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Ningyo Series

Ningyo Series

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Synonyms: Mermaid Forest, Mermaid's Gaze, Mermaid's Scar, Ningyo no Mori, Mermaid Saga
Japanese: 人魚シリーズ


Type: Manga
Volumes: 3
Chapters: 16
Status: Finished
Published: Aug 1984 to Feb 1994
Authors: Takahashi, Rumiko (Story & Art)
Serialization: Shounen Sunday Super


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This is Rumiko Takahashi at her darkest, but her trademark humor and romance also pop up in this three-volume series. Legend has it that if a human eats a mermaid's flesh, they will be granted eternal life. But is that a blessing or a curse? Immortal lovers Yuta and Mana travel through Japan and the centuries longing for a normal life. On their journey, they meet others who have consumed the flesh of a mermaid in hope of becoming immortal. But the powerful substance affects each person differently. Yuta and Mana are two of the lucky ones. Others are fated to die or transform into a savage monster, a "lost soul."

(Source: VIZ Media)


Ningyo Series began publication in Shounen Sunday Zoukan and later moved to Weekly Shounen Sunday. It was published sporadically during its serialization. The original Japanese release was two wideband volumes and was incomplete; the second was complete in three small size volumes.

The series was first published in English in the 1993 March issue of Animerica—Anime & Manga Monthly, a magazine published by VIZ Media. This magazine printed the first two story arcs of the first volume in Japanese. The remaining stories were subsequently published in comic book format by VIZ Select Comics, with 4 issues to each part, titled Mermaid Forest, Mermaid's Dream, Mermaid's Promise, Mermaid's Scar, Mermaid's Gaze and Mermaid's Mask, published from 1993 to 1995. The series was additionally printed in standard tankoubon format by VIZ Graphic Novels, who printed the series in three volumes, titled Mermaid Forest, Mermaid's Scar and Mermaid's Gaze, from December 6, 1994 to March 8, 1997. VIZ Media re-published the title as a four-volume series, this time as Mermaid Saga from July 14, 2004 to December 22, 2004, in the original right-to-left order. The series was also published in Argentina by LARP Editores as Cuentos de Sirenas from November 2008 to April 2009.

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Nov 30, 2014
Julischka (All reviews)
Excellent manga. Too bad it was discontinued. It lacks a clear goal or an evil antagonist, who needs to be taken down, which is why it has more of an episodic character.
The main characters are rather bland. Yuta is your average good guy, Mana is your average brat - which is surprising since they both have such dark and tragic pasts.
The episodes themselve though are incredibly well structured, engaging and gripping.
May 5, 2015
Ryagan (All reviews)
Mermaid Saga is one of Rumiko Takahashi's earlier works that has been forgotten as the years go by. When you go back and read it, it's kind of easy to see why it was forgotten. It's not a particularly bad manga, but it's not particularly good either.

This manga doesn't have much in the way of a plot. It centers around two people who are cursed to live forever, and that's really all there is to the main plot. The meat of the manga doesn't come from its main story, but rather its short story arcs, which all together make up a "saga," so to speak. read more
Dec 14, 2007
LilaJean247 (All reviews)
Okay this was the first manga I bought and I can tell you it's not so bad. The story is well put and doesnt leave you into boredom although it does drif you away from the story one chapter and so forth on mostly the Main character Yuta's past than much on the current story with him and Mana characters are okay and the art is not bad. I guess if you want something to enjoy on a semi-long trip this one is alright to read it's an ok manga, but not as good as her others like InuYasha(even though I haven't read the manga read more
Aug 9, 2014
CinnamonSwirls (All reviews)
Ah geez, I haven't read this manga in so long, but I feel like I need to write it a review, since it was one of my favorites. As a 10 year old, naïve child, I first discovered Mermaid Saga in a library and thought "the word 'mermaid' is in the title, it must be a cute mermaid shoujo story about cuteness and love and glitter with pretty flower patterns all over the pages". Well, I read it and NOPE. Instead it was quite the opposite and I was so disturbed by it, yet loved it so much that I bought the manga and re-read read more


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