One hundred and fifty years after its terraforming, the surface of the planet Aqua - formerly known as Mars - is almost completely submerged by water. The town of Neo Venezia, a replica of the old Earth city of Venice, is a city that lives in harmony with the water, and is a popular destination for tourists. Akari Mizunashi is a young girl who dreams of becoming a fully fledged Undine - a gondolier who ferries tourists around the beautiful city. With help from her friends she progresses with her training, discovering more of the many wonders of Aqua and Neo Venezia along the way.
Manga in 200 Words: Aqua Premise: Mars has been terraformed into an ocean planet and inhabited by humans. One of the most popular methods of transportation is the gondola, and the main character dreams of becoming one of the undines who drive them.Story: It’s a standard personal development quest: Akari wants to accomplish something, but an obstacle stands in her way. She’ll need to find her own path to succeed. Despite this simple formula, Aqua has a simple, earnest charm.Art: There are very crisp lines and a good balance between light and dark. I especially like the undine uniforms. It’s nice to be able to see at a glance that all of these girls are undines, but that they are from different organizations.World: I like the idea of a barren world being turned into a vibrant, living one, and I’ve always had a soft spot for Venice. I think that’s how this series charmed me.Overall: Aqua is really short, and quite straight-forward, but I was surprised by its quality. The one real caveat for me is the slow pace (I’m not really hooked on slice of life.), but overall, I did enjoy this two volume series.
I really fell in love with this manga. I love stories that I can place myself in and actually feel the story. (Not sure if people get my drift but it's an amazing feeling) I have been to Venice, Italy years earlier and I felt like I could feel the breezes from the spring weather, feel the cold and calm air in the spring season and also the heat of summer. It felt very much realistic to me. The characters were each different yet similar in a way and the story line was quite nice. Good read all around.
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