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Mermaid Forest

Mermaid Forest

Alternative Titles

English: Mermaid Forest
Synonyms: Takahashi Rumiko Gekijou Ningyo no Mori TV
Japanese: 高橋留美子劇場 人魚の森

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 2003 to Dec 21, 2003
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 7.181 (scored by 4232 users)
Ranked: #25882
Popularity: #2350
Members: 10,256
Favorites: 38
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Synopsis

According to an ancient legend, mermaid's flesh can grant immortality if eaten. 500 years ago, Yuta unknowingly ate a piece of mermaid's flesh. For centuries, he travels across Japan, hoping to find a mermaid, thinking she may be able to make him a normal human again. When he finally finds one, he discovers that she and her companions have been raising a girl to be their food so they can eat her and take on her youthful looks. That is how mermaids stay young. Yuta kills the mermaids and rescues her, but she has already eaten some of the mermaid's flesh. Although he had to kill the mermaids, Yuta isn't too disappointed. Yuta's once lonely existence is now over, as he has found a companion in Mana. And Mana, who had been trapped in a small hut her whole life, finds delight in even the simplest of things. Together, Yuta and Mana attempt to seek out more mermaids, trying to become normal humans again.

(Source: ANN)

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Characters & Voice Actors

Mana
Mana
Main
Takayama, Minami
Japanese
Takayama, Minami
Yuta
Yuta
Main
Yamadera, Kouichi
Japanese
Yamadera, Kouichi
Masato
Masato
Supporting
Ohmoto, Makiko
Japanese
Ohmoto, Makiko
Rin
Rin
Supporting
Kuwashima, Houko
Japanese
Kuwashima, Houko

Staff

Okuwaki, Masaharu
Okuwaki, Masaharu
Director
Uragami, Yasuo
Uragami, Yasuo
Sound Director
Ooba, Hideaki
Ooba, Hideaki
Episode Director, Storyboard
Ishikawa, Chiaki
Ishikawa, Chiaki
Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Performance, Theme Song Lyrics, Music

More episodes Episodes(0/13)

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Opening Theme

"Like an angel" by Chiaki Ishikawa

Ending Theme

"Mizu tamari" by kayoko



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kufreabia
May 6, 2008 8:13 AM
If you are currently watching a long series that occassionally takes 2 week breaks (think Bleach and GrayMan), and you want to fill that spare time with some short, enjoyable anime, then you are obliged to see Mermaid Forest.

STORY:

Mermaid Forest to me is a story of endurance, love and ultimately a moral theme follows through it. The writer of this anime is famous for many love animes, so it is no surprise this anime would eventually end up being one too. The whole story is like reading a book, with different chapters. Usually each episode represents a chapter. The theme of the show is read more
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Zirgo
Jul 16, 2007 11:06 AM
Mermaid Forest tells the story about a fisher man named Yuta that, because he has eaten Mermaid flesh, now is immortal and is in search of a Mermaid to make him normal again. During his travels he encounters other people experiences with Mermaids and find a female companion named Mana to share his adventures with. The story is linear but with flashbacks from Yuta's life.
The overall feel in the anime is that it is drawn in very traditional ways and the techniques feel like that of older animes, but the series is actually produced in 2002. I think that this anime is one that devides read more
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Tsukiouji
May 17, 2012 9:26 PM
Mermaid Forest is one of those great underrated anime series based on one of Rumiko Takahashi’s creations. She is the creator of some well known anime/manga series like Inuyasha, Ranma, Maison Ikkoku etc. However, Mermaid Forest is a bit darker and contains a well-balanced mix of mystery, suspense, horror, supernatural, drama, tragedy, and love/romance, along with a few light moments. I can’t put it into words, but for some reason this anime has the same feel and reminds me of the type of anime from the 80’s and 90’s (as the other reviewer described). It was very nostalgic watching this and even the parts that read more
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HiNT74
Nov 15, 2013 10:39 AM
Mermaid Forest provided generally enjoyable and thought-provoking entertainment. The approach to mermaids is quite unlike what you might expect, with a rather sinister tone taken. The themes are very interesting; immortality and its true consequences, along with the idea of eternity, are more or less successfully explored.

Episodic in nature, the anime is a collection of interesting (and quite dark) stories, with no real resolution at the end. Character development of the lead pair could have gone further. Instead of that, we are presented with a variety of different one-time side characters to think about. It generally worked well.

The animation is just adequate. It's nothing read more
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Recommendations

Anime: 3x3 Eyes
Both shows involve 2 main characters who are immortal and they want to become normal humans. If you liked 3x3 Eyes chances are you will like Mermaid Forest or vice-versa. 
reportRecommended by themax37
Anime: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
To me, they are similar if we're talking about immortality. They are similar yet different. Mermaid Forest focus on immortal ones who wants to be normal again. But FMA Brotherhood focus on normal beings who want immortality.

Desperately finding a way to each road they take. 
reportRecommended by -Veshyn
Anime: Hi no Tori
In Hi no Tori, eternal life is given to anyone who drinks the blood of the phoenix. In Mermaid Forest, eternal life is given to those who eat mermaid flesh. For various reasons, people search for these mythical creatures to obtain such a gift. However, others endure it as a form of punishment and wish to become normal human beings again. If you enjoyed one of these anime, then you might like the other. 
reportRecommended by Mimi_Taylor
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Both stories are a bit morbid and dark. Pet shop of horrors contains more light humor but there similar in both art and the darkness of creatures. 
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