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Aria  
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Description
From ADV Manga:

On the planet Aqua, a world once known as Mars, Mizunashi Akari has just made her home in the town of Neo-VENEZIA, a futuristic imitation of the ancient city of Venice. The technology of "Man Home" (formerly Earth) has not entirely reached this planet, and Akari is alone, having no contact with family or friends. Nonetheless, the town, with its charming labyrinths of rivers and canals, becomes Akari's new infatuation, along with the dream of becoming a full-fledged gondolier. Reverting to a more "primitive" lifestyle and pursuing a new trade, the character of Akari becomes both adventurous and heartwarming all at once.

Type
Manga

Related Series
Aqua (Prequel)

Associated Names
アリア
水星领航员

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Latest Release(s)
v.12 c.60 (end) by Amano Centric Scans (1670d ago)
v.12 c.59 by Amano Centric Scans (1693d ago)
v.12 c.58 by Amano Centric Scans (1709d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
12 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1
Ends at Vol 12

User Reviews
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User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (430 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.75 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 16th 2014, 9:02pm PST

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Year
2002

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Serialized In (magazine)
Comic Blade (Mag Garden)

Licensed (in English)
No

English Publisher
ADV Manga (1 Volume - Defunct)
TokyoPop (6 Volumes - Defunct)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #816 increased(+97)
Monthly Pos #1535 increased(+126)
3 Month Pos #1801 decreased(-27)
6 Month Pos #1820 increased(+106)

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On 680 reading lists
On 1013 wish lists
On 692 completed lists
On 50 unfinished lists
On 294 custom lists

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A Futuristic Venice Full of Magic!   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by khanaami
August 29th, 2014, 6:03pm
Seriously, this manga is magical. The setting, the characters, the feelings, and the atmosphere of this manga is amazing. The mangaka does a great job pulling you into the world of Aria, and the art shows this. Definitely a must read for those seeking something light yet wondrous.

... Last updated on August 29th, 2014, 6:04pm
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One of the best heroine...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by rennov
January 19th, 2014, 7:22am
All reviewers already said all greatness of Aria, so I just want to add one more things that comes from my heart when I watch the anime series...

Ahem... Well, Akari, if you somehow exist in real world (or someone resemble you) and if I meet you somehow, I will search you and try to make you to be my girlfriend...

I apologize, but a bit exaggeration will bring no harms for a masterpiece of tranquil and serene series...

... Last updated on January 19th, 2014, 7:23am
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So peaceful   
Rating: N/A
by Mizura
September 18th, 2013, 8:13am
This series just has an incredibly peaceful atmosphere. As you read it, it is as though you are there as well, on a gondola floating across the water, bathed in sunlight as enjoying the breeze across your face. Despite its futuristic setting, this series is actually all about enjoying the little things in life: the changing seasons, the little facts about the city you live in, the companionship of your dear friends.

With our world growing more and more hectic, this series beckons you to slow down, take a rest, take a look around and enjoy your present moments, as well as look forward to new moments to come. It's an incredibly relaxing read that melts away your stress and leaves you feeling calmer and happier.
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Leaves an empty feeling   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by GreenToes
June 17th, 2013, 11:40am
When you finish this manga, doesn't it leave an emptier feeling? The storytelling, the art, and the characters in this magical land of Neo-Venezia are moving on, and you're just looking for more manga. It's an embodiment of slice-of-life and fantasy manga all at once. A great read. Leaves a smile on your face after every chapter, but breaks your heart in the last because you won't get to read anymore. A solid 10/10. Would be higher if I could rate it past 10! xP
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A Masterpiece.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Jeli
November 23rd, 2012, 11:31am
After four years, I have finally finished this manga that has been sitting on my computer. I was waiting for the English license during that time, since I was saving the last two volumes to be read in the palm of my hands, but that wasn't going to happen anytime soon since TokyoPop went out of business.

An absolutely captivating, enrapturing series. A set of vignettes following the lives of undines, as they enjoy the small bits of happiness from daily activities and spending time with others.
Never have I ever read a series so beautifully written. All the characters are ridiculously lovable, and really pulls you in to understand their feelings and thoughts. Just, wow.
10/10, and definitely something everyone should read at some point.
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A Snow Pure Fantasy that will draw you in   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Adipvpster
May 22nd, 2012, 7:00am
I was never a big fan of slice of life with happy go lucky main lead. So, when I began reading it, I thought I would be bored at the end at beginning itself. But that wasn't the case. It is truly a unique masterpiece that I have ever read. This truly made me realize that being optimistic isn't as bad as I thought. Simply put, it changed my view.
The Story I can't really say is enjoyable. How do I say it, this manga isn't a story centered one. This would be a major flaw in almost all the manga but here, it plays out beautifully. When I began reading it, it just pulled me in with the art and the characters. Many may say the characters are just 2 dimensional, and they are right but that fact is a strength in here. When the characters speak, you don't imagine them as a third person or a protagonist speaking, but you can actually connect with all the characters and resonate with their feelings and I think that's the feature unique to this manga only
The story revolves around Akari and here friends as they mature. It packs all their experiences as they aim for their dream in the terraformed Mars.The author really is a genius as he takes this simple content and creates a masterpiece. Usually when you read Manga, you are happy when the Main character is happy and sad when the main character is sad right? Although this manga is same, this goes into the next level. It makes us happy alongside the characters themselves, you can beautifully enjoy the happiness of the characters as if they are your own and that too with daily and common things!
I truly believe this manga should be read by everyone. Sure it doesn't contain violence, action, romance, change the world stuff but it will really make you glad to be bornsmile
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A Rare Masterpiece   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Selenium_Glow
March 3rd, 2010, 3:06pm
If I described anyone about this series, I'd say -

Simply put, the reason why I loved this is the way the story is told, the way the author describes the everyday and so called uneventful moments that grasps you into a completely different world. It makes you fall in love... in love with everything that is around you, no matter how small or insignificant. After reading this, you just won't hate... you'll have nothing left in you to hate. Such is the power of it's story telling that was exhibited upon me when I read this.
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Confectionary Slice of Life   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by aurickandrien
December 20th, 2009, 10:56am
Really I do quite like slice of life, but I think that there a lot of aspects to Aria that are too artificial for it to be that successful an example of the genre.

Aria is set on future Mars in a city that is very Venice/Italian themed but in ways of culture and signage sometimes seems more Japanese than anything; and which has a number of seemingly arbitrary chosen fantasy elements... and where for some inexplicable reason *everyone* has a name that starts with "A"...

Also, if you drew out a map of character relationships it would seem overly column/grid-like. It's almost as if each character in the manga came in sets of three (or looking at it from another angle came from one of three sets): three main girls, three cats, three seniors and three boys. It almost feels like the characters are collected into the story... They even pretty much all come with set phrases that they say!

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This is a story about a supposedly idyllic world, but I'm not sure how it can be idyllic when so much of it doesn't seem natural... And surely when suspension of disbelief is necessary enough for a reader to go along with the actual core premise of the story you don't need all these secondary obstacles added on top of that?

... Last updated on December 20th, 2009, 11:31pm
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A little too moe   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by akari_mizunashi
May 18th, 2009, 4:31pm
This is one of the first manga I ever read and I loved it. So sweet, simple, and serene. By volume 3, though, it had ventured dangerously far into the moe-moe category. Akari was starting to get more annoying than sweet. Volume 4 was straight fanservice for a whole chapter. It was starting to get a little disappointing.

Still, though, the important part of Aria is not the characters and their designs but the setting. And that is absolutely beautiful. Some chapters are almost Miyazakian. It's amazing how in love with Venice the author must be, and the author transfers that love to us.

Not the best slice of life out there (that would be YKK and its creator's other works), but comes close.

... Last updated on November 13th, 2009, 3:40pm
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Excellent, and a small word about demographics   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Crenshinibon
December 23rd, 2008, 9:22pm
Aria is an excellent, laid-back work that gradually absorbs you into its lackadaisical pacing and fantastical environment. Aria in and of itself really isn't about the storyline, but about the atmosphere it evokes. While the characters do gradually develop and deepen in personality as time moves on, it's really a manga about the magic that the pseudo-utopia called Aqua contains.

The art is pretty high quality, and certainly suits the setting. Although some of the character designs come across as almost disappointingly generic, it's difficult to notice, and backgrounds gradually increase in artistic merit as the series progresses.

In short, this is the type of story that you want to read on a rainy day- it's warm, relaxing, and will almost certainly bring a smile to your face. I recommend it to fans of other uplifting slice of life works.

Now that that's out of the way, a quick word to the people who don't seem to quite understand what demographic Aria is. Aria is shounen. It was serialized is a monthly magazine that identifies itself as shounen. As such, it is a shounen manga, like it or not. I'm sorry if this comes across as abrasive, but a simple objective decision has been made by the author and its editors already. Changing it endlessly here is just silly.
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