Beginners can Learn Japanese with Anime: “Aria The Animation”

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82% Brilliant

In my view, this is the ultimate "slice of life" anime. The unique color shades that match the story and the worldview are wonderful. Also, music and atmosphere are in harmony. Yui Makino’s singing voice is like the gentle wind is stroking our cheeks, and gives us healing. BGM is also outstanding, and the emotional change and scene development are transmitted smoothly. Finally, in this work, there is a unique tempo feeling centering on the story of depicting the subtlety of humanity.

  • Story/Worldview 90 %
  • Character 80 %
  • Animation/Background 80 %
  • Songs/Sound 80 %
  • Originality 80 %
  • User Ratings (1 Votes) 90 %

 

1. Information

Aria the Animation

Title (Eng) Aria the Animation
Title (Jpn) ARIA The ANIMATION
Type TV
Episodes 13
Aired Year 2005
Genres Slice of Life
Previous
Next Aria the Natural

 

 

2. Synopsis

Aria the Animation

(c)2005天野こずえ/マッグガーデン・ARIAカンパニー

Drift peacefully into Neo Venezia, a city on the planet Aqua (formerly known as Mars). By the 24th century, humans have found a way to colonize the previously uninhabitable planet. As futuristic as that sounds, Neo Venezia is still teeming with rustic beauty; gondolas on wide canals and waterways are the main mode of transportation. The city itself is a faithful replication of Manhome’s (the planet formerly known as Earth) Venice.

This is the workplace of Akari Mizunashi, a free-spirited teenager from Manhome who is now a novice Undine. Join Akari as she becomes closely acquainted with other Undine, tourists, Neo Venezia’s residents, and even the city itself, learning many valuable life lessons along the way, such as the wonderful truth that there are such things as manmade miracles.

 

 

3. Character’s way of Speaking

・Mizunashi Akari (水無 灯里, みずなし あかり)

Aria the Animation

(c)2005天野こずえ/マッグガーデン・ARIAカンパニー

She often talks in a simple polite tone (Desu/Masu). On the other hand, she sometimes speaks a comical wording and often says “Hawawa” or “Hahi” etc in a slow tone. As she is a sensitive and romantic girl, she often murmurs poetic lines on occasions when happy events or impressed scenes (“お花の団体さんが藍華ちゃんのお客さんだね”, おはな の 団体さん が あいかちゃん の おきゃくさん だね, that means a group of flowers is Aika ‘s guests).

 

・Granzchesta Aika S. (藍華・S・グランチェスタ, あいか エス グランチェスタ)

Aria the Animation

(c)2005天野こずえ/マッグガーデン・ARIAカンパニー

When talking to Akari, she speaks in a girls-like tone suitable for her age, and her language is basically polite like Akari. She tends to say “xxx 禁止!” (xxx きんし!, something, something prohibition!) in a common phrase. And she often says “恥ずかしいセリフ禁止!” (はずかしい せりふ きんし!, Tacky comments are prohibited!”) to Akari.

 

・Carroll Alice (アリス キャロル,ありすきゃろる)

Aria the Animation

(c)2005天野こずえ/マッグガーデン・ARIAカンパニー

She is not talkative and has few words and a little unfriendly impression but her basic wording is appropriate for her age. However, she has a habit of saying “デッカイxxx” (でっかい xxx, A huge xxx).

 

・Akira E. Ferrari (晃・E・フェラーリ, あきら イー フェラーリ) 

Aria the Animation

(c)2005天野こずえ/マッグガーデン・ARIAカンパニー

She is a strong spirited character and has a sharp tongue. She is caring and a good person at heart.

 

・Florence Alicia (アリシア フローレンス, ありしあ ふろーれんす)

Aria the Animation

(c)2005天野こずえ/マッグガーデン・ARIAカンパニー

The tone of her talk is polite and ladylike. “あらあら” (Ara ara) or “うふふ” (Ufufu) is her habit.

 

 

4. Terms and Talking Contents

Aria the Animation

(c)2005天野こずえ/マッグガーデン・ARIAカンパニー

Several unique words such as “Manhome” and “undine” appear but it is not difficult to watch. Because the main character is growing as a gondola rower, words such as “見習い” (みならい, apprentice), “半人前” (はんにんまえ, half-fledged person) and “一人前” (いちにんまえ, full-fledged person) often appear. Also, because the main character is an employee of the company “ARIA company”, simple words related to business such as “社長” (しゃちょう, president) or “予約” (よやく, reservation) appear frequently.

Difficult Japanese does not appear frequently throughout this work, and since many of the characters speak in politeness, I will recommend this anime for Japanese beginners to watch as a reference for everyday conversation. Since the main character is a woman, it can be recommended as teaching material to learn how to speak like Japanese women.

 

 

5. Difficult Term List (You should prepare for them before watching)

・Difficult Term List which You Must Know (They come out more than twice)

ひらがな 漢字 Meanings
はんにんまえ 半人前 half-fledged person
いちにんまえ 一人前 full-fledged person
もみあげ 揉み上げ tuft of hair under temple
sideburns (モミ子)
しゅぎょう 修行 training
とっくん 特訓 special training
ただのり タダ乗り free ride
しょうばいがたき 商売敵 business rival
せっきゃく 接客 serving customers
looking after visitors

 

・Difficult Term List which Can Be Useful (They come out once)

ひらがな 漢字 Meanings
とりしらべ 取り調べ investigation
たちがわるい 質が悪い nasty; vicious; wicked
かんろく 貫禄 presence; dignity
あたまごなし 頭ごなしに unsparingly;
without listening to the other party
ねこまんま 猫まんま cat food
おさななじみ 幼馴染 childhood friend
でし 弟子 pupil; disciple; adherent
ししょう 師匠 master; teacher
たすけぶね 助け舟 lifeboat; friend in need;
helping hand
しゃれこむ しゃれこむ to get dressed up
ぜっぴん 絶品 superb piece of work
おんぶにだっこ おんぶにだっこ completely relying on others
かんちょう 干潮 low tide; low water
てだし 手出し meddling; interfering
まんねり マンネリ becoming stereotyped
みずくさい 水臭い stand-offish; distant; not frank

 

 

6. Beginners can Learn Japanese with This Anime

Aria the Animation

(c)2005天野こずえ/マッグガーデン・ARIAカンパニー

Some difficult words such as “貫禄” (かんろく, dignity), “干潮” (かんちょう, low tide) and “水臭い” (みずくさい, stand-offish) come out, but most of the conversation consists of plain Japanese. The difficult terms occurrence rate is very low: 1.7 terms/episode and the difficulty level of terms and conversation is also the lowest: 8th grade. This story composition is one episodes completion, so the terms and contents of the conversation are also organized and it is a work easy for beginners to watch.

 

Difficult Terms Occurrence Rate  1.7 terms/episode = 24 / 12
Difficulty Level 8th grade = Middle School
Total Difficulty Score 13.6 points = 1.7 * 8
     
Comprehensive Judgment Very Easy in 0 to 19.9 points
Recommended Japanese Learner Beginner  
JLPT N5  

 

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