Recently I stumbled across mention of Dear Akari-sama, a doujinshi re-imagining of Aria that starts off grim, gets yet grimmer, then brightens in a way that brought tears to my eyes.
The artist does a wonderful job of translating Kozue Amano’s art to the pestilential alleyways of Manhome, before the clouds part and the light shines in — from the depths of despair to, well, Aria. It’s brilliant.
Google will help you find translations, if you can’t read the Japanese version. Go. Read.