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English: Mermaid
Japanese: 人魚


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 21, 1964
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Studios: Mushi Production
Source: Unknown
Genres: FantasyFantasy
Duration: 8 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 6.371 (scored by 19421,942 users)
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Ranked: #66392
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Popularity: #7661
Members: 3,578
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In a fictional place where using the imagination is banned, a boy saves a fish, which surprises everyone by turning into a mermaid. The boy is arrested for imagining this "nonsense", and is robbed of his imagination as punishment.

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Dec 29, 2008
wesley96 (All reviews)
"Wow, Ningyo, what to say?

Story: The story is hard to explain. It's pretty much about a young boy who loves to daydream, and one day, he sees a fish on the beach. He picks up the fish and puts it into a little hole filled with sea water. Somehow, a hand comes out of the hole (this is the boy's imagination). The boy accepts the mermaid's request, and then the adventure begins. This involves the boy playing the flute for the mermaid and jumping from clam to clam trying to catch the mermaid (I guess you could put it as an underwater game of tag). read more
Sep 12, 2017
BlazinBytes (All reviews)
Well, Ningyo

It's about a boy who dreams a lot and saves a fish, him saving the fish makes him see it as a mermaid. He, was the hero of that mermaid. He however was not aware that the only person that could see the mermaid was him. Everyone else saw a fish. So the people thought he was dreaming and making fantasies. In this world however, making fantasies is illegal so they punish him in various ways so that he sees the mermaid as a fish. After a lot of experiments and failures the "police" finally managed to make the boy see it as a read more
Apr 8, 2017
Sidewinder51 (All reviews)
Rate a 6
English sub (very little in text. no vocals.)

Basic. You get what you are lead to get. The message behind this is feel free to think what you want to think and don't be closed minded.

A wonderful job and demonstrating the stories message. Sure the artwork was half-assed as in it did not look realistic but the message it con-vied was spot on. For starters not how the authoritative figures are drawn. Note the hard texture. Then take a look at the civilians(ordinary people) they are clearly transparent. The importance behind this they haven't yet given up on hope. They might be read more
Mar 5, 2021
AlanDSouza1 (All reviews)
"Mermaid" is a delightful little experimental short by Osamu Tezuka's Mushi productions that subverts the themes of the famous Hans Christian Anderson fairytale. We follow an unnamed boy who plays with a fish he considers a pet, only to discover the fish transform into a mermaid. After a montage where the mermaid takes the boy to the ocean and the two bond, the boy convinces it to return with him to land. Things only deteriorate from there, because it turns out that the boy is the only one who can see the mermaid. Other people are implied to only be able to see a simple read more

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