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 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. :)
The first time I've seen this anime, I was about 4 years old, and I didn't know how to read subtitles and watch at the same time. So, I just sat and jammed to the 'music' and looked at the pretty colors.
Things change. Lol.
Story(7/10): I'm not gonna spoil anything, plus it's such a drag to write a synopsis on something most people here already know or are at least a bit familiar with. To be honest, I don't completely understand what the main plot in this series is. Is it saving the mermaids? Or defeating Gaito? Both? Idk, but I was engaged nonetheless.
While it was entertaining, the series is 52 episodes long, so some of the pointless filler was not appreciated at all. Leave room for some character development. A lot of the time, I was left wondering what the main focus is, or thinking "where tf are they going with this?".
I also do not appreciate how half the series consisted of the main trio defeating their enemies, and they're all like "dammit I lose again! I will get youuuu".
Reminds me of Dora the Explorer, which is not a good thing. However, the parts of the show which consisted of actually rescuing the remaining princesses were really good. Good enough to save the rating from hitting a 5, which it could have.
Art(8/10): I feel that the characters were drawn really well. Transformation scenes were cool, as well as the design of the mermaids. I liked the vibrant colors, and the diversity of the characters' looks. Nothing wrong here.
Sound(6/10): One might say that this rating is a bit harsh considering how I quite enjoyed this anime and it's sound played a rather significant part in it. Yes the opening and ending themes are nice, and the character's voices are fine. The songs were pretty okay, for teen jpop from the early 2000's. I can say that an impressive effort was put into making each song sound different from the other (no shade there 'Idolm@ster' huh?). Heck, the villain songs were even better.
Given all this positivity, one would think that my rating would be higher, right?
WRONGGG. Here's why...
The songs were repetitive, and I mean REPETITIVE. The same song would be played for the next 10 or so episodes and when my computer has a problem buffering, it becomes my worst enemy. First two times, I'll jam to it. One would think that 100 times would be more than enough. Apparently not, for whoever produced this.
Also, there's something about the conversation part of the sound that puts me off. Maybe its the background music, which I hated btw. I dunno, it just sounded cheap.
Not very impressive.
Characters(2/10): Easily the worst thing about this anime. Main characters are boy-crazy idiots who seem to think with their feet and not their brains. I'm talking about Luchia and Hanon (Don't worry, Rina will get her chance to go completely OOC and blush every five seconds in the second season).
Anyways, if you add all the words spoken throughout the season, and subtract the names "Kaito" and "Tarou-chan" from the two girls' vocabulary, you will be left at about 10. Like come on, these girls were raised in a castle, so they should be expected to have at least a few ounces of dignity! Very painful to watch for the most part. The actual love interests are not very interesting either. The main guy, Kaito, although very important, makes me want to flip a table. You can't search for your mermaid, and lead on a human girl, who is in fact the one you've been looking for, but you aren't aware of that. In the end, he finds out the truth, and everything is all peaches and cream from then on, but here's my problem: why tf are all these characters so stupid?
Luchia has the same voice and necklace as your mermaid! And she's also obsessed with you. Take the hint and at least ask the girl. If she admits it, she won't have to suffer the consequences, and no one gets hurt, because you found out, and she didn't have to tell you. Ugh the cringe.
But then I remember, good decisions are not good for any plot.
Now the villains:
Even more stupid, especially when it comes to recognizing their enemies on land. No wonder they always lose. Their leader, Gaito is no better. He's lazy, and has no reason at all for the things he does do. And you expect me to feel sorry for him in the end because he was lonely? NAH!
Characters were awful. They stunk. I hated them. Bye.
Enjoyment(8/10): Hahaha, I enjoyed this anime for the wrong reasons. I like seeing people dumber than myself get themselves into situations for the dumbest reasons and use their "kawaii popstar powers" to get themselves out. Art was cool. The last three episodes were eventful. Characters sucked. But I enjoyed this.
Confused aren't ya? Hahaha, just go see for yourself. If you like shoujo anime, you'll get a kick out of this. If you are a fan of common sense and logic, as well as character development, I suggest you JUST DONT DO IT!