I avoided Aria for a while since it looked boring. I mean, I had a stack full of other, definitely more interesting shows. And I’m quite glad that I did hold off on Aria until the school term. Aria is a lot like Sketchbook in that I can’t really sustain long periods watching just that one show. It’s a show that I feel I can take my time with.
But did Aria turn out to be boring? No, it did not. Again like Sketchbook, it turned out to be a very slow-paced slice-of-life show with a smattering of comedy. The characters were all lovable and each episode gave you a great feeling after you finish it. In fact, I felt that Aria did each of these things better than Sketchbook did, which made it feel a lot more interesting to watch.
Aria, like other slice of life shows, makes the characters and the world feel very familiar. What sets Aria apart is that it doesn’t focus on girls in high school. Aria is about gondoliers on Mars in the future. This is what’s great about Aria; it makes space gondoliers feel familiar and relevant. I look forward to continuing to learn about being happy from space gondoliers in ARIA the NATURAL.