Maria Watches Over Us

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  • 2004
  • 4 Seasons
  • 6.8  (289)

Maria Watches Over Us is an anime series produced by Studio DEEN in 2004 based on a light novel series by Oyuki Konno. The show is set in the exclusive Lillian Girls' Academy, a Catholic high school for girls in Tokyo, Japan. The story mainly focuses on the lives of Yumi Fukuzawa and her relationship with her "sisters" - the senior students who take her under their wing and guide her through her time at Lillian. The senior students are part of the student council, each representing a flower: Rosa gigantea, Rosa chinensis, Rosa foetida, Rosa canina, and Rosa multiflora.

Yumi idolizes the student council and especially admires Sachiko Ogasawara, a fourth-year student and the Rosa chinensis. Sachiko is indifferent to Yumi at first, but soon becomes more friendly towards her and eventually asks her to become her soeur - a younger student who is mentored by an older student in the school's aristocratic traditions. Yumi is thrilled to become Sachiko's soeur, but quickly discovers the complexities and expectations that come with this relationship. The show explores the intricacies of the relationships between the soeurs and their sœurs, the rivalries between the different flowers, and the drama that unfolds within the confines of the school.

Maria Watches Over Us has a gentle, contemplative feel that is typical of slice-of-life shows. The pacing is slow and the story often takes a meandering approach, focusing on the day-to-day interactions between the characters. The show is driven by its characters, who are all complex and multi-layered, with their own motivations and secrets. While there are moments of tension and conflict, they are more often subtle and understated, with the drama often taking place beneath the surface. The show is primarily aimed at a female audience and explores themes of friendship, loyalty, and the bonds between girls.

The animation in Maria Watches Over Us is smooth and detailed, with a soft color palette that complements the gentle atmosphere of the show. The backgrounds are meticulously detailed, and the character designs are distinctive and expressive. The show is notable for its use of visual metaphors, which are often used to illustrate the characters' inner thoughts and emotions.

The voice acting in Maria Watches Over Us is exceptional and adds a great deal to the show's contemplative atmosphere. Kana Ueda gives a standout performance as Yumi, bringing both vulnerability and strength to the character. Candice Moore and Sarah Hauser also do an excellent job as Sachiko and Rosa gigantea, respectively, capturing the nuances of their characters' personalities and relationship.

Overall, Maria Watches Over Us is a beautifully crafted anime that offers a unique and insightful look at the complex relationships between teenage girls. The show is a slow burn, but its focus on character and atmosphere is sure to captivate viewers who appreciate a more contemplative and introspective approach to storytelling.

Maria Watches Over Us is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (45 episodes). The series first aired on January 1, 2004.

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Searching for You
13. Searching for You
January 1, 2004
The winners of the Valentine's Day event all go out on their respective dates, but most importantly, Yumi and Toko find what the future could hold in store for them.
12. Criss-Cross
January 1, 2004
The Valentine's Day Treasure Hunt goes off without a hitch, and with Noriko's urging, Toko decides to participate. But as Toko searches for Yumi's card, she finds that she understands Yumi even less than she'd thought.
The Heart's Keyhole
11. The Heart's Keyhole
January 1, 2004
Toko continues to further isolate herself from the Yamayuri Council while Yumi treats the issue calmly. Noriko, however, remains most concerned and attempts to bridge the rift that's been created.
The Keychain
10. The Keychain
January 1, 2004
Yumi, Yoshino, and Shimako have secured their positions in the Yamayuri Council, but questions remain. Why did Toko enter if she planned on losing all along? Why doesn't Yumi try to talk to Toko?
The Masked Actress
9. The Masked Actress
January 1, 2004
Yamayuri Council elections are occuring and while the positions typically go to the soeurs of those already in office, Toko decides to run as well. Could such an upset be possible?
The Other Side of the Clouded Glass
8. The Other Side of the Clouded Glass
January 1, 2004
Yumi's still recoiling from the shock of Toko's rejection. To help get her mind off of things, Sachiko hosts a New Year's party at her home.
Blank Map of the Future
7. Blank Map of the Future
January 1, 2004
The Yamayuri Council holds a Christmas party! However, the merry festivities are overshadowed by Yumi's decision to ask Toko to be her petite soeur and Yoshino's introduction of Nana.
The Surprise Guest
6. The Surprise Guest
January 1, 2004
While Rei struggles to come to grips with Yoshino's choosing of a petite soeur, Yumi is deeply concerned for Toko after hearing that she ran away from home.
The Sigh of the Red Rose
5. The Sigh of the Red Rose
January 1, 2004
After exams are over, Yumi and Sachiko decide to go to the amusement park together. Much to Yumi's chagrin, Kashiwagi seems to have followed Sachiko to watch over her.
The Future Soeur
4. The Future Soeur
January 1, 2004
The Kendo competition is just around the corner and Yoshino promised Eriko she would chose a petite soeur before then. Yoshino might have finally found a canditate, but her choice leads to its own complications.
Petit Soeur Audition
3. Petit Soeur Audition
January 1, 2004
Under pressure to finally pick petite soeurs, Yoshino and Yumi decide to hold an audition for potential candidates. A large number of girls apply, but Toko, who is expected to be the number one candidate, is pretending not to notice.
Just One Ordinary Day
2. Just One Ordinary Day
January 1, 2004
The day of the Lillian School Festival has arrived, but with it comes some unexpected drama. Kanako is startled to find her father and his new wife have come to visit her at school.
Shock at the School Festival
1. Shock at the School Festival
January 1, 2004
The School Festival is coming soon and the members of the Yamayuri Council have decided to do a play, but it soon puts a strain on Toko who's already knee-deep in her duties to the drama club.
Where to Watch Maria Watches Over Us
Maria Watches Over Us is available for streaming on the Manga Entertainment website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Maria Watches Over Us on demand at Amazon Prime and Amazon.
  • Premiere Date
    January 1, 2004
  • IMDB Rating
    6.8  (289)