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Aria the Animation

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Neo Venezia, the pride of planet Aqua, is a quaint city filled with canals and easy-going people. Many companies operate their gondolas on the canals, giving tours to tourists and locals alike, but the most famous of them is the Aria Company. Follow the adventures of Aria's young apprentice, Akari, as she learns the tricks of the trade from her beautiful senior, Alicia. Together with her friends Aika and Alice, apprentices of rival companies, and their seniors Akira and Athena, they train their skills as gondoliers, meeting new people and learning new things about the city each day.

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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Aria the Natural TV 2006 Sequel
Aria the Natural Special DVD Special 2006 Same Franchise
Aria the OVA: Arietta OVA 2007 Side Story
Aria the Origination TV 2008 Same Franchise
Aria the Origination Special DVD Special 2008 Same Franchise
Aria the Origination Picture Drama DVD Special 2008 Same Franchise

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Aria 2002 TBD
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Makoto KOGA Character Design
Junichi SATO Director
Takeshi SENOO Music
Choro Club Music
Kozue AMANO Original Manga Creator

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Aria the Animation Xplayer 8.5/10 Mar 3, 2014
Aria the Animation xxjacobxx3 7/10 Feb 7, 2011
Aria the Animation keiko777 7.5/10 Jan 12, 2011
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Explus yasar 447 Apr 17, 2014
Best overall casts Xplayer 15 Mar 11, 2014
Top 20 Anime Series Kamichamachii 20 Feb 1, 2014
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Sketchbook ~full color's~

Sketchbook ~full color's~

Kajiwara Sora is a shy girl who loves to draw. She's a member of the art club at school, even though one of the other members scares her sometimes. She finds drawing things like flowers or fruit easy enough, but she puzzles over how to capture more fleeting moments, like the flapping of a bird's wings or a cat that won't sit still. There are things she can draw, and things she can't draw, and with the help of her friends in the art club, she's going to experience them all to the fullest.

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While the fact that Aria and Sketchbook were made by the same studio (and most of the same cast) is a good thing, the two also have many similar themes, including slice-of-life.

Sketchbook, the in-between of the new Aria seasons, has adopted quite a few references from Aria. Both have slow and quiet, scenic, and peaceful scenes.


Aria and Sketchbook have a lot in common production-wise, but they are also a very specific kind of slice-of-life anime. Both central characters are dreamy girls unusually preoccupied with the architecture, landscape and cats around them. If you can get joy and satisfaction out of little discoveries and new encounters, give these series a try.


Both Sketchbook and Aria are very slow paced, and very little actually happens other than the day-to-day experiences of the protagonists. If you enjoyd the quiet charm of one of these then you're likely to enjoy the other.


Heartwarming and tranquil. That's the best way to describe these shows. And because both shows excel in these fields, it means that if you liked one, then you'll probably like the other.


Both series feel the same when you watch them. They have that warm tingly feeling vibe that is intended just from viewing a day in the life of the characters. They both showcase cats in major roles, as well. Sketchbook even references Aria, solidifying the link between the two series.

Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou

Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou

In a quaint Japanese town, far from the footprints of tourists, an abandoned robot named Alpha lives a quiet life, while running a coffee shop left by her previous owner. With hardly a customer from day to day, she tends to focus on life's little pleasures, while sporadically wishing for her master's return. But one day, a delivery-robot brings Alpha a camera, and through the pictures inside, her eyes are opened for the first time to the world around her.

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There is a certain Japanese quality of storytelling called mono no aware -- a consciousness of the world's transient nature. It pervades Japanese writing and films, but usually as a background theme. It is rare that it takes center stage, so to speak, in a book or film. Yet this is the case with both Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou (and its sequel, Quiet Country Cafe) and Aria the Animation (and its sequel, Aria the Natural).

Both sets of anime deal with people reacting to an environment of great beauty and complexity, as well as to each other. By making the landscape a character in its own right, the viewer gains an additional opportunity for empathy with the protagonists, as they move in, and are moved by, the extraordinary worlds that they inhabit.

All of these anime are must-see anime for the sensitive and mature anime viewer, and I can hardly recommend them highly enough.


Both Aria and Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou are perfect series iif you want something that isn't too action packed, or complicated - if you just want to relax. Their great characters, nice music, and beautiful animation make them worth watching, and if you liked one then you should like the other.


Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou and Aria the Animation are two shows about absolutely nothing. Both have pretty graphics and music. Warning both may cause drowsiness. If you liked one you'll probably like the other.


Both Aria and Yokohama focus on the daily life of young girls with a somewhat futuristic twist, one is based on another planet, the other is a robot. If you enjoyed the semi-futuristic twist in an otherwise traditional slice of life world of one then it is worth watching the other.


The entire Aria series as well as the Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou series seem to be made out of quintessentially slice-of-life elements - mono no aware, and a certain slow beauty. Both, too, have sci-fi settings, adding on to their similarity -- certainly a must-watch for any slice-of-kife fan.

Hidamari Sketch

Hidamari Sketch

Yuno is a high school student who dreams of becoming a famous artist; and after being admitted at Yamabuki High School of Arts, she is one step closer to her dream. Yuno must move to an apartment complex near the school, and there, in Hidamari-so, she meets three new friends: Miyako, a very active person who will do anything to get her hands on something to eat; Hiro, an upperclassman who is obsessed with weight gain; and Sae, the oldest of the bunch and also a tomboy. From wild cosplaying teachers to bizarre school myths, Yuno and friends enjoy fun times and crazy days at Yamabuki High!

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Both series are seinen slice-of-life set in a small utopian world. In Aria's case, the world is a terraformed mars. In Hidamari Sketch's place, the world is the Hidamari apartments and arts high school next door.

Both shows feature lively female characters in lead roles and bright animation. Aria is full of set-piece paintings, but Hidamari Sketch uses lively artistic pastework as suits its art student characters.

Aria is soothing while Hidamari Sketch is lively, but if one leaves you smiling, I'm pretty sure the other will as well.


While the subject matter of these two series is very different, one about girls on gondolas on another planet, and the other four high school girls, both share a similar tone to them. Both Hidamari Sketch and Aria are quite slow-paced and just plod along quietly. Also both contain a gentle sort of humour, though the comedy is more prevalent in Hidamari. If you like gentle slice of life, both of these are for you.


Both shows take place in a perfect world where almost all of the character are beautiful girls. And both shows are meant to be "healing" anime for men with stressful lives. Also both are about a girl moving to a new place and growing up.


Extremely high profile non-miyazaki slice-of-life anime that get many installment.In one famous opinion piece about anime, "rowing a boat" is a coined term means slice-of-life anime with slow pace that watch the everyday life of bishoujo characters. 

Both anime are rowing a boat. One is rowing in a utopia future re-make of classical Venice city, the other row a boat in a modern day Japanese high-school setting. Rowing-a-boat anime will be highly soothing or extremely boring depends on your preferences (of girls in the show or maybe settings.) Let's just say that rowing-a-boat is not new of a genre, but somehow only recently become highly-anticipated.

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It isn't unusual for a person to feel that the world around them is strange and has unexpected secrets lying just beyond their sight. However, for most people this is just an occasional sensation that greets them upon awakening or chases them into sleep. For the mushi researcher Ginko, it isn't a feeling at all; it is a knowledge which guides his travels and motivates his life. Found in the cracks between what is conceivable and what is not, are the varied life forms collectively known as mushi. They surround us and affect us, but their intensely different nature makes them unrecognizable to most. Ginko brings these life forms into perspective for the lives of those most affected and most in need of an explanation.

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Even though there aren't many similarities in the story or characters, the flow and unusual topic of both Mushishi and Aria make them different from your everyday anime. If you're looking for another relaxing story, check this one out


Both these animes are amazing. They both have an underlying romance (shoujo) aspect, as well as a relaxing mood throughout the episodes. The main chatacters are interesting enough to keep your attention, and yet, they don't steal the show. Both animes are well written and will leave an impact on you.


Both are unusual anime in lacking a proper story line and not caring about it. They are "more about the travel then the destination", and the scenes, poeple and colors (blue for Aria and green for Mushishi) in them will follow you for a long time. 

Also they are equaly good for sleepless nights... not because you will fall asleep watching them :)  (never!) but because you will feel much calmer and at peace then before.


They are both episodic anime which has a mysterious calming feel. Both show alot of scenery and the world around them. The music is calming in both.

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Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou: Quiet Country Cafe

Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou: Quiet Country Cafe

Alpha, an abandoned robot, runs a small shop in the backwoods of Japan. With an ever-present lack of customers, she passes the days enjoying the little things in life, such as the smell of freshly brewed coffee, and conversation with her neighbors. But when a typhoon emerges and damages the shop, Alpha decides to embark on a journey to see other parts of Japan, expand her horizons, and explore other aspects of life.

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Aria and Yokohama are set in the future with a neat setting of high-tech advances, but both anime are extremely tranquil; it is purely slice of life. You'll really see this unheavy feeling within the use of colours and simply the events that occur. Yokohama has an interesting and cute main character, and it's quite thought-provoking.


Both Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou and Aria fall in the category of slice-of-life seinen 'healing' anime. They're pretty to look at, have a relaxed plotline, and have mellow jazz soundtracks.

In fact, they're so much alike in most ways that it's probably more useful to focus on the few differences: Aria is about young women; YKK is about a humanoid robot of indeterminate age. Aria has sentient cats as primary cast members, and President Aria in particular annoys some viewers. YKK is post-apocalyptic; Aria is post-diaspora.

If you like one, there's a very high probability that you'll like the other.


Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou: Quiet Country Cafe and Aria the Animation are two shows about absolutely nothing. Both have pretty graphics and music. Warning both may cause drowsiness. If you liked one you'll probably like the other.