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A high school girl, Kanako Miyamae, is scared of boys and breaks out in rash if a boy touches her. During her second year of high school, she enrolls in an all-girls school hoping to find a female romantic partner. She thinks herself as a resurreted person who has entered an all girl heaven.

Kanako, who is quite tall, like a statue, meets the girls of her dreams at every step. But none can match the beautiful and petite Maria Shidou, who surprises Kanako with a kiss on the cheek when they first meet.

However, a little while later Maria surprises Kanako much more when Kanako walks in on a dressing session where Maria’s maid Matsurika first fits a corset onto and then fits a padded bra onto the very un-feminine body of Maria.

Maria and Matsurika ignore the unexpected visit, but Kanako can’t, and she eventually has to check Maria’s gender for herself. One grab reveals the “truth” and Kanako’s fantasies are suddenly dashed.

Kanako wants to expose Maria as a boy, but Maria immediately trumps Kanako’s plans by tearing open Matsurika’s uniform and threatens to tell everyone that Kanako “attacked” Matsurika. Maria also informs Kanako that she is the grandchild of the chairman of the school, so there is little doubt who will be believed.

In a state of despair, Kanako agrees to keep quiet, but just as Kanako is about to turn to her roommate for comfort, it turns out that Maria has switched rooms and will now be Kanako’s roommate in order to keep a close eye on Kanako.

Main Characters

Kanako Miyamae is a second year high school transfer student to Ame no Kisaki. When a boy touches her, she breaks out in hives, giving her a fear of boys. She wants to find a love partner in an all girl school, but instead, she runs into deep troubles when she discovers Maria’s little secret.

Maria Shidou is a boy who crossdresses, attending Ame no Kisaki as a girl, where his grandfather is the ex-chairman. When Kanako first met him, she liked him because of his lovely, kind attitude. However, he is actually quite sadistic.

Matsurika Shinouji is Maria’s maid who is generally silent, but can be rude. She calls Kanako names such as “Ms. Pig” or Eiffel Tower due to her tall stature. More at: Wiki

Maria†Holic (まりあ†ほりっく) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Minari Endou. The manga was first serialized in the Japanese seinen manga magazine Monthly Comic Alive on June 27, 2006, and is published by Media Factory.

An anime adaption directed by Akiyuki Shinbo and produced by Shaft started airing in Japan on January 5, 2009.

Title: Maria†Holic (2009)
Kanji: まりあ†ほりっく (2009)
Opening Theme: “HANAJI” by Yu Kobayashi
Ending Theme: “Kimi ni, Mune Kyun” by Yu Kobayashi, Asami Sanada and Marina Inoue

Maria†Holic OP ~ “HANAJI”

Maria†Holic ED ~ “Kimi ni, Mune Kyun”


  • stukasa says:

    I’ve seen three episodes so far and I like it! Interesting and energetic characters, a nice art style, and lots of comedy. I’ll definitely keep watching it. :p

  • Zer0 says:

    This show’s style is very similar to Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei. Meaning its a good show. 🙂

  • brendasoto says:

    I saw the first chanpter and I didn’t liked it 🙁 But oh well :p

  • LittleVexy says:

    Ohhhh… Interesting anime… Reminds of Princess Princess. xP

    We haven’t had any cross dressing (or even futanari) animes in a while.

    4mew’s favorite kind of anime too. ^^;

  • ware4me says:

    Well… PriPri wasn’t my favorite anime, i only watched a couple of episodes because “certain” Vexy-chan said it was good :drop:

    Between oddities, this one might be funny enough to follow ^.^

  • brendasoto says:

    Otome wa boku ni koishiteru was better than this, I think this is like a bad copy >.>

  • ware4me says:

    And the promised new season of “Otome wa” never came u.u

  • brendasoto says:

    ^ Let’s hope it comes soon!

  • ware4me says:

    I know u.u

    Well, Maria Holic is done, anyone watched the end? :p

  • stukasa says:

    ware4me;20560 wrote: Well, Maria Holic is done, anyone watched the end? :p

    Not yet, I’m a few episodes behind so don’t spoil it for me please! 😆

  • ware4me says:

    nyuu~ I can’t spoil a lot :drop:

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