|Cover of Volume 1|
|Genre||Comedy, Drama, Magical girl|
Mai-HiME (舞-HiME Mai-HiME?) is a manga based on Sunrise's Mai-HiME series, following a storyline different from that of the anime. It is authored by Hajime Yatate (original creator), Noboru Kimura (scenario), and Sato Kenetsu (art). During its 44-chapter run, it was published in Shōnen Champion. It has been licensed for English distribution by Tokyopop; four volumes have been released so far.
- Main article: Mai-HiME chapters
The Mai-HiME manga follows the story of Yuuichi Tate, a recent transfer student to Fuka Academy. At Fuka, he finds out that he is the Key - the person needed to unlock greater powers - to two HiMEs, Mai Tokiha and Natsuki Kuga. The manga covers Yuuichi's relationship with the two girls as well as their battle against an organization attempting to take the power of the HiME Star for themselves.
- Main article: Mai-HiME characters (manga)
The cast of characters is made up mostly of students and staff at Fuka Academy. Although most characters in the manga also appear in the anime series, they all differ slightly in their characteristics and relationships. In one example, Mikoto Minagi does not have any known family unlike the anime, but she still is attached to Mai. And unlike the anime, the general public are aware of the hime's existence or at least those attending Fuka Academy.