Aria the Origination Anime DVD Review

Production: Hal Film Maker
Publisher: Nozomi Entertainment
DVD Release Date: March 16th, 2010

First came Aria the Animation, a beautiful introduction into the world and mind of Akari Mizunashi. In that series, we were introduced to her and her desire to become a Prima Undine. Alongside her friends Aika and Alice, we saw that she had a long way to go towards her goal. Next came Aria the Natural, a continuation and expansion of the world that we were introduced to before. The three trainees continued their practice and we, as viewers, were given an expanded look into the characters and their interactions. Now, the conclusion to it all is presented in Aria the Origination. With their training having bared fruit, Akari, Aika, and Alice now must face their futures and new beginnings. Published in the US by Nozomi Entertainment, Aria the Origination was a beautiful culmination of endearing feelings, excellent storytelling, and memorable characters. Many thanks to Nozomi for the review DVDs.

Aria the Origination is the main finale in the Aria series. Now on the verge of finishing her apprenticeship, Akari and her friends ready themselves for the day that they become Prima Undines. Overall, for the story of Origination, I wouldn’t be able to say much more without spoiling previous seasons, and this series really wouldn’t deserve that. (Way to break the immersion in reading a review, Loli-boy.) The only other thing that I can say for story is that you DO NOT want to skip the Arietta OVA. You’ll be questioning a few things if you do.

As for my experience with Aria the Origination… I cried. I cried some more. Then I sniffled a little before bawling my eyes out. Now, you might be thinking that it was out of sadness, but I can assure you that it was not. I cried because my little babies grew up. My little Alice got a big voice. My little Aika became extremely dependable. My little Akari improved her sculling (the right way). These three girls’ lives and the lives of the people around them were inspiring slices of their stories. Their personalities and skills grew. I watched them grow… and then they graduated on me! I felt like a dad watching his daughter go across the stage to receive her diploma as each one reached their goals. To say the least, I couldn’t hold all the feels.

Not anymore, Akari.

However, the reason for that had to be the storytelling of the entire series. There’s a constant theme of ‘the end is only the beginning’ throughout Aria the Origination and its previous seasons. Even the end of Origination, while having that feel of finality, still feels like it’s just the start of a new part of the story. Much how life continues even after an individual has died, the stories of Akari, Aika, and Alice are only just starting, even though we won’t get to see it. I definitely won’t be forgetting the lessons and stories they gave.

At the end of the day, if you’ve already spent the money on Animation and Natural, spend the $49.99 USD to get Origination and complete your DVD collection. I will treasure these DVDs. The music, the stories, the characters, everything about this series is good and Aria the Origination is the cherry you save on your cake for the very end. If I could afford it, I’d get the Akari figure offered on the site, too.

Lolinia gives Aria the Origination a Drastik Moé Measure of 9.5 out of 10.0 (95).

Those last five points come from not having an OST available to buy. >.<

Did I just admit that a slice of life anime made me cry? Welp….

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