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 ]
Saturday, January 22, 2005
* Mai HiME 16 *
Mai HiME Ep 16: Parade
Well, this episode was definitely a change of tone from the last one...at least, until the end. But I'll get to that shortly. In all, this was a fun way to wind down after last week's seriousness, though we're still left with a lot of questions about the Searrs organization, and all the madness that came out of their little HiME hunting mission. Are they ever going to answer those questions? Or is that the end of the Searrs saga, and onto the next menace? It would be pretty unfulfilling if it was just left at that. On to the summary then:
Episode opens and everyone's back at school. Everything seems back to normal, and the kids are puzzled at how nothing really made the news, and nothing was explained (much like us ^_^;;). Except Mai hasn't come back to school, and people are wondering where she is. Tate looks worried. The HiME are looking serious too, and Mikoto's still crying and asking for her. Suddenly, she pops into the class and falls flat on her face! Everyone's happy to see her, as she explains, "See, I was a little far away..." Guess it took her a while to get back from space?
Later, Natsuki and Mai go to see Mashiro, but they are told that she's gone on a business trip... Mai had wanted to ask about the events from earlier, and the whereabouts of Alyssa and Miyu. Natsuki says she doesn't know what happened to them, "but seeing as the Searrs organization has gone underground, they're probably...." Mai asks about Akane, and Natsuki tells her she's still in no condition to give any information. Mai says, "Information? But the fighting is over, isn't it?" To which Natsuki responds, "Ended? I hope so. Either way, my own battle continues."
Meanwhile, Mashiro is being driven somewhere...Nagi is sitting across from her and says "The elders have called you? It must be busy work, being Chairman." And Mashiro says, "This is one of my duties." Nagi asks her if it's ok to leave the area in such a critical time, to which Mashiro responds that "You and I both are doing what we must." She also tells him, "It may be no use asking you, but I leave those girls in your hands." He's disappeared the next time we get a shot of the seat across from her.
Natsuki is at the facility where Akane is being kept. The doctor says she regained consciousness momentarily, but not enough to speak. She's back in a comatose state. "What do you mean to do with her?" he asks, and Natsuki says she doesn't know...only, she wants to know the truth.
Mai's walking around the school, and Mikoto, in her happiness to see her, has attached herself permanently onto Mai, piggy back style. ^_^ She bumps into Akira and Takumi, and they chat for a bit. Akira teases Takumi about how scared he was during the school take-over...it's really kinda cute. "You were all, 'I'm scared, I'm scared!!'... Takumi says, "Was NOT!" Takumi tells his sister that Reito was looking for her. She blushes and decides to avoid seeing him, as she recollects that awkward moment where they almost kissed...
Mai goes back to working at the restaurant, and people are looking at her oddly, because Mikoto still has herself attached to her. ^^ The girls from school come in for a drink, and tell Mai that Shiho's still in the hospital (ah...so she's alright afterall...of course she's not gonna go away), and Tate's been visiting her everyday. He probably feels really guilty having left her to go back to the school. Mai recalls how when she came into the classroom earlier in this episode, Tate saw her come in, but looked away. Hmmm....
Scene switches to the hospital, where Shiho is being fed by Tate. She's thrilled that he's come to see her, and says she wants them to be like this always. Tate looks a little upset. Mai walks in with flowers, and Shiho angrily draws the covers over her face. Tate gets up to face her, and Shiho reaches out from the covers to grab his arm. Mai awkwardly leaves the flowers and makes her retreat.
Midori catches up with her and the rest of the HiME, and commences to have a "meeting" of all the HiME. (Nao and Natsuki had to be brought there by force...heheh). She manages to convince all the girls to begin a HiME battle unit of sorts, so they can fight the Orphans together! The girls agree to the plan...and to celebrate, Midori takes them all to the Karaoke place! They rent out a room, and order lots of food...she says the order in which they'll perform will be determined by HiME roulette! Mai's thrilled at the prospect of karaoke, but her turn doesn't come around for a while...she looks on dejectedly as the other girls perform. Even Natsuki is forced to sing, and Midori puts a ridiculous looking outfit on her! (And by the way, Natsuki is horrible singer...Lol). Mai's turn finally comes up, and she's got a really sweet singing voice...
Meanwhile, back at the dorms, Takumi has made a huge feast for his secret ninja, as a gesture of thanks. Really, really sweet! But as he's walking up to the table with a bowl, he trips and sends all its contents onto Akira's head! Akira complains to herself as she washes off in the bathroom...but she looks at herself in the mirror and smiles. From outside, Takumi says, "Are you ok? Did you burn yourself?" He opens the door to see....she's got no shirt on, but has the bandages wrapped around her chest. He turns beet red and runs out, and Akira dashes afterhim, and tackles him to the ground. She's got her hands around his throat...
Akane looks dazed, but awake...the doctor calls Natsuki. But we don't really hear the conversation, only Natsuki's reaction: "WHAT??"
The girls come home fired up and ready to fight more Orphans, "bring them on!", when Nagi confronts them...
Scene comes back to the hospital, where Shiho tells a sleeping Tate that she loves him, and she kisses him on the cheek.
Back at the dorm, Akira (still stradling poor Takumi, who looks pretty shaken), says, "Now that you know I'm a girl...you must be..." and reaches out as her weapon materializes...
Nagi reveals what is to come for the HiME: "There are no more Orphans you need fight. Orphans were just a prelude. Your fight has only just begun. Your next target is...each other's Children!"
Ok...Nagi's really starting to freak me out now. I'm really intrigued by what he meant in those last lines... Grrr, what's going on?
Next week: Lips that Lie
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