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Anime Stats
Days: 155.7
Mean Score: 4.50
  • Total Entries1,441
  • Rewatched39
  • Episodes9,221
Anime History Last Anime Updates
Ginga Hyouryuu Vifam
Ginga Hyouryuu Vifam
Oct 14, 2:54 PM
Watching 25/46 · Scored -
Seisenshi Dunbine
Seisenshi Dunbine
Oct 14, 2:54 PM
Watching 22/49 · Scored -
Ai no Wakakusa Monogatari
Ai no Wakakusa Monogatari
Oct 14, 2:54 PM
Watching 28/48 · Scored -
Manga Stats
Days: 130.3
Mean Score: 4.72
  • Total Entries1,679
  • Reread7
  • Chapters21,605
  • Volumes2,551
Manga History Last Manga Updates
Urusei Yatsura
Urusei Yatsura
Oct 13, 2:51 AM
Reading 11/366 · Scored -
Ten: Tenhou-doori no Kaidanji
Ten: Tenhou-doori no Kaidanji
Oct 13, 2:18 AM
Reading 20/164 · Scored -
Akagi: Yami ni Oritatta Tensai
Akagi: Yami ni Oritatta Tensai
Oct 13, 2:18 AM
Completed 306/306 · Scored 5


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assyrian Oct 6, 4:33 PM

how are you enjoying akagi? :3
velvetPhos Sep 19, 8:46 PM
I’m glad that you are enjoying rewatchin/rereading Aria that much! Yeah… I feel same way. Aria is very human and genuine at core. Not sure if we’ll still be on this site, but I hope we’ll still be talking about Aria 10 years later, lol.
That Akari quote is very relatable… I felt like that when I read Aria. The experience of Aria is the pure beauty. Like the feeling that I suddenly get overwhelmed by the beauty of scenery after getting out of long tunnel…

I see. For me, I always had inner conflict of how I should feel about the anime Aria. I love Aria, but I always felt something is lacking in anime version. The manga resolved that for me. Manga filled everything that I felt lacking in anime, and it solidified Aria as my favorite franchise of all time.

Oh, you revisited anime for 20 extra episodes? That’s impressive.

Hmm, I’ve heard about that for many times. My dad is huge fan of Twelve Kingdoms because he is very passionate about Chinese history and mythology. I watched few episodes with him right after it aired. I remember he had said that novels go much deeper both narrative and setting wise.
I want to read the novel but I refuse to read digital copy, so I need to buy one. I’m going back to Japan this winter for two weeks, so hopefully I can find the hardcopy of novels there.
velvetPhos Sep 10, 5:40 PM
How's aria rewatch/rereading?
thizlas Sep 8, 8:16 AM
I don't know either whether revealing more about the world and characters would have really worked. It is true that often, giving too much information and trying too hard to rationalize fiction only ends up dispelling its magic and breaking the illusion you toiled to build in the first place.

Thanks ! Maybe you should reread Emma ? You could end up being disappointed though, as it does not give off the same felling of flawless perfection that only series without conflict such as Aria and YKK can create. That said, its atmosphere is as good, if not better, than that of those two manga, as its art and pacing are, in my opinion, superior. It also has a lot of excellent secondary stories and characters that make up for its fairly classical main story. Its excellent dialogues and the abundance of details it displays at every level really impressed me as well.

I just borrowed Mushishi from the public library ^^ As you probably know, I am also a big fan of Taniguchi, Chichi no Koyomi being my favourite manga by him. Emanon is on my list, as well as Spica, Kaijuu no Kodomo and Munou no Hito, I am waiting for them to come back to the libraries of my city :) I didn't know Kyou Machiko and Shigeyasu Takeno, I will make sure to check their works out !

Ok, I will try to watch it again when I will have finished the manga.

No problem, thanks for taking the time to answer.
assyrian Sep 8, 7:37 AM
Ah that makes more sense now. Im glad that you can welcome me back c:
assyrian Sep 7, 3:08 PM
assyrian Sep 2, 7:09 PM

What happened? I thought we where friends
Arimias Sep 2, 10:02 AM
Sorry for the late response, and okay, I'll be starting the Aria manga very soon. Good writing and narrative is a more important aspect to me than visuals and audio, so if what you're saying about the manga doing more justice in that area, I'm all down to experience it, especially if it addresses aspects I wasn't fond of in the anime adaption putting in more detail and back story.

It's actually my third re-watch of the anime. I wanted to see if I'd have any sort of different opinions on the show now that I fully understand what SSY's trying to explain to its audience. I'm going through it REALLY slowly, but it's an anime where I don't have to rush to get through anymore just because of how much it means to me. It has become my favorite anime I've ever watched mainly due to how the story was crafted, folded, and concluded. Every episodes has a purpose, whether on a large or small scale with the characters and narrative. Nothing is wasted in my opinion, and that's one of the beauties SSY offers. It explores a lot of themes and questions about humanity; and what it means to be human, exploring sexuality, how corruption in society manipulates our thinking, why do groups of minorities demand freedom from oppressors, who are actually the 'bad guys' in SSY? And so on. I'd say a re-watch can never hurt you, and maybe you'll pick up on aspects you've missed like I have over the months. I also want to re-watch another one of my favorites, Texhnolyze, sometime in the future as well to get a bigger understanding of the show.
Xzzie Sep 2, 8:33 AM
I don't mind slow pacing at all, in fact, i watched 7 episodes or Aria like last year i think, and liked it(even though the first season is considered to be the weakest), but i get what you mean. I see your point here. I think i'm gonna go with the manga, since it's the original and complete work as the author wanted it to be, and maybe go back to the anime later.

No problem and thank you for the detailed reply!!
Xzzie Aug 31, 10:09 AM
Nice layout!
thizlas Aug 25, 9:19 AM
Thanks !

Yeah I agree that Aqua works well as it is, its lack of development is certainly not a big flaw. That said, I still think it prevents the manga from reaching excellence : while reading, it I felt that its characters, though they were far from being bad, sounded a bit too much like archetypes ; their personalities and backstories weren't complex enough for me to really grow attached to them. As a comparison, in Kaoru Mori's Shirley, even though the main character is mostly characterized through her work, like Akari is in Aqua, I found her to be a more interesting character because she has a more detailed backstory and acts in a less predictable way.

To me, Emma (especially Emma Bangaihen) and YKK have an advantage over Aqua (and to a lesser extent Aria), which is that they manage to build a kind of seriousness, or solemnty, that gives their art and narrative more weight. The line between child-like simplicity and childish naivety, just like the line between something simple and something simplistic, is sometimes blurry, and I feel like Kozue Amano is not as good as Mori and Ashinano at assessing how to not cross those lines.

You mentioned that there are other works that have the same kind of atmosohere as YKK, would you mind recommending me some of those ? Except from Ashinano's other works, I really don't know of any.

About the anime, I didn't like the first season so is it really worth it for me to force myself to continue just to get to watch the origination ?
Athenai Aug 24, 11:26 PM
Your profile looks incredibly gorgeous :)
Xzzie Aug 24, 9:26 AM
Which do your prefer/suggest, the Aria anime or manga?
Xzzie Aug 23, 6:49 PM
Thanks for accepting the fr.
thizlas Aug 22, 2:40 PM
No problem, I'm always glad to see people who enjoy Taniguchi's great work.

Ok, I will do it right away :)
You seem to take anime and manga quite seriously and to have real knowledge on the medium so I look forward to having interesting conversations with you ! It's not everyday that you find "true" manga fans on this site so I'm especially happy about your looking like you appreciate this medium just as much as I do.

About Aria, yes, I am only at the beginning but I am already enjoying it very much. It fixes Aqua's main problem, which was the lack of development, and it seems like some of its chapters are going to be as ambitious as I wanted them to. The first chapter was quite bad but since the second one the manga keeps gettings better and better. The last chapter I read, which was located in an old hot springs building, was especially good and surpassed my original expectations for the manga. At this point I would be very suprised if I ended up scoring it less than an 8.

Incidentally, some of Aria's chapters have a certain atmosphere to them that made me realize YKK was maybe not as unique and dominant in the Iyashikei genre as I thought it was, so much so that I will probably lower its score from 10 to 9.5. (A small but at the same time significant drop).

Aria's art is also getting better, and its setting keeps expanding in interesting ways, which I enjoy very much (worldbuilding and setting are extremely important to me).

-I forgot to precise it, but everything I say below about the anime only concerns the first season, which is the one I have watched-
Honestly, I have no idea why so many people who present themselves as Aria fans put so much more emphasis on the anime than on the manga, because they don't seem like they are even in the same category to me. Whereas the anime's setting was just a pale copy of Venice, the art of the manga gives birth to a completely new world with a very distinct atmosphere. (When I say "a pale copy of Venice", I mean that the art of the anime lacks most of the details the manga has to set itself apart from the real Venice, which along with the very Italian-sounding music makes it very hard not to compare them, and since there is now way animation could live up to the beauty of the actual place, it makes the anime feel like it looks a lot less good that it should.) Also the ability to control the pace at which you watch the story unfold is so satisfying.
Anyway, it sounds like I wrote way too much so I'm just going to thank you very much for accepting my friend request and send the message already !