“The gentle wind brushing against my cheeks…
While rocking to the sound of the waves,
I can feel my body relaxing.
I close my eyes, and can see…
The direction the wind is taking.
Now let’s row, towards the shining waves.
A smile is immediately brought to my face.
Hey, tell me…
Can this yearning be healed by the wind…
As the undine takes me to your side?”
Undine by Yui Makino
Yes, yes it can be healed!
Aria follows the story of a young gondolier named Akari who, together with her friends Aika and Alice, strives to become an Undine, gondoliers who guide visitors around the city. It takes place on the planet Aqua, former Mars, and in a city called Neo-Venezia, a replica of Venezia.
I finished this wonderful series in the end of summer.
Aria the Animation
Aria the Natural
Aria the Natural Special
Aria the OVA: Arietta
Aria the Origination
Aria the Origination Special
Aria the Origination Picture Drama
62 episodes later.
I still cry.
Aria is not like every other Slice of Life out there. It is unique. It is harmony. It the true masterpiece of the anime industry.
You do not agree with my last statement?
Then watch it.
Aria is definitely not for everyone. The setting is a utopia where everyone is happy and the relaxing atmosphere is so thick that you will not be able to cut through it with a knife. People who demands action or cannot enjoy the beautiful will find nothing of worth here. And it makes me feel genuinely sad. I wish everyone had the chance to enjoy Aria.
When you watch Aria, you become one with the world. It is not only Akari’s journey. It is yours too. Neo-Venezia is such a wonderful place that I actually wish it existed. I would move there any day. The city itself becomes one of the main characters. And I now want to visit Venezia.
Aria is the hope of the anime industry.
It is a life-changing experience.
Make sure to read Inushinde’s post about Aria too!