Farewell, my Aquamarine

When our paths crossed, you offered me your hand.

When my mind was troubled, you offered me solace.

When I longed to flee from the world, you offered me a safe refuge.

Now we must part, and I surrender you with joy.

Awash in golden waves

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I’ve just finished watching episode 9 of Aria the Origination.

It’s a bit like watching the sunset. Elation at witnessing a scene of indescribable beauty, mingled with sorrow over such a painful reminder of how little of the day remains.

In this case, that precious remnant is measured in the length of four episodes.

But let us not speak of them now. There will be a time and a place to sate our thirst with the last drops of sunlight that precede the evening of the world.

This time and this place are reserved for this alone: to savour the warmth of the dying embers of a pivotal moment in the series that I no longer hesitate to rank amongst the very best I have had the pleasure of inviting into my company.

To Alice, my heartiest congratulations.

To Akari, my very best wishes.

To Aika, my desperate plea for mercy as she arranges a painful meeting between my head and her oar for filling this post with embarrassing remarks. (Which, as we all know, are forbidden.)

Cheerio.

Unboxing Aria the Origination

First of all, an apology to the readership: my long-delayed review of Evangelion 1.11 probably won’t see the light of day for quite some time. Things have been a little crazy around here, so much so that I’ve had to drastically limit the hours I fritter away on the internet. Until today I wasn’t even aware of the recent developments on Random Curiosity (one of my favourite places on the anime blogosphere). Sic transit gloria mundi.

In any case, I shall probably have a little time for a couple of brief posts this weekend, including a quick unboxing session for Right Stuf/Nozomi Entertainment’s DVD release of Aria the Origination.

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Final season of ARIA due out in March 2010

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This news is a little old, but worth giving a bump in eager anticipation of the upcoming release.

A couple of weeks ago, RightStuf announced on their official site that the third and final series of the ARIA franchise, ARIA the Origination, will hit store shelves on the 2nd of March 2010. The box set will include all thirteen episodes of the series AND the 2007 TV special Aria the OVA ~Arietta~.

For more information and updates, visit the official website.

Returning to Neo Venezia in 2010

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Even the finest acts must eventually come to an end. But I’d sure like to be there when the curtain drops, so I can rise to my feet and join in the thunderous applause.

Nozomi Entertainment have just announced that they will release a box set containing the last series of the ARIA anime franchise sometime next year. It’s very welcome news indeed, as I’ve already made my way through the first two seasons – both absolutely incredible – and, given the harsh economic climate (compounded by the lack of any fresh announcements), I’ve been fast losing hope of the third season seeing an R1 DVD release anytime soon.

I would have hoped to see more of Aria before the end of this year, but one can’t have everything. Moreover, in view of the very serious challenges that production and distribution companies are currently facing, this is probably the best that one can hope for and I’m very grateful for it.

Tip of the hat to Anime News Network for relaying the good news.