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Japanese: 人魚
English: Mermaid
Spanish: Sirena
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 21, 1964
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Studios: Mushi Production
Source: Unknown
Genre: FantasyFantasy
Duration: 8 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 6.291 (scored by 22982,298 users)
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Ranked: #77572
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Popularity: #8623
Members: 4,254
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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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Tezuka, Osamu
Director, Episode Director, Series Composition, Original Creator


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Dec 29, 2008
"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). ...
Sep 12, 2017
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 ...
Apr 8, 2017
Mixed Feelings
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 ...

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