Okay, so there were a lot of mixed opinions about the ending to the last episode about Infinite Stratos, some saying “Clearly a Houki End” and more recently what I thought was true “Open end so S2 will be possible.”
Then I did a little research, and by little research I looked in the back of Volume 3 and noticed that THE LINES WERE THE GODDAMN EXACT SAME.
I’ll give the translations for all the stuff in the boxes encased in blue.
-Gotsu- ( like a clonk sound)
“Huh? What the?”
I close the distance again….
If you haven’t figured out by now, he’s hitting his head on the Bit from Cecilia’s Blue Tears aimed right at him.
Sound weapon charging…
ZUBATSU!! (Also the point in the anime where the OP starts playing in the background)
“Haa…”-Laura (not as talkative this time around)
“—-Alright, let’s kill em. – Rin
“Ichika, what are you doing?” – Charlotte
“Fufuu, ufufufufu” – Cecilia
Then she gets the princess carry as the rest of the harem go after them into the night…
And FYI, America doesn’t show until the epilogue of this particular volume either, be it for the kiss she gives Ichika on the cheek or when they find out Gospel was manned, so 8bit might have had to cut her out simply due to them being a new studio and time constraints. Seeing how S2 is almost guaranteed, I can definitely see 8bit adding her short part in during the credits of the BR release for episode 12.
So basically Ichika did go in to kiss Houki, but it ‘s rather likely he did it because of the weird atmosphere and getting carried away by the mood( they’re both 15 years old, can you blame em?) between the two of them at that point, but it doesn’t seem like it’s really brought up again after this.
Once again, people, myself included, need to read the source material a bit closer before we get all up in arms when it comes to consistency and continuity. But hey, 8 bit just went from first time studio that made a good adaptation of the source material to a first time studio that made a great adaptation of the source material.