The glittering spotlights. The sparkling, fluffy, cute outfits. The charming voices while dancing with bright smiles. Under the dazzling lights on the big city stage, these would be the mermaid idols who swim and dance freely underwater.
But far from this big city, the girls once lived in the peaceful village of Parrel. These girls, who would not even imagine such a glittering future for themselves, are instead just raising a fuss over the snack cakes they are eating. This is the story of the cheerful daily life of mermaids who strive their hardest everyday.
Do you remember who director Junji Nishumura was?
The one director who directed most of studio Seven Arcs (and eventually Seven Arcs Pictures) works? He did great in his first few years...but succumbed to the pressures of the anime industry (somehow, don't ask me), but what we know him of, is that he directed some of the most hated, finger-pointing-raged garbage anime (so take it, Glasslip, Basilisk sequel), and then, pitched by Bushiroad to exemplify his directing career to another level, by directing this awful spin-off to Cardfight Vanguard (which the Bermuda Triangle clan was one of the most powerful).
Coming from a non-Vanguard fan, and someone
who has grown up with TCGs like Yugioh, Duelmasters and the such, I'd say that Bushiroad this time got the short stick for publishing this God-tier garbage that literally no one asked for.
So why are the characters mermaids in an almost human-sea setting (close but not damn close to Nagi no Asukara)? That question, I can't answer for you, but the group of 5 mer-girls are just like any other group-defined human girls with legs. They are all for the most part, annoying in their own traits, that are trying their utmost best to mimic human life, but just living like SpongeBob feat. Mermaid Men and Barnacle Boy version.
It's not a surprise to me that studio Seven Arcs (Pictures) had their work pretty much plain cut, and it really shows. Against the beautiful backdrops, these are some of the worst character designs I've ever seen, it's like they are really OK, but putting them in mermaid form is just wrong. The one thing I'll give it for is always the saving grace that is the music department. The OP and ED can be considered simple but catchy in some form. Regardless, I won't remember them to the best degree.
This review is just subjective to my POV, and I know that the minority will see that actually there is some potential to this succeeding, and sometime I did say "Yes, I wish", but it's just too plain to be of any good.
If you're looking for a masterpiece of an anime, this ain't it.
If you're looking for an anime about cute mermaid girls doing cute things and can put aside the fact that physics will break in this and the mermaid aspect is nothing more than a reason to put tails on girls and have them float around, this is right up your alley.
I'm not sure what happened with the earlier episodes but both the sound and animation was incredibly mediocre early on. Around episode 4 this series started to up the swimming cycles in animation and also added more SFX that makes you "feel"
like your underground.
The storyline is pretty bland, just girls going around and some vague idea they're working towards along with some hidden potential plot.
Static visuals and backgrounds are absolutely gorgeous even if the character designs leave a bit to be desired and at times the animation itself feels lazy.
This isn't a fantastic anime, it's not a great anime either. It's a good anime that's cute and one that's not deserving of a 4/10.
A cute anime! Maybe it breaks some physics and a lot of people are making that ruin their experience of the show, but don't let it ruin yours! the characters are designed well and you can tell them all apart from each other, but most of their personalities can be a little similar at times. seeing the mermaids interact with the adorable sea creatures is definetly my favorite part of the show. Sonata is my favorite right now, but all the bermuda triangle girls will steal your hearts for sure! Also, the OP is constantly stuck in my head. So, don't listen to the hate,
just enjoy a cute show with some cute mermaids.