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Synonyms: Othello Game, Ebony & Ivory
Japanese: AQUA
English: Aqua
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 2
Chapters: 10
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 27, 2001 to Sep 28, 2001
Genres: Sci-Fi Sci-Fi, Slice of Life Slice of Life
Theme: Iyashikei Iyashikei
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Stencil
Authors: Amano, Kozue (Story & Art)


Score: 7.931 (scored by 85838,583 users)
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Ranked: #9192
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Popularity: #1002
Members: 18,200
Favorites: 339


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The year is 2301, one hundred fifty years since terraforming operations began on the planet Aqua—formerly known as Mars—causing it to be almost entirely covered with water. Aqua's capital, Neo-Venezia, is a near-perfect copy of the wonderful, dreamy city of Venice back on Manhome—previously known as Earth. Citizens and tourists alike take their time exploring the city and admiring its rustic charm, especially by riding one of the many gondolas gliding along the waterways.

Highly skilled and knowledgeable women known as Undines navigate the gondolas and act as tour guides of Neo-Venezia. Originating from Manhome, several well-renowned Undine companies have made their home in the capital, with many young girls aspiring to join their ranks.

Chasing her dream of becoming an Undine, Manhome native Akari Mizunashi begins her training as an apprentice at the Aria Company. Soon after arriving in town, she becomes acquainted with her mentor Alicia Florence, a pudgy cat named Aria Pokoteng, and Aika S. Granzchesta, a fellow Undine apprentice from the Himeya Company. Together with her new friends, Akari strives to become a full-fledged Undine while taking in all the magical sights and sounds that Neo-Venezia generously offers.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Included one-shot:
Volume 2: Othello Game (Ebony & Ivory)


Aqua was released in English by Tokyopop from October 9, 2007 to February 5, 2008. The series has also been published in Chinese by Tong Li Publishing Co., Ltd. on July 22, 2004; in French by Kami from December 6, 2006 to March 7, 2007; in German by Tokyopop Germany from September 2006 to January 2007; in Italian by Star Comics; in Spanish by Editorial Ivrea from March 30, 2006 to May 27, 2006; and in Thai by Bongkoch Comics from October 19, 2006 to October 27, 2006.

A drama CD adapting the events of the manga was released by Frontier Works on September 22, 2005.

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Mar 15, 2008
Aqua is one of those manga that is very calming and relaxing to read, and could be categorized as "slice-of-life", as the story is mostly just Akari living her life and trying to become a full-fledged undine.

Story 10/10

Though too much isn't going on in the plot, and may I say action-lovers would be quite let down, Aqua gives a very charming story. The pace is very slow, and allows you to really get into the world of Aqua. Aqua is the planet Mars after terraforming, and the city we mostly see is nearly a repicla of Venice. Akari, our main character and narrator of the ...
Feb 1, 2008
Serialized in: Comic Blade (Mag Garden) & Stencil (Square Enix)
Genre: Sci-fi, Slice-of-life, Drama, Comedy
Publisher: Tokyopop
Rating: T (13+)

Akari Mizunashi is traveling to Aqua (Mars) from Manhome (Earth) to become an undine, one of the famous female gondoliers of Neo-Venezia (a replica of Venice). Akari knows nothing about Mars, which is now called Aqua since terraforming released tremendous amounts of water that now cover 90% of the surface. She also knows next to nothing about undines, only that she wants to be one. Slowly, day by day, she meets all kinds of new people and practices hard to become a good undine and adapts to the slow ...
Aug 20, 2012
Aqua is one of those manga that can be read without worrying about having violence or anything creepy in it. It's a very slow-paced, relaxing manga to read. If anyone is into action or fast-paced manga, then Aqua will not be your type of manga, and you’ll more likely going to drop it once you begin to read this short manga. Compare to the anime, there are indeed some differences. But the relaxing feeling is still mostly the same.

This manga is unique in my opinion, as most other slice of life mangas I’ve heard of are mostly taking place in a setting just like in ...

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