Ichika Orimura is the main protanganist of the series and the only male who can pilot an IS. He is the younger brother of a famous IS pilot; his sister, Chifuyu Orimura.
|Family:||Chifuyu Orimura (Sister)|
Personality & CharacterEdit
Ichika is a young man of average height, he has short black hair which is parted in the middle, and has dark brown eyes. He commonly wears his IS Academy uniform. For IS practice, he wears a black tank top revealing his stomach and tight-fitting bermuda shorts. On his right wrist is Byakushiki's Closed Form, a white gauntlet in the light novel and manga, a very big white metal bracelet in the anime. He has a slim but trained body.
Ichika has a habit of personally assessing the situation with interior monologue as well as being easily guessed on what he is thinking, making him the brunt of certain jokes where he wonders how do they know what he is thinking. He has a tendency of clenching his left hand when he gets overconfident, which his older sister points out, means he would start to make a mistake very soon.
Ichika can be extremely clueless when it comes to the feelings the girls have for him, as more often than not, he is more worried of the fact that being the only male who can pilot an IS, he does not know the requirements of controlling it, and the fact he has to live among a very large group of girls (he even told Charles that he was very glad another male transferred in). He sometimes is sensitive to the change of mood in certain situations, but always manages to rationalize the change in mood to something completely unromantic. He believes that there is absolutely no chance for him to get a girlfriend, as he told Chifuyu that he would not be able to match any of the girls' perfect sides (not knowing that he is the type of guy all the girls want).
Additionally, he is a person who doesn't seem to be able to facilitate implication in daily life. When it comes to things like holding hands or old promises, for example, Ichika tends to misinterpret or is even completely unaware of the implications of his actions and their respective circumstances. Such as turning what someone hope to be a date into a group actively. This quirk often earns him stress on both the mental and physical level from the girls around him.
He is the type who learns with his body rather than his head, as more often than not, he tends to surprise his fellow classmates with questions on matters they take for granted (like when he first met Cecilia, his first question was "What is an Representative Candidate?", causing the other students to do a comical collapse). After sometime, he is able to understand basic fundamentals of IS to help him get by (he is aware that his IS has no available bus-slots for an Equalizer).
Having been raised (suggested to be Spartan-trained) by Chifuyu, Ichika learns to be polite to all the girls and respectful to those older than him. Although a gentleman at times, he will not take any insults to his family or his country, as shown when he first met Cecilia, she was commenting on how a commoner from Japan could handle the class representative, he remarked that her country isn't anything special (he even ask when was the last time her country won the award for worst cooking). Also, in the manga (and some parts of the light novel) Ichika tends to be rude when he is pissed off (he named Lingyin "ironing board" and idiot during their fight of the "Sour pork" promise. When Laura slapped him, he reacted angrily by shouting at her why she did that (LN), and when she used the VT System to copy Chifuyu's data and Yukihira, he wanted to punch Laura, without her IS, as much as he could).
He believes, when questioned by Laura, that his strength is his freedom to choose and helping those around him. This is shown when he chose to protect a ship of fishermen who were illegally poaching during the mission against the Silver Gospel.
Ichika has shown to be a very passionate person willing to accept any kind of circumstance for something he has done as long as it was something he either believes in or wants to do. He is willing to help companions or, in general, others as long as it is something he is willing to do. His emotions can get the best of him, and this has happened on several occasions. However, his blockheadedness and reckless behavior are flaws that come with his saving grace. That quality is his overpowering will, confidence and passion. He may not be too smart, but he can do what he has to do when he wants.
Due to his new-found popularity, he is often surrounded by girls who often use various methods to gain his attention, much of it being a major embarrassment for him (the Tennis Club once asked him to wipe everybody's back while they are changing, when they saw him wiping the sweat off Cecilia's face). He once commented that whoever thought of sending him to a lab to be examined had to be a complete nutcase. Furthermore, due to his behavior, remarks and gossips of the girls, he is often mistakened by his friends to have weird tendencies (such as being yaoi towards "Charles" or has a liking for older woman).
He is a very kind person despite his sometimes reckless and clueless behavior, as he will go to fairly extreme lengths to achieve a goal he has set for himself. Examples of this include the time when Laura copied the Kendo style and stance of Chifuyu and he was offended on Chifuyu's behalf because of it. The most prominent example of this is when he jumped in front of Houki to save her from a blast meant for her. This kind of trait is very predictable for a person of his social standing and behavior. More than once, he has made compliments and taken actions that have taken even Laura by pleasant surprise.
He is careless when it comes to the higher levels of consideration and thinking, and this is often the reason he gets hurt in most (if not all) of his situations. When he lost against Cecilia during their match in Episode 2, for example, it was obvious he did not have any observations about his methods. Despite the fact he managed to read Cecila's battle movements and nearly managed to defeat her, he technically lost the match due to his carelessness. However, this may be because, at the time, he didn't exactly have a lot of options to fight with to begin with.
Ichika and his older sister were abandoned by their parents at a very young age. From that point on he was raised by her most of his childhood. During this time he becomes aquainted with Houki Shinonono and later with Lingyin Huang, although both ended up moving away.
White Knight IncidentEdit
During Chifuyu's time as Japan's representing IS pilot, a group of unknown assailants abducted Ichika to force Chifuyu to drop out of her match. She later rescued Ichika thanks to information from Germany, but the people who kidnapped him are still unknown (although some fans speculate that Germany itself was responsible).
While at a community hall for high school entrance exams, Ichika got lost and eventually ended up in a room where an IS was stored. Curious, Ichika reached out and touched it which caused it to activate. This lead to him taking the entrance exam, during which the instructer charged at him and he won by simply avoiding it and letting her crash. This lead to the whole world knowing about him literally over night.
Infinite Stratos AcademyEdit
In order to protect Ichika, Chifuyu had him enter the IS Academy where no one could touch him. As soon as he got to the IS Academy, he went to the classroom to which he was assigned to, he noticed that all of his classmates were female and they were starring at him.