The Mai Otome manga made my head expode 87 times

March 19, 2008 at 9:31 pm (manga)

Even though I am a big fan of the Mai [Z]HiME franchise, I had not read any of the manga before, because I heard it was basically just really bad softcore pr0n.

This is a blatant lie.

It is not just softcore pr0n.

The Mai Otome manga is the manga incarnation of the world’s most massive BONER.

It breaks down basically likes this:

30% softcore pr0n
20% pr0n-related jokes (“two small breasts pressed into my back…my element…it’s about to…MATERIALIZE”)
50% action scenes that made my head explode

This manga is like a genre-connoisseur’s dream-come-true.

This is the plot of Mai Otome (manga):

Part One – It’s basically OtoBoku, but with better art.
Part Two – Schwarz attempts a revolution. And not, like, a revolution in efficient housecleaning. Like they have a slave named “Robespierre” and say things like “I WILL GLADLY SACRIFICE MYSELF FOR THE SAKE OF THE REVOLUTION.”
Chapter 17 – Midori appears. Everyone feels a rekindled passion for JUSTICE.
Part Three – Everyone does their best, deshou. And they fight evil clones of their HiME versions. And Natsuki makes fun of her clone for padding her breasts. Everyone reveals their TRUE FORM and they use courage and friendship to execute combination attacks which protect the ones they care about. Also, at some point they re-enact the plot from Empire Strikes Back.

Here is a very small sample of hissatsu:

The Mai HiME manga is also pretty readable, but the earlier parts are less good; the later parts are pretty great. Particularly when you reach chapters with titles such as “Justice Doesn’t Die”.

One thing that stays constant throughout every anime and manga iteration of this concept is that Haruka is full of win. Sometimes she has magic powers, sometimes she just has DISCIPLINE.

Also, all things said, the manga stories are a lot more cohesive than the anime stories, particularly Otome, but they’re also not trying so hard to be all “OMG IS THIS A CLUE?!”



  1. super rats said,

    I had no idea. *runs quick to order*

    <3 Haruka

  2. TheBigN said,

    Is this better than the debacle that was the Mai-HiME manga?

  3. sethjohnson said,

    @TheBigN, so if you read the entire Mai-HiME manga and didn’t like any of it, you might not like the Otome manga. If you read the first, like, half, and stopped, then yes I would say so.

    Also relative to the shows, largely because HiME was a lot better than Otome, the manga for Otome stacks up much better.

    It depends on what you’re looking for; if you’re looking for lots of FOR THE REVOLUTION and STARLIGHT BREAKER, then the Otome manga is good times. If you could give a shit about action genre stuff like that, maybe not.

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