Right Stuf's Nozomi Entertainment to Release Season 4 of Maria Watches Over Us (Maria-sama ga Miteru)

Feb 12th 2009
Fourth “season box set” coming soon;
trailer now available at mariasama.rightstuf.com

GRIMES, IA, February 12, 2009 – Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and its Nozomi Entertainment division are pleased to announce the license for the fourth season of MARIA WATCHES OVER US (Maria-sama ga Miteru), which is currently airing on television in Japan, and to unveil the Japanese trailer for the new season at mariasama.rightstuf.com.

It will be the fourth of several “season box sets” planned for the North American DVD release of Maria Watches Over Us. The specific release date will be announced in the future.

The first two seasons are both now available, and the Season 3 DVD Collection – which features the five-episode OVA (original video animation) and five specials that comprise the series' third season – will be available on March 24, 2009.

Each set features Japanese audio, along with English on-screen translations, and two English-language subtitle tracks: one with regular dialogue subtitles and a second, special subtitle track that retains the Japanese honorifics.
Additionally, each set will include the “specials” – comedic shorts that depict the series' characters in “chibi” form – for its respective season.
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“Best Shojo” Anime of 2008 – Anime Insider

“A beautifully illustrated, surprisingly effective slice-of-life drama…” – Anime News Network
“this series is awesome” – Otaku USA
“leaves you eagerly wanting more” – AnimeOnDVD at Mania.com
“Shelf Worthy” – Anime News Network's Shelf Life
“a truly beautiful anime” - Future Anime

AnimeOnDVD.com DVD of the Month – July 2008 (Season 1)
AnimeOnDVD.com Picks of the Week (Seasons 1 & 2)

The Maria Watches Over Us anime is based upon an ongoing series of novels – written by Oyuki Konno and illustrated by Reine Hibiki – that began in 1998 and currently spans more than 33 volumes. Short stories related to the series have been published in the shoujo (girls') magazine Cobalt, and a manga adaptation was serialized in the anthology magazine Margaret. The series' publisher, Shueisha, also produced 14 drama CDs (featuring radio-style plays).

The anime adaptation of Maria-sama ga Miteru – also referred to by fans as “MariMite” – encompasses two, 13-episode TV seasons, a 5-episode OVA (original video animation) as its third season, and a fourth season, which is currently in production and airing on Japanese TV.

The Four Seasons of Maria Watches Over Us feature animation by Studio DEEN (Fruits Basket, Gravitation, Rurouni Kenshin), direction by Yukihiro Matsushita (Blue Dragon, Sugar Sugar Rune), and scripting by Reiko Yoshida (Aria, Boys Over Flowers, Story of Saiunkoku).

Visit mariasama.rightstuf.com for more information about Maria Watches Over Us (Maria-sama ga Miteru), including detailed character profiles, trailers, downloads and more.

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ABOUT RIGHT STUF, INC.
Currently celebrating its 21st year in business, Right Stuf, Inc. was one of the first players in the U.S. Japanese Animation ("anime") industry, as both an anime producer/distributor and a retailer. Right Stuf works to promote knowledge of its own products, as well as the anime and manga industry, in general, through its online storefront at RightStuf.com and a variety of media including podcasts and special publications.

Nozomi Entertainment, Right Stuf's production division, is dedicated to the highest quality releases. True to the Japanese word that inspired its name, Nozomi's focus is on “what fans want.” By focusing on a limited number of anime properties each year, the Nozomi production team ensures each release receives the care and attention to detail it deserves.

From anime classics like Astro Boy, Kimba and Gigantor to modern comedies, dramas and favorites such as The Irresponsible Captain Tylor, His and Her Circumstances, Gravitation, Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars, Ninja Nonsense, To Heart, The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye, Emma: A Victorian Romance, Maria Watches Over Us and ARIA, Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment produce quality programming for fans of all ages and interests. For more information, visit www.rightstuf.com and www.nozomient.com.

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