English: Aria the Animation
Japanese: ARIA The ANIMATION
Oct 6, 2005 to Dec 29, 2005
Thursdays at 01:30 (JST)
24 min. per ep.
G - All Ages
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SynopsisDrift 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
Director, Sound Director, Storyboard, Series Composition, Screenplay
Episode Director, Key Animation
Episode Director, Storyboard, Assistant Director
Opening Theme"Undine (ウンディーネ)" by Yui Makino
Ending Theme"Rainbow" by ROUND TABLE feat. Nino
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 story itself isn't linear in any way, as each episode is a story in it's own right. Normally this is a recipe for disaster in the anime world, but it works in this show - I'll explain why in a bit.
The art and animation are of a very high standard, and the city and it's surroundings are beautifully rendered - and you will see a lot of the city in this show. The characters are very well depicted, even when they show their chibi side, and the best bit is there's not a panty shot in sight - hooray!
The sound is one area where this show excels. Everything is there if you listen, from the sound of the waves to the hubbub of of a crowd. The music is ideally suited to the show and, unlike many anime, actually heightens the viewing experience.
The characters are extremely well realised. I can't think of one character I actually disliked in the entire show. One of the things I liked about the show was how each character actually fits into the story, and the world in which they exist - even the cats have a purpose. One of the other things I liked was the use of fairytale and mythological creatures in the show. The females gondoliers are referred to as Undines, with the top three being called the Great Fairies. The weather is controlled by salamanders, the gravity is controlled by gnomes, etc. One thing that puzzled me was why the female characters names begin with A (except Grandma, however her real name is Akino), but that's by-the-by.
So the important question is: Will you enjoy the show?
If you're an action junkie, or into horror or angst, then this is not the show for you (although it never hurts to give it a try). This show is funny and quirky in many ways, without going over the top, but the one word I would use to describe the show is RELAX. It took me two weeks to finish this show and it's sequel (which is a long time for me by the way), and this is because this show is so relaxing that I was falling asleep whilst watching it. Normally it takes a lot for me to fall asleep, and even boredom doesn't work, but somehow this show just relaxes you to the point where you just drift off to dreamland without a second thought, and never once was I bored with this show.
Overall this is a show that deserves to be watched, as it has a unique appeal that the like's of Sketchbook ~full colour'S~ and Kokoro Toshokan just can't quite match up to. The reason why the non-linear story works well in this show is because it's so relaxing that you honestly just don't care about the fact there's no real plot - which is a rather refreshing perspective to have.
The best way to watch the show? Have a shower, have a good meal, get comfortable, and relax... read more
I stumbled upon Aria years ago when reading a review about the manga and made a mental note to check it out later. Positively drawn in by Kozue Amano's original work, I soon picked up the anime as well. For a reason I still can't recall I dropped the show nearly three years ago, and it wasn't until just recently that I finished what I started back then. And though not much had changed for either better or worse from what I remembered, I'm glad I did so.
Aria the Animation is not for you, who prefers a clear cut and classically constructed storyline that moves from point A to point B with some key events in between. Aria the Animation is not for you, who requires relentless action and constant fast-paced happenings from their anime. And most certainly Aria the Animation is not for you, who finds little to no enjoyment in just sitting back and watching as a close-knit group of girls, not in their bra and panties with guns ablaze, but with their gondolas and oars go through ordinary day-to-day activities instead of epic adventures and intense situations.
But on the good chance you are the type to approach your anime with an open mind and the patience to watch and see the magic in the moment, you are likely to find the company of Akari, Aika, Alice, and the rest of the undines and undines-in-training much to your liking. Because that's what Aria the Animation is ultimately about: a journey to uncover the joy of the obvious, the excitement behind the mundane, and the possibilities underneath the sorrows.
These scenarios are played out to us by a cast of characters who depict a variety of different personalities. Akari is the naive amateur who treats all she experiences with childlike wonder; through her most of the show's message is brought across to the viewer. . Aika is her best friend and almost her exact opposite: no-nonsense and feet firmly on the ground-kind of girl who constantly berates Akari for her dreamy ways. And Alicia is their mentor and the big sister-type of character, who's there to provide insight and help the juniors along the way. They're surrounded by a pack of friends who similarly have their quirks and qualities defining them and making their role contributing to what the creator is trying to tell us.
You're right if you argue that the story is boring and seemingly pointless at times. Saying the characters being archetypes of their respective personalities (and almost exclusively female as well!) is cliche and overused is valid. Complaining that having cats as business company presidents is just plain stupid and ridiculous is justified.
But as one who no doubt has already seen quite a bit of anime in their life, you have for sure come across these common failings before. And in case you've reached the point of having made peace with them, or feel like challenging yourself to do so, Aria the Animation may prove to be an eye-opening experience for you that anime can be good even if no heavens are pierced. read more
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 of simple nature: Akari Mizunashi, a teenager who moved from Manhome to the planet Aqua (formerly known as Mars), joins the Aria Company to become a professional Undine - or a professional tour guide - in Neo Venezia, a flawless presentation of Venezia itself. This may seem as something totally uninteresting, learning how to become a undine, yet while it certainly is an aspect of importance, its main focus lies in the interactions with the people in the city, in addition to world building of the location.
Another interesting aspect is the fact that it is a planet covered in water and while it gives the impression at first of being a simplistic and somewhat regressed humanity technologically wise, it is for the matter not: it is mixed with futuristic vehicles and devices such as gigantic airships, or flying machinery, whereas everyday tools are simple, which gives the viewer a feeling of attachment to the setting itself, as this may be something that would happen in the near future. Now it must be said that not much of the world and how it came to be is revealed, which will maybe be done in the sequels.
As mentioned earlier, the story focuses on the different interactions with the people of Neo Venezia, and naturally fellow apprentice undines, as well as professional ones. It doesn't stop there: world building is done through the different, but intricate people of the city necessary to maintain a working society. Audiences may think that this anime has the approach of "cute girls doing cute things", yet with Aria it doesn't give this impression at all: they're just humans living their everyday life. These interactions are truly fascinating and heartwarming to watch, as it is in addition very relaxing as it also represents the ups and down life has.
The cast of characters in Aria: The Animation is not big, and is by no means necessary; in fact, it fits well with the story to have a better and more realistic fleshing out of a handful of characters, than to have an excess of those. It must be mentioned that the fleshing out is limited and nothing outstanding, as well as character development itself. The characters are simple and have distinct personalities, that fits well with the setting and different relationships between the characters.
What however stands out in Aria are the character interactions: these are very well presented, in a realistic and soothing manner. These are heartwarming and varied, nothing overly dramatic, which relay simple messages as enjoyment of the simple things of life, or realization of your own flaws through your environment and relationships with the characters. Which leads to other great aspect of the anime: the females are in no way sexualized, which is a huge plus to the anime.
Other aspect that was really soothing and amusing to watch were said interactions: these were often witty and funny that managed to make me smile, and sometimes even blurt out quite often, which was something unexpected. These can be in addition quite emotional as well, as viewers observe how some of the characters are affected by their environment. What also struck me was the fact that the anime didn't seem to focus on Akari, rather her friends and companions as well.
~Animation and sound~
The animation of Aria: The Animation (ha, animation) was well done, character movements being fluid, at times even being surprisingly well done. The art style itself is average, but fulfills its purpose well, having distinct character design and well drawn backgrounds that represented well the world and atmosphere the anime was trying to convey to the viewer. Another bonus is the smooth transition between the introduction and opening of the show, as well as the ending: it never felt an abrupt change.
What however really stands out is the soundtrack used: besides the wonderful opening and ending songs that matched well with the story, were the individual OST's used. These were particularly of high quality to what the show was trying to convey, in addition to not being overused throughout the show. The voice actors performed their role well, matching well with the personalities of the characters and was relaxing to listen at.
What I initially thought to be a boring show about Venezia and how to become a undine, proved to be so much more interesting and relaxing than ever expected. The narrative and interactions with the characters, the humor and wonderful OST did a fantastic job to have a wonderful experience. The fact that it was no "cute girls doing cute things" type of show, in addition to females not being sexualized in any manner, was a huge bonus to the show. It certainly lacked in character development and having any type of story which I usually am no fan of, however the story set out what it meant to do.
Some may wonder why I only gave it a score of only 8 despite all the positive things I mentioned in the review: this is mainly because nothing really happens, it is purely oriented on slice of life with no goal apparent. World building was a bit lackluster as well. I could recommend to anyone with an interest in the slice of life genre, just don't expect anything groundbreaking.
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Aria the Animation is not an anime for everybody. It's perceived as boring to many people, which is understandable. There is little action here and the plot is somewhat slow and aimless. There's also little moe compared to other slice-of-life anime. I should also mention as this IS set in a utopian society, there won’t be nearly as many sad emotions as happy ones, so those looking for a realistic anime should also not expect to find it here; Aria is blissful if nothing else. However, if you are in the mood to watch something relaxing and heartwarming, Aria the Animation would be a perfect choice.
The setting takes place in the Utopian society of Neo Venezia, in the planet of Aqua, a terraformed planet filled with water. Though it does take place in the future and is classified as “sci-fi,” Neo-Venezia often feels like more of a past, halycon world. It centers on Akari and her friends Aika and Alice as they set out on their journey in becoming prima-undines, the greatest undines (or tour guides) in the region.
The overall plot is not linear though trio do have a goal in mind (becoming prima-undines), it is not the prime focus of the anime. Rather, each episode is its own adventure, and by this I do not mean the kind of adventure like a hero’s quest to slay the evil dragon. Instead, it is the adventure of Akari discovering the wonders of Neo-Venezia that are yet to be found. She meets new friends and experiences the many joys of friendship and the love of those close to her. Through its loveable characters and serene and idyllic environment, Aria the Animation manages to transform things usually mundane and perfunctory into something heartwarming and beautiful. Each episode leaves behind a warm, fuzzy (and inexplicable) feeling in your heart. Some also leave a hint of sadness as the trio realize that their lives currently filled with euphoria will not last forever.
The characters in Aria the Animation are all likeable and fit perfectly in the anime, adding to its lovely atmosphere. All the characters start their name with “A,” though I’m not entirely sure why. Though the characters are likeable, they lack relative depth (and little character development) and stick to their portrayed characters (to some people, to a repetitive extent). However, I feel as if this isn’t too bad of a thing, as Aria the Animation stands out for its simplicity and the characters add to that unique trait.
The art in Aria the Animation was captivating, and was a considerable factor in what made Aria the Animation’s atmosphere so magnificent. The portrayals of the city and background were beautiful throughout. The amount of detail was consistently impressive, which is paramount to creating the impression that Neo-Venezia is a real place. In fact, the team in charge of creating Aria and its art traveled to Venice in order to create the most accurate depiction as possible; needless to say, they succeeded. Though there were some chibis here and there, the characters were generally nicely designed. And praise the lord, no moe in sight.
A little downside to Aria’s art is that it’s not in high definition (at least not yet, perhaps the Blu-Ray will change that). And while this lack of video quality is limiting, it never prevents Aria from creating the vivid landscapes and magnificent spectacles that Aria is well known for.
The soundtrack was amazing as well, and it blends well with the anime. The background music added to certain scenes helped maximize its effect to the fullest extent, and each piece of the OST was aesthetically astounding. The sound is one of the most astounding parts of the anime, and are of utmost importance in creating its atmosphere. The OP and ED were just some of the amazing songs, and after finishing Aria the Animation I would recommend checking out the rest of the album as well. “Rainbow,” in particular, is one of my favorite songs I have ever encountered in any anime.
The setting of Neo-Venezia itself plays a fundamental role in Aria. As previously mentioned, the detail of the surrounding environment bring life to the picture, and the decoration of buildings and scenery in the background bring Neo-Venezia a sense of place. One of Akari’s greatest joys is learning more about the wonders of Neo-Venezia. As the audience, we follow her in her quest of knowledge, as we visit new places and meet new people throughout the episodes, we begin putting together the picture of Neo-Venezia. By the end of the trilogy, Neo-Venezia is nothing short of a fully fleshed-out world, leaving behind a certain touch of sadness as we experience the dreamy world one last time.
Above all else, it is through its atmosphere that Aria works its magic. The result of a perfect combination of the plot, the setting, and the audiovisuals, the atmosphere of Aria makes it what it is. Aria is almost always cheerful and uplifting, warming the heart to its very core. Yet it is also calm and relaxing, evoking a sense of tranquility. This atmosphere is the inner core of Aria, but it is also what makes it a hit or miss series. You really have to “feel” the atmosphere of Aria to enjoy it, and as this is the case, Aria often comes off as soporific to those who don't feel the same.
Aria the Animation was an amazing anime, and I greatly enjoyed it. I recommend it to those who enjoyed Mushishi, Natsume Yuujinchou, Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou or any slice of life fanatic. With its lovely character crew, stunning audiovisuals, and blissful and relaxed atmosphere, Aria the Animation gives you a feeling of contentment and tranquility.
As I said before, don't expect to be at the edge of your seat in every episode, because you won't be. Rather, sit back and relax, as you slowly drift into the world of Neo-Venezia...
I decided to end this review with a song that, while trite, I felt encapsulated Aria:
"Row, row, row your boat,
gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
life is but a dream!"
Aria and Sketchbook share the slice of life genre. The pace of these two is incredibly slow and they are both very good, especially after a tiring day at work. I also noticed that cats play quite a big role in both of these. Even the company who animated these two is the same. The only major difference between these two would be the sci-fi found in Aria.
Both anime are set in a slow moving life, and give a different perspective about the life from what are generally used too.
Both are slice of life anime with a very laid back and relaxing feeling and any Makino Yui fans should definitely check these out, she sings the OP in every Aria season and she sings the ED in Sketchbook.
Sketchbook ~full color'S~ was animated by the same company (Hal Film Maker) and shares several of the major creative staff, although the original mangaka are different. There's even a blatant, very hard to miss President Aria reference in the first episode.
Aside from that, though, both shows are similar styles of slice-of-life (iyashi-kei, to be precice), with Sketchbook slightly more comedic than Aria, and Aria slightly more sentimental than Sketchbook.
Firstly, both have the same creator as can be seen on the last episode of sketchbook. Both have a slow moving paste and is relaxing too watch, not too mention the overdose of cats on boths shows. The main character also is a little dense in both sides and lastly, they are both excellent Slice of Lifes.
The are both created by the same animation company and producers. ARIA is like Sketchbook in Venice, with gondolas and beautiful back-drops.
Awesome, slow-paced slice of life anime with a lot of nice jokes.
Needless to say they both are favourites of mine.
Very similar in atmosphere. Must-see for the fans of either.
Slow-paced and relaxing slice-of-life anime about girls who enjoy life for its simple things. Also cats, lots of cats.
Both have a calm, relaxing atmosphere. The only difference is the setting.
Beautiful art, a decorative town with a deep history, a young, eager girl and don't forget some soothing, wonderful music.
Slow paced series about girls learning to do something (sora: playing trumpet, aria: operating a gondola) in a fictional, fantastical setting. Both have an emphasis on that setting as well as quiet interactions between the main characters.
The visual art and the music reminded me so much of Aria's atmosphere. Enthralling.
Both take place in futuristic versions of modern day cities. The main characters are learning something from their seniors and some characters are kind of alike. Also, there are very few male characters, who are not extras, in both series.
Plotwise: Both shows are about a main character being trained by a superior, and her interactions with the new world around her.
Characters: Both are primarily female casts, and every character in Sora No Woto bears a resemblance to a character in Aria. Also, where Aria has cats, Sora No Woto has an owl.
Setting: Both take place in imaginary worlds around cities where the people and land has a rich history and traditions. The difference here is that Sora No Woto has a wartime setting, where Aria does not.
Artwork: Beautiful backgrounds and landscapes, stunning visuals all-around.
Slice of life set in a sci-fi, future setting. Both series play off their own worlds very well, with a strong focus on interactions between the main character and the main setting of the anime. The characters also share some similarities, the most notable being Kanata & Akari and Filicia & Alicia.
They both give off very similar vibes, and if you liked one you'll probably like the other.
Aria the Animation is about a group of young female gondoliers learning with their seniors and generally having a good time with each other in a slice of life, futuristic setting.
Sora no Woto is about a group of young female soldiers learning with their seniors and generally having a good time with each other in a slice of life, futuristic setting.
There are heavy sci-fi implications on both shows' universes, but these seem to be secondary, and almost overlooked. Both stories focus more on the girls learning about their worlds, their trade, themselves and each other, while exploring and interacting with their surroundings. There's drama, but not necessarily conflict. Both shows provide the viewer with slow pacing, relaxing music, beautiful scenery, lighthearted comedy, interpersonal relationships, character development, warm fuzzies and the occasional sappy line.
The characters are almost a direct match to each other:
Akari/Kanata - they're both pure-hearted main characters, rather awkward about their skills, very friendly to everyone they meet, easily excited about new things and very prone to sappy lines. They both say "suteki" a lot.
Aika/Kureha - they're both bratty tsundere types, very perfectionist and quick to point out other people's flaws. They constantly act like know-it-alls, though deep inside they're just insecure and eager to please and impress their seniors.
Alice&Athena/Noël - Noël is the quiet, reserved and serious type, like Alice, but she can resemble Athena a lot in carelessness when she's tired. She seems to be naturally talented at what she does, using her impressive skills with little effort.
Akira/Rio - they're both "cool big sister" types who try to enforce strict discipline, though beneath their assertive attitude they care deeply about their juniors. They both confide and share a deep bond with Alicia/Filicia, who are closer to them in age and maturity.
Alicia/Filicia - for crying out loud, not only are they a complete clone in appearance and personality, they also talk in similar fashion and even share the same quirks. Even their names are remarkably similar. And they're both #1 ranking in their groups.
In Aria they have cats, which act as mascots and represent each company's president.
In Sora no Woto they have a owl, which acts as a mascot and represents their organization logo.
Having watched Aria first, and considering the chronological order, I suppose I can say that Sora no Woto is by far the closest thing to Aria I've seen so far. The major difference is that Sora no Woto might occasionally address some disturbing war related themes, which are completely absent from the slightly more lighthearted and optimistic Aria universe. But even these, while expected in a war setting anime, are actually very rare.
Also, in Sora no Woto, embarrassing remarks seem to be allowed! ^^
Both series have fantastic element involvement yet at the same time are a piece of life shows.
The main cast are females and in both series the main character is going through training. The bigges part of attention is upon interection between main character and the world around.
The only real difference would be the fact that Sora No Woto is more dramatic and action based towards the end.
Both anime produce a peaceful environment. In Aria it depicted peaceful and soothing lives in neo venezia and in Sora no Woto it brought out gentleness of sound in a lonely corner of the world.
A slow and gentle progression, showing a different world, the different people that live there and their various occupations, while the involved characters grow and learn about life.
Mainly, the atmosphere of both 'Haibane Renmei' and the 'Aria' series is extremely similar for their overwhelming calmness. Also, the plot of both are somewhat similar in that both characters are in a certain type of organization and are striving to become a 'useful' member of that organization.
If you liked Haibane Renmei, then there is a 90% chance that you'll love the Aria series
(In my case, it was so ^_^)
These two slice of life animes are similar in the calm atmosphere both have
The characters kindness and in some way the peaceful worlds are also something alike
While Haibane is more melancholic, Aria is more effusive. However, in both series you get a warm feeling in every episode
Its a very soft anime. It's about enjoying life, I think. I also recommend the manga.
Haibane Renmei and Aria are both rather slow-paced "iyashikei" (healing) slice-of-life shows with a hint of melancholy that concentrate more on relaxing the viewer instead of trying to make them laugh.
+ Calm slice of life anime about a group of six girls working, living together, and helping people
+ The main character is the newest to join the group
- Haibane Renmei has much more drama and much eerier atmosphere
- Aria is about gondoliers and Haibane Renmei are about people who are similar to angels
Slice of life with high fantasy setting. Full of adorable and lovely girls but very minimal "fansevice". The difference is Aria has soothing atmosphere while Haibane later has darker themes with overarcing plot.
Both are slow-paced, easy going anime with a loveable and calm lead character.
Both have a slow pace and focus on the daily lives of regular people in a semi-realistic sci-fi world.
Great enigma aura.
Transient existance of human civilisation and human beings in Big Mystery Universe.
Slice of life in fantastic future world.
Drama plot is covered by comedy / adventure plot.
Many hidden facts about the world that are meant but not said directly.
Beautiful nature and music.
Girls as main characters.
YKK is more concentrated on mystery while Aria have more slice of life & kawaii.
Plot in Aria is much more slow paced.
However, the world in both animes looks stationary at the same rate.
Feels like the same atmosphere, soft, laid-back. Yokohama is more homey feeling, whereas aria feels futuristic
Aria is somewhat faster paced, more beautiful, has backgroud music (that will enhance the atmosphere).
Both series are supposed to give you the same feeling, however Aria is superior in every aspect.
These anime feature friendly, sentimental, and cute main characters in futuristic settings. There are a lot of shots of scenery in each, and the main characters both aim to make nice memories and see the beauty in life. The main similarity between these shows is the calm, nostalgic, and almost melancholic feel.
Main characters of those series work hard every day in their respective professions.
Alpha is working hard in the case, so when her owner returns, he would be proud of her.
Akari is training every day to became Prima Undine in Neo-Venezia.
Both series are calm and relaxing with no fast-paced action or drama. After completing them you would yearn for more.
If you watched and liked one of those, you would definitely like the other one.
The atmosphere, the background music, and more!
Very mundane slice of life series. If you are looking for relaxing and soothing atmosphere with genuinely innocent characters, these are the series for you. Heartwarming storytelling and scenic premise are both strong points of the series. Whether in Aqua or Paris, the daily discoveries of the characters and the magical relationships that they build are key to making these type of series enjoyable. Perfect after a long day of work and before sleep.
While neither are plot driven anime, both Aria and Croisee focus on aspects of life that we don't often take into consideration, giving a "magical" feeling about exploring the respective cities that they live in.
Both slice of life, following a girl, telling a story picturing a wonderful place dear to them
Extremely similar, both are very relaxing and have very cute characters.
Ikoku Meiro no Croisée and Aria the Animation shares an atmosphere that is not only similar but also brings a pleasant experience with its serene atmosphere. The characters are defined with innocence. The atmosphere is naturalistic. The slice of life experience is well presented that will make viewers feel as if they were there. Discoveries formulates the progressive movement of both series' story while maintaining a balance of its themes all the way through to paint memories you won't forget.
Aria the Animation & Ikoku Meiro no Croisee share a similar atmospheric feel that is fervently heartwarming and are pinnacle representations of innocence personified. Aria cools with its bright oceanic colours placed in an another-worldly representation of Venice, whilst Ikoku Meiro no Croisee spoils its viewer to a wonderfully subdued and layed back environment of royal early 19th century France. Both series build a haven of warmth that is comforting and beautiful to experience.
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.
These shows also have same director, Junichi Satou, wich might be the reason for the similar feeling they have.
Aria the Animation has just a bit some fantasy & sci-fi shades, when Tamayura is slightly more realistic, but both of these are really enjoyable and relaxing shows, so if you liked the other the other might be just perfect for you.
-Both anime's moods, animation, and flow of the story/plot are very lighthearted.
-Both are slow-paced and centered around Slice of Life over Comedy.
-Both have the calming quality.
Aria and Tamayura both have a nack of just making you feel better about living. Both series are slower paced but have characters and stories that will make you glued to the screen. All the characters are very much likable. As a result, both series make you feel for the characters, through their ups and downs.
These two are one of those series where you wonder why isn't my life like this?! Both excellent series. Tamayura should follow Aria, however, and air again in more seasons.
Tamayura: Hitotose and Aria the Animation are slice of life series with a slow pace but colorful cast of characters.
The flow of both series is well balanced with comedy, drama, and some emotional scenes. Each episode stands on its own but presents a new style of presentation every time.
The main female protagonist starts off fresh as a newcomer but gains experience with life and with others as each day rolls by.
The director Junichi Sato is involved with both series so expect a similar style in terms of delivery and writing. All in all, Tamayura and Aria the Animation offers a tale of life that will lure you in with its unique elements.
Both are about the girl protagonist who moved to a new and fresh place (Aria - Aqua, Tamayura - childhood town), with a certain goal in mind in which their jobs/hobbies reflect on it. Plus, a group of girls hanging around each other as they do various things.
The pure side of the slice of life genre, both shows are episodic "Iyashikei" (meaning healing), in which they both convey a soothing effect to the audience (same director makes all the more reason why). They are very slow paced and despite nothing much happening in either, time flies by really steadily when you're into the shows' atmosphere and aura.
Their healing effect makes both shows give a very similar and comfortable vibe, although Aria focuses much more on the Iyashikei effect than Tamayura, and has a very different setting (it is on another planet after all). If you really enjoyed Aria for the soothing relaxation, I'm sure Tamayura is a cute addition.
Tamayura and Aria are both great examples of the iyashikei genre of slice-of-life anime,meaning that they try to relax the viewer instead of making them laugh like most other slice-of-life shows. They are both directed by the same guy, Junichi Sato I believe his name is, and they both star a group of girls as they go around through their everyday lives. Aria does have a sort of sci-fi/fantasy setting while Tamayura has a realistic setting, but besides that they're pretty similiar.
The main heroines of those series starts and ends each day with commentary about how wonderful and miraculous the life could be.
The story is slow paced, with very little action, and has occasional humorous scenes based mostly on characters reactions.
If you liked one for relaxing aspects, you would like the other too.
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Top 20 Cute Anime Cats
Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur... Who doesn't love cats? The adorable little trouble makers make great companions. Not only are they cute in real life, but anime also has a wide variety of lovable kitties! Here's a list featuring the top ten cutest cats in anime! Super kawaii!