the third season OAVs hinted at what this season had coming. Despite my annoyance of the OAVs being so Yumi-focused, this season does make up for this problem by focusing on the choices of those involved in the petite soeur decisions made by Yumi and Yoshino. Several of the characters experience significant character growth as they come to realize that they can't stay as they are forever. Kanako and Touko, the two girls seeming to be the top choices to be Yumi's petite soeur, get some character depth as we come to realize what personal problems are affecting their involvements with activities at the academy. As usual, this season of Maria-sama ga Miteru retains its rich amount of characterization and the impressive visuals. I find it surprising that even with the different seasons that have been ran, Maria-sama ga Miteru still looks the same as when I first seen the first season with the artwork quality being great as usual.
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There are a couple major issues that I had with this season that kept me from giving it a Buy. By the middle of the series, Yoshino's petite soeur is pretty much chosen and one of the two likely candidates to be Yumi's soeur dropped out of the running once their conflict was resolved. The second half of the series felt quite dragged out with Yumi and the remaining candidate trying to come to terms with their doubts as it seemed two to three episodes too long than it should have been. My other gripe had to do with the ending sequence which was a big spoiler of who Yumi's petite soeur would be.
Outside of these gripes, Maria-sama ga Miteru 4th is still the same pure shoujo anime that I seen out of the first three seasons. The visuals and characterization are still as rich as usual. I give it a strong Rent recommendation.
Last updated Monday, March 30 2009. Created Monday, March 30 2009.