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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: 7.201 (scored by 3656 users)
Ranked: #24002
Popularity: #2126
Members: 8,536
Favorites: 35
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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)

Related Anime

Adaptation: Mermaid Saga
Alternative version: Mermaid Forest OVA, Mermaid's Scar
Prequel: Rumiko Takahashi Anthology

Characters & Voice Actors

Yuta
Yuta
Main
Yamadera, Kouichi
Japanese
Yamadera, Kouichi
O'Brien, Liam
English
O'Brien, Liam
...
Mana
Mana
Main
Takayama, Minami
Japanese
Takayama, Minami
Hollingshead, Megan
English
Hollingshead, Megan
...
Rin
Rin
Supporting
Kuwashima, Houko
Japanese
Kuwashima, Houko
Kuraoka, Rubina
German
Kuraoka, Rubina
...
Big Eyes
Big Eyes
Supporting
Hebert, Kyle
English
Hebert, Kyle
Gouri, Daisuke
Japanese
Gouri, Daisuke

Staff

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



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Nov 15, 2013
HiNT74
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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May 6, 2008
kufreabia
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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Recommendations

both stories were created by the same manga artist (Takahashi Rumiko)
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.

Opening Theme

"Like an angel" by Chiaki Ishikawa

Ending Theme

"Mizu tamari" by kayoko

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