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Junko Mizuno'S Princess Mermaid Paperback – December 31, 2003


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Original edition (December 31, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591161177
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591161172
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #818,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Junko Mizuno
born in Tokyo, May 27, 1973
In 1996, Junko Mizuno self-produced a photocopy booklet called "MINA animal DX" which brought her to the attention of the publishing industry in Japan.
Soon after, she debuted as a professional comic artist and illustrator.
In 2007, she started showing her work in galleries in US and Europe.
Currently residing in San Francisco, she is constantly working on new comics, paintings,illustrations, and designs for products ranging from toys to clothing.

official website: www.MIZUNO-JUNKO.com
blog: http://jmnews.exblog.jp/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Junko_Mizuno

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By tami on December 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
I have bought this book two times over- once for a friend's birthday present, and once for myself because I was so captivated by the story and art. Both of us were very pleased, the plot and characters were perturbingly gorgeous and sexy, plenty smart but darkly charismatic. Julie, Tura, and Ai are all very strong female roles and are distinguished in thier own ways- but are always enthralling. There's no other style quite like Junko Mizunos, where it's so lovely and cutely poisonous you want to greedily take in thier glory as quickly as possible-but also dweel on the cunning little designs she sneaks in whenever she can. Like the skulls on Julie's tail on the cover.

BUT- here's something really big! The craftmashp is HORRIBLE! The other reviewer was right, the page quality is very poor- if the manga had been printed on glossy white sheets, it would have had the appropriate pop. But worse- much worse- is the binding is very insecure. the books is not sown together, but held to the spine with a very ineffective glue. Both me and my friend had our books fall out- her within an hour of reading it,and me a fews day later. We were not being rough with the books at all- in fact, I got mine later and knew that it was fragile, and tried to be extra gentle with it. Futile. Even gluing it back has rather poor results. Be prepared to spend quite a bit of time regularly reaffixing the book to its cover, or have the two be separated.

Otherwise, I can't recommend this book enough. I'm very glad I have it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Perper on February 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
Junko Mizuno is one of Japan's most popular modern manga artists and designers, and her style combines kawaii-to-the-max images with vitriolic plots. "Kawaii" means cute in Japanese, like Hello Kitty and Sakura from CLAMP's "Cardcaptor Sakura," but Mizuno's purposes are not to draw eye-candy in the form of pretty, and sometimes quite naked, girls. "Princess Mermaid" is a bitter, ultimately tragic story of three mermaid sisters who dwell not in oceanic peace and harmony, nor even in angsty yearning to be become human. Instead, they - and we - are always aware that up above on the pretty, shining waves are industrial fishing ships that capture mermaids in big nets and sell them as food.--- Mizuno is working in one of the great genres of Japanese art, in which meticulously composed, utterly gorgeous images of stunning beauty are drawn in breathtaking elegance, and are used to portray a world of demons, monsters, revenge, and death. Examples in classical Japanese art include the Hell Scrolls and a variety of wood block prints and sculptures of Lady Oiwa, a beautiful woman murdered by her lover who returns to wreak genuinely horrifying revenge on him. Like earlier wood block print artists, Mizuno too draws on contemporary images and icons -- in her case, psychedelia, four-color illustrations, fairy-tale princesses and princes, mermaids, and charmingly drawn jellyfish -- all inhabiting a world of chaos, mayhem, plague, rape, stupidity, and utter greed, in brief, a world not unlike our own. --- Throughout "Princess Mermaid," the mermaids are images of a peaceful and fruitful world being destroyed. Yet the mermaids fight their enemies, for if they are cute and adorable, they are also ferocious.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marie E. Mazei on January 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
while this book is darker than her other works, in terms of both artistic style and story, it still manages to live up to the quality of her other works. Mizuno has a distinct style that is diffrent to most other manga, it is both cute and grotesque at the same time. The story of this book is a retelling of the little mermaid, but with a twist. this book is simoly out awsome.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Runnels on March 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
Junko has done it again! This is a very dark story and one should note that it's completely intended for mature readers. The art and story is wonderful but the publishing quality of the inside pages is rather low and does not do the art justice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ChibiNeko TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is the final book in Mizuno's fairy tale series and is the darkest of the three. It's somewhat surprising to see the story here, as the other two were so unabashedly positive and upbeat as a whole. This one? It's pretty dark overall and has an ending that is upbeat for some characters and bleak for others. That's a slight spoiler, but I won't elaborate on what happens to whom.

The artwork here is nicely done, but it's slightly more sedate than Cinderella or Hansel and Gretel. I believe this was done on purpose, as the overall story here (vengeance and hatred) is taken more seriously here than in the other two books. Mizuno had a point that she wanted to have come across in this book and more than likely wanted her artwork to mirror this. Of course it's still gorgeous, so fans won't mind a very slight change.

The story both helps and hurts at times. It's a pretty big departure from the tone of the last two books and while I like it, I didn't care for it as much as I wanted to. I'm glad I purchased it from my local comic book store and I'll definitely re-read it, but I prefer the other two books in the trilogy to this one. Still worth purchasing as a trilogy and it's still something that should be on most bookshelves. I just wouldn't recommend it as a place to start with Mizuno's work, as there's better out there.
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