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They possess the powers of a lost era, serving as the peacekeepers and protectors of the numerous kingdoms on the planet Earl; they are the Otome. And for Arika Yumemiya, the dream of becoming a Meister Otome has brought her through the desert to the Windbloom Kingdom where she hopes to train at the prestigious Garderobe Academy. However gaining admittance to the Academy won't be as easy as she thinks it is. Not only will she find herself rescuing the soon to be Queen of the Kingdom, fending off a giant mechanized warrior, and discovering her latent powers as an Otome, she'll also have to win a battle against an established Otome in order to be admitted. And even if she makes it in, how is she going to pay those school fees? Action packed re-imagining of the mega hit My-HiME! Genre: Action/Fantasy/Sci-Fi. Special Edition contains: My-OTOME Volume 1, Premium Artbox, and Cell-Phone Strap.

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Arika Yumemiya, the 14-year-old heroine of the shojo (girls') series My-Zhime (2005) wants to become an Otome, a supernatural combination of lady-in-waiting and royal guardian. She arrives at the prestigious Gardenrobe Academy (a cross between Hogwarts and Mahora Academy in Negima!) completely unprepared, and immediately alienates both Nina Wang, the top student in the school, and Princess Mashiro of the Windbloom Kingdom. Although she's had zero training, Arika demonstrates enough raw talent to win a spot at Gardenrobe. She's injected with nanomachines that enable her to summon the costume and abilities an Otome-in-training needs. Like many shojo heroines, Arika is a well-meaning klutz, who comes from behind through sheer determination. She also possesses mysterious powers linked to her sapphire pendant: could Arika be the long-lost princess? Although it involves some of the same characters, My-Zhime is not a sequel to Mai-Otome, but an alternate adventure. The Deluxe Edition comes in a cardboard chest with an small cel of the cast inset into the front. (Rated 13 and older: violence, nudity, minor risqué humor) --Charles Solomon


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  • Format: Animated, Color, Special Edition, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Bandai
  • DVD Release Date: July 17, 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PY30ZS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,765 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Raven on September 4, 2007
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If you liked My-Hime, you're gonna love this one, and if you've never watched it you're still gonna enjoy My-Otome regardless, because the stories are not related, so it's perfectly safe to start with this one.
The music and the characters are beautifu and I think the story and the series in general are WAY better than My-Hime. It's kind of weird because some of the original characters are also present in this one, but it's almost as if they were actors playing a different role, because some of them don't even have the same personality.
If you were a fan of Shizuru from My-Hime, I HIGHLY SUGGEST YOU GET THIS ONE. In My-Hime, she didn't have much of an influence on the story until the final episodes, but in this one, she is one of the most important characters and deservedly and effortlessly takes the spotlight on ocasion; just watching Shizuru fight in the first episode is worth the whole $21.99. If you watch your Anime on a good sound system, I suggest you turn the volume all the way up, because the background music during this scene is absolutely mesmerizing, and combined with the sound effects, the art and the animation, will even give you chills; I'm not even joking. If you don't know who Shizuru is, you'll fall in love with her watching this scene alone.
You might as well consider this a 5-star review. I'm not gonna tell you why I gave it 4 stars because first of all, I don't wanna spoil the scene for you, and second of all, it's highly a matter of personal preference, so a normal person probably wouldn't pay attention to it anyway.
The bottom line is: if you're looking for a series with great music, beautiful characters, intense action and a gripping story, don't hesitate to get My-Otome. It has something for everyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By F. C. Marquez on December 29, 2007
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I have seen mai-hime, Mai otome, and even the OVA Mai otome Zwei, and i must say, i liked the Otome Series better than the original (Mai-Hime), U guys have to see this, the characters are so lovable and memorable. Plus the animation quality is excellent. The music is great, and the best part are the characters. ^-^ hope u guys give this anime a chance, its the best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By michael thomas mailey on December 20, 2012
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5 STARS because it is very funny with action/adventure,it is worth watching also it is done well & creative .ARIKA makes it funny with a few other characters.Now what i do not like is when they speak of deaths & wars.The prices was simple also.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KevinB on December 24, 2012
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Arika dreams of becoming an Otome. On the planet Earl, Otome serve their master and country. They are considered a strong military power on their own, so they are very coveted by all the nations. Arika's mother was an Otome. In hopes of becoming one herself, Arika joins the Garderobe Academy. Garderobe Academy is where young women train to become Otome, but only a select few actually gain the honor. Here Arika gains new friends and enemies very quickly. Her unusual circumstances make her a controversial figure.

This is a pretty good start. It's not really a sequel to the original My Hime series. It has a similar plot, and some similar characters, but it's not connected to the events of the original. You can watch this one without seeing My Hime. At this point I've watched half of this series, and I prefer the My Hime series. I liked the character, Mai, better than the main character in this one, Arika. The characters in this show aren't as good as the 1st series. On the other hand, if you've seen My Hime and liked it, this one will probably make you happy as well.
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By T. Wenzoski on July 31, 2008
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Alright first off, I am writing this review mainly comparing this series to it predecessor My-HiME (which has fairly similar characters but is completely unrelated otherwise). Standalone, this series is pretty good I guess, but if you have seen My-HiME first, and come out of that one with high expectations for this one, you might be slightly disappointed.

Story:
My- Otome sets the basic plot in the first couple episodes with the typical layout. Loudmouth, stubborn, and often clutsy main character wants to become an Otome. For the next 8-10 episodes, there are little stories showing some of the events Arika goes thru on her journey to become an Otome. These stories do not build on a bigger plot much at all and mainly introduce you to the vast cast of characters. During this time the humor is very childish an repetitive, centering around everyone making fun of Arika hair (saying she looks like an ant), her complete lack of knowledge of the real world due to her isolated upbringing, and other mindless immature squabbles between characters. The anime picks up in the second half, but by that time I found myself not liking the immature versions of the HiME characters that I already know and love. The HiME series only spent 7 episodes introducing characters before diving into an immanse plot that kept you wanting more, right til the end. I also found the humor in that one to be much more clever and over the top at times, rather than repeating the same few jokes over and over like in Otome. Anyways moving on...

Characters:
Once again I was a bit letdown by most of the characters in My-Otome. It's kinda hard to compare them to the HiME ones, because it seemed that the more minor a role they played in HiME, the more major a role they had in Otome and vice versa.
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