|Saki and Maria|
|Saki Watanabe||Maria Akizuki|
|Appearance||Novel, Anime, Manga|
Saki and Maria is a pairing including Saki Watanabe and Maria Akizuki, which makes an official appearance in the novel, anime and manga of Shin Sekai Yori. It has been confirmed to be a canon one-sided love from Maria's side and affectionate attraction on Saki's side with an assumed official relationship in alledia.
While the relationship between Shun and Satoru is downplayed in the anime or not at all in the manga, Saki and Maria's pairing are the largest homosexual couple at work, which only increases in different adaptations.
Both of them were best friends since childhood, and although the main love interests of Saki have always been the guys already mentioned, she remains the main love interest of Maria until her death. Novel only implies this, but the anime and manga make it a canon, adding scenes where Maria calls Saki the person she “loves most” or where Maria decides to respond to Mamoru's feelings only after she realizes that Saki is in love with Shun.
In the original version, Saki dating with Maria only because Shun is in a relationship with Satoru and it seems that her feelings for him are unrequited. However, although the anime as a whole remains true to the original source, it also deepens their relationship, increasing the importance of Maria and making the emotional impact of their relationship on Saki stronger.
Manga adaptation extends it even more, making their feelings more reciprocal and adding more romantic or openly intimate moments between the two. To such a level that the first half of the manga is almost completely focused on the development of the their love relationship. This version of the story has Yuri as one of the official genres.
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