Synonyms: My Princess
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 30, 2004 to Mar 31, 2005
23 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.671 (scored by 33048 users)
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action comedy drama fantasy romance school
SynopsisThirteen girls, each with the ability to materialize "Elements" and summon metallic guardians called "Childs" have been brought to Fuuka Academy to battle mysterious creatures called Orphans. Each with a different personality and background, they must decide who they truly care about and why they fight.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Mai-HiME
Alternative setting: Mai-Otome
Side story: Mai-HiME Specials, Mai-HiME: Kuro no Mai/Saigo no Bansan
Characters & Voice Actors
I have managed, in complete fruitless productivity of my time, to sit down and watch this series repeatedly, approximately 5 times, excluding the very first time I watched it. I had seen a small article in Anime Insider on series' that were slowly becoming growingly popular, and decided that after seeing many dedications of fanfiction and fanart made toward this series, that I'd give it a shot. It takes a lot to get me to sit down and risk any possibility of wasted time watching television, but I was certainly not disappointed.
At first, it seemed to me that I was getting dragged into another magical-girl-super-happy-fun-time-shoujo-drama bit. But after about episode 3, I realized that there was something...else, a mechanic that seemed to me as cryptically subliminal. I thought, "angst, perhaps?" I indeed did see a touch of dark story that plagued many backgrounds of the main characters in the show. That is what had peeked my interest in the beginning: to continue examining just what made these HiME girls tick.
The company did a very good job of expressing different personalities in all of the characters. Each persona had their own individualism without becoming redundant or too obnoxious. Each girls' CHILD specifically expressed the more deep, introspective psyche to each of the characters' personalities (Natsuki's cool, level-headed demeanor expressed by the ice wolf Duran; Nao's manipulative, sexual charm demonstrated by the slick and dangerously beautiful Juliet; Mai's tragic, yet passionate willpower and strength shown by the power of Kagutsuchi, etc...)
When the characters collide in conflict, there is no awkward dialogue (save for some traditional mou and fanservice-y scenes), and it made me feel as though I had some deep, underlying connection to these characters, caring about their own feelings as if we were good buddies. The story that drives the entire plot, basically: "You will destroy all the lives of those around you so only you may prosper, and you will watch the loved ones of those you have defeated die." Once I took in all of the both large and minuscule details of the plot, I had sunk down so deep into the depths of this anime that I had become enthralled by it.
The dramatic music promotes a heartbroken beauty when watching the incredible art of this show come to life. The use of shadows, flamboyancy of bright and deep color, and the intensity of shading and lining makes this series not so sore on the eyes. Although, like most shows, there are the common examples of "forgetting" to draw in the facial expression or what have you in characters "behind the main scenes".
I hope that others can come to appreciate this marvel of a series that I have come to love. Either that, or I'm just crazy. Nevertheless, I hope other anime lovers out there will come to see this show the way I see it: Beautiful, dramatic, and addicting. read more
Mai-HiME sports the story of Tokiha Mai and her brother Takumi as they enter the prestigious Fuuka Gakuen. As the viewer, you're introduced in the first episode to several "HiME's" - girls with the power to materialize their own individual equipment.
Characters include the 13 HiME's, each with a distinct personality and Child - a sort of mecha guardian. Each HiME also has one special person, very important in her life. That makes a main cast of 39 (or 26 if you don't include Childs). From here, there's several more main characters related to the plot as well as quite a few sub-characters. Sounds confusing, right? Sunrise does an amazing job of maintaining this large cast - main character names will always remain with you (or at the very least, their faces will be memorable) while the few interesting and comedic sub-characters also prove to be very memorable as well *cough*Chie&Aoi*cough* Main characters have backdrops to their personalities, reflecting their actions and continue to develop through the story.
Animation and Sound are top notch as expected from Sunrise and Kajiura Yuki. The soundtrack's most prominent pieces feature language-less vocals mixed with various background music (pseudo techno, strings) which will easily stir the emotion tied to the scene. I truly, have never heard any other anime's soundtrack that can even match the raw power of HiME's. Although the art style is simplistic for characters, you can really tell the difference between Mai HiME and a lower budget anime. Specifically, the battle scenes prove to out match Gundam war zones.
The most important part - the story. Mai HiME features two very different arcs, the first lasting about 16 episodes and setting the stage for the second. The first is a simple "defeat the bad guys while dealing with school, love and drama," however, the second changes the story completely. When I saw the change, I nearly choked on my drink. I won't spoil it, but it's quite the heart breaker. Both however expand on characters and situations to give a very powerful feeling to watch more - While Mai HiME was still coming out week by week, I literally watched each episode 3-5 times ^^;;
Another great part of the story is how each episode inter-connects with another. Something small may happen in say, episode 5 but in episode 8, that something small creates a greater impact that you'd imagine at first. >.> Sorry about the poor explanation XD. To be able to make the viewer put all the pieces together shows an incredibly high level of planning.
Mai-HiME is amazing at what it does. Drama, action, comedy, romance - if you're looking for any of these, watching Mai-HiME will not disappoint. Don't be fooled by the overly comedic appearance though - by episode 8, 15 and 16, you'll be dying to watch more as you sit through some of the heart wrenching situations the people you've seen up till now have to live through. read more
Madoka is basically the spiritual successor to Mai Hime. They are both dark subversions of the Mahou Shoujo genre.
Both give the magical girl genre a dark twist, they are great shows for anyone interested in a good plot, not just mahou shoujou fans. Both have soundtracks arranged by the brilliant Yuki Kajiura, whose haunting melodies make the battle scenes even more epic.
Both series take on the "magical girl" genre with the approach that all-is-not-as-great-as-it-seems. While the girls in both series are granted extraordinary powers, the series' both deal with the similar themes of isolation, betrayal, and hopelessness while portraying the danger and constant threat of death that comes along with their powers.
Viewers will also see similarities between the characters in both series such as Natsuki and Homura and Shizuru and Mami.
Same dark maho shojo. Both have a lot of feelings.
Same person behind the music, both are Mahou Shoujo genre but with darker plot.
Both anime have the following similarities: female lead characters, slice of life, starts out happy and fun then takes a dark turn, involve character deaths, and magical girls.
If you enjoyed Mai-Hime, Madoka Magica is a perfect next anime.
Mai HiME are not 100% Magical Girl series since the only thing that transforms are weapons, not outfits.
1) However, we still have girls with powers fighting with monsters and among each other.
2) We have Nagi who is almost like Kyubei, he pushes girls to awakening and constantly keeps watching. He keeps secrets and doesn't give a complete explanation of what will happen if they'll eccept the powers.
3) Natsuki who is similar to Homura by being cold to others and not talking much to them but eventually opening up.
4) At first both series look quiet innocent but eventually they start to become darker and more tragic.
5) Music in both series is done by Kajiura Yuki and doesn't dissapoint, it always tends to build up the mood and get you excited.
6) Both series are anime original stories, with mangas being adapted afterwards and both are succesful.
Both look at the darker side of being a girl with supernatural abilities.
Don't be fooled by the sugary promo art, both these shows have some tragic material.
Both are darker mahou shoujo where the girls must pay dearly for their powers. They are both also awesome.
Both feature dark twists on the magical girl genre. They also both have outstanding soundtracks and some of the dramatic songs even sound similar.
Both series appear to be innocent and fun when they first start it; however, as the story goes on, it all becomes a deconstruction to their own genres. You see a lot of character development in both, and you don't know who is on your side, or what people's true intentions are. The characters struggle in their own lonely tragedies, but it takes the strength of friendship to fight against the real battle. I had this whole in my heart, and sadness for the characters that compelled me to think of both of these anime.
Both are about a group of girls with special abilities, both become much more dark in process, and their protagonists both have great potential and at the same time are uncertain of what they must do and what they really want to do.
Its basically the same, a free-for-all competition they fight each other and the winer gets a special gift
Battles of superpower and both have proxies of battle engaged characters. Like dolls.
Mai-Hime is similar to Fate/stay night because it is also a battle royal. Here normal schoolgirls are suddenly (or should i say born but not yet discovered) granted massive powers with as only purpose to destroy each other till one is left. The last one will then obtain a greater power to save the earth. Quite a dramatic story with lots of action
If u liked Mai-Hime then i think u might like Fate Stay Night. Probably because both shows have a sort of master/servant relationships, for instance in f/sn Shirou and Saber and in Mai-Hime Mai and Kagutsuchi. Both shows have their moments of comedy and some badass moments so if u liked either of them i recommend u watch the other.
Just as in Fate/Stay Night we have several chosen fighters with powers that have to fight each other in order to achieve the final huge goal. These fights are constantly held after specific time.
Both series involve strong emotions and love.
One of the huge difference would be that in Mai HiME all fighters are females and that there is a different price to pay for a loser, which I would say in Mai HiME has more value.
A human gains control of a strong entity in which they are forced to battle others that are in the same situation. The battles are either to the death, or until the strong entity can no longer fight. The fights stop when there is one victor. The battle is supposed to be kept quiet and only amongst the participants, but the fights escalate and soon, the entire city is at stake. Outside of the fighting, they live normal lives.
A last-man-standing competition between participants who use servants to do battle against one another. The main difference is the servants of Fate/Stay Night are epic heroes from the past and the ones from My-HiME are monsters.
Both use the same idea: different "teams" have to fight each other to win a certain event that occurs around a certain amount of time. Both contain magic action.
Opening Theme"Shining Days" by Minami Kuribayashi
Ending Theme#1: "Kimi ga Sora datta" by Aki Misato
#2: "It's Only The Fairy Tale" by Yuko Miyamura (ep 15)
#3: "Shining Days" by Minami Kuribayashi (ep 26)
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