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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Opening Theme"Undine (ウンディーネ)" by Makino Yui
Ending Theme"Rainbow" by ROUND TABLE feat. Nino
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, yet was easily forgiven as it set out what it meant to do. I could recommend to anyone with an interest in the slice of life genre, just don't expect anything groundbreaking.
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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
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.
Author's note: If I write down any sappy lines, I'm sorry. It's just hard not to do that for this series.
Story (8.00/10): Aria the Animation takes place in the world known as Aqua, an alien planet settled and created by humans as a sort of "second planet" in order to satisfy the human population. It is here on this newly created blue planet where we have Akari, our protagonist in this series, settle down on the new planet in a city named Neo-Venezia, a city built based on the city of Venice in Italy. Here, she learns how to be a Prima Undine, a gondola driver, as she begins her life on this new and peaceful world.
The story of Aria is a very simplistic story, focusing more on the day to day lives of the characters here on the planet of Aqua, mainly the lives of three specific girls, as they train themselves to be Prima Undine. For any given episode, the characters in the series essentially live their lives on this planet, not really doing much else aside from dealing with the trials and tribulations that lives throw at us.
From the storyline of the series, it's quite clear that Aria is not really a series that deals with conflicts as heavily as many series these days do. The tone of the show is calming, serene, and overall, less dramatic than your average anime. With the whole of its runtime, the show never tries to deviate from its relaxing tone. As a result, the overall feel of the show is very unique because as you're watching it, you never really get the sense that anything dramatic will happen. Now, with zero conflicts, does that mean that this show is bad? Quite the opposite in fact.
The show tackles the smaller things in life. Throughout the whole show, we are presented with scenes of the characters doing what people generally do in life. Spend time with friends, doing chores, eating a meal, and even going on an outing; stuff that you would normally see in any given slice of life show. However, Aria takes this idea one sep further. Aside from just seeing that characters experience these moments in life, it also takes them into account, putting them in retrospect to one's own life, affirming how we as people can miss the finer details, the smaller experiences that we sometimes fail to see.
In addition to that, the show does a decent job at world building. Rather than just letting the setting of a different world be just a stated fact, Aria the Animation adds in to that by spending a good chunk of its runtime explaining the world's history, tying that into its life affirming story, making the two work in conjunction to make the story a lot more cohesive and adds to the experience.
With all these good points, what is there to be said badly about this series? Well, more or less, it's the calming atmosphere that the story has. Because this show is quite slow and doesn't possess any lingering conflicts, Aria can at times be rather boring. (I found this to be the case at times.) It's not that the show itself is bad, it's just that watching something so slow can leave someone to be desiring a little bit more. Of course, that's not true for everyone, but personally, I couldn't watch more than a couple episodes at a time simply because of how I sort of lost interest sometimes.
Regardless of that side effect of Aria's wonderfully calming atmosphere, the story of Aria is still very exceptional. It puts the things in life that we sometimes forget, forward, giving the audience a feeling of appreciation of things that we may often forget.
+ Some World building
+ Very calming show
+ Fantastic themes
- Calming factor can leave some people bored (To combat this, I suggest watching 2-3 episodes at one time rather than marathoning.)
Characters (7.99/10): Similar to its story, Aria the Animation doesn't have very complicated characters, each of which really following their own certain characteristics and never really deviating from the traits that they were given at time.
First we have Akari Muzunashi, the "main protagonist" of this series. As the only apprentice in the Aria Company, Akari plays off as a very simple girl, wanting only to enjoy the time that she has on Aqua, frequently throwing out "sappy lines" in order to express her gratitude or overall enjoyment of the time that she spends with the people that she's grown to know in her time in Aqua. Akari also plays a very crucial role in this series by writing these letters at the end of every episode, essentially writing down any given episode's important takeaway, bolstering the things that the episode is talking about. It is because of this specifically that I think Aria excels at what it does, because the things that it talks about can really be an eye opener at times.
Then we have Aika Granzchesta, a Single from the Hime Company, a different gondola company that rivals the Aria Company. Being the girl that is somewhat more outgoing than the other two, being very proud of her own abilities, Aika is the second girl in the series you meet with her classic line of "No sappy lines" (or any other variation of that phrase.) In addition, to round out the trio of girls in this series, is Alice, a Pair from the Orange Planet company, (And no, she does not belong to a pest-control agency.) acting as the youngest of the trio, working to hone her abilities as well as spending time with her senpais from the other companies.
Apart from these main three girls in this series, we also have their instructors Alicia, Akira, and Athena, who serve similar roles to their apprentice counterparts, as well as the three feline company presidents. In addition, there are side characters that appear every once in a while, filling in the gaps to make the series feel more populated and overall more enjoyable as you see the personalities of all the characters come together and just live life.
Overall, the characters themselves aren't really that complicated. Like general slice of life, the traits that they are given at the start of their appearances persist with them throughout the whole of the series, with slight growth every now and then to show progression. Above all, what I think is most interesting is that these characters are very memorable. They're not very complicated, but even if they don't show up for a while, the characters that you meet aren't really that easily forgettable, which I find to be a plus for the series.
+ Very simple characters that are easily memorable
+ Good character dynamics
+ Good side characters
- Mostly one note characters in a sense
Art and Sound (8.08/10 and 8.78/10): The art for Aria the Animation itself is honestly a surprise to me. Because of its age (being that it's a 2005 anime), I had originally thought that the artstyle wouldn't stack up and would be less graphically well done as the anime that we see as of now. But I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was rather well animated. T
The artstyle reflects the feeling you get from the anime of serenity and calmness. There are no horrendously bright colors, there isn't any dark brooding colors, and there is certainly no ecchi. Aria's artsyle itself is very classic, being an individual looking style of animation that is bother memorable and very well made for its time. (Like seriously. I saw things in 2014 that looked worse than Aria.) It's a very simple style of animation with enough detail to make the city of Neo-Venezia look beautiful, and it just simply...works.
In addition, for comedic feel, every one of the main characters has a "second face", where they all have a specific expression that they make whenever they want their audience to bust a funny. (Just a detail that I found to be quite amusing.)
As for the soundtrack, Aria boasts a very well made OST that reflects the feel of the series. In addition to having "Undine" and "Rainbow" as the OP and ED respectively, the series has a very calming and beautifully crafted soundtrack that adds to the calm feeling of this series. As for the OP and ED, Undine, its opening, is a very calm and serene peace that I bet can calm any spirit, sounding like flowing spring water as it wafts through your ears, cleansing you of any hardships that you may be experiencing. As for Rainbow, its ED, it showcases a very cheerful and bouncy feel that is very upbeat and enjoyable to listen to. Overall, this soundtrack is beautiful, a masterpiece that is timeless.
+ Very good animation for its time period
+ Very classic looking artstyle
+ Exceptional soundtrack
Personal Enjoyment (9.00/10): When I first heard about Aria the animation, I was always puzzled why it was so popular, and why it was so revered as a classic. After some time, I decided to watch it, and boy, am I happy I did. The themes of the series were very well delivered, and I couldn't stop wearing a smile on my face when I was watching it. (Above all, I listened to the OP and ED every time. That doesn't happen very often.)
Did I like this anime?
Yes. A very big yes. Aria showcased something that anime for me has been lacking for a while; a simple story that is at the same time, very powerful. Coupled with the beautiful soundtrack, the great animation, and some pretty memorable characters, there was hardly anything about this series that I didn't enjoy.
What didn't I like about this anime?
The only thing I didn't like was how at times, I admit, I felt kind of bored watching this series. With its lack of conflict, Aria's peaceful tone can sometimes be overwhelming. As a result, marathoning this show can be difficult for some. Apart from that, I have no complaints.
Would I recommend this anime?
After finally watching the legendary Aria the Animation, yes, I would recommend people to watch this series. Contrary to anime today, there is no fanservice, it's deep without needing any drama/melodrama, it's a simple story that doesn't poke itself into any other genre aside from Slice-of-life, and above all, it is considered to be a classic. This show is an instant cheer-up, and to this day, is still a very revered series. So, if you haven't watched this series, I highly recommend you do. It's an experience that you won't want to forget.
Overall Score: 8.35/10 (I'm sorry if there were any sappy lines. I can't help it! :S ) read more
(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 interactions with the people of Aqua.
Mizunashi Akari, the protagonist of the show, through her characterization sets the tone for Aria quite well. She’s highly optimistic, friendly, and cheerful all of which go closely hand-in-hand with attitude of the show. Her ability to find joy in the mundane speaks most chiefly to one of Aria’s primary messages as well as the show’s laid back, slice of life nature. Akari’s correspondence with her friend Ai back on Manhome, previously known as Earth, serves as a useful framework to deliver thematic sentiments at the beginning and end of each episode as well as allow the show to clue in the viewer to certain jargon and in-world terms such as Sylphs, Gnomes, and Salamanders without addressing them directly, allowing the information to present itself naturally within the dialogue of the show. Akari’s sentimental and caring nature makes her the perfect character with which to explore the world of Aqua as her own personality and thoughts reflect so closely to what the show tries to accomplish.
Granzchesta Aika, an Undine employed under the Himeya company and Akari’s close friend, serves a few purposes within the show. Her catchphrases and sharp remarks are the source of a good deal of the show’s comedy as well as Akari’s comical reactions. Additionally, Aika, similar to Alice, is perhaps the more passionate of the three in regards to her job as an Undine – though they all aspire to one day be like their teachers, Aika vocally strives to be the best Undine possible though her work ethic and overall attitude may not reflect this trait. As opposed to Akari she felt somewhat under-investigated as as character with only a handful of notable traits and so I can only imagine she will be fleshed out in the future.
The last of the main trio of apprentice Undines is Carroll Alice. Though she starts with a slight complication concerning her attitude I found that it was dismissed incredibly quickly rather than serving as a source of development for her and while I enjoyed Alice is a character more than most others, I felt that this aspect of her character was mishandled. Despite liking the character as much as I did, I felt she too was a little under-explored and while complex characters are not a necessity within a slice of life setting, due to the calm and relaxed nature of Aria, these elements would help keep ones attention all the better.
One of the important things concerning the characters that I think the show did well was in how it portrayed the relationship between the three apprenticed Undines and their mentors. The three main characters very straightforwardly mirror their seniors however I liked the fact that each characters personality felt influenced in some way by their teacher. This made the relationships feel more genuine and moreover, the fact that they were not perfect copies of each other helped reinforce their individuality as characters.
The animation felt fairly par for the course and while it was not flashy in its presentation it was not lacking either. The true success within this section stems from the show’s setting which was executed fantastically. The setting of a Venetian city on a distant planet is presented excellently and while the city itself does not feel extensively explored, the colors and serene atmosphere of the city support the tone of the show wonderfully. Furthermore, the countryside settings lined with wind turbines and the intermittent tree-covered mountaintops add diversity to the water-dominant environment but also display a great marriage between the show’s anachronistic setting and its sci-fi premise in an aesthetically pleasing way. The art of the show is certainly a point of triumph for Aria.
As Aria The Animation is one of the premiere slice of life shows, the story is both laid back in demeanor and episodic in nature. The events of each episode succeed in presenting a relaxing mood through the interactions between Akari, her friends, and the people of Aqua and while there are the occasional obstacles and problems that arise they are resolved by the end of the episode and punctuated by tooth-achingly sweet, optimistic observation that closes out the theme of what transpired.
As the characters and the world serve as the two primary points of interest in the show due to its reliance on them rather over a more traditional story I was surprised how little the city felt fleshed out and how underrepresented its populace was. The city setting is portrayed fantastically and the bustling of the crowds and of people nearby is ever present within the background of the show however its main characters only actually interact with a small handful of people throughout the 13 episodes which somewhat contradicts the show’s premise and best interest. The city itself was featured in an aesthetic way on plenty of levels however I feel that the inclusion of more people would have gone a long way in presenting a slightly more lively and believable atmosphere. For this reason, it felt to me like Aria The Animation is mostly a source of groundwork being laid for future exchanges and interactions while harboring a somewhat wanting number of these things within itself. That being said, the exchanges that do take place are sincere and heartwarming and I think the show has great potential in this regard to both develop its characters and create more meaningful interactions between them.
When I think about the music of Aria I am reminded of how the art of the show supported it as I think a very similar thing takes place in this category. The music, while not necessarily iconic, blends together with the aesthetic and tone of the show in amazing ways and while no individual song sticks out in my mind, the effect of the music on the show was one of the more memorable elements of Aria.
[Final Thoughts and Rating]:
Aria The Animation was a show with a decent number of triumphs concerning its overall presentation and attempted tone however a fair number of shortcomings in the form of lack of characterization and a more extensive cast. The show is certainly worth a watch and while the show may not be amazing it certainly lays a good groundwork for what could become an even more interesting setting with a larger and more in-depth cast.
I gave Aria The Animation a 6 because it was overall a decent show however it was significantly held back in a variety of ways mostly in relation to its entertainment value. Because of the slow and serene tone of the show I will look next to the characters in order to compensate for the slice of life elements of the show in order to keep my attention and make me invested in the events of each episode however as the cast is relatively small and the main characters with the exception of Akari lacking significantly in character depth and traits my attention falters and I am left with a great atmosphere wherein nothing of real note or concern takes place. The pros outweigh the cons here and the atmosphere of the show really is executed beautifully but these lackluster elements hold the show back from climbing any higher.
Aria The Animation is slice of life at its most pure and for this reason I would highly recommend it to any fans of the genre as it does a great job in many regards. At the same time, the show somewhat requires of the viewer very much what it preaches over several episodes – that one must be capable of finding enjoyment in the mundane. Other slice of life shows will often bolster their content with either comedy or certain other story elements and while these things are present in small doses in Aria it is most primarily concerned with the somewhat trivial events that take place and in this way demand a little extra from the viewer. The comedy of the show is highly reliant on the catchphrase interactions between the main characters however there are a handful of stand alone jokes though I would not recommend Aria as a comedy to someone anything less than enthralled with the other elements of the show to begin with. One final thing I will say is that the world of Aria is an interesting one that speaks to both fantasy and sci-fi simultaneously though, like the comedy of the show, I would not recommend it solely for these reasons as they are not the central point of the show even though their execution is quite great. read more
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.
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