Posted by psgels on 10 November 2010 with categories: Anime Reviews




The first half of Aria the Origination is pretty much the same as Aria the Natural, perhaps with a bit more focus on the characters and a little less on the setting. It was pretty much as good as it always was, but I still was left wondering why this series was held with such a high regard. Then the second half came, and I understood. Talk about saving the best for last.

The main purpose of Aria the Origination is to take all of the build-up that the previous Aria seasons put into the characters, and make everything come together. It’s here where the character-development really starts to become apparent, and it couldn’t have closed off this franchise in a better way. It’s only thirteen episodes long, and yet it contains some of the best Aria Episodes you’re going to run into.

Oh, and the graphics also got a bit of an upgrade: the animation is quite a bit more detailed and fluid throughout the series and you can easily see that the creators got themselves a bigger budget for this one, although it has to be said that the animators do try a tad too hard during the dramatic scenes. That’s about the only real complaint I have about Aria’s Origination.

Looking back, as a franchise Aria is neither the best slice of life or Sato Junichi series I’ve seen: I still think that I liked Windy Tales (which pretty much did everything Aria did in one fourth of the same time), Kaleido Star and Strange Dawn (both emotional roller-coasters) better. But still it stands out as a really good and charming series with excellent characterization that just gets better as it goes on. Aria the Origination remains a wonderful conclusion that deserves to be watched.

Storytelling: 9/10 – Brings a ton of build-up together wonderfully with morals that tie in really well with the characters.
Characters: 9/10 – Origination is all about the characters, and they give the series a wonderful conclusion.
Production-Values: 8/10 – Even better, though the animators try a tad to hard during a few dramatic scenes.
Setting: 8/10 – Much less of a focus compared to Natural, but still it’s a solid backdrop for the characters.

Suggestions:
Windy Tales
Honey and Clover
Beck – Mongolian Chop Squad

5 Responses

  1. mds says:

    Hm,in my opinion ,a good slice of life series doesn’t have to contain any emotional roller costers,but the most important is it have its own “spirit” or the feels that “something was going on/passing through the character’s life”…
    I don’t know why,but I prefers a quiet slice of life series like this one (or Sketchbook Fullcolors or Yotsuba manga or Yokohama Kikou) over comedic (Hidamari Sketch, Azumanga etc but both are good) or realistic (Windy Tales) or dramatic (Kaleido Star,Umi Mono),or even more interesting exploration of these (Bartender,Rispara,Hataraki Man,etc)

  2. Fai D Fluorite says:

    I am really waiting to see Aria since long!After hearing the nice reviews everywhere I can’t wait for it :)

  3. Hogart says:

    The highlights for me were always Aika and Akira’s relationship, and the reveal that Alicia was too attached to the younger version of herself to let Akari actually grow up. I was always surprised by how many different angles on the whole “passing the torch” concept Aria was tackling.

    My only real problem with Aria was the extreme focus on the least-evolving character: Akari.
    Everything was about her inability to grow up, but they did the worst job portraying that of all the other premises of the show.

    In the manga, the final reveal of who her “penpal” was at least brought us full-circle and showed that she had “grown up” a little – in the anime I keep suspecting that would enjoy seeing her struggles and growth AFTER the ending more than how she got there.

  4. Alec says:

    my eyes were showing some manly tears when I watched the emotional part of the final episode.

    Totally love the BGM’s. I listen to it atleast 4-5 times a week( not an exaggeration) .

  5. Nimroc says:

    Aria was a series that felt was better than the sum of it’s parts, it doesn’t have the most amazing animation, the most original story or such.
    But at it’s length and pace it is a series I first merely enjoyed but slowly grew to love as I got used to the characters and setting.
    Though I have to admit it requires from the viewer more patience for slow pace than most other series of it’s kind in order to fully enjoy it.

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  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 07:37 PM)
    I will agree that the tsundre archtype should have been Rin and not Kugimiya pseudo-lolita’s, far less irritating, less of a love/hate thing for me. That said I don’t care all that much for finding the personalities of fiction characters all that attractive, it tends to be the character designs, more often I end up wanting to black eye most tsundere characters, actually alot of characters.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 07:32 PM)
    And I also read that “realistic tsundere manga” I believe I mentioned it a few times on here, I never really got into reading it, can’t really remember the title.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 07:30 PM)
    I rather like Yuki Kaijura’s music for fate/zero, don’t care about kara no kyokai’s soundtrack, madoka or sword arts much.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:55 PM)
    @Gedata: God they didn’t even research it correctly.
    In regards to clannad theres an example of one which I retrospectively am more critical of and find the drama remarkably silly in parts.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:38 PM)
    @gedata: For my own sanity after a while I began skimming episodes and following flawfinders posts here and there.
    @Vincent: Must rewatch that one and flags of our fathers sometime, need to get round to soldier of orange also.
  • Vincent
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 10:01 AM)
    Watched Letters from Iwo Jima again. Ken Watanabe is a great actor.
  • gedata
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 09:32 AM)
    Note that it’s not just regular AIDS, which is definitely treatable if caught early, it’s some dtug resistant SUPERAIDS that the character in question got from a blood transfusion soon after being born
  • gedata
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 09:29 AM)
    It’s not that the disease being AIDS is really all that important. You could even replace with anything, even Sudden Moe Death Syndrome from Clannad and the emotional impact would still be as blunt and forced.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 07:02 AM)
    Oh for fucks sake sword art? You put HIV drama into your show?
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:57 AM)
    Pretty much looking forward to the next two episodes and hope it gets more seasons too.
    I also liked how bleak it was.

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