Ranked #760

Aria The Animation

Alternative Titles

English: Aria the Animation


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 6, 2005 to Dec 29, 2005
Premiered: Fall 2005
Broadcast: Thursdays at 01:30 (JST)
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: G - All Ages
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.831 (scored by 22,365 users)
Ranked: #7602
Popularity: #670
Members: 62,769
Favorites: 1,006
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Drift peacefully into Neo Venezia, a city on the planet Aqua (formerly known as Mars). By the 24th century, humans have found a way to colonize the previously uninhabitable planet. As futuristic as that sounds, Neo Venezia is still teeming with rustic beauty; gondolas on wide canals and waterways are the main mode of transportation. The city itself is a faithful replication of Manhome's (the planet formerly known as Earth) Venice.

To make sure that residents and tourists alike get the most from Neo Venezia's many wonders, companies offering guided tours via gondola were formed, one of which is named Aria Company.

This is the workplace of Akari Mizunashi, a free spirited teenager from Manhome who is now a novice Undine (the title given to tour guides). Join Akari as she becomes intimately acquainted with other Undine, tourists, Neo Venezia's residents, and even the city itself, learning many valuable life lessons along the way, such as the wonderful truth that there are such things as manmade miracles.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Mizunashi, Akari
Mizunashi, Akari
Hazuki, Erino
Hazuki, Erino
Carroll, Alice
Carroll, Alice
Hirohashi, Ryou
Hirohashi, Ryou
Florence, Alicia
Florence, Alicia
Ohara, Sayaka
Ohara, Sayaka
Granzchesta, Aika S.
Granzchesta, Aika S.
Saito, Chiwa
Saito, Chiwa


Sato, Junichi
Sato, Junichi
Director, Sound Director, Storyboard, Screenplay, Series Composition
Gotou, Keiji
Gotou, Keiji
Episode Director, Key Animation
Fuseki, Kazunobu
Fuseki, Kazunobu
Episode Director, Storyboard, Assistant Director
Yoshida, Reiko
Yoshida, Reiko

More episodes Episodes(13/13)

# Episode Title Aired
1 That Wonderful Miracle...
Sono Suteki na Kiseki wo... (その 素敵な奇跡を...)
Oct 6, 2005
2 On That Special Day...
Sono Tokubetsu na Hi ni... (その 特別な日に...)
Oct 13, 2005
3 With That Transparent Young Girl...
Sono Toumei na Shoujo to... (その 透明な少女と...)
Oct 20, 2005
4 That Undeliverable Letter...
Sono Todokanai Tegami wa... (その 届かない手紙は...)
Oct 27, 2005
5 To That Island Which Shouldn't Exist...
Sono Aru Hazu no Nai Shima e... (その あるはずのない島へ...)
Nov 3, 2005

Opening Theme

"Undine (ウンディーネ)" by Makino Yui

Ending Theme

"Rainbow" by ROUND TABLE feat. Nino

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Nov 24, 2015
Slice of life anime are difficult to represent to audiences in an entertaining manner without being a boring spectacle; that's why most of these have dramatic or romantic elements, or a lot of fanservice in them in order to be appealing to the viewer. But then there is Aria: The Animation, a slice of life in its purest form, that proves that such type of anime doesn't need any of the above to be succesful. Having dived in without any expectations whatsoever, I was pleasantly surprised: it was proven how wonderful and relaxing such a simple anime can be.


The premise of Aria: The Animation is read more
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Jan 3, 2008
I'm quite surprised that no one's actually written a review for this yet.

I have to admit that I wasn't sure what to expect from this show. The synopsis didn't really give any clues as to what I should expect, and that is probably the best thing about it - it isn't quite what you expect.

The story takes place on what used to be Mars (the first thing I didn't expect), in a place called Neo-Venzia (New Venice), and is about a girl training to be an Undine (the story uses the term to refer to a female gondolier rather than a water spirit). The read more
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Apr 25, 2015
We all live in a very fast paced world. To us humans, time is everything, and every second used is a second that can be used to be more "productive" or "better". Because of this, we become creatures of habit, living cogs that let life fly by us without a moment's thought. We don't really take time to enjoy the smaller things in life, to just sit down, relax, and take in the finer things that can go unnoticed. It is here where we have Aria the Animation, a gem from 2005, and the beginning of the whole Aria series. read more
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Aug 29, 2015
(This is a spoiler-free review adapted for this site)

[Synopsis]: In the city of Neo-Venezia on the planet Aqua, once known as Mars before being terraformed, Mizunashi Akari (Hazuki, Erino) works as an Undine under the Aria Company – a professional gondolier who ferries the citizens of Neo-Venezia as well as tourists through the city’s many waterways. Though only a fledgling Undine, Akari and her friends Aika (Saito, Chiwa) and Alice (Hirohashi, Ryou) have high aspirations of one day becoming as accomplished as their respective teachers, known as the Three Water Fairies of Neo-Venezia. Aria follows Akari and her friend’s progress as Undines and their heartfelt read more
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Both Tamayura and Aria are cute, slow paced slice of life animes. They're both about a group of girls doing their everyday things, if you like slice of life these are excellent for you.
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