Aria: Volume 1
TOKYOPOP, 2008 (2008)
Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto
, the sequel to Kozue Amano's two-volume
, continues the story of Akari and her path to becoming an
in Neo-Venezia. Just as in
, the artwork in
makes it worth the read.
s autumn comes to Neo-Venezia - the replica of Venice created on Aqua (the planet that was Mars before it was terraformed into the
) - Akari is working her way towards becoming a full-fledged
, or gondola rower/guide. While her best friend Aika is working hard to make the move from
, Akari is busy just enjoying the scenery that Neo-Venezia has to offer, especially in the Fall.
mano keeps the pace of
slow, which perfectly complements Akari's outlook on life. Each chapter just sort of drifts along, allowing readers plenty of time to take in the beautiful artwork. While Akari is a very likable character and the story is cute, it is the artwork that makes
stand out. Amano's drawings are always very well done, but the larger panels are breathtaking.
he one thing I do not understand about
is why it is separate from
. The action picks up where
leaves off and nothing really differentiates the two. Though Kozue Amano gives enough backstory in the first volume of
for readers to enjoy it without having read
, I suggest reading both, simply for the stunning artwork.
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