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Nozomi Announces 1st ARIA Lithograph

So preeeeeeetty..

I suspect only the die-hard ARIA fans remember this, but at Anime Expo this year Right Stuf's Nozomi Entertainment announced a new piece of merch for ARIA: a lithograph. But they couldn't tell us what it would look like, because they'd decided to put it up to a vote. The basic process is: fans vote on which piece of art to get lithograph'd, they make a limited number of them, fans buy 'em, and if they buy enough of 'em, Nozomi will repeat the process with different pieces of art.

Today they announced the results of the first voting, which is called "Those Nightshine Chimes." The lithograph is limited to only 250 prints, and at a price point of $49.99, fans may wince and fondle their pocketbooks protectively. But it'll be a pretty nice print, so if you're up for it, you'll probably get your money's worth.

I've never been all that into ARIA myself-- I'm more interested in story than "atmosphere" --but the fans I know of the show are really, really into it. Anyone care to represent for the ARIA fans? Who's thinking of buying this?
Pyroon Oct. 1, 2009 at 1:05 p.m.
I'm a huge Aria fan myself.  Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, I'm not into buying anime merchandise.  I have nowhere to put it, and it feels weird parading it in the open to me.  If there were to be something that would tempt me though, this would be it.
omoon Oct. 1, 2009 at 1:36 p.m.
I am an Aria fan and I love merch, but I'm less than enthused with the selection. Com'on, at least pick something Amano Kozue drew x_x As is it's some generic Megami thing.
HeeroYuyon Oct. 1, 2009 at 1:51 p.m.
Cels, sure, but I've never understood why people bother with lithographs... it's like they're posters that are trying to pretend to be worth something because they're printed on more expensive vinyl or whatever and there's only so many of them. And 90% of the time it's just of some silly box cover art a fan of the series would have seen a dozen times already.
Void_Wizardon Oct. 1, 2009 at 2:44 p.m.
I like Aria but I've bought too much stuff from the PSN, figures, games etc. I MUST stop buying things. ._.
giaon Oct. 1, 2009 at 5:44 p.m.
@HeeroYuy: Well, these days it's because there ARE no cels =P It's the magic of computer animation, baby!
HeeroYuyon Oct. 1, 2009 at 8:23 p.m.
@gia: I know that, but in that case wouldn't it be more reasonable to go for something like, idk, production sketches and such? I mean, I would LOVE to own keyframe pieces from some of my favorite shows. Lithographs though, they don't seem picture frame worthy on the same level at all.
rocketbomberon Oct. 1, 2009 at 8:25 p.m.
For $50 bucks: needs more skin.  (just sayin')
giaon Oct. 2, 2009 at 1:35 p.m.
@HeeroYuy: I think many companies have no interest in giving up their production sketches and whatnot. Hell, some companies refused to actually sell their cels ever.
HeeroYuyon Oct. 2, 2009 at 4:59 p.m.
@gia: I realize that, and I can see why. Heck, that's why so many of them actually HAVE value.

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