so conveniently was asleep during the rest of that incident, that whatever Shirley did afterwards was invalid in his eyes.
Poor girl, you'd see it by now, even she has already been friendzoned. Worried about Houki, just like always. Because before the tournament starts, guess what's on Ichi's mind: Shirley's first mistake here is she misinterpreted that, which really isn't her fault, but here's the important bit: He fumbles with his reply, but why hide it? He thought nothing of Laura, yet he didn't let Shirley know why he's eating serious soup. I don't need to explain that behaviour just then.
Judge it on your own, but I'm sure I know what your thinking. Because at the very end, when Houki's partner was decided, there we go again where we see how conflicted she is, the frightening similarity between her and Laura, and that decision she made earlier, as now she cannot fight for herself, and so the conflict within her gets even more cloudier than it was before.
Clear and Present Danger Episode 08 starts, and this is a battle where some need to remember that things of note usually come in two's, and there's a bunch of that here. Houki's been going after Ichi during the battle, and this can be seen as her clearly aware of his weakness, which is But while Ichi has been counting on Shirley to back him up in that regard, no one accounted for Laura to treat Houki like the 3rd opponent.
Here's the start where Houki just about couldn't do anything with the training machine, her persistence to target the weaker of the two Ichiwhich ultimately led to her logging out quite early, mostly due in part to the one-sidedness of the battle, which clearly was a Laura versus all. And then Laura kept going after Ichi too lol. I also wanted to take this moment to say, that Laura "losing" this battle was clearly because it was 2 against 1, and her decision to take out the weaker of the 2 led to her demise.
Noticed the pattern already? Which is why I want to take this opportunity and say no 1 I.
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I admit, I grew a little tired of seeing a character put down for something that clearly is not their style, it's not who they are, just call it the story and let's move on.
At least Houki followed the unspoken rule of online gaming: Let's move to the part when Laura gets eaten by her own I. I have to say those siscon jokes about Ichi are really strong here, heck I would have absent-mindedly just tossed it aside as an Ichi-loves-Chifuyu scene, but lookey here, Houki is still in the arena. While I'd call plot-hole to the witness stand still on the premises while a heated battle goes on?
In this case, Ichi wants to go at Laura barehanded, but Houki does her best to stop him and slaps him! While I'm all fun and games, truthfully, listen to what's being said here. Houki's concern clearly is about Ichi and him throwing his life away. Ichi on the other hand, shows why he wants to go on: He wants to end Laura's Mimic attack with a genuine Chifuyu-nee attack, and you see he does it in the one strike way.
This is important because we'll go all the way back to the Drone fight with Rinny, and how he notes that being an unmanned drone means he can go all out, well, here he clearly does so in a way that does not hurt Laura. Beat upon the strong. Houki, if he wants to jump a cliff, let him be. Do note though, before Ichi takes care of Laura, Shirley comments about him promising her he won't lose. I'd point out Houki's reaction to when Shirley says if he loses he'd have to go to school wearing a girls uniform I want to ask, just which one exactly?
Laura's probably doesn't count as a girls uniform, Rinny's is a little hard to tell, and just what does Shirley wear anyways? Houki tells Ichi not to die, again concern, and Ichi tells her to trust him.
Okay, I'll make this simple. So, we'll skip a bit to when Ichi and Shirley are having dinner, and I have to laugh a bit and note Ichi's bored attitude when Shirley is talking to him. I mean, table manners dude. He notices 2 things other than Shirley, and one of them is Houki.
Ichi agrees to go out with Houki, and she's very happy, but the fun part is when she asks him why. He says because it's a childhood friend's request, she says yay, so that they can go shopping, and she figured as much remember when she got her hopes dashed back in episode 01? Look at the second paragraph of Episode I bring this scene into question because she pretty much has him figured out so she did spend enough time with himbut these last few episodes will show why she was a bit hasty with what she thought of him, while on the other hand, Ichi just plain thought well of Houki, but didn't get a good response.
Aw, they look so cute together! Uh, the bath scene with Shirley is next, and while the Shirley X Ichi stuff is strong with the force, I need to point out some things about Ichi only.
Clearly he wanted to get out first, again that caring side so as not to inconvenience a girl, and he only stayed because Shirley wanted to talk to him about that Article stuff the other day. I know I'm throwing personal opinion around here, but we're well over half the eps in, and it's so obvious now he's never showed personal concern for any other girl s besides Houki and Chifuyu, so I don't need to do any more of this right?