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Feb 14, 2008 11:09 PM

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This time we get backstory about Akira and Aika.

Another good episode. :3
Feb 15, 2008 1:34 AM

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i'm so glad they decided to develop Akira's character a bit more, i've always felt that she doesn't get enough screen time.
Feb 15, 2008 9:29 AM

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Little Aika and her mini-Hime :D
Feb 15, 2008 9:52 AM

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Still watchin', still lovin', still lookin' at the world through suteki eyes.
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Feb 15, 2008 12:00 PM

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Wah, I love Aika even more now :3 And I love the background on Akira.
Feb 17, 2008 6:55 PM

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Loved it, always felt that Aika was the best developed of the three so its nice to see her sempai getting some development. Young Akira=hot
Feb 19, 2008 3:50 PM

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nice ep focused on the less-developed character, loved it!

Feb 21, 2008 8:39 AM

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I found the mood a bit too heavy, I like my Aria with a more relaxed atmosphere. Can't say I didn't love it though.
Mar 18, 2008 2:22 AM

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seriously, the backstrory episodes for the primas are so good. I'm so glad we got a focus on Akira. It was just wonderful.

Jun 27, 2008 2:50 AM

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Loved this episode! Akira's past was kinda sad,, but Aika cheered her up :D . Too bad she doesn't remember.
Nov 11, 2008 7:12 PM

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Ah, this episode was so sweet!~
I really like how Aika cares so much for Akira and how she's worried about her~ Moreover, I find it funny how Aika was the one that helped Akira cheer up ^_^

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Dec 2, 2008 7:50 PM

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ok, though last episode was the best, but I take that back and say that this is the best episode yet.

I think that akira&aika have the strongest bond, followed by akari&alicia, and lastly alice&athena (huh, just realized all their names started with an "A" :o)
so we need more background on athena...

loved it, like aika said, "beautiful story ;.;"
Feb 19, 2009 12:44 PM

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lolikitsune said:
Still watchin', still lovin', still lookin' at the world through suteki eyes.

Well said, Suteki-yo^^

Same here.
Jun 23, 2009 3:16 AM

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beautiful back story xD hahas~

Aug 11, 2009 1:50 PM

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Yeah Crybaby is back XD

No im just kidding,Akira centered episodes are always good, the backstory was very nice with small Akira
Aug 26, 2009 10:16 AM

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Akira's my favorite so I loved this episode so much.
Sep 6, 2009 12:11 AM

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I am loving all the focus on Aika, she is really just an amazing character and i love see her developed throughout the series. Great episode.
Oct 6, 2009 9:29 AM

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Aww, some amazing development. I love Akira so it's nice to see her get more screentime. :D
Now we just need to see more on Athena~
Nov 20, 2009 10:30 PM

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Incredible episode focusing on two of my favorite characters. I can totally understand the Origination's incredibly high rating.
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Jan 19, 2010 12:48 AM

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nice ep...character development yay!

Mar 17, 2010 4:31 AM

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Nice character story of Aika and Akira. :)
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Mar 19, 2010 1:51 PM

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Okay so there are many things that I fell in love with in this episode. Those are:
1. In the beginning when Akari, Alice, and Aika went to the market and all of a sudden Athena and Alicia came and showed their talents in public. I was like "OH SON OF A GUN THEY'RE FUCKING PRO." The lady selling tomatoes was funny too, lol.
2. Aika. Come on girl you're awesome. Don't let this natural talents or whatsoever make you down. As long as you work hard, you can get anything you want! Now I see why she was depressed in the beginning. Poor Aika. T_T The ending was also funny as she said something embarassing and she regretted it, lol.
3. Akira. YES GURL YOU'RE AWESOME. YOU'RE EVEN MORE AWESOME AS BEFORE YAA GURL. Her past sure was very lovely. I loved how they made it so dramatic, like the hair was being blown by the wind and such. YEA TEACH THOSE NATURAL TALENT KIDS HOW TO ROW PROPERLY SON.

Okay so that story Akira made was extremely lovely. I loved how she got her determination from little Aika(OH MY, YOU SO LOVELY GIRL.). So all you need to do is work hard for something than you don't have. LOVELY EPISODE MAAAAN.
Apr 6, 2010 10:30 AM

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Moonfrost said:

What Aika Taugh Us girl you're awesome. Don't let this natural talents o make you down. As long as you work hard, you can get anything you want! Now I see why she was depressed in the beginning. Poor Aika. T_T The ending was also funny a
Okay so that story Akira made was extremely lovely. I loved how she got her determination from little Aika. So all you need to do is work hard for something than you don't have.

My THOUGHTS exactly

Apr 26, 2010 3:10 AM

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Breathtaking and flawless episode. The best episode yet.
I was emotionally floored (on the verge of tears) by how amazing the story was.
Apr 30, 2010 7:35 PM

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I just love the Aika and Akira duo. 'Twas a very emotional episode, an easy 5/5.
May 10, 2010 1:38 PM

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today's lesson is...put heart into everything you do,and you will succeed :)

aria's so epic


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Jun 3, 2010 1:08 AM

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Alice's control is pretty outstanding... and pretty fast even in narrow waterway. While Akari is just the adorable girl next door everyone love. Aika, ever since she lost her long hair, her character is not quite the same anymore. She turns into a crybaby and everything, at the same time, showed us her true sensitive, caring character.

I can relate to Akira, like her, I use to be haunted by the fact that others got more god given talent when compared to me.
Jun 23, 2010 11:35 AM

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I love Aika and Akira! Uryryuryu~ This episode was kind of sad, but heartwarming.
Dec 6, 2010 7:14 AM

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nice episode about akira and aika.
Jan 2, 2011 12:02 PM

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And ORIGINATION enters my TOP 5. It can only go up at this rate. A wonderful episode of the two crybabies of Aria, Aika and her senpai Akira. While we see Aika cry a lot (I so want to hug her when she cries) often Athena mentioned that Akira used to cry a lot too. They are both so alike, both have no special gifts like Alicia's grace, Athena's voice, Alice's rowing skills or Akari's friendliness, but both of them are doing their best.

The four-leaf clover thingy made the episode one of the best things I have seen yet. If you don't have it, you make it!

May 14, 2011 11:26 PM

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Learned something in this ep.

Aika is so cute when she's little ^^
Jun 19, 2011 8:19 PM

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Awesome episode.

Isn't Aria looking for child abuse? I mean he's like 30 years older than Hime xD
Feb 6, 2012 3:45 PM
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Oh, looks like Akira and Aika have far bigger bond then it looked at first.
Aika always thinks that it is her sempai that support her but looks like in reality she is the one who supports Akira and is almost her guardian angel.
Jun 15, 2012 10:54 AM

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It's quite ironic - without Aika, Akira may have never reached the status that she has in the present.
Sep 9, 2012 5:34 AM

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Wooo.. I was taken by surprise by Aika in the flashback. She's the one who cheered Akira up.

Another great episode.
Nov 3, 2012 3:09 PM

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Love the character development on Aika and Akira. They are perfect for each other since they are so much alike. :')
Jan 6, 2013 4:16 AM

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Really great episode with a really nice backstory! Really enjoyed it! Up to the special 5.5!
Sep 26, 2013 5:39 PM

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I've always liked the bond between Akira and Aika, it was quite the surprise that Aika actually inspired Akira to become a prima through hard work.
Dec 4, 2013 8:08 AM

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Aika episodes are always so good. She's been my favorite character since season 2.

It was nice to get some Akira backstory too.
Dec 7, 2013 4:46 PM
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Great episode. Dat clover and story. For the story, 10/10.
Mar 11, 2015 8:42 AM

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Aika relates herself with Akira on being the most normal and hardworking. it's sad to see her depressed like that.

Akira's bond with Aika is really nice. More like all of these girls bond are heartwarming.

Ah man, it's Aika who cheered up Akira in the old days! I love things like that. I love love love how she made the four-clover leaf, it was such a precious scene.

Humans can do anything if they put their mind in it. There you did it Aria, you managed to motivate me.

"It's prohibited for me." How can you even get that cute and still be underrated on MAL
Mar 19, 2015 5:25 AM

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Unfortunately I reckon this is my least favourite episode so far, even across all three seasons.
May 7, 2015 12:38 AM

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Best episode of the whole Aria series. This reminded me of Ping Pong; Talent > Hard Work but different. Akira was quite a relatable character when she tried to hide her real emotion in front of her friends. Deep down she felt upset that no matter how much she tried, she will never be able to reach the level that her friends were at. This was done perfectly with her inner monologues as well.

Natural talent is only this much. Only when you are willing to work hard, should you be able to obtain the very said result that you desired for. This is just what I thought about the message behind this episode which will be important later on in this series.

Heard Origination is really good and is the best out of all the seasons. I'm not disappointed.
Oct 28, 2015 11:46 PM

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Oh god, that was beautiful. one of my fav all time episodes of Aria.

first half had me crying, just wonderful, those scene with Athena and Alicia warmed my heart.

and the second half was just amazing, for some strange reasons i didn't realize that the little girl was Aika and you know, i was surprised .. and happy.

Beautiful, Beautiful, i love this anime so very much. <3

Nov 11, 2015 5:58 AM

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Great episode.
Nov 11, 2015 7:31 AM

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Gotta love how Aika gets embarrassed on her own embarrassing remarks. Anyway also gotta love that 4-leaf clover scene. The things you don't have can just be created through hardwork.
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Dec 4, 2015 9:16 PM

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That was a beautiful story. Touching from Akira's flashback and Aika current problem

These prima episodes sure become fantastic. Akira realizing she can create her own path and reach higher goals.
Sep 14, 6:28 AM

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They really tightened the story writing and dialogue compared to season 1 and to a degree season 2. Every dialogue and progression of character development, I just feel that there has been so much more clarity and expertise in Origination. There was one episode about the confectioner that I didn't connect with but that may be due to preference.

And here I thought people were exaggerating when they claimed Origination truly was the best of the three series. It's rare for a franchise to improve and deliver afresh, come the next season, honestly it's just been non-cringey feels every episode, hitting the mark that makes it so relatable in a bubble gum fictional Venezia.

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Sep 28, 7:38 PM

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That was touching seeing the story behind Akira and Aika. Both of them really feels like they are the most developed of the cast.