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Hanging with Akari doesn't make you forget to wear shoes... you remember to be barefoot. D'awwww...
  • The series is littered with heartwarming moments, but of special note is Alicia comforting Akari at the end of the series—and of course Alicia's retirement ceremony.
  • Pretty much every time Akari meets Cait Sith. Especially notable is episode 21 of Aria the Natural when Cait Sith invites Akari on some special train and she gives away her ticket to a kitten. He holds her face so intimately and she looks so happy to have her cheeks rubbed with his giant might seem ridiculous but you'll still get all fuzzy inside.
  • The quote that closes the final episode of The Natural: "May this town's kindness reach the hearts of many people..."
  • A small one in episode 5 of Season 1: The girls are at a beach and Alice discovers a small outcropping above the water. Even after Aika and Akira run past her and jump right in, she's still nervous about the height. Akari soon catches up and is also afraid of the height, but she takes Alice's hand and they jump in together.
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  • Alice realizing what Athena has been trying to teach her by giving her assistance to clear a Self-Imposed Challenge she had repeatedly failed by stating that she is her ally, despite Alice repeatedly telling her not to help.
    Alice: Self-imposed Rule #5: Athena-senpai isn't just anyone, so she's allowed to help at any time.
  • At their final meeting, Cait Sith promises to Akari that he'll always watch over her even if they can't directly meet anymore. Fast forward to the final chapter and learn he's doing just that.
  • Any time Grandma appears and how excited the girls, especially Alice, are to see her. Their bond can be clearly seen as early as Grandma's second appearance in the anime when, at the New Year's Festival, Alice is seen leaning on her shoulder as she sleeps.
  • Nearly all of the Ship Tease moments between Akari and Akatsuki, and Aika and Al, particularly for the latter two as the series progresses and they come the closest to an Official Couple the series provides.
    • Woody and Alice get a little bit of their own in some manga-only chapters. In the first, they're playing a ring toss game and he says he won't aim for the same prize she is. She gets a bit angry in wondering why he won't help her win what she wants but when she does earn it herself, he mentions that her doing so on her own must have felt much more satisfying. Later, in the Marriage to the Sea chapter, Alice finds him working on his air bike and takes a discarded bolt to use as her ring for the ceremony.
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  • In one of Alice's focus stories, President Aria is able to keep out of reach from President Maa by leaping onto Alice's bed, as Maa can't get up there by herself. At the start, Alice tells Maa not to worry about it, they're both fine the way they are, and they can stay that way together. As part of Alice's Character Development in that story after a discussion with Athena about not needing to project how you think others feel about you onto them, Alice again witnesses President Maa trying to climb onto the bed. This time, she says, "Go for it!" and Maa indeed reaches the top (much to President Aria's dismay).
  • The anime version of the "Marriage to the Sea" ceremony, wherein an old man goes to as many great lengths as he can in order to re-create the ceremony as close as possible as an anniversary gift for his wife.