Monday, March 21, 2005
* Mai HiME 24 *
Mai HiME Ep 24: Love is a Battle
Ha! You Mai HiME fans must've thought I dropped off the face of the blogging world, did you not? Well, I have to admit I did get a little complacent with blogging this show, because there are so many other great bloggers of Mai HiME out there...you know who you are! But you know, I'm not the only one who's behind, right? Besides, the fansubs have pretty much caught up, apparently, so not as urgent a demand for full summaries, I suppose...
I'm going to skip the summaries, and just a few thoughts, since we are in the home stretch for this series. (So many shows ending...though I'm the most upset about Prince of Tennis ending... *sniffs*...)
Anyway, aside from the cheesiness of this episode being named after "Love is Battlefield," I thought it was really good! Tate has redeemed himself in my eyes, amazingly enough. It seems me and Reito were of the same mind when he said that he thought Tate would meet a more pathetic end...but he surprized us both with his honorable and honest end....though still a "martyr" of sorts anyway. Tate's death was the second time I cried while watching Mai HiME. (The first time being Haruka's death...I thought that was so sad...)
They really did a nice job of bringing the whole Mai, Tate, Shiho triangle to an end, with Tate sacrificing himself so that neither girl would end up hurting the other. And Mai's tearful farewell and crazed sorrow was really well done. It still creeps me out how Reito is supposedly manipulating the entire situation, as he has nothing but his own self-serving interests in mind. People who think they can control other people's emotional reactions really piss me off. But I have a feeling that he is going to be in for the shock of his life in the upcoming episodes...because I'm quite sure that Mai is not going to give him what he wants.
As for Natsuki and Shizuru...that situation keeps getting more and more bizarre. All the sudden, Shizuru becomes this really unstable stalker type crazy person. Was this predictable? I guess the people who appear to have it together the most are the ones that are the real crazies, but it really wasn't something I would've predicted. And who exactly is Natsuki's important person? I'm just full of questions at this point...
Finally, just a quick rant: What's up with unstable female lovers in this show? Shiho, Shizuru and Yukariko all have really unhealthy ideas of how to love somebody. It either means you become obsessive of that person, or end up debasing yourself. As someone who's always intrigued by female stereotypes in media and anime, this is something that doesn't feel very satisfying to me.
Next week: The Time of Destiny
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