For the young women at the Lillian private school for girls, nothing is more prestigious than Rosa Sinensis, Rosa Gigantea, and Rosa Foetida, the beautiful and talented women who head the student council. When a young girl named Yumi's path is intertwined with Sachiko, a successor to the council, things will never be the same for the both of them. Maria-sama ga Miteru is a quiet tale of forbidden romance, friendship, and the everyday life of a school girl.
No sooner has Nanako Misonoo started attending Seiran, the most prestigious girls’ school in Japan, when she is unexpectedly chosen to join its most exclusive club, the Sorority. Believing that she was given preferential treatment by the Sorority’s leader, the beautiful and intimidating Miya-sama, Nanako’s jealous classmates begin to bully her. Slowly, life at Seiran begins to unravel and Nanako wonders why the Sorority chose her over more eligible candidates. Not only that, what could lie behind Miya-sama’s mysterious smile? With only the letters to her ‘dear brother’ to help her make sense of it all, Nanako must try to find answers to these and many more questions.
The storyline is familiar and they have very similar characters. Both stories center around a girls' high school, the girls' relations with each other, student councils, different and hard personalities, and a dramatic background. If you liked Maria-sama ga Miteru, I'm sure you'll like Brother Dear Brother.
Before Maria-sama ga Miteru, there was Oniisama E, a slightly obscure series, adapted from the manga of the beloved Ryoko Ikeda, a much influential female manga artist who brought us legendary manga such as Rose of Versailles. It is quite obvious that Maria-sama ga Miteru got MUCH of its inspiration from Oniisama E.
Before Fukuzawa Yumi unexpectedly entered the rose soeur system in Lillian, Misonoo Nanako unexpectedly entered the sorority, elite group of Seiran. Both schools are for girls only and both schools have three girls who are ultimately admired by everyone: the three roses in Marimite, the magnificent three in Oniisama E. Both series feature a huge and complex almost-all-female array of nicely done characters, with strong lesbian tendencies.
Maria-sama ga Miteru is a much lighter series then Oniisama E, which has lots of psychological violence. But Marimite was heavily influenced on Oniisama E, so I believe that fans of one are most likely going to enjoy the other.
Yukino and Kanade are twin sisters who now share a room at their new school in Tokyo. Ever since they were little, the pair has been exceptionally close – perhaps even a bit too close for siblings when eyes are turned away. But soon a girl named Sakuya, who often tails the two, begins to grow closer to Yukino; and after an alleged confession that she hears about, Kanade begins to get worried that something is going on behind her back. Can the three of the girls keep their relationships with each other on stable ground, or will jealousy and heartache come crashing down on them?
Both Candy Boy and Maria-sama ga Miteru are soft-spoken anime about girls in school, with pleasant shoujo-ai themes. Each also has beautiful animation and a quiet, peaceful atmosphere (in some scenes, at least).
If you liked the shoujo-ai, calmness and focus on the characters in Maria-sama ga Miteru, I'm sure you'd enjoy Candy Boy as well. It's a lighthearted (more so than MariMite) shoujo-ai series with two realistic feeling, likable main characters and like MariMite, focuses on the conversations and the characters while setting the overal plot on a second place.
Make sure to check this out if you liked MariMite and are looking for something similar but like to avoid some of the high-school freshman angst this show had.
Gentle Himeko and reserved Chikane were born into very different backgrounds, but still became the best of friends. Their fates, they would soon come to discover, are intertwined in a fashion that they can't possibly imagine -- they are the reincarnations of two priestesses who once sealed the god of darkness Orochi in their past lives. Set to revive again, his giant robot-riding agents have set out to destroy the girls, one of whom is Himeko's friend who is in love with her. Riddled with memories of their past lives, the two try to survive long enough to cast the seal on Orochi again...
when it comes to shoujo-ai animes then Marimite and Kannazuki no Miko are pretty similar, both of them are centered on high school students (since Marimite is way longer than KnM then we should expect a better character development). The only difference is that Kannazuki no Miko focuses more on action/mecha battles while Marimite has a slow-paced slice of life aspect and concentrates on the everyday life of several high school students. Still if you like one of this shows then you will like the other one as well.
There’s no denying that Mizuho is beautiful. Normally that might be a bit of a disadvantage seeing as he is an average sort of boy who enjoys sports and games. However, his beloved grandfather has just passed away, and the will includes a strange request; his grandfather wants him to become closer to his mother's memory by attending the same all-girls academy she did for a semester. Obviously he can't hide his gender from the teachers of the school; so he will need their approval, but he also can't expose his gender in front of his fellow students. With the help of his child-hood friend Mariya, his own natural beauty, and just a little bit of luck, Mariya may just be able to fool his fellow students! Considering the turn of events, there may be more to his grandfather's dying request than meets the eye...
Although, I haven't watched the whole Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru, I think that if you liked Maria-sama ga Miteru, you're gonna like Otome. There are of course are some differences - Otome is more like comedy, in Maria-sama there are no boys, pretending to be girls, academy in Otome isn't catholic - but both series are about all-girl schools and refers to relations between them. And also - Otome reminded me of Maria-sama very much from the beginning also because of the similarities of the characters (e. g. Shion-sama is in my opinion very much like Sachiko-sama) and their behaviour (in Otome there's also some kind of "onee-sama system", which resembles Lilian).
Both anime are somewhat similar - they take place in an all girl's school and the senpai have onee-sama to take care of them.
In the world of Daikuuriku, all children are born female; but once they become a young adult, they may choose which sex they will become. In this world which is at war with itself, the women of Simalacrum find themselves charged with the task of piloting the ancient machines known as Simoun in hopes of turning the tide of war. Though originally simple ceremonial machines, the most gifted of pilots can turn the glowing "ri maajon" of their rituals onto their enemies and obliterate them from the skies using these Simoun. However, it takes a special bond between two highly gifted girls to successfully pilot a Simoun. With the toll of blood and pain that these previously innocent girls are taking, how many will be able to carry on, even knowing that they are the only real thing standing between freedom and subjugation of their land?
While Maria-sama and Simoun are nothing alike in setting, both include a lot of fun "anime girl drama." There is a strong yuri undercurrent in both, and if you enjoyed one, the other may suit your tastes as well.
Simoun and Marimite feature a similar tag and thats shoujo-ai though this two animes are not the same when it comes to setting, both have a nice and warm "girl love drama"aspect. The yuri current is way stronger in Simoun than Marimite (given by the fact that in Marimite the relationship between girls are more like senpai-kouhai) but if you enjoyed watching one of this two shows then you should check up the other one as well.