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Houki and Ichika's relationship is dived into this part 1 of the "I love in your browser for "mangatronloveshouki" (minus the quotes) to go to. Ichika Orimura (織斑 一夏, Orimura Ichika) is the main protagonist of the Infinite Stratos series. They asked about Ichika's relationship with Houki, which he tells them that she's a childhood friend and that they went to the same .. Quotes Edit. On the other side of the classroom, Houki could see that Ichika wasn't exactly having a "I HAVE NO RELATION TO THAT PERSON!" . honestly Houki can be scary when she wants to be, and she is also quote possessive.
While changing, Charles got her leg caught and trip, making Ichika turn around. A series of similar events happen and they struggle to change without seeing each others bodies. When Ichika felt and accidentally picked up Charles' panties, the latter blushed and unwillingly kicked him in the face, knocking him unconscious. Later, when Ichika was sleeping, Charles commented to herself of the awkward clothes changing session and that Ichika is trying too hard not to look.
As she went to her bed, she turned back and thought it was the first time that she felt someone needed her. She went to kiss Ichika on the forehead before going to sleep.
As Laura prepares to shoot Ichika while he's paralyzed, Charles appeared behind Ichika counter-attacked Laura with her Rapid Switch but Houki interferes, stating that she won't have them forget about her. Laura feels that Houki was in her way so she used her tentacles to remove her out of her business against the boys.
During the fight, they discover the AIC's weakness: Laura can only focus on stopping one enemy per time. They then use different "sacrifice-and-attack" combos to slowly defeat her.
Ichika got his energy shield exhausted and Laura took advantage to pin him down to the ground but Charles continues to protect him him with her Ignition Boost, stating that it is the first time he's using it. Charles then used her Shield Pierce weapon to brutally punch Laura's shield multiple times and exhausted her armor. Laura, fainting, is suddenly consumed by her IS and transformed into a large dark mech that matches Chifuyu's fighting style.
Angry about this, Ichika decides to fight against it but Houki holds him back, telling him that he does not have to do anything and the matter will be resolved by the instructors troop. Ichika still refuses and Charles offers him enough energy to manifest his sword, making him promise that if he loses, he will have to wear a female uniform to school starting the next day, embarrassing Ichika and Houki.
After Ichika got enough energy, he cuts through the mech and save Laura. Later in the subspace Laura's unconsciousnessLaura asks Ichika why is he strong, and why did he choose to be strong.
Ichika responds by saying he wants to protect people important to him and that he'll protect Laura. While Charles and Ichika are discussing about the match in the evening at the cafeteria, they see Houki observing them with a worried face.
Ichika then went to her and said he'll go on a date, making Houki all excited but stated that shopping was nothing, angering Houki to punch him in the face, kick him in the stomach and leave. Charles commented that Ichika is sometimes doing stupid things on purpose.
Maya appears and congratulated them on their hard work and they must had a hard day. She tells them that to compensate their hard work, a place has been revived from that day on: The latter proposes that he'll get out but Charles insists that Ichika stays, stating that she's got something to tell him.
Talking back to back, Charles started to confess that she wants to stay at IS Academy if Ichika's there. She also confessed on how she should be and started hugging Ichika from behind, having skin contact, making Ichika even more nervous. Charles then requested that Ichika calls her "Charlotte" from now on, saying that it's her real name, the name her mother gave her, Ichika agrees. The next day, Charles introduced herself to the class under the name of "Charlotte" Dunois, shocking the whole class.
As everyone knew Ichika and Charlotte used the Boys' Bath the night before, Lingyin charged into the class with her IS to jealously attack Ichika, probably jealous that he bathed with another girl than her, but is stopped by Laura 's AIC.
Ichika thanks her but is suddenly pulled over by Laura as she French-kisses him in front of the whole class, shocking, Cecilia, Lingyin, Houki and the rest of the girls. Laura states that Ichika will be her "Wife", it is final, and that she will not hear any objections. Ichika and the girls are once again shocked. Edit The next day, Ichika wakes up to discover Laura sleeping with him naked.
As Ichika screams, Laura wakes up and exposed the rest of her body, prompting Ichika to tell her to "put something on". Laura says that spouses shouldn't hide anything from each other and she thought in Japan you'd call someone you like as "my wife" ore no yome or jibun no.
Realizing that Laura misunderstands Japanese culture, Ichika points at her asking which idiot told her that, prompting Laura to grab his arm and pin him down.
She then changes topic saying that she should train Ichika in pinning techniques and that it's not like she won't help him. Ichika, struggling, asks why Laura's blushing. At that point, Houki enters the room in her training gear, and becomes shocked to see Ichika and the naked Laura on the bed.
Seeing Houki, Laura comments how rude she is for invading the bedroom of a "married couple". Pissed, Houki punishes Ichika with her training sword. Later on a train with Charlotte, she asks why is she the only one with Ichika. He replies that the school beach trip is about to start soon; and since neither of them have swimsuits, he decided to bring her along. 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.Infinite Stratos - Ichika and Houki [AMV]
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. 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.
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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?
Sorry, no secret I hate the guy simply because he's the object of my Houki's affection, but seriously Let's end the episode with the classroom scene where Shirley reveals herself to the class as a girl, and again I will point out the special scene that the camera focused on Houki for a second or two, AGAIN, while Cecy-chan, who I'm guessing is there AGAIN, had no reaction.
Heck, where is Cecy-chan? She's been left out of all this for several times already, clearly a shafted girl who can't even get a reaction in for a split second. I'll close this episode up by noting Ichi took 3 seconds to realize Laura's kiss. Houki's reaction when the reverse trap was Episode 09 was probably a strange episode to many viewers, and for good reason too.
I'll try to make sense of this as best I can, and remember, this is about Ichi and Houki, and Ichi is pretty much at the center of everything this ep.
But to start things off, we see Tabane for the first time, with Houki giving her a ring. I know this scene is fairly obvious, Houki wanted a persona machina, the all-knowing Tabane has one for her, more power and a good match to Ichi's.
But what I wanted to bring up, was Trace her call, it's a no brainer Houki's the only link to finding Tabane, but that's something of a detail Anime usually doesn't dig into. I say Tabane is in space, condisering her closed surroundings, and maybe the OP confirms this too what with the word "stars" being heard when we see Tabane in the OP.
Ah nevermind, let's move on, and we see Ichi is having a good morning thanks to Laura, and his reaction to a girls' advances is the same as usual. But I find it no coincidence it is Houki who walks in, ready for the usual training and all they've been training every morning all this time?
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Or Laura, I don't want to say Laura's yet another girl to be attacked by her, but I want to note, that I was lamenting Cecy-chan's lack of development in this series so far, but I have to admit she did have a knack for walking into rooms that Ichi happens to be in. But not this time, as Houki deserves yet another spot in the light. Let's also not forget Ichi was clearly trying to explain to Houki it's a misunderstanding. Tell me he would do that for other girls, tell me he doesn't want to make the other girls angry, so far it's usually been Houki that he doesn't want to anger.
If he didn't care about her, he wouldn't give two jacks about explaining to her about things. I've read too much manga. Only she can pull off this reaction to Laura's advances on Ichi. He finally does go shopping though, and Shirley fans can't help but feel bad for her, being shot down not once but twice. First we'll make note of Ichi being clear he's out for some swimming trunks and he thought he'd bring Shirley along for the ride while he's at it.
Concern for her because she didn't have a swimsuit, but no concern for her as a girl by dragging her along since it so happened to be convenient.
And then, when she tries to make up for that insensitive revelation from Ichi, she wants to hold his hand, and he takes it as a sign to avoid her getting lost. I need to remind Shirley fans that Ichi has been like this from the start: I know this editorial is largely my opinion, but facts are facts, and you gotta admit, you can't deny some of that.
But I need to say here, this is my opinion, about when Ichi thinks about giving Shirley a nick, as much as it romantically sounds, he kinda defeated that by what he thought after seeing Shirley's reaction: I like my nickname for her better: P Let me guess Way to go, Ichi. Back to facts lol, here's the next part about Ichi we've seen before. He then admits to Shirley that she should go on without him because he has some "other stuff" to buy.
Remember that part before the tournament fight with Laura, and he thinks about Houki, and Shirley says he's thinking about the coming fight with Laura, and how he tried to go along with it.
Seems to me he has some secrets, eh? OMG he's actually smart!