Akari Mamiya wants to become a powerful BUTEI like her idol, Aria Kanzaki, but her skills are...lacking. In fact, she's just a lowly E-rank student at Tokyo Butei High School, and her chances of getting to the top are slim. Determined to be more than she is, she makes the move to become Aria's Amica and receive training to be just like her! But is the double pistol-wielding ace ready to take on the challenge of teaching Between the struggles of high school and intense training, Akari must work her hardest to prove she's worthy of being Aria's Amica and ready to be a true BUTEI! Which is way easier said than done. Luckily, with her friends close by her side, anything is possible! But anyone can become your enemy-even your closest allies. When danger lurks around the corner, Akari must master the power within her to protect her friends and herself. All while facing the truth of her past.
THIS IS NOT A SEQUEL. And that would be part of the problem. The title and even some of the characters make it appear as a sequel. After all, if it's the same title and just double one of the letters at the end (AA) then normally it would be safe to assume it's number 2. Instead, it's a different story. Forget everything you saw in Hidan no Aria A. This anime shares some similar character names and looks and a few aspects of the setting, but that's it. The characters that reappear in this anime don't have the same personalities as in the other one. There is a lot of yuri. There is less action. Characters are more simplistic and abnoxious. Supposedly it gets more serious towards the end, but I quit before then. I guess it shouldn't be too surprising since this is made by a seperate studio and well, while I liked the original, the story wasn't really going anywhere and neither were the characters. Of course, a second season could have fixed that. Overall, I, like many of the other reviewers, are a bit biased here. I watched the original first and expected this to be more like a second season. It's impossible, no matter how hard we may try, to judge this anime as it's own story unrelated to anything else. It's impossible to refrain from comparring the two anime, even if we try. So perhaps, if you watched this without any expectations of it being like the first or any knowledge of the first (meaning you watch this one first), it might be enjoyable. However, if you have seen the first, and especially if you liked the first, I suggest skipping this one. I really don't know how to rate this. On one hand, it was bad enough I quit before even getting halfway through, so normally it would get a very low score. On the other hand, I can't say whether I would have quit if I watched this first, but since I can't say for sure how I would have rated it otherwise, I will rate it the way I normally would, but just a bit higher.
For this I only watched the first episode and with having pervious expericence with the Hidan no Aria anime, I was able to write my conclusion of what I believe my opinion on the anime will be even after I watch the full thing. I would like to start with the story. I believe it was a good idea to give the anime a fresh face and a new view on the anime (though deep down I am still mad that Hidan no Aria didn't keep going instead of the spinoff, but I digress). Akia, the new protagonist is a novice low rank and is a good change to the semi-skilled Aria we all know and love, after the first episode it was evident that Akia has a few ghost which I believe could be handled well in moderation or could really just leave a bad taste in your mouth after. In general I would give Hidan no Aria a 10/10 for the story but for this one on its own I would have to say 4. My only reason is the characters and how they constrast to Hidan no Aria. In Hidan no Aria, we had all these characters in which we came to know and love and grow with, but with AA we see a whole new set of charaters which is great and I love. My main problem is that the old characters are given camioes that protray them diiferent to how they use to be. This is more prominant with Aria as she is seen as more kick-ass and more skilled than she was before, casually throwing in flips and jumps that the old Aria wouldn't really do, now I know some people might disagree with the gymnastics, but her attitude as also changed in the time that Aria first appeared I noticed a complete personallity change as if she had her own hystaria mode. Her dective skills and her temperment had all changed and it comparison to what she used to be like, I didn't like it. Would I recomend watching this Hidan no Aria? Yes, but would I suggest AA after? I'm not sure. AA feels to me like a completly different anime, yes we have some of the old characters, yes its based on the pervious anime and is suppose to be a spinoff of it not a continuation of where it left off. I dont know if people remeber Digimon the first series and up to about 3rd series all kinda seemed related and then every other one was completely different and the only reason you knew it was digimon was because some of the old Digimon were used and the evolution sequence was the same, that is how I feel AA is in relation to Hidan no Aria. Its still good to watch but its not what you would first expect. Thats my long venting opinion on AA, I do recomend watching it but with a fresh mind and not recolection of the main story or plots of Hidan no Aria.
Reviews I've seen here so far treat it like a second season, a sequel to the first Hidan no Aria. As far as I'm concerned, it is not that at all. It feels more like a side story that shouldn't be confused with the main story revolving around Aria. This anime follows the story of Akari and how she looks up to Aria. Compared to Hidan no Aria I'd say the theme is a bit lighter and easy to watch (except for the last few episodes, which are a bit darker) Overal not that bad an anime, but you should really put aside the story from Hidan no Aria when watching this.
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