Every 'episode' of this is fifty minutes -- twice as long as a 'normal' TV episode, so there is more room for plot development. That is sorely needed, because every episode/OVA is sort-of standalone. There are only five episodes at that.
Most of these episodes take place away from the school, which allows a fresh perspective on the relationship between Yumi and Sachiko. And while they are similar at school, outside there are quite a few differences between them -- and this series does a good job of showing us what that means for the two of them.
The first episode is about Yumi visiting Sachiko's summer house, and getting embroiled in the intrigues between rich families -- she is completely out of her depth, but her honest character wins the day. There is an episode where the girls try to help Sachiko over her intense dislike for boys, with limited success. The last episode is about the school trip to Italy. This all serves to deepen our understanding of the characters of the girls, their differences but also their similarities.
There's not much more to say about it. It's a must for the Mari-Mite enthusiast, but it won't win anyone over.
- As usual, good quality;
- A new look at the situation.
- More of the same, despite the change of scenery.
All in all, a 7.5.