Mai Hime is a surprising anime.
At first i thought it was just average with the usual fanservice but later on it's a true masterpiece with a near perfect (i repeat perfect) balance of action, story, fighting and drama.
I was really addicted and it's not even my genre.
The last 10 episodes maybe some of the best episodes in all anime history BUT overall i have to take in consideration the first episodes that were not so good (a couple were simple crap).
what do you think?
Mai HiME is my third favorite anime of all time. The first few episodes, as you said don't do the series justice, but they do serve a purpose. If you watch them extremely carefully there are alot of hints toward the later story and if there was anything that didn't make sense, those episode more than likely had an answer or a hint toward it.
yup Mai Hime is totally awesome.. especially the music...
Mai Otome is cool too btw....
and *tadaa* they are making the Mai Hime MOVIE
There are alot of mixed reactions to Otome as I've seen. Personally I loved it more than HiME because the plot was better even though most of the action doesn't happen until the last episodes and some character's lack development.
I wouldn't get to excited about the movie since it was never confirm by Sunrise and it had that controversal "20006" (not a mistake) trailer. There is going to be an Otome OAV later though.
Im currently watching Mai Hime, havent got to the end yet, and I am beginning to like it. I hope that if they made a movie out of it, maybe it could be a live action with CG effects. that would be cool.
I have watched Mai HiME (the whole season), but not any of the sequels (I think theres one out and other coming or something like that...sorry if i'm wrong).
I have to admit that the first episode didn't hook me a little and i was decided already to not watch the rest but I just don't know why i went watching the rest and i have to say that what i expected to be another pokemon like anime, turned out to be quite good with a decent plot and story.
Maybe is time to watch the sequel, since many of the users of the forum gave some nice critics to it.
Ive finished watching Mai Hime and sad to say a was a bit disappointed with how it ends.
Mai-HiME has got to be one of my all-time favorites. It's an awesome mix of fanservice, action, romance and drama. I usually say that Mai-HiME has got it all, and no kidding... The mood changes completely after a few episodes, and sometimes I even wonder how the main character didn't simply slit her wrists after a few certain events that happened through the series... Also, the OST is one of the best I've seen in an anime.
The ending went against all odds and seemed kinda farfetched, though... it was a huge deus ex machina, but it was still enjoyable nevertheless.
I have to recommend this series to everyone who hasn't seen it yet. I don't think you'll be disappointed.