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Mermaid's Forest TV

TV, ep.13 (~24 min.), 2003

 

Information:

Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Supernatural, Mystery
Tags: Monster, Present, Horror, Mermaids
Release Date: 05.10.2003 ‑ 21.12.2003
Studios: TV Tokyo, TMS Entertainment
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
Type: TV (2003)
Episodes: 13, ~24 min.

Alternative names:

高橋留美子劇場 人魚の森
Ningyo no Mori TV
Rumic Theater: Mermaid Forest
Mermaid Forest
Takahashi Rumiko Gekijou Ningyo no Mori TV
にんぎょのもり
人魚の森
An ancient Japanese legend says that if one were to partake of the flesh of the mermaid, one would be granted eternal life and youth. Yuta ate the mermaid's flesh 500 years ago and became immortal. Since then he has had to deal with living a lonely never-ending life, watching his loved ones grow old and die. Wishing to have a normal life, to live and to die like others, he searches for a mermaid for centuries, thinking she may be able to tell him a way to become mortal again.

When he arrives in a village, he meets a girl named Mana, who also became immortal by eating a mermaid's flesh. Together, they start their journey in attempting to find a mermaid and regain their humanity.
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.
Legend says that if the flesh of a mermaid is consumed, the body becomes immortal. However, with the small chance of immortality comes a high chance of being poisoned, morphing and mutating into a monster beyond comprehension. Yuta is a wanderer: one of the few who has eaten the flesh and survived, and lived to tell about it -- for 500 years. By chance, Yuta meets a young woman named Mana who also shares the same fate, and together, they wander the land, searching for a mermaid who can free them from their immortal lives.
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Related anime:

Mermaid's Forest TV TV, 2003
Mermaid Forest OVA, 1991, Alternative version
Mermaid Forest: Mermaid's Scar Bonus, 2004, Sequel
Mermaid's Scar OVA, 1993, Alternative version
Rumiko Takahashi Anthology TV, 2003, Prequel

Related manga:

Mermaid Forest Manga, 1984, Adaptation

Related characters:

Yuta
Yuta
Mana
Mana
Rin
Rin
Towa Kannagi
Towa Kannagi
Big Eyes
Big Eyes
Nae Kogure
Nae Kogure
Masato
Masato
Rin's Father
Rin's Father
Isago
Isago
Natsume
Natsume
Nanao
Nanao