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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Maria+Holic, Maria Holic, MariaHolic
Japanese: まりあ†ほりっく


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 4, 2009 to Mar 22, 2009
Genres: Comedy, Parody, School
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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Ranked: #23802
Popularity: #362
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It’s not easy to find the perfect girl, even when you’re the same sex! Kanako thought attending an all-girls school would be the perfect way to meet the girl of her dreams, but after her hot new roommate turns out to be a guy in drag, and catching the eye of the most popular girl in school only brings down the wrath of all the OTHER similarly obsessed girls, she’s not so sure! Complicate things with a cat-eared dorm leader, her roommate’s rude-mannered maid, an identical twin sister (who attends an all-boys school of course) and WAY too many attractive girls of questionable persuasions and the question becomes whether Kanako will die from frustrated nosebleeds! (Life would be SO much easier if guys didn’t literally give her the hives!) Will Kanako ever find a non-polar opposite of a compatible non-opposing polarity? Let’s just say that the quest for true love will not run straight in Maria Holic.

(Source: Sentai Filmworks)

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Adaptation: Maria†Holic
Sequel: Maria†Holic Alive

Characters & Voice Actors

Miyamae, Kanako
Miyamae, Kanako
Sanada, Asami
Sanada, Asami
Shidou, Mariya
Shidou, Mariya
Kobayashi, Yuu
Kobayashi, Yuu
Shinouji, Matsurika
Shinouji, Matsurika
Inoue, Marina
Inoue, Marina
Dorm Mistress
Dorm Mistress
Sawashiro, Miyuki
Sawashiro, Miyuki


Kubota, Mitsutoshi
Ooshima, Miku
Assistant Producer, Script
Miyamoto, Yukihiro
Director, Episode Director
Shinbou, Akiyuki

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Apr 1, 2009
*A great entertaining product by SHAFT backed with hilarious out-of-the-blue jokes.*

"I-I don't even understand the letter C in Catholic!" - Miyamae Kanako

If I was asked to describe Maria + Holic in one word, I believe “wordy” will suit this show perfectly. The amount of monologues in the show is tremendous! Plus the “rail gunning” of words shooting back and forth between the characters simply makes the anime difficult to follow without pauses in between (assuming you need to read the subtitles). And the occasional weird reference to various things also contributes to the complexity of the show for an average viewer. These issues may turn read more
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Mar 24, 2013
Attracted by one of the main character of Maria Holic to watch the series, the infamous Mariya Shidou, only to know that he was actually a crossdressing guy was a heartbreaking moment for me.

After the first few episodes of Maria Holic, a comedy/parody/drama anime, I got rather bored. At least 50% of the humor presented in the anime wasn't really that funny, sure it did make me smile or grin for a few times in some of the scenes but there were only handful of scenes that actually made me laugh.

I was planning to drop the series entirely after first few episodes, but then read more
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Aug 22, 2011
While I was watching this anime, I couldn't help but compare it to another girls' love anime I watched once: suffice to say, it's one that it kept me away from the GL genre for a while for having too much fan service and too little plot. Well, as it turns out, Maria†Holic fits that description a lot better.

You'd think the plot would be centered around the cross-dresser Mariya and her reasons to do so. It's not. The moments in which this is developed in the plot are few and far in-between. In fact, the plot is basically non-existant: the whole series feels like read more
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Jul 20, 2009
Maria Holic is a series which starts out with unexpectedly great promise and expectations only to fall on its face and drown itself in a pool of its own blood (literally).

I can’t say that the initial premise of this show intrigued me at all. Cross-dressing sadists... again? Honestly I just don’t understand the fascination Japan has with boys dressing up and pretending to be girls, and being creepily good at it too. Yet when this show was airing, it had some unexpectantly good word of mouth and early reviews so I thought I would give it a chance. Our protagonist is read more
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Both are made by SHAFT and have the similar air and feeling about them.
Both are comedy and the pacing is also similar. Akiyuki Shinbou directs them both.
The voice actors are the same, too.

Maria†Holic follows a main plot while Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is strong in parody slice-of-life comedy.

If you watched and liked Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei you should watch Maria†Holic. 
reportRecommended by ariolander
The main characters cross-dress into this all-girl school for the apparently same reason (which I will not reveal since some might consider this a sppoiler -.-''). Even though the genre of these series don't really match, there were a lot of things that were particularly similar. For example, there's a ''Mariya'' in both series o.O
Not only that, I feel that the story lacked something... in both series

Otome might be a bit more... shoujo than maria+holic, but they are mainly the same: it follows the life of several girls and one boy. 
reportRecommended by Otaku-yarou
Both are associated to cross-dressing that contain hilarious gags complemented with an interesting cast of characters. 
reportRecommended by Vizard
These show have almost the exact same story line. The only difference is that the main character is male intstead of female and it the bulter not the master that is crossdressing. 
reportRecommended by komic
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
If you've seen Pani Poni Dash, and loved it's unique style, then make sure you check out Akiyuki Shinbo's latest show Maria†Holic. 
reportRecommended by Shiroth

Opening Theme

"HANAJI" by Yuu Kobayashi

Ending Theme

"Kimi ni, Mune Kyun (君に、胸キュン)" by Yuu Kobayashi, Asami Sanada and Marina Inoue

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