Ranked #45
Aria (Manga)


Alternative Titles

English: Aria
Japanese: アリア


Type: Manga
Volumes: 12
Chapters: 67
Status: Finished
Published: Feb 28, 2002 to Feb 29, 2008
Authors: Amano, Kozue (Story & Art)
Serialization: Comic Blade


Score: 8.701 (scored by 3663 users)
Ranked: #452
Popularity: #378
Members: 9,155
Favorites: 1,062
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comedy fantasy sci-fi slice of life


On the planet Aqua, a world once known as Mars, Akari Mizunashi has just made her home in the town of Neo-VENEZIA, a futuristic imitation of the ancient city of Venice. The technology of "Man Home" (formerly Earth) has not entirely reached this planet, and Akari is alone, having no contact with family or friends. Nonetheless, the town, with its charming labyrinths of rivers and canals, becomes Akari's new infatuation, along with the dream of becoming a full-fledged gondolier. Reverting to a more "primitive" lifestyle and pursuing a new trade, the character of Akari becomes both adventurous and heartwarming all at once.

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Prequel: Aqua
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Mar 24, 2010
For the purpose of this review, I’m going to write a review for both people who have watched the Aria anime already, and who have not and are only reading the manga.


Review for those HAVE NOT watched the anime:

Aria is a very nice and relaxing slice of life manga that definitely deserves reading.

One interesting thing about Aria is that it can be a bit hard to recommend to other people. Basically you follow the 3 main characters: Akari Mizunashi, Aika Granzchesta, and Alice Caroll as they work hard to become great undines… which are basically tour gondola rowers.

While that might seem a bit odd, read more
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Jul 22, 2010
Poets and travel agencies abound that describe places as having a character of their own; books and anecdotes aplenty consider cities to be living entities. A place, then, is something that one may get to know better, and something familiar that seems to share - and have a share in - one's own life.
A depiction of little more than the life of characters within their setting, Aria has often been described as being fully character-centric. It is not nearly the only manga to have been given this description, but seldom has it been a more apt one - as long as the reader keeps read more
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Sep 25, 2010
"Today, with the same smile as always, with the same outfit as always, with the same partners as always, I'm happily heading off to the same training as always."

These words, spoken by none other than Akari Mizunashi, the protagonist of Aria, reflect just about perfectly the core theme in Kozue Amano's quiet and serene story about three young undine trainees.

In a world and culture highlighting constant action, adventures, and excitement as the correct way of life, Aria is like a deep breath of fresh, calming air. In Neo Venezia, where the manga's story is set, one's fulfilling daily dose of excitement can just as well read more
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Feb 21, 2014
Fresh, pure, magical! That's how it feels to take Aria's journey. (And Aqua too :P)
Hey everyone, so I just finished to read Aria today I felt the necessity to write some kind of review since it's a piece that deserves it. Absolutely.
If you normally read reviews when not sure if to start some manga, it's simple: just go ahead! This is something so worth to read, an experience so worth to have. I myself am really glad, proud and thankful I found it and I could go trough it. So yeah, GO for it! :)
First of all, let's talk about the art. Amano uses a read more
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Both are the most superb slice-of-life that i have ever read. each manga has its own unique atmosphere and tells you wonderful storys that when they end you fell all fuzzy and warm inside.
In the eyes of the innocent, the world is always full of wonders.
Amanchu! is Amano Kozue's newest manga after the Aria series, so any Aria fan would be thrilled/enraptured to read the next series this fantastic mangaka has created. The main characters both have a sunny disposition that effects those around them, and the storytelling gives the same relaxed feeling as Aria. Plus, the settings take place mainly around water or water related activities!
Completely different settings and plot but Aria has some chapters about delivering letters that holds people's hearts and memories, so both manga shares the same magical image of writing and getting letters
These two titles don't exactly share the romance element of Emma nor the magical realism of Aria, but they're both essentially very pure slice of life stories that have a mood as light as air. Fantastic locations and lovable side stories have a healing power. Emma is not often quoted to belong to the iyashi-kei subgenre, but I believe the feeling that manifests from it is similar to that of Aria.
The soothing atmosphere of the town where they works, and the heartwarming interaction with the inhabitants makes Fumino and Akari personality overlaps. They both does their duty with full sincerity and love that touches the heart of the people they worked with.

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