Ranked #1405
Maria-sama ga Miteru

Maria-sama ga Miteru

Alternative Titles

English: Maria Watches Over Us
Synonyms: MariMite, La Vierge Marie Vous Regarde, The Virgin Mary is Watching You
Japanese: マリア様がみてる


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 8, 2004 to Apr 1, 2004
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.541 (scored by 10901 users)
Ranked: #14052
Popularity: #1259
Members: 26,794
Favorites: 443
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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 soeur, 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 soeur would also mean constantly being at the center of the entire school's attention!

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Related Anime

Adaptation: Maria-sama ga Miteru
Sequel: Maria-sama ga Miteru: Haru
Side story: Maria-sama ga Miteru Specials

Characters & Voice Actors

Fukuzawa, Yumi
Fukuzawa, Yumi
Ueda, Kana
Ueda, Kana
Hasekura, Rei
Hasekura, Rei
Itou, Shizuka
Itou, Shizuka
Mizuno, Youko
Mizuno, Youko
Shinohara, Emi
Shinohara, Emi
Ogasawara, Sachiko
Ogasawara, Sachiko
Itou, Miki
Itou, Miki


Matsushita, Yukihiro
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Iwanami, Yoshikazu
Sound Director
Yoshida, Shunji
Episode Director
Sokuza, Makoto
Episode Director

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Episodes  0 / 13
Aired  Jan 8, 2004 to Apr 1, 2004
Status  Finished Airing
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Mar 15, 2015
"Maria-sama ga Miteru" is a sweet and enjoyable shoujo. For a shoujo it's surprisingly undramatic, but this means it lacks melodrama too, so no deathbed love stories or over the top villainous girls.

As yuri sorts of shoujos go, it's more realistic and less silly than "Strawberry Panic" but not quite the "these are real girls" experience of Aoi Hana. There's a good deal of silliness here, but it's presented in a natural enough way. It helps that the central character Yumi is likeable enough, and doesn't come off entirely as a Mary Jane sort, a Little Miss Perfect without any personality.

I think it's ultimately read more
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Dec 24, 2007
I've had a very complex history with this series. I only started watching it because people were making a fuss about how another series copied an extremely famous scene from Maria-sama ga Miteru, but I ended up watching both the first and second seasons. (The third season wasn't out at that time.)

This is now my favourite series. But it was far from being a favourite then-- I watched it all very quickly, and I don't think this is a series that was meant to be seen like that. I overlooked a lot the first time around and it ended up seeming read more
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Oct 26, 2008
Poor quiet anime with fabulous, fabulous storytelling and characterisation. They get no love, and this is apparent for Maria-sama ga Miteru.

It tells the story of girls in a Catholic school. That's all. It's them, their lives, and yet it sucks you in like nothing else could, wraps you up in their stories and makes you itching to learn about them more.

There's a little controversy of sorts about the lesbian content of this anime. Honestly, it seems like all the girls are in love with one another, but that isn't the case. There's only one real lesbian in the entire story. So it's interesting read more
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Jul 6, 2007
I wasn't sure I was gonna like it at first.. I usually judge anime by watching the opening theme, and I thought it was so dreary because it was all instrumental.. After watching the first two episodes I was satisfied and decided to watch the whole thing.

It brought back memories from my high school days, since I came from a private catholic all girls school, much like the one in the anime.. We didn't have a soeur system, but there were other similarities, such as girls crushing on other girls..
There were a lot of french terms used, but you didn't really need to learn how read more
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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. 
reportRecommended by bamboo
both shows involve a girl that moves to an all girls school. also, both schools in both shows focus on religion. 
reportRecommended by Yoru_Night
Both series have tight sempai/kohai bonds between the main female characters. The three Rose families of Maria-sama ga Miteru are mirrored by the three rival Undine companies of Aria. Both series are light-hearted slice of life stories that never fail to make you smile and feel warm inside (but Marimite can get a little dramatic at times).

Also, funnily enough, both series follow the pattern of having a first TV season, a second TV season, and third OVA series, and then a fourth TV series! :D 
reportRecommended by neo_horizon
Maria-sama ga Miteru (and just about the whole of the shoujo yuri genre) owes a lot to Onii-sama e and, while the latter is far more melodramatic, the similarities are still very much visible, not least in the yuri subtext. 
reportRecommended by Queequeg
Well developed shoujo-ai stories. Both share a refreshing calm atmosphere with soft colors that sometimes can get really tense. 
reportRecommended by drf
Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru is a little less dramatic and a little more humorous than Maria-sama ga Miteru, but they both have the older-sister/younger-sister catholic school relationship theme. 
reportRecommended by neo_horizon

Opening Theme

"pastel pure" by Mikiya Katakura

Ending Theme

"Sonata Blue" by Mikiya Katakura

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