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Aria MMF: Day 4 Wednesday Links

March 23, 2011 Leave a comment

We’ve reached the middle point of this feast, and I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing the links keep a coming. As I write along with entries of my own, I will be accepting, and then recapping it by next Monday, so I definitely invite people to continue to write more about this series, up to 11:59pm.

Tokyopop has only published up to only volume 6 is not enough, and if this is a license rescue, I definitely don’t want to see its run end here, and then have to restart over again with another publisher. With what I hear with DMP Guild, acquiring and maintaining licenses are not cheap.

Ash Brown of Experiments in Manga submits his review on Aqua Volume 1 and very much as what he said in his post on continuing to read, this is definitely a mantra with a lot of manga readers. I definitely commend this MMF to actually be an influence for readers to push through reading this wonderful series. If not from Aqua, you can be as Akari rows, there is really no need to read this series in linear fashion, but yes if you’re like Akari and can be rowing really fast from backwards, how about it?

Derik Badman of The Panelists revisits Aria and talks about how its repetition art styles, narrative writing style can appeal to readers more or less, but on the whole can be a deeper read than what general classification labels it. In this entry, he also writes heavily on a sensation of nostalgia, that is very quintessential on treating this future on how Mars is sustained for life. The series never shows how Manhome is like in the series, only through the eyewitness accounts of characters, can you see a reality that is Earth. Now Derik has also written about Aqua/Aria on three occasions before in the past, so please be sure to check it out. Aqua Volume 1Aria Volumes 1 to  3 and Aria Volume 5.

Ed Sizemore of as well as MangaOutloud Podcast supplies what has been to my knowledge fascinating podcast conversations of MMF since last year. I actually was on a previous Podcast conversation, so this is my “second” experience podcasting with Ed and others.  I am continually thankful that Ed has included my pretty much rambling, yet passionate thoughts on this subject. This conversation was recorded last Saturday just a day before MMF began. So speaking with Ed, Johanna, and Matt has definitely brought to mind what entries I can, and have been writing about this series.

Zzeroparticle of Anime Instrumentality has a wonderful review on Aria’s Soundtrack Collection, of course it is woefully out of print, so I really can’t emphasize on how much the music soundtrack compliment the series.

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MMF: Orange Planet’s own Alice Carroll

March 23, 2011 1 comment

Comparing Alice to Akari is similar to comparing apples and oranges. She is a character that Amano introduces in Aqua‘s last chapter without much fanfare or introduction, and then formally introduced in Aria‘s Volume 3. Since I recall her story in the anime, I read chapters of her with a bit more excitment, and can profess to say that I have started to say that I have started to fall in love with her again.

Alice represents a type of person, you definitely have to try and befriend in order to see the warmth of her personality. Already considered to be a young and talented training Undine at age 14, and living within a large company as  Orange Planet. Alice grows on you. I find that naming her after Lewis Carroll’s famous character shows off an inquisitive mind that seeks to not be forgotten.

Alice is a very sweet character, that matures with her friendship with Akari and Aika. As with many other anime or manga series, her age in relation to other older characters fits her into a mindset for me, of her being how a more reserved Skuld from Ah My Goddess, or Chiyo from Azamanga Daioh. I also enjoy her expression when she turns like this, Amano creates a different look for characters that definitely show a light heart side of taking on the situation.

I also want to comment on her relationship with Maa-shachou, who is introduced in Volume 6, and let’s just say Alice meeting Maa, to the point of giving her up, definitely made me tear up. Of the three cat presidents, other than Aria, Maa shares a spot in my mind as to who I would love to look at. It warms me to no end, on seeing how Alice holds and care for her.

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Aria MMF: Day 3 Tuesday Links

March 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Sorry for how late this recap of Tuesday links is, but today was definitely filled with some good strong links to be aware about. Earlier today I wrote about my experience in watching Yui Makino, and the openings of Aria, the anime.

Sean Gaffney from A Case Suitable For Treatment submits for this MMF, his two posts on Aria and Aqua respectively. Aqua Volume 1 and Aria Volume 6 . Unlike a lot of other bloggers, Sean, I notice reviews manga series volume by volume, and he brings out a lot of valid thoughtful points, on what makes certain series tick. I can always hope that even with low book sales that perhaps, Teen librarians can uses this as a good series in a book talk.
Libraries are pretty good consumers of manga, since a lot of books for teenagers are by word of mouth.

Lori Henderson of Manga Xanadu also shares her post on Aqua Volumes 1 and 2 today. Lori speaks about how slow paced, yet magical, reading Aqua is for her. She points yet one of my faves, on how cats are a great point in this series.

I hope that people do enjoy reading or watching this series. Since I was in the mopes about wanting to see the anime again, I ended up, the time before yesterday and today, with purchasing the first season. So for those that are not reading, definitely should check out the anime series. There are some small points that are different from the manga. Aria the anime, does cover several volumes in the Aria the manga.

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