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Mondo Grosso is an Infinite Stratos (IS) International Fighting Tournament that is held every three years (think of it as the World Cup for IS). Since the introduction of the IS, there have been 3 Mondo Grosso. As mentioned in Volume 3 of the light novel, the winner of the tournament gets the title of Brunhilde.
Setting of Mondo GrossoEdit
- Each country admits one IS and pilot - called an IS Representative Cadet/Candidate.
- The tournament is processed in an arena, with a basic rule being 1:1 match.
- The participants could use any kinds of weaponry - except for the kinds banned due to being unethical (although Absolute Barrier prevents serious injury or death of pilot, it doesn't protect pilots from the kinds of weapon which is designed to torture the opponent, rather than actually inflicting injury.)
- The match ends when either sides' IS is depleted of shield energy (practically becoming non-combat capable), which usually happens when a IS receives critical attack and is forced to activate Absolute Barrier.
The inner stage of arena (where two IS pilots battle it out) is surrounded by protective shield (the same kinds used by IS, but stronger) to prevent injury to gallery from any stray shot.
So far the only known participant of it was Chifuyu Orimura, who was the winner of the 1st Mondo Grosso and a finalist of the 2nd. The winner of the 2nd Mondo Grosso was the Italian Representative piloting the IS, the Tempest.