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Mermaid Melody: Pichi Pichi Pitch, Vol. 1

(Mermaid Melody: Pichi Pichi Pitch #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  6,626 ratings  ·  67 reviews

Lucia is the new girl at school. She and her sister run a public bath that’s all the rage. When Lucia meets a terrific-looking surfer boy, there’s just one little problem: Lucia is a mermaid–not just any mermaid, but a princess on an important mission to save the seven seas from an evil force bent on taking control of the marine world. Such a responsibili
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 25th 2006 by Del Rey (first published 2003)
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Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
I watched the anime version of Mermaid Melody when I was 15 and completely adored it, then set about collecting the manga volumes. Already being a fan of the series, I loved the books as well. The artwork is cute and pretty, and each volume also contains lots of extra information after the story such as trivia about Japanese culture and mermaids. Volume 5 also has a mermaid fortune teller in! Also, the second season of the anime is only subbed in part, so in order to get the full story you have ...more
Apr 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, fantasy, comics
This is a cute enough little manga. I like the art, and I like that the romance seems to be partly inspired by The Little Mermaid, both Disney and original versions. But the truth is that I'm not entirely engaged with the story, and if it were just about any other manga, I probably wouldn't be continuing with it. It's lighter and shallower than my tastes, and I'm not taken in by Kaito yet. But... MERMAIDS. And so I will read every volume.
I so didn't enjoy this, but I so wanted to. It's very muddled and confusing, the art isn't great, the romance is not only unrealistic but creepy as hell. Maybe I'll try the next volume, because the plot has SO MUCH potential. But I probably shouldn't.
Review to follow either with the complete series or volume 2. So happy that I finally have the series complete now (took some effort though to get book 1 and 3). :)
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Okay so a friend recommended this to me and it's not great. The art style is less than inspired to say the least and the romance I think is going for a sweat and fresh take on mermaids but its a bit off almost unsettling. I'm not a huge manga fan so maybe it's a cultural thing. The premise is pretty interesting if not a bit hackneyed(but most stories are and recover through their storytelling) but poor execution. That being said if you're a fan of manga it might be worth a read and for a mermaid ...more
Morgan Montgomery
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE THE ANIME SHOW! I always been obsessed with mermaids. Disney's the little mermaid was my all time favorite princess movie as a kid.
I am going to start this review with likes and dislikes.

I like how she fell in love with a human boy. Super cute! I also liked how they put a twist by making him guess who she is rather then telling him. The story was perfectly put together. They didn't leave out any details. The connections with Rina, Hanon, and Lucia are great! The personalities of th
Miss Ryoko
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library-book, manga
Actual rating: 2.5

Hmm... I have very mixed feelings about the start of this series. It's cute. The art is pretty standard, but it's cute and fits well with the story. I like the idea behind the story and it seems fun.... However this is clearly the mermaid version of Sailor Moon. It's a little bit ridiculous. Not only do the mermaids transform to defeat the bad guys and say corny things to them, they somehow are always beating the bad guys too easily. But far worse than Sailor Moon, we as reader
~Cyanide Latte~
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: magical girl series enthusiasts.
Years ago, I'd seen this in B&N and had thumbed through it out of mild curiosity but never read through the whole thing or picked it up to own. Picked up volume 1 from browsing Amazon, again out of mild curiosity.

As far as magical girl manga series tend to start off, this one begins with a little bit of existing self-awareness on the parts of the characters. They already know what their mission is, they have some idea of what their basic powers are, and their quest is already underway. There are
Starting a series reread after many years. This was one of my first (non-Sailor Moon) forays into my beloved magical girl genre, after Tokyo Mew Mew and Cyber Idol Mink. There are definite story problems, and pacing problems, and the singing scenes aren't very well-conveyed, and the fanservice is oddly heavy for a shoujo, but in spite of all that, it remains a cute and fun magical girl series. It's the kind of pure shoujo magical girl manga that you read when you're in the mood to overlook blata ...more
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga
[SEXUAL HARASSMENT/SEXUAL ASSAULT WARNING] I would have given this three-stars if it wasn't for that kiss Kaito forced on Lucia in chapter five. But I am at least interested in the series, & want to read the rest of it some point. Rina is definitely my favorite character so far. ...more
May 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
The story is a bit hard to follow at times, and just didnt draw me in.

However, I really like Lucia. She’s a very cute and drawn nicely!

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Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
This is the first manga I ever owned and read, so it carries a lot of nostalgia for me.
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Acacia Weber
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
I wanted to like this more, but it just feels more childish than I'd like
Aug 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
This review is going to be the overall review of the series rather than the first book because I don't wanna keep reviewing each volume as it goes. I have watched the anime version of Memaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch around 4-5 years ago. And being that young, I didn't really care about plots, charatcers and all those things. As long as I'm enjoying what I'm watching I'm satisfied. For those of you who don't know, I'm a huge anime lover, I grew up watching animes instead of cartoons. And for my s ...more
Leila Anani
As a whole I'm not very fond of the whole "magical girl" genre of manga but there's just something about Pichi Pichi that I adore. For a start the BESM artwork: OMG is it super cute and of course with the characters being mermaids we get lovely flowing hair and tails. I've also got to mention the penguin called hippo; again with the cute.

The story is interesting too, we have a star crossed lovers thread of our mermaid heroines and human boys – Lucia and Kaito the surfer, and Hanon and the music
Conan Tigard
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Pichi Pichi Pitch: Volume 1 is a cute manga book about mermaids. The artwork is excellent and the story is a lot of fun. I found myself getting lost a little bit and the adaptation is not a fluid as it could have been and the story kind of jumps around a bit.

I enjoy the evil henchmen of Gackto that keep popping up. Their job is to grab the mermaids and take them back to their boss. But their sweet melodic voices have magical power and they are able to defeat those evil henchmen, or should I say
Jun 21, 2011 added it
Shelves: 10th-grade
This book was to read for passing time and the storyline was very fun to read. This manga was primarily about how Lucia begins to develop feelings for a boy named Kaito. She realizes that he was the boy that she saved when they were eight years old: she saved him from a ship wreak, where both his adopted parents had died. Lucia is a mermaid and is set out to find the other six mermaids in her team to fight the evil in the waters: she only comes to find Hanon, her best friend, and Rina. They both ...more
Niccole Paytosh
Aug 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga, 2006, donated
Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch is your standard shoujo manga. The art is pretty, fun, and clean. It reminds me of a mix between Ultramaniac and Full Moon. The story and setup are similar to Tokyo Mew Mew, with the exception of the heroins being singing transforming mermaids. Volume one introduces the protagonist, love interest, several baddies and several other mermaids. Honestly there is nothing different or remarkable about the manga, except maybe that it tends to run a little more adult wit ...more
Mermaid Melody: Pichi Pichi Pitch should be a manga that I love. The art is adorable, it's about magical girl idol singers, and it even has a chapter about Christmas, which I love in anime and manga. Despite that, I came close to not finishing this manga. It was incoherent, disjointed, and remarkably derivative, with only the last chapter's Sailor Moon imitation coming close to being entertaining. If it gets better, I can see where people might be fond of it, but this is not a volume of manga I' ...more
This just didn't do much for me. I was a little disappointed, actually.

I think the problem was that everything just happened too fast and without a struggle. It took no time for her to find her pearl, no time nor struggle to defeat various bad guys. She found a new Princess every chapter just about with no effort involved. They just kind of fell into her lap.

There's also the fact that music doesn't translate well into manga, and this being a "singing" manga, it just didn't work for me.

Also had t
Oct 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Luchia Nanami, a pink pearl mermaid princess, had fallen in love to a human boy named Kaito, which she saved when she is still young. She even lend her very important pearl to him. But, when she need to protect the sea from the dark Pantarassa with her other 6 companion, she's got to search for her pearl. After she found her pearl and met Kaito for the 2nd time, Luchia's journey to protect the sea is started!
May 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
if you liked the anime, you'll love the manga. end of story.
it's a cross between sailor moon and the little mermaid.
luchia saves a boy as a mermaid, falls in love, and goes on land to find her pearl, and to be reunited with her long time love.
it's really a classic story, very well written, very upbeat and easy to follow. i highly recommend it for anyone for has a soft spot for love stories as well as a liking for mermaids.
Angelina Justice
Sep 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, manga, ya
I've been told that the series picks up after volume 1. I suppose I'll have to read it to be fair to the series. But in volume 1: Mermaid Melody, I found the plot too sporadic and the dialogue often confusing.

The characters are supposed to be teens, yet they behave like elementary school girls.

I like the storyline that is a spin off of The Little Mermaid. I'm just not keen on the delivery.
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga
My ability to follow this story and suspend disbelief just wasn't enough.

I love mermaids, but this doesn't really deliver. And its pretty formulaic (saying this after reading only 2 volumes maybe it gets better?).

The art is okay, the romance is bland, the story is kinda like ??? and the characters are walking cutouts.

Cute idea. Mermaids are cool. Princesses are cool. But....didn't deliver.
Stacy Fetters
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sneaky-librarian
Wait, just wake me up when the story is finished...zzz.ZzZ....zzZ

Almost a rip off of The Little Mermaid. Well, the romance part. I couldn't even finish this. Was a recommendation and I wish I wouldn't of agreed. The only reason why I gave it two stars was because of the art. Its remarkable. But, it doesn't have anything else going for it.
Jan 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: manga-manwha, trash
Boring. Dumb mermaids who fall in love at first sight. Uh-huh. Annoying too. Oh, and somehow powerful. Not to mention a love nemesis. Did I forget the guy? Sure, kinda handsome and BLUR. Need I say more?
never read but i watch the
all the time on VEOH.COM
May 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anime-manga
I would just like to say that this is the awesomest manga ever! (not really, but who cares? ^_^)
May 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
this is also one of my favorites :)
the anime is good too
i watched the anime first
its on youtube
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