Aria the Benedizione has been announced as the third and final part of the Ao no Curtain Call film trilogy.
Aria the Benedizione is the latest addition to the Aria series. Originally beginning as a manga in 2002 by Kozue Amano, an anime series was released in 2005 and followed by a spinoff series and multiple OVAs.
A teaser for the new film can be found below.
Aria takes place in the distant future after humanity has terraformed Mars into an ocean-covered planet able to support life. The series follows the daily lives of girls working for gondola companies in Neo-Venezia, a Martian recreation of the city of Venice.
Being a Martian parable for Venice, it’s worth noting that the English translation of ’benedizione’ means ‘benediction’ or ‘blessing’, according to Google Translate. Aria the Benedizione follows the second film Aria the Crepuscolo (Dusk) and the first film in the trilogy Aria the Avvenire (Future).
You can read a summary from MyAnimeList below.
“In the distant future, humanity has terraformed Mars into an oceanic planet to suit their needs. Now known as Aqua, the planet serves as a new home for people discontent with living on Manhome—the planet formerly known as Earth. Being a perfect imitation of Manhome’s Venice, the town of Neo-Venezia has inherited all of the rustic charms of the original. Gondolas weave their way through the waterways of the dreamy town while nostalgic alleys await those who travel on foot.
Akari Mizunashi, a young Manhome native, has recently made Neo-Venezia her new home. To pursue her dream of becoming a gondolier tour guide—or Undine—Akari joins the Aria Company, one of the most renowned water guide companies in town. As she basks in a simple lifestyle unavailable on Manhome, Akari cheerily ambles through her daily life in Neo-Venezia: the town where magic and miracles abound.”
Aria the Benedizione is expected to premiere Winter 2021.