Sunday, January 30, 2005

ANIME: Maria-sama ga Miteru -Spring- ep.01-13 (final)

(The screencaps are from ep11-13)

Ah... my favorite lesbian/yuri/shoujo-ai/christian girl anime. It took awhile for this to come out in fansubs so I can barely remember what happened in the beginning of it. I did just watch ep11-ep13 around 3:30AM so I can remember those better.

Recap of episodes I've long forgotten!

ep01: Rosa Gigantea surprises Yumi after telling her she has a driver's license and they drive to Sachiko's house to play.

ep02: Rosa Foetida is said to be having adulterous affairs with older men and we find out later that they were mostly her brothers taking her out and the end is when she confesses her love for a teacher from a neighboring school (a man!) and she gets rejected. Don't worry they're starting as friends.

ep03: They have a going away party for the seniors since they're graduating with the lowest tier (Yumi, Shimako, and Yoshino) of the Rose Mansion doing the entertainment and we see Sachiko laughing.

ep04-05: The last few days with the seniors still in the school. Yumi says goodbye to Sei. Episode 5 has he graduation ceremony, goodbyes, flashbacks of the past, and Yumi taking good care of her onee-sama.

ep06: The past with Sei choosing Shimako as Rosa Gigantea en bouton. There was a battle between Sachiko and Sei for Shimako. Well... almost. I can't help but think Shimako would be better off with Sachiko and Sei would be with Yumi. Maybe I just wanted to see Sei playing around with Yumi a lot more.

ep07-09: The introduction of the new girls, Noriko and Touko. Touko (the drill girl!) is Sachiko's cousin so they're already aquainted with each other while Noriko's pretty much an outsider. Turns out Shimako and Noriko are buddhists going to a Christian girl's private school. Noriko and Shimako hit it off and Noriko's invited to the Rose Mansion a few times. After a lot of pushing from all her friends, Shimako in anger spills she's a buddhist and her and Noriko hug. Episode 9 is everyone pushing Shimako again and in the end Noriko becomes Rosa Gigantea en bouton. If you haven't noticed, Shimako has taken the Rosa Gigantea role after Sei left.

ep10: Yoshino and Rei have another one of their fights. Rei worries for Yoshino since she only recently had surgery. Yoshino's all well and good but Rei still worries. The reason being Yoshino joins the kendo club. They make up in the end. Happy times.

I was recently feeling the 2nd season of Marimite wasn't up to snuff with how I loved the first season but I guess it was the long periods of waiting for the next episode. It's even longer when I save up episodes to watch. I guess I didn't really take to the Noriko arc and Yoshino and Rei fighting again. I personally don't find anything special about Noriko, too. Ah, well.

On to the end...!

The "Yumi is jealous of Touko, I yearn for Onee-sama" arc!

We start of with Yumi cheerful as hell since she was promised a date with her onee-sama, Sachiko, but the upside-down frown turns rightside-up. She gets a call from Sachiko saying she can't make it and Yumi's thinking "that bitch! never paying me any mind! I'll kill her!" or something like that (I'm joking but Yumi was angry) but Yumi doesn't say anything and lets it slide. She says she understands and they hang up. They set it up for the next day but Sachiko cancels again. Yumi's of course very sad because her onee-sama is her life. Touko comes in the next day or so and gives Sachiko back her watch. OH NOES! Touko and Sachiko have been seeing each other behind Yumi's back!... is what we're supposed to be thinking. Yumi later corners Sachiko because she's insecure and begs Sachiko to promise her that they'll go out. She doesn't and leaves with Touko. Yumi walks home sad and decides to call her onee-sama to say sorry. No chance since Suguru (the "prince" we saw in the first season and is related to Sachiko) says he can't get Touko and Sachiko to come out. Yumi doesn't want anymore of it and stops coming to the Rose Mansion and when she's stopped by Yoshino, Yumi lets out some of her anger at Yoshino. She walks off and when she's about to leave Sachiko stops her. Something doesn't go right again since Touko is right behind them and saying they should walk home together. Yumi cries and runs out in the rain since she ain't having none of that shit and tosses her umbrella and bag after seeing Sei who then lets Yumi cry on her. Lucky! Well... no. Sachiko picked up Yumi's umbrella and bag and gave it to Sei while Yumi was crying on Sei's bosom and it came to Yumi that she wanted to apologize. I'm guessing since Sachiko dirtied herself to pick up Yumi's crap? Sachiko and Touko leave in a car and Yumi's on the floor crying. That all happened in one episode, by the way *gasp*

Sei asks someone we've never heard from if they can come with her since she resides nearby. We get to see Yumi taking a shower (nothing explicit) but that was a "YAY!" in my book. Turns out Sei doesn't even know the person she asked for help. Until Sei remembers her from a very trivial matter. Satou Sei had reacted to Katou Kei's name (the formerly unknown person) once in class. Ah, well. She returns home, cries a little, and we're off to another day. Yumi apologizes to Yoshino and they embrace each other. Yoshino thought she had lost Yumi as a friend for a second. Yumi has decided to stay her usual cheerful self and gets invited by classmates to eat with her to keep her head up. Touko comes in angry at Yumi for some reason and Yumi and Touko argue. Yumi decides to visit Katou Kei's residence and is invited by the lady who owns the residence since Katou Kei's out. Yumiko (we get a comment from Yumi saying that's a nice name - Yumiko is pretty much Yumi but "ko" is usually added to a female's name as a suffix) but they chat and Yumi spills her heart out. Yumiko remembers something from the past. We're back with Kei now and Yumi and her have a chat as well. Kei tells Yumi her mom died about 10 years ago and that she didn't like her stepmom at all in the beginning. Kei did later find out change can be good, though, and that Kei was allowed to live elsewhere. Kei's way of telling Yumi change isn't always bad since Yumi kept on thinking about how she didn't want things to change and wanted Sachiko all to herself. It finally gets into her head that it isn't that bad and smiles a little. She also gets her much loved umbrella back (this was one of the breaking points in ep11 but I forgot to mention that) in the end of the episode. There was talk about how the umbrella went on a little journey but it came back to her.

Yumi's finally back in the Rose Mansion and finds they're a little short on personel. Sachiko is absent for some reason or another. Rei and Yoshino have recently had a lot of club activities. Good news is Shimako's filled her role as a Rose very well since Yumi's been gone. Yumi has an idea to invite Touko to help out. Yumi's out in the garden now and face-to-face with Touko. About two dozen people are watching them when Touko asks Yumi what she wants. Yumi asks Touko to relax her fighting stance first. After a little explaining of the Yamayurikai's situation and about Touko being in the drama club, Yumi grabs Touko's hand and tells her she's an escort to the Rose Mansion, to which Touko says she's only helping Rosa Chinesis but was blushing a little. Touko walks off and this is the scene where I thought Yumi was a pimp (slang for cool, among other things.) I couldn't help thinking that after she acknowledged the people watching and thought to herself that all the rumors about Touko and her fighting over Sachiko have ended after that little scene. Yumi's filled her role pretty well, too. Touko's a little angry about Yumi being so cheerful and not doing anything for Sachiko while Yumi thinks she's doing her best while Sachiko's away. We see Yumiko walking around the Lilian school's property and Yumiko tells Yumi she's going to visit a friend. The friend she hasn't seen in a long time after a falling out. Lilian's petite souer system is really full of ups and downs. Betrayal and love. Almost like a marriage. Minako even had a friend who's onee-sama betrayed her but she remained ignorant/stubborn until she exploded three years later and tossed the rosary in her onee-sama's face at her graduation. Touko tells her while they're walking out that she should be careful of Suguru's driving and halfway through the episode Suguru's there and waiting. Yumi's called into the school and meets the former Rosa Chinesis back in the school. She was waiting for Yumi. Youko escorts her to Suguru's car where she explains Sachiko's in a depression ever since her grandmother was in the hospital and today was the funeral. Yumi's extremely sad that she couldn't do anything and Youko assures her it was probably Sachiko's fault =p Sachiko's in shock that Yumi's there and they embrace each other. Sachiko apologizes and Yumi does as well. We find out Sachiko's grandmother was Yumiko's friend and they made amends. That's the end of Marimite -Haru-.


Some things that I have to bitch about and say...

Why couldn't the denpa girl haved play a role in this season?! I was waiting for her since the beginning of Marimite -Spring- but she never showed up. Actually they say she did show up in one picture but the only quality being she was in the background and it was a tall character. The Denpa girl is supposed to be a pretty tall girl.

If you want a peak at the Denpa girl, she's in this Marimite relationship chart (there's major relationship spoilers.) The other one is all good.

The next thing I wanted to say is... I HOPE THERE'S A 3RD SEASON! I want to see the denpa girl! DENPA GIRL!!! (What the hell is her name?) It seems she and Touko fight to be Yumi's petite souer and of course I'll be cheering for denpa girl without knowing anything about her >_> A 3rd season would seem like more of a comedy then usual...

We end it with...