Many have suggested me to watch this show ever since I have watched K-ON!!. That series was Aria, a scientific fiction slice of life, which had some similarities to the mentioned title minus the excess moe. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the first two episodes with its nice animation, music and a interesting story. Therefore, I have to share my thoughts about Aria the Animation, the first season of the series. (Image Source)
The story takes place in the future on the planet called Aqua, which is a terraformed Mars. On the planet, there is a city looks like Venice is Neo-Venezia. Since the city has mostly water, travel is done by boats (gondola) and walking. The main heroine of the story is named Akari, which is employed by “Aria Company,” a boat tour company as trainee in Neo-Venezia. She works with Alicia, another woman that worked for the company with several years of experience. Alicia seems to be cheerful and graceful, with some taunting of a certain friend of hers.
The episodes I have watched focused on different issues and experiences. In the first episode, a girl named Ai sneaks onto Akari’s gondola when she was unable to book an appointment to ride with Alicia. When Akari finds her on the boat, she practices while Ai rides until she sees Aika, which is her friend. Aika meets Akari with a young girl and rides with them. After several hours passed by, Ai explained why she hated Aqua. It was caused by the jealousy of her older sister visiting Aqua and riding on Alicia’s gondola. Eventually, Ai begins to love Aqua after hanging out with Aika and Akari. When they come back to “Aria Company” building, she reunites with her parents. Before leaving, she exchanged emails with Akari so they keep in contact.
In the second episode, we are introduced to Himeya Company and Akira, a really strict mentor of Aika. Aika decides to run away and sleep at Aria Company after she got angry over Akira’s remark. Eventually they apologize to Akira with some bread. In addition, Akira revealed that Alicia and herself are childhood friends despite Alicia’s teasing.
Even though Aria the Animation is shown in the old-fashioned 4:3 format, the animation and art style is excellent. The scenery looked gorgeous, which brings out the beauty of Neo-Venezia. While the animation gets better in the subsequent seasons, this doesn’t mean the animation is weak because it’s made in 2005. Not to mention, the music sounded excellent that gives a gentle and a feeling of awesomeness.
Overall, I enjoyed Aria the Animation as a pleasant slice of life story. It was nice to see Akari be so cheerful while she continues her dreams of becoming a better undine. On top of that the art and music was beautiful, which adds on the enjoyment. Hopefully Aria will continue to be good or even better with future episodes and seasons.