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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Nina Wang: Girl who always did her best only to get manipulated by Nagi and Sergay, tragic figure who has good intentions but started down a dark road due to a few critical mistakes, or completely and utterly amoral individual who is willing to commit mass murder for the sake of her incestuous love for Sergay?
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Shiho's dream sequence in episode 21. Made even more disconcerting by the fact it pops up in an otherwise tragic episode.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Grand Duke Nagi Dai Artài and John Smith are the respective leaders of the Artài Principality and the terrorist organization Schwarz. Desiring to Take Over the World, the two begin by firing an energy cannon on a crowded stadium, injuring many, then unleashing their armies on the Kingdom of Windbloom. Smith also forces Erstin Ho, whom they have raised to be a spy, to attack heroine Arika Yumemiya, while Nagi manipulates Nina Wang into joining him and has her also attack Arika, resulting in Erstin sacrificing herself—to their amusement. Once in power, the two exile Queen Mashiro and the poor population into the desert to die while also using the corpse of Lena Sayers to create the Valkyrie, Otomes that must obey Nagi under pain of electric shock should they refuse his orders. They then order Nina to use the Harmonium to destroy entire cities and kill everyone within, intending to spark a world war. Upon the heroines returning, the two men send their minions to kill them all. Smith then attempts to kill Sergey upon the latter's betrayal; when he fails, Nagi shoots Sergey instead and uses his life to further extort Nina into following his orders, later having her destroy Windbloom and putting the entire planet in danger out of spite when his plans are foiled. Despite claiming to want to free Otomes from their contracts, their real aim is to force everyone to suffer the pain of war.
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    • Tomoe Marguerite uses her charm to mask her malicious intentions. Throughout the show, she tries to personally take out Arika Yumemiya because she saw her as a potential threat to her affections towards her elder Shizuru Fujino. Her attempts involved trying to convince a gang to rape Arika, knowing that if they went through with it, her Otome powers would be neutralized. She later goes on to betray the Alliance, stating that she deserves to have anything that she wanted, and that everyone's lives, except that of Shizuru's, are meaningless to her. She gladly works under Grand Duke Nagi Dai Artài and John Smith, becoming the leader of the Valkyrie squad and bullying her friends into subservience. Despite supposedly loving Shizuru, Tomoe takes great pleasure in essentially making Shizuru into her plaything. When Shizuru reveals to her that she never loved her, Tomoe rants, noting the similarities between her and the older Otome, and states that she was entitled to be the only person to have her, then finally attempts to kill her and Natsuki.
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  • Die for Our Ship: Mahya. This is more understandable than many examples, as she deliberately interferes with Akane and Kazuya's attempts to have sex (instead of merely being someone either one could be or is interested in), but she still gets a lot of hate for interfering with the couple.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Nina. Despite her detractors, she still has fans willing to overlook or excuse her actions in later episodes.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Erstin's unexpected popularity among fans of the anime led to her surviving in the manga continuity, and actually being a member of the main Power Trio.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Those who take the series seriously tend to ignore what little "plot" there is in Mai-Otome Zwei as much as possible, and advise others to do the same.
  • Idiot Plot: This entire series when you look at it. Seriously whoever thought it was a good idea to have a Body Guard who if killed it kills the person they were guarding? Not to mention not once is the idea to have the handler be a person on death row or a low level soldier. Nope it is always the one in charge. Excellent idea indeed.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Mimi is not the most pleasant individual, especially considering that she's willing to let Aoi die for her loyalty to the queen], but her backstory (her father losing his job, becoming an alcoholic and dying) and her own eventual death are quite tragic.
  • Les Yay: Lots.
    • Natsuki and Shizuru, just like in the previous series. There's some between Natsuki and Nao as well in their budding Vitriolic Best Buds relationship.
    • Arika and Mashiro have a bunch of moments together in the later episodes that border on romance scenes where they encourage each other to keep going.
    • Erstin with Arika and Nina, particularly Nina. In one scene in the pool, when a water monster slithers by her, she assumes Nina is feeling her up, but bashfully tells her that If It's You, It's Okay. She also sends Nina and Arika a letter saying that eve though she was told not to make any friends at the school because she was a Schwarz infiltrator, she still found herself becoming close to them.
    • Aoi and Chie. When Nao asks why Chie was in town the same night she captured some thugs who were attempting to rape Arika, Chie jokingly replies that she had "a date." After Aoi almost dies performing her Heroic Sacrifice for Mashiro, Chie visits her in in the room where she is being treated, and is overjoyed when she regains consciousness.
  • Moe: Erstin
  • Moral Event Horizon: For Nagi, the point where he shoots Sergey and then ties him to the Harmonium, and then forces Nina to run it to keep him alive. For Tomoe, her organization of the Attempted Rape scenario, which thankfully failed.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: "ShizNat" is the most popular pairing among the fandom.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Several characters from Mai Hime qualify for this trope in this series:
    • Shiho may still be something of a brat, but thankfully she shows no traces of her Mai Hime counterpart's clinginess and her pronounced devious streak makes her antics much more entertaining.
    • Though still not an altogether nice person, Juliet Nao Zhang is a far more decent human being than Nao Yukki, her Mai Hime counterpart.
    • Popular as she is, Shizuru's actions in Mai Hime didn't sit well with some people. Mai-Otome's Shizuru is considered a lot cooler, with her counterpart's Psycho Lesbian Yandere traits given to Tomoe instead.
  • Saved by the Fans: The popularity of Nao and Shizuru's "Earth" incarnations prompted their return as heroes in this second season.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Shiho is considerably better liked by the fans than her HiME counterpart, but it’s revealed in the sound dramas that she is by far the least popular Otome among those that Backstage sells merchandise for, especially after her fairly humiliating outcome from the incident in the pool (which was mostly her fault).
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Gal is female, but given that she's a Cyborg and her voice is distorted, it's hard to tell.
  • Wangst: Some of Nina's crying post-Face–Heel Turn can come off like this.
  • The Woobie: Erstin. She was becoming friends with Arika and Nina despite trying to avoid becoming attached to anyone at the academy, but knew the "black letter" from Schwarz would come one day and she would become their enemy.


  • Complete Monster: Sergey Auguste Taiki is the true mastermind and a far cry from his anime counterpart. In the backstory, he brainwashed Mai Tokiha and Mikoto into becoming his minions, and used Mai and Kagutsuchi to burn down the village where Arika Yumemiya and the male Mashiro lived, killing nearly everyone inside, then raised the male Mashiro as a pawn. As the Prime Minister of Windbloom, Sergey orders military expansion, bringing mass unemployment. He manipulates the Schwarz and Grand Duke Nagi Dai Artài into causing chaos, and upon revealing this, he orders Mikoto to kill the heroes, resulting in Nagi sacrificing himself—to his amusement. Feigning loyalty to the real Mashiro, Sergey helps her take over Windbloom, making his rule even harsher than before and allowing his soldiers to torment and rape the citizens. He unleashes the Dark HiME to kill the heroes, resulting in Nina Wang and Erstin Ho grievously injuring themselves to save everyone. When the heroes confront him, he traps the male Mashiro in a nightmare, forcing him to relive his brutal bullying, while trying to force Arika and Nina to kill each other, then betrays the real Mashiro and controls Fumi Himeno into killing her, before stabbing the male Mashrio. Finally, he transforms into a giant monster and engulfs Windbloom in darkness, intending to destroy the world that he feels is filled with lies. A total madman, Sergey is said by the male Mashiro to love no one, not even himself.
  • Evil Is Sexy: In the manga, Fumi, after being turned and Dark Hime!Yukariko.
  • Idiot Plot: The Arashi plot can basically be summarized as "Garderobe is bought by a crooked noble and the Otome turned into Go Go dancers, but no one seems to think that the most powerful institute in the world needs to be rescued." Yeah.
    • Gets even worse near the end, when we are forcibly reminded that many of the Otome have some very wealthy, powerful relatives (They are eventually saved by Natsuki's mother. You know, the one who owns a country?!) who could have resolved the entire situation in ten minutes, yet nobody ever asked them for help.
      • Natsuki argues that Garderobe, an international organization, can't have deep ties with a single country, but her mother disagrees.
    • This goes double for the Super-H extra which came with Arashi, which basically boiled down to justification for fanservice.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Most of Sergay's actions after his being revealed as evil qualify, including killing Mashiro when she is no longer useful, trying to destroy the world and almost killing Manshiro.


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