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Anime: Mai-Otome - Episode 2
Sunday, October 16, 2005


Episode 2: A Whirlwind In The Garden Of Maidens

After the rather frantic pace of the action fuelled episode 1, things take a slightly slower pace here as the episode focuses mainly on introducing us more to the cast and world of Mai-Otome. The main bulk of this episode features Arika running around the Otome school looking for a conference hall where she wishes to put forward her case for becoming an Otome. Lots of comedy abound here as she is soon pursued by most of the school as an "intruder" and we are introduced to a few rather quirky characters in the process. It's a fairly enjoyable way of doing a "meet the cast" style episode and I found myself laughing throughout (Arika could win the award for most hilariously behaving hair, ever).

Arika is undoubtedly the main focus of this episode, her enthusiasm for becoming an Otome plain to see. We only get a few glimpses of Nina (who is in serious trouble). Mashiro is in the episode a fair bit and in incredibly bratty form. She's the type of character that conjures up urges to kill very easily as she prances about like a spoilt child. As is to be expected from the Mai-Otome franchise a fair few yuri undertones slip into this episode with all the subtlety of an erupting volcano, although they are evidently mostly just being thrown in as part of the comedy at this moment (except "the look", between Shizuru and Natsuki here! yay ;) ).

Overall, an entertaining episode where we get to see the cast, world and general mood of the series develop without things being taken seriously. It's not a perfect episode my any means, but it still managed to be rather entertaining.

Episode Score: 7.5/10


posted by Mangaminx On Sunday, October 16, 2005  
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