the usagi incidents

20051211

AQUA



Summary: (ann) April 3rd, 2301. After 150 years of terraforming, planet Mars has become very aquatic, with water covering over 90% of surface area, thus it has been renamed to "Aqua." A young girl named Akari Mizunashi arrives the Aquarian city of Neo-Venezia, an exact replica of the old Italian city of Venezia (Venice), hoping to become an Undine, female gondolier and tour guide. After landing her job as an intern at Aria Company, she works hard to sharpen her skills, makes new friends, and tries to adapt the laid-back lifestyle at Aqua.

Review: This is the prequel to the popular ARIA, and it certainly doesn't disappoint. The feel to this manga, much like Hachikuro (another slice-of-life genre series) is very relaxed, slow but appropriately so. It's very calming to read. I like how Ariashachou is way more selfish, fat, and dumb in this version - it makes for some very funny comedic scenes. I can say now I prefer the manga art to the anime, as the manga art does really give you this feel of being on Neo-Venezia - all being right with the world.

Final Rating: A+

Related:
ARIA the ANIMATION (anime sequel)

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