Houki Shinonono and Ichika Orimura
PLOT (As taken from wikipedia):
In the near future, a Japanese scientist engineers a powered exoskeleton called "Infinite Stratos" (IS). Possessing technology and combat capabilities far more advanced than any other weapon system, the IS threatens to destabilize the world. Faced with such an overpowering weapon, the nations of the world enact the "Alaska Treaty", which states that IS will never be used for military combat and that existing IS technology must be equally distributed to all nations, to prevent any one nation from dominating the others. The introduction of the IS does however have a major effect on society. As IS can only be operated by women, the power balance between men and women is broken, with women coming to dominate society over men.
Ten years after the first IS were introduced, the world has entered a new age of peace. The peace is shattered, however, by an unexpected discovery. A 15 year old Japanese boy, named Ichika Orimura, is discovered to be capable of operating an IS. Realizing the potential, Ichika is forced by the Japanese government to attend the prestigious Infinite Stratos Academy, an international academy where IS pilots from all over the world are trained. Thus his busy school life surrounded by girls begins.
Ichika Orimura - The protagonist of Infinite Stratos. He pilots the Byakushiki IS, one of only two developed 4th generation IS and a short-range melee-class IS. He also possesses the Yukihira Type 2, an IS energy blade that once belonged to his sister.
From left to right: Laura Bodewig, Cecilia Alcott, Houki Shinonono, Rin Fan and Charlotte Dunoa
Cecilia Alcott - The IS cadet representative from England, as part of the British Aristocracy. She pilots the Blue Tears IS, a long-range sniper-class IS, which can deploy four remotely controlled "drones" (aka "Blue Tears", for which the IS is named) for engaging enemies at short and medium range.
Rin Fan - The IS cadet representative from China. Like Houki, Rin has been friends with Ichika since they were little. She pilots the Shenlong IS, a short-to-medium-range melee-type IS with powerful "Impact Cannons" hidden in the shoulder armor.
Charlotte Dunoa - The IS cadet representative from France. Charlotte was originally introduced in the series as "Charles", the second "male" IS pilot student that was transferred into Ichika's class. She pilots the Rafale Revive Custom II IS, a multi-range IS possessing a wide array of interchangeable weapons allowing for fast battlefield adaptation and capable of performing the ignition boost.
Laura Bodewig - The IS cadet representative from Germany. A genetically-engineered super-soldier, Laura is a member of the German IS special forces, Schwarzer Hase (Black Rabbit) and holds the rank of second lieutenant. Laura pilots the Schwarzer Regen IS, a medium-to-long-range artillery-type IS.
I thought Plutonium already made a thread for this, since it seems he's a fan of Houki. Hehehe. Anyway, since there's no thread for this, I decided to make one. I really like this anime, first time I liked a mecha anime since Gundam Wing. The story's quite messy at times, but over all it's great. I really love the battle scenes (though the big ones are yet to come) and how insensitive Ichika can be every time. Haha LOL. And my favorite character is Houki. Right now, she's the most weak among the girls, mainly because she don't posses a personla IS. But my intuition is correct, she will later recieve her personal IS(quite predictable actually, 'cause her sister is the creator of IS).
So what do you think guys? (Calling out all the fanboys! Hehe)