Yuuichi Tate is overjoyed: He gets to go to a brand new high school. Of course, then he just happens to find out the school he choose is under frequent attack by strange creatures called ''Orphans'', and the school set up a special task force of female members called ''HiME''s, using various elements as their powers, to battle these invaders. That's not all, though. Each member of the HiME task force has their own, unique ''Key'', another person whom, upon being discovered, can team up with the HiME to create a ''Child'', a combative unit specifically needed to effectively battle these Orphans. And with Yuuichi's luck, he just happens to find out he's not just the ''Key'' for one of the HiMEs, but for two... Two highly competitive, rival schoolgirls. And that's only the start of the trouble.
I have to say that I was scared by the start of this manga. I loved the anime and this was so different and fan-servicey that it scared me. I persevered and so far I am glad I did. The fan service has died down and the plots are coming together.
It seems like the plots are coming one after the other rather than one arc. That kinda gives me the feeling that they weren't sure where they were going. But apart from that feeling of uncertainty it seems to be going ok.
The characters (if I stop thinking about the anime) are well concieved and seem like they have depth. They are different to the anime though, same basics but with differences in behaviour and history. Hmmm may have to do a bit of writing on the differences.
It's hard not to compare the two and they do differ very much. It is more than a rehash of the anime. It's most definatly an AU (alternate universe), but that gives it a chance to make it's own path, which I think it does.
*Not yet a Mai-Hime manga fangirl*read more
I just re-read this manga last week and it was still amazing, originally the anime came out first for this series. Thing about this series is that the manga and anime are completely different so you don't feel that your going through the same thing on paper all over again.
Unlike the anime, the manga focuses on Yuuichi Tate while the anime focuses on Mai Tokhia. Being a guy I found that I could relate more to the manga then to the anime regardless the anime did bring in good insights to Yuuichi Tate when called upon, it just felt that the anime was more targeted to felmales while the manga was targeted to males.
This story has a wonderful, character development, griping emotionally scenes that'll keep you reading, it's humorous, tasteful ecchi scenes and just a well put together manga, the only thing about this series is that I felt it could of been longer even though it flowed well it could of been at least 10 volumes apposed to 05 volumes it would of probably made it the PERFECT manga.read more