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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: 7.921 (scored by 89818,981 users)
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Ranked: #9122
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Popularity: #1008
Members: 18,754
Favorites: 340


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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.



Oct 7, 2023
The organic world of Aqua originated by Kozue Amano receives one and all to be raised in an environment calming for the hasty, cozy for the weary, and optimistically-molding and expansive for the tunnel-visioned, where we can learn to set our eyes of the heart on finding gems around our steps, thereupon each little treasure should be efforted to be crafted into self-sustaining sources of happiness.

To find sources of joy wherever we go and to cherish every fleeting moment in order to build up our kinship to the positive and resistance to sadness is clearly a prevailing wisdom guiding us as we step out of ...
Aug 23, 2023
Nostalgic. Soothing. Poetic.

How about becoming a gondolier on Mars? Even though this may seem absurd at first glance, this is the foundation of a classic of the iyashikei genre.

To give you a bit of context, I was pretty late reading Aqua, as I had already enjoyed its sequel Aria and Amano's newer work Amanchu, both as manga and anime. So I was definitely not a newcomer and knew what to expect.

Mizunashi Akari, the main character, is a young Japanese girl from the 24th century. She dreams of becoming an Undine. What is an Undine? A female gondolier working in New Venice on Aqua, a future ...
Jan 23, 2019
Probably better known under the name of it’s sequel, Aria. Aqua is usually held as a pillar of Slice of Life and Iyashikei with some Utopia to boot. I have yet to break into Aria, but let’s look at how the two volumes known as Aqua fares. Let’s Rock.

PLOT: or lack thereof. Taking place in 2031, the planet Mars has become covered in water and renamed to Aqua. Our tale takes place in the city of Neo Venezia, a city of water and boats. Our protagonist Akari arrives from earth to seek a job as a gondolier tour guide known as an Undine. The series ...

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