Tuesday, January 29, 2008

ARIA Origination 4

Episode 4:第4話「その 明日を目指すものたちは…」

Early morning, Akari and Aria sachou prepared for the opening of ARIA company. Guest came and Akari served them tea while waiting for Alicia. Alicia came and took the guest to tour leaving Akari at the company. Akari had a look at Alicia's busy schedule.

That night, Akari was having tea with Alicia and she seemed gloomy. Alicia noticed and asked her. Akari told Alicia that she wanted to help Alicia. Alicia replied that Akari had been a great help already. Akari responded that she wanted to help more but she knew she couldn't do much as a single undine. Alicia asked about her schedule and Akari replied that the practice would be off the next day since Aika and Alice had their own matters. Alicia then suggested Akari to participate in the Traghetto.

Note: Traghetto is the only rowing job which single undine can participate in. Think of it as a ferry or bus to cross from a waterfront to another.

The next day, Akari went to Traghetto S Sofia station. Many single undine gathered at the station and the undine-in-charge read out the group allocation. Akari was day-dreaming and her team members had to awake her. They introduced themselves; Atora from Orange Planet, Ayumi from Himeya and Anzu from Orange Planet. Akari was nervous and Atora offered a sweet to calm her. Atora suggested that they would took the first few rotation since Akari had never done it before.

Anzu and Ayumi took the first rotation, leaving Atora talking with Akari. Atora told Akari about Anzu's moody appearance due to her failure in the Prima examination recently. Atora said that she also fail the examination. Akari asked about the Prima examination. Atoru remarked that it was extremely ahrd and they had a strict Prima undine invigilating them.

Atora and Anzu took the second rotation. Ayumi exclaimed her preference and interest as a traghetto undine. The third rotation left Akari with Anzu. Anzu broke the silence and told Akari that she failed in her Prima examination. Akari also told Anzu her fear of not being up to a Prima's expectation but she remarked that she would strive for it. Akari and Anzu then took the fourth rotation. Anzu told Akari that she would help her and asked her not to worry. Akari set off and the three single undines were surprise with her balance and skill. The four young undines served the passenger for the whole day.

As the day dawned, they stopped the service and proceeded to clean the gondola while Anzu went to submit the earnings. Ayumi saw Akari looking at them and asked her about it. Akari replied that they took good care of the gondola and were happy of it. Ayumi then compliment Akari's skill and commented taht Akari would be a Prima soon. Anzu heard that and she got a bit emotional. Atora remarked that they failed because the examiner was too strict and she felt that she would not be able to meet her expectation. She commented that it was also a good choice to stay with Ayumi and serve in Traghetto service. Ayumi then told Atora that they were different. She remarked that Atora really wanted to be a Prima undine which was different from her. Atora felt sad and depressed. Anzu stood up and told them her pain of failing the examination. However, she told them that she would continue to take the examination until she obtained Prima status. Akari interrupted before Atora can make her feelings known. Akari told them that it would never be too late to take another start in the challenge. Anzu, Ayumi and Akari smiled at Atora and this gave Atora the encouragement she needed. They then went home and Akari went back to ARIA company telling Alicia of her Traghetto experience.

Next week will be on Navigation 51, The three-leaves clover, focusing on Aika and Akira. How the small Aika cheered up Akira when she was last to be Prima among the 3 fairies.

P/S: I have always like this chapter where Akari met new undines. Finally ARIA The Origination is starting to animate the chapters in manga. Higher chance for a finale this season. ^^

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