By Kazue Amano
Released in the US by TokyoPop
Slugline: Sometimes mellow flowing along can get a little bit repetitive
We have already reviewed Aria's prequel Aqua, and that review can be found here.
Akari Mizunashi is training to be an Undine, a gondolier of Neo Venezia, a reconstruction of Venice that was built on Mars, now named Aqua, after terraforming it covered with oceans. She has become a journeyman but is still in training to become an Undine, who also serves as a tour guide for the city. These are very much low key, slice of life stories, which are enjoyable with the sort of artwork that makes you want you join in with the characters in sitting back and appreciating it. I do think some bits of it are getting repetitive from Aqua, especially the fox wedding reminiscent of the congress of the cats from Aqua, but it is still a nice relaxing read. It probably should be savored, reading a volume every once in a while rather than tearing right the story.
Aria, vol. 1 is also available from Right Stuf, Intl., an online retailer specializing in anime and manga.