Marianne knows Aoi Matsubara and Kotone Himekawa from the original To HeartAccording to the Visual Novel, Marianne was held back by one year because she wanted to stay with Sasara in school. It was already stated by Word of God that To Heart 2 takes place three years after the original series. By doing the math, with Marianne having spent four years in the school, that means that she was a first year student when Hiroyuki and Akari met both Aoi and Kotone, who were also first year students.
WMG / To Heart 2
Ridiculously Human Robots. Or perhaps they might even be new humanoid Cylon models...