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  • This is my theory behind it, I think the reason why Ichika can pilot IS is due to Tabane pulling strings at the back. One possbility is that Ichika is not related to Chifuyu, and like Adam Jensen from Deus Ex Human Revolution along with JC Denton of Deus Ex, is genetically altered. This truth is possibly known to Chifuyu, Madoka and maybe Tabane only. 

    For those who never played the game. In Human Revolution, mechanical augmentations require the user to use a drug for life to prevent gilial tissue build up in order to use the augmentation. Adam was genetically altered (unknown to himself) by White Helix resulting his body would not form any gilial tissue. This is a secret only David Serif and his girlfriend Megan knows about. And it plays a big plot in the game as well. 

    Do you guys see the link here now? You might ask who altered Ichika? My guess, is Phantom Task.

    If this is true, it might serve as a massive plot point considering how many leaders of the world would want to bio mod their soldiers to wear IS.

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    • I think Ichika can pilot an IS because he's a clone. That or he's an XX Male. (look it up)

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    • isfirst think  about is before saying therory like xx male . it is may be because his gene is soo similar to  his sister. no brother-sisters tryed to use is so we don't know.  if anyone from the family (sibiling from same dad and mom)  may have a chance to use his sister's is because their gene is 99.99% same (i know the % because i was a zoology student :P ) 



      there is another chance the  like from freeze (clones made from same gene all 3 of them)

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    • I think ichika had some type of disease or something at a young age and needed a blood transfusion, in which might have alter his DNA or something, either he receive it from chifuyu, from someone, or mybe an unannounced character of the story (receive it from a female donor, not a male donor), in which gave ichika the ability to pilot an IS.

      P.S. Just my theory and opinion about how ichika is able to pilot an IS. Therefor i have no relevent fact to support this.

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    • well tabane pulling strings to let ichika pilot an IS is not valid thoery, cause in the LN chifuyu already mentioned that theory to tabane after the gospel incident but tabane shot down the theory cause if that were the case ichika would unable to pilot any other IS after that, and while adjusting akatsubaki in the Ln even tabane doesnt know how ichika can pilot her creations and she was surprised with the developemntal map byakushiki developed for herself and her pilot. But as to why he may be able to, either he is a male clone of chifuyu, or there is a mutation in his DNA that somehow may be fooled the is into thinking he is a girl or something that is present in the female body is also found in his body, or something that both gender have but females have in higher quantity and its that thing that IS looks for , for compatibilty. well we just have to wait for the athor to tells whats the hell is really going on.

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    • and one more thing i interest, why when ichika first touched the IS for the first time he looked like he conected with the core networks and was flooded with alot of information regarding the IS, and when he got byakushiki he also noted that it was like when he first touched an IS, and during world purge, he somehow knew that something was happening in the IS core network(were most his IS friend were traped for a short time). could ichika be like neo in the matrix, can directly connect to the core network bypassing security else. and he is the only one(may be along with natasha) who has made direct contact with the personality of there respective IS world(for ichika sake he seems to be abe to the collective worlds of the IS cores)

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    • I believe Tabane made the I.S compatible to females only, to promote women rights and political powers globally. I believe that Tabane has programmed the I.S suits to respond to Ichilka through DNA analyzation. Or another possibility is only Byakushiki responds to Ichika, I don't think they ever show him piloting a differen't I.S. 


      Even though this is a little off the current topic, eventually though, the U.S and Canada, and NATO member's would begin research and attempt to create I.S capable of being piloted by a male. Other nation's like North Korea, China, and Russia, would probably begn doing that aswell. So basically the whole thing about the world now being dominated by women in the anime would become null.

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    • Twins have the same blood, twins boys: won't work, twin girls: obviously works, twin boy and girl: high possiblity will work.

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    • BTW, did anyone pay attention that Ichika and Madoka have different birth month? 

      Ichika is Sept 27th and Madoka is Feb 27th . Both is 27th but different month, only 7 or 5 months appart (depending who is older). However, I think Madoka is older than Ichika, because in season 1 he is 15 and in season 2 he turn 16. While Madoka is already 16 (check their personal info).

      So I find it weird that in their "personal info" it is written as twins (don't mind who is older) because the birth month is different.

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    • Because he is gay

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    • An interesting theory, i have one of my own but it's VERY speculation heavy


      i think there's some kind of componant contained within the core put into it by Tabane to keep males from piloting IS units to make it more like an anime/manga (since she seems like an Otaku type)


      let's call this theoretical componant a YC-Inhibitor YC standing for Y Chromasome, since things affecting the Y Chromasome only affect males. Perhaps since no one knows how to create a core which is a critical componant in an IS maybe Tabane deactivated the YC-Inhibitor on the unit Ichika reacted to and then gave him one WITHOUT a YC-inhibitor


      or if we diseregard this theory another possibility could be that IS Unit's Cores contain the souls of human beings, what if Ichika's parents didn't abandon him and his sister, What if Ichika's mother was used to make the IS core of his Byakushki and THAT'S why it responds to him and allows him to pilot it


      after all as i said no one knows what the core is made from or how it's made

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    • Yeah, I said something similar about where the missing Orimura parents were in a different thread.  The author hasn't dropped enough info to let us form an opinion, sadly.  Unless there's something in volumes 9 and 10 that I haven't seen because I can't find a full translated copy yet.

      ALTHOUGH, if Core 001 (Byakushiki/Shirokishi's core) was made using Mrs. Orimura...then either she volunteered or Tabane is a stone-cold bitch for doing that to the parent (mabye both?) of her friends.  I'm not sure which option bothers me more....

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    • Every ones theory is really facinating, but I also have a theory. But it will revolve around Phantom Task and Orimura CLAN.

      Let's say Ichika came from a very crude and violent clan, AKA the Orimura clan, but they are known to the public as Phantom Task. Acording to Chifuyu, their parents abandoned them when they were young, but she could have ran away from orimura clan with Ichika to protect him from violence, as we can see through out the whole series that Chifuyu may be tough to others, but she loves her brother dearly. At the age of ten Ichika was kidnaped, whose name we dont know. My idea, it was the work of phantom task, whose leader is Ichika, Chifuyu and madoka's mother.

      Now the Orimura Clan Blood Line can be one of the causes why Ichika can pilot an I.S. Second possible reason is the I.S core. Ichika can 'Understand' an I.S. The first time he touched an I.S was the Uchigane, a mass produced I.S, And second time was his personal I.S Byakushiki who has CORE 001, a core that Tabane herself could not understand. Third and most Likely reason was 'Ku-Chan' or cole chronical. Tabane's partner in crime. she is concted to core network, and as we have seen the series, Ichika came in contact with Setsura, Byakushiki's core, the little girl, and White Knight, the core's memory. CORE-001 thinks very highly of Chifuyu, and has received her memories, thus sending it to the I.S network, where Ku-Chan caught an interest in Ichika, and thus made sure the cores react to him, as he has almost the same DNA structure as chifuyu. Thus Making him able to pilot an I.S.

      If you people have any other ideas please post it.

      Thank you

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    • Interesting idea.  I would point out that I think...Autumn actually claimed PT was responsible for Ichika's kidnapping when he was 10.  I think it was volume 7 or 6, but there was a line that clearly said "We were the ones who went after you".

      For the part about Ichika's family running Phantom Task, I don't see how that doesn't work.  You're right in that Chifuyu is overly protective towards Ichika.  And she's smart, a tad ruthless and scary in her phyiscal abilities.  If she had learned something about Ichika getting hurt, she wouldn't have hesitated to DO SOMETHING like remove him from danger.  And it also provides a certain amount of connection to Madoka, but that might mean she's the youngest sibling.  Because I'm not so sure that Chifuyu would have left one sibling behind unless she really had to.

      I'm not sure about the rest of your idea though.  Some of it makes sense, some of it doesn't.  Mostly it seems like we're still missing data from the author to come to a real conclusion.

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    • As you,Letdarknessreign said. We really need more data. By the way Rushian12e is the fandom username for your previous fandom user.

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    • I don't think we will actually get a answer from the author given the lack of updates or any new info at all. Realistically, I think the series is silenced (quietly shot off)

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    • The female only thing was a defect-like in the system that appeared. Tabane didn't bother with it

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    • if ichika end losing his ability when he gets older in his twenties

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