October 03, 2008
Those among my fellow bloggers who have watched parts of the Aria series seem universally enchanted by it. I haven't seen anything of it except frame grabs, but I'm willing to give it a try.
I just noticed that the first 13 episodes have become available. I also need to buy a copy of as a gift, so I think I'll probably put in a supplemental appropriation, a "bailout" if you will, on Sunday.
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at October 03, 2008 04:51 PM (/ppBw)
It's very much an atmosphere piece. No action to speak of, and no particular plot other than "growing up". It's an anime about gondoliers, for heaven's sake.
For all that, I adore the show. My copy of the Season 1 box arrived at the Duck U. Bookstore earlier today. I haven't watched any of it, so I can't speak to the job Nozomi did on it (yet), but I WILL say that the "Neo-Venezia Guidebook" that's packaged with it is pretty cool.
It's a very gentle show.
Posted by: Wonderduck at October 03, 2008 05:41 PM (AW3EJ)
(Crap, I posted this on the wrong thread.)
I generally don't do well with "lots of personality but nothing happens" kinds of shows, myself, but people whose opinions I respect (for instance, The Duck) seem to love this one and say it's quite a lot better than most "lots of personality but nothing happens" shows.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 03, 2008 05:44 PM (+rSRq)
When I was showing it to some friends, I used to sandwich one episode of Aria between episodes of two other higher-energy series as a sort of cooldown, and it worked very well that way.
Posted by: pflorian at October 03, 2008 07:33 PM (HSiGw)
(In fact, it's in the same post that Steven references above... I had forgotten just exactly where I had said it.)
I don't think that you'll hate ARIA, Steven, but I don't know that you're going to be thrilled beyond belief by it. I eat "slice-of-life" shows like they're going out of style... and ARIA is more like the whole pie. It was a given I'd love it.
It'll certainly be worth the $35 (or whatever it is; I paid without blinking), but you might not go beyond Season 1. *shrug* We'll see!
Posted by: Wonderduck at October 03, 2008 09:46 PM (AW3EJ)
Different people like different things. There are no guarantees.
But given that Aria is best-of-breed of whatever breed it is, it behooves me to at least give it a chance.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 03, 2008 10:21 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at October 03, 2008 11:53 PM (PiXy!)
Posted by: mparker762 at October 04, 2008 07:24 AM (ycK01)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 04, 2008 09:26 AM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at October 04, 2008 09:52 AM (/ppBw)
I liked the OVAs, but even as I watched them, I knew there must have been a lot of story left out, and it suffered from that. I'd love for a 24-ep series to be made of YKK.
Probably won't ever occur, but stranger things have happened...
Posted by: Wonderduck at October 04, 2008 09:24 PM (AW3EJ)
With a total of like 14 volumes out, I would think you could do more with it. I did like the OVA, as it was relaxing, yet thoughtful in a way. I would definitely say check out the manga if you wanted more than what's there.
I'm biased like Wonderduck to ARIA as well, and so I agree with most of what he says, though I do feel that you could say that Season 2 is the weakest of the three.
One thing that does work about the show is the fact that you don't have to watch it all at once, and as Pixy Misa said, it's a type of show where you can take long breaks between watching episodes, and still enjoy it coming back (if you like it in the first place). It took me around two years to finish the second season (26 eps), if I recall correctly.
Posted by: TheBigN at October 09, 2008 08:07 AM (1QHcI)
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Spoilers which are not properly tagged will be ruthlessly deleted on sight.
Also, I hate unsolicited suggestions and advice. (Even when you think you're being funny.)
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