Mai-Otome 0~S.ifr~ – 02
-For the middle episode of a three-episode series, this was understandably heavy on plot and light on action (until the final few minutes). It didn’t have the wow factor of the first episode, but at the same time it’s hard to call it boring because there still were a number of interesting things: Reito, Miyu (and how she brought the Blue Sky Sapphire/Souten no Seigyoku to Rena), the HiME symbol, and more.
-It was frustrating though to watch John Smith succeed in making Sifr feel betrayed long enough (about Bruce not telling her the truth about her and her father) for him to enact his plan. That’s two straight episodes now where the bad guy essentially wins at the end.
-It was also probably a bad idea for me to watch this right after Macross Frontier. All I could think of whenever Rena opened her mouth was Sheryl Nome (both are voiced by Endou Aya). It was also kind of odd seeing Rena be portrayed as such a vulnerable person since she tends to always be shown as strong…or at least that’s how I remember it – it’s been a long time since Mai-Otome or even the first episode of S.ifr.
-On that note, unfortunately the third and final episode isn’t due out for another four months on November 21st.