Bruce: Hey, doesn't the church shun homosexuality? Shion: Don't say it so bluntly!
A prequel to the Mai-Otome TV series, centering around Lena Sayers (Arika's future mother) and the titular Sifr Fran, an offshoot of the Windbloom royal family who does not know of her heritage. Lena, her master Bruce, and some of their companions have the task of escorting her back to Windbloom. Sifr, however, has a secret, and must be protected from the Schwarz forces who would use it for their own ends, as well as those who would kill her to rliminate any threat she might pose.Apparently, the first episode alone Jossed about 50% of all the Epileptic Trees that Mai-Otome Zwei somehow didn't Joss... And then episode two Jossed about 20% more.
Big Damn Heroes (Subverted: Miyu shows up to bail Elliot out during the battle with M9-R in episode 2, but winds up with a sword through the chest for her trouble. Lena plays it completely straight in episode 3, helping save Raquel and Elliot on the space station.)
Cast Full of Gay (more precisely, Cast (almost) Full Of Lesbian, but this is a case of situational sexuality.)
Clothing Damage (a few times on Lena, in one case it's actually a plot point.)
Continuity Nod (Monica's death flashback, Nina cat, "Lena Yumemiya", Bruce's dinner coat, 'John Smith' as an apparent codename, Old Man Okuzaki, Lena's squarish Hi ME mark, Shirou using Arika's Catch Phrase, Artemis...)
Cranial Eruption: (Lena gives one to Elliot in Episode 1, and one to Elliot and Racquel in the third ending).
Darker and Edgier (from the original TV series, and actually managed to pull it off well.)
Expy (Sifr's mannerisms, dreams and overall personality are very similar to Arika's, and Lena herself is an Expy of Rena Yuuki from Future GPX Cyber Formula: Road to the Infinity 2, which had character designs by Hirokazu Hisayuki, the director of S.ifr)
Naked First Impression (Twice with Lena and Shirou. The first time it's an almost naked first impression and she's unconscious, but once she wakes up it's a more proper one, with her being naked except for a few bandages)
Parental Issues (Lena and her mother apparently have not spoken since her graduation six months before the start, as her mother thought she wasn't suited to become an Otome. Lena, however, gets a letter from her mother, which indicates they reconciled)
Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale (in episode 3 a battle in space results in the Otome bouncing around between the space station, an asteroid belt, and the moon in a matter of seconds)
It's either that or this was completely intentional. Among other things, Lena blocks a laser strong enough to melt a mountain before materializing and cleaves an asteroid in half, with a BFS created either from Hammerspace or basically nothing, compared to that stuff, reaching the velocities necessary to move around like that isn't that hard.
Schizo Tech (in the same episode a rotary-style phone, 1930s era headset in a case and a bluetooth earpiece all appear)