Aria the OVA: Arietta

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: ARIA The OVA ~ARIETTA~ (アリア ジ オーブイエー ~アリエッタ~)
English: Aria the OVA: Arietta
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 21, 2007
Studios: HAL Film Maker
Source: Manga
Genres: FantasyFantasy, Sci-FiSci-Fi, Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Theme: IyashikeiIyashikei
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 30 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 7.991 (scored by 1762317,623 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #6552
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #3629
Members: 38,544
Favorites: 82

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Akari Mizunashi dreams of life after attaining her goal of becoming a Prima Undine, but upon waking realizes that she might not actually have the confidence to run Aria Company on her own. Wary of the future, she seeks advice from her mentor Alicia Florence—one of the three great "Water Fairies" of Neo-Venezia.

Much to Akari's surprise, Alicia reveals her own struggles of the past, but also shares the steps she took in overcoming her self-doubt of running the company and taking on an apprentice. Finding solace in her teacher's words, Akari prepares to embrace whatever trials she must overcome on her path toward achieving her dreams.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Satou, Junichi
Director, Sound Director, Script, Storyboard
Takeshita, Kenichi
Episode Director


Opening Theme

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"Nanairo no Sora wo (七色の空を)" by SONOROUS


Jul 26, 2009
It's surprising how a single OVA from a well known series can actually serve to improve the entire show and, whilst this is still very much a rarity for most anime, the Aria franchise is, happily, an exception to that rule.

The main reason for this is because episodic shows like Aria have an advantage over other series with continuous plots in that OVAs never seem out of place. However, whilst this may help additional special episodes be accepted as part of the greater story, it does not automatically mean that the OVA will actually be any good. Once more though, Aria delivers in it's own ...
Dec 21, 2010
When I think of the "Aria" series as a whole (Animation, Natural, and Origination), there are certain things I've come to expect:

1. Outstanding Animation with scenes that take your breath away.
2. Memorable and quotable characters that you can't help but root for and can easily relate to.
3. A story that both entertains and satisfies the viewer without leaving a "what the heck" aftertaste in my mouth.

"Arietta" meets all these expectations and then some.

1. The animation as a whole was both familiar and shocking to me. The viewer is still treated to the outstanding visuals that have remained consistent throughout the whole series, ...
Jul 22, 2008
Mixed Feelings
Before reading the rest of this review, please note that Aria is my number one favourite long-lasting series, and Aria the Origination is second in my favourite anime of all time. Yet, I gave this a rather average grading. It should also be noted this was written on my second viewing of the series.

Aria the OVA ~Arietta~ focus on a point of time when Akari begin fear that she isn't good enough for Alicia, and so decides to ask her why she selected her as her apprentice. Upon hearing this, Alicia decides to tell her about her past, before Akari joins the company.

The overall storyline ...

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