As the mermaid princess of the North Pacific (one of the seven mermaid kingdoms), Lucia entrusts a magical pearl to a boy who falls overboard a ship one night. Lucia must travel to the human world to reclaim her pearl and protect the mermaid kingdoms. Using the power of music Lucia is able to protect herself and the mermaid kingdoms from a growing evil force.
Story: Basically it's another "Magical Girl" anime plot, a girl who has the ability to transform must fight this evil group of villains with her friends/comrades as a Super Sentai team. The unique part of this anime is that the Mermaids don't attack, they SING, and their songs are painful to the villains' ears. Other than that, it's all cheesy.
Art: This depends on how you look at it. To me, the dresses for Lucia, Hanon, and Rina are full of many colors! (Practically every shade of pink, aqua, and green respectively.) On the other hand, the characters' appearances are okay, except it's too overdone. (I.e. Doumoto Kaito with the most repetitive hairstyle of any Bishounen.)
Sound: What I found unusual was that Lucia's voice is different compared to other Magical Girl heroines. While their voices are high-pitched, Lucia's is lower, unless you count her screaming. Hanon and Rina sound okay. The MMPPP songs can really get to you, even though they're all about love.
Character: This is what bugs me. Basically, the Mermaids' objective is to unite the Seven Mermaid Princesses in order to defeat the enemy. The problem is, for 52 episodes straight, ONLY LUCIA, HANON, AND RINA APPEAR THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE SEASON!! What about the other four? Well, Caren appears halfway through the season, but she distances herself from them. Noel and Coco were captured so they're stuck with the enemy until the finale. And Sara is a good guy turned bad. Wow. (Did they expect girls to love the main trio more than the four Mermaids in the back?)
Enjoyment: IT WILL GET ANNOYING. At some point, you'll realize that there's too many fillers. Luckily, Wikipedia has already identified the episodes important to the storyline so you can figure it out from there.
Overall: Obviously the ending was anticipated. When the last episode first aired, it was already confirmed that a second season, Pure, would be in the works. (Personally I liked Pure more than this season.) It was an okay anime, it did introduce me to all the beautiful songs in MMPPP. Still, there were obvious flaws that could've been fixed.
Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch:
One of THE longest/repetitive names I've ever seen for an anime. And the name it's self probably grabbed your attention if the art didn't, or the fact that this is a MUSICAL anime.
The Story is pretty bad, It's full of gaps and is very jumpy aswell as questionable. The anime is full of fillers, and tends to only focus on Lucia, Hanon, and Lina, the "Primary" mermaids. (They're the only one's with new songs, and imagesongs of their own, Excluding Karen.) The "secondary" mermaids are not ever acknowledged, they don't have background stories, lovers for themselves, or anything the Primary Mermaids get. Actually, Lucia & Kaito is the focus of this whole story, so everyone BUT them are technically 'not cool enough for us to learn about'.
The art of the original Manga and the anime are simular, but there are never any major errors for the art in the anime. The manga is Hanamori's first real work, so it's good they fixed everything. My only complaint is that the sideviews the anime portrays are very, very horrible.
The Sound is a musical. You get powerups, you get image songs, and you get group songs. Sometimes, you even get three songs in ONE episode. The BG music is nothing horrendous, either. It mirrors the current style of the Japanese scene, and adds in music box versions of image songs. Watery themed music are also included in the anime to get my vote for the best musical anime.
I've already discussed why the Story is bad. It's the lack of deph in any character BUT Kaito and Lucia. As well as the treatment of the character's personality, as they get almost no lines (except those in song, if they're lucky) so you wonder, "Why is Hanon mad all of a sudden? I thought her feelings for Kaito are neutral; why's she so mad?!!?!?!" or "I wish I knew exactly Coco's sound..."
The story trades in character depth for entertainment and to boost the Jpop careers of some of the voice actors. It's emotional, it's loveable, it's your techincal Mahou Shojou-Team Anime without depth. I must admit, if you watch this series, you wont care about the depth. You just want a good time and this is definately a good anime; And another note: the anime goes really slow due to the fillers.
IF you want to flame me for saying this stuff about Pitch, I love this show, It's one of my favorite. I just wish the story and depth was there, but it's not. Maybe ten years from now someone is going to redraw/make the series, and the depth will be added.read more
Lets get one thing straight; Mermaid melody is not for everybody. In fact, I would wager that most adults (especially males) would find this series cringe worthy.
However, if you like magical girl series and cute character driven stories, I believe that Mermaid Melody might just be right for you. Keep in mind that the target audience of the seres is very young, but an older person can still enjoy it.
The baseline story isn't very complex, which is fine. It is essentially about mermaid princesses who are temporarily living on land who fight the evils dwelling below the sea....with music. For some known reason, singing drives just about any bad guy crazy, so these mermaids transform into super soldiers and put on musical performances to defeat the bad guys.
What really makes the show worth watching is the character interactions. Each girl meets certain people on land that help shape who she is in different ways, and some of these interactions result in love, heartache, etc. There are a lot of "fillers" in the show, but I would argue that a lot of these fillers often have something to do with the lives and personalities of the characters, and in that way, I believe Mermaid Melody has some very slice of life qualities. Most of these episodes unrelated to the plot are actually fun to watch, and usually used as a device to set up romantic turmoil between the main character Lucia and her love interest Kaito.
Beyond this, every single character in the show (no matter how small the role) is given episodes to develop her character. Even the bad guys have episodes/scenes created to humanize them and make them likable. Since Mermaid Melody is a kids show (targeted at kids between 6-15 I'd say) most of these villains arn't very threatening and it is overall an incredibly non violent and light hearted show.
My one real issue with the series is that the music is recycled every episode. Since the girls sing to defeat their enemies, they often use the same songs over and over again. While these songs are cute and catchy, you get sick of them fast. I'd say the best thing you can do at that point is fast forward when you see the girls ready to go into j-pop mode. It's really not a big deal.
The art is simply adorable, and perfect for a young girl's show. I am surprised how clean it looks given that the show is fairly old. It's nothing special at all, but it is nice.
Mermaid Melody is a show best enjoyed if you want to watch something simple, light hearted, and fun. It's never going to be one of those universally respected anime, but it has some great qualities that should not be overlooked. read more
I'm not the biggest fan of magical girl anime, but have found myself enjoying a few very good series. I watched Mermaid Melody because someone said it was good... It's anything but in my opinion.
The story is really bad. Other than the small twist with the girls being mermaids and fighting enemies with music, nothing about it was interesting or original. We basically just watch the characters mingle a bit, an enemy appears, then is "destroyed" by the mermaid's singing. That sums most of the episodes that I watched.
Best part of the series. Even then, the character designs weren't the most original and some characters look REALLY similar. The designs are very beautiful, just not much to my taste. Backgrounds were good too, but kept the focus mainly on the characters.
Voice acting is a bit over-dramatic in some points, something very annoying. And while I enjoyed the songs a tiny bit the first time, the way this anime over-uses the same songs destroys any enjoyment a person could possibly get from the songs. Since every battle scene has the same song, I just skipped through it after my hope that it would change was crushed.
This part made me want to rip my eyes out. The characters are so stereotypical and plain it's sad. Hanon is a girl that just wants to have fun and get the guy she wants, Lucia is a love-sick girl that's very ditzy and stupid, the villains are all boring and plain... I don't even want to go on! I think that if some work was put into character, I might have even enjoyed this series even with it's bad story. But no, bad story and bad characters.
Unless you're a big fan of the magical girl genre, you probably won't be able to stand this. Every episode seemed to drag on for me.
I don't see how people can get through 50-something episodes of this series... They have my respect for having such patience! I don't know whether this series gets better or not later on, but it was such a big disappointment I'm not even willing to try.read more