In response to the worsening crime rate, Japan creates Tokyo Butei High, an elite academy where “Butei” or armed detectives hone their deadly skills in hopes of becoming mercenary-like agents of justice. One particular Butei is Kinji Tooyama, an anti-social and curt sophomore dropout who was once a student of the combat-centric Assault Division. Kinji now lives a life of leisure studying logistics in order to cover up his powerful but embarrassing special ability. However, his peaceful days soon come to an end when he becomes the target of the infamous “Butei Killer,” and runs into an emotional hurricane and outspoken prodigy of the highest rank, Aria Holmes Kanzaki, who saves Kinji’s life and demands that he become her partner after seeing what he is truly capable of. – My Anime List
Based on 14 review scores:
It was interesting, enjoyed the first season a lot though it was heavily fanserviced. Just like the title says the 2nd season was not nearly as good, it had the same characters from the first but switched the main character focus and just was weak in my opinion.
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But Hidan no Aria is bad, and I hate it, and writing this review feels like a weight off my shoulders after nearly five hours wasted on this garbage. So I will mention it. And I did. And I think I’m done now.
What starts off as a mixture of high school comedy/romance and mystery in Aria: The Scarlet Ammo, slowly evolves into something more paranormal as other characters along the way reveal themselves as having superhuman powers, connections to famous bloodlines like Joan of Arc and, in Aria’s case, Sherlock Holmes, and even werewolves and vampires. So, there’s really a little bit of almost every sort of genre you could think of thrown into this series, even some very mild fan service. From the very opening that has Aria dropping out of the sky – in this case using a parachute – one gets the sense there are going to be numerous allusions to many anime genres. The writers go so far as to come right out and say it in Tōyama’s opening narration, that meeting a girl by having her fall out of the sky might work well for the beginning of an anime or manga. At least they have the good sense to be tongue in cheek about the whole thing.
not a whole lot of action, not particularly ecchi and a bit slapstick, i prefer anime a bit more adult oriented. However, it did have awesome animation, likable characters and was engaging enough to keep me watching all 12 episodes, so its better than average…
While Aria the Scarlet Ammo isn’t a bad series by any means, it is held back by a number of issues, which is simply a shame considering Aria the great set of characters that round-out the various harem archetypes with fleshed out characters with personality. Unfortunately they only help make the story of the series tolerable given how slapdash the story can be at times. While there are plenty of comedic moments and the action in the series is top-notch, the lack of consistent quality outside of these action scenes only make for a starker contrast on how bad some of the scenes appear, summing up the series perfectly. Aria the Scarlet Ammo may have moments of brilliance; it is unfortunately brought down by poor quality care and a sub-par story.
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While Hidan no Aria was definitely not my favorite of the season, it was enjoyable enough to watch to the point that I am able to say, “Yeah it’s okay” and continue watching/covering it without feeling like I have to force myself. Just make sure you don’t have high expectations for this. Since people have grown wary of J.C Staff after their epic failure with Yumekui Merry from the last season (and quite a few from the past), most of us started with very low expectations and really, it’s better off that way.
A rip-roaring opening episode soon gives way to disappointing and lazily scripted mediocrity.
I don’t know who this anime is made for, because it’s definitely not fans of the series nor newcomers. All I know is that it’s another Fall anime that’s not worth your time.
Subpar. Though not offensively bad, this one is just plainly poor. It’ll find dogged defenders, but just can’t appeal to anyone outside that deluded circle.
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The show is a decent production with lots to admire when the action scenes come around. References to classics such as SPEED are also inserted into the main narrative without becoming a distraction. The animation is suitable for such a show, but just does enough to serve the story. ARIA THE SCARLET AMMO is a show good ideas but would rather play it safe behind a wall of clichés.
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Hidan no Aria seems to take a Michael Bay approach to its horrible script. Rather than hiring competent writers and going through several revisions of the story, it instead blows all the budget on strong action sequences to cover up its jarring weaknesses. The problem is that while the action is good for an anime, there are dozens of $100 million Hollywood action extravaganzas that have mastered how to make shooting guns look so awesome that an animated version of it feels tired and cheap. All those nifty visuals of guns being fired in the show simply don’t stack up against the gun battles in Terminator 2, The Matrix, or hell, even The Transporter movies.
It’s the wrong Aria, Gromit… I mean Manga. You really should have licensed Aria the Animation and its sequels instead, as that has a lot more critical appreciation to it. Aria the Scarlet Ammo on the other hand is… well I want to say fanwank, but that is a simplistic, crude, and slightly inaccurate description of this show. However it does feel put together by committee for a specific fan audience, a collection of cool bits strung together with little thought to narrative, character, plot or continuity. That it’s actually adapted from a set of light novels rather than just the resulting sludge when a set of anime tropes are minced together in a blender is the biggest surprise. This is formulaic low budget claptrap with its only redemption that it’s nigh on impossible for its harem formula not to entertain to some degree. You can put your brain on idle, put a disc of Aria The Scarlet Ammo into your player, and lose 20 minutes of your life without regretting the loss.
Overall, a Frankenstein’s monster of all the worst aspects of all the Rie Kugimiya action series without most of the charm. Tired, awkward and painful but, worst of all, pointless. Pick any other Rie Kugimiya action comedy and you will have a better show than this – even Kinji’s rather cool ‘Hysteria Mode’ moments cannot validate this show’s existence to me. Overall, there are much worse shows out there but few less necessary than this one.