Synonyms: My Princess
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 30, 2004 to Mar 31, 2005
23 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company
Score: 7.701 (scored by 30826 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
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
"An overlooked masterpiece that deserves a lot more attention."
I watched Mai HiME long before joining MAL so I didn't know what to say when I first saw the overall rating to be so low. Thus I decided to re-watch the show this past week to refresh my memory and to prepare for this review. If there is one thing my opinion changed about this anime since my first time watching it a few years back, it is the quality of the animation which we will get to in a moment. One short recommendation before we begin the review, get lots of tissue paper when you watch the latter half of the anime, you'll need it.
Extremely outstanding. Although the first half was somewhat slow to begin with, but the second half just throw you out the window. But without the character introductions and developments in the first half, the viewers reaction will not be as strong in the latter half. In essence, the entire show (episode per episode) was planned so that it can bring out all the emotional effects as it approach the end. That is not to say the anime is boring until the end though. In fact, most of the humorous moments reside in the earlier episodes mixing with some light fan service.
The animation quality is one of the very few things this series could have worked on. As a product made in 2004, the animation level is definitely not the best that Sunrise could have produced.
Absolutely stunning. Mai HiME is one of those rare anime series where the OP and ED are overwhelmed by occasional theme music in between episodes. The soundtracks are so well coordinated that one can truly say the music can play with your emotion.
Due to the large number of casts in the series (there are 13 HiMEs alone, not to mention their "precious" other half), it can get messy the first time watching it. However, once you get past the confusion of knowing the characters, you'll see how well each of the characters are made. The strong links between each of the HiME, whether it is friendship, hate, or romance, all proved to be an important part of the story.
Enjoyment + Overall:
A must watch. I can't stress it enough. MUST WATCH! I don't care if you are a guy, a girl, a homo, an animal, or whatever you may be, I strongly recommend it (don't forget the tissue for the 2nd half). I hope you get my point on how much I've enjoyed this show. As for Mai-HiME's successor, Mai-Otome, I would recommend it just as much as Mai-HiME. Another definite must see! read more
Madoka is basically the spiritual successor to Mai Hime. They are both deconstructions 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.
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.
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.
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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