Set in a prestigious all-girl school, Strawberry Panic! is a rather predictable yuri anime. Following the steps of Maria-sama ga Miteru, the characters all fit into a familiar mold. Shizuma is the oujo-sama admired by the entire school while Nagisa is the clumsy commoner, who surprisingly catches Shizuma’s fancy. The use of lilies, Catholic churches, and overly polite honorifics are all reminiscent of Marimite, which is undoubtedly one of the most influential yuri ever. Still, despite having a generic setting and a foreseeable plot, Strawberry Panic! is still very enjoyable. In fact, it is one of those anime that leaves me with a feeling of emptiness after it ended because I just want to see more.
Though Strawberry Panic! may draw heavily upon a known frame, it goes beyond the mere subtext of Marimite to more pronounced lesbian relationships and sexual situations. It is essentially what we all fantasize about the characters of Marimite off scene. Strawberry Panic! gives us yuri fans exactly what we love. Ecchi and fluff.
It also helps that there are plenty of yuri raep scenes.
Strawberry Panic! is quite a lovely anime. I love the slender drawing styles of the characters. The anime differs a bit from the manga and the light novel, which I think is even prettier and cuter.
Ultimately, the characters and their relationships drive the whole series. However, I feel really bad for Yaya and Tomoe at the end though. I love both of those characters so it is kind of sad to see them end up alone. Still, I quite like the Shizuma and Nagisa pairing.
I especially like Yaya and thus I really hate the Amane x Hikari coupling. Yaya has so much more personality than Amane in every aspect. I despise Amane because she is such a pretentious and boring girl. That and she has the most farcical actions and illogical reactions, such as her ridiculous speech at the Etoille election. Also, I hate her character design. Anyways, that was just a bit of a rant and some spoilers on how the drama pans out, but it is not as if this ending were not expected. Although I would have really liked a Yaya x Hikari ending, it was never going to happen.
Oh well, drama is drama.