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.
they both have a guy cross dressing but in otoboku(otome wa boku ni koishiteru) there is less yuri scenes than maria+holic. But in Maria+Holic there is multiple text screnes. Otoboku has a sense of seriousness
Both has cross dressing boys that can pass off as female students, because some messed relatives wanted these boys going to an all girls catholic girl. Plus the boys can also be traps as well, b/c they completely fool the girls around them and only a few of them know their secrets.
Only 2 episodes into this, I noticed it was HIGHLY similar to Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei. The art styles are pretty much the same, the comedy is dark, and hysterical. Even the pictures at the very end (All drawn by different artists) are alike! If you liked Maria Holic, you will definitely LOVE Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei!
Both series are comedies done by SHAFT in similar styles. While Maria Holic has a more structured plot, it can be just as wacky as SZS. Maria Holic also parodies Nozomu's despair sequence from time to time, which SZS fans will love. I suspect that Dorm Mistress and Kafuka are related. They are eerily similar.
Both anime are awesomly done by SHAFT, and also share some voice actors.
Both are comedies with the parody element and a black sense of humour.
Both main characters are in despair.
Both are set at school and have a good, interesting cast of characters.
Both have shoujo-ai, even if in SZS they're only hints.
Both are worth watching, but Zetsubou Sensei is better.
Both are Studio SHAFT productions under the helm of Akiyuki Shinbo, which rely on fast paced gags, puns, and innuendos.
The style of comedy is similar, and some of the jokes cross over from Zetsubou-Sensei
It's been said and exhausted before, but both are fun, crack, series to watch when you're in the mood for a great comedy. Both Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei and Maria Holic do not have much continuity (Maria Holic has a slight bit more, but that's not saying much), great opening themes, and a great sense of humour.
Beyond the obviousness of their both being Shaft productions, each has a single theme that gets beaten senseless. These one-trick ponies get lost in the wilderness and well before they actually finish, each runs out of things to say. Many episodes would have benefitted from losing 5-10 minutes since much of the repetition would have been cut. Losing a few episodes would have helped the series as there were a few too many in which nothing happened -- the season finales offending most egregiously.
Typical for Shaft shows, the music is mostly interesting. The artwork is good and the characters are visually attractive.
To sum the experience up... I feel like I've watched two comedy skits that were turned into feature films.
The artwork and the animation is pretty much the same. Maria Holic might be a little lighter than Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, but there's numerous characters and lots of high school girls absurdities in both of them.
Almost exact same plot where the main character is stuck with keeping a secret about the a cross dresser's secret[In Mayo Chiki it's a butler dressing girl and in MariaHolic it's a crossdressing rich boy]. They almost have the same feel but I'm finding Maria Holic funnier, while Mayo Chika plays all the ecchi out
Very identical, Think of Mayo Chiki as a Maria Holic but reversed, for example the lead charaters gets nosebleed/Hives from the opposite sex/Mariya and Subaru both crossdressing and the main characters fines out that they crossdress exc. Mayo Chiki is not as quirky and random as Maria Holic. MAyo Chiki adheres more to male perceptive like fan service exc.
Same basic plot, but gender inverted. (Well, to an extent. If Mayo Chiki was completely gender inverted there would be mass public outcry.) Both have gender bending shenanigans, and a lead that has a phobia of the opposite sex. Mayo Chiki is more ecchi, and Maria Holic takes itself a little less seriously.
Princess Princess and Maria Holic follow the exact same premise, having males crossdressing as females in a school setting. The comedy element in both derives almost exclusively from the unlikely situations that arise from having traps as the main characters. Maria Holic is a parody that targets shows like Marimite with gusto while Princess Princess is not as referential and more interested in mocking yaoi conventions. They may be niche titles, to some extent at least, but these titles are very likely to share at least some of their fanbase.
It’s a trap!
Even though PriPri is set in a all-male school and MH is set in a all-female school, both have the same feeling.
Both are comedies, and both basically make fun of, respectively, the shounen-ai and shoujo-ai genres.
Also, Yuujirou and Mariya are similar: both are pretty, blond, uber popular, and quite sadistic boys.
You could call Princess Princess the brother anime to Maria Holic. The two anime involve crossdressing, are set in same-sex schools as well as having shounen ai and shoujo ai hints. Although both anime may have these hints there is actually nothing concrete from these genres, at most, a kiss.
Maria Holic, set in an all girls Catholic school could be considered a 'black comedy' since the main character Maria, is known to be a sadistic cross-dressing boy who bullies the bonafide lesbian and focuses on the idea of homosexuality a lot more whereas Princess Princess is more of an all-round comedy that deals with the boys' problem of having to crossdress for the sake of the all boys school they attend.
Neither shows are particulary groundbreaking, but they provide decent entertainment.  read more
- The main character in Maria Holic transfers to an all girls school, the main character in Princess Princess transfers to an all boys school
- Both shows have cross dressing boy(s) as its setup
- Maria Holic has hints of shoujo ai, Princess Princess has hints of shounen ai
- The blond cross dresser's are pretty similar
- Both are comedies
It's almost a yuri-orientied version of Ouran High School.Both of them has crossdressers(Haruhi for Ouran and Mariya for Maria + Holic).While Ouran features Bishônens and yaoi-like scenes,Maria+Holic features Bishôjos and yuri-like scenes but has much more dark humor,unlike Ouran High School
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.
Same director. Kanako and Himeko are practical twins (besides the latter's superior silliness and - presumed - heterosexuality). Mariya might or might not be likened to a vicious and gender-swapped Becky. Matsurika channels Ichijou, down to even the deadpan eyes. Both animes make use of quirky Shindo-isms/SHAFT-isms (immediately recognizable to fans of the man and company). PPD is significantly more episodic, but both have unusual (crack!) humor.
Self aware and self deprecating humor is relatively common, and both Mariaholic and Pani Poni share this trait. They have a cast of characters that are cliche to an extreme, and their ridiculous, fetishized personalities are constantly lampooned. There is also a certain random and outlandishness that defines these two series' as well. Episodes will often not even complain a discernible subplot, and scenes may shift to ridiculous mascot characters without warning.
Some of you guys are probably wondering how Maria Holic and Girls Bravo are related to each other. Well both of the main protagonist break out in hives when ever they come in contact with the opposite sex. Both kinda focus around a main character trying to build up a harem. Well that's pretty much all I got for this one. There's probably some better recommendations out there, but I tried. Thanks for reading.
Even though both of these two animes have completely different atmospheres. I My Me! Strawberry eggs calming while Maria+Holic chaotic-like. They both have guys cross-dressing as girls attending schools where they have to keep their real genders secret.
kyoko's fantasies are similar to kanako's, both series are sparkly and contain excessive nosebleeds (maria holic tends to parody this trope though), both are set in a school (middle school for yuri yuri, high school for maria holic) both contain absurd humor.
Both have a type of airy yuri theme to them with funny parts except that Maria Holic possesses a greater deal of character interaction. All in all, if you're looking for a cheery and hilarious yuri anime, try Maria Holic!
They both have the same kind of humor. In both series they build the story around a main character having extreme nosebleeds in everyday situations. The difference is that in Maria Holic the main character is attracted to girls, and in Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge she's attracted to boys. Both animes use a lot of overly dramatic dramatic effects and random events for comedy effect. If you like one of the series you'll probably like the other one as well!
Haruhi and mariya... both bullies, the walk, the look, the wink... all the same
Matsurika and nagato... both w/ the emotionless personality
Mikuru and Kanako... the ones being bullied
Different Plots, but they have similar character characteristics....
The relations between the characters are quite similar: in both anime we have the bully (Haruhi/Mariya), the one being bullied (Mikuru/Kanako), and the silver-haired smart kuudere who just doesn't care (Yuki/Matsurika).
Also, both series are set at school and have comedy and parody.
Well, these two series are quite absurd but in a rather fun and amusing way.
Both series has a ALOT of comedy, gags, and a strange cast of characters. With these cast of characters comes forth comedy, drama, and romance although presented in a peculiar way.
Both series' OP songs are very catchy. Additionally being part of Shaft, expect strange humor delivered to your eyes with a stranger story that is worth the watch.
Both are comedies about a pervert who is being controlled/tourtered by someone.In Maria Holic the main charcther is a girl and is being tourtered by a guy while in MM! its a guy being tourtered who by a girl.So they're kind of like opposites but are basically the same story.
Want to see more comedic situations involving a manipulative sadist (Yozora) messing with a perverted ditz (Sena) on a daily basis? If yes is your answer, then Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai is the show for you!
Both shows have female characters that are canon lesbians. Those girls share some parts of personality because they both react in the same way when a cute girl appears.
Too, they live close to a lot of girls and admire them while they do daily things. Also, both girls are bounded to a guy they don't want to be with.
Lots of laughs! They both contain a lot of humor based around yuri, sadomasochism, and parodies of other anime, as well as those moments when the "reality" of the show is blurred. As there are many scenes in Ebiten you are unable to differ between actual content and parody, in Maria Holic there are many times you are unable to differ between Kanako's delusions and reality.
Maria Holic has Mariya using Kanako to keep his secret of being a boy from being found out while Kirino from Oreimo uses her brother Kyousuke to keep her secret of being an otaku. Both are also comedies.
You'll laugh, cry (from laughter xD) yet certainly love what these yuri/shoujo ai series will entice you with and let you discover.
- Unspeakable secrets must be kept between two girls alone (how amusing Shidou-san)
- Exciting events and circumstances unique to each
- Adorable voices, faces and strong personalities that you'll fall in love with
You have to know Onii-sama e to really get Maria Holic. Onii-sama e and similar series are what Kanako is hoping for when she enters her all-girls school. When she's feeling particularly sentimental about a girl, she'll transform into Onii-sama e style - sometimes in a pose directly lifted from the pages of the manga.
Even if the storylines are completely different, there’s something in Maria Holic that reminded me of Zombie Loan.
Both are set at school (even if ZL, on the opposite of MH, is not entirely set in a dormitory); both have female protagonists which are treated as slaves by their male counterpart; both have shoujo-ai and comedy, even if in different quantity.
Also, the nekomimi dorm leader in MH is similar to 2 ZL characters: Kuze Shimotsuki (since they’re both very young and cute directors of a dormitory) and Koume (similar both in physical appearance and way of talking).
Although they are different in many ways (for one, Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro isn't "yuri"), they are alike by how one of the main characters (Maria & Neuro) are both insane and have a sadistic personality; there's also the fact of the other main characters in it, who are forced to become their "slaves" (Yoko & Kananko). Also, the other characters in both of these animes are constantly easily decieved.
I think that wathcing Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro will remind you strongly of Maria and Kananko from Maria†Holic.
They both remind me of how the two main characters in it are kind of alike, with having the boy being shorter and the girl being taller; they both also have romance, if Maria†Holic's morbid gender bending "romance" counts. Maria†Holic is NOT a yuri anime by the way, it just uses the "yuri" and dramatizes it by a great degree that makes it hilarious.
Sense of humor is very similar; both main chars are aliened (somehow); Ellie and Kanako are both crazy and very funny, both lives in their own world of imagination. Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai and Maria+Holic gave me the same sensation while watching.
They are both comedies and use both of their "yaoi" and "yuri" and dramatize them to such a great degree, that it's plain hilarious. Although, Maria†Holic can be said to be more of an anime that has a sadistic-like humor. >> If your looking for something that's somewhat lighter in sadistic-ness and is funnier, but still like Maria†Holic, than I'd say that you should try watching Kyou Kara Maoh!
Both have the yuri theme. But there is some differences for one the guy stays a guy just acts like a girl in Maria Holic unlike in Kashimashi Girl Meets Girl. Both are rather funny.Also in each they are represented in the school theme.
Both are comedic using well made characters that uses characteristic that does not goes along with the usual anime tropes.
This recommendation are only for those who are searching another anime with similar type of comedy use, other than that this two animes are totally different.
Both animes consist of weird camera angles, "typical" high school anime girls and plentiful parodies (Though much more careful observations are required in Hidamari Sketch).
Yes, Maria Holic is a darker anime compared to Hidamari Sketch (which is ironic seeing that the story is set in a Catholic school for girls). However, both animes are full of subtle comedies and packed with randomness (which is always a plus for me)
Though the stories are very different, the animation style is very much the same. It's sort of hard to see the story and what's going on. Maria Holic I find it easier to follow than Bakemonogatari. The way each story is told has the same style to it. The people tend to talk with little emotion sometimes, and multiple screens with text pop up during those speeches. The camera angles also seem to drift to different sections of the area that the characters are around, such as the sky, the ground, or objects that may or may not reflect on what is being said.
Each main character seems to meet someone else that they're almost forced into hanging around, only to be tormented throughout the series because of something they 'found out' about said person. Also, both main characters seem to get threatened from time to time by the other characters (Senjougahara & Maria) read more
Both animes are parodies of anime stereotypes. While Maria+Holic is a play on the sweet boarding school yuri animes, Dai Mahou Touge is a parody on magical girl animes. Both feature a main character who, upon first glance, is a sweet, blonde girl. However, both Punie and Maria are sadistic on the inside. Both shows are comedies and really easy to watch. Dai Mahou Touge is really short (only 8 episodes) and I'd definitely recommend it if you want a good parody of the animes you're used to watching.
Oh yes! SUch bad ass girls and amzing anime! ;DDD HILARIOUS, DARK and very interesting... ENTIRELY different but the feeling which girls gice is elegant and bossy.. They both have like ruling power so amazing! ;DDD