The BEST Episodes of Maria Watches Over Us
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Mar 5, 2021
Network: TV Tokyo
Yumi is a first year student at the Lillian School for Girls, an exclusive all-girls Catholic school. The school has a tradition that older girls take a younger girl as their little sister or "soeur" in order to instruct and look out for them. Though Yumi admires Sachiko, a reserved second year student who is a member of the student council, she has no hopes of being chosen as her soeur. When an innocent encounter leads Sachiko to impulsively ask Yumi to be her soeur, Yumi is suddenly brought into the inner circle of the Roses, who are the members of the student council. With Sachiko at her side, Yumi begins to unravel and understand the relationships between the Roses and their soeurs and figure out her own feelings for Sachiko.
#1 - Holding a Parasol
Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Sep 26, 2004
Yumi learns why Sachiko has been so distant lately. With newfound confidence, she promises never to question Sachiko's love for her again.
#2 - Vacation of the Lambs
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 29, 2006
Sachiko takes Yumi for a holiday in her summer home. While there, Sachiko's acquaintances make trouble for them.
#3 - Good Day, My Sœur
Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 31, 2004
Tsutako and Minako's papparazzi-like plans wear them out while Shimako comes to an understanding with both Sei and Rosa Canina. The dates ultimately strengthen Yumi and Yoshino's relationship with their soeurs and reaffirm the place they stand in their older sister's lives.
#4 - Forest of Thorns
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 10, 2004
A tragic lesbian romance novel causes a scandal at Lillian because the author is rumored to be none other than Sei. This prompts Sei to tell Yumi and Yoshino about her past with a girl named Kubo Shiori.
#5 - Fighting Maidens
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 4, 2004
While Rei is reeling over Yoshino's shocking announcement, the bulk of the school copies them by breaking their soeur relationships too. Tori Eriko, Rei's soeur, isn't even aware of the problem due to her odd behavior and suspiscious absence from school. Yumi goes to the hospital to talk with Yoshino, and learns the true nature of the Yellow Rose soeurs. Yoshino tells her all about her plan to make Rei a stronger person.
#6 - The Blue Umbrella
Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 19, 2004
Yumi gets back onto her feet with different people helping her out. She learns that she must develop an identity outside of being Sachiko's petite soeur.
#7 - During the Long Night
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 4, 2004
Sei takes Yumi to visit Sachiko's house on New Year's Day where the Yamayuri Council have a party. All the major characters are reintroduced, and with the start of the New Year, Yumi looks happily forward to spring.
#8 - Yellow Rose at Full Speed!
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 11, 2004
A series of photographs implicate Eriko in enjo kosai, or compensated dating, while Eriko's behavior becomes even more erratic and strange than usual. As it turns out, Eriko does have a secret, but its far from what she has been accused of.
#9 - Will
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 25, 2004
In the days before graduation, Rosa Chinesis and Rosa Foetida leave their parting words to their petite soeurs and grande-soeurs. Yumi begins to worry why Rosa Gigantea hasn't done the same. She swears to Sei she'd look after Shimako and promises to do anything as her final request, and Sei's answer leads to a surprisingly sweet moment and a revelation about her future.
#10 - The Troubling Soeur Declaration
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 7, 2004
Fukazawa Yumi's tie is fixed by Ogasawara Sachiko, her idol and the school's star, setting off a chain of events which would throw the shy and ordinary girl into the world of the prestigious student council. After Yumi walks in on Sachiko arguing with the Yamayuri Council over the school play they will be performing, Sachiko suddenly asks Yumi to be her petite soeur in an attempt to force her way out of the lead role.
#11 - White Petals
Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 17, 2004
A flashback from a year ago tells the story of an angry, silently-suffering Sei, who is saved from her alienation by a girl called Kubo Shiori. The two of them begin a passionate, all-consuming romance, but Shiori's secret plans for the future shatter Sei's heart.
#12 - The Years that have Passed by
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 1, 2004
Graduation day arrives. As the rest of the Yamayuri Council struggle with conflicting emotions, the Rosas reflect on their lives and the memories which shaped them.
#13 - Rainy Blue
Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 12, 2004
Yumi and Sachiko have not been spending much time with each other, for Sachiko is always with Tōko. Every time Sachiko and Yumi are alone together, Tōko appears. Yumi begins to believe that Sachiko prefers Tōko over her.
#14 - The Awkward Piano Duet
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 14, 2004
Yumi is hounded by the school newspaper for a report on why she turned down Sachiko and endures dance lessons with the Yamayuri Council and a piano duet with Sachiko. Through various people, Yumi learns more about Sachiko and Suguru Kashiwagi, the one who will be playing the Prince in the Cinderella play.
#15 - The Moon and the Rosary
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 21, 2004
Yumi finally meets Kashiwagi when he comes to Lillian for the dress rehearsal, and learns a shocking secret about his relationship with Sachiko. Sachiko's true reason for her refusal to play the lead role is understood, making the bond between her and Yumi truly genuine.
#16 - Yellow Rose Revolution
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 28, 2004
The rest of the Yamayuri Council find out that Yumi finally accepted Sachiko's rosary. Meanwhile, Shimazu Yoshino and Hasekura Rei are voted the school's best sœurs due to their respective girly and bishonen appearances, but Yumi talks to Yoshino and finds out that there's more to the pair than meets the eye and that the relationship between the two is far from perfect.
#17 - Rosa Canina
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 11, 2004
A second-year student calling herself Rosa Canina runs against the en boutons in the Yamayuri Council elections with murky intentions. Todo Shimako hesistates to run at all due to her first-year staus and her reluctance over taking a leading council position until a talk with Rosa Canina forces her to make a decision. Yumi confronts Sato Sei, Shimako's soeur, over her refusal to encourage Shimako to run, and learns more about the relationships between older and younger soeurs and how to best support Sachiko.
#18 - The Surprising Chocolates Part I
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 18, 2004
For Valentine's Day, the Lillian Newspaper Club organizes a treasure hunt in which the winners would get half-day dates with the en boutons. Yumi agonizes over what to get Sachiko for Valentine's Day, resulting in a spectacular misunderstanding between the two of them.
#19 - The Surprising Chocolates Part II
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 25, 2004
After a crying Yumi runs away from Sachiko's confrontation, Sei reveals the secret reason behind Sachiko's distress. The treasure hunt takes place with surprising results. and Yumi makes up with Sachiko in her own unique way.
#20 - Extremely Busy Days
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 18, 2004
In their midst of their graduation preparations for the third-years, the en boutons forget to organize a farewell party for the Rosas. To make it worst, Yumi finds out at the last moment that the en bouton petite soeurs must also put on a performance, and collapses from the pressure of all her various duties.
#21 - Hold But One Hand of Mine
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 8, 2004
With graduation's onset, Sei and Shimako remember the events which led them to become soeurs in spite of their many complex obstacles and reservations. The two of them ultimately form a deep and healthy relationship without becoming codependent.
#22 - Cherry Blossom
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 15, 2004
Shimako falls into a depression after Sei graduates and cannot bear the weight of her secret alone. But a chance meeting with the down-to-earth Nijo Noriko gives her a new friend.
#23 - The Drop of Rosary
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 29, 2004
Shimako is pressured to take Noriko as her petite soeur, but is hesitant due to the differences between Noriko and the general culture of Lillian. Caught between her loyalty to the Yamayuri Council and her desire to protect Noriko, Shimako quietly suffers until an argument forces Noriko into action.
#24 - Yellow Rose Warning
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 5, 2004
Yoshino takes advantage of her newfound health by joining Rei's kendo club, causing extreme worry on Rei's part and another roadblock in their relationship.
#25 - Red Card
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 3, 2004
Uzawa Mifuyu narrates her past as Sachiko's desperate admirer and her reasoning behind her decision to not claim the treasure hunt's prize. She finally acknowledges that Yumi is a better match for Sachiko than her, and quietly slips out of their lives and the series.