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.
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.
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. read more
General principles of these two shows are the same except slight differences in the amount of drama and Yuri/Shoujo-ai.
Honestly after watching the first episode of Maria, my brain mixed the shows up enough that i ended up thinking i had already watched it.
Strawberry Panic is essentially a love letter to Maria-sama ga Miteru, sharing many similarities with its predecessor. Watching Strawberry Panic after Maria-sama ga Miteru is almost like playing a "spot the similarity" game, in fact. However, Maria-sama is heavier in both the drama and character development departments while much lighter when it comes to the yuri, one particular instance notwithstanding.
The setting is very similiar, as well as the characters. They both take place at a Catholic all-girls school. They both have close relationshipS between girls/GirlxGirl couples. They can both be considered shoujo ai series, although Strawberry Panic more explicitly so (Maria-sama ga Miteru is more hinting about it). Shizuma is very similiar to Sachiko, and Nagisa is very similiar to Yumi. Both Nagisa and Yumi are also new students at their respective school, and both Shizuma and Sachiko have high status and are well-respected among the students. Miyuki and Yoko are very similiar as well, they even look alike. In Strawberry Panic, the religious theme is a bit toned down compared to Maria-sama ga Miteru, where it's a very important part of the setting. Both of the shows have girls admiring their older "sisters" and classmates, often in a romantic way. If you like one you would probably like the other, but know that Maria-sama ga Miteru is a lot less "obvious" with their relationships and that it's a bit more slow-paced and calm in comparison. read more
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
The two are both character-driven series about a close group of friends. They share the same slow pace, wonderful character interactions, and heartwarming moments. The narrative structures are also somewhat similar: a trio of junior-senior bonds within its characters that are tested and proven throughout the series.
Both of these series are gentle, slow-paced, character-driven shows. Over the course of both series, you really get to know and understand every character, their motivations and their relationships with one another. Maria-sama ga Miteru is a little bit heavier on the drama and the Romantic Two-Girl Friendship than Aria, but they have a similar focus on passing the torch to the next generation, whether it's becoming Prima Undines, or Roses of the Yamayurikai council.
Both series are "healing anime" shows. They are calming, subtle, touching, and the day to day occurances in them are very realistic and very close to real life. You are not going to get fantastically animated fight or action scenes, giant mechs, crazy magic spells, monsterous demons or anything like that. Just very subtle, soothing "lighter side of life" moments. If you are a fan of these type of slice of life anime shows or just want to try out something different, you can't go wrong with either franchises.
Maria Holic is a parody of the entire shoujo yuri genre in all its floweriness, but especially of Maria-sama ga Miteru. The school in Maria-Holic is Lillian Jogakuen with the over-the-top prettiness pushed to the next degree. Several of the characters are similar. Even the soundtrack seems based on Marimite's at times. No one would like Maria Holic more than a real Marimite-holic.
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.
While Oniisama e undoubtedly tops Maria-sama ga Miteru in both storytelling and art, both are great series and they have a lot in common. Both are set in exclusive, extremely idealized all-girls schools in Tokyo. Both feature childish, naive protagonists who, completely unexpectedly, become involved with elite groups in their schools. Both groups are populated by ridiculously beautiful, wealthy, talented, etc. girls who often carry heavy burdens. Both protagonists are ambivalent about whether they belong in the group and both experience some amount of ostracization by the rest of the school because they clearly don't (although Yumi is definitely better off than Nanako here). And, of course, both are centered around pure love between girls. read more
both stories are Yuri and they both are about a girl who is new in girls high school and in a different society .. but personally I prefer Oniisama because the story holds a deeper meaning .. the heroine's indulgence within the lives of the girls around her..
Nanako the heroine will be ingulfed inside the lives of the 3 adored girls in school : Fukiko (Miya-sama) the rich and powerful girl who's the head of a society called sorority and every girl is seeking her attention in school wanting to get in that sorority, Kaoru the head of the basketball team who has left school for a year because of a mystery disease, and finally the dreamy and troubled Rei (Saint Juste-sama) who's always wears a black suit (like men) and using drugs as her salvation from her sorrowful life .. Rei and Fukiko have a deep secret and only Rei's best friend kaoru knows about..
why does Rei love Fukiko so much ? and why does Fukiko resent Rei so much? and what is the mystery that kept Kaoru away from school for a whole year ? and why did Fukiko choose the plain looking, not so rich Nanako to become a member in the sorority even though she knew that Nanako will be bullied for it ?
these are some of the questions U will ask while watching this masterpiece .. and the answers are very shocking .. you won't be able to stop watching this anime .. read more
First: They're both under the genre shoujo-ai/yuri though the main in Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru is a male.
Second: Both anime has the soeur-system, or the sister-system.
Third: Both series is catholic, though you'll see some buddhism in Marimite.
So if you liked the Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru-serie, you will propably like Marimite.
Shojo-tastic! Teary eyes, cherry blossoms, "sisterly love"....These two wonderful series are both subtle and melodramatic (almost ridiculously, in Marimite), refreshingly relaxing, yet emotionally charged....*sniffle-sniff* Please have tissues on hand if you like this kind of stuff. Ah, all is fair in love and war when you attend a proper girls-only school....
Mato is similar to Yumi.
Yomi is similar to Sachiko.
Both anime show human relationships develop and also the problems they face. Also both Mato and Yumi would do whatever for their friend. There is also drama in both of them.
A love story between sister
Unlike citrus, marimete do not use sexual approach as part of plot story. You can see how Yumi-Sachiko build relationship as sister is much more realistic compared with Yuzu-Mei.
Well both have some yuri undertones to them that might become more apparent later in the story. They also have some drama in them between the main characters and their student counsels. Though I will say this Maria-sama ga Miteru is more slice of life whereas Revolutionary Girl Utena is more supernatural fantasy with some action and sword fighting.
A twin tailed freshwoman girl gets entangled into the student council due to the insistence of a hot long black haired second year girl, Yumi and Sachiko's school is a Catholic girls only, while Yuu's and Touko's is secular and mixed genre.
Both are also romantic shoujo ai, Yumi and Sachiko are very close to each other, due to the more solemn ambiance of Maria-sama, but never crosses the line to overt lesbian love; Touko's love is more unidirectional in the first part of Bloom into You, and Yuu is mostly indifferent at the start of the anime.
Maria-sama ga Miteru has a expansive cast and gives more time to the relationships and problems of the other girls, but Yagate Kimi ni Naru is mostly focused in the main pairing of Yuu and Touko.  read more
Koyomi is similar to Yumi and Yumiko is similar to Sachiko. In both stories relationships between girls are shown. And apart from that in both of them there is an episode in witch a character does not know how to eat a hamburger.
Both are set in an all-girls high school. The overall art style is similar, but Marimite's execution is much more polished and detailed. Marimite is similar to HSG in the eye candy aspect. The plot differs greatly. HSG is a light and happy comedy, with sexual sprinklings here and there. Marimite explores the themes of clandestine affairs and struggles with sexuality all behind the closed doors of a private Catholic girls school. It's definitely much more serious, but it doesn't go without its moments.
While Blue Drop invests a lot of time in devoloping a sci-fi plot that is utterly absent in Marimite, it remains that both titles have a strong yuri element. The slice of life moments that take place at an all girls' academy are present in both anime and draw them together, despite considerable differences story-wise.
Both anime present the daily life of girls in an all girls' school. While the action in Marimite is set in the present, the general 'idyllic' atmosphere makes it really similar to that of Ochame na Futago. Of course, the latter has no shoujo-ai undertones.
Both shows are, despite clear differences in genre and setting, highly impactful, character-focused dramas which turn melodrama into an art, elegantly balancing genuine emotional investment in a surprisingly lovable cast and a flair for the patently ridiculous - space vampires and Valentines' Day chocolate might as well be one and the same.
Both series show the intimacy of female friendship and romance in the school days, but in different ways. Marimite is like a HQ portrait in a catholic school while Sasameki Koto is more like an everyday photo. Sasameki koto is around 70% comedy 30% romance.
The girls who appear in the first episode: Yoriko and Kanako are similar to the characters in Maria Sama ga Miteru and the school is a bit similar too. Kanako is like Sachiko or Youko and Yoriko is like Yoshino, in appearance too, with the only difference that Yoriko is slightly shy and not so energetic. Also the relationship between this girls resembles a lot the soeur system.