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.
Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch:
One of THE longest/repetitive names I've ever seen for an anime. And the name it's self probably grabbed your attention if the art didn't, or the fact that this is a MUSICAL anime.
The Story is pretty bad, It's full of gaps and is very jumpy aswell as questionable. The anime is full of fillers, and tends to only focus on Lucia, Hanon, and Lina, the "Primary" mermaids. (They're the only one's with new songs, and imagesongs of their own, Excluding Karen.) The "secondary" mermaids are not ever acknowledged, they don't have background stories, lovers for themselves, or anything the Primary Mermaids
get. Actually, Lucia & Kaito is the focus of this whole story, so everyone BUT them are technically 'not cool enough for us to learn about'.
The art of the original Manga and the anime are simular, but there are never any major errors for the art in the anime. The manga is Hanamori's first real work, so it's good they fixed everything. My only complaint is that the sideviews the anime portrays are very, very horrible.
The Sound is a musical. You get powerups, you get image songs, and you get group songs. Sometimes, you even get three songs in ONE episode. The BG music is nothing horrendous, either. It mirrors the current style of the Japanese scene, and adds in music box versions of image songs. Watery themed music are also included in the anime to get my vote for the best musical anime.
I've already discussed why the Story is bad. It's the lack of deph in any character BUT Kaito and Lucia. As well as the treatment of the character's personality, as they get almost no lines (except those in song, if they're lucky) so you wonder, "Why is Hanon mad all of a sudden? I thought her feelings for Kaito are neutral; why's she so mad?!!?!?!" or "I wish I knew exactly Coco's sound..."
The story trades in character depth for entertainment and to boost the Jpop careers of some of the voice actors. It's emotional, it's loveable, it's your techincal Mahou Shojou-Team Anime without depth. I must admit, if you watch this series, you wont care about the depth. You just want a good time and this is definately a good anime; And another note: the anime goes really slow due to the fillers.
IF you want to flame me for saying this stuff about Pitch, I love this show, It's one of my favorite. I just wish the story and depth was there, but it's not. Maybe ten years from now someone is going to redraw/make the series, and the depth will be added.
Lets get one thing straight; Mermaid melody is not for everybody. In fact, I would wager that most adults (especially males) would find this series cringe worthy.
However, if you like magical girl series and cute character driven stories, I believe that Mermaid Melody might just be right for you. Keep in mind that the target audience of the seres is very young, but an older person can still enjoy it.
The baseline story isn't very complex, which is fine. It is essentially about mermaid princesses who are temporarily living on land who fight the evils dwelling below the sea....with music. For some known reason, singing
drives just about any bad guy crazy, so these mermaids transform into super soldiers and put on musical performances to defeat the bad guys.
What really makes the show worth watching is the character interactions. Each girl meets certain people on land that help shape who she is in different ways, and some of these interactions result in love, heartache, etc. There are a lot of "fillers" in the show, but I would argue that a lot of these fillers often have something to do with the lives and personalities of the characters, and in that way, I believe Mermaid Melody has some very slice of life qualities. Most of these episodes unrelated to the plot are actually fun to watch, and usually used as a device to set up romantic turmoil between the main character Lucia and her love interest Kaito.
Beyond this, every single character in the show (no matter how small the role) is given episodes to develop her character. Even the bad guys have episodes/scenes created to humanize them and make them likable. Since Mermaid Melody is a kids show (targeted at kids between 6-15 I'd say) most of these villains arn't very threatening and it is overall an incredibly non violent and light hearted show.
My one real issue with the series is that the music is recycled every episode. Since the girls sing to defeat their enemies, they often use the same songs over and over again. While these songs are cute and catchy, you get sick of them fast. I'd say the best thing you can do at that point is fast forward when you see the girls ready to go into j-pop mode. It's really not a big deal.
The art is simply adorable, and perfect for a young girl's show. I am surprised how clean it looks given that the show is fairly old. It's nothing special at all, but it is nice.
Mermaid Melody is a show best enjoyed if you want to watch something simple, light hearted, and fun. It's never going to be one of those universally respected anime, but it has some great qualities that should not be overlooked.
I'm not the biggest fan of magical girl anime, but have found myself enjoying a few very good series. I watched Mermaid Melody because someone said it was good... It's anything but in my opinion.
The story is really bad. Other than the small twist with the girls being mermaids and fighting enemies with music, nothing about it was interesting or original. We basically just watch the characters mingle a bit, an enemy appears, then is "destroyed" by the mermaid's singing. That sums most of the episodes that I watched.
Best part of the series. Even then, the character designs weren't the most original and
some characters look REALLY similar. The designs are very beautiful, just not much to my taste. Backgrounds were good too, but kept the focus mainly on the characters.
Voice acting is a bit over-dramatic in some points, something very annoying. And while I enjoyed the songs a tiny bit the first time, the way this anime over-uses the same songs destroys any enjoyment a person could possibly get from the songs. Since every battle scene has the same song, I just skipped through it after my hope that it would change was crushed.
This part made me want to rip my eyes out. The characters are so stereotypical and plain it's sad. Hanon is a girl that just wants to have fun and get the guy she wants, Lucia is a love-sick girl that's very ditzy and stupid, the villains are all boring and plain... I don't even want to go on! I think that if some work was put into character, I might have even enjoyed this series even with it's bad story. But no, bad story and bad characters.
Unless you're a big fan of the magical girl genre, you probably won't be able to stand this. Every episode seemed to drag on for me.
I don't see how people can get through 50-something episodes of this series... They have my respect for having such patience! I don't know whether this series gets better or not later on, but it was such a big disappointment I'm not even willing to try.
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. :)
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!
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!
This is typically the type of anime I don’t watch because I sure I won’t enjoy it.
Well, it was in fact fun to watch.
The story 6/10 :
The story was very interesting but what made it bad was how it was presented.
Out of 52 episodes I would not be surprised if 30 of them were fillers adding little to no content to the story.
The art 6/10 :
The art was nice, but you really notice that some parts were rushed and very poorly animated or drawn. For a kids show it totally fits, but for the critic side it isn’t really that nice.
The sound 7/10 :
OST was pretty nice since it was made for an Idols/Magical Girl type of anime. For the songs I only heard the French translation and they weren’t bad for once. If you get over the fact that you almost heard the same songs every episode it’s nice.
The characters 5/10 :
The characters were very enjoyable, the quiet and kinda lonely Rina, the hyper active Hanon, and Lucia who is… a bit of everything. And then we have characters such as Caren who’s barely into 7-10 episodes. For Kaito, his character wasn’t really developed until really late in the episodes. And we have the most useless vilains of all times, the demons, we don’t know anything about them, they are just there doing evil thing for the sake of Gaito.
The enjoyement 8/10 :
This is a kids show, and even if I’m not a kid I totally enjoyed it, of course there were some cringy parts but it’s just part of the experience. I would recommend it for kids even nowadays it didn’t get old.
THE CONSTANT SINGING...THE CLICHE CHARACTERS...THEIR LOVE INTRESTS...I can't explain how horrible it is. There are a lot of shojo animes out there, but this one stands out by far, for being SO bad! If you like complete lovey-dovey shojo stuff and your childhood princess was Ariel, then by all means watch it! This is coming from a girl by the way.
First and foremost I watched because there were mermaids and I found a cantonese version online so I didn't have to read subs. I have no idea how I managed to watch all of it to be honest.
My first impressions of the anime: Bad art, annoying voices, and annoying characters. Know what? My opinion didn't change much. I didn't have any high expectations of the anime, I kinda expected it to be this awful.
The songs were kinda catchy though, but not really worth the effort of watching how ever many episodes there are.
Story line is a 1. Was there a story line? The story
line didn't have much a to do with anything until the last 5 episodes. And they were drawn out and boring.
Then again, it was kind of my fault. I watched it for the nostalgic feel, the ugly art the annoying voices the cheesy music. Enjoyment was about a 7, simply because I somehow managed to enjoy the nostalgic feel of the anime. (Though I never watched it as a child, more of chibi maruko chan person ;))
This anime was utterly AWFUL for the first bit. I couldn't stand it, and sometimes I wanted to teleport myself to the world of Mermaid Melody and kill them all. I do admit that it got better, good enough for me to at least be ableto stand them... But if you really want to know, this anime can be summed up in the following words.
First off, before you rant at me with all the anger of your heart, let me say this-- it's just a matter of opinion. If you like girly anime where the main character tries to
hide her true, magical identity from her crush while still trying to impress him, then this is for you. If you like the shows about a not-so-ordinary girl that goes to school, finds a crush, and tries to protect herself and the world from evil, then yes, this is highly recommended. You need to watch this. The art is decent and sorta cute, and everything is bright and happy.
But if you're like me? Steer very, very, VERY clear of this show. If you're the type who loves deep storylines with unique characters and a very enthralling, difficult puzzle to put together, then spare yourself of this excuse for an anime. The plot is repetitive, predictable, and so very NOT deep. There are no puzzles to piece together, and if there are, it's all spoon-fed to you in the same episode it was introduced.
I may be the type who adores a good horror with a lot of gore, but I'm not a senseless jerk. I like plot, and character development. This show had none of it. It's fine if it's not a horror, but does it have to be a total fail?
Anyway, I'm just stating my opinion. Spare me of arguments, because honestly, this show is just incredibly cliche. It's sooooo stereotypical, like the average magical girl anime. If you like that thing, watch this now. But as I've said before, if you're like me, try to completely erase this title from your mind.
Thankfully, the music isn't all bad. The voices (in the Japanese version, at least [is there even an English version anyway?]) are decent, actually good. The songs are catchy and they will grow on you (probably). Anyway, the sound was the only saving grace of this show, for me at least, and though I've heard THOUSANDS of times better, this was still good.
All in all, this show isn't highly rated in my book, but it's decent enough if you like magical girl and shoujo. I won't say any spoilers, but the ending is decent (though, sort of cliche) and it works with the anime, I guess.
Take a second look at the kind of shows you like to watch, and depending on your opinion, and the things I said in my review, decide if you're interested. If not? Leave. Now. If yes? Watch. Now.
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!
*sigh* so, the series is pretty good but i came here to give a heads up about the love interest of one of the main character. Luchia is mermaid princess. and she loses one of her mermaid pearls so she goes on land to find it. then this guy named kaito has it (theres a dramatic backstory to this but its pretty long) and kaito becomes the love interest. but. HES INCREDIBLY DENSE. very. it took him 52 episodes to figure out luchia is a mermaid, and in season 2 he forgets his memory and has to figure it out all over again. its
literally sooooooooooo annoying. so yeah thats it about this kaito guy and the whole series all together season one and season two has 112 in total if you just wanted to know:)
First of all, I havent watched this series since I was eleven. I don't know if I have even seen all of the episodes of Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch because in those days I was slummin' it with youtube, and their's just so many damn episodes!
I know I should rewatch it before reviewing; However, Im sort of afraid that I wont like it now that I'm not an eleven year old girl. To put my opinion out there really simply without being biased by nostalgia, I think Mermaid Melody is SORT OF good. It's REALLY good if you're really into
the "magical girl" thing, *because the plotline is rather typical for series in this genre.*
My favorite aspect of this anime, by far, is the art. *I am in love with the cutesy-bright girly color scheme.* I like that the main character in human form looks sort of like an elementary school Britney Spears, and as a mermaid she of course looks like an adolescant Sailor Moon because damnit all magical girls have to look exactly the same when they transform apparently. Put simply, its cute... and I like that the whole thing is just so CUTE and just CUTE and CUTECUTECUTE.
So overall, while this series may not be for everyone, it's definitley super kyoooot and if you want a moronic magical girl storyline with super ultra adorable artwork, this is the one for you. Even if you drop the series, you will have a mysterious urge to change your screensaver to a picture of Lucia and her little friends in full get-up- *It's THAT cute*.
Mermaid Melody is basically a ''magical girl'' anime.But with mermaids.
Well,it's not something you would want to watch if you're looking for a series with really complex story and a lot of action.
But,if you are looking for something cute and pure with no violence this is it.Also,the fillers.There's so many of them.
On the other hand art is really colorful and probably is the best part of the series.
The songs were cute in my opinion,although I wish they used different songs more often instead of repeating the same ones over and over again.
When it comes to characters,I think mermaids beside the three main
ones got way too little screen time.I mean,the whole season is just Luchia,Hanon and Rina and the other ones appear literally at the finale.Lame.You also just can't hate the bad guys,no matter the problems they cause.
But in the end,let's be real.This is not made to be a serious anime.It's made for younger audience,children.It has to be this way-cute,cheesy and heart-warming.
If you like romantic fantasy, this is for you.. maybe.
This was the first anime I have ever watched and I found it enjoyable, but after watching many other anime, it's not that great in comparison.
If you are a sucker for cute girls and a romance story, then this is for you! The thing that got me hooked was the constant thought of, "when are they going to get together?" which can seem annoying to some viewers, and if this annoys you then this is not for you.
I found that there are a lot of filler episodes and I found once you have seen one battle,
you have seen them all (mostly) and in the end (bearing in mind there are 52 episodes) I starting skipping the sing song parts.
With the typical magical girl, basic story line this does not appeal to many but I have rewatched this 3 times in total since watching anime and it's always the romantic story line that brings me back.
Best to watch a few episodes and if it doesn't work there's no point in continuing.