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Mermaid Forest

Manga, vol.3 (1984)

 

Information:

Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Supernatural, Horror, Shounen
Tags: Monster, Present
Release Date: 08.1984 ‑ 02.1994
Studios: Shougakukan Inc.
Type: Manga (1984)
Volumes: 3, Chapters: 16

Alternative names:

人魚シリーズ
Mermaid's Scar
Mermaid's Gaze
Ningyo no Mori
Mermaid Saga
高橋留美子♦人魚シリーズ♦
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." Mermaid Forest contains three of Takahashi's uniquely macabre mermaid tales, A Mermaid Never Smiles, The Village of the Fighting Fish, and Mermaid Forest. Each revolves around Yuta, who wanders for hundreds of years, seeking a mermaid to cure him of his immortality.
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."
Legends say that if you eat the flesh of a mermaid, you can become immortal; but there's more to the legend than meets the eye. For there's a greater chance that by consuming the flesh, you turn into a monster known as Lost Soul. Yuta is an immortal who has lived for five hundred years and wishes to become normal again, and he seeks a mermaid to help him. One day Yuta rescues a fellow immortal called Mana, and together they travel in search of the elusive mermaids...

Production:

Rumiko Takahashi (Story & Art)

Related anime:

Mermaid's Scar OVA, 1993, Adaptation
Mermaid's Forest TV TV, 2003, Adaptation
Mermaid Forest OVA, 1991, Adaptation

Related characters:

Yuta
Yuta
Mana
Mana
Rin
Rin
Big Eyes
Big Eyes
Nae Kogure
Nae Kogure
Masato
Masato
Rin's Father
Rin's Father
Isago
Isago