Aria the Scarlet Ammo (‘hidan no aria” [he-dan no are-ee-ah] in Japanese) is an action, romantic comedy harem. It’s a very funny and awesome 12 episode series, with one OVA.
Students at Tokyo Butei High, a universal educational facility, undertake special training in order to learn the path of a Butei. A Butei is a national qualification permitting its holders to arm themselves and capture criminals. They were established to counter the worsening crime conditions. The Butei Division consists of Assault, Snipe, Dragula, Inquesta, Repier, Amdo, Logistics, Connect, Informa, Medica, Ambulance, SSR, CVR, and Masters.
The Assault Division, also known as the “Department With No Tomorrow,” is the most dangerous department in Butei High School, with 3 out of 100 students, enrolled in the program, not surviving to graduation. Members of Assault perform mid- to close-range combat in various operations. They specialize in the usage of handguns, swords, and other various weapons.
The Snipe Division is for long range combat by using sniping weapons.
The Intelligence Division is in charge of making intelligence reports on criminal organizations. They are also involved in the construction and analysis of strategies.
The Dragula Division is in charge of interrogating captured criminals.
Inquesta is in charge of investigation in applying detective and reasoning skill to analyze information.
Repier is in charge of scientifically testing proofs and use scientific devices to search for clue in crime scenes.
Amdo is in charge of supplying, customizing, and maintenance of Butei equipment.
Logistics in is charge of piloting any kind of transportation means. This includes land, sea, or aerial transportation.
Connect is in charge of providing information as a backup using communication devices.
Inform is in charge of compiling and sorting information, using information processing equipments.
Medica is in charge of medical care.
Ambulance serve in Butei hospitals. They are in charge of educating future doctors.
SSR (Supernatural Searching Research), the Psychic Ability Investigation Research Team, is in charge of supernatural or psychological crime investigation.
CVR (Civetta Research), the Special Investigation Research Team, is a division only girls with exceptional beauty can enter. Under special condition, they use their physical charm to apprehend criminals.
The Masters division consists of the faculty members of Butei School.
The ranks for the school that go from the lowest level are Level E, Level D, Level C, Level B, Level A, Level S. The rank Level S is for Butei members who have near-superhuman strength and skill.
Kinji Toyama [Keen-jee Toh-yah-mah] is the protagonist of the series and a student at Butei High School. He is ranked level E, the lowest combat rank, due to missing the third term’s final exam. When Kinji is sexually aroused, his cognitive and physical abilities increase to around thirty times his normal, which allows him to perform feats of near-superhuman strength and skill. This state is what he calls “Hysteria Mode.” Hysteria Mode is a genetic trait that all members of the Toyama family possess and is stated to be an extremely highly evolved version of the natural male instinct to protect women. When in Hysteria Mode, Kinji’s major weakness is that he cannot directly harm women, although he is still able to fight and restrain them. Also, Hysteria Mode causes Kinji to develop a suave and seductive attitude towards women, which makes him very attractive to him. He is currently enrolled in the Inquesta department. He was once a prodigy, being ranked Level S, of the Assault department. Kinji uses a Beretta 92F, which was illegally modified to fire a three-round burst. He refers to it as the Beretta Kinji Model. He also wields a butterfly knife.
Aria H. Kanzaki [Kahn-zah-kee] is a female transfer student of Butei High. She is ranked Level S and is in the Assault division. She can wield two guns and two swords at the same time, earning her the title of “Quadra.” Her weapons of choice are two M1911 pistols and Kodachi. Her mother is Japanese and her father is English. Her grandmother is a member of the British Royal Family, in which Aria has the title of a “dame.”
Shirayuki Hotogi is a female student of Butei High and childhood friend of Kinji. She is enrolled in Butei’s SSR division as a rank Level A. She is the student council chairman and the president of various clubs. According to Kinji, she is the perfect Japanese beauty, except for when her jealousy comes out. She then, turns into a berserker who assaults any female that approaches Kinji. She uses a Japanese sword, named Irokane Ayame.
Riko Mine is a female student of Butei High. She’s enrolled in the Inquesta division with Kinji. Riko is often considered the biggest idiot in class. She has a talent for intelligence assessment and gossip, at Butei High. She enjoys customizing her uniform into the Lolita style. She wields two Walther P99s and two daggers.
Reki is a female student at Butei High. Her real name is unknown. She is in the Snipe division as a rank Level S. She is the Snipe division’s ace. Reki is always seen wearing headphones, listening to the sound of the wind. She can shoot anything without missing her target within a 2km radius. Her weapon is a Dragunov sniper rifle with an attachable bayonet.
There are many more characters to meet from this anime.
This anime is one of my favorites. It’s just plain awesome to watch. Neither of the main characters are weak. Definitely badass. It has great comedy and action, also a little ecchi moments, and has a wonderful storyline.