Lillian Girls’ Academy is about to have its school festival, and members of the student council are preparing for the event. As per tradition the yamayurikai are putting on a play with the help of the nearby Hanadera boys’ school, and this year Yumi and her brother Yuki are playing the lead roles. While it is hoped that all will go without a hitch, problems arise when Kanako’s hatred of men leads her to become unhappy with her participation, and Touko quits the drama club following a disagreement with a senpai. With Yumi attempting to resolve her juniors’ situations, she finds she has no time to plan for the anniversary of becoming Sachiko’s petite soeur; though all she can think about is her impending need to find a soeur of her own once the festival ends. Once Yoshino decides to hold an audition to find her younger sister, will Yumi be able to use this situation to finally decide upon a petite soeur of her own?
Shy, crybaby Fumi has just transferred into Matsuoka Girl’s High School, in the city of Kamakura. It’s been ten years since she moved away, leaving her dear friend Akira behind; and soon, the two are reunited once more. Akira is now attending Fujigaya Girls’ Academy, though she and Fumi still manage to see each other regardless. Between classes and social engagements, the two will experience love, the struggle to admit one’s true feelings, and the joy of companionship.
Both Aoi Hana and Maria-sama ga Miteru 4th feature complex relationships between females as the core of the story. The overlap between the two, where both are set amongst female students and feature a lot of drama combined with a slow pace should ensure that you will like one if you liked the other.
On Astraea Hill stand 3 prestigious female-only academies known as St. Miatre, Spica, and LeRim; and though the schools are separate, they share a single campus and dormitory. Nagisa Aoi is a 10th grader who has decided to transfer to St. Miatre's Girls' Academy. Though her transition has been smooth so far, while exploring the campus Aoi inadvertently falls down a hill, sees the beautiful Shimuza, and promptly (not to mention embarrassingly) faints. Nagisa continues to see Shimuza out and about, but soon discovers that she is the "Etoile" -- a well respected girl within all of the schools. With Shizuma taking a liking to the new transfer student Nagisa, secrets of Shizuma's past will unravel over the coming school year.
Both of these series focus on the relationships between young school girls. Whilst Maria-sama focuses more on very close friendships, Strawberry Panic tends to have more yuri themes. But if you liked watching the developing relationships between the girls in Maria-sama ga Miteru 4th, then you may want to try watching Strawberry Panic.