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Takahashi Rumiko Gekijou Ningyo no Mori

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English: Mermaid Forest
Synonyms: Takahashi Rumiko Gekijou Ningyo no Mori TV, Mermaid Forest
Japanese: 高橋留美子劇場 人魚の森


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 2003 to Dec 21, 2003
Premiered: Fall 2003
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: TV Tokyo
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.111 (scored by 6,897 users)
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Ranked: #33582
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Popularity: #3139
Members: 19,980
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According to an ancient legend, mermaid's flesh can grant immortality if eaten. 500 years ago, Yuta unknowingly ate a piece of mermaid's flesh. For centuries, he travels across Japan, hoping to find a mermaid, thinking she may be able to make him a normal human again. When he finally finds one, he discovers that she and her companions have been raising a girl to be their food so they can eat her and take on her youthful looks. That is how mermaids stay young. Yuta kills the mermaids and rescues her, but she has already eaten some of the mermaid's flesh. Although he had to kill the mermaids, Yuta isn't too disappointed. Yuta's once lonely existence is now over, as he has found a companion in Mana. And Mana, who had been trapped in a small hut her whole life, finds delight in even the simplest of things. Together, Yuta and Mana attempt to seek out more mermaids, trying to become normal humans again.

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Ooba, Hideaki
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Ishikawa, Chiaki
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"Like an angel" by Chiaki Ishikawa

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May 6, 2008
kufreabia (All reviews)
If you are currently watching a long series that occassionally takes 2 week breaks (think Bleach and GrayMan), and you want to fill that spare time with some short, enjoyable anime, then you are obliged to see Mermaid Forest.


Mermaid Forest to me is a story of endurance, love and ultimately a moral theme follows through it. The writer of this anime is famous for many love animes, so it is no surprise this anime would eventually end up being one too. The whole story is like reading a book, with different chapters. Usually each episode represents a chapter. The theme of the show is read more
Jul 16, 2007
Zirgo (All reviews)
Mermaid Forest tells the story about a fisher man named Yuta that, because he has eaten Mermaid flesh, now is immortal and is in search of a Mermaid to make him normal again. During his travels he encounters other people experiences with Mermaids and find a female companion named Mana to share his adventures with. The story is linear but with flashbacks from Yuta\'s life.
The overall feel in the anime is that it is drawn in very traditional ways and the techniques feel like that of older animes, but the series is actually produced in 2002. I think that this anime is one that devides read more
May 17, 2012
Tsukiouji (All reviews)
Mermaid Forest is one of those great underrated anime series based on one of Rumiko Takahashi’s creations. She is the creator of some well known anime/manga series like Inuyasha, Ranma, Maison Ikkoku etc. However, Mermaid Forest is a bit darker and contains a well-balanced mix of mystery, suspense, horror, supernatural, drama, tragedy, and love/romance, along with a few light moments. I can’t put it into words, but for some reason this anime has the same feel and reminds me of the type of anime from the 80’s and 90’s (as the other reviewer described). It was very nostalgic watching this and even the parts that read more
Aug 27, 2018
TakutoKira (All reviews)
Note: this is the text version of my video "mermaid forest: should we desire immortality". It contains spoilers, read at your own discretion.

This is a thematic analysis of the anime mermaid forest in which I’ll be examining the arguments it makes against and in favor of immortality.

Arguments against:

1 – immortality would result in suffering and loneliness.

Mermaid forest shows that many immortals would live lives of suffering and loneliness. For instance, Yuta suffers several painful deaths only to come back to life, ready to suffer through more of them. In other words, he’s in a constant loop of suffering.
Yuta also suffers emotionally as he is read more


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