In Neo Venezia, Akari, Aika, and Alice continue to work diligently toward the day they become full-fledged Prima Undine (a professional tour guide gondolier). The girls have come far since they began their training, and they are slowly forming their own distinctive styles as tour guides for the city.
On the long journey towards their goal, the girls have relied on the advice of their seniors from their respective companies: the patient and understanding Alicia from Aria Company, the strict and proper Akira from Himeya Company, and the clumsy yet caring Athena from Orange Planet Company.
Will the girls be able to blend the advice from their mentors with their personally acquired knowledge of Neo Venezia to become praiseworthy Prima Undines?
Welcome once more to Neo Venezia; the city that personifies warmth and tranquility. – My Anime List
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I could probably ramble on forever about this show, but I’ve probably made my point by now. I’ll have to admit that Aria is a show made for a certain audience. Hardened cynics will probably hate it for what it is, while the restless ones out there might find it a bit slow and boring for their tastes. And those who like to give their minds something heavy to chew on might want to look elsewhere as well. Aria is a show about life, about friends, about everyday situations and challenges and about all the small things we sometimes take for granted. And for that, I love this show. Just so you’re warned, I’m going to put my personal bias into my rating of this show, and if you belong to any of the groups mentioned above, deduct the amount of stars that you feel is right.
In short, Aria the Origination is a simple yet undescribably beautiful show, if one were able to appreciate it.
Aria the Animation is a fantastic anime about three girls and their journey of trying to become Prima Undine. The art and animation are charming, as is the music and supporting cast. The anime is full of heart and has many life lessons to teach. Absolutely worth checking out.
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I would be lying if I said I thought Aria the Animation could be a rousing success story in America. I doubt it has much appeal to the typical American otaku demographic, even amongst women. But cheers to Right Stuf/Nozomi for releasing it and its sequel, Aria the Natural. Because this is the kind of show that you can not only support, you find it wriggling its way into your heart. While I have hundreds of shows in the hopper that I need to review, the sequel will be making its way into the list. I want to go back to Neo-Venezia soon.
As good as the first two Aria series have been, I do feel like I enjoyed this one the most. The long journeys of Akari and her friends finally come to their inevitable conclusions, and it’s all done as wonderfully as everything up to this point. But at the same time, there is some real sadness in the way it all ends as everybody ends up in a position where they need to move on with their lives. Yet, as bittersweet as it was, it was the perfect ending to a gorgeous series. Highly recommended.
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Whilst it may not attract the attention and praise of other mainstream titles, it’s hard to deny that Aria is a breath of fresh air to the anime world. Its peacefulness and lack of a storyline will certainly turn away a number of viewers, but those craving for something simple, charming and kid friendly can do little wrong. Regardless of its popularity, Aria will certainly go down as one of the slowest, kindest and anti-dramatic series to ever be produced.
This review might feel more like a comment on the overall continuum than an analysis of the final series, but I think that’s a fair way to look at The Origination. Throughout the previous series, it’s easy to believe one is watching a series of disconnected, episodic slice-of-life adventures, but in this series it becomes clear that everything in ARIA connects to an overarching story about the lives of its characters. Recommending ARIA, in the traditional sense, is wrong, since its appeal probably isn’t universal. All I can say is that I’m thankful I saw this, it’s impacted me in a way few other anime have.
I love Aria. I’m not going to skirt around that. My numbers are probably a little inflated from general opinion on the show too; I don’t think it has much mass appeal. But, if you like the genre, I would encourage you to give it a try. I think that in the modern day, Aria exemplifies the slice of life anime.
The simple beauty of everyday life with deep appreciation for the world and community around us.
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Origination is an excellent show that successfully retains the essence of the series whilst at the same time developing the characters and advancing the plot. Because of the definite focus of the show, things that may have seemed stale in The Natural have been given a new lease of life and, whilst this may not seem like a difficult thing to achieve, it is actually one of the hardest things to do in any medium.
If you do enjoy Slice of Life series, then you’re in luck because I hail Aria as the absolute pinnacle of the genre. It accomplishes so much and is an unforgettable experience.
I really enjoyed this show because every episode was able to make me feel warm and fuzzy inside. It even made me appreciate little things in life and to have a optimistic world view. If I could compile each and every one of the quotes in this series I would because I was able to relate to it. At first I thought the lessons in this series are for kids but as you ponder about it, it is really directed at older audience. Who says anime is only entertainment? Anime could teach you lessons that you can’t learn in real life and this series proved that. I think everyone could enjoy Aria for a price of opening their hearts. Most people doesn’t like this kind of show but I tell you, even if you find some lines in this series cheesy, you’ll be disarmed because of the show’s honesty. I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone because not all people like this kind of show, all I could say is if you feel stressed watch an episode or two and you’ll feel light hearted. I think this type of series should not be marathoned because you’ll end up sleeping because of its calming mood. How can I describe it? Arghhhh!!! Just watch it…..it’s really difficult to convey it into words. Overall, I love Aria and I’m sad that it ended already. Thank You Aria…..
Wonderful”That is what I would say if I could describe Aria in one word.
Looking back, as a franchise Aria is neither the best slice of life or Sato Junichi series I’ve seen: I still think that I liked Windy Tales (which pretty much did everything Aria did in one fourth of the same time), Kaleido Star and Strange Dawn (both emotional roller-coasters) better. But still it stands out as a really good and charming series with excellent characterization that just gets better as it goes on. Aria the Origination remains a wonderful conclusion that deserves to be watched.
In the end, if you don’t like the “Slice of Life” genre this won’t probably change your mind.
Aria the Animation is a very simple and charming show, it’s a very subtle and laidback viewing experience that takes place in a rather beautiful and inspiring recreation of one the most popular tourist destinations in the world today. An anime about gondoliers may not sound like something that could work very well, but Aria the Animation pulls it off nicely, that too in a futuristic sci-fi setting. That said, the actual execution isn’t too different from your typical slice of life anime, and the themes present can come across as a bit too childish and happy go lucky. At the end of the day, Aria the Animation is a solid show for what it is.
This is not the show to watch if you are looking for searing drama, tearful heartbreak or gut-clenching action. It’s more like the ultimate feel-good show, a cheerful vision of a future world in which people are nice to each other and nothing really bad happens to anyone. I don’t think I could stand to marathon this series, but I find that an occasional episode is a good way to regain my emotional equilibrium after watching something like Neon Genesis Evangelion.