Aria The Masterpiece Manga Volume 1 + GWP
About Aria The Masterpiece Manga Volume 1 + GWP
Aria: The Masterpiece volume 1 contains volumes 1-2 of Aqua, which is the prequel series to Aria, and features story and art by Kozue Amano in this collector's omnibus manga edition.
Order from Right Stuf and receive an Aria Postcard unique to this volume as a free gift - while supplies last!
On the planet Aqua, a world once known as Mars, Akari Mizunashi has just made her home in the town of Neo-Venezia, a futuristic imitation of the ancient city of Venice. In pursuit of her dream to become an Undine — a gondolier who leads high-end tours around the city — Akari joins as a trainee with the Aria Company, one of the three most prestigious water-guide companies in Neo-Venezia. There, she explores the beauty of the city and the world along with other trainees from Aria and rival companies, working hard for her dreams and making new friends along the way.
Experience the world of Aqua like never before with Kozue Amano's gorgeously detailed illustrations and full-color spreads in this deluxe edition featuring the full prequel series, Aqua!
Ratings & Reviews
Worthy of the Masterpiece title
by M -
For fans of Aria (and any newcomers looking for a fantastic slice-of-life title), I highly recommend this Masterpiece edition series, even if you already have the older Tokyopop releases. These will be a very definitive edition to own. The art card is nice too, if you can still get it.
These new paperback books are larger than the original releases, with a size roughly equal to your average light novel, so not only are you getting 2 volumes combined into 1, you're also getting larger print and visuals. The covers are quite beautiful as well, with soft but vivid colors and shiny metallic colored portions on the spine and cover.
These also contain a handful of color pages, which the originals did not. They are very nice, but they also make me wish every single page was in color, considering how colorful and beautiful the world of Aria is.
Lastly, these will greatly compliment the new blu-rays from the Nozomi Kickstarter, so I also highly recommend those once they're available.
by Eva -
Absolutely wonderful series reprint. Manga came within reasonable time frame and packaging was well done to help prevent jostling during shipment. Extremely mild inconsistencies on edges as with any novel purchased anywhere even in person as is with any manufacturing. Other than that came in perfect condition as expected. And for any long time readers of the series if you haven't purchased this it is worth considering since the full original print is not available anymore (Unless besides the first 6 volumes listed on this site there are more hidden) while the reprint series will be.
by Christopher -
The other reviewers did a great job describing the condition of the book. It is definitely worth the price and is a premium product containing the first two volumes. The series is a relaxing slice of life for ladies on Mars looking to become undines (gondoliers). It is slow matching the pace of life the manga is trying to portray. Nothing exciting, but very charming as the girls work at their own pace to be successful. You can also check out the video release on RightStuf. It is great as well, but not a show you would really binge. Take your time an enjoy it.
Buy it! Buy them all!
by Akito -
I bought Aria the Masterpiece volumes 1-5 and preordered vol. 6 during the RightStuf birthday sale and I regret nothing. This is a gorgeous plus-sized printing with gold-foil-trim details, breathtaking color pages, and a premium art card as an included gift (while supplies last). The image on the art card looks like it was painted on glass, and is incredibly beautiful.
The art for this series is remarkable in its small details, with special attention paid to the backgrounds. Akari is a glowing, positive character that makes reading this put you in a good mood. There isn't much of a story besides seeing the characters interact with the bright world of Aqua, but it's such a refreshing change of pace coming from other plot-heavy shows and books. Sometimes it's important to slow down and relax for a while!
I would've been happy to buy these all at full price. The product and manga are both perfecfion. The only thing that would've put this over the top for me, is if it was hardcover.