->'''Bruce''': Hey, doesn't the church shun homosexuality? \\
'''Shion''': Don't say it so bluntly!

A prequel to the ''Anime/MaiOtome'' 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 eliminate any threat she might pose.

Apparently, the first episode alone {{Jossed}} about 50% of all the EpilepticTrees that ''Anime/MaiOtomeZwei'' somehow didn't Joss... And then episode two Jossed about 20% more.

!Provides examples of:

* BadassLongcoat: Bruce, also a BadassNormal and one of the few males in the series that the fanbase has actually liked all the way through.
* BarrierMaiden: [[spoiler:Sifr turns out to be one, being one of the few people who can use the lost technology.]]
* BattleButler: Lena initially appears as this to Bruce.
* BeamOWar: Mostly avoided until the last part of the Lena/M-9 battle.
* {{BFS}}: The Sword of Akatsuki makes its first appearance in episode 3... At HumongousMecha proportions.
%%* BigNo
* BigDamnHeroes: 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.
* {{Bokukko}}: Elliot.
* CanonImmigrant: Raquel and Shion, AlternateContinuity versions of characters from ''Anime/MaiHime Destiny''; and [[spoiler:Ayane's Robe, the Lofty Crimson Jade, used by Lena no less]].
* CastFullOfGay: More precisely, Cast (almost) Full Of Lesbian, but this is a case of situational sexuality.
* ClothingDamage: A few times on Lena, in one case it's actually a ''plot point''.
%%* ContinuityNod:
%%** Monica's death flashback.
%%** Nina cat.
%%** "Lena Yumemiya".
%%** Bruce's dinner coat.
%%** 'John Smith' as an apparent codename.
%%** Old Man Okuzaki.
%%** Lena's squarish [=HiME=] mark.
%%** Shirou using Arika's CatchPhrase.
%%** [[spoiler:Artemis]].
* CranialEruption: Lena gives one to Elliot in Episode 1, and one to Elliot and Racquel in the third ending.
* DarkerAndEdgier: From the original TV series.
%%* DistressedDamsel: Sifr.
* DoppelgangerAttack: Lena in the finale.
* EpisodeZeroTheBeginning: The title. [[BilingualBonus In Arabic]], ''sifr'' means "zero".
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Sifr technically, as well Ares' Otome Sakura.
* {{Expy}}: Sifr's mannerisms, dreams and overall personality are very similar to Arika's, and Lena herself is an Expy of Rena Yuuki from ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula: Road to the Infinity 2'', which had character designs by Hirokazu Hisayuki, the director of ''S.ifr''
* {{Fanservice}}: Quite a bit, but it doesn't detract from the plot like in Zwei.
* FashionableAsymmetry: Sifr's evening gown, with one covered shoulder and one bared.
* FireBreathingDiner: Interesting variation: Bruce drinks something and intentionally spews out flames to act as a distraction.
* FlungClothing: Lena casting aside her disguise to reveal her Meister uniform.
* {{Gainaxing}}: Mostly on Lena.
* GenerationXerox: Inverted -- Sifr and Lena's daughters are a lot like them, but Arika and Nina are most like the one who's ''not'' their mother.
* IdenticalGrandson: Sakura looks almost exactly like Ayane, who is presumably her ancestor.
* IncestIsRelative: [[spoiler:Sifr and Bruce are apparently cousins.]]
%%* InTheBlood: [[spoiler:The Composer's power.]]
* KillSat: Schwartz gets their hands on one somehow in episode 3.
* KingIncognito: Bruce seems to be this, though a later episode shows he's actually still a prince.
* LandingInSomeonesBathtub: In the first episode, Sifr pulls Lena into her bathtub while she is clothed. This results in Lena getting naked and joining her.
* LiteralAssKicking: Lena in [[spoiler:episode 3 dishes these out to the Columns who oppose her and threaten Sifr]].
* MechaMooks: An army of them awaits on the space station.
* {{Meganekko}}: Two of them, Lena and Shion. In the second episode all three of the girls with Bruce dress up with maid outfits and glasses, and Elliot even gets [[{{Catgirl}} cat ears]].
* MeteorMove: Lena's signature finishing move.
* MyHeroZero: Obviously.
* NakedFirstImpression: 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.
%%* {{Ninja}}
* ParentalIssues: 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.
%%* PhlebotinumBreakdown
* PowerCopying: M-9's power.
* RebelliousPrincess: Sifr, though she's only technically a princess.
%%* RescueRomance:
%%** Bruce to Sifr.
%%** Lena to Sifr.
%%** [[spoiler:Shiro to Lena]].
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Used comedically on Lena.
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: 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.
* SchizoTech: In episode 3, a rotary-style phone, 1930s era headset in a case and a bluetooth earpiece all appear.
* SelfDestructMechanism: [[spoiler:The Schwartz space station.]]
* ShootTheDog: Elliot is ordered by the head of Garderobe to [[spoiler:kill Sifr if she falls into enemy hands. Una and the other three Columns then move to eliminate Sifr themselves]].
* {{Sizeshifter}}: Lena sort of does this in the finale, projecting a giant version of herself to wield her {{BFS}}.
* {{Sneezing}} Sakura, in response to the crew of the Five Columns' ship mentioning her
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Thanks to Doremi, Lena will forever be known by the incorrect spelling "Rena"
* SuperpowerLottery: Lena proves that she is the all-time biggest winner throughout episode 3, capping it off by single-handedly defeating ''four'' Otome at once.
%%* TalkingIsAFreeAction
* TraintopBattle: In the beginning of the first episode.
* ATwinkleInTheSky: Lena does this to Shirou in episode 2.
* WeHelpTheHelpless: The Earl Church, apparently.
* WhipSword: Una's weapon.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Lena cinches her victory over M-9 in the final episode with a Reverse Gory Special Bomb... '''[[RuleOfCool From space all the way down to Earth]]'''.