this article is about the Mai-Hime anime for the manga see Mai-HiME (manga)
Mai-HiME (舞-HiME Mai-HiME) is an anime series created by Sunrise, Inc. and directed by Masakazu Obara, originally premiering on TV Tokyo from September 2004 to March 2005. The show is a comedy-drama focusing on the lives of HiMEs - girls with magical powers - gathered at Fuka Academy for a secret purpose.
The series is licensed for North American under the title My-HiME and is distributed by Bandai Entertainment and Europe an distribution by Bandai's European subsidiary, Beez, with the first American DVD released at the end of March 2006.
- Main article: Mai-HiME terminology
- Main article: Mai-HiME episodes
Mai Tokiha transfers to Fuka Academy and learns that she along with several other girls at the school are HiMEs. Initially, the girls face off against monsters and a nefarious foreign organization. But when they learn of their true purpose at Fuka Academy, the girls must fight to save the world and protect what's most important to them.
- Main article: Mai-HiME characters (anime)
The show's cast of characters is mostly composed of students and staff at Fuka Academy, with the emphasis on the female cast. Although most of the cast is already introduced by the second episode, only a few characters are disclosed as HiMEs; the other characters' abilities and alignments are revealed throughout the rest of the series.
The main characters are the hardworking, caring Mai Tokiha, the cold beauty Natsuki Kuga, and the catlike Mikoto Minagi. Other characters are shown with a wide range of personalities and relationships. Director Masakazu Obara states that he "wanted to reverse the roles that men and women usually play," placing females in the lead roles.
The manga follows an alternate storyline at Fuka Academy. It was first serialized in Akita Shoten's Shōnen Champion and later published in North America by TOKYOPOP.
An anime spin-off, entitled Mai-Otome (舞-乙HiME), premiered across Japan from October 2005 to March 2006. This series contains many characters based on the characters of Mai-HiME, but it has an entirely different storyline.
A PlayStation 2 video game, Mai-HiME: The Genealogical Tree of Fate (舞-HiME 運命の系統樹 Mai-HiME - Unmei no Keitouju) was developed by Marvelous Interactive and released in Japan on June 30, 2005. This adventure game follows a storyline different from the anime and manga series. A remake, Mai-HiME: The Genealogical Tree of Fate SHURA, was released for the PC.
Two PlayStation Portable fighting games, Mai-HiME Senretsu! Shin Fuuka Gakuen Gekitoushi!! and Mai-HiME Bakuretsu! Fuuka Gakuen Gekitoushi?!, both developed by Sunrise Interactive, were also released.
A trailer for a Mai-Hime movie was included in the first DVD of Mai-Otome, but was revealed to be a fake, with a release date of 2006. Fan response to the trailer was positive.
- Main article: My-HiME soundtracks
- Opening themes
- Ending themes
- Insert songs
- When a Small Star Falls (小さな星が降りる時 chiisana hoshi ga oriru toki) by Minami Kuribayashi (ep. 15 and 26)
- It's only the fairy tale by Yuko Miyamura (ep. 7, 8, 11 and 15)
- Mizube no Hana (水辺の花 lit. "Flower by the Shore") by Saeko Chiba (ep. 16)
- Kokoro no Tsurugi (ココロの剣 lit. "Sword of the Heart") by Ai Shimizu (ep. 16)
- Itoshisa no Kousaten (愛しさの交差点 lit. "Lovely Intersection") by Mai Nakahara (ep. 16)
- Parade (off vocal) (ep. 10 and 16)
- Fuuka Academy Anthem ~Crystal's protection~ (off vocal) (私立風華学園校歌〜水晶の守り〜 (off vocal) shiritsu fuuka gakuen kouka ~suishou no mamori~ (off vocal)) (ep. 26)
- last moment by Yousei Teikoku (My-HiME PlayStation 2 Game Unmei no Keitouju)
- Fortuna by Yousei Teikoku (My-HiME PlayStation 2 Game Unmei no Keitouju)
- Dong, Bamboo. "Kicking Class", Anime Insider, January 11, 2007. Retrieved on April 18, 2007.