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Summary:

On a train headed through the night, a girl named Sifr Fran is tied up after having been kidnapped by a group of Schwarz men. She is saved when a man in a trench coat and a girl in a maid outfit suddenly show up, and the man carries her onto the roof of the train before throwing her at a Meister Otome flying alongside it. A different Otome picks up the girl in the maid outfit, and the entire group then makes their escape. While she’s unconscious, Sifr dreams of visiting her dead mother’s grave and how she had once asked her mother about being lonely without her father around. She had promised her mother that she’d become an Otome when she grew up so that she could help her mother. Sifr wakes up now in a hotel room and finds herself under the care of the same people who saved her. They were asked to come get Sifr by the relative that she was going to see, and they introduce themselves as Bruce Wallace and Rena Yumemiya. Helping them were Sister Shion and her Otome Raquel Mayor, and Sifr is excited to see a real Meister Otome. In any case, Bruce explains that they’ll be staying here for the night before setting out for Windbloom the next day.

A short while later, Elliot Chandler, one of the Five Columns, arrives at the hotel. Rena thanks Elliot for helping with Sifr’s rescue and promises her a reward, but when Elliot decides that she wants a kiss from Rena, Rena is forced to restrain her. Bruce and the others eventually give Sifr some time alone, and because they don’t want her leaving her room, Sifr spends her time on the balcony overlooking the pool area. When she hears the young girl staying in the room below start to cause a commotion over her cat Nina which has jumped onto a different room’s balcony, Sifr decides to help. However, as she attempts to balance herself between the two balconies, the cat climbs onto her and causes her to lose her balance. Fortunately, Rena comes running down the side of the building, grabs her, and jumps into the pool below, saving her. Rena is understandably angry with Sifr for what she did, but Sifr is just glad that the little girl was able to be reunited with her cat. During her bath afterwards, Sifr expresses her amazement at what Rena did and thinks that Rena is an Otome, but Rena claims that she didn’t become one because she got scared during graduation. Wanting to hear more, Sifr ends up pulling Rena into the bathtub with her.

After Sifr talks about her Otome aspirations, Rena reveals that her own mother was against the idea of her being one. She feels that Otome have a violent power and reveals that she didn’t have the courage to use that. Meanwhile, Elliot is on the phone with Garderobe headmistress Una Shamrock, and Una – citing their duty to maintain order as the Shinso Fumi’s Otome – instructs Elliot to kill Sifr if she falls into Schwarz hands. Later that night, Sifr puts on her new dress and meets Bruce at the hotel restaurant. Soon after the group gets there though, a huge monster appears outside the window, and as more monsters come in on the other side of the restaurant, Elliot realizes that these are Slaves. When the ground under Rena and Sifr suddenly collapses, Bruce jumps after them and lets Raquel and Elliot handle the Slaves in the restaurant. Another Slave is now chasing Rena and Sifr, so Rena leads Sifr to a safe hiding spot on one of the balconies and reassures her that the others can handle this. With the chance to talk again after their earlier chat, Sifr suggests that they go together to reconcile Rena with her mother. When Rena chides her for being a bit too at ease in their current situation, Sifr brings up how Rena is like Sifr’s mother.

A Slave attacks the two of them moments later, and Bruce arrives just in time to catch Sifr from falling. The three of them jump down onto the ground and try to escape, but they quickly get surrounded by more Slaves and Schwarz men. With no choice, Bruce tells Rena that her power is needed here, and Rena consents to having him activate her Otome GEM. This allows her to materialize her Lofty Crimson Jade Robe, and she easily breaks everyone’s weapons without seeming to lift a finger. She’s also able to handle all three Aswad who are working with the Schwarz men, and she even takes a direct hit from Gakutenou without flinching. After the three Aswads’ defeats, the other Slaves also disappear because they’re frightened, forcing the Schwarz forces to retreat. The threat isn’t quite over yet though because a tentacle suddenly appears and grabs Sifr from behind. It belongs to a large creature under the control of John Smith, and he identifies Bruce as the king of Windbloom. John Smith has also brought along a pod containing a female android named M-9 (short for M-IYU 9), and he orders her to eliminate Rena.

M-9 starts the fight with a volley of missiles and follows it up by taking Rena on directly in close-quarters combat. With the two fairly even in power, Rena decides to use a special ability that allows her to split into two images that M-9 has a hard time keeping up with. Rena appears to finish M-9 off with a powerful energy blast, however the consequence of her doing this is that her Robe starts to fall apart because her GEM is overloading. To make matters worse, M-9 appears to be relatively uninjured and starts hammering Rena with punches. Both Raquel and Elliot attempt to help, but M-9 easily takes care of both of them before reengaging Rena and attempting to strangle her to death. Remembering what Una had instructed her to do in this situation, Elliot tries to attack Sifr and John Smith, but Rena breaks free of M-9′s grasp and protects them before Elliot’s giant boomerang can hit. John Smith uses the opportunity to shoot Rena in the head, and though the bullet falls to the ground harmless, its impact leaves Rena open to being stabbed in the shoulder by M-9. Rena manages to throw M-9 off of her, and the two then launch final attacks against each other. As she gets swallowed up by the giant explosion, Rena’s GEM cracks.

ED Sequence

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ED: 「Finality Blue」 by 栗林みな実 (Kuribayashi Minami)
Watch the ED!: Mirror 1, Mirror 2, Mirror 3

Wow, that was a surprisingly good episode. I don’t know if Zwei made me dial down my expectations for these prequel OVAs, but I wasn’t expecting too much, and this turned out to be quite entertaining. It was a bit light on story, however there’s plenty of action, and the new characters give this series a fresh feel. Koshimizu Ami did a wonderful job voicing Sifr, and several of the characters (like Raquel and Shion) have a fun-to-watch playfulness to them. Bruce is also a cool guy, so I pretty much liked all the new characters.

The least interesting would be the new villains since it appears that the Schwarz organization is at it again. Rena is apparently god-like when it comes to fighting them (able to walk on water, defeat everyone without lifting a finger, and scare away Slaves), but she finally meets her match when going up against M-9 (who is like a mix of KOS-MOS and Miyu). I was actually a little confused by why Rena had a red colored Robe here, but since the Lofty Crimson Jade breaks at the end of this episode, it makes sense that she’ll get the Blue Sky Sapphire in the near future. On that note though, there’s no news on when the next DVD of S.ifr will come out, though supposedly there are three of them in total. I’ll be watching for that release date and am now looking forward to seeing the next episode.

Oh and one last thing: it bothers me a bit that Rena is only 16 years old here. She comes across as a lot older, especially when she’s talking with Sifr who acts like a little girl sometimes.

February 21, 2008 at 3:39 pm
59 comments »
  • February 21, 2008 at 3:43 pmSyaoran Li

    I need to see the RAW when I get home tonigh…

  • February 21, 2008 at 3:46 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    Mai-Otome 0~S.ifr~. . . .??. .MAN, who names these series? looks good.

  • February 21, 2008 at 3:52 pmmangamaxx

    that’s a young John Smith in the pics right? If it is, man is it great to see him be the butt of the joke! Getting fire blown at him? karma that poured over from Otome…..

  • February 21, 2008 at 3:59 pmwanderer

    so is this like a prequel of Mai Otome series?? *points at younger Ms Maria*
    it looks good!! :)

  • February 21, 2008 at 4:10 pmlol_matt

    EEEEHHH?!?!?!? WHEN DID THIS COME OUT?!? WHERE DID YOU FIND IT?!?!? TELL PLEASE!!!!

  • February 21, 2008 at 4:18 pmpagan poor

    Oh, so this finally came out. Pics look nice. Looks like some nice viewing for tonight.

  • February 21, 2008 at 4:19 pmanamatics

    HO FOOK THAT LOOKS FANFASTIC!

  • February 21, 2008 at 4:22 pmmutio

    Don’t forget that this is an OVA with 3 episodes in total. I wonder when they’ll air the next one. Would be a pain if they have the same 3 month schedule as with Mai Otome ~Zwei~ …
    The episode itself looks very cool, lots of action, some new and (so nostalgic) old faces as well. Even our Otome legend is there woah! http://randomc.net/image/Mai-Otome/Mai-Otome%200~S.ifr~%20-%2001%20-%20Large%2007.jpg
    Seems that she’ll lose her first armor and we’ll see how she gets the Blue Sky Saphire http://randomc.net/image/Mai-Otome/Mai-Otome%200~S.ifr~%20-%2001%20-%20Large%2028.jpg

  • February 21, 2008 at 4:23 pmsetsuke

    Wow who would have thought that Rena didn’t have Blue Sky Sapphire at the beginning. That Lofty Crimson Jade is awesome but i cant believe that it cant handle Rena’s capability, somehow it kinna resembles Arika’s robe before she turns into Ultimate Blue Sky with http://randomc.net/image/Mai-Otome/Mai-Otome%200~S.ifr~%20-%2001%20-%20Large%2040.jpg this really seem like “Bolt From the Blue” i wonder why.

    http://randomc.net/image/Mai-Otome/Mai-Otome%200~S.ifr~%20-%2001%20-%20Large%2014.jpg

    I loled at this part when the cat is named Nina even the face kinna resemble her WTF.

  • February 21, 2008 at 4:30 pmsetsuke

    @mutio
    I agree especially when I think this one is much better than Mai Otome ~Zwei~ and what’s worse is that it ends with a cliffhangar it just kills the moment when you watch it back in the next 3 months, why OVA why.

  • February 21, 2008 at 4:31 pmhis royal guppiness

    actually Rena’s Lofty Crimson Jade robe and element are a carbon copy of Ayane’s (girl in the bottom right corner) as can be seen on the cover of the Ayane Kourin novel.

  • February 21, 2008 at 5:30 pmAlex

    Rena looks hot in the maid outfit XD;

  • February 21, 2008 at 6:06 pmShinichiKou

    is that the same Rena from Cyberformula? they look exactly alike

  • February 21, 2008 at 6:21 pmFuruba

    omg yes! i KNEW this would be good =D woooo! my expectations haven’t been let down, definitely can’t wait for subs. always liked rena since the first 3 minutes or w-e from episode one of mai-otome ^^~ omg can’t wait, really =]

  • February 21, 2008 at 6:35 pmGo!

    If you mean KOS MOS as in Xenosaga KOS MOS. Im sold.

  • February 21, 2008 at 6:51 pmStory

    I had no idea this was already out…

    Looks like I’ll have something fun to watch in the place of CLANNAD, this week.

  • February 21, 2008 at 6:55 pmMentar

    Much better start than expected!! Nice!

    The only part I didn’t like was the OST – without Yuki Kajiura, the music felt sorely lacking, particularly in the action scenes. Except for that however, we have a clear winner on our hands.

    Very promising!

  • February 21, 2008 at 7:26 pmwoo

    Yeah… Sunrise needs to stop.

  • February 21, 2008 at 7:26 pmmikeon

    More tentacle monsters?

  • February 21, 2008 at 7:58 pmHei

    looks nice is it coming spring or something?

  • February 21, 2008 at 8:10 pmAsPHERE

    The fighting screen is awesome!!!

  • February 21, 2008 at 8:37 pmAlex

    @Hei, It already came out

  • February 21, 2008 at 10:07 pmhobli

    THAT WAS AWESOME. I like this better than the other mai otome and hime

  • February 22, 2008 at 1:18 amGo!

    One Q, Is this a stand alone series?

  • February 22, 2008 at 2:03 amOmni

    Go! and Hei: This is an OVA series totaling three episodes over three DVDs, and one DVD will likely be released every 2-4 months. As of right now, they have not yet announced the release date of the second DVD.

  • February 22, 2008 at 2:44 amSailor Enlil

    http://randomc.net/image/Mai-Otome/Mai-Otome%200~S.ifr~%20-%2001%20-%20Large%2002.jpg

    Was this guy imported from Dragonaut or something? :D

  • February 22, 2008 at 2:55 amsage

    I, for one, welcome our new virgin MILF overlords.

  • February 22, 2008 at 3:09 amKieros

    Didn’t expect an ova after zwei to be released.This is even better then zwei,but its an ova
    oh well…its killing the suspense to watch the next ep.

  • February 22, 2008 at 3:15 amCrystal

    hihi..waa i wanna watch whr dl one?

  • February 22, 2008 at 4:54 amKieros

    Crystal,tokyoshoto to download

  • February 22, 2008 at 6:09 amKiasu

    Oh dear, it looks like they have adopted the EA strategy of milking every cent of this franchise.

  • February 22, 2008 at 6:55 amAllexiel

    The animation was good… but the music was so crappy.
    Without Yuki Kajiura as composer… the overall quality gets down :(

  • February 22, 2008 at 8:56 amAc

    I need to watch this… No idea it is already out…

  • February 22, 2008 at 9:17 amrozen

  • February 22, 2008 at 11:19 amUnknown Voice

    Milking money, milking money, fucking milking money….

    It seems sunrise does not know on WHEN to kill the already dead series…instead they still keep poking the body…first the ovas and now this…ugh…not expecting anything amazing from this one…

  • February 22, 2008 at 12:37 pmkamina

    omg, need to get the RAW!
    how did you get it so fast!

  • February 22, 2008 at 1:37 pmset

    i thought rena’s robe belonged to ayane.

    cause i saw ayane wearing this robe in the character designs by sunrise (the girl in the ending who is wearing the miko-ish outfit)

  • February 22, 2008 at 5:36 pmHallo

    The OST sucks…the battle scene music really…blah…but the animation and story I like ;) I hope it keeps up like that!!!

  • February 22, 2008 at 5:52 pmmelonpan

  • February 23, 2008 at 12:15 amKaioshin Sama

    Wow this franchise is still going. I thought it was long over. What more could there be to do with it anyway? I never really liked Mai Hime and have heard from trusted sources (as opposed to the usual Sunrise bashers) that Mai Otome was actually pretty bad so I didn’t expect it to get so many expansions and OVA’s.

  • February 23, 2008 at 1:08 amNano

    How interesting..

  • February 23, 2008 at 4:55 amAyie

    finally its out!! in one of the screenshots, sifr looks like arika.. wahahhaha! And yeah, rena is hot in her maid outfit. too bad arika didnt get to see it and copy some of her moms hotness.. now its time to download the raw version of this and watch even i dont even understand japanese.. better than looking at pictures only.

  • February 23, 2008 at 5:02 am‹(•¿•)›

    @Kaioshin
    Mai Hime was way better than Otome! I wish they would make the Mai Hime Movie instead.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tucJGUq9rZk

  • February 23, 2008 at 5:03 amFuZ10n

    hmm….Interestingly “Sifr” is zero in arabic… guess it ties in to the title

  • February 23, 2008 at 5:49 amUnknown Voice

    @Kaioshin Sama

    MaiHime was way better than Otome!

    It at least had a firm sad story, great OST and interesting characters and plot twists.

    The whole Otome franchise is just a failed try to milk even more money from the same characters.

    Seriously if I had to chose: “1 MaiHime Movie” or “52eps of otome+zweiova+sifr”, I would seriously choose first option…

  • February 23, 2008 at 10:03 amAyie

    @rozen – you had me laughing at that one.. yeah, it looks like divine buster.. wahahahhaa!

    the first ten minutes had me laughing, even though i cant understand it, i can say that the three, shion, raquel and bruce are saying some weird stuff to sifr about rena (when elliot was trying to kiss rena that is).. and i cant help but think that nina’s name came from a cat!…. no wonder rena is one popular otome, shes scary as hell if she wants too, and maybe the reason why arika is strong too physically.

    after seeing this, there is no doubt why rena would still be in windbloom castle even if she’s not an otome anymore.. sifr just sees her like a mom.

  • February 23, 2008 at 5:12 pmWhite Star

    My gut’s telling me Sifr is Nina’s mom and that dork with the glasses next to Rena in the end shot is Arika’s dad. Although it’s just a gut feeling nothing solid. Who know’s Bruce could be pimping both Rena and Sifr.

    This was a pretty cool episode. Why couldn’t the rest of Mai Otome be so badass? Elliot and Rena was pretty amusing.

  • February 23, 2008 at 10:36 pmJT

    how many episodes are there?

  • February 23, 2008 at 11:30 pmTom

    Rena can’t be sixteen theres no way, i would say shes more like around 19-24.

  • February 24, 2008 at 12:50 amBlue_Mercy

    Agreed, that Mai Hime was better than Otome. Hopefully this one will be better than the last Mai Otome which only had a couple good episodes.

  • February 24, 2008 at 1:39 amAyie

    is that the 2nd column in the end credits, the one on the upper left side wearing blue with black mikoto-like hair. or is she bruce’s other otome? and another one just below her.. with nao-like hair. anyways, lets just be happy that miyu was even in the picture.. come on, why cut miyu’s face!! huwaaaa and i agree, mai-hime is better than otome, with otome, i still have a bunch of questions left unanswered..

    @whitestar- you could be right about him being arika’s dad.. what ever happened to him?

  • February 24, 2008 at 12:04 pmBlack cat

    @White Star: Agree with u, Sifr is Nina’mom. The dork and Arika have same color of hair.

  • February 25, 2008 at 10:57 amtofu on crack

    HARIMA KENJI FROM SCHOOL RUMBLE!!!!!

  • February 25, 2008 at 9:38 pmHei

    I only saw one episode and I already love this more than the others

  • February 27, 2008 at 6:45 amKiv

    The battle theme is “Journey of the Sorcerer” by the Eagles, also known as the theme from Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

  • March 1, 2008 at 11:38 amtonbo

    wow… the crowd. heh. to think they named the girl Sifr instead of the usual Rei (both meaning zero), gives the show a cosmopolitan feel. also notice Rena paused when she mentioned her lastname. afterall, she is Rena Searrs in actuality. but the one thing that had me lol-ing is @tofu on crack’s remark abt Bruce being a smack copy of Harima Kenji… haaaaahhahahaha…cough. love this story.

  • May 5, 2008 at 10:05 pmChao-Chen Jack Lin

    Dear Sir/Madam:

    Could someone please check http://www.my-zhime.net for more info on My-Otome 0 ~S.ifr~ episode 2 asap?

    Thanks, bye!

  • June 11, 2008 at 8:43 pmYuriko

    I can’t wait to watch this! ^_^

  • August 5, 2008 at 5:00 pmsmystal

    I really like scene that show Rena’s face with raised eyebrows when she and Sifr fall in the pool. They’re all wet and Rena says: “He,yokata desu ne Sifr sama!” Also the part when Sifr is in the tub and Rena holds the brush with that serious face again. Rena can look pretty scary when she’s angry!