Junketsu no Maria: Sorcière de gré, pucelle de force
Maria the Virgin Witch (純潔のマリア, Junketsu no Maria) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masayuki Ishikawa. An anime adaptation started airing in January 2015 to March 2015. The story follows Maria, the most powerful witch who lives during the Hundred Years’ War in France. She despises war, so she obstructs battles with her strong magical powers. Her meddling with her succubus Artemis and incubus Priapos has caught the attention of the heavens, and so the Archangel Michael issues an edict. When Maria loses her virginity, she will also lose her magical powers. A beautiful angel named Ezekiel is supposed to watch Maria and make sure the witch does not use magic in front of people, but Maria continues to use magic anyways.
The story takes place around a blonde, stubborn, peace-loving witch who tries to stop any fights that happen near to where she lives, which is in thw middle of a secluded forest. Despite being a stubborn girl, she shows kindness to her few closest friends which encompass a little girl, her summons, and a few others. The story progresses as the Heavens above don’t like her meddling in natural affairs that they think should otherwise be allowed to happen. This anime is not about sexual themes, however; sexual themes are relevant. When it comes to telling a cohesive story, many anime fail. They don’t have underlying themes, and character motivations are vague for the most part. This is NOT the case for Maria the Virgin Witch. The cast is quite large, but they are introduced in a sensible way and slowly. Each and every character has a reason to exist, and they’re motivations make sense. They all contribute to the big picture and the show actually tackles ethical issues regarding war that can still resonate with people today.
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