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Nov 22, 2009 8:40 PM

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Now that was fucking beautiful.
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Dec 5, 2009 11:54 PM

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Holy cow! I wasn't expecting Alice becoming a prima.
Dec 30, 2009 2:14 PM

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Best episode in Aria yet, without a doubt. I had predicted Alice would become a Single right when Athena suggested the picnic, but I definitely did not see Prima status coming! And Alice's singing easily rivals that of Athena's. Beautiful.
Jan 24, 2010 1:10 AM

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Wow wtf a mindfuck? In Aria? Nawww....

I really loved the unpredictable nature of this ep. I expected Alice to be promoted to a single but never a Prima!! That's too awesome.

I so glad I followed this series from the start. It made this ep all the more satisfying.

Mar 17, 2010 6:51 PM

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Congrats to Alice, but I think Athena still sings better. xD

Loved Akari's reaction.
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Mar 20, 2010 7:23 PM

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OH MY FUCKING GOD JUST WOW. I CAN DIE NOW I SWEAR DAMN SON OF A FUCKING GUN THIS EPISODE THIS EPISODE JUST THIS EPISODE FUCK. Seriously, this episode, no fucking questions, is the best episode, and by best I mean the topmost episode of them all. Fuck man I will go emo just because of this episode, seriously so fucking lovely.

OKAY FIRST OF ALL, ALICE SKIPPING A WHOLE GRADE AND BECOMING A PRIMA? THAT'S PLUS 10,000 POINTS RIGHT THERE. Okay so at first I knew it that she's going to be promoted because they went into that place where undine get their license but I didn't expect her to become a prima this quick! Heck, she even surpassed Akari and Alice, LOLOLOL. When Athena was removing Alice's first glove, I was like "Yeaaaaaa finally Alice is now a single." BUT THEN ATHENA WASN'T CONTENTED SO SHE TOOK ANOTHER ONE and I was like "OHH FUCK SERIOUSLY?"

Okay so this episode is the best until I can see an episode where Akari and Aika become a prima too, lol. OH AND I FORGOT, I ALSO DIDN'T EXPECT ALICE TO SING GOOD TOO. MAN THIS EPISODE MAN THIS EPISODE, Unforgettable.
Modified by Moonfrost, Mar 20, 2010 7:29 PM
Apr 12, 2010 5:06 PM

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I didn't see this coming. I was expecting Alice to become a single but to go from pair to prima in one swoop. Unexpected. Now I understood why the other gondalers that she passed in the locks said "good luck".
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Apr 28, 2010 12:15 PM

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I cried at the beauty of Alice's singing moment.. again when Athena took the first glove off.
Then hysterically after the second one came off. I haven't cried this hard in ages.

What a triumph. I was expecting an Undine graduation, but never to this level of emotional impact.
These aren't tears of sadness, but of uplift and wish fulfillment.

I'm glad that they put in the flashbacks because I needed a reminder of everything that culminated up to this point.
We've come all the way from the Animation and the Natural.. and the pay off is good. Oh so good.
May 14, 2010 1:30 PM

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whoa so Alice is the first to become a prima?and skipped the single stage?
wow i was not seeing that till this episode,i thought akari's gonna make it first :)

didn't athena was the first from the water fairies too?

anyway,this was an amazing song...very happy :)
also i liked how Alice sang and how she said "my canzone is awful",on the water elevator thingy :)

5/5,and oh no,only 3 episodes left :(

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May 25, 2010 8:27 PM

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Oh, wow, wow, Wow. I went into this episode knowing already that Alice was about to be promoted, but I did not expect her to become a Prima at once too. In retrospect, this episode probably could have been great without the double-promotion. The shock pretty much eliminated any emotional build-up towards that point. I'm not feeling so much heartwarming as utter surprise walking out of this episode. 4/5
Modified by PseudoJord, May 25, 2010 8:34 PM
Jun 5, 2010 9:28 AM

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I knew that it's going to be a promotion exam... I knew she'll pass the single exam, but when Athena picks up her right hand... Oh... Ma... Gawd!?!?! My mouth was hanging wide open as soon as Athena raises Alice's right hand...

This episode is fucken amazing... Definitely the best Aria episode to date. From Alice graduating middle school, and walking backward... her last walk home game^_^, Then you can see the commitment she have for being an undine... Exam, talks about both Aika and Akari, and the wonderful Athena's lesson as well as the orange sunset...

This episode covers a lot, and wonderfully.

Very few show get me emotional like that, very few. I can only imagine how good Akari and Aika's exam episode will be... something tells me it'll surpass my expectation.
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Jun 23, 2010 4:30 PM

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Bawwww! ;_,

My eyes widened when I realized Alice was going to become a Prima Undine. Such a great episode! I thought she was going to become a Single. I believe I'm still in shock.
Jul 11, 2010 7:12 PM
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I gotta say, I was mindblowned also. I would've NEVER expected for Alice to have a double promotion...

Butcha know, ya gotta think of how set Alice was for Prima. She naturally has extremely good rowing skills, and being friends with and practicing with Akari and Aika definitely helped her on all other aspects like giving tours or having a smile. Athena also helped her singing shine just by some words of encouragement.

Anyways, loved this episode. Was not expecting Prima at ALL. O_O
Jul 16, 2010 5:55 PM

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Wow O_O ... first of all what an amazing episode beautiful in every aspect, when the first glove was taken off I was thinking "This is to be expected" but then she reached for the other glove and ... wow, Prima O_O congratulations Alice ^^!
Jul 28, 2010 12:14 AM

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Talk about mixed of emotions! I feel very 'wtf' but at the same time 'happy', omg, I don't know what's this feeling but dam it's weird! When Athena reached to her other hand I was like NO WAYYYY and omg, I am speechless.
Sep 7, 2010 1:36 AM

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When Athena-Senpai asked to go on a pic-nic everybody knew she was to become a Single but when Athena was holding Alice second hand I was like: NO F*CKING WAY

Stunning twist, for the first time I had tears in my eyes during an Aria episode, definitely the best Aria episode so far!

You'll shit bricks when you see it, is an appropriate term here
Modified by SHFT, Sep 7, 2010 1:48 AM
Oct 16, 2010 6:28 AM

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God, every time I even think about Alice's double promotion I have to fight back tears. This is definitely one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.
Oct 31, 2010 11:29 AM

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I had to think it over, if Alice really deserved it more than her senpais... A bit disappointed, because it wasn't obvious for me that her skills were that great. Actually I haven't thought even once that any of the three will become a prima this season (though it's last and all). Probably that's why I am more stunned, than happy about this episode.
The thing I liked most about it is the piece of advice about singing Athena gave to Alice. Being a vocalist myself, I remembered the time I needed a piece of advice like this, too. Many times, actually. Now I have one for all my life =)

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Dec 6, 2010 9:48 AM

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oh damn. that was a great episode. i kinda saw that they were gonna make her a single coming but didnt see the second promotion to prima coming.
Dec 30, 2010 11:33 PM
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Wow, actually I feel pissed. It's a matter of "favorite" issues, and Alice wasn't my favorite. For me, it was obvious Athena was going to test her after she looked at the sunset in this episode.. and the fact that Alice was going to be a Prima... I actually kind of forgot she was not a single yet.. but I knew she was going to be a Prima, I WISH I was wrong. I really wanted Akari to be the first one to be a Prima out of those three, so sad, yet kind of happy, but more sad, though Alice is 2nd to me after Akari.. It was a good episode overall, but I did not enjoy it as much. Right now, I'm actually kind of disappointed, I stuck around to see more about Cat Sith and Akari.. if there isn't more.. very disappointed, but that's just me. I HOPE the remaining episodes better not be predictable in a way, where they all "obviously" get to be Prima by the end of this season... Still sad, but CONGRATZ Alice-chan :]
Jan 2, 2011 3:18 PM

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Time stops when Athena Senpai is there!

The best thing yet!

I knew from before getting spoiled somewhere on the line that Alice would be the first one to become a Prima Undine, but I was at complete awe and full of contentment when it actually happened!

Aria the Origination is destined to remain in my top 5 fav shows, for years to come!
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Jan 22, 2011 9:17 AM

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Second time watching this show. I remember the first time how totally stunned I was when Athena grabbed Alice's right hand. And it made my eyes teary even the 2nd time.

In my opinion, this is the best Aria episode and one of the greatest episodes I have ever seen in an anime, period. Beautiful from the first to the last second. Man I love this show. And I love Alice. But I still love Akari even more ^^
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Feb 20, 2011 9:40 AM
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Alice's promotion upsets me. She just graduated middle school, and now they are going to have her working as a Prima full-time. At the very least they should've given her the summer to practice peacefully with her pals, and the experience of being a single would have benefited her tremendously I think. I am going to echo the fellow who said Alice is being shortchanged. Seriously so.

Not a fan of the way this has progressed, but Aria IS progressing, which is a surprise to me. I had better go finish it.
Feb 21, 2011 4:55 AM
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When Alice became Prima, my first reaction was "OH MY GOD"
That episode made me so happy that I nearly cried. I just couldn't believe that this episode was extremely epic.

I sort of feel bad for Akari and Aika that they didn't get the chance to become Primas since they're the one helping Alice.
Apr 26, 2011 9:58 AM

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I thought Athena would only wear-off one Alice glove, but when I see the another one got worn-off I instantly stunned!

I love that Alice-chan become Prima who titled Orange Princess <3
May 15, 2011 4:08 AM

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I was totally shocked about this, Alice jumped from being double to prima woow
totally jealous even though i'm not a undine >.> but i'm happy for her ^_^
I hope akari and aika will become a prima too someday.
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Jun 9, 2011 8:45 PM

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My face was like this when she became Undine =(, when she became Prima, it became like this ='''''''''''''''''''''''''(
Even when I was in crowd, I was always alone
Aug 19, 2011 5:37 PM
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That was an amazing episode. If it keeps this up it'll probably get a 10.
Dec 11, 2011 3:47 PM

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Congratulations Alice!
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Mar 28, 2012 7:39 AM

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NO NO NO NO NO. WHAT THE FUCK, I CANNOT ACCEPT THIS. All my dreams and expectations were shattered and blown away like scattered dust. How can my Alice-chan be a Prima? Q_Q

Was so expecting Akari and Aika to level up first. But, god damn... god damn...
Mar 30, 2012 7:57 PM

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Takumaku said:
NO NO NO NO NO. WHAT THE FUCK, I CANNOT ACCEPT THIS. All my dreams and expectations were shattered and blown away like scattered dust. How can my Alice-chan be a Prima? Q_Q

Was so expecting Akari and Aika to level up first. But, god damn... god damn...

Keep watching. xD
May 18, 2012 11:28 AM

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I wished my memories from reading the manga can be erased temporarily. I want to feel the "OMG" emotion once again when I read the manga of this episode years ago :p

But still, listening to Alice's canzone is very epic.
Sep 6, 2012 4:02 PM

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The only time I've heard singing in esperanto. It is a strangely beautiful language.
Sep 6, 2012 5:14 PM

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This was like the beautiful thing I've seen in an anime...ever ;_____; and Alice is my favorite so...

Sep 9, 2012 7:33 AM

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The best episode of Aria so far. I thought that I'll cry only at the last episode, but I've already noticed some tears on my cheeks.

The moment Alice began to sing... It was so wonderful, beautiful. This anime is going without a doubt in my favorite list.
Nov 3, 2012 7:23 PM

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Damn, ninjas are cutting onions right next to me! xD

Alice's song is so wonderful. Made me tear up a little bit!
Jan 6, 2013 7:01 AM

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BEST EPISODE EVER FROM ARIA!!! Really amazing we all knew what was going to happen when they took that road but what twist to be directly promoted to Prima! Alice-chan is really amazing :D I was so amazed when she sang damn what a wonderful episode
Mar 22, 2013 9:55 PM

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Oh my. My heart must have skipped a beat. I wouldn't say it's the best episode ever (golly are there some excellent ones here), but definitely the most touching.
Apr 1, 2013 1:00 PM

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Amazing episode. I've never expected for Alice to be promoted straight to Prima. I nearly cried. I reckon Akari will be the last of the 3 to be promoted. Always save the best for last!
Apr 27, 2013 4:21 PM
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So I knew I glove would be coming off early on on the episode and I was so happy for her, but for some reason my mind is in a funk now because I wanted Akari to be prima first. Mixed emotions...
Apr 29, 2013 11:57 AM

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beautiful, this is just BEAUTIFUL!!! cant get any perfect than that! T^T
Jun 16, 2013 7:05 AM

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predictable but still cant believe it... since she is the most talent undine...
Congratulation..... XD

Jul 3, 2013 4:05 AM

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now that was a surprise, to say the least. i was definitely not expecting the second glove to come off as well.

i'll admit to tearing up during the glove removing. Alice deserves it with all the growth she went through starting from the beginning of the first season to her amazing double promotion and the first ever promotion from a pair straight to prima, might i add.
Jul 23, 2013 10:45 AM

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Not going to lie but I teared up at the end of the episode. Hands down the best episode wait let me rephrase that, one of the BEST episodes I've seen in anime EVER. I've seen from Aria so far but I still have 4 episodes left along with the OVA. Well this episode basically secured the 10 for this series. I was at a 9 until I saw this episode. It just won it for me.

But dam when we all knew that she was going to be promoted somehow but when I saw Athena reach out for the second gloves I was like HOLY SHIT. Episode was done so elegantly and everything was just so natural.
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Aug 6, 2013 6:57 PM

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This right here is the definition of a flawless episode.
Sep 29, 2013 7:44 PM

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This episode had to be the biggest surprise I've seen in anime in a long time. The entire time it was building up to Alice getting promoted and I was sitting here thinking "oh she's finally becoming a Single, good for her!" When she started singing, my eyes got watery. When she got promoted, a tear or two escaped but I was like "that was amazing." And then, Athena moved her hands to the other glove...

Absolutely breathtaking, tears flowing and I couldn't stop smiling in amazement at this episode. Congratulations Alice, the Orange Princess!

Edit: It's funny, the finale for Shingeki no Kyojin was yesterday. And although I enjoyed it, this literally felt 100x more satisfying, I'm so happy right now.
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Nov 13, 2013 3:37 PM

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Wow. Just wow.

Dec 10, 2013 2:23 PM

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The dialogues....the atmosphere...the orange sky. Perfection.

I also love the song this episode.
Dec 13, 2013 6:11 PM

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FUCK. Hooooooly shit I was in tears. This episode was beautiful.
I can't believe how much better Origination is compared to the first two seasons. And they were good enough!

I'm looking forward to the next couple of episodes when Aika and Akari plot to kill Alice out of sheer jealousy.

...but seriously, amazing episode.
Jan 4, 2014 4:21 AM

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This was a beautiful episode.
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