Posted by: Tiffany | August 20, 2011

Mai-HiME

Mai-HiME
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The Fuuka Academy is a unified school (having students from primary school and high school). In the Fuuka Academy, a rumor that a mysterious monster appeared has spread, and that the only match for the monsters were girls called “HiME.” They have the abilities of HiME (Highly-advanced Materializing Equipment).

Tokiha Mai and her sickly younger brother, Takumi, have received a scholarship to attend the prestigious Fuuka Academy. On the way, the ferry they are travelling on becomes the site of a destructive battle between two girls wielding apparently supernatural powers. This is only the beginning of their troubles, as Mai learns that she herself possesses these powers – the powers of a HiME.

iep6ABoE9.jpgWell, I really loved this series. I watch so many, but this was one of the few that I could watch start to finish without stopping. I genuinely watched 12 episodes the first day then the other 14 the next day. I couldn’t stop. So many animes are disappointing in that they’re not so enthralling as this, and few other animes, have been for me.

To be honest, I tried starting this series a good 3 times but never wholeheartedly until a few days ago. I only would start it up and watch the first 5 minutes or so then just close it, not interested. But once I finally gave it a chance and really allowed myself to get into the first episode, I completely fell in love with the series before it was over. It was really that good.

Now, in making a review for this, I think we should look at the tags for this anime, so you know what to suspect: Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Magic, Mecha, Romance, School, & Shoujo Ai. It has all of these things. Though to be honest, the “mecha” thing is more like “pet monster” or “monsters,” if you ask me.

There’s these big enemies in the series that are monsters, called “Orphans,” and the girls they have these big monsters they control as well and they’re called “Children.” But these things are very much alive and have minds of their own. It’s not like the typical Gundam Wing/Code Geass type of Mecha, so don’t go into it expecting that. It’s nothing like that at all, not even close.

That’s not really the main part of their power though. They all also have unique weapons and powers associated with each of the girls. For example, one may have a shield and able to control fire, and another may be able to make spider webs or another may have guns. Each of their powers are pretty unique to the girls and tend to fit their own personalities.

Overall, I can’t get too much further into the plot than the synopsis above or it’ll start to reveal too much and really ruin some of the series for you, so I’m going to leave the plot for you at that.

There were hilarious parts, serious parts, sad parts, some mild ecchi ocassionally, a great plot, an amazing story, plot twists, blushing clergy, magic, intelligence, cute lolis, super saiyans, romantic parts, yandere parts and even yuri (full on yuri). It has just about everything you’d want in an anime. Hell, it even has a great ending.

The art was great, as was the character design. The main character isn’t annoying or wussy, or mentally deficient. Mai is a great charismatic and intelligent main character who is also outgoing and funny. She’s really amazing and lovable – sexy too. All of the characters are very lovable, and the series even has a great dub. For instance, Shizuru who in the Japanese version has a distinct Kyoto accent was given a distinct Southern accent. I think it fit her very well, everything was really well done over all. Not just with the dub, but the entire anime.

If you watch this anime, you won’t be disappointed. I know I wasn’t. After watching it, I even went onto watch the sequel (which is actually not a direct sequel, but a different story in an almost entirely different universe, using nearly all of the same characters, though some names, roles and personalities were switched around and there’s a new main character instead. That too though, is a great series and I’d recommend watching it after this one. I should really write a review for that one too…

Now, excuse me while I rape your eyes… show you many wonderful pictures!

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