The second period of the Aria series. The same beautiful Worldview and Background are used to create a gentle and heartwarming story. We hope you will enjoy the allure of the series, which is synonymous with the Slice of Life genre.
|Title (Eng)||Aria The Natural|
|Title (Jpn)||ARIA The NATURAL|
|Genres||Slice of life, Fantasy|
|Prequel||Aria the Animation|
|Sequel||Aria the Avvenire|
Akari Mizunashi continues her training to become a Prima Undine (a professional tour guide gondolier) along with her friends Aika and Alice in the peaceful city of Neo Venezia. Despite the fact that these three girls are from competing companies, they are constantly together, learning more about how to become better tour guides and more about the mysteries of Neo Venezia.
As the group continues to meet interesting and unforgettable people through their daily routines, they will also come closer to the secrets that make the enigmatic and ever beautiful city of Neo Venezia so warm and alive.
Welcome back to Neo Venezia: the city where miracles can be created by hand.
3. Character’s Way of Speaking
Mizunashi Akari basically speaks in the feminine tones of “xxx だね” and “xxx だよ”. Use honorific expressions when you narrate or make lines out of thoughts in your mind. They also use honorific expressions for superiors such as Alicia. It’s just a simple honorific with “です” and “ます” at the end, so I hope Beginner or Elementary Japanese learners will be able to use this level of honorific.
She says in a girlish tone, “xxx よ”. She is more assertive than Akari and often expresses her opinion clearly. The cliche is “恥ずかしいセリフ禁止” (はずかしいセリフきんし, Shameful lines are forbidden!”. Because the pronunciation is clear, the character is suitable for both listening and emulating Japanese.
Because Alice Carroll is younger than other main characters, she uses honorific expressions when talking to her seniors. However, honorific language is easy to listen to because it only adds “です” and “ます” to the end of words. In Japan, honorific language is an important communication element, so it is good practice to listen and emulate her way of speaking. He has a habit of saying, “でっかい xxx”. “でっかい” is a colloquial expression meaning “big”.
Alicia Florence is gentle and polite. She speaks in a feminine way to younger people and people of her age: “xxx.” and “xxx, maybe”. Also, she uses polite, humble and respectful words depending on the situation, so her level of respectful words is very high. Female Japanese learners should learn the very polite female tone of Alicia. She has a habit of saying “あらあら” when she is impressed or when she has a back-channeling.
Akira often speaks in an assertive or imperative tone, such as “xxx” or “xxx Shiro”. Female characters with this tone have an atmosphere of “a dependable sister”. She has the same habit as Aika. Her pronunciation is clear, so she is a good character for Japanese listening practice.
Athena speaks in a relaxed, elongated tone. She often uses short phrases such as “Cold” and “REALLY?”. When she speaks a long line, she talks in a feminine tone, like “xxx だわ”. This character is recommended for both listening practice and emulating practice of Japanese language learning.
4. Terms and Talking Contents
Because the animation is set in a fictional world, some terms specific to the work appear. For example, “Undine” is a job to guide tourists on a gondola. However, there are not so many terms specific to the work, so you won’t have trouble understanding them. It’s a fantasy, but it’s mostly a conversation about a situation you hear every day. You can also listen to idioms and proverbs related to Japanese culture such as “キツネの嫁入り” (きつねのよめいり, rain shower while the sun shines) “神隠し” (かみかくし, mysterious disappearance) and “願掛け” (がんかけ, making a prayer) and idioms specific to Japanese such as “大金星” (だいきんぼし, surprise victory) “五臓六腑” (ごぞうろっぷ, the internal organs) and “猫の手も借りたい” (のこのてもかりたい, extremely busy; wanting even the help of a cat) so it’s a very good anime for learning Japanese.
5. Beginners can Learn Japanese with This Anime
90% of conversations are in plain Japanese, and the difficult terms occurrence rate is only 2.2 terms/episode. On the other hand, the term difficulty level is equivalent to High School because of the wide variety of difficult terms that occur and the very “Japanese” term. However, since the dialogue in this animation is simple, if you can learn the terms in advance in the Difficult Term List, it is possible for Beginner to learn Japanese in this animation.
|Difficult Terms Occurrence Rate||2.2 terms/episode||= 55 / 26|
|Difficulty Level||12th grade||= High School|
|Total Difficulty Score||26.4 points||= 2.2 * 12|
|Comprehensive Judgment||Very Easy||in 0 to 29.9 points|
|Recommended Japanese Learner||Beginner|
- The List of Difficult Terms that Appear in this Anime (=55 terms)
# よみ 漢字 Remarks 1 まかふしぎ 摩訶不思議 2 ごうどうれんしゅう 合同練習 3 はんにんまえ 半人前 4 まんま まんま Food for cats 5 なきむし 泣き虫 6 にゅうしょく 入植 7 きけんなかおり 危険な香り 8 ころもがえ 衣替え 9 しにせ 老舗 10 だいきんぼし 大金星 11 たつじん 達人 12 なじみのみせ 馴染みの店 13 ごぞうろっぷにしみっわたる 五臓六腑に染み渡る Idioms 14 ひいき 贔屓 15 よめがきく 夜目が効く Idioms 16 もうてん 盲点 17 ごまんえつ ご満悦 18 うたたね うたた寝 19 ちょうろう 長老 20 せいせいする 清々する 21 もったいない もったいない 22 おいなりさん お稲荷さん 23 キツネの嫁入り お天気雨 24 おいとまする お暇する 25 すうこうなおもい 崇高な思い 26 ぎりばら 義理バラ 27 みなも 水面 28 いちりん 一輪 29 さとがえり 里帰り 30 かいてんきゅうぎょう 開店休業 31 しゃれい 謝礼 32 きりょうをはかる 器量を測る 33 くちなし クチナシ 34 やつあたり 八つ当たり Idioms 35 じゅうにんといろ 十人十色 36 はくちゅうむ 白昼夢 37 てだしむよう 手出し無用 Idioms 38 おすそわけ お裾分け 39 ねこのてもかりたい 猫の手も借りたい Idioms 40 おさななじみ 幼馴染 41 しんじん 新人 42 ふつつかもの 不束者 43 がんかけ 願掛け 44 ぼくねんじん 朴念仁 45 たづなをしぼる 手綱を引き絞る Idioms 46 かいだん 怪談 47 かみかくし 神隠し 48 あなば 穴場 49 ずぼし 図星 50 さんぜんとかがやく 燦然と輝く 51 とおりな 通り名 52 おとくいさま お得意様 53 おもてなし おもてなし 54 ねんぱいのひと 年配の人 55 にくいえんしゅつ にくい演出