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Maria Watches Over Us - Season 1

4.8 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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When Yumi Fukuzawa entered the Lillian Girls Academy, a prestigious all-girls Catholic school in Tokyo, she never imagined she would catch the eye of beautiful and demure Sachiko Ogasawara, one of the school's most popular students. Now Sachiko has offered to be Yumi's, her sister and guide for all her years at the academy. The whole idea has Yumi completely flustered: After all, they hardly know each other! The entire campus is abuzz with rumors about the two of them, but Yumi is conflicted over accepting Sachiko s offer. While she admires Sachiko, being her s ur would also mean constantly being at the center of the entire school s attention! Contains the complete 13-episode first season, plus the Season 1 specials. DVD Features: Scene access, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo audio for Japanese dialogue, English subtitles and English on-screen translations. PLUS: Extras to be announced.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Kana Ueda, Miki Itô
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: RIGHT STUF
  • DVD Release Date: July 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00182O7EE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,044 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I became a fan of "Maria-Sama ga Miteru" (aka "Marimite" - I am gonna have a hard time calling it by its new US name) several years ago via fansubs over the internet. As soon as it was licensed and put up for pre-order, I put in for my copy.

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.
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Based on a series of light novels by Konno Oyuki, "Maria-sama ga Miteru" is the story of an average girl, Fukuzawa Yumi, who is drawn into the rarified world of her school's Student Council. Led by the elegant and refined three Rosas, the Council seems to live in a world of its own that most students can never touch.

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.
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I was unsure of what to expect from this anime. It was mostly a whim purchase based on a desire for some good, character-driven storylines. I couldn't be more pleased.

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.
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While people have no doubt seen the whole "girls in love triangles" plot before (maybe not with girls), this anime brings so much excellent romantic drama.

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.
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