Arika has been feeling down lately and her friends notice that she doesn’t have an appetite. The group spots Akane and Kazuya together on a date. The two share a passionate kiss in the woods but when Kazuya tries to go further, Akane resists and pushes him away because she’s an Otome. In fact, Akane’s Otome duties just got a lot bigger as she’s chosen to be the successor of Meister Rosaria, who is retiring because of marriage. Meanwhile, Arika is still not feeling too well. She sees Nina’s watch and the picture of Sergay, which causes her to blush. Nina catches her with it and takes it back, but Arika soon faints.
Arika wakes up in the infirmary, and Yohko tells her that since her nano-machines are acting weirdly, she’s probably sick. Yohko then asks Arika if she’s heard of the Enju no Kougyoku. Arika enlists her friends to research it, and they find a book that tells them about an Otome and the “Fire String Ruby.” Nina tells the story of the girl who was set to succeed the Fire String Ruby after she graduated. However, this girl fell in love, and the girl who had decided to become an Otome became troubled by her love or her dream. It had been decided that this girl would be one of the five pillars and usually these Otome who have no master serve the founder (Fumi-sama). For this girl, however, that was the most painful sentence. She who worried about her fate went into the forest of a god who could predict the future. But in the end, she never came back out. Thinking about the story afterwards, Arika sees Akane worrying to Nao about her situation. Akane is ready to tear her photo of Kazuya in half, but Arika stops her. After Akane asks Arika if she’s ever fallen in love (the answer is of course no), she tearfully recalls her feelings of love.
Meanwhile, Nagi and John Smith discuss what’s required to start the Harmonium, and it appears that they’re already using the data they stole on the Slaves. In fact, another crystal has been mailed out, this time to a street vendor right near where Akane has asked to meet Kazuya. She has decided to break it off and tells him that although she really loves him, she can’t throw away her dream. When she starts to run away, Kazuya chases her, and the two happen to run into Arika and Shizuru. But just then, a Slave appears and Akane asks Shizuru to let her fight. Shizuru agrees and activates Akane’s Pearl Robe, allowing Akane to fly into battle. Akane struggles at first, but with her resolve to be an Otome and will to fight for her dream, she manages to break off one of the Slave’s arms. A man in the crowd starts clutching his own arm and is quickly spotted by Shizuru. However, before Shizuru can do anything to him, he gets sniped by a hooded figure hiding in the surrounding mountains. His death and the breaking of the crystal also stop the battle. Akane bids a final farewell to a shocked Kazuya before flying off.
The ceremony to appoint Akane’s master soon arrives. But in the middle of the ceremony, just as Akane is about to put the ring onto her new master’s finger, Kazuya bursts in to stop them. He declares his love and says that he’d throw away everything for Akane. After apologizing to her would-be master, Akane jumps into Kazuya’s arms for a kiss. The two then take their leave. Afterwards, Sergay tells Nina and Arika that throwing away a dream for love is one way of life. Nina declares that she’s definitely going to become a Meister Otome, but Arika isn’t so sure anymore. Arika actually remembers what Akane told her about her feelings of love, and realizes that maybe she has feelings for Sergay.
Sometime later, Natsuki gets a phone call from Yohko telling her that Shizuru is reporting an Otome battle on the borders of the countries of Romulus and Remus.
Coming into this episode, I really thought Kazuya was going to die or Akane was going to fight Shizuru or something. So I’m rather glad that Akane and Kazuya got a happy ending (for now). It did occur to me that the ceremony to appoint Akane’s master really resembled a marriage, especially with the ring. It seems ironic that Akane has to choose between her love to Kazuya and a “marriage” (very much in the ’til-death-do-us-part sense) to her new master.
They do a great job paralleling Mai’s story (should be pretty safe to call it Mai’s story now) with Akane’s. Both girls had to make decisions between love and being an Otome, and it turned out differently for both (as Sergay notes, it’s one way of life). In Mai’s story, it’s noteworthy to point out that the profile of her lover really looks like Sergay or even Tate. I say Tate because unless they introduce some really complicated relationships from their younger years (something like SergayXMai and SergayXRena and Natsuki thrown in there somehow), there’s a chance that Sergay has a relative or ancestor who resembles him. And plus there must have been some reason for them not to have used Tate’s name yet. And while we’re on the subject of Sergay, I gotta admit that I’m a bit concerned about how they’re setting Arika up to like Sergay, but I guess we’ll see where that goes.
Looks like things are heating up politically in the series as Romulus and Remus (good story) are apparently fighting. It’s way too early for Arika, Nina, and company to get involved, but I’m sure this is only the tip of the iceberg.
Closing Thought: The more they make Tomoe a raging lesbian, the less I see her as an actual villainess.
So is that supposed to be Mai and Tate right there?
yeeeees finally and i came here to ask when will it be out …….
yea it seems to be them but the question is are tate n sergay the same person…
i haven’t watched the ep so i cant tell yet …looks like akane n kazu aren’t dead meat (yet?)
looks like things are finally getting serious …
Nina + Glasses = Hot!
Also what the heck happened to Shizuru, I’ve never seen such a suprised look on someone who is usually very confident
Very interesting. Looks like a lot happening in this episode, with a lot of people popping up. So I guess nothing bad happened to either Akane or Kazuya (YAY!) yet. 🙂 Also, like K.Neko mentioned, perhaps Sergay and Yuuichi are not the same person? Or maybe Sergay with a haircut? Still can’t tell exactly tell what exactly was shot at Shizuru and for what reason, so I’ll just wait for the summary.
*Thumbs up* to Nina with glasses! 🙂
nina+glasses = miss maria :S she looks old … it looks like akane was chosen to be someones otome and she chose whats his face instead :S i wonder if that means she will no longer be an otome…poor akane i liked her ..
Hmm… judging from the pics, to avoid a conspiracy being uncovered, somebody (possibly from the Black Valley) sniped someone. And Kazu and Akane are in the crossfire?
i don’t think tate and sergey are the same person. The guy in the picture is tate, just look at his hair and compare it with sergey’s hair
Hair means nothing, I think Tate is dead and I think it says that in Nina’s little story but I can’t understand japanese well so can’t say for sure, Hopefully Omni will tell us when he finishes his summery.
What’s up with Natsuki in that second to last pic?
She just finished taking a shower when the phone rang. The phone call is regarding Shizuru seeing a huge explosion somewhere.
Also Tomoe is seriously creeping me out….
i’m mad.. just like My-HiME akane is the first on the list for disaster. like attacking the orphan and miyu kills harry, kazu dies. boooo from the screenshots i think akane is not gonna be an otome and just be with kazu
oooh nina with glasses!
kazu in white suit + cape! yay =)
I happy to see kazu and akane couple they’re my 2nd favorite couple from Mai Hime
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Great ep!!! I really liked the two new music pieces played, the first one right before Materialise and the other one during the battle. Tomoe does not look happy… Next episode looks exciting with two meister otomes fighting, Shizuru looking at the explosion, and the corals putting makeup on each other. It looks like things are finally getting darker… Show Spoiler ▼
i’m happy about it too flou
well, look like it’s another good episode here. About “Tate-Sergey”, I still really confused about it here. Because in the past episode we see Sergey in Childhood year. And he have a same hair style like the one who mai fall in love too! Man… Get me confused again here!
I think sergey and Tate are brother.
I doubt it is Sergay since we are assuming that Mai is out there searching for her lost lover and Sergay is by no means hiding himself. Im sure Mai would know if someone as high ranking as Sergay was alive or not. I do like the theory that Tate is Sergays brother though, since they looks so alike.
indeed i got the same speculation bout them being siblings (would explain why takumi wrote to sergay)
tomoe is being mental (if she is not already) no doubt she will backstab arika sooner or later..(the poor thing is sooooo naive)
Seems ‘arinko’ has a lil crush on someone XD
It was an awesome ep ! and i’m glad akane n kazu aren’t dead meat .
what if tate and sergey are cousins… it makes more sense than being brothers since they dont have the same last name..
the cousins idea doesn’t sound too bad! i want to see more and more of mai-otome! this and shana have really kept my anticipation levels high.
It’s a good idea that Yuichi and Sergey is cousin but we still don’t know Yuichi’s last name in Mai-Otome may be he’s Yuichi Wong and that can explain why Mai have been torn between her dream and her love because Her dream want to be Otome to protect her homecountry but he lover (Yuichi) is from antire.(Nagi’s Nation).
hmm … that means that Nao is now a part of the tridiac … a thing that i doesn’t think she is all that happy about due to the major workload extra
Can anyone tell me who Romulus and Remus are ? I didn’t quite remember the Otome’s name 🙂
no feelings for sergei, PLEASE >____
The two R named Otome’s at the end are Meister Otome’s, both of which serve a kind or duke or somethin from other countries, meaning it looks like a war is starting up.
Will Arika becomes Nina’s mother? Stay tuned for the next exciting episode of Mai-Otome!
Hmm….I’m more curious with the Otome battle in the end.
>>>The more they make Tomoe a raging lesbian, the less I see her as an actual villainess.
so…what was it that she was saying to Shizuru and what was it that Shizuru said in return?
A god of the forest, huh?
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…just an observation.
Nina with glasses!!! moe moe!!!
an ep without mashiro …how peaceful …
yes Sunrise please give back old mashiro
wait if Arika is feling something for sergey… isnt that a bit weird .. i mean she is only 15 while is 20 sumthing.. plus i think nina likes her “dad” more than a dad
nice coverage on akane and kazuya. hope mai will appear soon
what do you think Arika’s “ailment” was exactly?
Romulus & Remus are countries / states , not names of Otome per se .
they share a common border and that’s where the conflict occured , in Yohko’s words
with the Moon up in the sky , this seems more like an alternative Earth than another planet altogether .
the scene with Kazuya bursting in on the ceremony and running off with Akane in tow brings back memories of when Ladioss Sopp ran off with Lachesis in the Five Star Stories manga/movie
interesting parellels , Fatimah & Hime/Otome … hee
Great Episode!…AWWWW Kazu kun *______* ..well….I really like the relationship between Sergey & Arika but it would get really complicated now that “arinko” is aware of Nina’s true feelings …
mmm why Natsuki is getting apart of the story? she was my fav in mai hime ToT
I’ve been thinking this for a while now…Sergay sounds kind of like “Sir Gay”…just some random thought…no offence really.