Reviews: Mai Hime
Enjoyable, but feels a bit forced
Has a Fairly good plot with lots of forces at work, and the later battles especially are enjoyable to say the least. Despite this, the flaws are numerous, the plot takes a bit too long to get started, some character relationships feel like they were changed at the last minute, particularly between Mai and Tate. Also, I should note that the yuri content the fandom won't shut up about is INCREDIBLY overrated, it only shows up towards the end and isn't fulfilling in the slightest. Despite this, its various flaws don't detract from it nearly as much as one would think; still worth a look.
A forced series with a bad ending
When watching My-Hime, you see talent (which shows up in the next series My-Otome), but you also see a series where no one can figure out how to get from point A to point B. They try to connect First District and Searrs Foundation but none of the connections really matter at the end outside of the fact that Searrs created Miyu and Allysa. They try to setup this battle between Hime but even admit that there's really no sane reason for all these people to be fighting each other just because some white hair kid told them too. The result is that several characters simply go insane for no real reason, Yukariko is raped and falls in love with her rapist becoming his slave (a cliche from hentai), and Shiho and Shizuru become insane because of love. Fans try to justify this by claiming that the Princess Star is causing this but this isn't backed up by the series (the only person that this actually happens to is Reito, and Mikoto). Also none of the villains seem to care, Searrs just plans to wait another three hundred years, and Nagi spends most of the series on his back reading a book. First district is the same letting their members do whatever they want. This means that any meetings between heroes and villains (and there's a lot) have no tension to them. The worst part though is the ending, which is simply the worst ending any anime has ever had. In it anyone who died during the course of the series magically come back to life, and all of the problems caused such as insanity is instantly healed. By the half point of the final episode they began to mock what happened before such as Shizuru going on a killing rampage. Since Yukariko was raped she can no longer be a nun so Nao and Miyu replace her (because apparently they find it funny). Yukariko is still with her rapist as well because apparently rape is love.Nearly all relationships are left open because they clearly didn't want to piss off anyone. If the Director and Writer didn't give a crap about what happened why do they think I would? On the plus side, the animation is always consistent, and above average, while the music while not Yuki Kaijura's best work is still quite good. There are also some scenes that are really well done, and at times the series is suspenseful. This seems to be a trend for Sunrise in the last 10 years. Maybe they need to hire some new writers.