Aria: The Scarlet Ammo (Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
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Kinji is a junior at a high school for mercenaries. He just wants to be normal, but his secret condition-he turns into an ace killer when he's turned on by the female form-triggers a fiery transfer student's unrelenting desire to make him her partner.
A mash-up of magical girl, harem comedy, fan service, and murderous-moppet elements, Aria the Scarlet Ammo (2011) began as a series of light novels written by Chugaku Akamatsu and illustrated by Kobuichi. Kinji Toyama is in his second year at a Tokyo high school that trains students to become Butei, or armed detectives. He'd like to transfer to a normal school, as he's not much of a gumshoe unless he's sexually aroused--then "Hysteria Savant Syndrome" transforms him into an alternate persona who's as suave as he is deadly. When he encounters ace student and loudmouth Aria, Kinji gets drawn into a complex plot that involves a mysterious killer who's targeting Butei. Kinji asks, "Is it too much to ask for a normal, ordinary life?" and the answer is obviously yes. More girls from the student body pursue him and the inevitable clashes occur. Riko is supposedly a descendant of Poe's Arsène Lupin, which makes her a rival to Aria, whose great-grandfather was Sherlock Holmes. (Another student claims descent from Joan of Arc.) Aria is as demanding as Haruhi Suzumiya and as loud as Kaname in Full Metal Panic, but she lacks the charm of those outspoken heroines. Although Kinji is likable enough when he's not being shoved into someone's cleavage, he comes across as a wimp when he lets Aria bully him. The cast shoots off enough ammunition to fill a small warehouse, swings swords, throws knives, sets piano-wire snares, and unleashes various unexplained magical techniques. But a villain who attacks a busload of high school students with an Uzi and tries to crash a hijacked airliner must play better in Japan than it does in the United States. (Rated TV 14: violence, violence against woman, risqué humor, nudity, alcohol, tobacco and drug use, potentially offensive religious imagery) --Charles Solomon
(1. La Bambina, 2. Aria the Quadra, 3. First Mission, 4. Butei Killer, 5. Butei Character, Section 1, 6. The Shrine Maiden of Hotogi, 7. Caged Bird, 8. Durandel, 9. Honey Trap, 10. Special Training, 11. Infiltration, 12. Vlad, 13. The Butei Come and Train at a Hot Spring)
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A quick summary:
All characters involved are the grand children of famous characters or real people; Sherlock Holmes, Joan d'Arc, and Arsene Lupin to name a few. They of course, being this is anime, have inherent skills that put them a cut above average humans and this type of thing becomes a factor in the story.
The protagonist of the story is a student at Butei High School, a school for students who intend to become police and as such. The students of Butei High are given the right to arrest people and work on various levels of criminal cases and leads. They are divided into various categories such as assault, recon, etc. Toyama Kinji, the male protagonist, has his own connection to characters of the past and also possess an interesting and somewhat awkward ability. When women are close enough to him to get his hormones running, he enters a state of mind called hysteria mode and his senses and reflexes heightened exponentially so that he may protect the girl nearest him. During this process, he also changes personality types and becomes a "gallant" gentleman as it were. There is a criminal faction involved in the story that is considered as just a legend by most of the school but some characters know a little more about them than most, enter Kanazaki Holmes Aria, a feisty little girl who is your typical Tsundere style character, but still brings a lot of substance to the story line. There are enough plot twists to keep things quite entertaining and there is a lot of comedic value to the story overall.
I've watched Aria over and over a few times and really enjoyed it. As someone who doesn't like to spoil things for others, I can simply say that if you are wondering if this is or isn't a decent anime to pick up and try, definitely do so; it will surprise you as to how good it actually is.
This will be short and sweet.
Kinji Tōyama is a student at Tokyo Butei High, a universal educational facility, which basically trains its students to be super cops. Kinji is rather average in his school work, sick to death of guns and combat, and really only wants to get away and be 'normal'. It seems like it'll be a bit difficult for him considering that he has inherited a family trait that enables him to become a japanese equivalent of James Bond (complete with arrogance but minus the martini) whenever he's turned on. His chances of escaping Butei High go from slim to pert-near impossible when fiery classmate Aria drops (literally) into his life and demands he be her partner (or, as she puts it, "Slave", which at times will seem more appropriate). This unlikely pair of gun-toting gung-ho girl and reluctant, alternately-awesome sidekick guy will be tossed into a maelstrom of intrigue and action that neither could ever expect.
Likable characters that have both character flaws and triumphs
Decent story pacing
Very little resolution outside of the main plot (i.e., relationships, personal development doesn't really progress very far)
The fanservice grows a bit tiresome
In a nutshell:
Aria is a fun show. It's an easy watch, not invoking deep emotion (only the tenderest of hearts will cry) or deep soul-searching insight. It's NOT intended for younger audiences (see premise) and will make anyone not familiar with typical anime fanservice a bit uncomfortable, but for anyone at all accustomed to anime, this will seem par for the course booby-panty shot wise. So, with that in mind, sit back, relax and prepare to laugh, chuckle and root for a very weird, mostly competent duo.
So, to watch the last part of the series you have to deal with REGION 1 DVDs, and that implies you have to set your DVD REGION to 0.
Each Butei student is the descendant of a historical or fictional person and possess similar skills to their famous ancestors.
The animation, English dub, characters and story are great!
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Enjoyed series, wish there was more.
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