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English: Aqua
Synonyms: Othello Game, Ebony & Ivory
Japanese: AQUA


Type: Manga
Volumes: 2
Chapters: 10
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 27, 2001 to Sep 28, 2001
Authors: Amano, Kozue (Story & Art)
Serialization: Stencil


Score: 8.171 (scored by 4480 users)
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Ranked: #5432
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Popularity: #664
Members: 8,331
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Volumes: /2
Chapters: /10


After 150 years of Terraforming, Aqua, the formerly planet known as Mars, now has more than 90 percent of its surface covered in water. A young girl named Akari Mizunashi arrives at the city of Neo-Venezia, an exact replica of the old Italian city of Venice, hoping to become an Undine, the most coveted job on Aqua.

(Source: Tokyopop)

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


Aqua was published in English by Tokyopop from October 9, 2007 to February 5, 2008.

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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 read more
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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 read more
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Jun 16, 2008
Aqua is a great manga that takes place in literally a new world. It would be a good choice for people that wish to visit Italy, expecially Venice in particular.


I gave this story a 10 for a couple reasons. The first reason is because I really thought it had a unique plot. It's not often that you find a manga taking place on Mars (now called "Aqua" after 150 years of terraforming) in a city called Neo-Venezia, a replica of "Manhome's" (earth) city of Venice. It follows Akari Mizunashi, who is a teen girl coming from Manhome to find a job as an undine in read more
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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 read more
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