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Junko Mizuno'S Princess Mermaid Paperback – December 3, 2003

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About the Author

Junko Mizuno - born in Tokyo, May 27, 1973. In 1996, Junko Mizuno self-produced a 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. She is constantly working on new comics, illustrations, paintings and designs for products ranging from toys to gig posters.
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Product Details

  • Series: Junko Mizuno
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; 1st edition (December 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591161177
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591161172
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.4 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I love mermaid stuff! Movies, TV, books, comics, coloring... But I hated this.

I enjoy comics and manga with different styles, but It didn't care for this style of artwork.

I had major problems with the story. Suekichi works for a company that kills mermaids (among other things) and Julie is accidently caught. He tries to RAPE Julie and she claws him with her talons to stop him. The others discover her and he pushes her out the window to stop them from butchering her. This pisses them off so they push Suekichi out too. Then Julie saves him! On one hand, he did save her from being butchered. On the other, He tried to rape her! And literally 5 pages later, they have sex! What!?! Her sister finds out and tries to kill them both! It gets weirder and more messed up the further along it gets...

I regret buying this.
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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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