Film Friday- Aria the Animation

The series has been adapted as an anime television series, with a first season broadcast in 2005, a second season in 2006, an OVA released September 2007, and a third season in 2008 that ended around the same time as the manga serialization.

The anime is licensed in North America by The Right Stuf International, which released all three seasons a box sets under its Nozomi Entertainment imprint between 30 September 2008 and 2 March 2010.

The series is set in the 24th century on a terraformed Mars, now named Aqua, and follows a young woman named Akari Mizunashi as she trains as an apprentice gondolier (known as Undines). The series has been praised for its calm pacing, optimistic worldview, beautiful art, and, for the anime, the quality of the soundtrack. A new OVA, called Aria the Avvenire, was released in the 10th anniversary Blu-Ray Box sets of the anime series between 24 December 2015 and 24 June 2016.


Akari Mizunashi  
Voiced by: Erino Hazuki
A native of Japan on Manhome (Earth) who immigrates to Aqua when she is 15 to become an undine. While not as skillful at rowing a gondola as Alice nor as familiar with the history of her adopted city as Aika, Akari makes friends quickly and easily converses with customers and other strangers. She is depicted as optimistic and cheerful, finding enjoyment in things or events that others think humdrum and mundane, for which Aika and Alice call her “mysterious”; in the anime, Aika and Alice separately comment that Akari seems to attract mysterious phenomena to her. Akari often says Hohe or Hahi, which is her short version of “wow.” When Akari used gondola simulations on Manhome, she accidentally learned how to row backwards and has to relearn the proper method when she starts at Aria Company; however, as Alicia puts it, “When rowing backward, Akari-chan is unrivaled!”
Most chapters of the manga and episodes of the anime are framed with narration taken from e-mails written by Akari. In the anime, the recipient is a young girl named Ai, a customer in the first episode who becomes Akari’s pen pal, but in the manga the recipient is someone she does not name and is referred to as zenryaku but has never seen.
At the start of Aqua, Akari arrives on Aqua as a new Pair (apprentice) at Aria Company. In chapter 5 of Aqua, when Aika is promoted to Single (journeyman), Alicia tests and promotes Akari as well. Later, in chapter 58 of Aria and episode 12 of Aria the Origination, after Aika is promoted to Prima (full undine), Alicia gives Akari the test for Prima. When Akari passes, she is given the title “Aquamarine” (遙かなる蒼 Harukanaru Ao, lit. “Distant Blue”).
Alicia Florence 
Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara
The only other undine with Aria Company, Alicia is one of the Three Water Fairies of Neo-Venezia, known by the title “Snow White”. At the start of the series, she is 19 years old and the most popular undine in the city, noted especially for her graceful rowing style. She was promoted to Prima at 15, the youngest ever to do so. Like Akari, she is relaxed and easy-going, but she also likes to tease others, especially her childhood friend Akira. Her favorite phrase is ara ara (“Well Well”) and she frequently giggles, to Akira’s annoyance. According to Grandma Akino, she is an excellent undine because of her ability to enjoy everything.
At the end of the series, Alicia announces her upcoming marriage (though to whom is never stated) and retirement to take an administrative position with the Gondola Association. She tells Akari she had put off her Prima exam because she had been planning to retire after that, and did not want to leave her student and friend. According to issue No. 6 of Monthly Undine, after her retirement, “Snow White” is designated the 8th “honored appellation” by the Gondola Association, as an undine who made great contributions to the industry.
Aika S. Granzchesta
Voiced by: Chiwa Saitō
The first friend Akari makes on Aqua, Aika is 16 when they meet. Aika is a Pair and then Single at Himeya Company. She is the only daughter and heir of Himeya Company’s owners, but does not enjoy the distinction as she feels the company’s employees fawned on her too much. Aika speaks bluntly and often responds to Akari’s idealistic comments with “Embarrassing remarks are not allowed!”. Despite their contrasting personalities, she gets along well with Akari and Alice, but frequently squabbles with her mentor, Akira, whom she resembles. Aika considers herself reliable, especially compared to distractible Akari and antisocial Alice, but both her friends call her a crybaby for her tendency to tear up when emotional. She is proud of her gondola skill as an undine, and can be very competitive about it. She also greatly admires Alicia, and finds any excuse to visit Aria Company—and once tells Akari that if not for her family obligations, she would have joined Aria Company. Over the course of the series, Aika develops feelings for Al.
In chapter 58, Aika becomes a Prima, taking the title “Rosen Queen”. She takes charge of a newly opened Himeya branch office, in preparation for one day taking on the whole company.
Akira E. Ferrari 
Voiced by: Junko Minagawa
One of Neo-Venezia’s Three Water Fairies, and a native of Aqua. As a Prima undine, Akira is called the “Crimson Rose” (真紅の薔薇 Shinku no Bara) and is famed for her conversational skills. She has many admirers among her customers, especially her female ones, but she considers herself very feminine. In flashbacks, Akira is shown as very tomboyish when young, to the point of using a male pronoun for “I”and being mistaken for a boy by Akatsuki. Akira is mentor to Aika, who calls her the Demon Instructor for her strictness and her loud, brusque personality. Akira is particularly harsh with Aika because she believes there is potential in her, and Aika admits that it is only due to Akira’s strictness and honesty that she has become a good undine.
Akira and Alicia are childhood friends, and their relationship mirrors Aika and Akari’s, though Alicia teases Akira far more than Akari does Aika. Akira still resents that Alicia became a Prima before her. Upon Alicia’s retirement at the end of the series, Akira becomes the undisputed top undine in Neo-Venezia.
Alice Carroll 
Voiced by: Ryō Hirohashi
Alice is a 14-year-old undine for Orange Planet. She first appears (in volume 3 of Aria/episode 3 of Aria the Animation) as a standoffish, detached girl. Aika later describes her as anti-social and complains about her tendency to put on a grim face and speak in a quiet voice. Alice speaks in a deadpan manner, though she frequently uses dekkai as an intensifier. Although initially only a Pair, her rowing already surpasses both Aika and Akari’s—for which skill she was scouted by Orange Planet despite her young age. Despite working for rival companies, Alice, Akari, and Aika often practice together, and Alice sincerely enjoys the others’ company, though this does not stop her from telling them to be quiet when they argue. Because of her age and lower status, Aika often addresses her as “kōhai-chan”. Through her friendship with Akari and Aika, Alice lightens up as the series progresses, though she still struggles with her detachment.
For a long time, Alice was not confident in her singing skills, until Athena advises her simply enjoy what she sings and not worry about her performance. In volume 11 of Aria, after Alice graduates from middle school, she is promoted to Prima straight from Pair, the first undine to do so, and is given the title “Orange Princess”. Her name comes from Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland.
Athena Glory
Voiced by: Tomoko Kawakami
One of Neo-Venezia’s Three Water Fairies, known by the title “Siren” for her beautiful singing voice. She is Alice’s mentor at Orange Planet. She is quiet most of the time and often appears to be an airhead who does not pay attention to her surroundings (in the anime, she is shown more than once forgetting to duck while rowing under a bridge), but she genuinely cares about Alice. Athena has a strange laugh that comes out sounding as though she is angry. She was a trainee undine with Alicia and Akira, and joined them in joint practice sessions much like Akari, Aika, and Alice do now. At the conclusion of the series, Athena semi-retires from being an undine in order to debut as an opera singer.

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Manga Monday- Aria

Aria is a utopian science fantasy manga by Kozue Amano. The series was originally titled Aqua when it was published by Enix in the magazine Monthly Stencil, being retitled when it moved to Mag Garden’s magazine Comic Blade. Aqua was serialized in Stencil from 2001 to 2002 and collected in two tankōbon volumes. Aria was serialized in Comic Blade from November 2002 to April 2008 and collected in twelve volumes.

ADV Manga released English translations of the first three volumes of Aria in 2004, before dropping the license. Tokyopop then acquired the English-language rights to Aqua as well as Aria. Tokyopop released the two volumes of Aqua on October 2007 and February 2008, and six volumes of Aria between January 2008 and December 2010.


Aqua and Aria take place in the early 24th century, starting in 2301 AD, in the city of Neo-Venezia on the planet Aqua—formerly Mars, which was renamed after being terraformed into a habitable planet covered in oceans around 150 years beforehand. Neo-Venezia, based on Venice in both architecture and atmosphere, is a harbor city of narrow canals instead of streets, traveled by unmotorized gondolas.

At the start of Aqua, a young woman named Akari arrives from Manhome (formerly Earth) to become a trainee gondolier with Aria Company, one of the three most prestigious water-guide companies in the city. Her dream is to become an undine, a gondolier who acts as a tour guide. As she trains, Akari befriends her mentor Alicia, trainees and seniors from rival companies – Aika, Alice, Akira and Athena and others in the Neo-Venezia city. Aqua covers Akari’s arrival on Aqua and her early training as a Pair, or apprentice, while Aria continues her training as a Single, or journeyman, culminating in the graduation of her, Aika, and Alice as full Prima undines.

Each chapter is a slice of life episode of Akari’s exploration of the worlds of gondoliering, Neo-Venezia, and Aqua itself. Amano frequently uses several pages of lush art to depict an environment, showing the wonder of both everyday activities as well as one-of-a-kind events. It has been described by reviewers as very similar in tone and effect to Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō.

Film Friday- Samurai Gun

Samurai Gun was adapted into a 13-episode anime series directed by Kazuhito Kikuchi. The anime is licensed in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany by ADV Films, which co-financed the series’ production. There has been no announcement of the manga being translated into the English language. As the title suggests, it features samurai using guns.

The Anime Review writes

Samurai Gun Vol. 1

I’ve always been a James Bond fan. When I was a kid, I thought all the incredible gadgets were way cool. I mean, who wouldn’t want a minijet to get to school or a watch that cut through steel and located nuclear bombs at the same time? Of course, none of those items ever really existed except in the minds of the filmmakers (and occasionally in the head of Ian Fleming, his creator). But what if the Bond adventures skipped the glitzy stories of a modern secret agent, transplanted the wild thingamajigs into the last days of the Shogunate, and focused on a reluctant warrior living in a world with tons of anachronistic weaponry? That’s ultimately the scenario behind Samurai Gun, an uneven but entertaining release from ADV Films. If the show weren’t so dark in tone, seeing a ninja warrior with an Uzi or a bad guy with a rocket pack would be cause for laughs. But Samurai Gun is a deadly serious show that stands out because it doesn’t play up the absurd elements; instead, it takes them for granted. It does come close to my tolerance threshold for sex and violence, and I’m not sure it quite works, though I’d probably watch another disc to find out.

Samurai Gun follows the tale of Ichimatsu, a one-eyed warrior with a distaste for killing but a desperate look in his eyes that betrays his desire for revenge on those who slaughtered his family in front of his eyes years ago. He hangs around in the red light district, though he only visits one girl named Ohana and never even touches her, just wanting a friend. But what makes him a truly dangerous character is his skill with a pistol (despite the lack of depth perception from lacking an eye, I guess). He’s recruited for a number of missions to hunt down killers and other nefarious characters indiscriminately murdering throughout the countryside. Though he says he doesn’t want to be involved, when true justice needs to be served, he’s the go-to guy. But certain Shogunate forces want to put down these vigilantes, forming an Anti-Samurai Gun legion. And with all sorts of new technology at their disposal, they have the means to stop Ichimatsu and his friends from keeping their own sense of order in this bizarre alternate Japan somewhere around the turn of the 20th century.

The animation feel of Samurai Gun is a mixture of splattery samurai horror OVAs released in the ’90s and popular programs like Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo. The artwork itself, however, doesn’t stand up to either of those two programs; it’s a bit less complicated, though enjoyable enough to watch. The music is all over the map, with a bit of hard rap rock starting it off and a standard ballad closer, but the score for the episodes themselves was actually quite good. There is a certain inconsistency, as the soundtrack does flip from orchestrated numbers to upbeat rock at times, but overall the score enhanced the show considerably.

There’s a “kitchen sink” mentality to Samurai Gun that is at once invigorating and infuriating. Ichimatsu is a reluctant hero who sounds like Shin Kazama from Area 88 in insisting that he doesn’t want to kill any more, but it really doesn’t take much to get a gun in his hand. He flips back and forth from sullen loner to Han Solo rogue. Although we get his backstory almost immediately, his characterization is enigmatic. Whether this is intentional or simply laziness will likely be determined by whether or not Ichimatsu’s character shows any growth over the remaining nine episodes of the series. On the other hand, the third episode focuses on Ohana, and though her tale of life as a forced prostitute isn’t unique, its telling proves that the Samurai Gun crew can provide compelling stories in this backdrop. Although we don’t learn a lot about each of the principle characters, what we do discover about Ichimatsu’s friends makes them more than ciphers. If the first volume of Samurai Gun had focused more on characters rather than on gory action, I would have been more impressed.

However, this show dwells a little too long in the land of the brutal and grotesque, and the sensitive should stop reading and find something else to watch. Though by no means as gory or unsettling as the recent Gantz or Elfen Lied, Samurai Gun has a large share of violence for violence’s sake. Going back to the Bond analogy, virtually every enemy here turns out to be a raving psychopath that makes most of the loony villains in the Bond series look placid by comparison. I mean, these are leering, jeering, over-the-top sadists who get their kicks from hunting down, torturing, and otherwise abusing women. Granted, one of Ichimatsu’s companions is a woman who can take care of herself, but most of the women depicted here are busty victimized whores. With loads of blood and lingering shots on dead bodies, there’s a cruelty here that’s unnecessary. There’s no nudity, but there are still explicit silhouetted sexual situations on display that make this a show for grown-ups only. Finally, the sub and dub give you quite different programs. There are a couple of profanities and an occasional crude joke in the sub, but the dub is rife with all sorts of really harsh language. As a result, the tone changes, making the dub darker and nastier. Be warned.

On to the final big question of Samurai Gun…does the anachronism of the show hurt it? Only if you’re expecting a show about sleek men with sharp swords. Frankly, I thought the intermixing of steam engines and automatic weapons with the history and concept of pre-industrial Japan was unique and entertaining. Some will find it silly, but if you can suspend your disbelief, it works. Yes, it’s an alternate universe. So what? Science fiction doesn’t have to have a monopoly on speculative histories, whether future or past. But admittedly, going in aware of the scenario does make it a more comfortable experience.

The first volume of Samurai Gun left me personally conflicted. The leads have potential, and if the relationship between Ichimatsu and Ohana is explored and grows, I’d be most happy. The conflict between Ichimatsu and the Anti-Samurai Gun forces could also prove to be worthwhile. But if they continue to tell these gruesome side stories about crazy killers in the woods, I won’t be around for too long. Unlike the previously mentioned Gantz and Elfen Lied, there really isn’t a mystery to be solved or another compelling reason to keep watching through some offensive elements. I’m going to give this one a low recommendation because I did enjoy most of it for what it is, but whether I’ll finish the series is a question of where it proceeds from here.

Samurai Gun Vol. 1 — graphic violence (particularly towards women), profanity/crudity (PG-13 in the sub, R in the dub), sexual situations, rated TV-MA — B-

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Manga Monday- Samurai Gun

Samurai Gun is a manga series written and illustrated by Kazuhiro Kumagai and serialized in Weekly Young Jump. It was adapted into a 13-episode anime series directed by Kazuhito Kikuchi. The anime is licensed in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany by ADV Films, which co-financed the series’ production. There has been no announcement of the manga being translated into the English language. As the title suggests, it features samurai using guns.


It is the beginning of the industrial revolution, and feudal Japan is in turmoil. The ruling Shogun are wielding their abusive powers to instill fear and dominance over their oppressed subjects. Beatings, imprisonment, rape and even murder are the adopted tactics chosen to maintain their reign. The bloodshed must end. A group of Samurai have banded together, and, with the development of new weapons and new technology, they have both the will and the hardware to stand up and fight. Ichimatsu is one of these fighters. By day, he works incognito at a local tavern, in the evenings he frequents the brothels, and by the dark of night, he doles out some big-time, gun-barrel justice. He is here to help. He is Samurai Gun.



is one of the samurai guns and the main protagonist of the series. During the day, he works at a local tavern. During the night, however, he delivers merciless justice under the name of “Samurai Gun”. Voiced by Illich Guardiola in the English adaptation and Showtaro Morikubo in the Japanese version.


is another samurai gun who works many missions with Ichimatsu. His cover during the day is a teacher and owes a large tab to the tavern owner Ichimatsu works for. Voiced by Ty Mahany in the English adaptation and Katsuyuki Konishi in the Japanese version.

Film Friday- Vampire Knight

Studio Deen produced a twenty-six episode anime adaptation of the Vampire Knight manga, using many of the same voice actors featured on the drama CDs and directed by Kiyoko Sayama. The episodes started airing on TV Tokyo in Japan on April 7, 2008, and ran until the season conclusion on June 30, 2008. The episodes were also aired at later dates on TV Aichi, TV Hokkaido, TV Osaka, TV Setouchi, and TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting Co. The second season, named Vampire Knight Guilty, premiered on the same station October 6, 2008. The final episode aired on December 29, 2008. On July 24, 2009, Viz Media announced it had acquired the license for the Vampire Knight anime and would begin releasing it to DVD on July 20, 2010. In the UK, the first volume was officially released on DVD via Manga Entertainment on November 22, 2010. In Australia, ABC3 began airing the series (English-language version) in March 2011 and began repeats on July 3 later that year.

The series uses four pieces of theme music. The opening themes of both the first and second season are performed by the duo On/Off, with “Futatsu no Kodō to Akai Tsumi” (ふたつの鼓動と赤い罪) as the opening for the first season, and “Rinne Rondo” (輪廻 -ロンド-Rinne) as the opening for the second. Kanon Wakeshima performs the first season ending theme, “Still Doll”, and also the second season’s ending theme “Suna no Oshiro” (砂のお城). The soundtrack is composed by Takefumi Haketa and consists of 30 tracks (including the opening theme and ending theme).

Vampire Knight was made available for streaming on Hulu and Netflix.


Yuki’s earliest memory is of a stormy night in winter, where she was attacked by a rogue vampire and rescued by Kaname Kuran, a Pureblood vampire. Now ten years later, Yuki Cross, the adopted daughter of the headmaster of Cross Academy, Kaien Cross, has grown up and become a guardian of the vampire race, protecting her childhood crush, Kaname, from discovery as he leads a group of vampires at the elite boarding school. At her side is Zero Kiryu, a childhood friend whose hatred for the creatures that destroyed everything he held dear leaves him determined never to trust them. This coexisting arrangement seems all well and good, but have the vampires truly renounced their murderous ways, or is there a darker truth behind their actions? In this world of secrets, nothing is as it seems. The price of misplaced trust may even be worse than death. Should Yuki truly find out what was in her past, is the truth going to hurt her worse than not knowing?

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Other Tuesday- Vampire Knight Light Novels

Three light novels created by Matsuri Hino and Ayuna Fujisaki were published in Japan by Hakusensha in 2008 (the first two novels) and 2013 (the third), respectively. The novels feature side-stories that use the characters of the manga, but are not specifically based on chapters from the series.

The first novel, Vampire Knight: Ice Blue’s Sin, was published on April 5, 2008. The first story within the novel looks at an incident that occurred at Cross Academy in the year preceding Yuki’s arrival about a Day Class student named Fuka Kisaragi, while the second story details an incident that occurred while Zero was still in training to be a vampire hunter alongside Kaito Takamiya, another boy training under Toga Yagari to be a vampire hunter.

The second novel, Vampire Knight: Noir’s Trap, was published on October 3, 2008. The story focuses on two minor characters, Nadeshiko Shindo and Kasumi Kageyama, from the manga, following their respective unrequited love at Cross Academy, as well as detailing a case that happened when Akatsuki Kain and Ruka Souen go to visit Senri Shiki and Rima Toya’s modeling studio.

The third novel, Vampire Knight: Fleeting Dreams, was released in 2014, featuring side-stories about Rido Kuran, Sara Shirabuki, and Yuki’s and Zero’s activities during the timeskip. The third novel is the only novel thus far to have been licensed by Viz Media and released in North America.

Manga Monday- Vampire Knight

Vampire Knight is a Japanese shōjo manga series written by Matsuri Hino. The series premiered in the January 2005 issue of LaLa magazine and has officially ended. Chapters are collected and published in collected volumes by Hakusensha, concluding with nineteen volumes released in Japan. The manga series is licensed in English by Viz Media, who has released all nineteen volumes. The English adaptation premiered in the July 2006 issue of Viz’s Shojo Beat magazine, with the collected volumes being published on a quarterly basis.

Two drama CDs were created for the series, as well as a twenty-six episode anime adaptation.


The first chapter of Matsuri Hino’s Vampire Knight premiered in the January 2005 issue of LaLa. The individual chapters were collected and published in tankōbon volumes by Hakusensha, in nineteen volumes which were released in Japan. The series is licensed for an English language release in North America by Viz Media. In addition to publishing the individual volumes, the series was serialized in Viz’s Shojo Beat manga anthology from the July 2006 issue until the magazine was discontinued after the August 2009 issue. It is licensed for English release in Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment, which released fifteen volumes. The final volume was released in English on October 14, 2014 by Viz Media.

Since the manga’s conclusion, Hino began releasing a series of special chapters, which takes place after the end of the final volume. On November 8, 2013, Hino released the first special chapter titled “Life ( Inochi)“, which was licensed and released digitally by Viz Media on December 9, 2014. The second special chapter, titled “I Like You (あなたのことが好きです Anata no koto ga sukidesu)“, was released on February 10, 2015. On December 10, 2015, the third special chapter, titled “Love’s Desire (愛の望み Ai no nozomi)“, was released. On February 10, 2016, the fourth and final special chapter, “Between the End of One’s Life and Heaven (命の終わりと天国の間 Inochi no owari to tengoku no aida)“, was released. The Lala issue also announced that a volume compiling the special chapters will be released in June 2016. It also announced that Hino will also be releasing a brand new, spin-off manga called “Vampire Knight Memories”, which began in June.