Book Title: Aria: The Masterpiece
Author: Kozue Amano
Release Date: 02/26/19
Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in return for an unbiased review.
Wonderful, wonderful series! I love this manga so much. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
I first became aware of this series back in the mid 2000’s. I used to watch much more anime and read more manga than I do presently, and this really fit the bill for me. I collected the volumes at that time, but I’m so happy to see that this new release is coming out again. I hope many more people can be introduced to this series and come to love it as much as I do.
Aria is a lovely, sweet tempered gem of a book. The main character, Akari Mizunashi, lives in a future where Mars has been terraformed for use by humans. However, through an accident much of the planet is now covered with water. The residents decided make the best of it and to model their new home after the original Earth city of Venice. This is Neo-Venezia. Akari is a young woman who dreams of living in this beautiful city and working as an elite gondolier, a Undine. The manga follows her daily life, learning her trade, growing in skill, making friends in the community and sussing out the secrets of this mysterious planet.
When I first fell in love with this anime I was going through a very stressful time. I looked forward to relaxing after a rough week with a couple of episodes and just drifting away from my troubles. The artwork is beautiful, and it is clear that the mangaka (manga artist) had an abiding love and appreciation for the beauty of the natural world. The story is heartfelt and warm. The characters are funny and adorable. I simply can’t recommend Aria enough. If you are looking for something to make you feel good, give you some laughs, and gentle feels then you need to pick up this series.
Song for this book: Barcarolle from Aria the Animation