the first series, MariMite: Haru retains its strong emphasis on character interactions and relationships within the Yamiyurikai. To give something fresh to the series, this second series adds two new major characters and creates some plotlines to progress events in the series.
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The plotlines center around the upcoming graduation of the senior members of the Yamiyurikai and an event which tests the stability of Yumi and Sachiko's friendship towards the end of the series. The graduating of the senior members adds in a new plot element where now the former first-year students have to find new first-year members for the council thus creating a sense of wonder over who will now be joining up.
With the two new characters, we are introduced to Sachiko's cousin, Touko Matsudaira and the Buddhism-interested Noriko Nijou. Touko's presence helps lead to the plotline where Yumi and Sachiko's friendship is put to the test. Noriko's presence in the series creates an interesting theme over concerns with her interest in Buddhism clashing with the Catholicism of the Lillian Academy.
Even with the new storylines and characters, the series still leaves time to explore some of the soeur relationships as there are a few episodes devoted to exploring some of the soeur pairings.
The animation and music haven't changed a bit from the first series since MariMite: Haru was created about half a year later. The characters and scenery are just as colorful and detailed as they were in the first series and the classical musical pieces used are retained as well.
While it is recommended that you do watch the first series before Haru, you won't have to worry about being confused over what you are watching. The first episode of the series does recap by introducing all the Yamiyurikai members in a get-together.
The series does still retain some of its elements of shoujo-ai undertones and symbolism so those who can't handle such content, especially since this happens in a Catholic school for girls, should still not try watching it. Otherwise, MariMite: Haru is still a joy to watch if you enjoyed the first series.
Last updated Sunday, February 03 2008. Created Sunday, February 03 2008.
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