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Main cast of Mai-HiME
|Genre||Action, Fantasy, Romantic comedy, Sentai, Yuri|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Masakazu Obara|
|Written by||Hiroyuki Yoshino|
|Music by||Yuki Kajiura|
|Network||TV Tokyo, Animax|
|Original run||September 30, 2004 – March 31, 2005|
|Episodes||26 + 26 DVD only shorts cuts|
|Original video animation|
|Released||January 27, 2010|
My-HiME (舞-HiME Mai-HiME?) is an anime series, created by Sunrise. Directed by Masakazu Obara and written by Hiroyuki Yoshino, the series originally premiered in Japan on TV Tokyo from September 2004 to March 2005. The show is a comedy-drama focusing on the lives of HiMEs—girls with the capacity to materialize photons—gathered at Fuka Academy for a secret purpose.
The series was licensed for North American distribution by Bandai Entertainment and European distribution by Bandai's European subsidiary, Beez, with the first American DVD released at the end of March 2006. Bandai released the Complete Collection DVD set in America on October 7, 2008. It is also shown on Anime Selects On Demand but only for a limited time. At Otakon 2013, Funimation Entertainment had announced that they have rescued all of the My-Hime Project anime and will be re-released in 2015. 
The story centers on Mai Tokiha, a seemingly ordinary high-school girl who has recently transferred to the Fuuka Academy with her sickly younger brother, Takumi. The elite Fuuka Academy harbors a number of mysteries, involving both fellow students and staff. Very soon after arriving at the Academy, Mai finds herself bound to a Child, a part-spiritual, part-mecha creature, that can only be summoned and controlled by girls with the HiME mark.
Mai is told that there are other girls who are similarly marked, and that they must use their powers to protect the unwitting populace from Orphans, monstrous creatures with abilities similar to the HiME's Children. Mai is very reluctant to become involved at first, because of her protective role towards her brother. However, other HiME begin to manifest around her, each with very different motivations and goals for using (or not using) her powers. As the Orphans become more numerous and more aggressive, even Mai is drawn into the conflict.
The show's cast of characters is mostly composed of students and staff at Fuuka Academy, with the emphasis on the female cast. Although most of the cast is already introduced by the second episode, only a few characters are disclosed as HiMEs; the other characters' abilities and alignments are revealed throughout the rest of the series.
The main characters are the hardworking, caring Mai Tokiha, the cold beauty Natsuki Kuga, and the catlike Mikoto Minagi. Other characters are shown with a wide range of personalities and relationships. Director Masakazu Obara, states that he "wanted to reverse the roles that men and women usually play," placing females in the lead roles.
Mai is the protagonist of the Mai-Hime anime series. She is portrayed as a self-reliant person, hesitant to tell others about her problems. She is a first-year high school student, and her roommate is Mikoto Minagi. Her stated hobbies are working part-time jobs and taking care of Takumi. In episode 1, Mai and her brother Takumi take a ferry to their new school, Fuka Academy. On the trip, Mai meets Yuuichi Tate, with whom she begins a love-hate relationship. Mai resuscitates a girl who was found in the river, Mikoto Minagi. Mikoto and a mysterious attacker (later shown to be Natsuki Kuga) battle on the ferry, revealing magical powers; during this battle, Mai finds out she has powers similar to the two. 387164
Mai meets and befriends many other students, including Mikoto and Natsuki, in episodes 2 and 3. Being informed by Nagi Homura that her brother is in a nearby forest, she finds him under attack by an Orphan. Mai's materializes her Elements for the first time and also acquires her Child, Kagutsuchi, which she uses to defeat the Orphan. In the following episodes, Mai continues to 75064 fight Orphans along with Mikoto and Natsuki, becoming especially close to Mikoto. Mai picks up a part-time job at the Lindem Baum restaurant, where she works with her future teacher Midori Sugiura. She begins a 6008125 3 romantic relationship with Reito Kanzaki, whom she reveals her HiME powers to in episode 8. In episodes 14 and 15 Mai joins with the other known HiME in freeing Fuka Academy from Searrs' control. Mai and Kagutsuchi block Alyssa Searrs' attack and defeat her Child.
Beginning with episode 17, Mai becomes more unsure of her desires; she cannot decide between Yuuichi and Reito, and she feels abandoned when Takumi starts to be more independent. Mai attempts to stop the fighting between HiME and instructs Mikoto not to fight. She later becomes enraged at Mikoto when in episode 20 it appears the latter is responsible for the disappearance of Takumi, although Mai herself feels responsible as well.
Initially, Mai and Yuuichi did not get along well, though they softened towards each other somewhat following episode 5, when Mai breaks down and is comforted by Yuuichi. Later, Mai becomes increasingly attracted to 11110784463624lk Yuuichi. She tries to distance herself from him, to spare him the fate of being a HiME's most important person. Despite this, in episode 24, Yuuichi saves her from defeat at Yukariko Sanada's hands. A phantom HiME who had been attacking Mai in previous episodes reveals herself to be Shiho Munakata, Yuuichi's childhood friend and Mai's romantic rival. Shiho's defeat by Mikoto leads to the death of Yuuichi, driving Mai into despair.
In episode 25 she resolves to stop the Obsidian Lord, who is behind the carnival. Nagi leads her to the Obsidian Palace where the Obsidian Lord (in Reito's body) and Mikoto are waiting. The Obsidian Lord offers 0jzhfzufuzf Mai a chance to be the Eve to his Adam, but she refuses. The Obsidian Lord says she can't fight because she's lost Yuuichi, but Mai proves otherwise and summons Kagutsuchi. She says that Yuuichi might be gone, but her feelings for him remain. In her battle with Mikoto in episode 26, she declares her love for Mikoto, breaking the Obsidian Lord's control over her. Yuuichi is revived and rescues Mai during the battle with the Obsidian Lord. Yuuichi confesses his love for Mai, much to her pleasant surprise. Mai later defeats the Obsidian Lord with Kagutsuchi, returning school life to normal.
Natsuki is typically portrayed as a serious, rational blue-haired female, as a foil to the lighthearted Mai Tokiha. She usually has Shizuru Fujino as a close friend. Natsuki always uses some type of gun as her weapon and she is usually associated with wolves, silver and the element ice. She also has a habit of flicking her hair with her right hand. She has a tendency to become irritated easily.
Natsuki makes her first appearance in episode 1 as a mysterious figure trying to kill Mikoto Minagi, who is picked up by a ferry that Mai Tokiha is riding.
Initially, Natsuki doesn't want to work with Mikoto or Mai, but as the series progresses the three fight off the various Orphans at the academy, they become friends.
Natsuki's purpose for fighting is revealed in episode 9 when the three girls investigate an old First District lab. Natsuki tells the others that she wants destroy the First District for causing the death of her mother, a researcher of the First District.
Natsuki rescues Akane Higurashi from the First District's lab in episode 13; Akane later reveals to Natsuki in episode 17 the link between a Child and the HiME's most important person.
In episode 20, Natsuki learns from John Smith that her mother actually attempted to sell her to the Searrs Foundation, rather than attempting to protect her. This sends Natsuki into depression, preventing her from summoning her Element or Child and allowing her to be caught by Nao.
Natsuki is saved by Shizuru and later finds out that Shizuru is actually in love with her. Natsuki later confronts Shizuru in an emotional battle in episode 25, which ends with the deaths of the two after Natsuki kisses Shizuru and orders Duran to fire. They are later revived in episode 26 with the other HiME and destroy the HiME Star. The official guidebook suggests that Natsuki's relationship with Shizuru becomes deeper as time goes on. And in the novel, "Natsuki Prelude" (also in the artbooks vol 1, 2), there's a backstory of Natsuki revealing that while she sent Takeda a rejection note (she thanked him and also apologized for not returning his feelings) she told herself that there was someone's feelings she must accept, referring to Shizuru (She was contemplating this in episode 25, after a conversation with Sakomizu only seen in "Natsuki's Prelude").
A My-Hime manga series was developed by Sunrise. It was first serialized in Akita Shoten's Shōnen Champion and later published in North America by TOKYOPOP. It follows an alternate storyline at Fuka Academy where Mai, Mikoto and Natsuki become roommates.
An anime spin-off, entitled My-Otome (舞-乙HiME?), premiered in Japan from October 2005 to March 2006. This series contains many characters with the same (first) name and similar appearance as the characters of My-HiME, but it is set in a far future timeline.
A PlayStation 2 video game, Mai-HiME: Unmei no Keitōju (舞-HiME 運命の系統樹 Mai-HiME: Unmei no Keitōju?, lit. Family Tree of Fate) was developed by Marvelous Interactive and released in Japan on June 30, 2005. This adventure game follows a storyline different from the anime and manga series. A remake, Mai-Hime - Unmei no Keitouju Shura, was released for the PC.
Two PlayStation Portable fighting games, Mai-HiME Bakuretsu! Fuuka Gakuen Gekitoushi?! (舞-HiME 爆裂!風華学園激闘史?!?) and Mai-HiME Senretsu! Shin Fuuka Gakuen Gekitoushi!! (舞-HiME 鮮烈!真風華学園激闘史!!?), both developed by Sunrise Interactive, were also released.
A trailer for a Mai-Hime movie was included in the first DVD of Mai-Otome, with the title Fuuka Wars or The Great Battle of Fuuka. However this trailer was revealed to be a fake, with a release date of 20006[sic]. Fan response to the trailer was positive.
- Opening themes
- Ending themes
- Insert songs
- When a Small Star Falls (小さな星が降りる時 chiisana hoshi ga oriru toki?) by Minami Kuribayashi (ep. 15 and 26)
- It's only the fairy tale by Yuko Miyamura (ep. 7, 8, 11 and 15)
- Flower by the Lake (水辺の花 mizube no hana?) by Saeko Chiba (ep. 16)
- Sword of the Heart (ココロの剣 kokoro no ken?) by Ai Shimizu (ep. 16)
- Lovely Intersection (愛しさの交差点 itoshisa no kousaten?) by Mai Nakahara (ep. 16)
- Parade (off vocal) (ep. 10 and 16)
- Fuuka Academy School Song ~Crystal's protection~ (off vocal) (私立風華学園校歌〜水晶の守り〜 (off vocal) shiritsu fuuka gakuen kouka ~suishou no mamori~ (off vocal)?) (ep. 26)
- last moment by Yōsei Teikoku (My-HiME PlayStation 2 Game Unmei no Keitoju)
- Fortuna by Yōsei Teikoku (My-HiME PlayStation 2 Game Unmei no Keitoju)
- "Funimation Adds Cowboy Bebop, Escaflowne, Outlaw Star, More". Anime News Network. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
- Dong, Bamboo. "Kicking Class", Anime Insider, January 11, 2007. Retrieved on April 18, 2007.
- "My-Hime: a gennaio in arrivo un nuovo manga, My-Hime EXA" (in Italian).
- (Japanese) Official My-Hime website
- (Japanese) TV Tokyo's My-Hime website
- My-HiME (anime) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia