Season three of Maria Watches Over Us is a collection of stories that help to push Yumi’s character into the role which she has found herself in during season two. In this season Yumi will find herself in a few different situations where she will have to show that she has grown. For instance, how will she convince Sachiko to not only participate in the festive of the boys’ school but also sit on a high tower, considering those are two things she is afraid of? We are able to really watch as Yumi works through many of her doubts about herself and her abilities, and yet there is many times when the normal naive Yumi, that we all love, is fully alive. Is the new strength that Yumi has recently gained enough to get her through the trials that await her?
The OVA’s of Maria Watches Over Us bring a few technical changes to the show. First the show is now presented in a wide screen format, which is great. Along with the show now filling your wide screen, the art quality has also improved. The show is clearer and brighter than before, thanks to the starker lines and more saturated colors. This change in format breathes a little more life into the show. Although, so far I have no complaints about the writing, a little change is good. We are able to fully enjoy the beauty of the show and as well as the storylines.
Another format change is that each episode is same length as two normal episodes. This collection only has six episodes but since they are twice as long it is the same as a 12 episode season. This format change basically gives us a storyline within each episode. I also felt that the story was able to progress as at even more realistic pace due to it being in one episode instead of two or three. Considering in each episode we have to have a beginning, ending, break, re-cap, and upcoming episode segments taking up part of the time, with these episodes being twice as long we actually get more of the time devoted to story.
One aspect of the series that I have not discussed up to this point is the specials that accompany each of the series. In the third season we see a couple aspects of the show really taken to a comedic level. For instance one of the characters is particularly tall in the show. During the specials, she gets taller and taller until only her feet fit into the screen. The specials all take an aspect of individual episodes and parody it. They are fun to watch and will make you laugh at their visual and language gags.