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I would like to preface this by stating first off: this is not a hate thread and I mean nothing in this thread in a derogatory manner. I also haven't watched any of the episodes more than once, and not since their original airings, so I may have forgotten a couple points. Now with this said...

Inaho is our protagonist, and he's autistic--an autistic savant, actually. Please allow me to explain.

During the first episode, when the terrorist attack occurs, he's completely calm. This is because he has no idea how to react to the new stimuli he's experiencing.
The next day, he didn't evacuate with everyone else because he's just doing his daily routine. Those with autistic children know, and teach, that routine is very important in having a stable life.
After the death of his friend during their first encounter with a Martian kataphrakt, he shows no signs of grief; this is because, like earlier during the terrorist attack, he's unsure how to express these new emotions.
After being enlisted, he follows his concept of the duties of a soldier which were taught to him in school. Rigidly.
This now brings me to his style of combat. Inaho is a high school kid at oldest, employing knowledge of obscure scientific concepts well beyond that which he would be taught at his age. Not only this, but he has such a firm understanding of the material that he's able to utilize it in developing strategies at a whim, tailored by the scant observations of each enemy machine. Thus... savant.
During one of his earliest bouts with the martian kataphrakts, his sister came to him and urges him not to fight. His reply? "Where are my favorite pajamas? You know, the ones with the patches."
And in the most recent episode, it was observed by one of his childhood friends that, yes! He's changed. How? "You can make small conversation now."

And so I pose you this: Inaho is not some calm, collected, and cool badass archetype with his emotions in check. He's actually a frail, autistic boy with little understanding of said emotions, one who's been thrust into a world which he thrives due to his particular skillset.
I for one think it's pretty cool that anime--at least in my understanding of it--finally has an autist as its main protagonist.
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real ina who?
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She's not a childhood friend but your theory has some merit I suppose
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Inaho is neither autistic, nor a savant.

Inaho has directive power over his intelligence. He's not randomly awesome at one thing, he's a genius by the dictionary definition and has consciously directed his attention towards becoming the person he is now (see his discussing CPR). He's also highly attentive to his surroundings and proactive in responding to stimuli he flags as important, and socially active if not very interactive. He displays no debilitating traits of repetitive behavior and quickly adapts to new situations.

Hell, that's kind of the point of his character: he's the farthest thing from autistic. Inaho wasn't compulsively making eggs that morning, if anything that's in line with the trope portrayal of the absent-minded genius who shuts things out he's decided are annoying his thinking process (like evacuation alarms, or fire alarms, or crying children, or whatever). Autism also has a strong correlation with compromised physical coordination while Inaho--if anything--is the opposite.

Diagnosed autism also requires at least one symptom of "qualitatively impaired communication" (which Inaho doesn't have--he communicates perfectly with 150% brevity whenever he feels the need along with a succinct command of language) and at least one symptom of "restricted and repetitive behavior" (again, none of Inaho's behaviors are restrictive). If Inaho is an attempt at an autistic savant it's by a writer who didn't bother to even Google either word.

What Inaho is is highly intelligent, and isolated (think of Sherlock the TV series, where Sherlock and Mycroft are talking about other people having the brains of goldfish that they can't stand to associate with because it's just exasperating; Inaho isn't that bad but the concept is similar if toned down). He likes people well enough but doesn't find utility in social norms, which lends him some anti-social tendencies (although again, it hasn't stopped him from making fast friends).

On top of that he's under a ton of bricks in terms of emotional repression. He's growing up on an Earth after Heaven's Fall, and he's not dumb enough to pretend like that's normal. He's known how fucked things are even at an abstract level for his entire life, and he's never looked away from that fact. Everything he's done has been done with the knowledge of what he predicts the future holds: a new war. In summary Inaho is a toned-down Sherlock without the blatant narcissism.

And this is entirely ignoring the basic literary juxtaposition of Inaho being super intelligent but unemotional while Slaine is his mirror opposite: wonky around the edges and entirely driven by emotion. They contrast two opposing paths of humanity, one from above Heaven's Fall and one from below. The one who abandons reason and finds refuge in emotion, and the other who abandons emotion and finds refuge in reason. That's at the crux of both of their characterizations.

Another thing is that Inaho doesn't feel obliged to defend humanity, he was nonchalant about the missile in episode one because he'd ruled it out as a threat. His mind was already far down the road of what the missile "meant" in a world-wide context. In the entire series both Inaho and Slaine both act most out of self-preservation, with Slaine having the most deviation because of his emotional reliances causing him to take more extreme steps to maintain his own state of mind.

Inaho will try and protect his mates, and he'll engage the larger threat because it threatens his life (in both contexts). But if you plopped Inaho in a bubble and shuttled him into another dimension with all the people he cares about, I don't think he'd care too much about the people left behind. He's not out to save the world altruistically, he's out to protect himself and the people he immediately cares about. That's why he can watch a stranger take a missile with no expression.

Inaho could be an attempt at an in vogue portrayal of Asperger syndrome, following the movement to say anyone in history who was really smart and also quirky also had AS, as if smart people can't just be peculiar. And it is possible some were, but if there's medical data supporting this kind of concept I'm unaware of it. And if this is the case Inaho is a generically envisioned version who has none of the actual disabilities associated with his maybe disability.
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You're thinking about this too much.
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I agree. From the first episode I thought that the writers were throwing out all sorts of clues that Inaho had Asperger's, which is why he is able to do what he does. It makes sense, if you needed a tactical genius capable of thinking out strategies incredibly quickly a normal person probably wouldn't cut it. I don't think Inaho deserves all the hate he gets for being boring and/or unrealistic, I think he is a very refreshing protagonist.

To bring up slightly different topic, with the Princess apparently out of the picture does anyone think the childhood friend Inko has a chance?
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I think we're rather rationalizing some nonsensical inconsistent characterizations.
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windsagio wrote:

I think we're rather rationalizing some nonsensical inconsistent characterizations.

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windsagio wrote:

I think we're rather rationalizing some nonsensical inconsistent characterizations.


Yea I'm gonna go with this.
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Insomnist wrote:


I would have gone with this >

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windsagio wrote:

I would have gone with this >

I was going for an "Oh you... oh wait that's me?!"
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I see Inaho as a psychopath. He shows clear signs of emotional detachment and inability to achieve empathy of others. His intelligence and calm during fights is similar to how psychopath plans their crimes in details and having contingency plans. One characteristics of a psychopath is their charming characteristics, Inaho woo both the princess and Inko and the countless fans that he has online. Most people associate psychopaths as heinous criminals for their egregious crimes they've committed with no remorse. However, not all psychopaths are labeled as dangerous. Many will live their lives holding high positions because of their intelligence and calmness. After watching the first episode of the second season, I still support my opinion that Inaho is a psychopath who has learned to replicate human emotions such as a smile.

But just like how everything is grey in life, simply labeling Inaho as a psychopath is not completely right because the second season shows Inaho in a much more different light. Maybe the creators made Inaho in the very far right of psychopath and are starting to move him more into a normal person in the second season? Who knows, but we'll see once all the episodes comes out for season 2.
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In my Humble Opinion:
I vote for Asperger syndrome.
But why? Remember that any case of that kind is or could be highly hidden by the individual in the society at the mere opinion of others that "He is just peculiar" given that not many people know about autism How many cases of under the radar explode in High School in which are diagnosed with Asperger syndrome when everyone just said they were unique or leaven alone, is fairly a good count.
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Maybe he's just really bad at showing his emotions.
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