Learn Japanese with Anime: “Aria The Natural” (Beginner Level)

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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.

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  • Character 70 %
  • Animation/Background 70 %
  • Songs/Sound 65 %
  • Originality/Enjoyment 70 %
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1. Information

Title (Eng)Aria The Natural
Title (Jpn)ARIA The NATURAL
TypeTV
Episodes26
Aired Year2006
GenresSlice of life, Fantasy
PrequelAria the Animation
SequelAria the Avvenire

 

 

2. Synopsis

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.

Source: https://myanimelist.net/anime/962/Aria_The_Natural?q=ARIA%20THE%20NA

 

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 Level12th grade= High School
Total Difficulty Score26.4 points= 2.2 * 12
   
Comprehensive JudgmentVery Easyin 0 to 29.9 points
Recommended Japanese LearnerBeginner 
JLPTN5 

 

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 

 

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