Spring, in Japan, brings with it the end of the old school term, the beginning of the new and many changes. Promotions and transfers go into effect, everyone shifts just slightly, all at the same time.
For the lovely ladies of Lillian, spring brings with it the change from the old leaders of the Yamayurikai to the new. Eriko, Sei and Youko graduate, leaving behind 5 girls seeking to make their own way as the new student council.
In Volume 2 of Maria Watches Over Us ~ Printemps, we learn how the three Rosas met, clashed and, ultimately, became friends. We get each one’s opinion on the others, which is simply priceless, often funny, insight. We also watch as they leave their final marks on their souer, walking away from the legacy they established as leaders of the school. It’s a beautiful volume, full of emotion and reflection, comedy, drama and tears.
And then we arrive in Volume 3. The beginning of the new semester, and the trials and tribulations of the new Rosas. Starting with the most impenetrable of the three – Rosa Gigantea, Toudou Shimako.
Volume 3 tells the story of how Shimako meets first-year Nijou Noriko and how their fates become intertwined. We watch them face difficulty together, only to come out the other end connected by the sacred bond of sisterhood. Unless you’re a Yuri fan – then you are watching a shockingly steamy courtship between them. When I watch Noriko watching Shimako’s lips as she talk, I feel as if the “film” is visibly melting at the corners. lol
I’ve said many times that no, I don’t believe any of the soeur couples in Marimite are actually lovers, but if you pinned me down (and frankly, you’d have to have some mad wrestling skills to do that, so I’d probably answer out of respect, since I love women who can fight) I’d say that my favorites in the “what if” contest are these two. Yes, Shimako wanted to be a nun. So did Shiori and look what happened to her. And Noriko, of everyone at the school, wins my vote for the person least concerned with issues like sexuality. She’s the mutt in a school full of purebreds and I love her for it. And…based on that incredibly hot picture of Noriko looking up Shimako’s nose in the end credits for the fourth season, I think Konno Oyuki-sensei thinks so too. ^_^
Art – 7
Story – 9
Characters – 9
Yuri – 5
Service – 2
Marimite Fan – 100
Overall – 9
The Red Rose family quality is that they meddle. The Yellow Rose family quality is being bored easily and the White Rose family is totally gay. ^_^