Infinite Stratos 2: All around the World, Bitches are Falling for Me!

A few months back I gave you my post on Infinite Stratos, a show that is probably the go to example for a basic harem anime, and one is both beloved and unloved because of it. I went on record saying I loved the series and that despite its dumbass protagonist, over-the-top dub, and sometimes fillerish nature. I had some great gags, most of the girls were memorable, and its use of CGI remains a decade ahead of its contemporaries. A guilty pleasure for sure, but one that harem fans can be happy about. But what about the second season? Well after the cut let’s take a dive into Infinite Stratos 2 and find out!

I could pretty much sum up my thoughts like this: If you liked the harem hijinks of the first season, then you’ll enjoy the second.

That is honestly the best way to look at Stratos’ second outing. It has more of what you loved in the first, but also still has the stuff you may not have cared for. Once again we follow Ichikia Omiura as he navitages the IS academy as the only man capable of piloting a titular Infinite Stratos. Following him is the ever-growing harem of girls including the capital T tsundere Houki, best girl Cecila, actual best girl Charlotte, Frauline Laura, and Rin. Throughout the second season we will see these girls come up with one scheme or another to win Ichika’s heart, or just react with exasperation as the dumbest man to ever live misreads every situation. There is also a mysterious group called Phantom Task who are out to try and steal his IS, with a certain figure that bears a frightening resemblance to his sister Chifuyu. But if you haven’t read the light novels, then it doesn’t really matter! That may sound harsh, but it is true. Any of the real plot involving Phantom Task feels out of place this season, especially when so much focus is spent on the growing harem. Considering that Stratos doesn’t look like it’s getting that third season anytime soon, then it mostly serves as ads for the light novel.

Madoka is basically the secondary subplot, that is never resolved and feels like a massive “I hope we get a third season.” We didn’t.

Instead, what I want to focus on is what the show decides to focus on: the girls. One of the biggest things I’ve noticed across the spectrum of Harem anime is that too often the girls have no personality or character outside of reacting to the main male. And while that doesn’t change much here, Stratos at least makes an effort to build out its cast. There are moments you can see that these girls are friends, and have a bond that goes beyond their would-be boyfriend. Most notable is the growing friendship between Laura and Charlotte, who have an entire episode based on going shopping. It is still all wrapped up in the quest for Ichika’s heart, but it was good to see a long stretch of screen-time given to both of them hanging out on their own. The second pair are the new characters Tatenashi and her sister Kanzashi, the two new additions to the main cast. Out of the two, it is Tatenashi who sticks out the most, a playful and seductive school president who never lets her abilities get in the way of her ego. Her shameless and teasing nature I felt was a great addition to the story, and helped her stand out among the others. Kanzashi, her quiet and meek sister doesn’t fare as well, though her story arc in trying to surpass her sister is at least a breath of fresh air from the Ichika love-battle, and he plays a helpful and supportive role. It is nothing special, but it is nice to see that the characters can exist out of the box harem often forces them into.

Tatanashi is a fresh addition to the cast, and her forward and teasing nature easily sets her apart from the other girls.


If there are flaws in the season, they remain the same as before. Rin remains the one girl among the cast who feels completely undercooked and who should have just been merged into Houki to help shrink the cast. Houki herself has less of a stick up her ass this season, but still remains a hard ‘T’ tsundere that highlights the more annoying aspects of the archetype. Ichika won’t be winning any rewards for best harem protagonist, remaining as dense and stupid as ever (I know the light novels address this), and many of the episodes can sometimes feel like filler. While the first season was able to balance the harem hijinks and its main story more easily, here it feels like the scale is tipped way too much in one direction. And that is a shame because Stratos is and remains far ahead of its time in the use of CGI in its battle scenes. They still look fantastic and the ‘less is more’ aspect is the example I point to in how to do this well.

Laura and Charlotte form a surprisingly enjoyable friendship that works well for the show.


I enjoyed my time with Infinite Stratos 2, mostly because I knew what I was getting into, and I enjoy this kind of absurdist harem comedy. If that is what you love, then you’ll have a feast here, but if you were more intrigued by the world of Stratos, you’ll find yourself coming up short. There are times it can have that “your wasting my time,” feeling that Love Chunibyo second’s season suffered, but thankfully it never falls into that trap fully. Regardless, this is a solid follow up to a show that I would easily recommend to anyone looking for a ‘pure, genuine, harem anime experience.’ It doesn’t have the greatness of some of its fellows, but Stratos pretty much delivers exactly what a harem anime is about, and has a good time doing it. Plus there is tons of booty, so we can’t complain too much.

This show is an ass-man.

3 thoughts on “Infinite Stratos 2: All around the World, Bitches are Falling for Me!

  1. ” T tsundere Houki, best girl Cecila, actual best girl Charlotte, Frauline Laura, and Rin.”
    See, I would have worded that just a little differently. I would have said ” Best Girl T tsundere Houki, Best Girl Cecila, best girl Charlotte, Best Girl Frauline Laura, and Best Girl Rin.”
    Yes. I liked the cast a lot.

    Gotta say, I agree when you said, “While the first season was able to balance the harem hijinks and its main story more easily, here it feels like the scale is tipped way too much in one direction.” That’s why, as much as I enjoyed season 1, I did not enjoy season 2.

    But maybe it was just my mindset. I’ll have to watch it again to be sure.

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