Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Maria Watches Over Us Season Three|
Actors: Kana Ueda, Miki It˘
Director: Yukihiro Matsushita
Genres: Drama, Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
Follows the students of a Catholic girls' school and the close relationships developed between upper and lower-classmen in the sÂur mentorship system.
Slowly-paced, dramatic series - but worth the patience.
R. Innes | 09/23/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Maria Watches Over Us Season 3 is much like the previous two seasons of Maria. The show is very leisurely, and very "feminine." There isn't a lot of action. Lots of talking. No sword/gun fights, explosions, or gratuitous fan service here. Look to My-HiME for that.
Maria, however, is a very carefully developed, well-written series. It exists entirely in its own dimension, it's very overdramatic - i.e. failing to make a good impression on another character could be the end of the world. The artwork, as in the previous two seasons is excellent, and the soundtrack is refined. Calming, classical compositions that fit the mood of the series perfectly. The voice acting is also wonderful. The specials are a nice bonus, but they aren't as good as those of the previous seasons.
As with the first two seasons, the dilemmas faced by the characters involve one another, and Yumi, the protagonist, is constantly fretting over pleasing Sachiko. Season 3 is much more focused on Yumi+Sachiko, and developing their relationship, so if the pairing annoyed you before, then this isn't going to be your favorite season. For me, as much as I find Yumi slightly annoying, she's hard to dislike - though she grows a little more irritating this season. On the other hand, we learn more about Sachiko's character and she becomes more "bearable." The third season definitely has some moments that will go down in Maria history as classics, I'm sure including one involving a panda.
What is nice about Maria is that it handles girlxgirl romance with a subtle class and delicacy that is lacking in many other shows, which tend to sensationalize the sexuality of the characters. Maria Watches Over Us isn't an extremely "exciting," action-filled show, but the care and sensitivity with which it treats its characters and subject matter is a breath of fresh air that makes it engrossing in its own right.
For those who are new to the series, this is a good place to start, though I would recommend watching the previous two seasons to familiarize yourself with the characters and soeur system. If you enjoyed the first two, then Season 3 is a good bet.