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Nozomi Entertainment, the anime production arm of Right Stuf, Inc., has announced that it has posted its trailer for the Aria the Animation series. (In the linked page, point towards the "nav" icon on the lefthand side to reveal the Trailer menu option.) The anime adapts Kozue Amano's acclaimed future slice-of-life manga about Akari, a girl training to be a gondolier on a canal-linked planet. Director Junichi Sato (Princess Tutu, Kaleido Star, Sailor Moon/Sailor Moon R) and the studio Hal Film Maker (Boys Be..., Pretear, Slayers Premium, Sketchbook ~full color'S~) animated four different Aria projects. Both the Aria manga and anime storylines ended this past spring in Japan.
Right Stuf will ship the first box set of 13 episodes from Aria the Animation on September 30, and the set's DVDs will include Japanese audio and English subtitles. Tokyopop is publishing the 12 volumes of the manga after picking up the license from Mag Garden, who serialized the manga in Monthly Comic Blade magazine. ADV Manga had initially carried part of the manga, but discontinued it.
Image © 2006 Kozue Amano/Mag Garden, Aria Company. All Rights Reserved.