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Aria, The Animation

Since a lot of us YKK fans are also fond of the Aria and Aqua manga by Kozue Amano, I thought you would be interested in the Aria anime that started airing in Japan a few days ago. I've seen the first episode, and was very pleased with it. Not everything was perfect, but the most endearing traits of the manga: the feeling of innocence and wonder we are given through Akari's point of view, and the beautiful and relaxed world of Aqua, are very well shown in there.
Also, the soundtrack (most of it, at least) is composed by The Choro Club, the same group who made the YKK - Quiet Country Cafe soundtrack.
As of now, I'm still unsure if there are any fansubber groups intent on doing fansubbed versions of it, or if the series is already due to licensing. So, if anyone knows, please tell me. (I only found raws for the first episode, but I was very happy to find out that my Japanese knowledge has improved, so that I was able to understand most of it anyway.)

- Nietz
Saturday, October 8, 2005

Watched it. Very nice.

- painsama
Saturday, October 8, 2005

And where praytell would one be able to find that wonderful fansub? I myself would love to take a look at it and see the wonderfulness of the newly animated series too.

- Christine K
Saturday, October 8, 2005

Hopefully, this will be licensed for the US. I would love to see it.

- martialstax
Sunday, October 9, 2005

> Hopefully, this will be licensed for the US. I would love to see it.

I think so, given that the manga has been. I'm surprised they didn't start off at Aqua (maybe a different licensing deal means they couldn't do it...). I checked out the unsubtitled version, looks very reminiscent of the second YKK OAV's in style, so it'll be interesting to see how it all pans out...

- PC
Sunday, October 9, 2005

I bought the Aria manga this past summer and I really liked it. Not as deep or melancholy as YKK, but a great read.

Ooo, I would love to see this anime... here's hoping someone fansubs this. But just in case someone does not, where would you download the raws?

-k

- Kempis Curious
Monday, October 10, 2005

check tokyotosho.com for links to raws.

- painsama
Monday, October 10, 2005

There is a group already working on fansubbing it, although they're notoriously slow. Please be patient :P

- Tempy
Saturday, October 15, 2005

ADV released vol1-3 of the Aria manga and was funding the anime, however - the industry suffered a mini-crash of sorts and ADV had to restructure, causing many series to go into limbo. Princess Tutu anime is slowly being picked up again, while Kaleido Star second season is still an unknown for instance. The Aria manga is in limbo, and the opinion is that ADV has pulled out of financing the anime, just like they did with Erementar Gerad.

- Tempy
Saturday, October 15, 2005

Hmm, reading the Aqua manga (2 volumes taking place before Aria) and it seems like the Aria anime is actually following the events in the Aqua manga. I was wondering why I wasn't familiar with what the showed - since I've only read the Aria manga before.

- Tempy
Saturday, October 15, 2005

In my case, I had just read Aqua and the first chapter of Aria prior to watching the anime. So I was surprised to actually understand most of what was happening, even with my poor japanese.
Unfortunately, Aqua and Aria were never published in my country (and probably won't ever be), and with no manga fansubs avaliable, I was since long hoping for an anime, so I could be able to follow the series.

- Nietz
Saturday, October 15, 2005

Aria certainly has a lot of features that YKK fans uniquely appreciate:

This includes its lack of a traditional plotline, an appreciation of the surrounding environment's little things (like morning frost or the rainbow tint of soap water) and treating formidably-advanced technology only as a background accessory to a simple and peaceful life.

I look forward to the animation but only anticipate it as a colorful supplement to the manga's deeper substance.

- Glen Hwang
Sunday, October 16, 2005

A fansub has been made! Thanks to painsama and the link s/he posted, I found the goods here:

http://www.hikarinokiseki.com

This fansub group is one of my favorites, they've done many gentle but compelling animes... three of them are in the top 20 of the over 800 different anime series that I've seen. After watching the first ep, I'm thinking this anime might be in the top 20 as well.

-k

- Kempis Curious
Sunday, October 16, 2005

it's a bit offtopic, but does anyone here knows the anime "fujin monogatari"? (Windy Tales)


i think its an impressive work. i've only seen 6 episodes so far (and episode 6 is my favorite) but it reminds me a lot of ykk when it comes to peace.

- mr.aufziehvogel
Sunday, October 16, 2005

>hikarinokiseki.com


I'd like them a whole lot more if they could release a few more episodes of Comet-san...

Come on! Someone has to be interested in translating this (very great) series!

(I know, this isn't helping...)

- Silver
Sunday, October 16, 2005

Er... forgot to mention this in my last post.

I've seen a few episodes of Windy Tales. Really cool stuff. The wind has always fascinated me, and I like the very distinctive art. Windy Tales along with Kamichu are my favorites of the recent series.

I'll post my thoughts on Aria after watching it. For some reason I was never really able to get into the manga but I'll still give the anime a try.

- Silver
Sunday, October 16, 2005

I was attracted by the great art of the "Aria" manga, but found the story bland rather than peaceful.

I, too, would like to see more "Comet-san". Also "Nadja", a coming-of-age series wise beyond its years. And "Doremi", which has 200+ eps but only recently made it to the States and fansubs.

- Kerry
Monday, October 17, 2005

-I was attracted by the great art of the "Aria" manga, but found the story bland rather than peaceful.

Yep, this is necessarily true since Aria's concept and YKK's are different whereas Aria is made based on the mangaka's will to live an almost carefree life compared to YKK which is based on the reflections of it's mangaka towards the world around him.

Still, I can't say I don't like Aria. ^_^

- Jax
Wednesday, October 19, 2005

It seems that a new fansub group, Akai-Anime, is also translating the Aria anime. I haven't seen their job yet, so I don't know how it compares to Hikari no Kiseki's version. If anyone has seen it, please give your opinion.

- Nietz
Thursday, October 20, 2005

I tried the link given earlier to where the fansub was, but I couldn't find the torrent anywhere on the page. Any help?

- Kyle Jacobs
Saturday, October 22, 2005

Look for it at tokyotosho.com. Or you could download it from their IRC channel, #[email protected] irc.enterthegame.com.

- Nietz
Sunday, October 23, 2005

There are a 3:rd group that doing Aria, Crystal Nova.
They haw release episode 2 now.

Link to torrent page (for all 3 groups)
http://www.baka-updates.com/search.php?keyword=Aria%20The%20Animation&type=title

Haw a nice day.
John_Silver

- John_Silver
Sunday, October 23, 2005

Has anyone noticed the similarities between the background music of Aria and the YKK OVAs? The YKK OVAs are so old I would hesitate to same it's the same group but it sounds really close, does anyone know who's doing ARIA? (not the opening, that's Makino Yui)

I think I actually like the animation better than the manga in this case. It's a story that gets flushed out a lot more when you add more background than a manga can provide.

- naraxa
Wednesday, November 2, 2005

Because for Aria and YKK 2nd OVA, the soundtracks were performed by the same group; Choro Club, as been mentioned by Nietz. Very nice music...

- painsama
Wednesday, November 2, 2005

"Choro" is a music type of brazilian origin. Quiet Country Cafe OST resembles this type of music a lot, but blended with other sources of inspiration.

Even the first OVA's OST resembles some brazilian tunes - probably someone from the production - or even Mr. Ashinano - likes old style brazilian music.

- C.Gajo
Friday, November 18, 2005

"Even the first OVA's OST resembles some brazilian tunes - probably someone from the production - or even Mr. Ashinano - likes old style brazilian music."


More than we think, I would say...

http://ykk.misago.org/Volume3/24-25

- DavidF
Friday, November 18, 2005

Wow! It's really amazing how you always find an exact page to explain a point!

I had never noted that line; maybe because I read the initial YKK volumes from other scanlation (or simply because I didn't noticed it at all).

- C.Gajo
Friday, November 18, 2005

If you wanted to hear some samples of "choro/chorinho" there is a link below:

http://radio.terra.com.br/includes/internas_albuns/3/3328.html

Samples quality are terrible, but...

- C.Gajo
Friday, November 18, 2005

By the way, the Aria OST was just released ( http://www.yancha.co.jp/news/aria/aria.html ).
I listened to some of it, and it's really great. The Choro Club tracks are as good as those of the YKK OST, and the ones by Senoo Takeshi, with a somewhat more 'erudite' feel, are equally good. I definitely recomend it to anyone who enjoys choro, classical or YKK music (as well as for Aria fans, obviously).

- Nietz
Thursday, November 24, 2005

Has anyone noticed the similarities between the background music of Aria and the YKK OVAs? The YKK OVAs are so old I would hesitate to same it's the same group but it sounds really close, does anyone know who's doing ARIA? (not the opening, that's Makino Yui)

I don't know if someone already said this, but both soundtracks are done by Choro Club.... or is it Chromo Club? I had the soundtrack because I LOOOVE ARIA (stinky deep-thinking YKK fans. Bah!) but my friend stole it. And hasn't given it back yet. To all of you who think ARIA stinks compared to YKK, stop comparing it. Although you all say they're similar, and they are, really they're two completely different things. ARIA is more funny, and fun in general. YKK is all... slow. I like both, and like peaceful mangas like this, but sometimes things like YKK can get so slow it becomes boring.

- Jen
Monday, May 1, 2006

You are correct, Choro club did the music for the later YKK OAVs.
For me, I think having similar music allowed me to settle right in and enjoy the Aria animation. Aria is much simpler than YKK, but not everything has to be complicated :)

- Brad
Monday, May 1, 2006

i only bought the mangga and not even completed yet because oh well, indonesia always late... anyway this is a good mangga. akari point of view is amazing, maybe it's worth to looking the world the way she had.

- nobel andrew
Sunday, May 28, 2006

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