Because I'm a shameless Manjoume fangirl.
This is where I feature a character from an anime and explain their name meanings. If you'd like to request a name meaning, let me know! ^_^
Name: Yukimura Seiichi
Anime: Prince of Tennis
Yukimura is a wonderful character that has lots of potential... His name is quite fitting to his character as well. "Yuki" is the kanji
for peace or happiness, and "mura" means village. I think this reflects the serenity of his nature very well.
The more interesting part about his name is the fact that it stems from the historic Japanese war hero, Sanada Yukimura. A
brilliant tactician and expert in the art of war, he almost led a successful campaign against the then-shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. He is
ultimately betrayed and meets a tragic end. I think it's interesting indeed, that the powerhouse tennis team Rikkaidai's Captain (Yukimura)
and Vice Captain (Sanada) are named after this true life hero.
"Sei" means soul or life force. This of course, speaks to Yukimura's passionate feelings toward tennis, and his incredible
will to overcome his suffering to become greater than he is. Ichi is a common ending for a boy's name.
[ previous name meanings ]
Friday, January 14, 2005
* Mai HiME 15 *
Mai Hime Ep 15: The High School Girl who Soars the Heavens
Wow...this episode was really something else! Very emotional and beautiful, though I still don't know whether the story will be explained any further... I really loved the animation, which was lovely, and the music was nice as well. They featured the second song from the Shining Days single by Kuribayashi Minami called "When the Small Star Falls," when the girls go out to battle.
Alyssa and Miyu had only been used by the Searrs organization, and I really felt sorry for them, even though they seemed ruthless in the beginning. I still don't understand what they meant by bringing about the Golden Age...I hope that's explained eventually.
Now on to the summary...
The episode begins with a flashback, and the birth of the artificial lifeform, Alyssa. She is the first succesfully created Valkyrie who has materializing capabilities. There's an old man with a red ring who greets her warmly.. She then meets Miyu, who will become her guardian.
Scene switches to the present, and Nagi appears before Miyu and Alyssa as they lay resting in the library area where Nagi used to hang out (the place with the time clock on the floor). He complains about the mess they have created in his domain, and warns them that they will pay for what they have done...but does so in his usual cocky manner. He disppears into thin air, as though he was a hologram.
At the Hime underground sanctuary, Mashiro is explaining to the Hime about the Searrs Organization, and their Hime, Alyssa. That they would probably destroy the school and everyone in it if they cannot find the Hime. Natsuki asks whether Akane was a Hime, and Mashiro nods, saying, "But she has fallen.." The girls agree to take on their intruders, and to rescue the students trapped inside. Yukino summons Diana, and is running surveillance, as the rest of the girls (aside from Yukariko) go put their plan in motion. Meanwhile, Akira has been overhearing the conversation (Nagi confronts her briefly), before she goes off to inform Reito to prepare the students for the escape. (She sends him a note through the window..) Unfortunately, that's the last we see of Akira this episode. (I really like her ninja moves, and how it's all tied together with the frog Child Gennai...) They must get the students out in 6 hours, which is the time when Alyssa's Child will be within range. (Her Child is a great big satellite).
Mai and Midori take on the ships, while the rest go to fight the tanks and soldiers surrounding the school. Tate tells Shiho to escape...he is going back to the school. "Is it because you love Mai?" she asks tearfully. He can't respond... He makes his way to the school and leaves her behind.
Shiho, who has been left behind, is walking aimlessly when an Orphan attacks her...
Alyssa sees all that is going on, and says it is exactly as she planned. The Hime confront Alyssa and Miyu at the edge of a cliff. Mai flies up on Kagutsuchi and begs her to end this... Alyssa scoffs at her, saying that the Hime are wasting their powers for no good reason. That she and the Searrs organization are fighting for a cause they believe in, while the Hime believe in nothing, know nothing of what they desire. Alyssa takes the ribbon from her head and her golden locks glow...she wills her Child to strike. "Surrender to us," she demands. "No one at Fuuka will be spared."
The satellite in the sky strikes its blow... Mai soars up into the sky to meet the attack with Kagutsuchi ("I don't need a cause to believe in to fight..." she thinks, and she flashes back to all the happy faces and memories she's had at Fuuka) , and gets striken, and a large explosion ensues. We see her body fall back, blood flying. But from the massive flames, Kagutsuchi emerges, and he looks a little different...like a jet almost? And Mai is alright! Kagutsuchi and Mai soar up again, this time into space. They meet Alyssa's Child head on, and yet another explosion. Alyssa screams, and her hair stops glowing...the man with the red ring disintigates.
The Searrs Organization orders missiles to be launched at the cliff, and the Hime quickly escape. It begins to snow, and we see the ruins of what is left. Shiho is in a stretcher, and a girl is begging her to open her eyes. Tate spots this, and looks devastated.
Meanwhile, Miyu is carrying Alyssa through the woods, trying to escape. She puts her down to get her a drink of water, and the priest (I forget his name) jumps out and mortally wounds Alyssa. "She was never supposed to exist. I had orders to destroy her if she failed." Miyu kills the man, and holds up Alyssa, but it is too late... She holds Alyssa as she dies. Alyssa says, "I know I have been told all my life, I was not supposed to exist...but only you treated me like..." and she remembers happier times when they used to play in the snow together. Miyu takes the lifeless body of Alyssa and walks into the lake: "I shall be your guardian forever."
The ending credits poignantly play to "It's only the fairytale."
Mikoto is desperately calling for Mai, who hasn't returned...the other Hime look striken as Mikoto continues to call for her...the episode ends with a shot from space, and Mai's lone shoe floating along...
Ok, so I thought maybe this was the end?? But next week will definitely have another episode! And it looks like fun too! They're in a karaoke place, I think...and I think I spotted Mai. So she'll be back. So much for the Searrs organization...at least for now. According to the website preview, the Hime still have Orphans to fight...
Next week: Parade
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