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Friday, 09 October 2009 00:00
1 - That Wonderful Miracle...
Welcome to New Venezia, a recreation of old Venice on the watery planet of Aqua (previously known as Mars, until it was terraformed). Like its Earth-bound namesake, New Venezia is a tourist mecca, and amongst others the Aria Company is there to meet their needs. Enter Akari Mizunashi, trainee undine (professional gondolier). One day, while out practising her rowing skills, Akari picks herself up a free-rider - young girl Ai, just arrived from Manhome (that's Earth, to you and me) and wanting to experience what it's like to be in a gondola. Even if she has to blackmail a rookie to get the chance...

Akari & AliciaRowing hard

2 - On That Special Day...
Akari wakes up to find Aria's offices flooded - seems New Venezia suffers from Aqua Alta every so often, just like the original. Not a disaster, then - just an inconvenience of life in the city, and an excuse for Akari to take the day off. With waterproof boots on she heads out to see what the city looks like underwater, with President Aria (the company's cat) in tow. While out, though, the President sees an aristocratic cat that catches his eye - the president of Himeya, Aika's company, so Akari stops past to say hello. However a run-in with her trainer, Akira, soon leads Aika to start looking for a new employer...

President AriaAika

3 - With That Transparent Young Girl...
While Aika and Akari are out on a training run, they're overtaken by a young girl they've never seen before. Her uniform indicates she's from Orange Planet, another of New Venezia's undine companies, and that she's also a pair - a trainee - so seeing that she's so far ahead of them in skills really gets Aika's hackles up. The girl's name is Alice, and she initially brushes off any attempts at friendly conversation, but her brief encounter with Akari soon begins to have an effect on her...

Alice, annoyedAlice, attractive

4 - That Undeliverable Letter...
Sylphs are like a special sort of postmen in Neo-Venezia - "wind messengers" who carry messages and packages around the city. Woody is one of the Sylphs that Akari knows, and it's just as well she does - while out in the city one evening, she's handed a letter by an unusual-looking young girl and asked to deliver it for her. Unable to carry out the task herself when she fails to find where the addressee lives, and having gotten no joy out of the post office, Akari turns to Woody for help in fulfilling her promise to delivery the letter...

Ghostly AmiWoody