I rented the first volume after it came out - to try and see some RECENT Anime for once! - and was stunned by how detailed the story was paced and how the characters slowly developed. Personally I like slow-moving Anime (so long as it's going somewhere or delves deeper into character personalities) - I don't know why. It has something to do with the emotional impact Anime has on me, I suppose. I can watch Anime over and over and over again and still enjoy it as much as my first viewing (I've seen Gilgamesh, Full Metal Alchemist, Initial D, and Azumanga Daioh at least five times through. They're about as different as as you can get, but they all have that emotional grab.)
This series is phenomenal, and though there are only 3 episodes in this volume, a LOT happens in it. I cannot wait for the finale - but I'm sure I'll get a couple more viewings out of this set of episodes before I get to it though! Thanks to My Hime and other great series like Planetes, Eureka Seven, and Mars Daybreak, Bandai is becoming one of my favorite Anime companies (along with ADV and Funimation). If you've been wanting some Anime that you can sit back and relax to, think about, and become emotionally involved with - and haven't seen any My Hime yet - get Volume One and judge for yourself.
One side note - though I almost always watch Anime in Japanese with the subtitles, the English voicework is more than adequate in this and all other Bandai series - which is surprising to me. Most English dubbing I've seen is terrible due to amateurish voicework or the culture just doesn't translate correctly. Plus I always felt that English dubbing was rather insulting to the genre thanks to the removal of ALL Asian accent - but thanks to Bandia's professional dubbing, I've been able to enjoy BOTH versions - because there's really two different stories, due to having to change some of the script to fit the animated mouths drawn to speak in Japanese. (It's subtle - but anyone who's seen dubbed and subtitled versions of an Anime series knows what I mean! Just try to see the dubbed version FIRST - the difference is more noticeable then.)
Also - the artwork on the boxes is really eye-catching. I've seen a lot of other Anime covers that have more interesting and beautiful pictures on the cover, but the My Hime covers really stand out in my collection. It must have something to do with the soft-colors, which is more pleasant to my brain than the really bright screaming colors that are so popular nowadays to try and get yout attention at the store. Bandai uses the same soft coloring for their series Scrapped Princess (which I've yet to see) and Planetes. It's a pretty good marketing technique if you ask me.