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Viewers of Infinite Stratos have tepidly greeted the arrival of yet another “generic harem anime” so replete with the staid elements of the genre that it is being derided as little more than a prolonged exercise in cutting-and-pasting elements from other series into one hopelessly bland whole.

The show is adapted from a light novel/manga series by Media Factory, a company with a name which now seems bitterly prophetic in light of the reception the title is garnering:

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“Britain has for many years reigned supreme as the nation with the worst cuisine in the world” – truer words never spoken.

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Whatever can be said for the anime itself, the verdicts being delivered on its total lack of originality are damning – “This is the first time I’ve seen an anime where every single element is something we’ve seen somewhere before – is there any originality to this anime at all?”


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    Avatar of JSRF
    Comment by JSRF
    12:07 07/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Whoa Whoa, let's at least watch 3 episodes before giving it a proper verdict.

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    Comment by King Tiger
    12:10 07/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I'll reserve my judgment until I seen it for myself

    my opinion: reserved

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    Comment by Marik
    20:06 07/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    well I for one like the show....I guess it has to do with taste when it comes down to it.

    yes it's generic, yes it has strike witches, yes it has beautiful girls (I really couldn't find an ugly one the entire episode), but I can't keep from watching it XD

    IS: So generic, yet so delicious!

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    01:25 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    They waited THIS long before pointing the "lack of originality" finger at a harem anime? Maybe shows like Panty and Stocking opened their eyes?

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    15:51 07/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Always based my watch list by seiyuu, not from played up PVs or display of graphic art...

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:32 07/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    You sir,
    are a true man *salutes*

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    Comment by JSRF
    13:05 07/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    3 Episodes is a good enough for me, it might take more or less with other people.
    I'll break it down.

    1st episode is the first impression
    2nd episode is trying to understand or enjoy the series
    3rd episode would be the "should I keep watching or drop it?"

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    Comment by Travis
    13:08 07/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    It depends on the anime too. Some take more than three to get any good, and some go in a completely different direction than what you might think from just three episodes.

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    Comment by Kitsunemimi6
    14:30 07/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, I give them 5 episodes cause that 5th episode is usually when it starts to happens...

    I didn't want to watch this before when I read the description but this isn't exactly helping me decide to give it a try, know what, I will give it 3 episodes & if it isn't even 1 bit interesting my the end of the 3rd one, sayonara...

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    Comment by TehBoringOne
    15:44 07/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I like that method, and I'll follow it.

    At the very, least, I had a few laughs here and there. The combat looks fun so far... But then again, it might be because it's the first episode.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:07 07/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its fine I like this type of anime anyway.

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    Comment by Marine-RX179
    16:36 07/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I would at least give it a go...simply based on the seiyuu casts for the show. Probably will continue to watch as long as it is not below average...

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:38 07/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well it's already "the least original anime". Two more episodes isn't gonna change that. The only way it would change, is if the whole thing just completely changed drastically, which would then result in a bad anime as it would be broken and non-linear.

    Whether the anime is good or bad however... 3 episodes until a verdict I would agree on.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:07 07/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    It must take quite something to get 2ch to admit un-originality in something with that many breasts.
    Wow.

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    Comment by Noodlestein
    13:31 07/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Well I'm definitely not watching this for its originality, nor was I planning on doing that before.
    I plan on watching it for my Harem fix.

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    Comment by Rehceel
    12:56 07/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    If it were the least original, I think there would be no gimmick at all and it'd be in a regular school. If that were the case, with these characters, this should would have absolutely nothing going for it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:59 07/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    See, this would have had some merit as a show if the guy protagonist was a dick and on top of being one; was a total monster. Where he'd just casually destroy anyone who'd challenge him.

    And then the rest of the anime would spend developing the girls up to the point where the protagonist would go "hmm; finally something interesting."

    And THEN start writing the actual development between protagonist and fem!harem.

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    Comment by Aliaus
    15:08 07/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    have you watched clannad? that's one example of a harem anime where the guy chooses someone at the end.

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    Comment by Travis
    13:05 07/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I'm sick of harem anime. Every one I watch always has the same BS ending where the guy doesn't choose any of the girls and the whole thing is left up in the air. Maybe I'm just unlucky and only find that kind, or do they all end like that? Obnoxious!

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    Comment by soulalucard
    15:40 07/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Shuffle also comes to mind.

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    Comment by TehBoringOne
    15:41 07/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Only thing is he was after that one chick all the time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:30 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    To me it always seems like the male lead always ends up with his childhood friend in these, whether they're harem style or love triangles. I'm actually getting tired of it. I would like to see ONE series where several characters get together in a Poly family. Unfortunately, it seems like that is even more taboo than homosexual pairings (anyone read Kashimashi? they directly say nothing is wrong with homosexuality, then imply poly and then pull up some bullshit about why the lead has to pair off with a secondary character). Until someone breaks that ground I have to say I like the series that don't make the lead choose.

    As for this series, I've watched all 8 episodes that have been released so far before I found this article. I'll admit it's got a lot of cliches, but to me it's more original than most of the new stuff out there. Maybe that's because I don't watch as many series as a lot of the people here. In any case, I enjoy the show a lot, and I'm looking forward to episode 9 next week.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:45 10/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Also Kimikiss pure rouge comes to my mind.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:40 07/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think Love Hina is the only harem anime I've seen where the guy actually picked a girl.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:23 07/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Reserved as well will wait at least the min 3

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    Comment by Seravee
    12:05 07/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Another one guy in an all girls school story?
    At least they look cute...

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:19 07/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    yea.

    something we haven't seen: new characters...

    no matter how crap the anime is...sexiness is still sexiness^^

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:10 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Triggerheart Exelica anyone?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:12 07/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    that one guy should be trap, so it's win-win condition

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    Comment by Bazzyrick
    01:25 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    “Britain has for many years reigned supreme as the nation with the worst cuisine in the world” – truer words never spoken.

    We dont have the worst cuisine, France does. :P The US aint so hot either, lots of fatty things and lots of fake, substitute type foods when I was there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:33 09/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    At least this lead is not a limp noodle like so many other harem leads.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:17 09/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    FISH AND CHIPS FOR THE WIN!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:58 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    They are following the book and i dun know why is everyone making a big deal out of it.

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    Comment by Bazzyrick
    06:02 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    We dont actually have warm beer. I've been to pubs + bars all over the country and never once had one that was warm. Always icy cold.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:20 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey, he could have brought up Lucas and warm beer.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:28 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    American food may be among the worst for you, but at least it tastes good.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:40 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pic #11 and #12
    Guy: those girls are doing the star eyes thing.

    Girls: Ima comin fo dat d%@k.

    Also originally is for NOOBS!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:08 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Boring Mecha

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    17:37 07/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Premise is cliche, but people should note the great writing. They aren't playing this TOO safe in terms of writing. Seems to me like they have some confidence in storytelling. I just hope they make something of it.

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    Comment by Renzo
    22:43 07/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mecha Musume :D,, oh yeah loved the show, and hopefully love this show

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:13 09/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not the fact that you're cutting and pasting, but HOW you're cutting and pasting is what's importante. xp

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:34 07/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    WAIT,

    so k-on is original? I mean reallly?????

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    Comment by Carrot_Glace
    02:47 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, of course K-on isn't original at all. It is a Azumanga Daioh rip-off, Moe added.

    I like anyway.

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    Comment by Carrot_Glace
    13:59 02/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You don't recall that because that never happened. What did happened is that both of them are humour 4koma strip with an all highschool girls, some of them very crazy and lots of funny situations.

    And you are a very stupid person.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Riight. I don't recall them (Azumanga) make music, let alone form a band.

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    Comment by ickyarkman
    01:35 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    K-On is very original fail troll is fail.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:04 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    what kind of valid argument is that you fag.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:39 09/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ssh Anon,he's modestly comparing it to endless eight

    Avatar of alidan
    Comment by alidan

    cant blame them for milking a genre before it dies, they just had no original story.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:26 07/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Who the hell cares, it's only the first goddamn episode. Remember what everyone said when Angel Beats! came out? Yurippe was practically a Haruhi clone, and the series still turned out great.

    What anime isn't similar to others, people wouldn't like it if it weren't for the similarities they can draw on.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:39 07/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Angel Beats was shit.
    Maeda's worst piece of writing to date.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:10 07/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Your opinion, etc.







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