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Name: Yukimura Seiichi
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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.

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Friday, January 28, 2005

* Mai HiME 17 *

Mai Hime Ep 17: Lips that Lie

This week's episode was chock full of too much! I was getting dizzy by the end of the episode. But at least we're beginning to learn more and more about what's truly going on, though there still are some unanswered questions. But everything seems to be coming all at once. Other than the intensity of the information coming in, this was a great episode, with lots of emotions running high. No Hime fighting action yet, but it seems to be inevitable...

FYI, this story moves back and forth from flashback to present. I've put the flashbacks in italics. Hope it's not too hard to follow. ^_^


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Story begins with Mashiro visiting these really old women - presumably the elders that she was heading toward in the car last episode. The women praise Mashiro on being able to defeat the Searrs organization, but warn that the worst is yet to come. "The star comes closer, and world is beginning to waiver. We shall not let things come to pass as they will it. We shall guide the Hime and succeed in our quest....The Kokuyou's kimi shall soon awaken. The more the tears of the fighting maidens, the greater the joy of the other kimi." (note: Kokuyou might refer to a name, or a location. I'm not sure yet. Kimi means prince or princess. I leave it as is because I don't know which gender they're refering to).

Akane, who has awakened, tells Natsuki over the phone what a Hime must truly sacrifice....

The following day, they are back in class and Midori is lecturing, while Mai thinks upon the events of the night before:

They demand an explanation from Nagi. "Simple...you must fight amongst yourselves." He says the Child is something they created from the love in their hearts. "But don't get so serious. You're only going to fight among the Children." Natsuki confronts him with the truth - that if the Child dies, the person most important to the Hime disappears. "Exactly. You've done your homework. But remember, I already told you about this." The girls now understand what really happened to Kazu...

Nagi continues, saying that if the Hime herself is defeated, so is her Child, thus the person they love. "So you have no choice but fight...and win."


Yukariko is praying at the church, and Ishigami comes to see her. She looks upset, like she's been "forsaken by God," and Ishigami comforts her.

Nao also contemplates on the night before. She's determined to survive this.

Midori continues her research on the Hime. She's hoping that there's an explanation for this...that Nagi's wrong, or that even if he's right, there has to be a way around it. She gets an email from a person named Sasaki, who says s/he's sending the documents Midori requested, and that s/he's looking forward to seeing her thesis.

More flashbacks to Nagi:

"Haven't you noticed that?" he points up to the red star, which has gotten bigger. "The Hime Star. Even now, it is nearing this earth." He explains that the only thing that can stop it is the one Hime who remains, and her Child. (Hehe...for those of you who read memento's anime blog, mentar seems to be right about his prediction of this becoming "Hime-lander": there can only be one). He explains that before that star crashes into the Earth, they must chose that Hime amongst themselves. If they cannot, then the world will be destroyed. Mai asks why they must sacrifice so much. He says that is their destiny...but in return, the Hime who remains will be blessed with great powers.

Mai wants to confirm things with Mashiro, but she's still not back yet. Midori, Yukino, Mai and Mikoto chat for a moment about the new revelations. They're worried about it, but Midori assures them that all will be ok if they stick together. They also contemplate how there are likely 2 other Hime they don't know about. Mai says that's ok...those girls are probably not stupid enough to cause in-fighting. "It's ok, I will protect you all," Mikoto says. Mai remembers what Nagi said about putting the most important thing on the line, and she thinks of Takumi...

Takumi is in bed, as Akira thinks upon what Nagi told her (lots of thinking in this episode). "Father, did you know that Hime must fight among ourselves? Is this why you told me I must kill anyone who found out I'm a girl?" Takumi wakes up, and she asks him if he's ok. Flashback to last night:

"Now that you know I'm a girl...I have to kill you!"

"Ok...that's ok. If that will help you. Up until now, if it weren't for you, I'd be... Besides, I'm used to giving up...and really, I just don't want to suffer any more. I couldn't say anything up until now, but my sister...that's why..."

Akira raises her weapon...but instead, she grabs Takumi's pills, and gives them to him. He coughs them out, so she pop them in her mouth and gives them to him mouth-to-mouth. Takumi is surprised, and asks why...

"Idiot! Don't say so easily that you want to die! I...I've always hated that part about you!" She bursts into tears and holds him...


Back in the present, she apologizes to him. "No, I'm sorry...I should'v knocked," he replies. She turns beet red, and tells him to forget it...it was just an illusion.

Moments later, Mai has come to visit Takumi, and she thanks Akira for caring for him. Mai thinks to herself that she'll protect him.

Yukariko is in Ishigami's office. He gives her a cup of coffee. He tells her it's good coffee, as he's got as much confidence in his brew as he does in his art work. She takes a drink...

Mai and Mikoto are walking outside. Reito catches up with them. He says he's thought she's been trying to avoid him lately. He apologizes for trying to kiss her without thinking of what her feelings are. He notes that she likes Tate, afterall... She denies it, but also says there are too many other things going on right now... She gets interrupted by a phone call, and whatever it is, she rushes off.

Meanwhile, Yukariko is completely passed out on a sofa, with a menacing looking Ishigami towering over her...

Mai has gone to the hospital to hear news that a donor's been found for Takumi. She's really excited by this news. As she's leaving the hospital, she bumps into Tate, and they go to the rooftop for a conversation. Looks like the surgery will be in America... He apologizes to her for getting on her case, when he never realized how much she was trying to accomplish, not just with her brother's illness, but with the whole Hime business. He had felt powerless during the school takeover, and only succeeded in abandoning Shiho, who ended up getting hurt. He feels guilty for having left her behind. "She's always been with me since we were growing up...and to be honest, I sometimes thought she was pest. But...that's why I...." There seems to be some kind of tacit understanding between Mai and Tate. She nods, and wishes him luck...he does likewise.

As she's leaving the grounds, she sees the playground area where she and Tate had a moment together that rainy day a while ago. She cries, and wipes away the tears as she thinks, "Something..in my eye."

Shiho observes Mai leaving from her window. She asks Tate when he comes back whether he saw anybody but he denies it. She doesn't seem to believe him...

Nagi's in the library, and says to himself, "Now...the young lord of Kokuyou must be awakened."

Elsewhere, a shadowy figure reaches out and picks up a necklace from the table. It's the same one Mikoto always carries). It almost looks like Reito, but we don't get a complete face shot.

Meanwhile, Mai's walking home in the dark. She remembers Nagi's words: "You must fight...it is your unavoidable destiny. That's why you exist." She senses something eerie, and she turns around... A ghostly figure in a kimono materializes. The figure mumbles something (a name?) and a strange crow-looking creature (Child?) appears behind it. "A Hime??" Mai says.

Nagi says..."And so it begins."

Next week: Beginning

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