English: Aria the Scarlet Ammo
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 15, 2011 to Jul 1, 2011
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisKinji is a junior at a high school for mercenaries. He just wants to be normal, but his secret condition—he turns into an ace killer when he's turned on by the female form—triggers a fiery transfer student's unrelenting desire to make him her partner.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Hidan no Aria
Sequel: Hidan no Aria Special
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Aria The Scarlet Ammo, a anime made in 2011 is a prime example I think, of how Anime as a whole over the course of three years has gone down hill. Sure, you can find a few here and there that stand out above the crowed, but most are mediocre and that's where ARIA THE SCARLET AMMO comes in. It might actually be lower than mediocre.
The story is so cliche and so over used, that I was totally put off by it and stayed for the characters through the last four episodes. Boy meets, girl, she likes him he might like her, other girls like him and they shoot people. Even people who hate anime know about this kind of anime, its so over done in so many anime. Kenji himself is somewhat unique, in the sense that he has a split persona that can only be released through looking at a women's panties or bra. Typical perverted character that only becomes awesome when he is perverted! The girl, Aria from which the show is named after is also a cliche, a little bratty kid who calls every guy a pervert that looks at her and wants to pump them full of holes (a line that gets tediously old after like the second time she says it)
The only real development she gets is that she is a decedent of Sherlock Holmes and her arch enemy is, of course, another decedent of a master sleuth, this time being Lupin the 3rd. Throwing other characters names into the mix and calling them the great granddaughters of these guys feels like the creators of the show couldn't come up with clever names themselves so instead took the names of two of the most famous fictional characters in all of entertainment.
The story itself skips between one bad guy after another. Not really giving much insight to who they are our what their true evil plan is, Aria and Kenji defeat them all with ease. The final "true" villain is so uninteresting and has so little time in the show that I didn't really care if they killed him or he killed them, I just wanted it to be done! The only returning characters are the chick that is the decedent of Lupin, who's just a stupid loli that has nothing cool to do, a sniper chick who has about twenty minutes in the whole show and a Buti with magical powers that ALSO GET THIS GUYS!!! has the hots for Kenji! But she also has no time in the show at all either.
ARIA THE SCARLET AMMO probably needed more episodes to be called an actual show. But I don't think I could of watched a full 24 or 26 episode show of this. Its just so uninteresting and boring. The music is nice, going from fast pace to melancholy drama. The opening song has a nice beat and plays a lot through out each episode. I do think once Kenji goes into hysteria mode his other persona (minus the perversion) is a slick, well done detective-esc character, who does come up with interesting ways to get out of situations. Maybe a spin off show with him instead of Aria? I'd watch that.
I really am trying to not become one of those cynical anime watchers who think the best has already come and never will again, but you’re really trying my resolve this year Japan. Hidan no Aria was a show that for whatever reason I had a great deal of excitement and anticipation for. I was won over by the early pre-production artwork without knowing really anything at all about what it was going to be about or the source materials. When I learned the seiyuu cast and the plot synopsis I was pretty sure what I was going to be in store for. In that sense I probably shouldn't have been disappointed at all.
What Hidan no Aria gives us as a premise is about as generic and played as it comes. A high school boy... sigh why is it I always have to start it with that? Anyway he goes to Butai High School, a place where Japan teaches its youngsters to be assassins, thieves, and super powered shrine maidens. It’s like any other anime high school except the students all carry guns and katanas. No seriously it’s just like every other high school. So from there our hero, Kinji, suitably useless and powerless Japanese male gets involved right off the bat with the more dangerous female classmates who either want his body or him dead or more often both. Of course Kinji is able to tap into a hidden power of his own called "Hysteria Mode" which he enters from being sexually aroused. Really I'm serious here. I can't make this stuff up. Further nonsense ensues from this point and I honestly couldn’t make heads or tails of any of it from the beginning.
As with most anime of this type it likes to throw out tons of nonsensical and contradictory terminology and other assorted garbage. While in the beginning it doesn't seem like that much of a stretch it really starts to take a turn for the bizarre after a few episodes. That’s when we start having characters assigned names from other fictional and totally unrelated content. Such as Sherlock Holmes, Lupin IV, Jeane of Arc, and Dracula? It’s a mishmash of themes that have absolutely nothing in common with each other and make no sense when even applied to the story. It’s almost like the author of the story just picked random names from a library shelf and jammed them into his story as if they applied some sort of deeper meaning to it. The names don’t even have any bearing on how the characters act either. Jeane of Arc has ice powers, Dracula is a werewolf, and Holmes is a gun totting, dual katana wielding loli. Wuh? This only further confuses an already pointless and directionless story which doesn't seem to stick to one theme for more than a few episodes before meandering off into another direction. All in all it’s bad... REALLY BAD. Perhaps the worst excuse for a story I have seen in anything to date.
That brings us to the characters which really don’t far much better. Our hero Kinji is barely worth mentioning. Seriously when are they going to just stop giving the guys in anime names or even bother drawing on faces on them anymore? Just go ahead and give in to the otaku pervs and just complete the fantasy by having replacing them with faceless stick figures to allow them to complete their 2D on screen fantasy.
As for the girls the results are bad, even for a harem. Other than Aria the other girls are pretty much unmentionable. Aria is your standard loli tsundere. She says all of the things you would expect of her archetype and is performed brilliant by the undisputed seiyuu queen of this type, Rie Kugimiya. As much of a completely uninspired character or even acting performance that makes Aria up, it is Kugimiya that makes this series even remotely palatable to watch. Sure we have seen her do this role dozens of times before but I for one really never grow tired of it. In that sense it is a thoroughly Kugimiya type performance that is right in her wheel house and one that she completely hits out of the park. The real question is how many people are, unlike me, totally sick and tired of it?
J.C. Staff is usually pretty solid with their animation and production values and that doesn't really change here. But a lot like Kugimiya, I suspect a great many viewers are becoming weary of seeing the same damn thing over and over again. It would be nice to see them try to stretch themselves sometimes and be unafraid to take some risks. The one thing that really did stand out to me was how utterly silly the various girls hid their weapons. Take Aria, who is a tiny girl with an impossibly short skirt yet somehow manages to hid 2 enormous pistols under it and yet not be constantly seen when she is not drawing them. In addition to the even more ridiculous dual katanas she hides, under her blouse. It seems Aria's clothes are a lot like Doctor Who's TARDIS: bigger inside than it appears from the outside. Not that this is the first time anime has played with physics before but this really seemed to stretch the realm of believability.
From an acting and sound standpoint, Hidan no Aria is very good. As mentioned I think Rie Kugimiya was in her element and delivered a very enjoyable performance. The rest of the cast played their parts as expected. The music was pretty exciting and good. I especially enjoyed May'n Scarlet Ballet.
I actually found a great amount of this series to be amusing, mostly because I am a Kugimiya fangirl. As nonsensical and clichéd as everything about this anime was there was plenty of amusement to be found in watching the characters act this way. But at the same time I am fully aware that pretty much everything else about this show is terrible. For that reason I can’t recommend it to anyone.
They both have the "boy-meet-girl" trend. They both feature a tsudere, shorty, and powerful (in terms of battles) character voiced by Rie Kugimiya. Both produced by J.C. Staff.
I bet you love watching the same anime twice, right? Right. I bet you love watching the same anime twice, except the second anime is 11 episodes shorter and even more poorly written right? Right. I bet you :love: when a studio releases the same anime under the title of another, waters it down, and deconstructs the already poorly crafted characters they had to begin with to create more profit with minimum effort right? RIGHT.
If you hate one series, then be prepared because you'll hate the other too! The cliches and uncreative writing will be sure to impress you to a new level of rage. How does J.C. manage to keep churning out the same anime? Just... how?
The female leads in both of these shows are almost exactly the same. Both shows have a couple of girls around the main lead, although it's obvious who is going to win. Both anime revolve around the main female and male fighting together. The main male character is quite a bit better in Hidan no Aria than in Shakugan no Shana, in my opinion.
its so painfully obvious that these two are similar in every way possible.
Same type of 'Tsundere' female lead
A lot of action involved in the two. Both has really fiesty yet cute Tsundere girls in them. If you are looking for some action combined with romance,comedy or maybe even moe,this anime may be a good choice for you.
Shakugan no Shana, Zero no Tsukaima, Hidan no Aria, and Toradora are exactly the same. character wise.
Louise, Shana, Aria, and Taiga are all girls with a petite figure but are set on making the male protagonist, Saito, Yuji, Kinji, and Ryuji their 'slave'.
Hidan no Aria and Shakugan no Shana both involve fighting and missions.
Toradora and Zero no Tsukaima both are more focused on school life and shoujo. However, I am sure, you will find that ALL of them are the same because of the protagonist, and all four anime are INCREDIBLY AMAZING.
It's a similar story line, Aria has the same personality as Shana. So Hidan no Aria is pretty much Shakugan no Shana with guns, but is shorter.
-Both heroines are tsundere and have same seiyuu
-Both heroines are using katana ^-^
-And both heroines have a favourite food
Both are the same—a sword wielding tsundere girl comes outta nowhere and messes up the main guy's life. Romance blossoms~
The guy in both Anime is accused of being a pervert when he really isn't one or isn't intentionally trying to perv. As for the main female character, she easily becomes jealous, she has a temper and has issues of some kind.
in first place I think in a "shakugan no shana" based anime, the story for some reason remember me that.
but I knew there is another anime with a tsundere character, and a slave-boy-situation. fortunately, there is a difference, boy is not who appear suddenly in another world... just the girl, and both are from the same world (I think).
Both female leads have the same actitude, The male leads are also similar in some ways, Zero no Tsukaima is based on magic instead of guns
Zero no Tsukaima and Hidan no Aria are not similar in period but have others similarities like : Seiyuu Rie Kugimiya as a pink-haired tsundere, a devoted slave and to finish .. all other girls have huge breasts.
They both feature a pink haired Kugimiya voiced loli tsundere, who calls the main protagonist her slave. The settings are very different but the character relationships are essentially the same, the tsunderes being so similar you'll think they're the same person.
Same type of 'Tsundere' female lead
Both animes revolve around a girl and a guy protagonist.
The girl, Aria, has dubbed the guy, Kinji, her slave.
This also leads to them doing missions, it is extremely similar to The Familiar of Zero.
Except they have guns.
Opening Theme"Scarlet Ballet" by May'n
Ending Theme"Kameria no Hitomi (カメリアの瞳)" by Aiko Nakano
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