RIGHT STUF’S NOZOMI ENTERTAINMENT to Release
MARIA WATCHES OVER US (Maria-sama ga Miteru)
First “season box set” scheduled for Summer 2008
GRIMES, IA, March 6, 2008 – Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and Nozomi Entertainment are pleased to announce the licensing of MARIA WATCHES OVER US (Maria-sama ga Miteru). The series, often referred to by fans as “Marimite,” will be released on DVD as “season box sets,” with Japanese audio and English-language subtitles, starting Summer 2008.
A character-driven, coming of age tale set in Tokyo, Japan, Maria Watches Over Us follows the lives of several teenage girls who attend the prestigious Lillian Girls’ Academy. As an institution steeped in tradition, one of Lillian’s most enduring customs is its “sœur” (French for “sister”) system: Older, established students mentor and befriend younger students at the all-girls school. The story is set in motion when Yumi, a new, first-year student, inadvertently captures the attention of the “Yamayuri Council,” Lillian’s student council, whose members are also the most admired, idolized and respected students on campus.
The Maria Watches Over Us anime is based upon an ongoing series of light novels – written by Oyuki Konno and illustrated by Reine Hibiki – that began in 1998 and currently spans 32 volumes. Short stories related to the series have been published in the shoujo (girls’) magazine Cobalt, and a manga adaptation is serialized in the anthology magazine Margaret. The series’ publisher, Shueisha, also produced 14 drama CDs (with radio-style plays).
The anime adaptation of Maria-sama ga Miteru encompasses two, 13-episode TV seasons, a 5-episode OVA (original video animation) as its third season, and a fourth season, currently in production in Japan.
The first three seasons of Maria Watches Over Us feature animation by Studio DEEN (Fruits Basket, Gravitation, Rurouni Kenshin), direction by Yukihiro Matsushita (Blue Dragon, Sugar Sugar Rune), and scripting by Reiko Yoshida (Aria, Boys Over Flowers, Story of Saiunkoku).
Each of the DVD box sets for Maria Watches Over Us will include the “specials” – comedic shorts that depict the series’ characters in “chibi” form – for its respective season.
Visit maria-sama.rightstuf.com for more information about Maria Watches Over Us (Maria-sama ga Miteru) and to pre-order the box sets now.
ABOUT RIGHT STUF, INC.
Founded in 1987, Right Stuf, Inc. was one of the first players in the U.S. Japanese Animation (“anime”) industry, as both an anime producer/distributor and a retailer. Right Stuf works to promote knowledge of its own products, as well as the anime and manga industry, in general, through its online storefront at RightStuf.com and a variety of media including podcasts and special publications.
Nozomi Entertainment, Right Stuf’s production division, is dedicated to the highest quality releases. True to the Japanese word that inspired its name, Nozomi’s focus is on “what fans want.” By focusing on a limited number of anime properties each year, the Nozomi production team ensures each release receives the care and attention to detail it deserves.
>From anime classics like Astro Boy, Kimba and Gigantor to modern comedies, dramas and favorites such as The Irresponsible Captain Tylor, His and Her Circumstances, Gravitation, Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars, Ninja Nonsense, To Heart, The Third: The Girl With the Blue Eye and Emma: A Victorian Romance, Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment produce quality programming for fans of all ages and interests. For more information, visit www.rightstuf.com and www.nozomient.com.