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MMF: About Aria in Manga and Anime

President Aria


Categorized as a science fiction and slice of life title, Aria is a complete manga series by Kouzue Amano. The series originally began with the title of Aqua, serialized in 2001, with Enix’s imprint magazine Stencil. It was then  picked up by Mag Garden monthly imprint of Comic Blade and published from 2002-2008. The series was renamed as Aria, and there are 12 volumes in total.

Similar to how its Japanese publication may have been a tongue twister, its American publication history has also been quite unique. Aria was originally licensed, translated and released by ADV Manga for three volumes, before they had to discontinued the series. Aria was then picked up by Tokyopop, and re-released from its Aqua beginnings. So many fans and readers of this series, treat the two-volume Aqua as the prologue to Aria. Tokyopop has currently released up to volume six of Aria, so there is no definite news to when the rest of the series shall be translated and released, however there are fans waiting.

In the meantime, take the time to check out the Animation series that was inspired by this manga. The three animation seasons and OVA has been released by Nozomi Entertainment, that is an imprint of Japanese Animation and Manga American retailer, RightStuf.com. To follow in order, from the beginning to the end, please note the series from  Aria the Animation (1st Season) Aria the Natural (2nd Season) Aria the OVA ~Arietta~ and then Aria the Origination (3rd Season).

This series follows the life of Akari Mizunashi, a former Earth inhabitant that resettles on the planet of Mars in Neo Venezia, a city based after the city of Venice during the 24th Century. Earth and Mars are referred in Aria by different names, Manhome for Earth and Aqua for Mars.

Akari aspires to be a professional gondolier known as Undines, and she must work from apprentice upward. On her way to become an Undine, she meets, befriends and experiences many things that make Aria a very peaceful read.

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