Maria Holic

Maria Holic is a spoof of a certain sub-genre of “Yuri” that take place in girls only Catholic boarding schools filled with giggling girls who are “into each other”

the plot follows a lesbian girl named Kanako who joins one of these schools simply to ogle a bunch of pretty girls and hopefully meet the girl of her dreams, she meets a hot blond named Mariya who she quickly learns is not only really mean to her, but (to quote Austin Powers) is a MAN babay! (yes, yes cue Admiral Ackbar), his family owns the boarding school and why he’s disguised himself as a girl to attend it is weird and I’ve probably already forgotten some of the details, I think his grandmother was a very eccentric lady who only wanted someone who could really “understand the students” inherent the school or something, meh, just go with it

what’s funny is the series wants to have it’s cake and eat it too, it’s later revealed that he has an identical twin sister who attends the male boarding school disguised as a boy and he conveniently uses her for when has to appear undressed (like those weird rituals they apparently have in Japanese schools where they make the girls get in their underwear and they measure them), so it’s ok to consider him/her hot without feeling too gay (not that there’s anything wrong with that) and then having to do manly things and watch sports, it’s not quite like Bridget from Guilty Gear (remember that guy?)

anyway this is further compounded by the fact that Kanako breaks out in hives whenever she touches a boy (is it because she’s a lesbian? or is it what causes her to be a lesbian?)

on a side note, Mariya has a hot maid who also a bitch, yup

a lot of the humor in the series stems from Kanako lustily ogling all the girls like she was a man and the giant nosebleeds it causes her to have, sometimes even threatening her life, at one point she sings a really cute little song about her excitement over a festival where a bunch of girls will be cosplaying as angels, I find this really funny because I’ve always wondered, do lesbians ogle girls in situations like the girl’s locker room? I’m guessing they do, at any rate it’s a funny subversion of the horny anime guy who constantly gets nosebleeds

special mention must be made of the opening and ending credits, normally I don’t mention these, but they’re really awesome in Maria Holic, the songs are catchy and the animation good, I especially like the ending credits with it’s catchy song, old school video game like pixelated characters and background animation that reflects each individual episode, it’s seriously awesome

don’t expect a very complex plot in Maria Holic or much in the way of explanations (like for example, why is the house mother a little girl with cat ears? and why is she obsessed with the Virtual Boy? it’s never explained) or even an actual ending, but I enjoyed it and if you’re in the mood for cute, surreal anime humor, Maria Holic fits the bit well

on a side note, this is in the fact the most recent anime I’ve ever seen, dating from early 2009, how about that?

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