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

Omg it comes with tiny versions of the cats too, how cute ;_;


Oh, that reminds me, I actually do have an Aria figure =D

(I’ll have to find where he’s packed away and bring him out to sit with me when I read through Aria. That should be enough to keep this comment related to the book club.)


Masterpiece volume 5 comes out in English this week. Finally, the first volume which hasn’t already had an English release in decades past.


Are you going to check the quality of their translation? :stuck_out_tongue:


I don’t recall if anyone’s mentioned this already, but is it known if the prior Masterpiece releases in English used the same translation as TokyoPop’s release?

I don’t care for omnibus releases, but I may make an exception to complete my Aria English set.


Can’t remember. I think I had a quick flip through and noticed one or two differences, but maybe I should go check again.


Still super late, I’m beginning volume 3! (I was well inspired to buy volume 2 and 3 at the same time)
I’m trying to read 4 to 6 pages every day and it’s working well for me.


New Aria film in 2021. The video has spoilers for the end of the series.


So, “crepuscolo” means “dusk” in Italian. I mean, so does “crepuscular” in English, for that matter. But… both words give me the some not very good mental pictures. :stuck_out_tongue:

“Dusk” kinda makes it sound like it’s intended to be the last Aria production, at least to me (in keeping with the morning-noon-afternoon-evening colour themes of the other series).

Though, I’m pretty sure all of the footage in that trailer is from Avvenire.

I never did bother watching that, because the reviews were generally mediocre.

At the end of the trailer Akari does say something about not being able to forgot that day’s 黄昏, so maybe it’s just thematic.


Well, it was ok. It was mostly previously-unanimated manga chapters with a couching story of “all this has happened before and will happen again” (i.e. Akari, Aika and Alice’s apprentices became close friends in the same way that Alicia, Akira and Athena’s did), with a big stinking shovelful of “all good things must come to an end”.

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Seven months later, I actually got my hands on a copy at last.

Still tossing up on whether I want to re-buy volumes one through four.

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What’s the point of buying the series in English when you already have it in Japanese?


Sometimes I just wanna read something, ya know?

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Hi everyone!
I’m really struggling with the volume 4. It depends on which chapter of course, but I’m wondering if I should restart from volume 1 or continuing with the rest of the volumes (I have already the volume 5) and restart after finishing.
I’m under the impression that there’s a lot that I haven’t understand… :thinking:

PS : am I the only one thinking shorter hair suits Aika chan way better?


Have you already read the first three volumes?

Having completed the first three volumes (earlier release, not the newer release), I find there are definitely chapters where I feel completely lost. (It’s one reason I’ve put the series on hold while I focus on other things for a couple of months.)

For me, in reading more, it’ll be a matter of tolerance. Can I tolerate the amount I don’t understand?

I’ve read the series in English (for what was released in English way back when) and I’ve watched the anime with English subtitles before. So I mostly know what’s going on already. That increases my tolerance for not understanding what’s being said (because I already have the gist of it from before).

However, there have been some chapters where I felt I was having a lot of difficulty. When I pick the series back up in a month or two, I plan to slow down and carefully analyze anything I don’t understand. (For me, it’s typically a lot of unknown vocabulary.)

If you have read through the earlier volumes, and you feel you missed out on understanding a lot, and you don’t mind going over the same material again, I do recommend giving it a try from the beginning again. Read a bit slower, ask questions in the appropriate book club threads, and see how well you do.

If you decide later that you don’t care for re-reading everything, you can always jump back to where you left off in volume 4.

Where do you find you’re having difficulty? Grammar? Vocabulary? Keeping track of topics and context?

Do you feel you had this problem in earlier volumes and you just kept pushing forward?

How much experience do you have with reading Japanese material? Is Aria the first manga you’ve tried, or have you read easier manga before this?

As I struggle my way through the earlier volumes, I know the reward for my effort will be reaching the point where her hair gets cut short =D


Yes, of course.

My grammar sucks to be honest. Still working on it on a regular basis. I’m ok with dialogues, but some monologues are very difficult.
Also the vocabulary lists for Aria gets shorter and shorter… I know I should make my own ones or contribute to the one existing, but I’m lazy… I’m always reading while being disconnected from Internet just before sleeping, so I would have to rethink my whole organisation.

It’s my first reading material. And so far, I was ok (I was okay with understanding a phrase out of 6, I mean, then I got better, it was very rewarding), but some chapters in volume 3 or volume 4 totally threw me off. It was as if I was beginning Aria again with my 1 to 6 ratio.

At least, If I read from the beginning, I’m expecting to be able to understand most of it. Even the parts I didn’t understand before… Or maybe not. :woman_shrugging:

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As far as first-time-reader material goes, Aria is a tough one to jump into. I was going to make it one of my first manga reads when I started to get serious about learning Japanese, but I ended up opting to read other manga alongside the Absolute Beginner Book Club for a while. I didn’t come back to Aria until a bit over a year later.

If vocabulary lists have been essential for you, you may want to consider previous Absolute Beginner Book Club picks. You’ll still only get the fullest vocabulary list for the first volume of each series, though.

If you want to keep up with Aria right, take note of anything you’re not sure of, and ask about it in the chapter’s thread, and someone will certainly respond with some useful information!

The most important thing is to have something you can read without becoming discouraged.

Ask all the questions you like in the threads. We’re all still here to answer them. :slightly_smiling_face:

Largely because the less-advanced readers mostly dropped out, and it was increasingly just me generating the lists, so I kinda stopped bothering…