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Mermaid Forest, Volume 1 (Mermaid Saga #1)

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  495 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
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 di ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 6th 1994 by Viz Media (first published 1994)
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Courtney Wells
Rumiko Takahashi HAUNTED me with this story and how melancholy/horrific immortality could be. It was an astonishing contrast to her humor and whimsy I read in Ranma 1/2 or romamce of Maison Ikkoku but sold me on how she can do it all as a writer.
Akemi G
The haunting story of immortality, originally published from 1984-94. There are books (including novels) that tell the problems of immortality, but Takahashi describes them in such a lyrical and sad (and, yes, grotesque) way. I read the series in the original Japanese some time ago, and while all the volumes in the series are excellent, the first volume (to my memory) which involves an old doctor and his young-looking love was most memorable. Such a heart-wrenching love story!

Takahashi is one o
Quang Khuê
Feb 27, 2016 Quang Khuê rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Đỉnh. Bậc nhất của sự huyền hoặc. Nếu đọc toàn bộ truyện, bạn sẽ có đủ một tiệc cá bảy món, không sót một cái xương.
Sheila Garcia
Dec 05, 2015 Sheila Garcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
*Review is for the entire Mermaid Saga series*

Mermaid Saga was written over the course of many years: one chapter here, and one chapter there. Therefore, since it was not a constant publication, Takahashi did not face the same pressures that she did with many of her other works wherein she had to publish the next installment before a deadline. This translated into a very concise and well written short manga that properly does its job of offering the reader a glimpse into the strange and ultimat
It's been years since I read anything by Rumiko Takahashi. My only real manga experience with her is Ranma 1/2, which is a comedy about a young man who is cursed to turn into a woman when he hits cold water.

Meanwhile, volume 1 of Mermaid Saga sets the stage for a series of macabre tales that pervert the Hans-Christian-Anderson ideas about merfolk and set them as blood-thirsty monsters -- whose flesh can grant immortality to certain humans who dare consume it. The main story follows Yuta, a youn
Apr 20, 2016 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rumiko Takahashi is a remarkable storyteller. The art is great too. There's a great sense of place and atmosphere and even though the characters can look samey from time to time, they have such strong personalities. My one nitpick is I'm not sure if I buy Mana being quite so naive for quite so long, even taking her past into account, but still it was enjoyable, creepy, horrific, and eerily beautiful, as only Takahashi-sensei can produce.
Jun 08, 2009 Starbubbles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
even though i have to go to specialized comic book store to get this series, and every time i go they do not have book one so i can start the series properly, it will be read. i can tell it's a great series, and with it only being 4 books, it will be owned by me. mwahaha!
in all seriousness, i have been wanting to read this series since christmas, but since book one never seems to be in stock, i always end up getting other series that i have already started.

so, i found it, all of it at half pric
A different view of the typical mermaids we envision. Most of the mermaids have these freaky, I-just-rose-from-hell faces. Everyone wants to consume mermaid meat in this story and yet only a few humans are able to receive it properly--for them to become immortal. The rest/majority fall victim to a mermaid curse where their faces turn into those of the evil, nasty mermaids. For librarians and parents: there are amounts of above-the-waist nudity as well as violence (i.e. pushing a spear out of a m ...more
Miss Ryoko
I know Takahashi-san is a well known and loved mangaka... I've only read Ranma 1/2 and have seen a few episodes of Inuyasha. I really loved Ranma in the beginning but it got really obnoxious and so drawn out I started to lose interest in it. That really has nothing to do with this series other than I was a bit surprised to see it was rather series and a little dark.

I liked it. It wasn't great, but it wasn't bad. I like how the mermaids are good and are kind of scary and gross.

I'm curious to see
Abby Ang
May 09, 2014 Abby Ang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Takahashi should do more horror
Heli Miranda ahumada
Muy entretenido, me gusta como toma el "espiritu japones" en la psique de sus personajes.
Feb 11, 2014 Holly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not that great. Eating the mermaids was not what I thought this was going to be about.
Sep 19, 2011 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great series of snapshot-type short stories following a guy trying to break his curse of immortality. More serious than Takahashi's usual romantic comedies and action manga. Good visual storytelling, with some very touching (happy and sad) moments.
Feb 01, 2016 Sofia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, fantasy
Aug 09, 2012 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
The core of the story is creepy, and it gets violent and bloody.. but Rumiko-sensei keeps the violence non-graphic. Oh sure, Yuta bleeds out every chapter, but there's no insides hanging or anything
Nov 21, 2008 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best manga series that I have read, I really liked how Takahashi reimagined mermaids from the Little Mermaid people-with-fish-tails image to something that is truely unhuman.
Jul 09, 2008 Kelsey_jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very intriguing series. Each book from this series is filled with interesting stories and some can give you quite a chill.
Sep 12, 2008 Lord rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, horror
Probably the best series from Rumiko Takahashi. Dark, inventive story that is not painfully long. And nice art, of course.
Laura Luz
Altas expectativas, pero no se terminaron de cumplir, ojalá el tomo dos esté mejor.
Oct 04, 2009 C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice macabre twist from Takahashi's usual comedy/romantic comedy style.
Apr 23, 2011 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
To be reviewed for April 2011 Manga Movable Feast
Elizabeth Sanchez Espinoza
Jul 31, 2015 Elizabeth Sanchez Espinoza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mangas
Estado: todos los tomos/capítulos leidos.
Jun 05, 2012 Mette rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, manga
Good, but I don't like the drawing style.
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Rumiko Takahashi (高橋 留美子) was born in Niigata, Japan. She is not only one of the richest women in Japan but also one of the top paid manga artists. She is also the most successful female comic artist in history. She has been writing manga non-stop for 31 years.

Rumiko Takahashi is one of the wealthiest women in Japan. The manga she creates (and its anime adaptations) are very popular in the United
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