IS (Infinite Stratos)

IS ( Infinite Stratos ) (Japanese IS <インフィニット·ストラトス>, IS ( Infinitto Sutoratosu ) ) is the title of a Light Novel series is written by Izuru Yumizuru and 2009-2012 was published by Media Factory and in 2013 moved to Overlap. The action accompanying illustrations were drawn in the Media Factory version of Okiura and in the overlap version of Choco. It tells the story of living in the future student Orimura Ichika, who is in a position as the only man in the world a Infinite Stratos, a kind of mechanical battle suit to control what is usually only reserved for women.

On the Light Novel series build on several manga, as well as an anime television series created by Studio Eight Bit directed by Yasuhito Kikuchi.


In a near future, a Japanese scientist designed a mechanical exoskeleton which he called Infinite Stratos (IS). They are to be compared mainly with mechas, but it does not cover the entire body. The combat capabilities of the carrier should differ widely from those of conventional weapons and thus represent a threat to the world order dar. For this reason, the Alaska Treaty is signed, which specifies that such units are never used for military purposes and that the existing technology equally among the signatory nations will be divided. This is to prevent that a nation can dominate the world. However, a much greater influence the development of the IS to the social order, as these combat units may be due to their structure controlled only by women. Accordingly, the world is now dominated by women.

Ten years after the development of the first IS the world finds itself in a state of stable peace. This is, however, destroyed by the news that the fifteen- year-old boy Ichika Orimura (织 斑 一 夏, Orimura Ichika ) is able to operate an IS. Became aware of this potential, Ichika is forced by the Japanese government to attend the prestigious Infinite Stratos Academy high, where the best pilots in the world are trained. Accordingly, he finds himself in this as the only male person, surrounded by numerous students, again.

First he meets while on his older sister Chifuyu Orimura (织 斑 千 冬, Orimura Chifuyu ), which holds the supervision of the classroom, to his astonishment. She herself was the strongest IS pilot of the first generation, before she decided to resign. During this time she took Ichika on with him when the siblings were abandoned by their parents. Likewise, he meets his childhood girlfriend Hoki Shinonono (篠ノ之箒, Shinonono hoki ) which is a student in the same year, is recognized by him but not immediately. They had last seen six years ago and hoki is upset accordingly. Finally, he had to be the enthusiastic kendo fighter promised her friend if she would be the national champion. However, it never meant as Hoki was provided on the day along with other members under the protection of the government came. Finally her sister Tabane was involved in the development of IS. Since the separation, she harbors a grudge against her sister as well as against Ichika. Brisant the situation will need to find as hoki, that they still have to share the accommodation with Ichika. She shows the typical behavior patterns of a tsundere. Nevertheless, it has striven Ichika, in which she is secretly still in love to teach, so that he gets his IS under control, which it initially difficult. In particular, his IS specializes in pure melee, so it requires very good control in battle.

Very soon he will be from the cocky and self- occupied presenting Englishwoman Cecilia Alcott (セシリア オル コット, Seshiria Orukotto ) challenged to a duel. She had made ​​never to marry a weak man. Particularly with regard to the social status of men but this is a very difficult undertaking. Likewise, she can not thereby accept that Ichika is so popular in the class. In the duel Ichika must quickly realize that he has a difficult opponent with Cecilia. Which specializes in ranged combat student can not stay as close to the plate and energy of its IS is always lower it. So he threatens to lose the duel. However, his IS has the ability to use the energy shield for a special attack, which could put them in one hit out of action. He achieves this. However, Cecilia is held as the winner because he had his shields first reduced to a critical level and had thus violated the rules. However, Cecilia sees the profit as a defeat and sees thereby into Ichika the strong man she 's looking for. Accordingly, their appearance will change drastically towards him and is now with Hoki compete for the favor Ichikas.

Now, already beset by two mutually enviable women who enter are also to be Huang Lingyin (凰 铃音, Japanese Fan Rin'in ) school. The ever-youthful transfer student from China is very happy to see Ichika. Finally, it was in the time when he was separated from Hoki, his best friend. As he helped her in her old school, she also fell in love with him. At the time he gave her, the daughter of a residual uranium owner, also a promise - that he would be her friend if she learned to cook properly. But he can also promise not remember in this form, which is very fast turns with her rather aggressive mood in anger. Like the other two but she also manages not to confess to him her feelings and tried it in a training duel leave out their rage on Ichika. Also, she shows herself exceptionally gifted and specializes in short-and medium ranged attacks. In particular, their means ranged weapons offer you all-round protection, which is why Ichika tried in vain to get closer to her. However the fight is interrupted by an unknown IS model, which does not have a pilot. This had previously been considered impossible. But Seeing this during the fight, they can also use the skills that would be prohibited against human enemies. Accordingly, they manage to put the assailant.

However, the harem of Ichika increases in quick succession but even further. The Frenchwoman Charlotte Dunois (シャルロット デュ ノア, Sharurotto Dunoa ) is added another girl. They are, however, as Charles, as a man, to recognize and accordingly, as he himself courted by the female students. It must now be clear Hoki also the room where now ' Charles ' Believed to be. Your succeeds in but to hide their identity even before him. However, Ichika comes before the behavior of Charlotte strange, as they are very strange behaves in particular in the locker room. She also runs to shower in their apartment back. This is her but quickly thoughtless also enters the shower room doom as Ichika and the bare facts in front of him. This shocked Charlotte tells him the real reason why she had pretended to be a boy. She herself is namely the French IC manufacturer 's daughter. However, the company was in a crisis, since the development of the third generation of the IS not was proceeding normally. In order not to lose the funding had to be summarily determined to make a stir by 've found another boy who could control an IS. After Ichika was informed of the facts, he decides to keep quiet and take care of his new roommate, who only too happy to presents itself as weak and of Ichika eg can feed.

Formation and Publications

The light novel series written by Izuru Yumizuru. The first edition appeared on 25 May 2009 at Media Factory under the imprint MF Bunko J and with the illustrations of Okiura. Before publication of the eighth band, it came to a rift with the publisher, founded by former employees of Media Factory in the course Yumizuru to 2012 Publisher Overlap went. This published on April 25, 2013, the eighth volume, as well as reprints of earlier volumes in Einmonatsabständen, but Okiura and its illustrations were replaced by drawings by illustrator Choco.

To date (August 2013) which were published in eight individual volumes.

Media Factory:

  • Vol 1: ISBN 978-4-8401-2788-2 25 May, 2009
  • Vol 2: ISBN 978-4-8401-2870-4 25 August, 2009
  • Volume 3: ISBN 978-4-8401-3086-8, December 25, 2009
  • Vol 4: 978-4-8401-3179-7 ISBN 25 March, 2010
  • Vol 5: 978-4-8401-3428-6 ISBN 25 June, 2010
  • Vol 6: 978-4-8401-3516-0 ISBN 24 December, 2010
  • Vol 7: ISBN 978-4-8401-3856-7, April 8, 2011


  • Vol 1: ISBN 978-4-906866-05-2, April 25, 2013
  • Vol 2: ISBN 978-4-906866-06-9, April 25, 2013
  • Volume 3: ISBN 978-4-906866-07-6, May 25, 2013
  • Vol 4: ISBN 978-4-906866-08-3, June 25, 2013
  • Vol 5: ISBN 978-4-906866-09-0, July 25, 2013
  • Vol 6: ISBN 978-4-906866-10-6, August 25, 2013
  • Vol 7: ISBN 978-4-906866-11-3, September 25, 2013
  • Volume 8: ISBN 978-4-906866-12-0 (normal version), ISBN 978-4-906866-04-5 (Limited version with DVD), April 25, 2013

From November 2012 to November 2013 360,000 copies were sold, making it to number 13 of the top selling Light -Novel series of the year.

Since November 9, 2010, the series was also published in traditional Chinese by Sharp Point Press. However, the publication was suspended when the contracts for the publication without the consent of the author Yumizuru negotiated with Media Factory and he announced in the event of a further publication to take legal action.



Based on the plot of the novel series of the same name recorded Kenji Akahoshi Manga of the IS issue 7/2010 (27 May 2010) until 9/2012 (27 July 2012) in the magazine Comic Alive Gekkan appeared. The chapters are grouped into five tankōbon - edited volumes:

  • Vol 1: ISBN 978-4-8401-3717-1, December 22, 2010
  • Vol 2: ISBN 978-4-8401-3772-0 23 March, 2011
  • Volume 3: ISBN 978-4-8401-4043-0, September 22, 2011
  • Vol 4: ISBN 978-4-8401-4401-8, January 23, 2012
  • Vol 5: ISBN 978-4-8401-4722-4, September 21, 2012

Takuto Kon (今 拓 人) recorded a parody gag manga called Ai Esu! (あいえすっ! ), Who also appeared in the Gekkan Comic Alive, from spending 2/2011 (27th December 2010) until 10/2012 (27 August 2012). The chapters have been summarized in two anthologies:

  • Vol 1: ISBN 978-4-8401-4044-7, September 22, 2011
  • Vol 2: ISBN 978-4-8401-4723-1, September 21, 2012

On September 22, 2011 appeared with the IS ( Infinite Stratos ) Koshiki Anthology Comic ( IS <インフィニット·ストラトス>公式 アンソロジー コミック) a collection of short stories of various manga artist.

On June 25, 2013 started on site overlaps the spinoff manga IS Sugar & Honey (ISシュガー&ハニー, IS Shuga & Hani ), which focuses on the figure of Charlotte Dunois. Drawn this is by Takako Hitsuji, who was previously several dōjinshi to Infinite Stratos.


Also built on the light novel produced the Studio Eight bit a like anime television series directed by Yasuhito Kikuchi, who was previously involved in directing the successful series Macross Frontier. The series is thus also the first series to the studio, which previously supported most other studios, independently produced. The design of the characters is based on the drawings of the original and was taken over by the Head of Animation Takeyasu Kurashima and adapted to the circumstances of a series. The design of the combat units took over Takeshi Takakura. The script Fumihiko Shimo was responsible, who also wrote the screenplays for the sequences 1 to 6, 9 and 12, while the rest of Chinatsu Hōjō (episodes 7 and 10) and Atsuhiro Tomioka (episodes 8 and 11) originate.

The series was first announced on 21 June 2010 after which the official website was put online on August 8. The first broadcast of the series began in the night of 7 January 2011 ( and thus on the previous TV day ) on TBS. The twelfth and final episode was first shown on April 1, 2011. Approximately one to two weeks later also started the channel CBC, Sun TV, KBS and BS -TBS with the broadcast.

From 30 March 2011, the series on DVD and BluRay has been released. The original forward of the first volume has been postponed due to the Tohoku earthquake a week later.

On 7 December 2011, the OVA IS ( Infinite Stratos ) appeared Encore: Koi ni Kogareru Rokujūsō ( IS <インフィニット·ストラトス>アンコール 恋 に 焦がれる 六 重奏). A Blu -ray box with all 13 episodes was released on 28 August 2013.

From 4 October to 20 December 2013 following midnight, the 12-part continuation of IS ( Infinite Stratos ) was 2 erstausgestrahlt on TBS, followed by Sun TV, CBC, KBS and BS -TBS. In reference to the first series, the bar was changed, came alongside Yasuhito Kikuchi as a director ( kantoku ) Susumu Tosaka as series director added, the character design and the animation line changed to Kumi Horii and series script was supported by the original author Izuru Yumizuru taken over by the bar.

The publication of the Blu-rays and DVDs began on 30 October 2013, with on the first Blu-ray/DVD an extra episode IS ( Infinite Stratos ) 2: included Long Vacation Edition ( IS <インフィニット·ストラトス> 2ロング·バケーションEDITION ) had.



The music accompanying the series was composed and arranged by Hikaru Nanase ( Masumi Itō ).

As title song was for the first series Straight Jet, sung by Minami Kuribayashi added. The full version of the title was released on January 26, 2011 as a single and reached # 16 on the Oricon charts. In the credits of the title Super ∞ Stream was used, which was sung in episode 1 of " Hoki Sinonono " resulted in 2 and 3 of " Hoki Sinonono and Cecilia Alcott " resulted in 4 and 5 of " Hoki Sinonono, Cecilia Alcott and Huang Lingyin " resulted in 6 and 7 was " Charlotte Dunois "to and from episode 8 finally " Laura Bodewig ". Published on 16 February 2011 single reached number 10 on the charts.

For the second series of Minami Kuribayashi Traveler Blue was used in the opening credits True, their single on November 6, 2013 debuted at number 18 on the charts. In the credits, in turn, came Beautiful Sky used, which was sung in the first eight episodes of the five reels mentioned in the previous credits, which at the consequences of 9 to 11 still was come " Kanzashi Sarashiki ", and, for the last episode yet " Tatenashi Sarashiki ". The single was to be published on November 20, 2013 and reached number 23 on the charts.

The singles released on the label Lantis.