Anime Review Roundup
Aria the Animation is notable as an early and perhaps the definitive ‘healing’ slice of life show. It features likeable characters that live charming lives, free of significant drama. That may not seem like a satisfying idea, but you can’t underestimate the power of a healing show, which does exactly what it says on the tin. Twenty minutes with one of these episodes make you feel like you’ve been hugged, in a nice way. What makes Aria the Animation special is the world building, a sci-fi premise that sees girls working as gondoliers in a canal city on another planet. Click on the review to see just how good this is.
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It’s a soap opera, and one of those tacky, early afternoon dramas that you’d infamously see in the US, the kind lampooned by Joey’s “smell the fart” acting on Friends. You have to be in the mood for overwrought melodrama to get the best out of Rumbling Hearts, but at least it isn’t School Days. It hasn’t aged well, as you can see from my more effusive review of volume 1 from 2007. That’s when Revelation Films (briefly Funimation’s release partner in the UK) released the series on DVD across three volumes. It’s notable that all three volumes are still available from Amazon at the time of writing, although it might be easier to import the Region 1 S.A.V.E. release.
MVM released Aria the Animation on Blu-ray on October 25th.