This third and final season of the Aria franchise did more than enough at offering me perhaps the best season I seen for the entire series. Aria: The Origination puts greater focus on the developments involving Akari, Aika and Alice for this season as they are in the final days before they graduate up to the final levels as Prima Undines. This is clear through the concerns that the girls display at points throughout the show as they become aware that the days they can be together regularly are narrowing down and continue to improve their skills with gondola rowing and touring with customers. Even with these developments, the show does devote some episodes to slice-of-life moments and even some sub-plot developments such as learning how Aria Company came to be and romantic developments involving Al and Aika. The only blemish on Aria: The Origination's plotting is that a development with Alicia's character revealed in the finale of the series lacked the buildup of what Akari and her friends had.
Visually, the scenery and character designs of Aria: The Origination are up a notch from Aria the Natural featuring brighter colors and more defined details, particular with how vast the scenery is with the settings of Neo-Venezia. The series is still as beautiful to look at with the eyes as the first two seasons. Aurally, this third season still retains the calm and mellow musical tracks from the earlier two seasons, though some tracks are a bit more on the melancholic side to reflect on the passing of days felt by the three young Undines as they experience their final days as either a Pair or Single.
Aria the Origination did very well serving as the series finale to the Aria franchise. With larger focus on character developments and a great looking presentation, this made for a great finale to the Aria franchise for me.
Last updated Monday, May 23 2011. Created Monday, May 23 2011.
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