Akari, Aika and Alice continue to strive toward their goal of becoming Neo-Venezia s top gondoliers. But as their skills improve, they find themselves faced with new challenges. On their journey to become Primas, the three girls will have to paint a palina, serve as hostesses at the Festa del Redentore, and even learn how to be brave in the face of a dangerous passenger! Contains episodes 14-26 of the second ARIA television season. Based on Kozue Amano s best-selling ARIA manga, the ARIA anime consists of three television seasons ARIA The ANIMATION, ARIA The NATURAL and ARIA The ORIGINATION plus an OVA (original video animation). The entire anime adaptation features direction by Junichi Sato (Princess Tutu, Sgt. Frog, Sailor Moon/ Sailor Moon R) and animation by Hal Film Maker (Boys Be..., Pretear, Slayers Premium, Sketchbook). The ARIA The ANIMATION DVD Collection containing the franchise s complete 13-episode first season is currently available from Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment and was voted a Pick of the Week by the readers of AnimeOnDVD at Mania.com. Amano s 12-volume ARIA manga and its two-volume prequel, AQUA, are both published in North America by TOKYOPOP. In Japan, the ARIA manga was originally serialized in MAG Garden s Comic Blade magazine.