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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Mai Oto-Hime, Mai-OtoHiME, Dancing Maiden
Japanese: 舞-乙HiME
English: My-Otome
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Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 2005 to Mar 31, 2006
Premiered: Fall 2005
Broadcast: Fridays at 01:30 (JST)
Studios: Sunrise
Source: Original
Genres: ComedyComedy, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.281 (scored by 2531025,310 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #27762
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #3041
Members: 51,284
Favorites: 306

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In the Kingdom of Windbloom, Arika Yumemiya enrolls at Garderobe Academy to become an Otome—a virgin girl who is able to use a HiME (Highly-advanced Materializing Equipment) that bestows destructive abilities. Arika also wishes to find her mother who was a Meister Otome, an Otome of the highest rank responsible for being the personal bodyguard and super weapon of the specific nation they are assigned to.

While attending the academy, Arika makes friends with Nina Wáng, a distinguished Otome student, and Mashiro Blan de Windbloom, the current princess of the kingdom. With them by her side, Arika quickly adjusts to the academy's environment as she spends her days eagerly training, navigating social relationships, and developing her skills as an Otome.

However, Arika soon realizes that the process of becoming an Otome is fraught with dangers and unsavory political dealings. Bombarded with numerous personal dilemmas, Arika must make many sacrifices if she truly wishes to achieve her goals.

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Mai-Otome was released on DVD in North America by Bandai Entertainment from July 17, 2007, to July 15, 2008. Funimation published a remastered Blu-ray and DVD collection of the series on January 9, 2018.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Obara, Masakazu
Director, Storyboard
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director
Oota, Masahiko
Episode Director
Takuno, Seiki
Episode Director


Opening Theme

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1: "Dream Wing" by Minami Kuribayashi (eps 1-15)
2: "Crystal Energy" by Minami Kuribayashi (eps 16-25)

Ending Theme

1: "Otome wa DO MY BEST deshou?" by Mika Kikuchi and Ami Koshimizu


Mar 26, 2008
First off, please don't flame me as this is my first review.

As a guy familiar with Mai HiME, I expected myself to have no trouble adapting to Mai Otome. However, the first impression I got for Mai Otome was total confusion. This is largely due to all sorts of new names (both terminologies and characters). In fact, it was the characters at first that made me put the show ON HOLD! (That was after watching the first 3 episodes). I had some very hard time liking the main protagonist Arika at first. Maybe I was trying too hard to compare her with Mai (from HiME), ...
Oct 24, 2007
For those of you who've seen Mai-HiME would notice the obvious similarities between the shows. Even with all the similarities Mai-Otome still has a lot of great original material to be different from Mai-HiME. Allow me to apologize in advance because I will be referring to Mai-HiME a lot. ^_^

This time around the show follows the story of another redhead, Arika and her dreams to become one of the greatest Otome. Against all the odds she luckily manages to enroll at Garderobe (the academy for Otome) bringing her one step loser to her dream. The story follows the same trend as in Mai-HiME; starting of ...
Dec 25, 2009
My-Otome is nothing less than a total disaster as far as I'm concerned. This semi-sequel to 'Mai-Hime' is one of those shows that tries to combine many different genres such as comedy, action and drama into one; but it is a colossal failure in every way imaginable.

The basic story is, like many aspects of the show, incredibly derivative. It's the tale of a young girl named Arika Yumemiya who wants to enter a highly prestigious school called Garderobe where girls are trained to become an Otome, unbelievably powerful warriors who serve as vanguards of a country's militia. It is through a series of bafflingly ...

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