The IS All-Night Festival event confirmed on Saturday that there will be a new Infinite Stratos anime, and that it will be the second season, Infinite Stratos 2. It also presented a promotional video, and a short version of the video is now streaming online:
The returning cast includes:
Kouki Uchiyama as Ichika Orimura Yōko Hikasa as Houki Shinonono Yukana as Cecila Alcott Asami Shimoda as Lin Yin Fang Kana Hanazawa as Charles Dunois Marina Inoue as Laura Bodewig
The video also introduces the students Takenashi and Kanzashi Sarashiki from Izuru Yumizuru's original light novel series.
Yasuhito Kikuchi is once again directing at 8-Bit, but Kumi Horii (Student Council's Discretion, Zone of the Enders) is now handling the changed character designs. Takeshi Takakura is joined by Kōichi Mugitani or Choco (Busou Shinki) on mechanical designs. (Choco replaced okiura on the illustrations for the original novels going forward.) Finally, Hikaru Nanase is back to score the music.
Overlap will resume the science-fiction romantic comedy light novel series with the eighth volume on Thursday as part of the Infinite Stratos "reboot" project. (The eighth volume will also include the long version of the promotional video presented at Saturday's event on a bundled DVD.)
The light novel series already inspired a 2011 television anime season. Sentai Filmworks and Section23 Films released the first anime season in North America. Sentai Filmworks describes the story:
Ten years ago, the development of the revolutionary Infinite Stratos powered exoskeleton changed the world's balance of power overnight. Unfortunately, while the distribution of IS systems to every nation on Earth has ushered in a new era of peace, the fact that only women have thus far been able to pilot the Stratos systems has sent the relationship between the XX and XY-chromosomed halves of the human race into a spiraling tailspin!
When fifteen-year-old Ichika Orimura is suddenly discovered to be the first male with the ability to control an IS, whatever plans he might have had for his own future are tossed out the window even as he's thrown to the wolves and enrolled at the otherwise entirely female Infinite Stratos Academy by order of the Japanese government!
Limited-pre-order Blu-ray & DVD boxes of the first season will go on sale in Japan on August 28 with the Infinite Stratos Encore: Koi ni Kogareru Rokujūsō video anime, footage from the One-Off Festival event, and other extras.
The production and publishing company Overlap had already revealed the new television anime through its website last week, although it removed the mention of the new anime soon after.