Complete third season available as Litebox-style DVD set on Jan. 8, 2013
Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and its Nozomi Entertainment division are pleased to announce the MARIA WATCHES OVER US, Season 3 DVD set will be available on January 8, 2013.
This new DVD set repackages all five direct-to-video (OVA) episodes of the anime series’ third season, plus its five specials, in a single DVD keepcase. It features Japanese audio, along with English on-screen translations, and two English-language subtitle tracks: one with regular dialogue subtitles and a second, special subtitle track that retains the Japanese honorifics.
The Maria Watches Over Us anime is based upon a series of novels – written by Oyuki Konno and illustrated by Reine Hibiki – that began in 1998 and spans 38 volumes. Short stories related to the series have been published in the shoujo (girls’) magazine Cobalt, and a manga adaptation was serialized in the anthology magazine Margaret. The series’ publisher, Shueisha, produced 14 drama CDs (featuring radio-style plays), and there are also several Internet radio plays, a live-action film adaptation and a spin-off novel series.
The anime adaptation of Maria-sama ga Miteru – also referred to by fans as “MariMite” – encompasses two, 13-episode TV seasons, a 5-episode OVA (original video animation) as its third season, and a 13-episode fourth season, which aired on Japanese television during 2009. All four seasons are licensed for English-speaking audiences by and available on DVD from Right Stuf’s Nozomi Entertainment.
Maria Watches Over Us features animation by Studio DEEN (Fruits Basket, Gravitation, Rurouni Kenshin), scripting by Reiko Yoshida (ARIA, Boys Over Flowers, Story of Saiunkoku), and direction by Yukihiro Matsushita (Seasons 1-3; Blue Dragon, Sugar Sugar Rune) and Toshiyuki Kato (Season 4; Full Moon O Sagashite, CODE-E).
Visit maria-sama.rightstuf.com for more information about Maria Watches Over Us (Maria-sama ga Miteru), including detailed character profiles, trailers, downloads and more.
About MARIA WATCHES OVER US, Season 3
Summer has arrived, and the students of Lillian Girls’ Academy are on break! Yumi and Sachiko head out to the Ogasawara family’s summer home, but what was supposed to be a relaxing vacation takes a turn for the worse when some of Sachiko’s old acquaintances drop by for tea. These rich and snobby debutantes don’t think Yumi is worthy of Sachiko’s affection, and they’re out to make this summer one she’ll regret.
Contains the complete 5-episode OVA season, plus Season 3 specials.
MARIA WATCHES OVER US, Season 3
Format: DVD (Litebox)
Street Date: 1/8/2013
Runtime: 255 minutes
Suggested Rating: 13+
Audio: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
Subtitles: 2 English subtitle tracks, plus English on-screen translations
Video: 16:9 widescreen, Color
Catalog #: RSDVD1350
Two English subtitle tracks (standard dialogue subtitles, plus a special subtitle track that includes Japanese honorifics) and English on-screen translations. PLUS: Season 3 specials 1-5, character bios, art galleries, liner notes, and Nozomi Entertainment trailers.