Here we are, season four of Maria Watches Over Us. The question remains; will Yumi find her petite soeur? Graduation is looming and Yumi will soon have to take over the rains from Sachiko as one of the leaders of the Yamayuri Council. But first, she will need to decide who she feels is to be her little sister. Yumi is finding that picking a little sister is harder than she first thought and begins to wonder if the two candidates she has chosen are really the right people.
During this season we are privileged to see more scenes around the area and town. The characters travel to other places, either on vacation trips or learning about each other. This does help to break up the monotony of the rose mansion.
This season was officially released, so we are back to the normal setup of the episodes although it picks up right where the OVA’s left off. One of the things I feel could have been changed is the cover art. As viewers and fans we know what the conflict of this season is from the previous one but the cover pretty much gives away what is going to be the outcome. Now, if you read the manga’s than you will already know what is going to happen but if, like me, you have not a little more mystery would have been appreciated. This is not to say that all the mystery is taken away but the ending will be no surprise.
Throughout the run we have been learning so much about the characters and their relationships with each other. There have been times when it has been pretty dramatic, but you seem to become so wrapped up that you don’t mind. As the anime wraps up, you know there is so many more hurdles that Yumi has to go through. And this makes you want more. This is the sign of a well written anime, if it can leave you wanting more at the end. This is not to say that I feel it was left off at a bad place because the truth is the ending is pretty perfect. It wraps up the story line without telling you every little detail. It is really a touching last scene.
The Nozomi release of Maria Watches Over Us season four contains specials 1-11, clean opening and closing, liner notes, scene access and Nozomi Entertainment trailers.