August 04, 2007

Series I'll never watch 1: Maria-sama ga Miteru

I'm the guy who has bought all three seasons of UFO Princess Valkyrie plus the gawdawful OVA, so I'm hardly one to be in a good position to ask this question, but I'll ask it anyway:

Was there really any need for three seasons of Maria-sama ga Miteru? In fact, did we even need one?

I guess that's a genre that I'm not the target for: yuri angst without any fan service. What's the point?

The chins are so pointy they could be used as instruments of torture (which, come to think of it, watching this series would be for me). The skirts are calf-length. The girls are all flat. And the boys are all girls, too.

I dunno; there must be someone out there who likes this kind of thing, else they wouldn't have made so much of it. As bad as UFO Princess Valkyrie is, at least it has fan service and miko magic. (Except the OVA, which didn't even have that going for it.)

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Never Watch at 04:37 PM | Comments (7) | Add Comment
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1 Targetted purely on the female teen audience?  Except that would seem to be the yaoi segment, not the yuri segment.

Posted by: metaphysician at August 04, 2007 05:50 PM (hnYuE)

2 I watched a couple of episodes of Marmite.  Boring as hell.  It does have an audience, but I don't know why.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at August 04, 2007 06:01 PM (PiXy!)

3 The genre is known as "shoujo". That's not the same as yaoi.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 04, 2007 06:04 PM (+rSRq)

4 What can you say? Girls watch some anime too. If guys can have stuff like Fist of the North Star that's nothing but muscles and violence, then there's room for girls' shows which don't have any fan service... ;p

It's something that I could see myself watching if I had absolute boatloads of time and nothing better to do, but I don't, so I haven't really watched more than an episode of it.

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at August 04, 2007 06:04 PM (PyY3O)

5 Maybe there isn't as much of an audience for it as I thought. Turns out that none of them have been licensed for R1.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 04, 2007 06:06 PM (+rSRq)

6 Possibly not. Geneon actually solicited the first show in Previews, then retracted the solicitation. Accident by the marketing department, sure - but not in a million years does that happen unless you've already written up box text and gotten cracking on the show, in which case...

But they haven't admitted to it formally yet, so formally they don't have it yet.

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at August 04, 2007 08:50 PM (PyY3O)

7 All three seasons are finally licensed today by TRSI/Nozomi.

Posted by: Author at March 06, 2008 12:18 PM (qNSKg)

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