- 2 Seasons
Infinite Stratos, properly written as IS is an anime inspired by a light novel of the same name. Not far from the present day, a Japanese scientist creates an exoskeletal suit of armor and labels it "Infinite Stratos" or IS. With technological and combative measures well beyond any existing weapon system, IS units look to ruin the world rather than head off into outer space as originally designed. This worry leads to the world's nations establishing a "Alaska Treaty," banning the use of IS for military operations and that all existing IS units be equally distributed among all nations. One odd quirk of the IS, is due to only being piloted by women, the world becomes a matriarchal one with women dominating society. The series proper begins a decade after the IS weapons system is introduced. A global peace is shattered with Japanese protagonist Ichika Orimura discovering he possesses the capacity to pilot an IS unit. Realizing the favorable situation this puts them in, the Japanese government sends Ichika to attend the international Infinite Stratos Academy. It is here that Ichika begins his high school years surrounded by beautiful girls. The series is loaded with lots of interesting terminology. The "uchigane" is an IS unit that is strictly for use in training exercises and whose capabilities are the same regardless of the operator. Every IS pilot eventually gains use of a Personal IS whose capabilities and features are as unique as the pilot herself. An IS Core is the personal black box of an IS unit. Mondo Grosso is an IS fighting tournament held every three years, the goal being to break each opponent's Absolute Defense. Absolute Defense is the technical name for a defensive barrier on each IS unit. Its main purpose is to prevent pilot injury. The Impact Cannon, also known as Ryuho, compresses space and fires it as a bullet. Both its barrel and projectile are invisible. An Ignition Boost is a speed burst feature found on most IS units, allowing a temporary surge in speed to catch up with an opponent. Some units can even perform a "Double Ignition Boost." Lastly, the illegal VT System is a piece of technology that allows the pilot to mimic a Mondo Grosso champion's maneuvers.