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Aria: The Masterpiece (Volume 5)

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'Aria The Masterpiece 5' with story and art by Kozue Amano is a welcome return to the gondoliers on the planet Aqua.

I've been lucky enough to read three of these volumes for review, and they are always a lovely breath of fresh air.  The conflicts are manageable, the characters are mostly nice to each other, and everything just seems so nice in this world.  This time around, there is a Spring festival with grilled meat.  One of the gondoliers has a hair crisis and gets help.  Another gondolier says a heartfelt goodbye to treasured boat.  Another has amnesia and learns how others feel about her.

If you had told me about this series, I would probably have never read it, but I adore these stories, which always make me smile, and I seem to read most when I need them.  The art is lovely as is this wonderful world.  I hope to return there again soon.

I received a review copy of this manga from Tokyopop, Diamond Book Distributors, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you for allowing me to review this manga.
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I received this manga from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

This one bundles volume 7+8, we are slowly nearing completion of this manga which in ways delight me and also make me sad as I don't want it to stop. Argh! I guess after the manga ends in this bundled form, I will rewatch the anime again.

The seasons for this volume are Spring and Summer and we see how things are slowly transitioning to Autumn! I just love that we see all the seasons and waht the girls do. We see outfits change from winter to summer, we see events that have to do with the seasons (though I do wish there was more of them). It really gives an extra special feeling to the manga. Plus, I look forward to all the things that go with those season.
But the seasons aren't the only things that show that time is passing by. Just look how everyone looks in this volume, they are much more mature than in the first volumes, they look older.

Right from the first chapter I just got an overdose of the feels. Poor Aika, but I am happy with how the story progressed and what she learned. Then each chapter brings another special thing, I had so much fun reading it. Each girl is growing up and that just brought a big smile to my face. I just love it when characters grow and that we can be part of that journey.
I just love that we also see romances happening and I was just in tears (sorry, very easily emotional it seems) when Aika went to meet Al because she wanted to know what he thought about her haircut. Aww, girl.

Each chapter has such a wonderful story, it is part of the story in a whole, but also a story on it's own. I loved seeing more of Athena, see what happens to gondola's when they are too old, see the friendship between the girls, get hungry from the bbq, and go awww when I see those cute cats (I totally agree with Maa, needles are scary), we meet a ghost and I think it is good that Akari has such a friend or else..., .

And once again, I know I mentioned it before, but I just love this series so much more now that I visited Venice on my honeymoon last year. To see all those spots again in the manga is just a magical experience. Knowing that you went to those spots. Yes, it is Neo-Venezia, but it is based on Venice.

The art was once again stunning and I just love how each chapter gets better and more gorgeous.

I can't wait for the next volume to be released. I look forward to it, I want to know what Autumn and Winter will bring. I would highly recommend this series to all.
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little sad i cant read this since my tablet isn't letting it open. i love anime covers. the art looks awesome.
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I unfortunatly could not get this to download to the Aldiko app, but if the artwork is as amazing as the previous books that came before it is definitely worth reading through. Please Net Galley, fix this problem with comic downloads ... And thank you for giving me a chance to read this.
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A bit hard to get into getting in a volume 5, but with that, and even the fact that it's a bit girly, the story seem promising and the illustrations were cool. Good potential for the targeted readers!
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