oh, and be noted that i'll be leaving ichika out, since i have no interest in writing down my thoughts on male characters in standalone spin-off posts such as this. he, however will be touched upon on in slight detail in our upcoming infinite stratos review by the end of this season. also, the list below will be arranged in such a particular order; characters which i favored the most will be mentioned first, followed by others in chronological order.
01 CHARLOTTE 'CHARLES' DUNOIS / aka FRANCE-TAN
currently is a major favorite within the infinite stratos fandom, successfully stealing the limelight from both houki and cecilia by instance of her onscreen debut. aside from the fact that she is voiced by kana hanazawa, charlotte as well has such a highly adorable attitude and personality to her, and a massive cute side once she get singled out with ichika in both their room. a former reverse-trap, charlotte is the victim of manipulation by her own father, who used her as a spy to gaining desirable information on ichika and his IS performances, only to be foiled by her own self upon ichika's discovery of her true gender. her overall character design is the fourth most favorable by us, but her main charm lies greatly in her quirks and personal traits, which our former favorite houki herself weren't yet able to best at this point of the series. and aside from laura, charlotte is a character that is imbued with great honesty quality, and were not afraid of sharing what's inside of her with others - but not without precautions, of course.
02. HOUKI SINONONO / aka JAPAN-TAN
my former favorite prior to the arrival or charlotte, and the one and only resident tsundere of the series. houki is ichika's first childhood friend, and an avid practitioner of kendo with abusive outbursts whenever her tsuntsun switch gets flipped by ichika himself. behind her brutal side however lies a more reflective, caring side which she only kept to herself. also interesting to note, houki probably is the only character of the series who had so much internal confrontation incurring within herself, especially in regard to her feelings and her recently reconciled relationship with ichika - sometimes resulting in unwanted momentums that would only create temporary ridge[s] between the two, while giving slight upper hand for the other girls to slip in for their own profit. her overall character design is the most favorable by us, and by far will remain as our number one favorite within the looks sector until the end of the series' winter run. and thanks to yoko hikasa for being her voices, houki had as well inherited much of the elegance and moe aura from her spiritual predecessor mio akiyama and maya kumashiro, as previously mentioned in our first impression post for the series prior.
03. HUANG LINGYIN / aka CHINA-TAN
daughter of the former owner of a chinese restaurant, rin is the most impulsive / explosive [ while laura being a brute ] member of ichika's harem, and his second childhood friend in chronological order. she, together with 3 other harem members were each representative members of their countries, thus piloting her very own personal infinite stratos unit shenlong. a typical chinese-type character, her onscreen debut quickly reminds me of another explosive chinese character by the name cha chi from the fantastic comedy ONA series penguin musume heart; both sharing their ethnicity as well as the impulsive / explosive personality and default adeptness in chinese martial arts. an aspiring cook [ for the sake of ichika of course ], rin doesn't share much of houki's incapability of expressing honesty although she does seem to have her moments of tsuntsun at times, and her outbursts can as well match up to houki's brutality if needed be. rin's character mostly represents the adrenaline and energy quality of the series, and she can very much be compared to a can of energy drink; she's sweet yet full of excessive energy at disposal. her overall character design is the second most favorable by us, with her twintails appealing much to myself as i am such a mania for twintails-type character.
04. LAURA BODEWIG / aka
when she first set her foot into the series, only our chief editor zange seem to have slight fondness towards laura, while i myself otherwise wasn't quite interested in her initially, esp. due to her brute-type character; of which definitely is not my type of waifu. however, as the series progressed into the eighth episode as of current, her rank suddenly rise up a bit from the bottom of the list, drowning her british competition cecilia in exchange for her sudden ascension, as well as gaining a bit of attention from myself - most apparently from her surprise change of character by the end of said episode. well laura originally was the solitary-type character of the series, having absolutely no regard for social contact nor dependence on others as excellently showcased in her non-existent teamwork with houki against ichika and charlotte during the interclass tournament. she does, however held high regards for chifuyu-nee; ichika's only sister and laura's former instructor cum role model back with germany's armed force then. while piloting her personal IS schwarzer regen, laura essentially is the walking tank of the harem.
05. CECILIA ALCOTT / aka BRITANNIA-TAN
the prideful IS cadet representative from england, and member of a noble family with massive ego-complex, only to be softened up by ichika following the two's skirmish for the title of class representative. as with the 3 other racial archetypes featured within the series, cecilia is portrayed with much of perceived britannian essence intact; her refined personality and gesture / posture, as well as her boastful attitude and her rock solid stubborness to boot on the exterior are among many of her set britannian qualities. on the inside however, she can be quite emotionally insecure, yet when pushed appropriately she is very well determined at getting her goal done no matter what the cost nor the damage resulted in return. also prior to charlotte's debut, cecilia was the crowd's favorite and had once [ seemingly ] defeated houki for the fandom's attention until everyone's dearest france-tan robbed most of the love meant for cecilia via her sweet power of moe. cecilia's overall character design is the third most favorable by us from the series, with her very design at times reminding us of kaishaku's exquisite [ chara-design ] touch, most apparently her hair.