Takahashi Rumiko Gekijou Ningyo no Mori

Mermaid Forest

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Synonyms: Mermaid Forest TV, Ningyo no Mori TV, Rumic Theater: Mermaid Forest
Japanese: 高橋留美子劇場 人魚の森
English: Mermaid Forest
German: Mermaid Forest
French: Mermaid Forest
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Type: TV
Episodes: 11
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 2003 to Dec 21, 2003
Premiered: Fall 2003
Broadcast: Sundays at 00:55 (JST)
Source: Manga
Genres: DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy, HorrorHorror, MysteryMystery
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.011 (scored by 94079,407 users)
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Ranked: #41362
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Popularity: #4173
Members: 27,471
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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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Opening Theme

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"Like an angel" by Chiaki Ishikawa

Ending Theme

"Mizu tamari" by kayoko


May 6, 2008
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 ...
Jun 20, 2012
Mixed Feelings
For those of you who don’t know, this is a show that was created by the same manga-ka that created Ranma ½, Inuyasha, and Lum. I had actually never known of this show until I was just glimpsing at a list of dubbed anime. Having said this, the show is a bit odd in comparing it to the shows she normally does.

The story follows two characters the most part, a man and woman who have eaten mermaid flesh and so have gained immortality. Throughout the story, you can see the different changes of the world as years go by. In a way, this is ...
Feb 27, 2021
what a mess this show was. Everything was pretty subpar from the lacking story, the animation, (not the worst) to even the characters.

Following Yuta's adventure for finding a unknown cure for his immortality and his idiotic choices. Soon after starting he met with his immortal counterpart to adventure with.

whilst in the end, two immortals living together and to maybe grow more friends like them with time, that would not be a bad outcome. Instead Lets continue going town to town finding the most evil women or mermaid (that is right under their thumb) plotting the most evil plan by ...

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