Mai-HiME Episodes 22-24
As this series gets near the end, I feel that anyone who is reading these entries has either seen the episodes or don't really care. In that light, I will only be commenting on my reactions to the episodes and maybe give a small summary and point out the main points. If you *really* want a detailed summary, visit Garten's site as usual. As for me, just enjoy the screen caps and hopefully you are enjoying the series as much as I am!
Mai continues to deny her feelings for Tate and pushes him away even when he reaches out to her. Reito (or Prince Kakuyou) and Nagi set more of their evil plans into motion. Shizuru begins to become obsessive with her attraction to Natsuki to the point where it's getting kinda scary... and Haruka confronts Shizuru for abandoning the school and for hurting Yukino.
I thought this episode was pretty good, but it just seems like everything is just getting worse and worse for everyone involved (of course that's to be expected near the end of an anime like this). We no longer have silly moments that make us giggle once in awhile, it's straight up drama and some action at this point...
We get our first glimpse of Mikoto's Child as she tries to stop Midori from awakening M.I.Y.U. again. Midori's Child is defeated, but she succeeds in awakening Miyu who runs off. At the same time Shizuru goes off the deep end and summons her Child to fight Yukino while Natsuki tries to stop her, but is unable to use her powers. Shizuru easily kills off Diana, Yukino's Child, and Haruka disappears. Mai goes to confront Yukariko at the church and is put into a dreamlike daze by the Sister's Child while she asks her what kind of world she really wants. Natsuki runs away from Shizuru's place and collapses on the sidewalk and is taken to the hospital, where Tate runs into her. She tells him about Mai's situation and why she's been so cold to him, and he runs off to look for her (even though he's supposed to be meeting Shiho outside where it's raining >D). Natsuki returns to her dorm only to get trapped in Nao's web where she's already trapped several guys that are all wrapped up... looks like she's been waiting for her there for awhile.
Man I love when Tate chose to go find Mai rather than meeting with Shiho, even though I know that's only gonna majorly piss Shiho off. I didn't even really feel bad when she fell out of her wheelchair and got stuck in the rain (yah, I know I'm evil...). Anyways, it was pretty sad when Haruka died, but at least she went out with a bit of a bang (which would be her style I suppose). Shizuru's seriously starting to freak me out now, and I wonder what she was doing with Natsuki while she was sleeping... that's just a little creepy. It's always the calm and cool people you need to be careful with I suppose. =)
We go inside Mai's dream world where her family is together with Takumi and Mikoto as her siblings, Tate as her crush and Shiho as his little sister. Tate wins a kendo tournament and confesses his feelings to Mai with the sun setting behind them. As they are about to kiss, she realizes that this is in fact not real and that she can't have these feelings for Tate that could get him killed.
Back in the real world... Tate crashes into the church just as Mai is about to be engulfed by Yukariko's Child and knocks her out of the way. Yukariko ends up embracing Ishigami while they are both swallowed by her Child. Shizuru goes on a destruction spree and destroys the First District then moves on to find Nao whose Child she does away with pretty quickly. Natsuki is able to summon her powers again by realizing what's important to her and that she and Nao are very much alike. Shizuru is about to kill Nao herself but Natsuki stops her.
Nagi pays Shiho a visit and awakens all her hate of Mai within her and she is revealed as the ghost-like HiME in white (well duh...) and she is majorly pissed now (I never noticed this before, but as a HiME she wears the bridal gown that she showed Mai in an early episode, ironic isn't it? Yes.. I am slow). She attacks Mai after finding her and Tate coming out of the chuch and we learn that she is the one that killed Akira's HiME and therefore, killed Takumi. Mikoto is around and she overhears this, feeling relief that she didn't kill him. Mai refuses to attack Shiho's Child directly and tells Shiho that if either of their Childs die, then Tate will die! Of course Shiho is pretty outside herself right now and doesn't listen. Suddenly, Mikoto jumps in the fray and kills Shiho's Child and this time as Mai gets outraged again, she sees a tear fall down Mikoto's cheek as she says that it was an order from Ani-ue. Of course, now it's Tate's time to go and he disappears as Mai kisses him...
Okay, I said I wasn't gonna do a summary and I ended up doing a pretty long one... oh well! Anyways, this was definetly one of the better episodes in the whole series and really gave you a broad range of emotions from the beginning with the light-hearted dream world to the end with the few HiMEs left all pretty much losing their minds. Mai no longer has her "person most important to her" so she really has no reason to fight anymore. Natsuki is pretty much torn up about everything, Shizuru is completely insane and Mikoto is being controlled by her brother (though this episode showed her really starting to doubt herself a lot). Plus I'm really not sure of Miyu's role in everything, but I'm pretty sure we're gonna find that out shortly... As for Shiho, I just really hated her all along, I never felt that sorry for her and the only thing I regret is that she loved Tate so he had to die =(. Of course, with this anime... a happy ending really doesn't seem possibly at this point, but maybe they'll suprise me!