Maria Watches Over Us - Season 1
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(Jul 29, 2008)
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Marimite is easily my favorite anime of all time (and I watch a wide variety of anime). It's an elegant shoujo drama; nothing huge really happens but every event is a catalyst for character development, something which this series has in spades. I honestly have not seen many series - even live action - that have the level of character development that this anime has over the course of its (so far) three seasons. I chalk that up to Marimite being based on well-written light novels of the same name by Konno Oyuki.
The stories themselves are simple and are slow-paced, much like the setting at a Catholic girls-school where moving calmly is preferred. The drama is more realistic than most anime, though kicked up a notch for effect: Yumi is torn between watching her idol from afar or coming so close to her as to feel diminished herself; Yoshino struggles with a heart condition that prevents her from actively being the spitfire she is in personality; Rei, Yoshino's cousin, must get over her need to protect Yoshino and let her be the firey person she is; elegant Sachiko must learn its okay to rely on others... and more. ;)
The characters themselves are not cookie-cutter replicas you have seen before, each becoming more three-dimensional as the episodes unfold stories highlighting each character (well, if you include season 2). Once season 2 is released and you watch it with its flash-back episodes and go back to review the entire series, you suddenly gain insight into why different characters (like Sei) act the way they do.Read more ›
Until one morning, one of the most unapproachable of the Council members, Ogasawara Sachiko, unexpectedly fixes Yumi's uniform tie, plunging Yumi into a complex test of her affections and allegiance.
The season box set has two subtitle tracks - one with Japanese style honorifics, and one without. It comes with video extras - shorts that spoof the "making of" the series, and a cel phone charm as a physical extra. The translation is very decent, and the menu is very simple and straightforward. It's an excellent bargain at the price, as well.
With a romantic setting, a little Yuri flavoring, a lot of humor and a dose of pure shoujo fantasy, Maria Watches Over Us is one of the best series to ever be adapted into an anime.
The story takes place at Lillian Girls' Academy, a realm where decorum and grace are stressed, and the rules are relaxed somewhat in favour of a mentoring (senpai/kouhai) system. In this system, an older student chooses a girl to become her petite soeur, or little sister. The bond between sisters is meant to be strong, as the younger learns from the older and the older nurtures the younger.
The story is mostly told from the perspective of Fukuzawa Yumi, a young first-year student who's thrust headfirst into the emotional politics of the soeur system from almost the moment she arrives at the school.
The storyline is beautiful and romantic, and the characters are given a depth of feeling that's typical of good shoujo anime. Those looking for yuri will be disappointed. This is not an erotic tale of the secret love of women at an all-girls' school. This is simply pure romance.
And best of all, there's not a ninja, gun, robot, sword, spaceship, or monster in sight.
So far, "Maria Watches Over Us" is a winner for yuri fans, with gentle romance stories involving Catholic girls in high school.
Catholic girls in America would probably not consider lesbian romance as acceptable, but "Maria Watches Over Us" manages to squeeze in emotional romance without any dispositions at all.
Yumi Fukuzawa is a shy first-year student at the Lilian Girl's Academy. After praying at the statue of the virgin Mary, a third-year student named Sachiko Ogasawara ties Yumi's neckerchief. However, a photographer named Tsutako took a picture of Yumi and Sachiko together. She will only give the picture back to Yumi if Tsutako gets permission from the Sachiko to display the photo at the school's upcoming festival.
Of course, Yumi has no idea that Sachiko is a member of the Yamayuri council, the student council of Lilian Girl's Academy. Sachiko also proposes to give a rosary to Yumi, so that she can be Sachiko's petite soeur, or little sister. Yumi is too shy to accept at first, but as she bonds with her friends in the Yamayuri council, she can't help but love her new family of big sisters in the Yamayuri.
This is a wonderful series with a surprising amount of drama and emotional romance. One would never think that the Yamayuri council would feature so many thoughtful stories of romance. Sachiko's conflict with her family forces her to find a new relationship with Yumi. Yoshino Shimazu wants to get a heart transplant, but worries about her grande soeur (older sister), Rei Hasukura. And Sei Sato has a dark past, a young, forbidden romance.
This box covers episodes 1-13.Read more ›
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This is a quality show if you are into this type of anime. It is subtitled first of all so if you like only english dubbed versions this is not for you. Read morePublished on March 20, 2012 by James Ciaramitaro
A cute little series about girls who attend an all-girls church school that uses a three step soeur* system. Read morePublished on November 9, 2011 by B. Haywood
I can't believe how fast this get delivered through Amazon, I've ordered two items from here, and I'm just simply amazed on how fast you are. Thank you for the work that you do.Published on January 5, 2011 by AshleyA
I have watched this series from mid point of Printmeps (Spring ,Season Two) through season Three Summer on Anime Network on demand through my Cable system, my only beef with Anime... Read morePublished on May 22, 2010 by Amazon Customer
When I first started watching Maria watch over us season 1, I thought OMG another teen Japanese anime; but this show was different it had a definite twist to it, it reminded me the... Read morePublished on January 30, 2010 by L. Oliver
Love this show even though it may be a bit confusing if you don't understand it.Published on September 15, 2009 by Wendy