Aria the Benedizione

Title:Aria the Benedizione
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Notables: Animation - JC Staff
The successor and branch manager of the Himeya Company—one of the many Undine associations housing female gondoliers—Aika S. Granzchesta surprises everyone when she rejects tradition and refuses to inherit the company's legendary gondola. Aika's apprentice Azusa B. McLaren, unable to wrap her mind around her mentor's unexpected decision, confronts her directly but to little effect. To better understand her reasoning, Azusa and her fellow Undines secretly plan to arrange a meeting with Aika. With the much-awaited winter days in sight, accompanied by the tranquility and sublimity of Neo-Venezia, Aika reminisces about her journey as an Undine that forged her into the person she is today. As she vividly remembers all those invaluable experiences of the past, she trusts they will continue to guide her into the unknown yet boundless future.
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60-minute film released on December 3, 2021.
Animated by JC Staff.
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Rent 8 8 8 7 7 Ggultra2764 [series:4574#1552]
This latest installment of the ARIA franchise explores how Aika and Akira of Himeya Company first met and the former eventually becoming a Pair Undine for the company, this explored alongside exploring her current efforts as a Prima Undine set to eventually take over ownership of the gondola company. The majority of the flashbacks explore Aika's developments as she has an inferiority complex over feeling like she can be at the level of Akira as an Undine and has to learn to get over this hump in her time with Himeya. It still has the typical elements you'd find from the ARIA franchise up to this point with focus on the gorgeous scenery of Neo-Venezia and the light-hearted slice-of-life storytelling encouraging the audience to appreciate the small joys and developments that the characters undergo. A definite recommendation for fans of the franchise.

Last updated Saturday, November 05 2022. Created Saturday, November 05 2022.

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