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Summary:

There has been a bus-jacking inside the Aries Republic, and the terrorists are demanding that the peacekeeping troops be withdrawn from Artai and that Nagi be released from prison. Along with having hostages, the terrorists also have a bomb that they are threatening to set it off if their demands aren’t met. Chie and her Delta Otome have been deployed on the scene, ready to strike on Yukino’s orders. Yukino’s general has enacted a Silent Sea operation because of the delicate situation, but Haruka bursts onto the scene with a huge megaphone, demanding that the hostages be released. What she doesn’t know is that Arika is actually on the bus, though she’s sleeping and unaware of the situation. With Haruka yelling at the terrorists, Sara Gallagher rides over on her moped and smacks Haruka on the head with a giant mallet to knock her out. Sara brings Haruka back to Chie, and then all three retreat to the command tent nearby. There, Sara tells Chie about the disappearance of Mashiro and Mai and how Arika left to search for Mashiro. Sara explains that Akira got on a long distance bus, and this bit of information turns Chie’s head towards the bus that’s been hijacked.

The current stalemate with the terrorists is interrupted when a van pulls up carrying presidential candidate Wattarl Ishigermin. Before Ishigermin can make a speech though, Haruka stops the van with her foot. The two of them don’t get along, but to her surprise, he announces that he has a girlfriend. Even more surprising though is that that person turns out to be none other than Tomoe Marguerite, and she has her own presidential ambitions. All of this gets interrupted when the terrorists bring out and threaten a hooded hostage so that they’ll be taken seriously. However, everyone soon realizes that the hostage is actually Arika. She wakes up from being pushed and recognizes where she is and the people nearby. The terrorists don’t know who she is until Tomoe identifies her and one of them remembers that Arika is the person who saved the world. Haruka tries to have Arika take care of the bad guys, but unfortunately Arika doesn’t have any of her Otome powers without Mashiro. After Arika figures out that she’s a hostage, Yukino arrives on the scene to negotiate directly with the terrorists. They want her to get on the bus, but she demands that they release the hostages in exchange.

The terrorists end up releasing everyone except Arika because she is supposedly Nagi’s biggest enemy. When Yukino says that this will make Windbloom into an enemy too, one of the terrorists raises his gun to smack her, but Arika stops him. Given a moment alone with Yukino, Arika confesses that she wants to do whatever possible to find Mashiro. Yukino says that she understands this feeling because she would be the same way if Haruka went missing. She admits that she and Haruka have plenty of arguments, but they also have a rule: if either of them is mistaken, the other can get angry. The two of them would then discuss the subject, find the right path, and move forward together. While they are talking about this inside the bus, the other Otome are proceeding with a rescue plan outside. Sara activates her Surrogate System so that she can materialize her Robe while Haruka grabs a metal plate as a shield and charges the bus head-on. The terrorists return fire, and their leader is about to press the button to blow the bomb, but Arika has Mikoto jump on him and force him to drop the trigger. Sara then comes through the ceiling and disarms the bomb as Chie uses her magic hat to reach into the bus and punches a terrorist.

The other two terrorists get taken out by Haruka, and the situation would appear to be over if not for the fact that the ground under the bus suddenly starts to crumble. A large metallic plant-like object rises up – one that Sara suspects is a Child. When bulb of the object opens, it causes the bus to fall down onto one of the object’s appendages. From the object emerges a new monster that Sara and the Delta Otome cannot seem to hurt with their normal attacks. Haruka meanwhile attempts desperately to hold onto Yukino because the bus is now hanging on its side. The two quickly decide to have Haruka let go so that Yukino can activate her Robe while they’re falling down to the ground. From the smoke appears a giant ball and chain aimed for the monster, but it manages to jump out of the way. Haruka uses her weapon to break the monster’s blade, but then finds out that it has the ability to regenerate. While the others are fighting, Sara brings Arika and Mikoto down to safety. However, when she flies up again, she finds that there is a shadowy winged figure behind her. This person narrowly avoids hitting Sara with a red beam that ends up solidifying a nearby tree instead. In these worst of times, Sara’s Surrogate System terminates and she loses her Otome powers.

Sara briefly comes face to face with the figure, but fortunately Haruka grabs her out of the way before anything can happen. After getting a better look, everyone starts to realize that this shadowy figure has a face similar to the Grand Meister Fumi. Chie and her Delta Otome meanwhile use their special Delta Formation attack to envelope and destroy the original monster. Haruka then attacks the Fumi-figure who now seems to be targeting Yukino. In the ensuing fight, Haruka takes a red beam to her stomach before retaliating with her ball and chain by landing a direct hit that seemingly destroys Fumi’s head. However, Haruka then turns to stone, and the headless Fumi-figure flies off. In the aftermath, Natsuki and Arika pay a visit to Nagi in prison, but he isn’t too concerned that he lost his chance to get released. Nagi is actually happy to be fed and even mentions that he doesn’t have to work in the Black Valley anymore. When he suspects that something happened to the Valley, Arika reveals that it’s gone along with Mashiro and Mai. Nagi concludes that he is here, but then corrects himself to say she instead. Nagi knows that Otome who are hit by this person have their nano-machines hardened. Though they still have life signs, these Otome’s bodies completely turn into a mineral form. This is all apparently something Nagi read from a book found in Artai ruins.

Meanwhile, in a wintry Artai at a certain Stripes location, Yamada passes some information to Nao because she doesn’t want to stay there. Nao then receives a visitor: Nina.

Preview:

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I generally liked this episode (highlights include all the action scenes, Tomoe reappearing, Chie’s magic hat, the appearance of the shadowy figure/Fumi, and Nao&Nina at the end), but I have my reservations about how they used this episode to advance the plot. It doesn’t feel like they’re going fast enough to reach a good conclusion without rushing it since they only have two more episodes. The vast majority of this takes place in Aries with the hostage situation, and the surprise was that the shadowy figure having Fumi’s face. Although Nagi does a little explaining at the end, we still don’t know what it is or what’s really going on, and I’m not sure there’s enough time to develop that. On the positive side though, the production quality was good and there was a good deal of action to enjoy. Plus, it’s Mai-Otome, so I’m happy to see more of the cast again.
Well, the past three months since the first episode passed by fairly quickly, and it’ll be another three months before we see episode three. The third DVD is due out on May 25th, 2007. I hope it’s got more Nina and Nao…

February 22, 2007 at 5:30 am
36 comments »
  • February 22, 2007 at 5:50 ammangamaxx

    what’s this?!?!?!? I knew we were going to see Tomoe sometime, but I didn’t think like this.Why does she have a mic? Is she a reporter or something? I hope we get more Nina-chan in the next ep, cuz it looks like she just makes a small appearance like in the first ep of Zwei.

  • February 22, 2007 at 6:01 amLJGPliskin

    quality looks real nice.

  • February 22, 2007 at 6:02 amNigredo

  • February 22, 2007 at 6:12 amkacpy

    I might be, like, way off (been a while since I’ve seen ep1, too) but didn’t the shadowy figure resemble whoever it wanted in the first episode? Since it came into contact with Fumi under Gargerobe in ep1 it’s not really that surprising it looks like Fumi now. But I could be totally wrong. ^^

  • February 22, 2007 at 6:19 amMutio

    Looks very nice! I was so much looking forward to this episode!
    @Omni: Guess the next episode will air in 3 months, or?
    Still some questions left, like what happened to Mashiro, hopefuly there’ll be a answer next episode. Not much action for my star Arika this episode, but well, the other characters also need some air time :)
    And big “oh no” for Haruka being turned to stone >.

  • February 22, 2007 at 6:56 amblerg

    plot? this is mai otome. everyone but arika and nina will be stone by the end of episode 3, then arika and nina kissing will turn everyone back to normal, and they’ll have one big fight against the evil boss. load silver cartridge and all that

  • February 22, 2007 at 7:51 ambell

    Can this show be downloaded here? if cannot can anyone please tell me where can i download free show

  • February 22, 2007 at 8:17 amMutio

    “Please DO NOT ask or give links to raws/subs/PVs. Instead, please check the Community section on the sidebar for useful links.”
    Got it ;)
    Check Baka Updates or Animesuki, however there isn’t a subbed version, yet.

  • February 22, 2007 at 8:39 amdward

    Nina is back!?

  • February 22, 2007 at 9:03 amAesir

    NINA!~

  • February 22, 2007 at 11:25 amKarura

    For me, the highlight is screencap #18 of cat Mikoto…now to go and acquire this episode for myself (I enjoy Otome more when I watch it raw).

  • February 22, 2007 at 2:03 pmquina

    Nagi!!! At last its his turn! (he is my favorite char)

  • February 22, 2007 at 6:27 pmZzz…

    …Chie’s theme is magician(???)…

    …really…where did that come from…

    …she’s got magic hands for the ladies…I guess…

  • February 22, 2007 at 9:11 pmLikkun

    Haha, having Tomoe back was too great. Nice to see she’s still crazy.

  • February 22, 2007 at 9:22 pmmoondoggiebusicuit

    yahoo! go tomoe! Crazy lesbain on a roll!
    Next trap please!

  • February 22, 2007 at 9:47 pmOtaku155

    Where is the Torrent for this ep??????

  • February 22, 2007 at 11:37 pmHaesslich

    There IS a God – Tomoe AND Nina are back. About bloody time too.

    Now, what the hell is Chie using there… and I see that taking out the Otome doesn’t mean the Master’s dead in this case, to judge by what happened to Haruka. Time to anxiously await the subs… especially with more Tomoe and Nina. :D

  • February 22, 2007 at 11:39 pmHaesslich

    … and dear God, but…

    Show Spoiler ▼

  • February 23, 2007 at 1:08 ammewmew

    good ol’ tomoe..although its more like a cameo more than anything.

    and the fumi-otome thingy is quite durable…her head is smashed away but it treats it like its nothing

    and whats with the references to the “super” slaves as childs D: they even played one of the child’s homage music (the one when kagutsuchi first appeared).

  • February 23, 2007 at 1:12 amHaesslich

    Even if it’s a cameo – Tomoe and her wonderful legs are back. But Chie… man, I thought Akane had it bad with the Nekomimi Robe; this ‘magician’s robe’ thing, complete with magic hat… and man, Sunrise really IS big on impaling, aren’t they? I mean, that red beam goes through THROUGH Haruka.. and then she ends up making another pratfall there, albeit in stone form.

    We need more Tomoe, dangnabbit.

  • February 23, 2007 at 1:26 amFuruba

    Hoooo! Can’t wait till THIS is subbed =o wow the time between 1 and 2 was long, but flew by fast… eek…. x.x zomg whens the next one ;D hope not too far T.T

  • February 23, 2007 at 9:48 amMutio

  • February 24, 2007 at 3:35 pmphilk

    Well, I guess, we got a few infos from this episode.
    first: this winged thing seems to be interested only in otome power (and miyu of course), did you notice? as sarah lost her power she suddenly wasn´t a target anymore.
    second: I wouldn´t put too much importance into this thing resembling fumi-sama..it seems able to resemble everyone it gets in touch with..
    third: tomoe is still our crazy bit!h! yeah!go with it sista!!!
    fourth: sunrise still finds pleasure copying itself and tracing parallels with hime.. does anyone noticed that haruka got petrified much the same way she went *sparkling* in hime?
    fifth:chie, what had they done to you!?!

    so, at the end I could say..
    WE LOVE MAI OTOME!!!! MORE, MORE, MORE OF IT!!!!!

  • February 24, 2007 at 3:51 pmcore

    gahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    T^T no explaination about this episode???
    i need my MAI OTOME!!!!!!

  • February 25, 2007 at 8:37 amMutio

    25th May? Oh no, so much time again q.q

  • February 26, 2007 at 9:39 pmKrazykat

    anyone know where to get the ending song?

  • February 27, 2007 at 3:07 pmNeco

    Why WHY!! must they mention magic in what was originaly a technological themed anime. The moment the original Mai-Otome went all magical girl like in the 2nd half of the series it seriously killed my ambition to keep watching it. I was so hoping they’d keep that garbage out of this OAV.

  • February 28, 2007 at 4:09 amEinvalt

    I liked the ‘stealth’ theme of Sara’s robe, and the way she clings to Haruka was sort of cute. I’m not really expecting much from Zwei, but at least it’s enjoyable. And I’m still waiting for Sunrise to pull a… er, Sunrise on poor Erstin.

    Incidentally, the 25th of May is my birthday…

  • February 28, 2007 at 8:28 amYuki

    This looks like it’s going down the path of the Mai Otome manga.

  • March 1, 2007 at 4:20 amkitty

    can someone help me search for the ending song on episode 02??
    i just love it~!!
    someone help me.. pwetty pwetty please~!!
    send me a link.

    thx guys~

  • March 1, 2007 at 6:56 amEinvalt

    You can download or stream it here:
    http://www.fictionjunction.be/2007/02/27/mai-otome-ova-ed-storm

  • March 2, 2007 at 6:05 pmRain

    did no one notice that random banana that popped out of nowhere? o_O

  • March 8, 2007 at 3:11 amSarsa-chan

    ^ yes, it was uncalled for but it was hella funny >_

  • April 18, 2007 at 10:18 amlonerwolf

    Maybe the serries will continue for more than 4 eps. I think that they might be trying to tie the Mai-Otome plot to that of Mai-HiME, which would be cool. Maybe something to do with the seares orgainzation that said “we will meet in 300 year, which is a little while for us.” Some thing like that. Did they ever explain that in Mai-HiME? Perhaps, the charcters were reborn latter or some juck like that. Might make for a good twist.

  • May 20, 2007 at 4:55 pmcleanwater

    lol damm after these OAVs. Is there going to be a season 2 for mai otome?! so good

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