Mai Otome 17 – Welcome to the battleground of virgins.

**FINALLY!!** Well, it was expected, but **FINALLY**, there’s action back in Otome. My fanboyism was restored a bit, and only *a bit*, mostly due to seeing Natsuki’s Robe anyways.

As expected, war breaks and Windbloom is taken over easily by the Slave Army.Natsuki **FINALLY** reveals her robe, but too bad she gets pwned 5 minutes after using it :P. Heck, she even complained about in the preview, which was quite funny IMO with the Shizuru x Natsuki voice-over. The heck with the bloody writers, at least let us see more of her in action plzz!!

What I didn’t expect was that they made Erstin take both the routes I thought she’d be on to, which is (1) die and (2) betray. I didn’t really expect her to both betray her friendship AND die at the hands of Nina. God… the scene where she disappears into the trademark green sparks, with Arika and Nina looking at each other instantly reminded me of the infamous “**KIRAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!! ATHRUNNNNNNN!!!!!**” Gundam Seed scene, only now I can hear the cries of “**ARIKAAAAA!!!!! NINAAAAAAAAA!!!**”

But, to be honest, I still don’t like neither Nina’s nor Arika’s robe designs. Looks kinda bland to me. Natsuki’s was so-so but I can’t wait to see Mai’s one. Honestly, I’m starting to hope for the writers to go Seed Destiny on me, but only for the aspect of seeing Mai back in action. Nina and Arika still don’t pull it off for me.

7 Comments

  1. Haesslich Said,

    February 3, 2006 @ 4:00 pm

    Nice to see I’m not the only one who thought that scene was reminiscent of Nicol’s Death Scene back in SEED. :D I mean, all they needed there was the music and we’d have had a SEED-derived scene in OTOME. First the OP, and then this…

  2. mercyz Said,

    February 3, 2006 @ 9:55 pm

    Agree that Nina’s robe’s kinda plain; given her nature, I’d expect something a little less… feminine. She looks kinda elfish in this one.

    “What I didn’t expect was that they made Erstin take both the routes I thought she’d be on to, which is (1) die and (2) betray.”

    Yeah man, I too expected Erstin to die, but not be the uragirimono!!! After all, if you were to think about it, Erstin does not ‘serve’ a purpose in the story. Her affection for Nina’s obviously misplaced, her skills are obviously not gonna make it to Meister level (maybe not even Pearl) and in the first few episodes we learnt that she joined Galderobe through family sponsorship-not talent scouted or something. Her character’s nicely fleshed out to ensure that the heartstrings are pulled in the course of her demise. Her turn as the person receiving the kuro-tegami was just… incredible. I’m so FOR this plot twist!

    What we really need right now is for Nao-sama to save the day!

  3. Kurogane Said,

    February 3, 2006 @ 9:59 pm

    Haha, forgot to comment about Nao’s little escape today. She was quite funny escaping like that, but she did lose some of my respect for her.

  4. AC Said,

    February 4, 2006 @ 1:11 am

    Heh yeah. More or less my thoughts too. Even if a fair bit of the action was brief in the first half of HiME, it was always there lurking in the wings. Finally we’re getting another taste of it in Otome. Teenage angst be damned. Things/people blowing up is fun. :-p

  5. twh Said,

    February 6, 2006 @ 2:10 pm

    Pfft. If that’s the case, is Midori supposed to be reminiscent of Char Aznable by the mask she wears? :p

  6. Kurogane Said,

    February 6, 2006 @ 3:28 pm

    Yes. Most probably.

  7. FreedomR8G6B1 Said,

    February 7, 2006 @ 5:02 pm

    Let’s hope this doesn’t turn into the “S-Cry-Ed” ending folks…

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