First of all, this review is about all four seasons and an OVA of Aria, starting from Aria the Animation until Aria the Avvenire. I did it this way because there are no significant difference between all and the stories are connecting.
Aria takes place in a planet called Aqua, where the place is an alternative living space from earth, specifically in a city called Neo Venezia that was built based on Venice of Italy. The story revolves around Akari Mizunashi, who just came to Neo Venezia to become an undine (those who take guests with gondola). With her friends she met there, Akari discovers mysteries on Neo Venezia that also teach her valuable life lessons like no other.
From the story, Aria has a rather simple theme. But, it is packed beautifully in a slow paced show that is not boring at all. Every episode brings a different story and I think that most of them are warm and somehow successfully drag you in their world. The characters may not be that unique as you will find in other anime. However, they are all different and well-thought. Each has their portion and their stories are also told without leaving loophole that will make you curious. You can also see they develop through the series.
I think that I love all aspects from Aria, the story, the art, the music, everything. The artworks are very beautiful. They are drawn in a soft palette that really supports the mood of the story. I really like all the details of the background, with the city and everything. The characters are also beautiful, and sometimes they are drawn in a more comical way, just for some funny part, but they are iconic.
As for the music, Yui Makino’s voice in the opening song really fit the story. I love most of the opening songs from this anime. Though the ending songs are not my top pick, but they are also good and relaxing to hear. Same goes for the background musics. They are not really stand out, but you will hear them blend within the story well.
If you want to ask what I don’t like about Aria, then I will say that the stories are good, however, there are some episodes with stories that are not so memorable. You can also guess the story easily too.
Overall, I recommend this anime, though I think that some people might find this anime too slow. But it’s worth to watch. Just in case you’re wondering, the order of the anime is Aria the Animation – Aria the Natural – and then the OVA called Arietta – Aria the Origination – and Aria the Avvenire that only comes with three episodes.
MyAnimeList overall rating: 8.17
Personal rating: 9.50