On the planet Aqua, a world once known as Mars, Akari Mizunashi has just made her home in the town of Neo-Venezia, a futuristic imitation of the ancient city of Venice. In pursuit of her dream to become an Undine — a gondolier who leads high-end tours around the city — Akari joins as a trainee with the Aria Company, one of the three most prestigious water-guide companies in Neo-Venezia. There, she explores the beauty of the city and the world along with other trainees from Aria and rival companies, working hard for her dreams and making new friends along the way.
This was a free E-ARC supplied by Netgally, it in no way influenced my review.
Dave saw some free manga on NG and instinctively clicked the request button… Who would not be drawn (pun intended) to some pretty girl smiling on a cover? Going into this manga I did not know what to expect apart from what the blurp stated.
We follow Akari on her mission to become and Undine on the planet Mars that has been colonized for the last 150 years. Aqua is somehow a waterlogged town designed to represent Venice. I have been fortunate to have visited Venice with Milou and I was well impressed by its workings. I am not sure if this blog was up by that time yet, I might do a seperate post on that some day.
Undines are the female versions of the classic gondoliers, apparently only men can be gondoliers. On Aqua tho, women can aspire to become what they want and Akira wastes no time in working her way to become a fully qualified Undine. She has a talent for being a fast rower, she just needs some fine tuning in the fact that she rows from the wrong side of the gondola…( she has always steered from the front instead of the back)
Volume 1 consists of a few chapters each accompanied by a very beautiful colour page as an introduction to the chapter. I loved that the creator gave some form of lore as well as certain rules and etiquette for the culture of Aqua. It wasn’t just a fact of “this place exists, deal with it” each part had a background, every one had some sort of back story, does not matter if it was short or not, this is what one needs in a Volume 1. The people accompanying Akira also come with all sorts of quirks and personalities. I can not say there was any negative influenced people in this. This was just a fun, no danger journey from start to end.
I appreciated the art as well. I am fairly new to reading manga and I will striving to see if I can get more read this year. So far Aria: The Masterpiece was a very clear hit with me. I gave it a 4 out of 5 on GR and would recommend it to people who like manga. Who are in for a light read and who do not mind that the president of a company is a Mars Cat… This was a very weird, yet wonderful experience for me.
Ever heard of this? Sounds like something you would like? Apparently this was made into an animation series?
Hope you have a great Sunday.