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After 150 years of terraforming, Aqua, the planet formerly known as Mars, now has over 90% of its surface covered by water. A young girl named Akari Mizunashi arrives at the city of Neo-Venezia, an exact replica of the old Italian city of Venice, hoping to become an Undine, the most coveted job on Aqua. Follow Akari's adventures as she discovers the wonders of Aria in this prequel to the popular Aria anime and manga series.
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I remember really loving its slowpace and calm setting and story. (Same for Aria) It's a nice read if you want to calm down. It gives you the feeling that life is nice.
I would recomend it to read little by little when you have the time. Because of it's episodic nature.
There are just a few things to mention about "Aqua" ... The manga on the whole - absolutely splendid. Nice drawings, slice of life story is top-notch, not too text-heavy. I can give a recommendation for everyone.
It's hard not to feel sleepy after reading this. Everything about it is calm, relaxing, and tranquil... tranquil like resting in the shade of a hot summer day. Time flows on, not in a bad way though, and you get to enjoy the little things as the story slowly unfolds.
The ending felt incomplete, but then Aria completes it and completes it in a way that makes it a classic for me. This Prequel to one of my highest rated manga is good. Yes, Aria is better, but this is great too
Man... I can't stop smiling ^____^
But not nearly as nice as Aria. Aria has its weaknesses. It can be corny, the human anatomy is often fairly bad, and it slips into moe just a little too often. Aqua has all those things, but multiplied many times. It's a lovely little series, but I'm glad Amano improved in time for Aria.
A nice and calming manga. Nice characters. Doesn't have much of a plot/story (nothing really *BIG* happens) but it adds to the charm. This is sweet manga. I recommend it esp. to people who want a change of pace in their read.
I had a feeling of "not quite there yet" while reading it. Aqua is very peacfull, and relaxing. That's what finally drew me in to read it. The art is very nice as well, but sometimes looks a little awkwards with hands and such. The scenes that greatly excited the characters, didn't have the same effect on me, and were mostly just pretty. The characters are simple and sweet. I liked aqua, but I do hope Aria would give a better emotion transmiting via landscapes.
All in all, I enjoyed it^^
One of the best... ever!!!
A touching story, that makes you feel relaxed-and sometimes a bit frustrated You can see and feel how the characters grow, and at the same time you'll grow fond of them! :-)
the artwork in this manga is just so stunning! there are those random shots that they give and the detail that they put into it, not to mention how beautiful the cover for volume 1 was and they had a pic of akira in a green background (thats my new desktop XD)....the story is just so relaxing and easygoing, all the stories are funny and there's enough fantasy inspiration here to make you dream of a totally different world...it's like a fairytale =) honestly read this, if you don't feel a bubbly feeling after you read it, something's wrong with you..its only two volumes =)
This beautifully illustrated manga will alternatively fill you with peace and make you giddy as a schoolgirl. To read when you need a change from other action-packed or angst-ridden mangas, or simply when you want to feel a little bit more at ease with this world. Or with another world.