Aria the Masterpiece Home Thread (Beginner Book Club / Aria Book Club)


#1

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Welcome to Aria the Masterpiece!

Aria the Masterpiece Volume 1

Versions of the Book

Aria the Masterpiece is a republication of the series Aqua (2 volumes) and Aria (12 volumes). Each volume of Aria the Masterpiece contains two of the original volumes, so there are 7 volumes in total.

Beginner Book Club Volume 1 Information

As such, the first volume of Aria the Masterpiece (the volume we will be reading) contains both volumes of Aqua.

There are two versions of the book you can buy.

  1. Aria the Masterpiece Volume 1 - This is the recommended version to buy.
  2. Aqua Volumes 1 and 2 - This is the original publication.

IMPORTANT: If you buy the original publication of Aria, you are buying the wrong book!

You know you have the correct version of the book if this is the first page with speech bubbles (except it won’t say Aqua at the top if you have Aria the Masterpiece):

Where To Buy (Volume 1)

Amazon JP
CD Japan
Amazon US

Discussion Threads


Volume 1

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9


Volume 2

Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17 (+ 17.5)
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20


Volume 3

Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27


Reading Schedule


Volume 1
Chapter Name Aria 完全版[ToC] Aqua 1st ed[ToC] Aqua 2nd ed[ToC] Start Date
水の惑星 ch01 / p003 ch01 / p003 (vol 1) ch01 / p003 (vol 1) June 23rd
水先案内人 ch02 / p043 ch02 / p041 (vol 1) ch02 / p041 (vol 1) June 30th
水没の街 ch03 / p079 ch03 / p075 (vol 1) ch03 / p075 (vol 1) July 7th
猫の王国 ch04 / p115 ch04 / p109 (vol 1) ch04 / p109 (vol 1) July 14th
希望の丘 ch05 / p151 ch05 / p143 (vol 1) ch05 / p145 (vol 1) July 21st
初めてのお客様 ch06 / p185 ch06 / p003 (vol 2) ch06 / p003 (vol 2) July 28th
社長はツライよ ch07 / p223 *ch08 / p073 (vol 2) ch07 / p041 (vol 2) August 4th
夜光鈴 ch08 / p247 *ch07 / p039 (vol 2) ch08 / p063 (vol 2) August 11th
花火 ch09 / p283 ch09 / p095 (vol 2) *ch10 / p115 (vol 2) August 18th

* Doesn’t match the chapter number of Aria the Masterpiece (Aria 完全版)


Volume 2
Chapter Name Aria 完全版 Aria (orig) Start Date
ネオ・ヴェネツィア ch10 / p003 *ch01 / p003 August 25th
陸揚げ ch11 / p037 ch02 / p037 September 1st
ヒーロー見参 ch12 / p069 AQUA2 ch09 / p097 September 8th
ため息橋 ch13 / p087 ch03 / p069 September 15th
お天気雨 ch14 / p121 ch04 / p103 September 22nd
ヴォガ・ロンガ ch15 / p159 ch05 / p141 September 29th
雪虫 ch16 / p195 ch06 / p003 October 6th
桃源郷 ch17 / p229 ch07 / p037 October 13th
社長の日常 ch17.5 / p263 ch07.5 / p071 October 13th
星の謳声 ch18 / p269 ch08 / p077 October 20th
アウグーリ・ボナンノ ch19 / p307 ch09 / p115 October 27th
謝肉祭 ch20 / p341 ch10 / p147 November 3rd

* Chapter numbering is reset to 1 in Aria
Chapter 6 and subsequent are part of Aria volume 2
Chapters 17 and 17.5 (Special Navigation) will be read in the same week.


Volume 3
Chapter Name Aria 完全版 Aria (orig) Start Date
春一番 ch21 / p003 ch11 / p003 December 1st
満開の森の桜の下 ch22 / p037 ch12 / p037 December 8th
街の宝物 ch23 / p073 ch13 / p071 December 15th
水の3大妖精 ch24 / p0109 ch14 / p107 December 22nd
ボッコロの日 ch25 / p143 ch15 / p141 December 29th
ネバーランド ch26 / p179 ch16 / p003 January 5th
逃げ水 ch27 / p215 ch17 / p039 January 12th
風邪とプリン ch27.5 / p251 * January 19th
空を泳ぐ魚 ch28 / p273 ch18 / p073 January 26th
伝説の大妖精 ch29 / p309 ch19 / p107 February 2nd
レデントーレ ch30 / p343 ch20 / p141 February 9th

Chapter 16 and subsequent are part of Aria volume 4
* 風邪とプリン is the special navigation at the end of Aqua 2


Vocabulary List

Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 3

Please follow the following guidelines when adding vocabulary to the list. This will help ensure that everyone adds vocab in a consistent way, which will make it easier to use.

Vocabulary List Guidelines
  • General:
    • Make sure to use unformatted text by double clicking into a cell before pasting.
    • Try not to include the same word (with the same meaning) more than once for the same chapter.
  • Vocab (Kanji) column:
    • Use the kanji that are actually used in the manga. This also means leaving this column blank if the word is written in kana.
    • Use the dictionary form for adjectives and verbs, not the conjugated forms.
      • For example, if the word in the manga is 分かりました, you should add it as 分かる.
  • Vocab (Hiragana) column:
    • Use the hiragana that are actually used in the manga, UNLESS it is a made up katakana word for the series. In that case, use the most common real reading, and mention the made up reading in the Notes column.
      • For example, in the manga, 地球 is given the reading マンホーム, but it should still be entered as ちきゅう (with マンホーム in the Notes column).
    • Use the dictionary form for adjectives and verbs, not the conjugated forms.
      • For example, if the word in the manga is 分かりました, you should add it as 分かる.
  • English Translation column:
    • If you are not (reasonably) sure which translation is being used in the given context, don’t add the word to the spreadsheet. Adding it without knowing which meaning is correct could cause confusion.
    • To keep the spreadsheet simple, use the definitions from jisho.org or a similar J->E dictionary.
    • If more than one of the definitions could be correct, separate them by a ・ (written using / in the IME).
      • For example, for 書く you would put to write; to compose; to pen​・to draw; to paint if you feel like either is a likely interpretation for the given context.
    • If the definition goes past the end of the column, try to remove alternate spellings first (e.g. “color” and “colour”) and then try to remove words with similar English meanings.
  • Notes column:
    • Use this column to add additional information that could be helpful, like if the word in the manga is a colloquial form of the official word.

Discussion Rules

  • Please use spoiler tags for content that would be considered a spoiler.
  • When asking for help, please mention the page, panel, and speech bubble. Be sure to mention if you are reading a version other than Aria the Masterpiece.
  • Don’t be afraid of asking questions, even if they seem embarassing at first. All of us are here to learn.

Polls

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Beginner Book Club (Volume 1) Participants

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Aria the Masterpiece: Chapter 1 Discussion
Aria the Masterpiece: Chapter 5 Discussion
Aria the Masterpiece: Chapter 4 Discussion
Aria the Masterpiece: Chapter 13 Discussion
Aria the Masterpiece: Chapter 2 Discussion
Aria the Masterpiece: Chapter 10 Discussion
Aria the Masterpiece: Chapter 3 Discussion
Aria the Masterpiece: Chapter 6 Discussion
Aria the Masterpiece: Chapter 14 Discussion
Aria the Masterpiece: Chapter 16 Discussion
Aria the Masterpiece: Chapter 12 Discussion
Aria the Masterpiece: Chapter 9 Discussion
Aria the Masterpiece: Chapter 11 Discussion
Beginner Japanese Book Club (Now: READING SAMPLES | Currently Reading: 時をかける少女)
Aria the Masterpiece: Chapter 7 Discussion
Aria the Masterpiece: Chapter 15 Discussion
Aria the Masterpiece: Chapter 8 Discussion
[Full Release Jan 30] Floflo.moe - A WK-friendly website for reading
Aria the Masterpiece: Chapter 18 Discussion
Aria the Masterpiece: Chapter 19 Discussion
Kitsun.io - Instant Jisho Flashcards now implemented! - Open Beta - Web-based SRS Learning Platform
The battle against laziness
Aria the Masterpiece: Chapter 21 Discussion
Manga recommendations for practicing Japanese
Beginner Japanese Book Club (Now: READING SAMPLES | Currently Reading: 時をかける少女)
Aria the Masterpiece: Chapter 27 Discussion
Aria the Masterpiece: Chapter 26 Discussion
Aria the Masterpiece: Chapter 25 Discussion
Aria the Masterpiece: Chapter 24 Discussion
Aria the Masterpiece: Chapter 22 Discussion
Aria the Masterpiece: Chapter 23 Discussion
Aria the Masterpiece: Chapter 20 Discussion
Aria the Masterpiece: Chapter 17 Discussion (+ Special Navigation: 社長の日常)
Looking for some recommendations
Aria the Masterpiece: Chapter 6 Discussion
にゃんにゃん Reading Group -- Getting the most?
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#2

We will finish reading Kiki’s Delivery Service on June 9th. We want to make sure there is a small gap in between for people reading that book to unwind, and we also want to make sure everyone has enough time to buy Aria the Masterpiece. Based on this, when should we start reading Aria the Masterpiece?

  • June 16th (1 week after Kiki)
  • June 23rd (2 weeks after Kiki)
  • June 30th (3 weeks after Kiki)
  • July 7th (4 weeks after Kiki)

0 voters

I will take the average results of the poll instead of just taking the result with the highest percentage. So if the results are 51% for 2 weeks after Kiki and 49% for 4 weeks after Kiki, I will set the start date for 3 weeks after Kiki.


How long should we read each chapter?

  • 1 week per chapter
  • 2 weeks for the first chapter, 1 week for every other chapter

0 voters


When we read よつばと, we actually had each chapter overlap on the weekends. That meant that every chapter went for 9 days (Saturday to following Sunday) and every weekend except the first and last had two chapters active at once. The idea was that people often have more time over the weekends, and it accommodates people who read at different speeds. Should we do the same for Aria the Masterpiece?

EDIT: Given that we will have a different discussion thread per chapter, and people can ask questions about previous chapters anyway, is this even necessary?

This poll is going to be ignored. I will just include a start date in the schedule, making it clear that there is no end date and people can continue to ask questions about any chapter.

  • Overlap each chapter (9 days per chapter)
  • Do NOT overlap each chapter (7 days per chapter)

0 voters


#3

Intrigued.

So, make something clear for me, you’re saying they’ve re-released the two volumes of Aqua in a new book named “Aria the Masterpiece”?


#4

For the first volume, yes. I just added the following to the original post to make sure this is clear to everyone.

Aria the Masterpiece is a republication of the series Aqua (2 volumes) and Aria (12 volumes). Each volume of Aria the Masterpiece contains two of the original volumes, so there are 7 volumes in total. As such, the first volume of Aria the Masterpiece (the volume we will be reading) contains both volumes of Aqua.


#5

I may have to take part in this. It may be a beginner book club, but if it’s Aria, you can’t keep me away. :stuck_out_tongue:


#6

Have you read it before, or just watched the anime?


#7

Both. Translated and subtitled, though.

Still peeved that ADV just kinda stopped translating it.


#8

After all the discussion in the book club thread, I really feel like reading it as well. I will probably not wait until June to read it, but I will definitely join in the discussion. :slight_smile:


#9

yeah i’m really looking forward to this!


#10

Thanks for setting this up! I’ve ordered my copy.


#11

I am excite!

I didn’t vote in the last poll, because I wasn’t participating in the book club for Yostuba so I don’t think my opinion on the overlap plan would be very informed. Given that people are welcome to continue asking questions on previous chapters anyway, it doesn’t seem like it matters too much either way though.


#12

What we have done on the continuation of Yotsuba is start on the Sunday (which usually meant Saturday night, as soon as it was Sunday somewhere :wink: )
Questions had usually already tapered out before that, but should anyone come, they will be answered.


#13

So you’re saying you stopped doing the overlap on the weekends?


#14

As far as I understood, yeah =)
not sure if it was officially or unofficially (since people where usually done with the chapter in time)


#15

Since we’ll have a separate discussion topic for each chapter, I guess it doesn’t really matter when we “officially” end each chapter. People can continue to ask questions about previous chapters anyway.


#16

Yay I’m super excited! I’m going to go order the manga now :blush::sparkling_heart::sparkles:~

I didn’t vote on the first poll since I didn’t participate in the previous book reading and heard it was kind of difficult. So in my opinion, it’s up to the peeps who did to decide how much time they need to relax after this intense book :sparkles:~


#17

I would say no. I think we should just open the new thread for each chapter after 7 days, so that the people who are ready to move on can move on and the people who are still finishing up the last chapter can do so. Technically, all the chapters will be overlapping each other anyway, since we aren’t going to be closing the older threads. Ending dates are a little more necessary when all the chapters are in one thread, but since that’s not the case, I vote for no official ending dates, just official starting dates ^^


#19

With the other system it is still a new chapter every 7 days though. So basically get the same effect by starting reading ahead of schedule. It will just have 2 days with overlap. I always felt I had to start when the new started even with the overlap, to not get “spoilers” of what to come :wink:


#20

Oooh, I see, so I don’t care~ :sparkles:
Switched my vote :3


#21

To be fair, if you spend all 9 days on the first chapter and always need the whole time to read each chapter, every other chapter becomes 7 days.

I’m just going to take @windupbird’s suggestion and only include start dates in the schedule. Seems like an approach that should work for everyone.