Ningyo Series
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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
Genres: Horror Horror, Romance Romance, Supernatural Supernatural
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Shounen Sunday Super
Authors: Takahashi, Rumiko (Story & Art)


Score: 7.421 (scored by 28672,867 users)
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Ranked: #35012
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Popularity: #2621
Members: 7,351
Favorites: 94


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There is a legend that says if someone eats the flesh of a mermaid, they will attain immortality; but this myth contains a darker side, in that the devourer may die or become a monster.

The youthful Yuta has been wandering Japan in search of mermaids not to become immortal, but to break his curse of eternal life. Over five hundred years ago, he ate a mermaid; now, Yuta is in search of a cure, hoping the mermaids know the secret. When he stumbles upon a hidden village, he quickly learns that it is full of mermaids that live in an underground society centered around the murder and cultivation of young human women to maintain their own youth and immortality.

Their most recent victim, Mana, is given the flesh of a mermaid to eat in order to fulfill the recipe toward being a perfect candidate to be eaten. Yuta helps her escape, and they find themselves on a journey to live their lives as normal as they can.

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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
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.
Mar 4, 2020
TL;DR: the Ningyo series doesn't necessarily offer anything particularly new or exciting, but is still a series that I really really enjoyed.

I've been a fan of Rumiko Takahashi for a while and I decided to read her mermaid series which I had heard so much on. It seems to have a pretty interesting reputation, with people either disliking it greatly or liking it a lot. After the first few chapters it was clear to me that I fell on the "like" side of the spectrum, so here's my review!

I can understand why Mermaid Saga is not one of Takahashi's more acclaimed works. It definitely has ...
May 5, 2015
Mixed Feelings
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. ...

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Poll: Ningyo Series Chapter 12 Discussion
lighthalzen-kun - Aug 1, 2017
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Aug 1, 2017 12:00 PM
Aren't there more chapters?
-Kazu - Oct 19, 2012
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Mar 7, 2017 8:57 PM

It’s time to ditch the text file.
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