Aria Returns for 10th Anniversary


For it’s 10th anniversary, a new production is underway for the series Aria. The revealed project title is “Aria the Avvenire“. Other good news includes returning staff members like Sato Junichi and Yoshida Reiko.

And holy shit, am I surprised it’s already been this long. This show was my panacea when I felt angry, or sick. But I can’t say it’s saved me during the darkest moments of my life. Frankly because there haven’t been any in my life. It’s a dull life. An uneventful one.

But I’m not in dire need of action. I wholly enjoy a slow lifestyle, which is why shows like Aria are simply extensions of my general disposition. You know, that general “enjoy nature and the small things in life” kinda deal. Friends would probably argue otherwise, since I’m always shut in with my guitars and my computer. I’m not one to actively go outside to enjoy nature and walking on a hiking trail, but if I find myself on one, I often end up thinking that it’d be a hassle to go back home and that sticking around for another hour is fine. In this respect, I often cannot watch a single Aria episode. It spurs on this giant desire to watch several episodes, agonizing over the idea that if I stop watching, I’m no longer immersed in the calm and comfortable atmosphere of a gondola ride with Mizunashi Akari.

The soundtrack of this show is also a mellow landscape of lilting melodies. Acoustic guitars and soft piano works are the hallmark of the show, with accompanying orchestral instrumentation. The Choro Club helms most of the music in the show, and the amount of experience and skill behind the group is massive. I can easily say that it’s a direct inspiration to my own guitar work. Sure, there’s probably some other acoustic guitarist that I should be listening to, for own my sake as a musician (I only really know about Andrés Segovia). But I can’t help but bask in the convenient combo of Aria and Choro Club. So much of this show is about gently lowering you into the calmest of moods, that sometimes it’s just a jarring whiplash against the high-octane planet breaking melodrama of the other shows.

Sometimes I do question my ability to assess and recommend anime if I can enjoy both Detroit Metal City and Aria.

It’d be pretty funny to have Iso Mitsuo or Matsumoto Norio doing some animation for the show during a calm scene. Just one ridiculous animation bump to destroy everyone’s pants.

top image by creayus. (some girl who can’t seem to stop drawing C.C. from Code Geass. can’t blame her, C.C. is love.)

Aria Returns for 10th Anniversary

Directors: Junichi Sato

Being director aware is something relatively new to me. The last 3 years of my anime viewing career has steadily ramped up in looking up staff credits to find out who is doing my favorite series. This initiates the activity that I like to call data hopping — when a piece of information leads you progressively towards other data, which may link back to the initial data. While doing data hopping for a recent series named Tamayura, I ended up looking at information on Cowboy Bebop. How do these have anything in common? And why is there a picture of the Aria Company building above? I’ll tell you why. In a very roundabout way.

Junichi Sato is one director that has affected my personality permanently. The show Aria — directed by Junichi Sato — is flooded with heart-warming scenes, and has a relaxing atmosphere like no other show — barring Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou. Sato does his directing with a stylistic flair that manages to stay subtle. But had it been someone else, I don’t think it would have had the right sense of timing and photographic angle work to really capture the series. Once you’re relatively in the groove of finding hints who is directing a show you may be watching, Sato’s mark is distinguishable but still rather stealthy.

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Directors: Junichi Sato