Hidan no Aria – First Impressions

I knew Hidan no Aria should turn out at least decent since I read the first few chapters of the manga over a year ago.

The main idea behind the series is that there’s a special school where they train students to be essentially special agents whose main purpose is to fight crime. The male lead, Kinji, attends this school but wants to lead a normal life since he has a special ability where he can go into “Hysteria” mode, resulting in a significant increase in his abilities along with a change in his personality. However, he gets caught up in an incident and has a forced encounter with Aria, a top student in the Assault department, who crushes his hopes for a peaceful life.

This feels really familiar to Infinite Stratos from last season with regard to there being one male lead surrounded by females. Plus, they are both situated in a special academy where the focus is on weapons and combat. Judging from some of the statements Kinji made, even elementary school students can intern at the school while middle school and high school level students can attend. I’m not sure I would trust middle/high schoolers with weapons…but hopefully their entrance exams do a good job of filtering out the bad seeds.

Anyways, I’m liking the series so far and can’t wait to see Kinji go into Hysteria mode more often. Plus, you get to hear Kugimiya Rie’s very recognizable voice as Aria.

Rating: Good

6 Comments to “Hidan no Aria – First Impressions”

  1. adorach says:

    if im not mistaken that is the voice of Shakugan no Shana

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    Reltair Reply:

    Yup, Shana was one of the many characters she voiced.

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  2. Lanir says:

    This is a weird season. I’m watching two series whose premise seems custom made to devolve into all sorts of gratuitous ecchi-ness and this is one of them. For example, it wouldn’t be totally off to say the main character is powered by getting turned on. But it would kind of miss the point because this series kind of has that in the beginning and then mostly seems about how he’s -not- turning himself into SuperPerv. Weird. 🙂

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    Reltair Reply:

    Yeah, he hates that ability and tries to avoid activating it, but in future situations I’m sure he’ll be forced to use it again anyways. It’ll be great if he can surpass his other “self” while still in normal mode.

    I’m loving this season so far, there’s a lot more interesting and good shows than I thought there would be.

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  3. Thancruz says:

    I find this show to go into the direction of The Familiar of Zero,without the crossing into a different world theme. Hopefully Kinji doesn’t start getting punched & kicked every other second here on out. But other then that a very entertaining show.

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    Reltair Reply:

    It is similar to The Familiar of Zero in some regards, especially Kugi Rie’s very recognizable voice. Although I like the main character in this series better since he isn’t as much of a wimp.

    So far it has been entertaining, but all these descendents of famous historical figures is a bit…

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