Set to include series’ third (and final) TV season, plus OVA.
GRIMES, IA, December 10, 2009 – Anime producer and online retailer Right Stuf, Inc. and its Nozomi Entertainment division are pleased to announce the ARIA The ORIGINATION DVD Collection will be released on March 2, 2010.
The ARIA The ORIGINATION DVD Collection will contain the 13 episodes and the DVD-only bonus episode that comprise the ARIA anime’s third and final television season, plus The OVA ~ARIETTA~. ARIA The ANIMATION (Season 1) and ARIA The NATURAL (Season 2) are currently available on DVD from Right Stuf’s Nozomi Entertainment.
“anime’s answer to poetry” – DVD Talk
“a whimsical ride” – Active Anime
“simply magical” – Protoculture Addicts
“the latest crown jewel in [Nozomi and Right Stuf’s] catalog and deservedly so.” – AnimeOnDVD at Mania.com
“a major phenomenon among fans attendant to slice-of-life series.” – Otaku USA
ARIA The ANIMATION DVD Collection – “Best DVD Release of 2008”
Anime on DVD at Mania.com
Based on Kozue Amano’s best-selling ARIA manga, the ARIA anime consists of three television seasons – ARIA The ANIMATION, ARIA The NATURAL and ARIA The ORIGINATION – plus an OVA (original video animation). The entire anime adaptation features direction by Junichi Sato (Princess Tutu, Sgt. Frog, Sailor Moon/Sailor Moon R) and animation by Hal Film Maker (Boys Be…, Pretear, Slayers Premium, Sketchbook ~full color’S~).
Amano’s 12-volume ARIA manga and its two-volume prequel, AQUA, are both published in North America by TOKYOPOP. In Japan, the ARIA manga was originally serialized in MAG Garden’s Comic Blade magazine.
Visit aria.rightstuf.com more information about the ARIA anime, merchandise and fine art, plus trailers, downloads and more.
About ARIA The ORIGINATION + The OVA ~ARIETTA~ (TV Season 3 + OVA)
As winter melts into spring, Akari, Aika and Alice continue to work hard to become Neo-Venezia’s top gondoliers. Aika starts to take on more responsibility around Himeya; Alice travels up the challenging canal near Hope Hill; even Akari spends a day working on a huge gondola called a traghetto! But there’s still so much to learn… and the final test to become a Prima, which once seemed so far off in the future, might not be so far off anymore. Contains the complete ARIA The ORIGINATION TV series (episodes 1-13, plus Episode 5.5) and ARIA The OVA ~ARIETTA~.
ARIA The ORIGINATION DVD Collection (TV Season 3 with The OVA ~ARIETTA~)
Street Date: 3/2/2010
Runtime: Approximately 430 minutes, Dolby Digital Stereo, Color
Genre: Science Fiction / Drama
Suggested Rating: 13+
Format: DVD (Japanese Audio, English Subtitles, English On-Screen Translations)
Catalog #: RSDVD1011
Case Qty: 10
Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo audio for Japanese dialogue, English subtitles and English on-screen translations. PLUS: Picture dramas 1-7, clean opening, clean closing, U.S. trailer, cast discussion on ARIA, director discussion on ARIA, SATOJUN’s “Venice, I’m Sorry!” Returns parts 1 and 2, and Nozomi trailers.
ARIA The OVA ~ARIETTA~ © 2007 Kozue Amano / MAG Garden – ARIA Company.
ARIA The ORIGINATION © 2008 Kozue Amano / MAG Garden – ARIA Company.
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Currently celebrating its 21st year in business, Right Stuf, Inc. was one of the first players in the U.S. Japanese Animation (“anime”) industry, as both an anime producer/distributor and a retailer. Right Stuf works to promote knowledge of its own products, as well as the anime and manga industry, in general, through its online storefront at RightStuf.com and a variety of media including podcasts and special publications.
Nozomi Entertainment, Right Stuf’s production division, is dedicated to the highest quality releases. True to the Japanese word that inspired its name, Nozomi’s focus is on “what fans want.” By focusing on a limited number of anime properties each year, the Nozomi production team ensures each release receives the care and attention to detail it deserves.
From anime classics like Astro Boy, Kimba and Gigantor to modern comedies, dramas and favorites such as The Irresponsible Captain Tylor, His and Her Circumstances, Gravitation, Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars, Ninja Nonsense, To Heart, The Third: The Girl With the Blue Eye, Emma: A Victorian Romance, Maria Watches Over Us, ARIA, Gakuen Alice and Rental Magica, Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment produce quality programming for fans of all ages and interests. For more information, visit www.rightstuf.com and www.nozomient.com.