The BEST Episodes of Aria

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2021

Network: TV Tokyo

On the planet Aqua lies the watery city of Neo Venezia, a tourist hub in which people travel around in gondolas. Professional gondoliers known as Undines are well-revered as they act as tour guides for the people. Akari Mizunashi is a gondolier in training and also an employee of Aria Company. She gets to meet all sorts of people as she takes them on the gondola rides, from friendly mentors to special individuals, all this admidst the beautiful scenic backdrop of the entire city.

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That Big Resolution...

#1 - That Big Resolution...

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jun 25, 2006

Alice tells Aika and Akari that she's having bad luck that day because she failed yesterday's personal challenge, which Akari calls childish and cute. The next day she sets the challenge of walking home from school stepping only on shadows, and she almost makes it before failing. Athena happens to see this from her gondola and sings a song that distracts Alice. The following day, Alice attempts the same challenge, and this time meets Athena on the way. When Athena catches Alice from tripping over Maa, Alice makes a new rule banning assistance from others, saying "this is my battle", and starts over. In crossing the last stretch outside Orange Planet, Alice misses a jump but Athena suddenly provides her with a shadow. When asked why, Athena says she's an ally of Alice, like an ally character in a video game. Alice makes another rule that Athena is allowed to help, and walks the rest of the way in her shadow. Akari describes the song that Athena sings as making one "light-hearted," and Alice realizes Athena had sung it the previous day to cheer her up and that Athena has been her ally all along.

star 13.25
4 votes
That Night of the Milky Way Railroad...

#2 - That Night of the Milky Way Railroad...

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Aug 20, 2006

A distant train wakes Akari at 2:00 AM, even though Neo-Venezia's railway has shut down for the night. The next morning, she suggests to Aika and Alice that it's the train from Night on the Galactic Railroad. President Aria sees Akari rereading the novel, and that night brings her a ticket sealed with Cait Sith's giant paw-print. The next day she tells Aika and Alice she has a feeling it would be better if she didn't meet Cait Sith again, but Alicia later encourages her to take this chance to get close to "Aqua's spirit". Late that night, President Aria takes her to the tracks, which were not present during the day, and when a train arrives, several cats start to board. Before Akari can follow, she notices a kitten has lost its ticket and gives it hers. She recognizes the disguised conductor as Cait Sith and thanks him for saving her in the cemetery, and they embrace. She asks why he watches over her and in response, he stamps her forehead like a ticket. As the train departs, Cait Sith takes off his conductor's cap to her, and in the morning the stamp is still on her forehead.

star 12.20
5 votes
On That Day of the Bocolo...

#3 - On That Day of the Bocolo...

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired May 21, 2006

As Akari wades through the streets during Neo-Venezia's annual flooding, she realizes it's Festa del Bòcolo, the day women receive a single red rose from admirers. She meets Akatsuki, who is buying as many roses as he can for Alicia, because just one won't express his "infinite" love, and needs Akari's help carrying them. When they run into Aika, she also has a rose for Alicia and runs ahead to give hers first. When a saleswoman tells Akari the origin of Bòcolo in a tragic Manhome legend about a knight and his lady, Akari comments that the knight's love lives on in roses. Aika fails to find Alicia but meets Al, who gives her an uncut red gemstone called "Eye of the Rose", which he says will look good on her when polished. Akatsuki and Akari finally meet Alicia, but he is too nervous to present Alicia his roses before she assumes he had given them to Akari, and leaves them alone together. As Akatsuki flounders after Alicia, he spills the roses, and Akari describes them as his feelings spreading out across the water, saying they will reach Alicia as they drift on the current. For helping him, Akatsuki gives Akari her first Bòcolo rose.

star 12.00
4 votes
That Warm Vacation...

#4 - That Warm Vacation...

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 8, 2005

Upon hearing from Akari that she had never been to a hot spring, Alicia invites everyone on a holiday trip to a nearby hot spring set the basement of a run-down hotel.

star 11.67
3 votes
That Undine of Tomorrow...

#5 - That Undine of Tomorrow...

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired Sep 10, 2006

On a rainy day, Akari and Alice visit Aika's room for a group study instead of gondola practice. When Akira greets them, they are watched by two of Akira's colleagues, and Aika takes this as a one more sign her improving skills are being noticed within the company. The trainees study for a while, but when they start dreaming about what titles they will take as Primas, Akira gives them paperwork to sort. When Aika returns the completed paperwork, she eavesdrops on the same colleagues and learns they aren't talking about her but badmouthing Akira, saying she's stuck-up because she's one of the Three Great Water Fairies. She returns to her room, upset, and tells Akari and Alice. Akira overhears her and tells them that backbiting is inevitable in the competitive world of undines, and must be accepted as another part of the job. When Aika complains that it's frustrating, Akira says that for some reason, people always remember the one bad thing that happens amid all the good, and you need to take neither for granted. She opens the window shutters and reveals that it has stopped raining. The trainees conclude they must grow stronger to become Primas.

star 11.67
3 votes
Going to the Cats' Kingdom...

#6 - Going to the Cats' Kingdom...

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired May 14, 2006

During practice, Akari, Alice, and Aika see President Aria traveling in his own boat, and follow him to a channel that's usually gated off before stopping because Alice has to leave for school. That evening, Akari tells Alicia she had a feeling they shouldn't have followed him further. Alicia mentions the Manhome legend of a kingdom of the cats, which humans can't enter, which reminds Akari of how Cait Sith stopped her and Ai during the Carnevale. The next day, while Alice practices with two Pairs she met at the Orange Planet party, Akari and Aika see President Aria again and follow him, and this time continue past the gate. They end up in a labyrinth of flooded buildings that has them traveling in circles while being watched by cats. When Akari apologizes for trying to enter their domain, President Aria appears and shows them the way out. As they leave, Akari looks back and sees the building filled with cats, including Cait Sith, who bows to her

star 11.00
4 votes
That White Morning...

#7 - That White Morning...

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 29, 2005

Ai makes a surprise visit to Aria Company during the New Years break. While there, she meets Akari's various friends and inadvertantly embarrassed Akari by disclosing personal secrets and gossip that Akari had included in e-mails to Ai. When President Aria randomly runs off, Akari and Ai give chase and are led to a glimpse of Neo-Venezia as it existed in the past. The two interpret this as formal welcome to Ai by the planet Aqua.

star 10.67
6 votes
In That Warm Town with Those Warm People And...

#8 - In That Warm Town with Those Warm People And...

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 4, 2006

During practice, Aika and Alice watch Akari exchange friendly greetings with several people. Alice comments that Akari seems to know more Neo-Venezians than they do, even though they are locals and Akari is an immigrant, which she finds "mysterious". Aika and Alice decide to secretly watch Akari as she runs errands to find out how she makes friends so easily. The follow her onto the vaporetto ferry and watch her chat with fellow passengers, conversing easily even though they just met. Because they are hiding, the two miss Akari's stop but see her disembark with a mysterious man. After they backtrack on another vaporetto, they follow President Aria's voice to find he and Akari enjoying the man's street puppet performance, which Aika and Alice both remember watching as children. Alice concludes that Akari's mysterious ability comes from her taking joy in nearly everything and being naturally nice to everyone.

star 10.50
4 votes
Those Orange Days...

#9 - Those Orange Days...

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 15, 2005

After a day of practice, Akari, Aika, and Alice return to Aria Company and find their three mentors talking together. Alicia tells the trainees that they once did similar combined practice, but have seldom all met together since becoming primes (full undines). In flashbacks, Alicia and Akira as singles are shown befriending the extremely clumsy Athena and discovering her amazing talent as a singer. While escorting Aika and Alice home, Akari begins to cry when she realizes they three will also part ways one day.

star 10.40
5 votes
That Starlike Fairy...

#10 - That Starlike Fairy...

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 1, 2005

Akari, Aika, and Alice visit Akino, the legendary founder of Aria Company, in retirement in the countryside. Akino asks for the girls' help with domestic chores, and Aika believes they are tests that will make them great undines. That night, Akino reveals that the secret to becoming a good undine is to enjoy every moment.

star 10.33
6 votes
That Soft Wish...

#11 - That Soft Wish...

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 22, 2005

Akari decides to visit the first bridge built in Neo-Venezia. When she finds it, it is full of cats, including Cait Sith, the century-old king of the city's cats. When Akari crosses the bridge, she time-travels back to before Neo-Venezia was built, where she witnesses the arrival of flowing water to the region, a result of the terraforming of Mars.

star 10.33
6 votes
The Things We Found on That Spring Day... / That Rainy Day's Honesty...

#12 - The Things We Found on That Spring Day... / That Rainy Day's Honesty...

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 30, 2006

In the first half of a two-part episode, Alicia takes Akari to an island to visit a reproduction of a Japanese Inari shrine. When Akari buys some inari sushi, the saleswoman warns that if she meets any fox spirits, not to go with them. After getting separated from Alicia during a sunshower, Akari meets a wedding procession of fox spirits, and one holds out his hand to her. Frightened, she gives him her inari sushi, and they leave her. In the second half, Alicia takes Akari on a picnic to look for spring at a special place she knows on another island. After walking through a forest, they follow an old railway, but at a fork in the line they chose the wrong way. Just as they are about to turn back, they find an abandoned rail-car beneath a large blooming cherry tree. While they admire it, Alicia tells a story about the importance of making mistakes in serendipity.

star 10.00
7 votes
That New Me...

#13 - That New Me...

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Jul 30, 2006

Aika arrives at a barbecue party with a beautiful new hairstyle, and when Alicia praises it, she is greatly pleased as it represents, she tells Akari, a "new me". A little later her hair catches fire from a grill, and after Akira puts it out Aika runs away to cry. At home at Himeya Company, as Akari and Alice help trim away her damaged hair, Aika says she'd been growing it as long as Alicia's hair in order to become more like Alicia, but now it's impossible. Akira overhears this and says yes, it's impossible for her to become an undine like Alicia. Aika tries to run away again, but Akira stops her and explains that it's impossible to impersonate someone else, and she should simply aim to become the best undine in Neo-Venezia by being herself. The next day, Aika cuts her hair very short to express her confident new self.

star 10.00
3 votes
That Melancholy President... / That Cool Hero...

#14 - That Melancholy President... / That Cool Hero...

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 24, 2005

In the first half of a two-part episode, Akari and Alicia give the Aria Company building a spring cleaning. President Aria, the company president and mascot, is eager to help but gets in the way instead and, depressed, he runs away. In the second half, President Aria emulate his favourate cat superhero from a comic book, as he both fails and succeeds helping other cats and a young boy.

star 9.71
7 votes
Enveloped by That Orange Wind...

#15 - Enveloped by That Orange Wind...

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 3, 2008

When Alice graduates from middle school, she's happy that she can now spend more time practicing with Aika and Akari. Athena invites Alice on a picnic on a canal through the countryside outside Neo-Venezia, and has Alice treat her as a customer. Athena praises Alice's skills as an undine, and Alice responds that she is training with an excellent mentor. As they pass through a lock, Alice is startled when an undine wishes her good luck. While waiting for the lock to fill, Alice tells Athena that she's confident in all of her undine skills except singing canzone, and Athena tells her conveying a love for singing is more important than any technical skill. When they reach the Hill of Hope, the destination of the Single promotion exam, Akari, Aika, the owners of Orange Planet, and a representative from the Gondola Association are waiting for them.

star 9.20
5 votes
That Which You Want to Protect...

#16 - That Which You Want to Protect...

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 10, 2005

Akari spends the night with Alice at Orange Company. While there, Akari meets Athena, Alice's mentor and roommate, the third of the so-called Three Water Fairies. She also meets Alice's kitten, Maa-kun, who Alice keeps hidden from Athena because pets are forbidden in the company dorms. During the day, while Alice is at school, Maa-kun runs away but is finally found at dusk by Akari and Athena, who knew about the cat all along.

star 9.00
7 votes
That Precious Gleam...

#17 - That Precious Gleam...

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 11, 2006

Akatsuki's older brother gives Akari her first commission, hiring her to transport some glassware by gondola. At the glassmaker's workshop, she overhears a tourist disparaging Neo-Venezian glassware as an inferior copy of Venetian glass—just as Neo-Venezia is an imitation Venice. The apprentice glassmaker supervising the cargo rudely refuses to let Akari help carry it. As Akari rows she tells him the glass is beautiful and admires how it sparkles in many colors. The apprentice complains that some people judge purely on the basis of tradition, which for glassmakers was broken between the sinking of Venice and the building of Neo-Venezia. He apologies for his behavior, saying he's upset because people have been dismissing his master's glassware as imitations and fakes, even though his master works so hard. Akari tells him she doesn't believe anything is fake, and while Neo-Venezia may look like Venice, the process of building it was different, as are the people who live in it, which makes it a living city to be cherished for itself. When they deliver the cargo, Akatsuki's brother accuses the apprentice of becoming Akari's fan, and so a rival of Akatsuki.

star 9.00
3 votes
That Clover of Memories...

#18 - That Clover of Memories...

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 4, 2008

During practice, Aika sees Akari chat easily with many acquaintances and Alice row with her exceptional skill, then watches Athena's singing make passers-by stop to listen and Alicia gracefully catch a hat blown by the wind. Alice calls their mentors' talents the sorts one can only be born with, which disturbs Aika. While helping Akira clean her room, Aika finds a photo of Akira as a Single with Athena and Alicia as Primas, and demands to know how she could smile despite being promoted last. Akira says that of course it was hard having such talented friends, and tells a story, shown in a flashback: After Athena's promotion, while worrying about being left behind, Akira unsuccessfully searches a clover bed for a four-leaf clover with the help a child who turns out to be Aika. The child then says if there's nothing there, you have to make up for it your own way and adds a rose petal to a three-leaf clover to make four leaves, and Akira concludes she has to make up for her talent through hard work. In the present, Akira gives Aika the clover keepsake as a good-luck charm for becoming a Prima, and Aika returns to practice with renewed determination.

star 9.00
5 votes
The Shadowless Guests...

#19 - The Shadowless Guests...

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Aug 13, 2006

During a summer heatwave, Akari sees a lady in a black dress and veil near Piazza San Marco. While waiting for Alice, Aika tells Akari a Manhome ghost story about an executed Venetian woman who spirited away gondoliers who rowed her to the cemetery of Isola di San Michele, where she was refused burial, with the conclusion that she has been seen in Neo-Venezia. That evening, the lady in black politely asks Akari for a ride to Neo-Venezia's recreation of San Michele, and Akari agrees to take her as a friend. As they cross the bay, they are watched by dozens of cats from the rooftops. When they arrive, the lady drags Akari into the cemetery, saying she wants to keep her "friend" with her forever. Her veil blows off, revealing an empty dress, and in a gust of wind Cait Sith appears behind her. The dress runs away, and Cait Sith embraces Akari, who then she wakes up at Aria Company holding a rose petal from the cemetery. The next day, Alice explains that the ghost story is not from Manhome but was invented on Aqua—which makes the black lady even more scary.

star 9.00
4 votes
To That Island Which Shouldn't Exist...

#20 - To That Island Which Shouldn't Exist...

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 3, 2005

Akari receives a mysterious message, which directs her to a secluded bay where she meets Aika and Alice following similar messages. Together, they find Alicia and Akira, who sent the messages, and they spend the day in special training and relaxed swimming.

star 8.87
39 votes
Doing That Wonderful Job...

#21 - Doing That Wonderful Job...

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 17, 2005

Akira takes Akari, Aika, and Alice for training with a customer and picks up a honeymoon couple for a morning-long gondola tour that ends up being a full-day chore. Akira purposely entraps the three trainees in a maze formed by the rising tide and several low-lying bridges. By working together, Akari and her friends eventually find a hidden way out, while the husband learns a lesson about patience and pride.

star 8.83
6 votes
On That Night of the Meteor Shower...

#22 - On That Night of the Meteor Shower...

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 16, 2006

When Akari learns there will be a meteor shower that night, she, Aika, and Alice make plans to watch it. As they do so, they meet Al, a gnome (an underground regulator of Aqua's gravity) on a shopping trip to the planet's surface, who invites them to lunch. In return a blushing Aika invites him to join them that night. That evening, Alice bows out, leaving just Aika, Al, and Akari. Because Piazza San Marco is too crowded and bright, they search through the narrow streets for a better view. For courage through the darker passages, Akari repeats her chant from Casanova's procession. Eventually, Aika takes them onto the roof of a Himeya Company office building, with an unobstructed panorama of the night-time city and the meteors. When Akari searches the rooftops for another vantage, Aika realizes she's alone with Al and gets flustered, and blames him as a gravity regulator for attracting all the meteors that burn up in the atmosphere. As they walk home, Al reminds Aika that some meteors don't burn up but survive to reach the surface.

star 8.80
5 votes
If That Rainy Night Would Become Daylight...

#23 - If That Rainy Night Would Become Daylight...

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Jul 23, 2006

Continuing the previous episode, that evening, Alicia and Akari eat a picnic dinner on the worn-out training gondola. Alicia tells Akari this was also her first gondola at Aria Company, and a flashback shows her as a Pair colliding with a bridge during her first lesson with Grandma Akino. Another series of flashbacks shows Alicia and Akari as Pairs each learning how to clean the gondola. Aika, Akira, Alice, and Athena join them for a "Thank You, Gondola-san party". Akari's photo of the three trainees with the gondola reminds Athena of a similar one of the three mentors, and a flashback shows it being taken on Alicia's promotion to Prima, when she had to give the black training gondola up for a Prima's white gondola. After the party, Akari stays in the gondola late into the night even after it starts to rain, and when she falls asleep, the spirit of the gondola puts an umbrella over her. A few days later, as Akari rows her replacement gondola back to Aria Company, she is startled when she passes her old one carrying a full load. Ai tells Akari that she'll have many new experiences with her new gondola.

star 8.75
4 votes
That Meeting's Crystal...

#24 - That Meeting's Crystal...

Season 2 - Episode 25 - Aired Sep 17, 2006

A week before Festa del Redentore, marking the start of autumn, Akari worries because she hasn't received any e-mail from Ai for a while. Akira, Alicia, and Athena give the trainees the assignment of hosting a Redentore houseboat, including all of the planning and decorating, as a way of practicing their entertainment skills. Alice quickly designs invitations, which makes Akari and Aika more enthusiastic about the task. Akari invites Ai, despite not hearing whether she will visit Aqua for Redentore as once planned. The three work hard through the week, and the night of the festival, all the guests arrive but Ai, who still hasn't responded. Just as the boat is pulling away, Ai arrives at the dock, saying she hadn't replied because she wanted to surprise Akari. Their dinner is a success, and after the table is cleared away, the conversation lapses into a silence that Akari calls peaceful, shortly before the midnight fireworks. In the end, the guests toast their hosts in thanks for bringing them together.

star 8.75
4 votes
That Neo-Venezia–Coloured Heart...

#25 - That Neo-Venezia–Coloured Heart...

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 23, 2006

Mr. Mailman borrows Akari and her gondola for a day so he can complete his rounds while his gondola is repaired. In the morning, they collect mail from canal-side postboxes, then after lunch deliver the mail—and along the way help a boy deliver in person a letter to his former teacher at her wedding, apologizing for behaving badly to her because he was upset over her leaving. At the end of the day, Mr. Mailman explains that Neo-Venezians prefer the inconvience of mail because a letter, being not as quickly written as e-mail, can carry the sender's heart, and so can become a treasure, and furthermore it can be a link between the past and present. Akari says that letters are like Neo-Venezia, in that you can touch the creators' hearts through them, and Mr. Mailman tells her that she has been painted with "the color of Neo-Venezia". The next morning, Akari is moved when she receives his hand-written thank-you note.

star 8.67
6 votes