19361Re: [Yuricon] Mai Otome 6 SPOILERS
- Nov 12, 2005On Nov 12, 2005, at 7:56 AM, Erica Friedman wrote:From: Chalcahuite <ximatl@...>Reply-To: Yuricon@yahoogroups.comSubject: [Yuricon] Mai Otome 6 SPOILERSDate: Fri, 11 Nov 2005 17:52:02 -0500Pools, swimsuits, and fanservice. Oh my!********SPOILERSPACE********It's interesting that we're told that only one girl goes on to be an Otome,because there seem to be plenty of Otome hanging about. Maybe the lessernon-Meister Otome aren't quite as cool, but there is pretty much no doubtthat these two will break the rule. I have no doubt that they will bothbecome Meister, and friends, although Nina will be damned before she everadmits.Well, from what I've heard there are 50 Corals, of which only half go on to become Pearls, and I think it's half or less of those become Meister. And given their powers I can see why they'd want to limit the number of Meisters in circulation, even though it's a perpetual arms race. And I'm positive Nina and Arika will become Meister, not sure about the rest of the Corals though.I think Yukariko assigns both Nina and Arika to Nao, after having to putthe smack down, double arrow style, on them.Also to force Nao to become responsible for something. Nina would never everget in trouble if it weren't for Arika. She'd always feel responsible forNao's misbehaviors, in fact. Since as a pair Arika and Nina are trouble witha capital 'T', it'll make Nao have to be onee-sama like.Yes, this makes sense. Someone else pointed out in the boards, that Nao may have purposely avoided being a Tria for the simple reason that she didn't want the responsibility, and that's very Nao.As an aside, I've noticed that more people in the boards are referring to this sempai-kouhai type of relationship in Marimite terms (soeur/petite soeur) than anything else. I don't know how much of this is pervasiveness of Marimite among Western fans who have seen the show or Western fans who are picking up from Japanese fans who use the terms, but it may suggest that Marimite has a broader appeal than we realize or I'm inferring too much. ;)Shiho is a bonafide nutjob. Her over the top antics makes me think thatshe'll have little to do when the main plot kicks in. Though, I imaginethat, like Haruka in Mai-Hime, they'll throw in a moment when the seriesgets darker that makes you root for her. Oh, in her maki- maki book Nina'sand Arika's name are on one page, but the left hand page, is titled(Juliet maki-maki), meaning Nao.Arika's only three maki-maki's though - very low on the list.Yes, Nao is clearly her hated rival. I speculate wildly that it probably all stems from the fact that Nao let Shiho become a Tria, because she didn't want it.Shiho transports, somehow, these invisible eel like creatures to theschool's pool, to take advantage of Nina's newly discovered weakness,(thanks Arika for telling the entire school), and knock her down a fewpegs.Well, come on - if you knew the too-perfect class star's weak points,wouldn't you say?I wasn't disapproving, per se, just reciting the events with the NYT's level of objectivity. ;)So, when Nina and Arika's class have theirlesson in the pool, these eel things begin to swim past the girls inwholly inappropriate ways. This is where Erstin's admission comes in, aswe see an eel swim between her legs, and she makes the leap/wish thatNina, who's standing behind her, did it. Nina's reaction is to immediatelycheck to see if Erstin is feverish.That actually made me laugh out loud. The rest of the fanservice only mademe make scrunchy face.This was definitely the funniest moment in the show.Nina wakes up in the infirmary, and I'm not sure why, but she's nakedunder the sheets. And practically everyone is there when she wakes up.This is where that still shot of Erstin's unorthodox CPR comes in. I'm notsure if Nina's upset because it was her first kiss or that she had to berescued. Erstin probably thinks it's the former.It's probably that her father wasn't the one to give her thatoh-so-important first mouth-to-mouth.I thought about that, but I just didn't want to give it any credence. I'm hoping she grows out of her Electra phase. Now that I'm thinking about it more, it's probably a combination of all three.The eels through a label switch end up becoming a huge tentacle monster.Shiho, Erstin and Nina get caught by it, but only Erstin and Nina aremolested by it. Cue drooling fanboys.Well, Shiho - yuck.Yeah. As the comic villain she don't get no lub.I think Midori is trying to kill them all off.Probably because of screen time. ;)I don't think there's a character I dislike at this point, and it seems tome Mai-Otome is a better series at this point than Mai-Hime. I'm not sureif the writing team is the same, but if it is then, clearly, they havelearned something from doing Mai-Hime. I don't think they're ROD-TV levelyet, but it doesn't suck and that's saying a lot.There's no Tate. He's become a nice, not schlubby guy and is pretty much outof the romantic running, so as to not complicate things.For the girls at any rate, he's out of the running. There's been some talk about Rena making an appearance later on, and Sergey's feeling for her haven't waned at all in the intervening years so maybe something happens there. An adult relationship, that'd be nice for once. Which means we won't get one.It looks like Nagi gets some shoujo-bubble treatment next episode which is a prima facie wrongness.It imporves the scenery quite a bit.And the odds. . . .M-H was based on the various sadnesses of Mai, M-O seems to be based on theusual challenge for someone wholely unsuitable, yet with a destiny, to bethe best...whatever. It's easier on the nerves.Maybe that's why this series may turn out better than Mai-Hime, since it's a simpler formula to work from.Nao is talking to Arika at one point and mentions that meister otome cansubsitute for a nation's military. The shot we see during this appears tobe of Shizuru and the city burning below has a clock tower that reminds meof London.The city the school is in has the Flatiron building. I love that building. Afriend of mine works there - it's all bizarro angles in the offices.Really, I didn't notice that. But, yes, the Flatiron building does rock.
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