My-HiME Manga, Volume 1 (English)

December 30th, 2008

In Volume 1 of My Hime, strange things are afoot at Fuka Academy. Monsters are appearing, girls with magical powers are fighting…and all of it seems to surround one boy, a transfer student by the name of Yuuichro Tate.

Tate is trying to redeem himself after a series of unavoidable choices caused tragedy to both him and the girl who admired him most. Instead of redemption, Tate finds himself in the middle of a storm, in which exceptional girls with exceptional powers want him to provide them with the means to fight.

Unlike the My HiME anime, this story is not about Mai, or Natsuki, or Mikoto. And unlike the anime, the service here has a nasty edge. Welcome to Champion Red and it’s special brand of woman-hating seinen manga. Despite the fact that you can expect to see woman depantsed, and deshirted with steady frequency, and the occasional rape thrown in for good measure, there are still some things to like about My Hime. The story is similar enough to the anime, that you can at least follow it,and there’s no Duke Nagi putting women in chains and beating them, for one thing. But that’s not what I was referring to. What I was referring to, of course, is…the Yuri service.

Shizuru remains a decidely Yuri character, with fangirls falling over themselves to be close to her. She also remains eyes only for Natsuki, so if that’s a key feature of the My/Mai franchise for you, then rest assured. The implied frottage between Mikoto and Mai is of questionable value to me, but I think that for this manga’s audience it’s spot on for appeal.

And despite the fact that this manga series is not about any of the many interesting characters in My HiME, instead focusing on the least interesting character in the known universe, it’s really quite all right for a trashy fantasy about trashy fantasy. ^_^

Ratings:

Art – 6
Story – 6
Characters – 6
Yuri – 2
Service – 7

Overall – 6

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5 Responses

  1. Katherine says:

    As a voracious fangirl of the Mai franchise, this series made me (internally) weep. Honestly, the only good thing was Shizuru (from what I could tell by skimming the manga). It’s pretty ironic that she’s more well-behaved in the version of the story in which her love-interest is being used as harem-bait. -_-

  2. Shanejayell says:

    I bought the first three books then just gave up. *lol* It was SO bad… The only things I liked in it were Mai/Mikoto (which went way too far in fanservice) and Haruka/Yukino.

  3. grace says:

    i got this first volume for 99-cents at the TokyoPop booth at Comic-Con in 2007. it was and still is disappointing to read. even the artwork isn’t very enjoyable. i’m glad i didn’t pay retail for it.

    now i have to re-watch all of Mai-Hime again. look what you’ve done. (*-*)

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