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ARIA The ORIGINATION – Picture Drama 01

「パジャマ☆パーティー」 (Pajama☆Paatii)
“Pajama☆Party”

At a Glance:
Akari, Aika, and Alice stop by a hot spring again, where their discussion quickly shifts to Aika and Al’s relationship. Aika diverts the attention though, asking Akari what her relationship with Akatsuki is, but the Aria Company undine answers earnestly with a character introduction for him. Seeing this, Alice changes the subject back to Aika and Al, so Aika ignores her questions and leaves the bath. Back in their room, the three undines dig into some shaved ice and talk about pajamas, walnut bread, and eventually their senpais’ relationships. After they rule out the possibility for Akira and Athena, Aika suspects that Alicia might have someone based on what Akari tells her, and expresses her displeasure at the thought of it. Alice however says she’s just being selfish since she already has Al, making Aika question why Al’s name came up. Alice then asks what she would do if Alicia was seeing Al, so Aika retorts that that’s impossible, but is too flustered to say why. Akari begins saying, “it’s because Al and Aika…”, but gets cut off by Aika, who runs off to the hot spring out of embarrassment. Alice then asks Akari what she was about to say, so she says, “it’s because Al and Aika ate shaved ice together and seemed to get along.” Hearing this, Alice calls Akari an airhead and tells her that airheaded ideas are really forbidden.

 

Impressions:
It’s been a while since the ARIA series ended, but even a picture drama is able to quickly remind me why I loved it so much. In short, watching the show makes you appreciate the little things in life more and try to be a nicer person on a daily basis. (Or at least that’s what it does to me.) While saying this will probably warrant a “Hazukashii serifu kinshi!” (“Embarrassing remarks aren’t allowed!”), I rewatched a few episodes of The ORIGINATION last week while I was sick in bed and it made me feel better like some sort of special medication. >_>

Anyway, I’m quite happy to see ARIA in some sort of animated form again and can’t wait to see the next picture drama. In the meantime though, I think I’ll continue reading the ARIA mangas that I picked up while in Japan. Since Amano Kozue completed the manga a while ago, I was able to pick up all the volumes too.

Note: This first picture drama was around seven minutes long, which is almost double the length of the first CODE GEASS R2 Picture Drama. I’m not sure whether or not they’re all be this long, but I have my fingers crossed hoping that they will be.

 

Cast:
- Akari (灯里) / Hazuki Erino (葉月 絵理乃)
- Aika (藍華) / Saitou Chiwa (斎藤 千和)
- Alice (アリス) / Hirohashi Ryou (広橋 涼)

September 3, 2008 at 5:35 am
23 comments »
  • September 3, 2008 at 5:38 amTakanari

    Looks good!

  • September 3, 2008 at 5:46 amsakura

    sounds funny!:)

  • September 3, 2008 at 6:32 amnyan-nyan

    Quality looks pretty…low…for ARIA, that is…

  • September 3, 2008 at 6:35 amjeffng9

    hahahaha
    yeah looks good :P
    3 cheers for ARIA!

  • September 3, 2008 at 7:30 amrelentlessflame

    “Quality looks pretty…low…for ARIA, that is…”
    – nyan-nyan

    Well it is only a DVD omake (i.e. Bonus Content), and not a full episode or anything. It’s a nice throw-in, but they don’t expect anyone to buy it seperately.

  • September 3, 2008 at 7:33 amruffles

    more ARIA?!

    *runs around in circles squeeing*

  • September 3, 2008 at 9:26 ammidenz

    w00t! i jsut luvv aria, its one of those animes you really learn from! ^___^~

  • September 3, 2008 at 10:58 amfrankeinstein

    Ah, the MAGIC word.
    Wish it could go on forever…

  • September 3, 2008 at 11:32 ammutio

    Aria for life!

  • September 3, 2008 at 11:34 amJezreel

    “Hazukashii serifu kinshi” <- the words of Aika-chan to Akari-chan

    I have the series in fansub and is very nice

  • September 3, 2008 at 12:01 pmGrimaH

    New Aria content?
    On RandomC of all places?
    Wow, suddenly the world looks so much brighter.

  • September 3, 2008 at 12:50 pmMighty Mouse

    Love this show to death! More Aria is always a good thing, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!

  • September 3, 2008 at 3:41 pmChimasternmay

    Is this series any good, i never watched even a episode of it, just totally missed watching it. also seems like manga and anime ended around the same time, do they have acceptable similar endings? or should i wait till i find all 12 volumes of it

  • September 3, 2008 at 4:29 pmSilver

    @Chimasternmay

    Get all of it. The manga is nice and the anime is pretty similar. The great thing about the anime is also because of the music that goes with the scene which makes everything just… pure bliss.

  • September 3, 2008 at 4:52 pmnyan-nyan

    @ relentlessflame

    oh. i guess it makes sense now. thanks!

  • September 3, 2008 at 5:05 pmMidnightTide

    guess I am the only person who hasn’t watched this series yet….lol

  • September 3, 2008 at 6:08 pmChimasternmay

    @Silver

    Alright. thx for the input or push to get me started lol.. ya im gonna follow tru it.

  • September 3, 2008 at 8:02 pmdyh

    This maybe off topic but what ever happen to Natrone?

  • September 3, 2008 at 9:56 pmkairukun

    awww! ARIA!!1

  • September 3, 2008 at 10:39 pmAPsycho

    Personally I loved Aria. It was simple storyline wise yet made sure to pay attention to every little detail that made watching it an experience rather then just a TV show.

  • September 4, 2008 at 11:27 amAcid Cake

    Aria was always awesome it was a calming sight with great acoustic guitar semi relaxed feel in the bgm, with spectacular graphics of sunset, no hate, no sickness, no poverty, everyone became goody two shoes, it made you feel like the world was a wonderful place and I bet at some time we all felt like we wanted to live on Aqua forever eh? This is off topic but does everyone watch Aria while sipping english tea?

  • September 4, 2008 at 2:12 pmKrebmarkt

    I wonder from which DVD of the Origination comes this Omake.

    Alice then asks Akari what she was about to say, so she says, “it’s because Al and Aika ate shaved ice together and seemed to get along.” Hearing this, Alice calls Akari an airhead and tells her that airheaded ideas are really forbidden.

    Somehow it remember me of the Alicia x Alice event in the episode 6 of the Origination.

    There a lot of quiet fans of this serie and at least 3 them made the Aria pilgrimage to the real Venize.

  • September 4, 2008 at 2:47 pmdivine

    Krebmarkt:
    This was released on the first DVD volume. There also seems to be some “Mizunashi Mode” phenomenon floating about the Internet too, where people try to be more friendly to strangers and just appreciate life more in general.

    Anyway, I got my hands on several more picture dramas, so I post them sometime after my Thursday slew of shows. For now, I’ve updated the screenshots from this picture drama with better ones.