It’s been nice to see buzz among anime blogs for the new ARIA OVA that is apparently coming out, but it’s kind of surprising how much there is. It’s probably because I did not really start checking many anime blogs until recently, but there was not that much talk about ARIA the ANIMATION/NATURAL when I looked around. All posts I saw were highly positive though, so I can’t really complain. I’ve heard that ARIA is the “type of show that everyone likes, but no-one talks about” or that “there really isn’t much to say about it anyway” when considering blogging it, but I’ll attempt to do so anyway. This post might be the latter of the two categories, but let us see where this ends up.
I think watching ARIA makes you feel good. It immerses you into the world of a terraformed Mars, and we see things through the perspective of Akari and Co. Often they have fun exploring the world they live in, and that enjoyment is conferred onto us as viewers. The beauty and mystery that Aqua holds (the different cities/islands, the events held such as carnival, the secrets in the most seemingly ordinary things), in combination with the awesome OST by Choro Club and Takeshi Senoo makes for an engrossing watch.
We also are treated to the wonders that Aqua holds in these experiences, and it’s great for Akari to stat what she’s feeling about any situation she’s in. I think that in those cases, we feel some of the same things that Akari does in finding wonders from the mundane and “truly wonderful”, despite not being in her shoes. And I would be just fine watching just her, Alice and Aika continue to train to be undines while learning more about Neo Venezia and beyond if that was the sole point of every episode.
Character interactions are an additional good selling point of the show. Each episode, from the undine trainees going about normal duties while striking up random conversations with random people at random places, to interactions with characters such as Akatsuki and Al or the history of the Water Fairies, we always find out a little bit more about certain individuals in the show, and it’s never done in an offputting or annoying manner. Having that quality in addition to the experience of living in Aqua, ARIA has a certain relaxing, pleasing charm about it. While the laid back episodic format means that nothing really “grand” is happening, we get more of a fleshing out of everything. Besides, ARIA never was that type of show to begin with.
This is not something that I’ll easily tire of, and I believe that’s the same for a lot of people as well. The OVA shows that even after 39 episodes, the magic hasn’t died out yet. I hope more people become interested in this gem of a series. :3