Right Stuf's Nozomi Entertainment Announces New Street Date of March 24, 2009 for the Maria Watches Over Us – Season 3 DVD Collection

Jan 15th 2009
GRIMES, IA, January 15, 2009 – Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and Nozomi Entertainment have rescheduled the release of the MARIA WATCHES OVER US (Maria-sama ga Miteru) - Season 3 DVD Collection to March 24, 2009.

The one-month shift is being made to accommodate the rigorous approval process that is required to bring the series to English-speaking audiences, said Right Stuf President and C.E.O. Shawne Kleckner. “We and our counterparts in Japan are dedicated to providing the fans of Maria Watches Over Us with the quality DVD presentation they have come to expect. We thank you for your continued support, and we're looking forward to bringing you the summer adventures of our favorite Lillian students.”

The Season 3 DVD Collection will feature the five-episode OVA (original video animation) and five specials that comprise the series' third season. It is also the third of several “season box sets” scheduled for the North American DVD release of Maria Watches Over Us.
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

An AnimeOnDVD.com Pick of the Week

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 first three 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).

The Maria Watches Over Us – Season 1 DVD Collection was released on July 29, 2008, and the Season 2 DVD Collection: Printemps was released on December 9, 2008. Both are now available.

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

About MARIA WATCHES OVER US (Maria-sama ga Miteru) – Season 3

Summer has arrived, and the students of Lillian Girls' Academy are on break! Yumi and Sachiko head out to the Ogasawara family's summer home, but what was supposed to be a relaxing vacation takes a turn for the worse when some of Sachiko's old acquaintances drop by for tea. These rich and snobby debutantes don't think Yumi is worthy of Sachiko's affection, and they're out to make this summer one she'll regret. Contains the complete 5-episode third season (OVA), plus “specials” 1-5.

MARIA WATCHES OVER US (Maria-sama ga Miteru) - Season 3 DVD Collection (OVA)
Pre-Book: 1/27/2009 NEW Pre-Book: 2/24/2009
Street Date: 2/24/2009 NEW Street Date: 3/24/2009
Runtime: Approximately 255 minutes, Dolby Digital Stereo, Anamorphic Widescreen, Color
Genre: Drama
Suggested Rating: 13+

Format: DVD (Japanese, English Subtitles, English On-Screen Translations)
Catalog #: RSDVD0901
ISBN: 1-57032-792-0
UPC: 7-42617-0901-2-7
SRP: $39.99

Discs/Set: 3
Item Measurements: 5 3/8” x 15/16” x 7 9/16” (LxWxH)

DVD Features:
Scene access; Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo audio for Japanese dialogue; two English subtitle tracks (regular dialogue subtitles, plus a special subtitle track that includes Japanese honorifics); and English on-screen translations. PLUS: Season 3 “Specials,” character bios, liner notes and Nozomi Entertainment trailers.

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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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