When Kanako Miyamae transferred to a new all-girls school, she hoped to find true love. What she found instead was the beautiful Mariya Shidou, a charming classmate Kanako met on her first day. But Mariya has one flaw: she is actually a cross-dressing boy! After discovering Mariya's secret and becoming stuck with him as her roommate, Kanako's life has become a series of misfortunes. All she wants is to find the girl of her dreams, which is hard to do with the meddling of the sadistic Mariya and his sharp-tongued maid Matsurika Shinouji.
Maria†Holic Alive continues the story of Kanako as she deals with being Mariya's roommate and aims to find true love, while enduring high school itself.
#1: "Mousou Senshi Miyamae Kanako (妄想戦士 宮前かなこ)" by Sugita Tomokazu (eps 1-4) #2: "Run Run Riru Ran Ran Rara (るんるんりる らんらんらら)" by Yuu Kobayashi (eps 5, 7-12) #3: "Run Run Riru Ran Ran Rara Matsurika Version (るんるんりる らんらんらら （茉莉花 ヴァージョン）) " by Marina Inoue (ep 6)
#1: "Dounimo Tomaranai (どうにもとまらない)" by Yuu Kobayashi, Asami Sanada and Marina Inoue (eps 1-11) #2: "Donmai Donmai! (ドンマイ ドンマイ！)" by Yuu Kobayashi as Mariya Shidou & Suteki na Nakamatachi (ep 12)
This review is short because it is assumed you have watched the first season. This is about the differences of the second season.
Maria holic continues it's madness where it left off. Well, not exactly. It starts off right before the pool opens, and the cliffhanger from last season's finale becomes moot. That is okay though as there is no plot anyways, and it gives the same wacky comedy it did two years ago.
There is not much that changes about the humor in the show so if you thoroughly enjoyed the first reason you can rest assured that the amount of laughs won't change drastically. However,
there is a surprising lack of change in some areas. There are only two new characters that make a visit to the campus. While it is good not to have to enlarge the cast, interacting with new types of people allow for more variety in the show, even if it is only for a single episode. This along with a insignificant amount of change in character make the show literally the same old same old.
Overall I really enjoyed the second season. While I complain about the lack of differences if the content is great why change it? I didn't really enjoy the first season, but I am glad I gave the sequel a chance as I liked it even more with the setting and characters always established. There is no reason not to continue watching this series if you liked the first at all therefore I highly recommend it.
I hope my review was helpful, questions and feedback are welcome!
Maria Holic Alive is the sequel to the above-average anime, Maria Holic. To be honest, I was very surprised that the anime even had a sequel. I decided to watch this because I was hoping that it would be better than the original. In the end, it was better. But only by a tiny amount. The sense of humor in this sequel was slightly better. I laughed to several of the funny, illogical moments that the series provided.
Story? Maria Holic Alive, takes place few months after the protagonist, Miyamae Kanako's transfer to the Catholic all-girls high school Ame-no-Kisaki. From there onwards, the "story" continues. Again
and again, in nearly all of the episodes, the narrator keeps on stating that Kanako is allergic to men, which I found rather irritating. Kanako's crazy, super nosebleeds also continues. There were also some parodies from anime Infinite Stratos, Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica and probably some anime which I do not know. Well, just as expected, there's still no hint of "real" romance throughout the show. This season also had more ecchi scenes than before. Still, it's nothing too serious.
The series also introduced a few new characters. But, they did not play a major role in the show. Pretty much just more supporting characters which I particularly did not find interesting.
The visuals? They are still impressive as ever. It still looks beautiful as it was in the original. So, thats a good thing.
Sound? The opening and Ending theme were terrible, for me. I dont know, maybe they were not the types of songs I would listen to. The OP and ED in the first Maria Holic were far more superior. Though, the background music in some of the scenes are still pleasantly good to listen to.
Conclusion? Though, I did find this sequel to be a bit more better than the original, in terms of humor, but there were also drawbacks such as the awful OP and ED, sadly, which were more superb in the first Maria Holic. In the end, I only recommend this sequel to people who loved the original Maria Holic. If you're looking for comedy anime, go watch something else instead.
My thought's on Maria†Holic were that the first season turned out pretty well with lot's of joke a little bit of plot to keep you interested and fun, sadistic, cross-dressing character's that we all know and love....
Unfortunately, Maria†Holic Alive didn't quite bring back the same thing for the table, they traded out most of the originality of the first season for nothing but nose-bleed's- Complex jokes and that is more or less why I had to give a giant sigh, to what could of been my favorite Anime of the year.
I can only cross my fingers in hopes that will change over time.
Gone, there is no story you could probably watch any episode of this new season and believe it was the first. it left me with a bad taste in my mouth.
Art: The art was plain but had the occasional,."Ooo, ahhh." moments.
Sound.: The opening theme was really quite funny for this season but knowing that was all too come after the OP. I was really quite sad. ;[
Character: It brought nothing new to the table the character's never really changed except for the 2 new characters they had brought in for an episode or two.
Overall: Sadly. with all that sad and done. Mara†Holic Alive, you have dashed my high-hopes for you. I can still recommend this even if you haven't seen the first season because you don't really need to know to much about the characters to watch this it will practically remind,re-tell why these chracter's have this issue, or this problem, why this happened. ect. ect. I give it a 6.
Compared to the first, i think this is the worse one.
I don't know why but i found it harder and harder to care or even pay attention to the story or the characters.
But i guess i was just expecting something different. I wanted more drama i guess... considering the premise and it being a sequel. More of a conflict that would affect the characters, mainly the cross-dressing one. It seems like it this anime had a hard time focusing on the characters. It tried to have a main focus of the lesbian bleeder, and the cross-dressing well cross dresser. I would have liked
to have the focus shared on the two as a pair and not individually,but also adding conflict because the cross-dresser has more to lose in this. I also didn't really feel like the two characters really connected. The guy does unexpected things for the bleeder, but all she does in return is try to f him over, on more than one occasion.
You're better off watching Ouran instead of this bloody mess (not kidding i got so tired of the blood)