Aria the Animation – Complete DVD Collection (opinion-free teaser)

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.

DVD BLURB

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).

LINKS
Anime News Network – encyclopedia entry / merchandising links
Wikipedia – encyclopedia entry

7 Responses

  1. Did your order this on amazon?

  2. @Hei: Yes. I would have preferred to order it from a retailer based closer to home, to cut down on shipping and taxes (e.g., YesAsia, Play Asia), but none of them put this on stock.

  3. You make me hate my inability to get it more and more ;_;
    I might be able to get it this Saturday, actually, if I can get there from Greenhills in about… 30, 40 minutes? (I’ll leave school 11:20 or so)

  4. I recall seeing one episode of Aria a very long time ago, but never finished the series. It seems that many people like it. What is it about and with what anime it shares similarities?

  5. @Zeroblade: Just a couple more days. 😉

    @Kitsune: It’s hard to draw comparisons at this point since I’ve only seen the first disc. For now, let’s just say that I can see some parallels with Sketchbook (relaxing pace, no major plot developments, clean and simple animation style). I’m looking forward to the rest, though – and you can bet I’ll have more to say on the matter after the last disc. (^_^)

  6. […] still owe the readership a full review of Aria the Animation, which I previewed in an opinion-free teaser last month. With virtually every waking hour of my time currently pledged to some activity or […]

  7. Thanks…
    Türkiye’ dede bu kadar ilgi olsa keşke 😦

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