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Wake Up! Aria
Reviewer: Rowena Lim Lei 12/31/1999

Synopsis:
Aria is a talented young lady who's off to study in a prestigious music school. When she gets there however, she senses that something is not quite right. The principal insists on conducting individual private lessons for all the female students, but those who go through these sessions end up performing more poorly instead of improving. Aria must find out what's really going on before it's too late...

Review:
Oh puh-leeze.
Aria, along with several other talented young people, are set to begin classes at the Royal Elegance School -- a renowned institution dedicated to training the most promising young musicians in the field of classical music. The school is run by a man and a woman who are not what they seem to be. Wake Up Aria is simply the story of how all the female students get raped, one after another.

I can find absolutely nothing praiseworthy in Wake Up Aria. The plot is predictable, right down to the cheesy deus ex-machina resolution. Aria most conveniently realizes that her mother is a witch, which thereby gives Aria special powers that can be used to deal with the abusers. You don't even have to think in order to guess what happens next. The visuals are pretty bad to boot. Characters are generic-looking and roughly drawn. Scenes are rendered with minimal detail, and most of the backgrounds are either black or psychedelic -- which seemed to be created by smearing leftover paint all over the cels.

Then there's the sex. Wake Up Aria's sex scenes consist mostly of tentacle rapes. The monsters have fingers that transform into long, penis-like tentacles which resemble large carrots when inserted into the girl's mouths. However, the most you'll see are boobs, tentacles, and crudely drawn female genitalia. Penetration is only implied via facial expressions, moans, and pumping -- never actually shown. Thus, there's nothing really exciting in this aspect as well.

To cut to the chase, Wake Up Aria is a complete waste of time. If there was some way I could retrieve the half-hour or so I used to watch this and do something else, I would have done so already.

Miscellanies:
Wake Up Aria is one of the three hentai titles featured in The Best of Kitty Vol. 2. The other two are "Legend of Reyon" and "Balthus".

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Review Title:
Wake Up! Aria
Alternative Titles:
Aria, Wake Up!, Best of Kitty 2
Type:
OVA
Episodes:
1
Duration:
30 Minutes
Aired:
1998
Suitable For:
Adults Only
General Rating:
0.5 out of 5 stars
Hentai Rating:
0.5 out of 5 stars
Genres:
School, Tentacles
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