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My-Otome – The Complete Series (a J!-ENT Anime on Blu-ray Disc Review)

February 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

“My-HiME” was no doubt one of the coolest anime series to come out back in 2004. And to watch it again over a decade later as a complete series in HD was no doubt nostalgic. A well-written story, great voice acting and great animation, “My-HiME” is an anime classic worth owning on Blu-ray!

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TITLE: My-Otome – The Complete Series

DURATION: (26 Episodes) 650 Minutes

BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 1080i High Definition (4:3), Japanese and English Dolby TrueHD 2.0, Subtitles: English

COMPANY: Funimation

RATED: TV 14

Release Date: January 9, 2018


Directed by Masakazu Obara

Series Composition: Hiroyuki Yoshino

Music by Yuki Kajiura

Character Design: Hirokazu Hisayuki

Art Director: Shinji Takasuka

Anime Production: Sunrise


Featuring the following voice talent:

Ami Koshimizu/Kris Rundle as Nina Wáng

Mika Kikuchi/Angie Beers as Arika Yumemiya

Yukana/Katie Rowan as Mashiro Blan de Windbloom

Ai Shimizu/Caitlynne Medrek as Mikoto Minagi

Akira Ishida/Graham Ko as Nagi Dài Artai

Junko Iwao/Morgan Partridge as Akane Soir

Katsuyuki Konishi/Phil Fulton as Sergay Wáng

Kiyomi Asai/Maizun Jayoussi as Miyu

Kumiko Higa/Leah Dubbin-Steckel as Irina Woods

Mai Nakahara/Carol-Anne Day as Mai Tokiha

Mamiko Noto/Morgan Partridge as Yukino Chrysant

Minami Kuribayashi/Lori Barnes-Smith as Erstin Ho

Mitsuki Saiga/Hazel Forman as Chie Hallard

Naomi Shindoh/Melanie Risdon as Shizuru Viola

Rie Tanaka/Tracy Sutton as Tomoe Marguerite

Ryoka Yuzuki/Lori-Barns Smith as Haruka Armitage

Ryoko Shintani/Jayna Mitchell as Aoi Senoh

Saeko Chiba/Cheryl McMaster as Natsuki Kruger

Sakura Nogawa/Leda Davies as Shiho Huit

Toshihiko Seki/Ethan Cole as Rad

Youko Matsuoka/Barb Mitchell as Maria Graceburt

Yukari Tamura/Mariette Sluyter as Midori

Yuuka Nanri/Marcy Lannan as Juliet Nao Zhang


My-Otome the complete collection contains episodes 1-26 of this spin-off series of My-Hime.

While traveling the world in search of her mother, Arika Yumemiya stumbles upon Windbloom Kingdom where a new dream awaits her. Here, the academy of Garderobe turns girls into powerful warriors known as Otome—and Arika wants in! But becoming an Otome could be more than she bargained for. Dangers and secrets await as she chases her new destiny!


Back in 2004, Sunrise created the anime series “My-HiME”. Directed by Masakazu Obara and written by Hiroyuki Yoshino, the anime series lasted for 26 episodes and would lead to a new series “My-Otome” (26 episodes, 2005-2006), two OVA series: “My-Otome Zwei” (4 episodes, 2006-2007) and “My-Otome 0: S.ifr” (3 episodes, 2008).

“My-HiME” was Sunrise’s first Moe anime series and an animation series that captivated viewers.

While the anime series was released on DVD courtesy of Sunrise years ago, the license for all three series was acquired by Funimation and will be released on Blu-ray/DVD in January 2018.

“My Otome” shares certain characters from “My-Hime” but is a different alternate storyline.

Set in the distant planet Earl, colonized by immigrants of Earth centuries ago, “old technology” has survived but as nanomachines.  And female virgins can take the role of Meister Otome’s, may it be bodyguards, attendants, warriors that serve royalty of various kingdoms.

One day, Arika Yumemiya traveled to the Kingdom of Windbloom to search for her mother.  She would eventually meet a student of Garderobe named Nina, her forster father Sergay and a rebellious princess named Mashiro.

When a monster known as a Slave attacks the three of them, a Meister Otome named Shizuru Viola comes and defeats it.  This inspires Arika on becoming an otome and wanting to attend the school of Garderobe.

It is decided that for Arika to acquire the permission to attend the Otome School of Garderobe, she must face Nina in an exhibition battle for the coronation ceremony of Mashiro.

Unfortunately, a mysterious knight appears and attacks people during the ceremony and Arika risks her life to stop it and giving time for Brigaider General Haruka Armitage, a meister otome to stop it.

Because of her bravery, Arika is given a chance to become an Otome at Garderobe, but while she makes new friends, she also makes new enemies.

The main characters of “My-Otome” are”:

  • Arika Yumemiya – The main protagonist who came to Garderobe to find her mother.  She possesses a Blue Sky Sapphire which was passed down to her from her mother.  She is very childish and naive but cares deeply about people.  Teased by others and called “Antsy” because her hair makes her look like an ant.
  • Nina Wang – She was adopted by Sergay and dreams of becoming an Otome.  She dislikes Arika, but Arika sees her as a person that she wants to befriend.
  • Natsuki Kruger – The headmistress of Garderome and #2 of the Five Columns.
  • Shizuru Viola – #3 of the Five columns and the assistant to Natsuki.
  • Mashiro Blan de Windbloom – The heir to the throne of Windbloom.  Roommate of Arika and can be very childish and snobbish.  She is spoiled but she wants to become a better leader.  She hangs around with her fat black cat Mikoto.
  • Nagi Dai Artai – Grand Duke of Artai and very manipulative.  His rival is Mashiro and wants to take control of her country.
  • Sergay Wang – The Commander in the Artai military and is Nagi’s right-hand man and adoptive father of Nina.

VIDEO:

“My-Otome” is presented in 1080i High Definition (4:3). This is an older anime series, so it doesn’t have the vibrancy of today’s anime series as one can expect. The series is a bit soft (as many TV series are) but background art is done very well, character shading and detail is very good.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“My-Otome” is presented in Japanese and English Dolby TrueHD 2.0. Crystal clear dialogue and music through the front channels.

Subtitles are in English.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“My-Otome – The Complete Series” comes with the following special features:

  • Otome Clips – Featuring seven Otome Clips (fun scenes usually shown at the end of an episode)
  • My-Hime Movie Trailer?
  • My-Otome vs. My-HiME
  • Textless opening and closing songs

EXTRAS:

“My-Otome” comes with both the Blu-ray and DVD of the series.


When “My-HiME” was released over a decade ago, it was no doubt considered as an amazing anime series from Sunrise and unlike anything they have done before.

It was the studio’s first moe anime series and one showcasing a strong female cast of characters.

With “My-Otome”, the vibe of the anime series is a bit different.  A series that focuses on a girl looking for her mother, decides that she wants to be an Otome and then trying to prove her worthiness by taking part in difficult training and showing that she has what it takes to be an Otome.

Granted, it’s not going to be easy for Arika as she doesn’t have many friends, she makes enemies, her naivety and childlike nature makes people thinks she’s dumb and weird and she’s discovering emotions that she’s never had to deal with…including love.

While part of the fascination for me with “My-Otome” is seeing how characters from “My-HiME” were utilized in this series, granted in a different manner.  Natsuki is more of a leader, Shizuru is less mysterious and less seductive towards Natsuki.  Mashiro is more spoiled and childish, Nagi is manipulative as always.

I suppose that part of the interest in watching the series is trying to find out when Mai would show up and to see if she would be any different, but surprisingly, while the same type of person, it’s Mai in an alternate world.

The two series are also very different, where it’s about women trying to learn about love and power, “My-Otome” is interesting in the fact that Otome have great power but they can’t be with any male or they lose their power.  As a male’s Y chromosome can destroy an Otome’s Nano Machines.

Another difference is the timeline where “My-HiME” happens in Earth’s modern timeline where “My Otome” takes place in the future where humans of Earth have colonized another planet.

As for the Blu-ray, this is an older anime series, so one can’t expect great picture quality but it looks good despite the softness.  Lossless audio is Dolby TrueHD 2.0 for English and Japanese, while special features include the usual ending omake scenes and two short segments plus the usual textless opening and closing themes.

It’s important to note that on the final episode, there must have been a problem because the timing of the English dub goes longer or shorter than the mouth flaps of the character, so that gets a little irritating.  I know it’s an older series, but even an older English dubbed anime series such as “Ranma 1/2” (made in the ’90s) at least tries to conform to the character’s dialogue and mouth movements.  This reminded me of almost like a bad Kung Fu film with an English dub and while the dialogue is completed, the mouth of the character is still moving.

Overall, “My Otome” is a fascinating and fun series that is much different than “My-HiME”.  While I loved the first series, the second series is still good but just a different vibe and different circumstances.

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