(ended 2005)



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My-HiME (Mai-HiME) - Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Shounen (May contain violence, bad language, mild nudity)

Fuuka Gakuen is a unified school from primary through senior high school. In Fuuka Gakuen, there was a rumor that a mysterious monster appeared, and that the only counter measures for the monster were girls called HiME. They have abilities of HiME (Highly-advanced Materializing Equipment).

Mai was a transferred and she didn't know the rumor. However, she was suddenly told her she had the power of a HiME. After facing a few problems, she learns to live her life as a HiME.

Opening: "Shining™Days" by Minami Kuribayashi
Endings: "Kimi ga Sora Datta" by Aki Misato __________________ Mai Tokiha - A new transfer student to Fuuka Academy and the main heroine of the show. She has been taking care of her younger brother Takumi since the death of their parents. She hates to burden others with her problems. Her Elements are four gold rings with emerald magatama on them which float around her wrists and ankles that allow her to fly, generate flame streams, and create force fields. Her Child is Kagutsuchi, named after the Japanese god of fire.

Natsuki Kuga - Natsuki leads a double life; in one, she is just a normal Fuuka Academy student. In the other, she is a girl on a mission. She seeks vengeance for her mother's death, which was seemingly at the hands of an organization known as the First District. Her Elements are a pair of small firearms, which shoot ice bullets. Her Child is Duran, a silver and purple wolf named after the dog she had as a child.

Mikoto Minagi - A middle school student of questionable origin who was pulled from the sea by a passing ferry. She is quite attached to Mai, though her purpose for going to Fuuka Academy is to search for her brother. Her Element is a large jet-black claymore called Miroku. Miroku possesses several special powers including the ability to cut through almost any object without needing to be physically swung and the ability to summon energy blasts. It is initially assumed that the sword itself is her Child, but her Child is later revealed to be a monstrous ogre-like creature which wields a gigantic spiked club; this also bears the name Miroku.

Takumi Tokiha - Mai's little brother. His heart is weak and requires daily medication due to an accident he suffered when he and Mai were younger.

Akira Okuzaki - Takumi's roommate. She is actually a female ninja in disguise, sent by her father, the head of the Okuzaki ninja clan to observe the HiMEs. Her weapon is a double-bladed dagger. Her Child is Gennai, which resembles a giant frog. The giant spotlights on Gennai's back are used in conjunction with Akira's Element to incapacitate an enemy.

Yuuichi Tate - A member of the Fuuka Academy student council who met Mai on the same ferry that rescued the nearly-drowned Mikoto Minagi. He doesn't seem to get along with Mai, although it is clear that he cares for her at least in some way. He takes care of Shiho Munakata, a childhood friend. He was a former member of the Fuuka kendo club, regularly making it into the nationals until he was injured severely at some point in the past. In the manga, Tate is in fact the hero of the story and is the Key to both Mai and Natsuki.

Shiho Munakata - A girl who calls Yuuichi her brother (though they are not related). Shiho follows Yuuichi around but the whereabouts of her parents are unknown, assumed dead. Her grandfather owns the local Fuuka Shrine where she serves as a miko. Her Element is a flute. Her Child is Yatagarasu, a crow-like creature.

Haruka Suzushiro - The hot-headed director of the Fuuka Academy student council who enjoys an equally spicy meal. She has a tendency to mispronounce and misspell things, often as a form of comic relief. She is Yukino's best friend and Shi'zuru's rival. She often uses the term bubuzuke (rice with tea) to refer to Shi'zuru, though the first time she used it Haruka didn't even know what it meant.

Yukino Kikukawa - The secretary of the Fuuka Academy student council. She appears rather introverted and was often defended by Haruka when they were children. Her Element are mirrors through which she can see all of Fuuka Gakuen with help of the spores her Child, Diana, a plant-like creature with long vine-like tendrils, spreads. The spores act as cameras and can also generate cloaking fields. She is often correcting Haruka's mispronounced words.

Reito Kanzaki - Vice President of the Fuuka Academy student council. He has a calm attitude and is quite popular with the female students. He is interested in Mai romantically. He is later revealed to be the earthly host of the Obsidian Lord and Mikoto's missing brother. His name in Japanese is Koykyo no Kimi.

Shi zuru Fujino - President of the Fuuka Academy student council. Her cool yet inviting disposition and distinctive Kyoto accent have made her quite popular with both the male and female students. Her weapon is a multi-sectioned Naginata. Her Child is Kiyohime, which resembles a multi-headed Hydra and is an allusion to the legend of Kiyohime. Shi zuru secretly harbors romantic feelings for Natsuki.moreless
Carol Anne Day

Carol Anne Day

Mai Tokiha [Eng]

Cheryl McMaster

Cheryl McMaster

Natsuki Kuga [Eng]

Tomokazu Seki

Tomokazu Seki

Yuuichi Tate [Jap]

Cole Howard

Cole Howard

Takumi Tokiha [Eng]

Sakura Nogawa

Sakura Nogawa

Shiho Munakata [Jap]

Mai Nakahara

Mai Nakahara

Mai Tokiha [Jap]

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  • A very good anime show but to be honest I still prefer the sequel.

    The show is set in a Japanese highschool and centres around a group of girls who all have a special ability called HiME. This ability allows them to materiealise weapons and avatars with which to fight monsters (and also each other).

    The show has good characters, with some very interesting inter-personal reationships and character development throughout the series. Somehow though having seen the sequel (mai-Otome) the show just isn't as good as it could have been and lacks something to make it really special.

    All in all though it is a good show with some good moments and i have to confess mai-otome is much more interesting if you have seen this show first (all thaough it is not essential as they are not really related).moreless
  • Gambling and girl fights, need I say more?

    This show never comes on T.V. anymore (I don't know if it ever did) but what I can say is that it's worth the 1 week wait (I see it on On Demand, every week they show 2 - 5 new episodes). Seriously, this has all been done before in other anime since their's almost no more originality in anime anymore but I still can't believe that anime has gone this far without many people being discouraged about that fact. The only problem I think theis show has, just like any other anime, is filler episodes. Sure its a nice and necesary distraction but still.moreless
  • What can I say?

    If you're looking for girl power you've come to the right place. One of the best anime I've seen, judging not only the story line but the art design, it has absolutely everything action, romance, comedy- when we need it, episodes eighteen to the end had me bawling like a baby, I wish I knew before hand that every one would be alright or I'd have save my tears. Perfect in almost every way (I wanted to see Natsuki end up with that GUY) but hey you can't always get what you want but if you try sometimes you get what you can.moreless
  • I love this show I wish it was still on

    15 year old Mai Tokiha and her younger brother Takumi have been invited to attend the prestigious Fuka Academy, a unique island school that is administered by its own attendees. On the ship ride there they meet two of their fellow students. Yuichi is a normal guy but might just be a closet pervert, and he is always accompanied by his childhood friend, Shiho, whose tendril-like hair reflects her emotions, especially her jealousy of Mai! Things get a little stranger when a girl's body is pulled from the water. She is revived by Mai's CPR training but the strange thing is that when they pulled her out she was gripping a large grey sword! Another mysterious yet beautiful girl enters the picture, who seems to be either trying to kill or capture the sword wielder. She has some pretty fancy pistols that seem to materialize out of nowhere to match up against the sword. When the battle begins, Mai finds herself in the middle and awakening an unknown power in herself. Mai is a "Hime" and it is no coencidence that she is journeying to Fuka Academy. Secret powers are gathering together girls with supernatural abilties to fight against an enemy from the stars called "Orphans".moreless
  • A deeply moving story where an ordinary girl's life turns upside down due to superpowers and conspiracy behind it all.

    So, we have a bunch of girls who can see a mysterious red star in the sky. These girls have special powers (called HiME) and the ability to summon their own mecha-weapon or child for use in fights. Sounds like a typical superpower story so let's go watch X-men instead. No. You cannot be any more wrong than that.

    The first thing that sets this anime apart from the rest is the music. The soundtrack score is simply one of the best, if not the best I've ever heard in the world of TV animation. The music matches perfectly with the scenes and amplifies the impact of the scenes. The composer is none other than Kajiura Yuki whose music has a unique blend of Opera, Techno and Pop. An unusual and unlikely combination yet it works wonderfully!

    The art by Sunrise animation studio is a clear improvement over Gundam Seed with characters, scenery and mecha being crisp and clear. Thank goodness there was no recycling of frames which plagued Seed. Nonetheless, I've made it a personal game when watching Sunrise products to spot as many similarities to Gundam Seed as I can possibly can and there are a few - Natsuki's pose when commanding Duran to fire being the most obvious!

    Then comes the story. It is very gripping and a deep emotional rollercoaster. This anime is split into 2 clear arcs. As the first rollercoaster arc ends, we think finally the characters have found peace. However, the second arc is even more emotionally involved than the first with inside conspiracy, lies and deceit thretening everything our characters have. Overall, a very clever combination of Battle, Emotion and general slice of life!

    Characters. The protagonist is an easily likeable character and we follow her emotional swings as the show continues. Her reactions to situations in general is somewhat realistic. The supporting cast each have very unique traits and interesting backstories to keep us entertained. On top of it, we get great character development with the characters interacting with each other in a myriad of ways. We see bonds created and broken, fun and sadness as the series goes on. The character profiling is simply excellent.

    Voice acting is good on the whole but nothing too special, since the "average" standard of voice acting in Japanese Animation is stupendously high in the first place.

    With all the praise above, we now have to take into account the shortcomings.

    1. The biggest drawback is that we do not get an adequate explanation why on earth the HiME powers exist. Where is it from and what is the history? A character does research but the results are not revealed to the viewer. Fundamental plot hole here as from what I can deduce from the little information given, the purpose of the power is nothing short of ridiculous. I really should be giving this show a 9.5 being a personal favourate but with the need to be objective, this alone reduces the score to 9.3.

    2. The biggest drawback is that, Sunrise is simply useless at making cliffhangers! They did a semi-decent job in Seed, useless in Destiny, and of course, useless in Code Geass! Unfortunately, it is also absolutely useless in Hime but I shall not spoil.

    3. The ending is also very controversial and cheesy with many fans voicing discontent but to be honest, I like it this way.

    To sum it up, a deeply captivating show with top-notch music, emotion and characters and well worth the time for people interested in action and emotional shows.moreless