Mai-HiME Episode 25
A sedate Mai says goodbye to a couple of her classmates as they board a train to leave. It seems that everyone has left the school except the final players: Mai, Natsuki, Shizuru, Mikoto, Reito, Nagi and Miyu. The HiME star is now on earth and everything is setting up for the final battle. Natsuki spends some time with Mai, but heads off to confront Shizuru. Shizuru claims that she will have Natsuki no matter what, and chases her down with Kiyohime in tow. Natsuki calls on a very large Duhran, and while the two Childs face off, she and Shizuru have a intimate conversation where Natsuki reveals that she loves her as well (tho is it really the same kind of "suki"?). As they embrace, and Natsuki kisses Shizuru, she has Duhran destroy Kiyohime and both Natsuki and Shizuru disppear in a flurry of green sparkles.
Meanwhile, Mikoto faces off with the newly revamped Miyu, and Mai confronts Nagi who takes her to the HiME pillars. As Natsuki and Shizuru's pillars appear, a gate opens leading downwards and takes Mai to where Reito is in the gate to the HiME star's power. He reveals that Mai is to become his wife and they will repopulate the earth together (like Adam and Eve). That is unless... she can defeat him (and by him he means Mikoto and her Child??? That pussy...). Miyu now is facing off with Nagi, but when she hears and feels Alyssia's spirit it unlocks a special mode for her in which she basically blows Nagi away (at least it appears so).
This was a good follow up to the very depressing, but very good episode 24. This one had more of a laid back feel to prepare you to the upcoming finale. Though Natsuki's (and Shizuru's) death was a little sad, it was a very poignant moment and was pretty powerful by itself. Hopefully there will be a somewhat happy ending after all this..