Here’s a brief, opinion-free, just-the-facts write-up on Right Stuf’s latest sub-only anime boxset release, which contains all thirteen episodes of the 2005 series Aria the Animation. I’ll follow this up with a full review in a week or so.
The following uniformly worded description appears on the back of each DVD case:
Akari Mizunashi, at the age of 15, has left everything behind to travel to a sparkling planet covered in water, known as Aqua. More than anything, Akari wants to be an “undine” – a female gondolier who navigates the canals of the Aquan city of Neo-Venezia. As she begins her training with the prestigious Aria Company, will she be up to the challenges that await her on the path to achieve her dream?
PACKAGING AND CONTENTS
The set contains four discs in thinpak cases, each of which sports a jacket featuring one of Aria‘s undines (images above). The first disc has four episodes and the remaining discs contain three episodes each. Special features include interviews, a six-part documentary on the production team’s research visit to the real Venice, clean endings and trailers (including one for season 2 of the franchise, Aria the Natural).
As I mentioned earlier, this is a sub-only release – hence no English dub.
The set comes in a sturdy cardboard slipcase with full-colour illustrations on two sides. One panel features (above, from left to right) President Aria, Alicia, Aika, Alice, and Akari.
The other panel shows (above, from left to right) Akari, Alice, and Aika.
The set comes with an illustrated information booklet designed to look like a travel guide to the city of Neo-Venezia (above). Contents include in-world descriptions of the city’s landmarks, people, customs and festivals, along with recommended activities for tourists and profiles of Neo-Venezia’s three most prominent water guide companies. The booklet ends with the usual character sketches and black-and-white images of promotional artwork (including the six Japanese DVD covers).