Kimi Ga Sora Datta

September 14, 2007

  Mayowanaide to ienakatta,
  Todokanai omoi mo aru,
  Samishi sugiru egao ga yurete,
  Kizu wo nazotta lonely goodbye
 
This song brings back memories during my hey-days when I was watching the anime series Mai-HiME. So naturally when I fell in love with the anime, I also fell in love with the song. This one in particular is the ending theme song for the series entitled Kimi Ga Sora Datta or losely translated as You Were My Sky.
 
  Jounetsu sae itamu yo,
  Eien no kakera oikakete,
  Kimi ga sora datta yume datta,
  Moete tokeru hibi wo
 
This is quite a slow and lovely ballad. It makes you feel like you want to lie back on the green grass under the shady tree on a sunny day with clear blue skies as you close your eyes. I dunno. That’s my first impression when I heard this song. But it isn’t that slow until it’ll make you fall asleep.
 
  Miagereba kimi ga sora datta,
  Mau hane ga yume datta yo
  Wishing for my love utsukushiku tobu kara,
  Kakenuketa ao no jidai wo
 
Sung by Aki Misato, this song has that high-pitched sustaining part at certain lines. Uh-huh. Which means at first I sound real horrible. Don’t make me describe it. But because I love this song so much, I kept singing it until that tough part becomes managable. Yup, it sounds better now though it’s not perfect. Well, it’s not that I can pull it off always. It depends on my ‘voice mood’ as well. Sometimes successful, sometimes otherwise. But I can’t really complain since I did make a little progress.
 
  Wasurenai omoide ni shite,
  Sono mune wo kazareba ii,
  Searching for my life mata itsuka aeru ne,
  Toumei no me wo aishiteta yo
 
The song generally has no background vocals (not that I can hear) so it doesn’t make me feel like I’m singing a solo job. Lyrics wise, this sounds like a simple love song so the lyrics isn’t so hard to remember. I know since I’ve been singing this several times so naturally it has been ’embeded’ into my head. Okay, maybe the lyrics isn’t such a simple love song after all. But it is still a love song.
 
  Ima wa sorezore no michi,
  Susumu restarting…
 
And 1 more thing. Mai Tokiha wo mada mada aishiteru zo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Who says I’ve forgotten about her already.

Mai-HiME Soundtrack

April 7, 2006

Haven’t been blogging for the past 2 weeks because of my hectic schedule for Smart Kids 2006 Exhibition at PWTC. But now I’m back!
 
I’m still very much in love with the anime Mai-HiME (and Mai, of course) even though it’s already been months since I’ve finished watching it. But I gotta mention one of the key points of the anime which stood out too. That’s right, it’s the music.
 
The background music of the series is split in to 2 compilations, namely Mai-HiME Original Soundtrack Vol. 1 and Mai-HiME Original Soundtrack Vol. 2. Both volumes have a total of 57 soundtracks with 24 in the first compilation and 33 in the second one. Though, I like the music, but not every single one of them. Here’s the one that I liked below in alphabetical order:-
 
1) Asa, Tsuka No Aida No Yasuragi
2) Chiisana Shiawase
3) Duran Shoukan
4) Ensei
5) Ensei (Instrumental)
6) Ensei No Shizukesa
7) Ensei- Mashiro
8) Gakuten-ou Kenzan!
9) Hajimari (Yami E No Shoutai)
10) Irasshaimase! Famires He!
11) It’s Only The Fairy Tale (Instrumental)
12) Koi Wo Shita Kara…
13) Kyou No Hajimari
14) Mata Aou Ne
15) Mayoi To Tomadoi To Yureru Omoi
16) Mezame
17) Taisetsu Na Hito
18) Tokiiro No Mai
19) Yamiyo No Prologue
20) Yasashisa no Guuwa
21) Yuubae No Sora
 
Among the list above, Ensei and It’s Only The Fairy Tale (Instrumental) are my personal favourites. Since there’re quite a few versions of Ensei (although not all of them I liked), I tried to compose my own Ensei with my own guitar! Maybe I should name it Ensei- Guitar Version. Well… Doesn’t sound good but close enough. Must try harder. Ganbaru yo!
 
In addition, there’re many other soundtracks as well such as those opening and ending singles and those character image soundtracks. But since I’m not really really really really that obsessed or engrossed with it, I didn’t really hear them all. If I hear, then I hear lah.
 
Oh… One last thing by the way… MAI-CHAN EIEN WO WATASHI NO MUNE NI IRU NO!!!!!!!! Hey… I did say I was obsessed with her, right? Don’t blame me, I’m in love!!!

Mai-HiME Characters

March 11, 2006

Yeah… I still haven gotten over that Mai-HiME anime yet. That ‘oh-it’s-such-a-great-anime’ feeling is still residing in my heart. Still crazy about it. Wasurenai yo! So here’s a brief description on the characters of the series.
 
The HiMEs
Mai Tokiha

As you all know, she’s the main heroine of the series (and the one who stole my heart!). A new transfer student to the Fuka Gakuen, she’ll soon learn about the responsibilities about being a HiME and balancing it out with her school life as well. For more detailed info on this pretty kawaii bishoujo, read my blog on 4th March 2006 (you’d better!)
Equipment: A pair of bracelets and anklets
Child: Kagutsuchi – a hybrid between a dragon, phoenix and whale
Dearest one: Takumi Tokiha and Tate Yuichi
 
Natsuki Kuga
The serious and mostly in times of tense situations, the one with the rational and calm voice of reasoning. A rugged kind of lady, if I should say. Usually dressed in that black leather outfit and rides a motorcycle. Skips many classes to investigate the First District, whom she believed to be the one responsible behind her mother’s death. Because of this, she’s quite knowledgeable about the HiMEs and its consequences and tries to prevent them from gathering at the Fuka Gakuen at first. Normally doesn’t express her emotions to others and may seem ‘snobbish’ by keeping to herself at first too. But sometimes gets herself into embarrassing situations beyond her control. Oh yeah, she likes collecting lingerie too. How ironic.
Equipment: A pair of pistols that shoots ice
Child: Duran – a wolf embedded with cannons
Dearest one: At first was her late mother, later on it was Fujino Shizuru
 
Mikoto Minagi
A petite girl with great fighting skills who is looking for her lost brother Ani-ue. She became very attached to Mai because she saved her life from drowning. Gets hungry often too and likes to eat. Plus, she also like Mai’s ramen. At first, seems like she doesn’t know things girls her age should know like bras and love, and is quite confused about the latter. Later on, she had a misunderstanding and fall-out with Mai when Mai thought she ‘killed’ Takumi. But they became good friends again in the end and found out that Reito is actually her long lost brother.
Equipment: A black sword named Miroku whom she always carry around with her. Also it looks like it’s too heavy for her to use effectively.
Child: Miroku (not to be confused with her Equipment) – a weird looking one eye round bug
Dearest one: Mai Tokiha and Ani-ue
 
Shizuru Fujino
The president of the Student Council who enjoys sipping tea. Seems very laid back and easy going kind of lady. But in fact harbours a very deep affection for Natsuki. Yeah, she’s a lesbian as you’ll find out later in the series. Although she doesn’t show it, she protects Natsuki indirectly and would prevent any harm done to her. Because of this, she became a little ‘crazy’ as she went around disposing off her enemies. But later on realises her mistake and still manage to ask everyone’s forgiveness with a smile. Also, the last HiME to be revealed, if you discount the fact that you already know that mysterious lady in white robe is Shiho.
Equipment: A weird looking halberd/spear.
Child: Kiyohime – a six headed hydra
Dearest one: Natsuki Kuga
 
Midori Sugiura
The energetic and very ‘hyped’ lady. Has that ‘patriotic sense-of-responsibility-and-duty’ kind of attitude about being a HiME. She claims that she’s seventeen but nobody seems to believe her. At first she works as a waitress alongside Mai and Akane in the cafe. But she’s always clumsy and breaking plates and glasses during her shift. Later on she became one of Mai’s substitute teacher. She loves archaelogy and likes to drink (and getting drunk too!). P/S- Her voice reminded me of Ranpha of Galaxy Angel. Could it be her, the same person?
Equipment: Long battle axe
Child: Gakuteno – a pointy headed lion or is it a dog?
Dearest one: An archaelogist professor whom she deals with (but we never get to see him until the last episode).
 
Nao Yuki
The bad-ass girl among the HiMEs. Don’t be fooled by her cute innocent looks. She uses that and her HiME powers to rob guys. So young already so like that. But you can’t blame her. She went through a lot of bad and bitter experience and injustice during her younger days. Her mom got hospitalized by her attackers and they got away while Nao herself was sent away to Fuka Gakuen. That’s why she loathes Natsuki the most who has it ‘easier’. In the end, she became a nun, but not that goody kind. She’s still slightly her naughty self though. How ironic too.
Equipment: Claws (reminds you of Freddy Krueger, don’t they)
Child: Julia – a spider and scorpion hybrid
Dearest one: Her mother who’s in hospital
 
Yukino Kikukawa
Shy, quiet and most of the time an introvert. She is Haruka’s assistant in the Student Council and looks up to her. This is because Haruka has always stood up for her through the times when she herself is unable to do so. A contrasting pair in terms of characteristics, I’d say. As she’s quite knowledgeable in many areas (one of those studios type), most of the times she has to quietly correct what Haruka says. After Haruka graduates, she succeeded her.
Equipment: A hexagon mirror
Child: Diana – a seed like plant with tentacles
Dearest one: Haruka Suzushiro
 
Akira Okuzaki
Disguised as a boy and sent by her clan to the Fuka Gakuen to learn more about the HiMEs. Roomates with Mai’s younger brother, Takumi. Though, she seemed cold to him in the beginning, but in time, her feelings for Takumi became stronger. I don’t know about everyone else, but I knew Akira was a girl right from the start, until that part where she said that she’s suppose to make everyone into thinking that she’s a guy (huh?). Also, she likes to paint and draw. Followed Takumi to the USA for his treatment in the end to keep watch over him (and to be close to him, of course).
Equipment: Double bladed daggers
Child: Gennai – a giant bullfrog
Dearest one: Takumi Tokiha
 
Yukariko Sanada
As a nun, she provides that you know comforting and encouraging words of God to students in despair and delinquents. However, I see her as quite a ‘weak’ character among the HiMEs. After she found out that she herself was a HiME, she became confused about God and strayed a little from her belief. Plus, that art teacher Ishigami, seems to be making her even more confused about her beliefs and love, as he wants her to win the ‘carnival’ as well. She’s also the culprit which made the HiMEs started to fight among each other. In the end, she gave up being a nun and married Ishigami, but still keep a close tabs on the church since Nao and Miyu became nuns.
Equipment: a bow
Child: St. Vrus – a unicorn head (something like a knight chess piece)
Dearest one: Watari Ishigami
 
Shiho Munakata
A little girl who’s very much in love with Tate. Although they’re not related by blood, she seems to call him Oni-san (brother). At first she and Mai got along quite well until she found out that Mai and Tate had developed feelings for each other. She became jealous and disillusioned and wanted to ‘erase’ Mai so that she would not take Tate away from him. Also, she may seem very childish at times and has that child-like behaviour. In time, you’ll also get to identify her ‘evil suspicious stare’ trademark. In the end, I’m not sure whether she really approves of Tate and Mai’s relationship eventhough she regained her sanity and since she still wants to cling on to him.
Equipment: a flute
Child: Yatagarasu – a one legged crow/raven
Dearest one: Tate Yuichi
 
Akane Higurashi

A shy and timid girl who works as a waitress along Mai in the cafe. Though she and her boyfriend Kazuya are very much in love, she hides the fact that she’s a HiME from him, as she’s afraid that he won’t love her. But even after he discovered it, his love for her didn’t waver a single bit. And that made her loved him even more, thus their love bloomed more than ever, even right to the end. As she is the first HiME to be killed (so sad), she became a ‘vegetable’ after losing her dearest one (very sad indeed).
Equipment: a pair of large tonfas
Child: Harry – a tiger
Dearest one: Kazuya Kurauchi
 
Fumi Himeno
She’s the maid and assistant for Fuka Gakuen’s director, Mashiro. She seems to be always by her side, thus she rarely goes out and be seen in public or at any other places. Quite soft-spoken, she devotes herself to Mashiro. The weird part is that Fumi’s Child is also the director herself. After the HiME incident had ended, she took over Mashiro’s post and became the new director of Fuka Gakuen.
Equipment: a scythe
Child: Mashiro (at one point I saw that the Child Mashiro transformed into a sagittarius?)
Dearest one: Mashiro Kanzaha
 
Alyssa Searrs
The 13th and fake HiME. She’s been infused with HiME powers when she was born in order to bring the Golden Era to the Searrs Foundation. At first she’s the Golden Angel of the choir group of the Fuka Gakuen and is very afraid in meeting other people other than her caretaker Miyu. But later on, she turned into a cold and ‘mad’ in order to complete her mission. Because she’s the fake HiME, her defeat opened up an extra pillar and make room for 2 HiMEs instead of 1 in the end. Also, she can create and summon Orphans.
Equipment: None (but sometimes I feel that it’s her hair)
Child: Eclipse 1 Artemis – a laser satellite in space
Dearest one: Her father (though I feel that Miyu should be her dearest one)
 
Other notable characters
Mashiro Kanzaha
The wheel chair ridden director of the Fuka Gakuen. Though at times she can actually stand up and walk. Sometimes you wonder who’s side is she on as she doesn’t reveal much information and just enough to know. Then at times too, seemingly conspiring with Nagi, doesn’t that make you suspicious? As she’s the winner of the last ‘carnival’ and her real body is encased in a crystal in the Land Of Fuka. Because of the destruction of the pillars, she was finally released from her imprisonment and decided to put an end to this ‘carnival’ once and for all.
 
Nagi Homura
Another mysterious characther that posses clandestine knowledge about the HiMEs. Also, you may sometimes think that Nagi may be that ‘bad guy’ as he seem to summon Orphans to test the HiMEs. But he’s just a follower of this whole ‘carnival’ thing. Besides, appearing here and there, so who is he really?
 
Reito Kanzaki
The vice-president of the Student Council and Lord Kokuyou’s earthly vessel. Later on, it’s also revealed that he’s the long lost brother of Mikoto. He’s also the most eligible bachelor guy in the whole campus and the kind where you know girls would really want to be with. But seems to have set his eyes on Mai. Though he’s quite cool, understanding and isn’t rash in deciding things. Still trying to ask Mai for a date in the end, huh?
 
Haruka Suzushiro
The board of discipline director for the Student Council. Loud-mouth at times and usually tend to mis-spell and mispronounce words in her speeches. May seem bossy to get things done but that’s her character. Plus, she may not show that warmth gentle display of friendship to Yukino but deep down in her heart, she’s still her best friend. Also, despises the Student Council president, Fujino very much, and calls her ‘buzuzuke women’.
 
Tate Yuichi
A member of the student council. Not really in love with Shiho as he treats her like his little sister (they’re childhood friends) and not the kind of relationship Shiho wants. Yeah, you already knew that he and Mai didn’t get along well at first. But later on, that love feeling just blossomed. That first kiss with Mai is still elusive, isn’t it?
 
Miyu Glear
The adopted daughter of Joseph Glear (a priest alongside Sister Sanada). Actually her name is an acronym for Multiple Intelligence Yggdrasil Unit, and is a robot in-built with many weapons and features. Also, her task is to take care of Alyssa. That’s the only time when she seemed to smile a little and not being cold and serious. Though defeated midway through the series, her revival at the end helped led into ending the ‘carnival’.
 
Takumi Tokiha
Mai’s sickly younger brother. Borned with a weak body, always felt that he’s a weakling and a burden to her sister. Though at times he try his best to be strong and independent. In the end, he managed to undergo treatment for his condition in a hospital in USA.
 
Chie Harada
Mai’s classmate and gossip queen. She and Aoi are like inseparable best of friends.
 
Aoi Senou
One of Mai’s helpful classmate. She and Chie are like inseparable best of friends.
 
Youko Sagisawa
The doctor of Fuka Gakuen and Midori’s best pal.
 
Masashi Takeda
The Kendo club captain and in love with Natsuki. Though at times his expression to Natsuki may be a little misunderstood and ends up at the receiving end.
 
Kazuya Kurauchi
Akane’s boyfriend and one of Mai’s classmates too. Also works as a waiter in the cafe along with Akane and Mai.
 
 
Well, I guess that’s about wraps it up. Oh, before I go, I just want to say… MAI-CHAN ITSUMO MOTTO MOTTO DAISUKI!!!!! Hehehe… I guess I’m really obssessed with her!

Mai-HiME

February 18, 2006

First thing I’d like to say is… Mai Tokiha is a very pretty and kawaii bishoujo!!! She’s also a hot cutie and kick ass!!! Okay, maybe not so much the latter as compared to the rugged Natsuki, the petite Mikoto, or bad-ass girl Nao.
 
Yeah, I’m talking about Mai-HiME, the anime that’s got me addicted and obssessed over the past few weeks. Haven’t watched such an anime with such intense emotions for a long time. Even after watching it, there’s still that ‘lian-lian-bu-she’ feeling. It warms my heart everytime just thinking about it. *Sniff sniff*. It’s such a great anime.
 
So what’s so special about this anime you ask? In a nutshell, this sci-fi action thriller is about a group of young girls (12 HiMEs to be exact), who posses the powers of a HiME. That’s the acronym for Highly-advanced Materializing Equipment. Meaning that they have the power to materialize photons into solid objects. You see, it’s not like these girls want to have such powers, they’re born with it. Doesn’t sound that bad, you think? Wait till you hear the rest. How do you tell if one is a HiME? Easy, just look for that mark on some part of their body, which at a glance looked something like that Leaf Village logo from Naruto, or that Fuji Television logo.
 
Plus, each HiME has an Equipment (which is some sort of weird looking weapon) which is proof that they have accepted a Child as their guardian. Forgive me, there are quite a bit of jargon and terminology here. The Childs are some weird looking robots (which somehow reminds me of Zoids or Beast Wars Transmetal) which sought to protect their individual HiMEs. But there’s a catch. In order to accept a Child and do battle with it, a HiME must put what is dearest to them (whom they love most) on the line. Meaning that, if a Child is destroyed, that particular HiME’s dearest one will disappear or fade away or die, however you like to interpret it. Oh, did I mention too that only HiMEs can see a certain red star in the sky? Is this all getting too heavy and confusing already? It’s gonna get worse.
 
This series is actually divided into 2 parts. The first part focuses on our heroine, Mai and her sickly brother, Takumi, who has just obtained a scholarship to study at the Fuka Gakuen. Though she isn’t aware that she’s a HiME at first, a series of events will soon lead her to believe and accept her fate as a HiME. This part also see how she tries her best to fit and adjust with her new surroundings, as well as other important characters come to play, which will have some significant impact throughout the series.
 
So what are HiMEs role in the campus anyway. They’re here to fight Orphans. Monsters not of this world who seem to wreck havoc in our world and only HiMEs have the power to stop them. Somehow they’re attracted to the powers of the HiMEs which are like ‘food’ to them. But surprisingly, it’s not that every episode they fight Orphans and it’s usually 1 or 2 at a time. Still, with such intense battles, the HiMEs manage to keep the battles away from other students. And there’ll always be some reason of what made such an enormous damage to a particular structure or environment. Like a ligtning strike. And they believed it.
 
Certain episodes will deviate a little from this but will eventually go back to its original point. Like in episode 4, which brings a little hentai element as the female students soon discovered that there’s a bra-panty thief running around in the campus (which is an Orphan). Or in episode 9, where Mai and her fellow friends compete in a cake competition, only to find an Orphan that has a sweet tooth. What about episodes 11 & 12, where rumours of a vampire is preying upon school girls at night. Not so much as in sucking their blood, but leaving them totally naked after each attack! You guessed it. There’s an Orphan involved here as well. But this is mainly to provide some comical relief.
 
On the romance side, yeah, you’ll know that there’s something really going to happen between Mai and Tate Yuichi. At first they didn’t like each other due to that little accidental ‘perverted’ incident on board the ship. But be careful when you quarrel with someone too much, you’ll end up liking that person. And that’s what happened between them. The turning point’s at episode 5, where Mai’s feeling down and depressed because her friends shunned her out from social outing due to her part time job. With a little words of comfort from Tate, that’s when their relationship started to improve and they develop feelings for each other, much to the dismay of Shiho, Tate’s childhood friend and the one in love with him in the first place, as she will soon discover.
  
Just before the halfway point, we are introduced to a new character, the seemingly timid Alyssa Searrs. She’s supposed to be the 13th and ‘fake’ HiME and is able to create and control Orphans as well. Infused with such powers when she was born by the Searrs Foundation in order to bring the Golden Era (whatever that is) to the corporation and by also finding the Gate to Valhalla (whatever that is too). But first, they need to eliminate the HiMEs as they believe the Valkyries‘ (that’s what they call the HiMEs) power should be wielded by more ‘deserving people’ (whatever that means also).
 
So it’s up to the known HiMEs (not all HiMEs are revealed yet at this point) to save the day. What do you expect? If some kindergarten kid blows up your school bridge using some laser satelite and then invade your school compund in full military style, plus threaten the campus’ director, wouldn’t you get upset? This goes way beyond breaking the school rules. Fortunately, the HiMEs manage to put a stop to this and thwart their evil schemes.
 
But I couldn’t help but felt pity for Akane. She’s one of the HiMEs but she got ‘killed-off’ so fast as early as in episode 8 already. So sad. I wish she could stay a little bit longer.
 
The second part of the series is a real shocker. In this part, after celebrating their victory over Alyssa and the Searrs Corporation’s invasion, the HiMEs get a rude shock from the ever mysterious Nagi that they need to eliminate each other. Why???!!!! Well, remember that red HiME star only visible to the HiMEs? Now, that star is suppose to bring disaster to the world soon and only the last standing HiME can do it because all the powers of the other HiMEs would be transferred to her. She’ll then be encased in a crystal to do so. In addition, that HiME has to marry the evil Lord Kokuyou, the mastermind behind this ‘carnival’. The good news is, this happens only every 300 years. The bad news is, this happens every 300 years.
 
Of course, the HiMEs were very reluctant to do this as first. Killing your best friend doesn’t seem to be such a pleasant idea. This is the part where the series become cold, grim, dark and eerie. Very contrasting to the first part of the series. Betrayal, suspiscion and jealousy all add fuel to the already intense situation. And soon enough, with just a tiny spark and misunderstanding, they’ll all start to fight and eliminate each other. Mostly I see it as personal reasons rather than wanting to be the last HiME standing and save the world reason. How did we all get here? A few episodes ago, they were all happy and jolly karaoke-ing together having fun. Now it looks like their killer instincts took over. Yeah… a true shocker, I’d say.
 
So we’ll get to see the dark side of some HiMEs plus the remaining HiMEs will be revealed. Each fallen HiME will cause a pillar to rise. And after 11 pillars have risen, the door to the Land of Fuka will open and Lord Kokuyou will reveal his true self. By the way, who would expect the vice-president of the student council, Reito Kanzaki, to be the earthly vessel for Lord Kokuyou, and also Mikoto’s long lost brother. Looks like some convenience to twist the plot.
 
As you may have predicted (so did I), Mai will be the last one left standing. But due to Alyssa as the ‘fake’ HiME, this opened up room for 1 more HiME. She’ll then face off with the dark lord himself, who also seem to have Mikoto partly under his control. But Lord Kokuyou seems to have a different plan of his own. He wants to marry Mai and destroy the existing world and create a new world of their own. Typical. But of course, Mai wouldn’t fall for such cheap things. Plus in order to put an end once and for all to this ‘carnival’, the only way is to defeat Lord Kokuyou himself. But how? Here’s how and what happened.
 
A revived Miyu manage to slash all the 11 pillars, releasing the previous carnival’s winner the school director, Mashiro. She then uses her power to revive all the fallen HiMEs, including their Childs and dearest ones, as they head to destroy the HiME star. Since the star is destroyed, the sword in Kagutsuchi‘s mouth (that’s another long story if you want me to explain this), which hinders it’s ability to attack the dark lord, disappears and he’s now vulnerable. And with a single blast, the evil lord is destroyed. They should’ve done this a long time ago and save these girls all the trouble.
 
In the end, it was quite heartening to see that everything returned back to normal and the girls are free from the HiME’s curse. It also went about tying up a few loose ends and summarizes what happened to some of the characters. I also felt a little confused after watching the whole series and felt a little ‘unsatisfied’ as I have so many questions yet to be answered in my head. So I had to search the web to quench my curiosity. Well, it does help a little to ease my tension. But here are still some of the points to ponder:-
 
– Who or what is Nagi? I mean which side is he on anyway? I know he’s a manipulator and seem to tell what is deemed necessary. Sometimes he talks in riddles which will leave the HiMEs guessing what he meant. If his loyalty is to Lord Kokuyou, after his defeat, he’s still around right? So who is this mysterious Nagi anyway?
– Which in turn, who is Mashiro too? The wheelchair-ridden director of the Fuka Gakuen seems to be soft spoken at first, but at times she seems to be conspiring with Nagi on the whole thing. She does know what’s going around but she always avoid exposing such information, especially to Mai. So, who or what is Mashiro too?
– I think the main reason Nagi releases Orphans is to discover and bring out (that is, make known) whoever the unknown HiMEs are, don’t you think?
– The last episode sees Nagi and Mashiro ‘going back to where we came from’. Where did they come from in the first place?
– Since Fumi‘s Child is the director Mashiro, and Mashiro is encased in the crystal in the Land of Fuka, this really confuses me on the HiME and their Child. Plus, we didn’t get to see Fumi’s Child being defeated, so if Fumi’s dearest one is the director, wouldn’t she disappear too?
– After Mai’s dearest ones Takumi and Tate disappeared, who’s her dearest one thereafter? Since a HiME needs to have one in order to summon her child. Could it be Mikoto then?
– If Natsuki‘s dearest one is her late mother, then before she accepted Shizuru as her dearest one and after she found out her mom sold her out to the First District as a HiME experiment, who’s her dearest one? If nobody, then I guess that’s why she couldn’t call Duran when she needed it to stop Shizuru from attacking Yukino.
– Are we suppose to think that Akira is actually a male until that episode where Takumi accidently found out that Akira’s a girl? I mean all along, I’ve seen Akira as a female. The voice, the body structure (okay not so much the body structure). Or else, wouldn’t it give rise to a gay relationship?
– Why does Nao like to lick her Equipment? Does it taste that good? Hope she doesn’t cut her tongue.
– Did Sister Sanada actually killed herself and her dearest one, Ishigami, on purpose? If so, can a Child really do that to its own master?
– So what’s the deal with the Iwasaku Pharmaceutical, First District, and Searrs Foundation? They just disbanded after Alyssa’s failure and that’s it?
– Speaking of which, what happened to that John Smith character of the Searrs Foundation, which is suppose to salvage the parts of Miyu?
– How did the beads which carries Lord Kokuyou ended up on Reito and Mikoto? I mean, when the beads were destroyed, Lord Kokyou’s true form’s revealed. I suppose, since the evil lord is a giant shaped hourglass, he needs some hunk to move around in.
– Is the revived Miyu a new one or the old one. I mean, what happened to her after the failed invasion? She just sinked into the water with Alyssa with her arms?
– The weird key that Mashiro gave to Midori was supposed to revived Miyu. Did Mashiro knew and had it all along? Was it part of the whole plan (whatever that plan was)? Or was it just to get Midori eliminated?
– After Miyu destroyed the pillars, where did she go to? Then her sword arm which she left there conveniently for Tate to use in a fight against Lord Kokuyou. Did her arm re-grow again after that, or did Tate gave it back to her?
– What about Alyssa’s whereabouts after the defeat then? Where’s she hiding?
– If all the dearest ones returned after the destruction of the pillars, what happened to Alyssa’s dearest one, her father? Well, I guess it’s not important if he’s a mean old guy.
– Remember the part where the fallen HiMEs ride on their individual Childs to destroy the HiME star? We saw all of them except for Fumi and Alyssa. Yeah, it would be real funny to see Fumi riding Mashiro and Alyssa riding a satellite.
– Did Takeda, the Kendo Club captain gave up courting Natsuki at the end? Yeah, after a few unintentional ‘perverted’ events and getting whacked for it or maybe he found out that she’s a lesbian in love with Shizuru later on. Better back off, man.
– When Mikoto says ‘I love you, Mai’, does it mean a lesbian relationship or just the friend-friend kind of love? I mean, earlier on she was asking what is the true meaning of love, right? Same question to Mai in the last episode when she declares ‘I love you too, Mikoto’.
 
The animation and art of this anime isn’t too bad. But what I like most is the soundtrack and the BGMs (background music). They’re each carefully placed suitably to fit the mood of each scene. From eerie hyms to battle mode ochestra to easy classical guitar picking, they’re all magnificent! Sugoi desu.
 
Overall, this anime is mainly about feelings, emotions and love, eventhough there are some lesbian relationships (and 1 very obvious one), Mai-HiME is absoultely a great anime. I’d love to watch this all over again. Really felt that warmth in my heart (I’m not kidding, it’s true!) and left a wonderful impact in my otherwise dull life (so true too!). From time to time, I’d think back about it and thought that I’m glad to have watched it.
 
Plus, I’ve also watched a few of that Mai-HiME Specials. They’re short clips, a minute or so video clips which give a little insight about the characters in the series, their feelings and thoughts. This helps provide and shed a little light on the character and its role in the series. There were some with a little hentai and ecchi element and some which were thought-emotion provoking.
 
Oh, one last thing I’d really want to say… Mai-chan… MAI-CHAN DAISUKI!!!!!!! Ah… That really felt good.