Anime Discovery – TIME OF THE SEASON Winter 2015 Edition: MARIA the Virgin WITCH

Today, class, we are going to look into the period of the Hundred Years’ War, where England and French forces battle it out and to help with ending the war is a……virgin witch?

Wait, this is from the guy that directed Code Geass? And Production I.G.? I hope they can make something good out of this. Because signs are already pointing towards the opposite.

This is Maria the Virgin Witch.


Director: Goro Taniguchi

Series Composition: Hideyuki Kurata

Script: Hideyuki Kurata

Music: Masato Kōda

Original creator: Masayuki Ishikawa

Character Design: Yuriko Chiba

Art Director: Shigemi Ikeda


Art design: Kayoko Tomono /Shigemi Ikeda/ Shuichi Okubo

Animation Production: Production I.G

Internet Streaming and Licensed by: FUNimation Entertainment


Plot Summary: During the Hundred Year’s War between England and France in the Middle Ages, a powerful witch named Maria lives in a secret forest with her familiars. She hates the war around her, and will sometimes stir up trouble against the church that does nothing to stop it. Her interventions into the world, however, run against the plans of heaven, earning her the attention of the Archangel Michael.

First Thoughts: With a very noticeable pedigree behind this project yet a weird premise that could easily backfire on them and after seeing a peek of this… can go either way. Positives about this that the characters in here are fairly likable and the animation/background art have strong production values but that’s I.G. as they do deliver on their work most of the time. I’m mixed most of the sex jokes because the whole ‘Maria is a virgin. She thinks this is lewd and all that stuff’. It can be clever one minute and the next extremely corny but fortunately, it’s nowhere near any fan-service show levels of that. The whole fantasy backdrop…..It’s alright and all but lately, fantasy-themed anime seemed to always have the same basic premise that gets boring after a while. I mean, Rage of Bahamut: Genesis is an exception to that as the action and sometimes comedy mesh well with each other but then again, Chaika the Coffin Princess was poised to be good but it winded up being the SOS (Same ‘Ol Shit) I’ve seen before and was left in boredom.

I’m interested in seeing more of this to know how it will turn out. I’m 50/50 on whether I’ll be okay with this or completely disappointed. I’m going with CONTINUE BUT WITH CAUTION. Here’s hoping this isn’t another dud.


And until then, I’m MAK2.0 aka the Blue Hybrid, bringing the Hundred Years’ War to an end….even though I’m not a witch.

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