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.
Okay, so MMPPP is a great anime, if you like magical girl shoujo romance. You would like it if you watched Sailor Moon or Wedding Peach, but the romance isn't as pleasing. It's very easy to get angry with Kaito, who in my opinion treats Lucia (the main character, who is the Pink Pearl Princess and is Lucia the human) kind of meanly and gets mad if Lucia doesn't bring him a bento or bread that she made or whatever. After awhile, you grow to love him though, because you can see him and Lucia becoming more romantically involved.
The songs get boring after awhile.
The best song, Legend of the Mermaid, isn't used for a long time, but it's great when they start singing it again. Caren has an AWFUL voice. The best voice is Lina/Rina, who is also a great character. She provides a lot of the comedic relief to the anime. Hanon can get very annoying: Her infatuation with Mitzsuki is very shallow, she seems to only like him because of his looks, and it's nothing like the romance between Katio and Lucia.
What I really liked about this anime is how the villains aren't like the Sailor Moon-type "Villain of the Day." It's always the same ones, the Dark Lovers, except when the very annoying, very lesbian Black Beauty Sisters appear (but the BBS actually have a pretty decent song). The forbidden romance between Yuri, a Dark Lover, and Hippo, Lucia's sort-of sidekick/protector, is really sweet. And actually, the Dark Lovers are funny most of the time. You don't just get the good guy's story, but also the bad guy's story in a way.
All in all, Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch is a great anime, and I was very happy with it. I look forward to watching MMPPP Pure!
I first discovered this show 10 years ago (back in 2007 I was 13 and in the 8th grade, I was preoccupied with other anime) and I saw fan AMVs of Mermaid Melody and I passed it off as another typical MGA (Magical Girl Anime). During that time I'd only ever believed Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura and Mew Mew Power-the 4Kids dub- to be the only MGA that mattered.
Now, I’m 23 with a small child and I want child appropriate anime for him to watch.
This is perfect.
Story: the story was nice to follow, even with a slow start, it eventually left
me wanting more after each episode. It has a nice and not too complex set up for a young viewer to follow. Also, I have not read the manga yet (I’m planning to so I can give an honest review) but this show has a manga series to match, making it a perfect first series for a young viewer to follow.
Character: I don’t care what anyone else has to say about the characters in this show, I liked how they differed and kind of mimicked the stereotype of character tropes in anime. You had the airhead, the mature one and the cool silent type as well as the cute boy and the mysterious character(s) AND the expected love interests among the characters.
Art: The artwork wasn’t bad but it didn’t make my toes curl; it’s pretty basic, but it’s reminiscent of the shows I use to watch as a kid in the early 2000s on FoxKids and WBKids and Cartoon Network.
Sound: I didn’t mind the voice actors and their acting at all, I felt they all fit the characters quite well. The music was catchy and memorable, it was definitely one of the best things about this show.
Entertainment: As I mentioned previously, the music was by far the most entertaining thing about this anime. The story lines each episode were decent with a few standing out and sticking with me (examples: episodes 19, 25, 27,28, 30, 35, 38, 42, 44, 45, 46 and 50).
Overall: This was a very good anime (score: 8) I recommend it to a viewer who is a fan of the MGA genre, a music lover, and to small children who are beginning their life long journey of anime -girl OR boy- let’s not gender discriminate, people!
I started the second season which is titled “Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pure” on 8/4/17 and from what I can tell you after viewing the first two episodes, it looks like it’s darker and more mature than that of its predecessor. I’ll definitely give my review on it. Thanks for reading! Sayonara!
I like this anime ^^
It's about a girl's life, Luchia. When she was young she saved a boy's life by her pearl.They fall in love with each others. However this pearl was the key of her voice to sing. Later she has to change into human and get her pearl back from that boy because sea is in danger and her voice is needed too.
Not so long later there will be friends who fight on her side. They are Hanon and Lina. Hanon is a happy girl who always smiles. Lina is the totally opposite of Hanon. She rare smiles and
takes everything serious. At the rate of this she falls in love with Kaito the guy who Luchia likes. They fight again the enemies by uniting their force.
This story is ingenious. Mermaids who protect their sea by singing.
Rare to find animes with same genre.
It was great.
Sound: The anime is full with music what are singing by the characters. Songs are various. I mean there are sad/slow and happy/adorable songs. :)