Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 3, 2006 to Sep 25, 2006
25 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.571 (scored by 19423 users)
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drama romance school yuri
SynopsisAoi Nagisa transfers to one of the three affiliated all-girl Catholic schools on Astraea Hill, St. Miator's Girls' Academy. There, she discovers a community of fellow students entwined in an intricate hierarchy, in which two Etoiles represent the three schools. In order to fit in, Nagisa must go to class, join clubs, and make new friends. Meanwhile, Shizuma Hanazono, the sole Etoile of Astraea Hill, finds herself drawn to this new, exciting transfer student. As Shizuma and Nagisa get to know each other, Shizuma finally decides it is time to face her troubled past.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Strawberry Panic, Strawberry Panic
Characters & Voice Actors
If you are in anyway a fan of yuri anime, then Strawberry Panic is a bit of a rite of passage for entry into the genre. It probably garners the highest amount of fanaticism and emotionalism from its supporters and detractors. Though I wouldn’t call it a love or hate it kind of show as you might expect from that. I think of myself as a reasonably objective person and found that my opinion of it split almost right down the middle between absolute love and complete contempt.
Strawberry Panic's story centers on a new student to a prestigious all girls’ school, Nagisa Aoi. The school is divided into three separate campuses which operate separately, have different uniforms, but are functionally really the same institution. Oh, and basically the entire student body are lesbians... hey this is yuri after all! There isn’t any amazing drama or nefarious villains as the story almost totally revolves around relationship angst. The story walks the line on being a light hearted romantic comedy to having some pretty deep drama but for the most part it is a lot of fun. I would imagine most people are going to enjoy it a lot, until you get to the last five to six episodes. Here is where there is likely to be disagreement amongst viewers as pairings finalize and plot twists emerge. This is where my enjoyment also suffered, because I intensely disliked almost every final pairing and the ending to the final story arc itself left me quite angry and disappointed.
The characters have some magnificent highs but also some annoying lows. As far as Nagisa goes, whom just about every important plotline flows through, she is a sweet and likable character. Immediately people are going to gravitate to her much as characters do in the story and find something to like about her. However as the story unfolds, I found her becoming increasingly unlikable and idiotic. The decisions she makes, her inability to see the obvious right in front of her face, and her ditzy nature (while extremely endearing at the beginning of the series) becomes annoying and tired. You want to feel for her angst and conflict but in the end you're just so over with her.
Shizuma, next to Nagisa, is the most important character in the story and probably the most interesting. Though that doesn’t mean she is particularly likable. A friend once referred to her as the "Mac-Daddy" of the school. She seems willing to go after any girl in the school while seemingly not really caring about them or the consequences of her actions. Her past is tragic and explains the reasons why she is the way she is. But she is a psychologically damaged person and hurts a lot of people along the way, though probably not intentionally. She simply just can’t help it. While she does make a lot of progress and matures some over the story I still couldn’t help but think that in the end in her heart of hearts she really hadn’t changed.
Tamao is the last of the main cast. She will be instantly likable by all though will not come across as a terribly unique character in the annals of anime history. As the other love interest for Nagisa, this is where viewers of the show are going to start to separate themselves. You’re going to be a Tamao fan or a Shizuma one. Depending on which character you find yourself rooting for is likely to affect the way you view the anime in the end. I did like her, though she has a lot of Nagisa's personality traits and her ditzy nature does get annoying towards the end
Now for the bad and it pretty much starts and ends for me with Amane and Hikari. Amane is the stereotypical character we seem to always have forced on us in anime. The emotionless robot who happens to be admired by all despite having no personality and looking and dressing like a man. Yes, this is YURI; I am watching it for the girls! So what is this mannish toad-face doing in my show! I found absolutely nothing redeeming about her and the only reason I could even think of that all these girls revered her so much was that at an all girls school she was the most likely to have a sausage in her pants. This all being said, it seems fitting that she is linked with the second worst character in the show, Hikari. Hikari is basically a functional retard. She has no personality attributes besides being moe to the extreme that would make anyone care about her. She spends all of her time in constant angst over what Amane thinks of her and ignores the people who truly care about her (though heaven only knows why they do). Honestly I think if nobody guided her along and told her when to wake up and eat she would just stand in the corner and starve to death.
The rest of the supporting cast is actually pretty good. Yaya and Chikaru stand out above all the others. I would liked to have seen both of those characters get better endings and felt they were ignored a bit too much. Almost everyone would be considered likable and friendly, the kind of people you would want to be friends with. The only exception would be Kaname and Momomi. I really found them to be despicable characters and their actions and motivations were pretty hard for me to stomach.
Art and animation is exceptional. I really enjoyed the beautiful settings and costumes and with the exception of Amane, all of the girls were quite stunning to look at. The voice acting and music was also very good. A few of the character voices grated on me, but mostly because they were characters I didn’t like. (Hikari, Amane) The OP and EN songs were performed by Nagisa's and Tamao's voice actress and I thought fit the theme and feel of the show wonderfully.
Your enjoyment of Strawberry Panic is going to greatly depend on how you felt about the final pairings. Some people are really going to like this a lot and others are going to feel very disappointed as I was. In addition I very much disliked how the final arc played out and that several key characters basically got the shaft in terms of their own romances. It’s a fun show for the most part, required viewing for yuri fans and probably one of the better shows of the genre out there. That in itself is an indictment of yuri anime.
This is one of my favorite Yuri based anime's I have come to find. Once I began watching it, I couldn't stop. If you really want an anime that you can get into whole heartedly it is this one. The in depth analysis on all the variety of characters makes it so you can relate to at least one of them. The play on suspense, romance, and other relationships is so perfect for anyone who is into anything that may make your eyes tear up.
Strawberry Panic is really the same principle, just the drama's less heavy and they take the shoujo-ai/yuri subtext further and out into the open.
They have similar elements: All girls school, sisterhood, shojo-ai
This one is easy. They're both set in a Catholic all girls school and share the same themes like yuri and sisterhood relationships. Strawberry Panic takes the yuri a bit more further, though. I think the anime's demographics might be different. Marimite is definitely meant for girls, not sure about Strawberry Panic.
They are both set in all-girl's schools with very close relationships between the students. Strawberry Panic also parodies some events from Maria-sama when the piano is played and when the statue of Mary is shown in the halls. They also have shoujo-ai, though in Maria-sama, it is more subtextual.
Strawberry Panic is pretty much MariMite, but the characters are all raging lesbos. Not that I'm complaining...
All seasons are very good :D it's like Strawberry Panic because they are both Catholic and religious, the love is inevidable~ <3333
Though a lot of people say it's almost alike I think it has big differences. In 'Maria sama ga miteru' it's more about bounds and friendship, but still so cute and lovely. I love how the characters react to each otherand the drawing is amazing. It underlines the sweetness of deep bounds and is very romantic and deep at the same time. The story plot is quite boring sometimes but on the other hand all the sweetness in it makes it worth the watch. Also there are so damn funny scenes you'll roll on the floor laughing.
Maria-sama ga miteru is shoujo-ai, but a lot more subtle than strawberry panic. The two stories have certain similarities, but Maria-Sama ga miteru is not as hyperactive as SP.
Put simplly, both of these anime are about school life in an all girls catholic school, both of the main charaters are new students and have an admiration for their senior which leads as the main narrative structure and share simular personality traits. There is a noticeable yuri theme but only Strawberry Panic takes it further than friendship whereas Marmite seems to centralise more around a school life theme.
As many stated above series are similar because both are about all girls school only that in Strawberry Panic yuri is straight forward while here it is more of a tease, only Sei came out of closet.
We also have an upperclasman who at first tried to be distant from our main heroine.
What makes Maria-sama series better for me is that not EVERYONE are gay for each other. We actually have some male characters and girls who show some kind of interest in guys, Eriko would be the best example.
So yeh, you should watch the series.
Also in comparison to many other anime, Maria-sama gets better with each season. Season 3 and 4 are a MUST.
They both include forbidden relationship, and both only have girl main characters in them. Very few guys show up in both animes
Both about an all girls school, and the new student there. Both are really good, but strawberry panic has yuri just like BAM! there in your face!
very good shoujo ai, yuri
Is pretty much the same with less drama and different character design if you like the one you'll like the other
Both stories are engulfing elite school life.
It has school and Yuri involved.
Both series take place in an all girls school, and although one of the main characters is a guy, the storyline seems similar.
both this anime shows how girls are close to each other for those anime fans who like girls becoming couples this is the anime for you and beside some anime fans like to pair girls as couples
There are beautiful girls all around! And no wonder - the all-girls academies are paradise for your heart! But to be a transfer student is not so easy. You have to get to know everything and everyone. That's what happens in both Strawberry Panic and Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru. The both series are considered shoujo-ai (although I don't quite agree), so the fans of the genre might be in ecstasies! Another thing in common is that the main characters have someone close with whom they can share all their worries and insecurities. There are many difficulties to overcome, but finally both Nagisa and Mizuho find their place despite all of the previous misunderstandings and confusion.
school for girls,simillar situations,something similar in the school uniform and in people
Otome is like a lighter-hearted version of Strawberry Panic, many of the small details line up, like the "Elder" in Otome to Strawberry Panics "Etoile". The were released in the same year, Strawberry Panic was first by a month or so though. They both include a play or theater performance. The main protagonist's best friend is in love with them in both as well.
All-school school and relationships forming from friendships. Well, in Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru, there is the gender bender issue part but once you get used to the series, you'll hardly notice the difference.
Of course, there is tons of drama, comedy, and later romance in both series.
Basically, if you're looking for some shoujo themed series with some yuri genre to go along with the story plot, then these two anime(s) might be something worth checking out.
Opening Theme#1: "Shoujo Meiro de Tsukamaete" by Aki Misato (eps 1-13)
#2: "Kuchibiru Daydream" by Aki Misato (eps 14-26)
Ending Theme#1: "Himitsu Dolls" by Mai Nakahara and Ai Shimizu (eps 1-13)
#2: "Ichigo Tsumi Monogatari" by Mai Nakahara and Ai Shimizu (eps 14-26)
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