Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Mai HiME 25 :Towards the Time of Fate

Watch Status: Subbed (yesy)

After 5 days of waiting and bad connections, I finally downloaded MH 25.Ahh... the sweet fruits of labour.Well, off with the crap and on to the summary/review.

I'll start of with a few comments on Yesy's subs.The font and typesetting were quite good but the translation of the OP and ED need some grammer checking.Other than that, I guess that's really good for a speedsub as I don't find any major errors.

The episode starts off with Chie and Aoi bidding a tearful farewell to Mai. It seems that the whole school has been evacuated leaving only the HiME's behind.Chie says that they like her and Mai says she'd be touched if Chie was a boy instead.Chie reminds Mai that Tate is the one she loves though, triggering a painful reminder of Tate's death. This part really shows the strong friendship that has been forged between Mai, Chie and Aoi(although we don't get to see it) as we see that the train is empty meaning that's the last train to leave.The scene zooms out with the Hime Hoshi already almost reaching the Earth.

Next, Natsuki and the Sakomizu-sensei are at the cliff where Natsuki's mother died with Natsuki getting in terms with the fact that her mother sold her off to Searrs.

Natsuki:Maybe, because people have something precious, they make mistakes and get lost.
Sakomizu:Maybe so. Fujino-san...she... fell in love with you, that's why she did such things.
Natsuki:Then I don't want to know what "love" is.
Sakomizu:But, it's because people have that they are able to live on.

We then reach back to Mai, sitting in her class,sadly reliving all her memories.Natsuki comes in to find her and both of them have a heart-to-heart talk about school and learning while they walk around the desolate campus, looking at all the stuff they have missed doing.

Reito, or Kokuyou no Kimi(KNK), and Nagi, meanwhile, are discussing stuff. Nagi complains on not finding Miyu and Shizuru running berserk. Reito/KNK states that it's more interesting this way as this Festival is totally different from the ones before. Nagi says that he's changed but Reito/KNK denies it.Suddenly, Reito/KNK's charm glows and he clutches it in pain(hmm, strange) making Nagi ask if there's anything wrong but he denies it.

The following part is nicely done as we see all the characters having a last night of peace as a prelude to the following events tommorrow.Nicely done with a slow rendition of "Ensei"

The next day, Mai and Natsuki depart from their dorm. Before leaving, Natsuki prophetically says she'll not live through this and she entrusts everything to Mai.They part off gracefully as their last meeting.Reito/KNK, Mikoto and Nagi also make their moves as well with Reito/KNK stating that a new world will be made by him and his wife.

Mai meets up with Miyu on the way to the Kokuyougo. Miyu asks(threatens) Mai to reveal the entrance and also why she's here as her MIP is already gone.Mai answers that she just felt like doing it.Miyu looks back at her reactivation when Midori chose not to reset her memories and says that she doesn't understand them doing this.Miyu then proceeds to the Kokuyougo's entrance.

Natsuki and Shizuru then face off each other.One note here, they fought to the tune of "Tokiiro no Mai",quite funky and groovy.Artfully done :).The fight continues on with Miyu and Mikoto facing each other as well.Didn't expect Miyu to have so much different modes(and colours too).Kinda reminds me of GSD's Impulse's Variable TPA.Mikoto and Miyu's fight was quite nicely done although short.

Mai reaches soon after but Mikoto has brought the fight away from the place. Mai enters and has a conversation with Nagi(at his evilest) and they both head off.

Natsuki and Shizuru continue their fight.Shizuru reiterates that she'll make Natsuki hers no matter what.Natsuki summons Duran, who's gotten considerably bigger due to Natsuki's feeling of her most precious.

Nagi and Mai have reached the place where the pillars stand.Nagi explains everything and Mai goes around, reminiscing the lost HiME's. Nagi states there's an extra, meaning that someone has lost as well.Mai instantly thinks of Mikoto.

Natsuki and Shizuru's fight reach the remains of the church.Natsuki gets trapped in the falling bell and Shizuru takes the chance to capture Natsuki.Natsuki kisses Shizuru, surprising her, and states she can't have feelings like hers although she likes her.Natsuki orders Duran to shoot Kiyohime committing double suicide and they both disapper in a breeze of green sparks.

The pillars marking Shizuru and Natsuki rise up meaning that Mai is the sole survivor of the Festival and the gate to the Fuuka Shrine will open for her.Mai enters the door to the Kokuyougo. Nagi remarks that Mai is the best HiME he's seen from all the HiME's as she heads off.

Miyu arrives not long after Mai's departure. Miyu demands to go through but Nagi refuses.Mai reaches the Kokuyougo and is shocked by the changes.She notices Mashiro encased in a giant crystal.Reito/KNK explains the purpose of the Festival to her and says that Mai will be his wife instead and they will make a new world to replace the current rotten one.Mai refuses it.Reito/KNK asks if she hates him but no, she just feels sad for him.Reito/KNK challenges Mai to call on Kagutsuchi and defeat him eventhough her MIP's are gone.Mai retorts saying she still has feelings for Tate in her heart and summons Kagutsuchi.Mikoto suddenly appears with her Child as well.

Miyu and Nagi are still fighting. Miyu feels Alyssa's presence and activates her secret mode,suprising Nagi.She strikes her sword in the middle of the pillars and activates her Anti-Materializer at maximum causing an explosion and the show ends.

Mai-HiME continues to keep up with expectations with the fights and plot development.Enough is revealed but not too much to give the ending the final revelations(I hope).This episode is a fittingly done as a prelude to the final episode.I have to say that Natsuki has gotten more open now and smiles a lot more, too bad she double suicided with Shizuru,although it was quite expected I guess.Miyu almost stole the show with her fights and her attack modes.I WANT TO SEE HER OTHER MODES!!.

In all, I'm anxiously waiting for the ending which will be out tommorow, although, I'm going to have to watch it considerably later.I really hope that Sunrise will be able to keep up the great work they've done for Mai-HiME and make a fitting ending.The preview already hints that someone might die *coughmikotocough*.

Coming up! GSD 23 and AIR 12.