Aria (ADV Manga)

 ARA1   (ADV Manga, 2004, 2008)

™ and © ADV Manga
Reads right to left. Relaunched by TokyoPop in 2008

Hundreds of years from now, a sweet, hopeful girl named Akari works as a gondolier (or “undine,” a name for a female water spirit that likes to associate with humans) in Neo-Venezia, a Venus-like city on a terra–formed Mars.

It’s a fanciful, lyrical science–fiction story that follows the minimal adventures of Akari and her pet, President Aria. The pet looks like something in the neighborhood of a cross between a hippopotamus and a sharpei puppy but is supposedly a “blue–eyed cat.”

The two of them give tours of their beautiful city, clean their gondola, and participate in a boat race, always taking the time to appreciate life’s simple pleasures. And, while this story skirts the “newcomer struggles to be the best” manga genre, Akari is having too much fun to relentlessly train to be the world’s best gondolier. In a field full of too many cookie–cutter romantic fantasies, this is not only wholly original but also absolutely beautiful.

— S. A. Bennett

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  9/1/2008
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