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Mai-Otome – 25, 26 (END)

With the battle underway, Haruka launches out to fight the enemy Otome. She faces Laura Bianchi and then Chie. While the battle rages on, Nao, Natsuki, Sarah, and the stripes gang force their way into Fumi’s mausoleum. Shizuru joins them and gets reunited with Natsuki. Inside the Garderobe school, Miss Maria shows off some spry moves while breaking out with Yukariko and Irina. They also head for the mausoleum. In response, Nagi activates his Slaves and sends them out. This includes an entire army that fires against the Airies forces. Fortunately, giant rocks come out of the ground to block the shots; Arika, Mashiro, Mai, and Mikoto have arrived. They use their powers to wipe out a good number of the Slaves, and then Mai sends Arika ahead into the city. On the outskirts, Miyu dives into a pool of water and heads for a building that’s defended by Orphans. Nagi fires the cannon on top of his castle, but Natsuki is ready to counter it with a shot of her own because she is able to activate her Robe by being connected directly to Fumi’s chamber. The two beams hit each other and bounce off-target. However, the cable to Fumi has overloaded, meaning that Natsuki won’t get another chance.
The situation looks dire since Nagi is able to fire again, but Arika flies in and blocks it. She even reflects it back and damages Nagi’s cannon. Everyone’s happy to see her again, but Tomoe interrupts the reunion. Otome from both sides of the fight now gather in a face off in front of the Mausoleum. Mashiro tries to appeal to the enemy Otome to stop fighting, but to little avail. Nagi decides that it’s time for the final stage: he activates the power of Rena’s capsule that disrupts all of the Otome’s Robes. Because she loses her powers, Arika starts falling from the sky. Chie rushes over to catch her, but Tomoe then destroys Chie’s Valkyrie Robe for being a traitor. She finds it strange that Chie was able to disobey their Shinso’s orders. As it turns out, it’s actually Shiho’s maki-maki that allowed Chie to do so. In any case, Tomoe is ready to kill everyone in front of her, including her allies. Chie realizes that Nagi’s plan was to use the invasion of Windbloom as a pretext to annihilating all of the Meister Otome. Tomoe raises her weapon against Arika, but it’s the Aswad to the rescue this time. Midori, whose REM seems to be working fine now, activates her nano-machines and charges Gakutenou into Tomoe, sending the Valkyrie crashing into a nearby building.
Yohko has Arika and Mashiro link hands, which activates Arika’s Robe again. The two head for Nagi’s tower, but a damaged and furious Tomoe once again gets in their way. This time, Arika shatters the Valkyrie’s Robe and lets her fall into the city below. Mashiro and Arika then arrive in the room where Rena’s capsule is kept. Arika finally gets to meet her mother and starts to talk to her, showing off how she’s now become an Otome. In tears, Mashiro tells Arika that she has to destroy the capsule. Arika’s thanks Mashiro, however she’s already decided on her own that she needs to do it. Arika readies her signature “Bolt from the Blue,” mouths an apology, and charges. In doing so, Arika is embraced by Rena, and she emerges from Nagi’s tower with a new Robe – the same one her mother used to have. All of Nagi’s slaves have now been defeated and the Column’s Robes have been reactivated. Mai joins the Columns, and it seems that even the Valkyrie girls are alright, including Tomoe. But Nagi still has one last card up his sleeve – the Harmonium.
Nina is at the helm because apparently Sergay was too gentle of a person to take away her powers (in other words, he didn’t sleep with her). Arika and Mashiro fly up to the tornado, but the Columns activate their Robes and beat her getting there. Everyone is using their power to try to hold it back. To help the effort, Miyu goes through with Alyssa’s final request and activates the “Trans Global Materialise System” that turns the blue star into a red star. Miss Maria and Natsuki remember the legend that said when the guiding star shines red, all of the Otome restrictions will be lifted. Indeed, everyone gains their Robes.
The entire force combines their powers and is successful at keeping Nina’s tornado at bay, so Mashiro, Arika, Haruka, Mai, Mikoto, and the Pillars head for the Harmonium in Nagi’s castle. And when Cardair’s forces, with Kazuya in command, also attack, Nagi has no choice but to pull out all of the original Slaves. Shizuru and Haruka take care of the ones in the air outside of the castle while Nao, Sarah, and Shiho handle the ones on the ground outside. The latter three are joined by Maya and Akane, who launched from Kazuya’s ship. Akane is still an Otome because she never got to consummate her relationship with Kazuya before he was taken back to Cardair. Natsuki and the others break into the castle and are confronted with more Slaves. To their surprise, a very young Miss Maria appears and criticizes Natsuki for lack of elegance. She shows them how it’s done by easily destroying all of the Slaves. Arika and Mashiro go on ahead after Mikoto issues a warning about how dangerous the Harmonium can be if used for too long. In the Harmonium’s chamber, the two are met by Nina and Nagi. Nina refuses to stop the Harmonium because doing so would kill her father. Nina and Arika disappear and reemerge outside the castle. Arika says that she understands a little of how Nina feels because she also likes Sergay. But because Nina would do anything to have Sergay, Arika must stop her.
Their fight leads them to outer space, and Nina asks why Arika is fighting. Arika responds that she made a promise to make a country where everyone can smile. Nina thinks that’s a dream, but Arika says that her dream was what made her become an Otome. Nina becomes more desperate when her attacks on Arika fail and Arika still refuses to give up. Arika convinces Nina that they can starts over. Nina links hands with her, but then the Harmonium starts reacting because keeping Sergay alive has caused it to exceed its limits. Its memories and power flow into Nina. Nagi thinks that everyone will die now. Nina seems to know what’s coming and asks Arika to defeat her. However, it’s too late because her transformation is complete – she now has wings and wields a sword that resembles Miroku. Knowing that she can’t give up, Arika summons her Sword of Akatsuki and charges Nina. Nina directs an attack at her, but Arika breaks through it and pierces into Nina. Released from the Harmonium, Nina thanks Arika and then starts falling back to the planet. Arika dives after her and catches her, but their Robes burn up on re-entry. Back in the Harmonium Chamber, Nagi is arrested by Chie, and Natsuki destroys the Harmonium. Yohko directs some girls quickly to take Sergay’s body to Garderobe.
In the aftermath, the red star turns back to blue. The refugees of Windbloom are allowed to return to their country and the agreement with the Aswad is honored. Nagi and his goons are chained up and put to work under Mai and Mikoto. The city is rebuilt and Mashiro finally completes her castle, with the sunflower on top. After the ceremony, Mashiro comments that it’s still a shabby castle, but this is where it starts. Arika thinks to herself that her dream lies here. And finally, in a house in the woods, Sergay wakes up without his memory. Watching over him, Nina introduces herself and says that they’ll slowly start over, the two of them. She has replaced the picture in her watch with one of herself, Arika, and Eristin.

Overall, I loved this episode because it’s everything I had expected in terms of action and story. Yes, the story wasn’t perfect (I wanted more explanation on Yohko and the Aswad and Aoi), but the episodes kept me excited the entire way through. The cast is so large and as I had hoped, pretty much everyone played a part. And so, here’s the final analysis:
The old hag is spry! – Simply put, Miss Maria kicks ass. And it gets even better when she becomes young. The expressions on everyone’s faces when they saw her are priceless.
Just in the nick of time – There were a lot of times where someone came in to save the day at the just in the nick of time – it got a little old watching people swoop in like that.
ShizNat – Awww, I was hoping they’d kiss or something. At least they got reunited and neither of them died.
Spiderman – It’s a shame we didn’t get to see much of Nao in action. Natsuki and Shizuru have gotten plenty of screen time but showing the other Columns fighting in only the final episodes is a bit of a let-down.
All you people crying incest can stop now – So Sergay didn’t sleep with Nina after all, that’s how she was able to keep her powers. So much for all that discussion about a loophole.
Mai-HiME- As if we weren’t getting the clues already, there are some very blatant connections shown to Mai-HiME in these final two episodes including Fuuka Gakuen, Orphans, the red HiME star, and even the words “Highly Advanced Materialising Equipment”.
Robes, Robes, Robes – Gotta love all of the new Robes they show off. Shiho’s made me laugh the most (why is there a skull on her crotch?!) and the one Arika got from her mother looked the best (oh how I wish she got to keep that instead of the pink and blue thing she ended up with). And we can’t forget Akane’s neko-mimi either. Ganbatte Akane, you’ll get Kazuya yet…
Remember back… – So the dark figure from OP1 was actually Nina! I wonder if they had that planned out from the beginning or what. She even got to wield Miroku (another nod to HiME). Actually I felt that Nina in that form didn’t get enough screen-time and her defeat came fairly quickly. Granted, they were running out of time, but that part especially felt rushed (more so than anything else).
Like watching Gundam SEED all over again – Several people have pointed out that there are numerous parallels to Gundam SEED in the fight between Arika and Nina. See this blog (scroll down to near the end) and this blog for comparison screenshots.
My biggest complaint? – Everything else aside, the thing I wish they had done the most was give these final episodes a special ending song. I am so very tired of Otome wa DO MY BEST desho?
Taters! – Sorry, I couldn’t resist calling him that. Messy hair Sergay looks a lot like Tate. For whatever reason, I couldn’t stop thinking of Jeff Lawson’s RIP Taters video from Mai-HiME. Seriously though, I’m glad that Nina and Sergay got a happy ending.
Coming soon… – By now I’m sure you’ve heard that there will be four OAVs coming this fall. I personally think that this finale did well in concluding the series and that anything they do in the OAVs should be separate from the story here (the Megami magazine article seems to support that). Cameos by familiar characters would of course be welcome, but I pray that they don’t use them like they use Mai or Miyu in this series.

Final Thoughts: It was about when SHUFFLE! ended that Mai-Otome started to get really good. That’s not to say that the first half of the series was a waste because I think all of the episodes contributed to the story (yes, even the ecchi pool one). My favorites are without a doubt episodes 17 and 18, the ones that got the story really moving towards this final showdown. Granted, Mai-Otome is not without its problems, especially plot-wise, but I thought they did a wonderful job managing the humongous cast of characters and creating an exciting, funny, and entertaining series. For me, every week in recent memory was spent anticipating watching this on Thursdays. As for how Otome compares to HiME, both rank up there on my all-time favorite shows list, but I think Otome slightly edges out HiME. I’m sure plenty of people will disagree, but that’s how I feel. In any case, Mai-Otome a must-see show.

March 30, 2006 at 5:48 pm
  • April 1, 2006 at 10:47 amRojess

    i just find it funny that face of Akira is so “unhappy” that Mai is back!

  • April 1, 2006 at 11:21 pmD

    what am about to say may offend many, i think this show sucks.

    now now, stop, you don’t have to bite my head off, i respect that many of you like it.
    i guess i just don’t like magical girl shows *this is pretty much what this is, though this one is ‘abit’ hyped up* and i hate shows with nasty bitches, this one has MANY nasty bitches hence i quite dislike.

    i only watched the first episode and then checked acouple of the shows episodes blogs every
    now and then.

    recommendation to people with similar taste, don’t watch this show.

    to the rest of you guys who liked it, just ignore this post and don’t bother explaining how good
    it really is and how i really suck..

    cheers all :)

  • April 2, 2006 at 3:09 amArika

    D…. that is not the way to watch a show. A lot of the elements in the show are not conveyed to you as the reader in the blogs. Initially I hated the show since I watched the 1st 5 minutes of the 1st ep and stopped. I started to watched it again because 1. I was still downloading it and 2. I was bored and had nothing else on my computer to watch. This time, after ep 2 I just kept going because I found it wasn’t that bad, and I was hooked and couldn’t stop (I had like 12 eps of the show on my hdd by then). Some eps are good while some were so so but all contributed nicely to the show. I don’t have much complains for I don’t analyse a show on ‘how it should have been done’ since I am not the script writer. In the end of the day I can say I have rewatched this show’s eps more times that some ‘bigger name’ anime. The ending is good but could have been better and it is not my pet project for me to criticise.

  • April 5, 2006 at 5:39 amKinny Riddle

    Arika in her blue robe is cool~~
    Mai really does return! :D
    And holy cow! Miss Maria, she’s already graceful without her robe, and then she simply kicks butt when she becomes young. And she’s hawt to boot, even though she’s nearly 3-4 times my age, old enough to be my grandmother… The expression on everyone else’s face…priceless. xDD

  • April 5, 2006 at 5:52 amnobody

    I wonder what happend to tomoe in the end.And it seems like the only way nina could have sergy is by brainwashing him hehe.

  • April 6, 2006 at 6:38 pm*Chi*

    I hope they include characters like Tomoe in the OVAs. It’s just interesting to see what happened to them.

  • April 7, 2006 at 1:41 pmWoo


  • April 11, 2006 at 1:23 pmwolfx

    I thought Mai Hime had a better ending and was better explained. I wouldn’t care less about how it ties back to Mai Hime since i consider it more of a “reference/tribute” to Mai Hime than a sequel. Also in Mai Hime the characters were expanded better and you felt an attachment to them. In Otome, its more like Nina Vs Arika most of the time and you don’t have an attachment to the rest of the characters. Besides Hime was a hard act to follow.

    But here’s some ummm….plot holes?

    1.) EDIT: nvm….found out that Nagi found the 3rd verse of the song from Aoi…though not explicitly.

    2.) EDIT: NVM again… found out Rena saved Nina in the 1st episode along with the Blue Sky Sapphire (which we all assumed was Arika). She was picked up by these resistance people, who either got the gems traded for cash or stolen from them (by Miyu) which Miyu eventually got a hold of and passed it to Arika’s grandma. That’s why everyone wonders if Arika was the princess cause she had the gems.

    Bahaha…i answered my own questions after thinking on it. Nvm. ;)

  • April 11, 2006 at 5:07 pmR.

    I’m a bit disappointed with the final fight :/ ok A LOT disappointed! I mean it barely lasted, in these times I miss the old DBZ fights which lasted for months ~_~ I like Mai Hime better. And did anyone notice that Arika was actually in Mai hime right before the end they showed her behind Mai.

    For those who were wondering about MISS MARIA: her gem is “Eternal Jasper”, hint, so probably there’s her power

    HAHA! Akane has kitty ears or something, that cracked me up.
    Has anyone noticed that basically Arika’s hair changed colors to darker in the blue robe… probably saves tons on hair colouring :/

    PS: damn u scientists! Start making those nanomachines already :D

    QUESTION: so what exactly is Mashiro???? She’s basically nobody but gets to be the queen :/

  • April 12, 2006 at 9:32 amwolfx

    Oh and did anyone notice the BGM insert for episode 24 and 26 had the “next episode preview” song from Gundam Seed Destiny? Its similar but the lyrics and melody is slightly different. Both are by Yuki Kajiura, no less. The one in Seed Destiny was by a male while in Otome its by a female artiste.

  • April 14, 2006 at 9:16 amdead

    just want to say that , for me, arika meeting rena was the second best scene of the series. first of course was the aoi falling from the cliff…..and then surviving bleh… probably learned some tips from sergey

    i like mai otome better than mai hime… dunno why, but its just me and thats just MHO.

  • April 16, 2006 at 7:08 amdead

    oh just went through some mai hime episodes and just want to say that crystal princess mashiro looks way cooler than crystal princess mikoto, both with the beads necklace. the episode where mashiro and fumi fought against mikoto and reito.

  • April 28, 2006 at 10:56 amidiot who is probabley very wrong

    eh just thought somethin up

    i assume everybody’s seen hime so at the end when mashiro is leaving and u have fumi becoming the headmaster..mabye she bacame and otome after and all the other charactars are just decendants of the himes (who look very much like clones(>

  • May 18, 2006 at 3:20 pmRickaZ

    O.O impressive the blog….. how much gundam like scenes do we watch everyday ……

  • June 5, 2006 at 12:40 pmsai

    Uhh, although it’s nice that nina and sergey get a good ending, it’s kinda sad for nina to end up separated from the others… But, well… overall, this is nice! Funny how they drag kazu out of the room the exact moment before they do it… I laugh at that…

  • July 10, 2006 at 3:27 pmRyokoalways

    Hmmm, so they never did explain the block which Miyu pulled out of that that had the type-1 restraint symbol on it. I thought it was to open way to Fuka Gakuen, but the location seems different.

  • November 1, 2006 at 5:19 pmRtDK

    Nuuuuuuuuuuuuuu! This wasn’t no happy ending! A happy ending would have been Sergey getting iced, and instead of Eris going boom, she wound up in a coma ’til the contracts were broken. T_T

    Wrong! It’s ALL wrong! All is wrong!

    . . .

    And here I wanted it to be a blatant yuri. Despite my disappointment, it was a well-written series. But seriously, who survives such a direct shot to the brain like that? Nina, you belong with Arika, not your adoptive daddy. That’s just . . . that’s just wrong on so many levels. x_x

  • January 12, 2007 at 1:31 amadeline

    i love this show n i lknow gt mai-otome zwei coming out n still gt i love this show

  • August 8, 2007 at 8:15 pmAlphito

    The last episode of Mai-Otome Zwei will be on air on the August 24th on Japanese channel.

  • October 28, 2007 at 12:01 amWang

    the moon is a evil pokeball….. jajaja love this show really, but i hate sergey and the new haircut of nina…..

    arika and nina have to be a couple!! jaja

  • January 2, 2008 at 10:04 amJOEL PEREZ


  • June 17, 2010 at 11:22 amShadowanime12

    These two episodes are great because not only there was a final battle, but a new beginning has occured! I’d finished both My Hime and this spinoff, My Otome right after my last day of high school before graduation. I like the Arika vs. Nina brawl, Nina’s haircut in the end, and Arika’s new look in the fight. Both My Hime & My Otome are awesome Sunrise shows!!

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