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An ancient Japanese legend says that if one were to partake of the flesh of the mermaid, one would be granted eternal life and youth. Yuta ate the mermaid?s flesh 500 years ago and became immortal. Since then he has had to deal with living a lonely never-ending life, watching his loved ones grow old and die. Wishing to have a normal life, to live and to die like others, he searches for a mermaid for centuries, thinking she may be able to tell him a way to become mortal again. When he arrives a village, he meets a girl named Mana, who also became immortal by eating a mermaid's flesh. Together, they start their journey in attempting to find a mermaid and regain their humanity.
Rumiko Takahashi's relatively short manga adventure Mermaid Forest was originally animated in 1991 as an OVA; this broadcast series followed in 2003. An ancient legend says that anyone who eats a mermaid's flesh will remain young forever. Yuta, a handsome fisherman, unwittingly ate some mermaid sashimi 500 years ago, and has spent the last five centuries seeking the peace old age and death can bring. In a remote seaside village, he meets Mana, a young girl who's been raised as a prisoner in a lonely hut. A group of mermaids is planning to kill and eat her to preserve their fading beauty. Yuta rescues Mana, and they begin wandering, searching for a normal life.
Mermaid Forest is considerably darker than Takahashi's longer, more popular works. The story suffers from major inconsistencies: Eating mermaid flesh only makes some humans beautiful immortals. The less fortunate become deformed monsters, but the reason for the differing results isn't explained. Yuta can't end his wearisome existence, although he's repeatedly told that decapitation will do the trick. A minor work by a major artist, Mermaid Forest is not for the squeamish. (Rated 16 and older: violence, grotesque imagery, brief nudity, alcohol use) --Charles Solomon
Whatever happened to this anime? It was great and could have gone on forever (no pun intended.) Really, they could have taken the characters into the future.Published 17 months ago
This is a really good series. It's not comedic like her other series. This one is much darker. A man seeking to become mortal again takes a newly created immortal under his wing.Published on July 11, 2012 by Mike Lewis
Mermaid Forest is the story of a man named Yuta, who 500 years ago age mermaid flesh, as a result he is immortal and have been traveling around the world looking for a mermaid to... Read morePublished on June 28, 2011 by Anja Rebekka Schultze
The story line had potential, but I wasn't impressed with this anime. My boyfriend and I bought the first volume just to see if we'd like it, and we didn't even finish it, and... Read morePublished on September 25, 2010 by Shannon B. Andrews
after reading the manga i bought this dvd and if you liked the manga you'll like the dvd too.it has a great story looks good too.Published on May 15, 2009 by nicky
One of Takahashi's most famous/notorious side projects, the Mermaid Forest Saga explores the mermaid myth (much like Watase did in Ceres regarding celestial beings, but without the... Read morePublished on October 17, 2007
Mermaid Forest- Quest for Death sets the stage for the saga. It introduces the two main characters and their backgrounds. Read morePublished on February 11, 2006 by J.Bennett
Yuta is a young man on a quest to find mermaids. The reason that he wants to find them is that over 500 hundred years ago him and some of his fisherman friends had a little feast... Read morePublished on December 21, 2005 by Sesho
According to the ancient legend, mermaids flesh can grant immortality if eaten. 500 years ago, Yuta unknowingly ate a piece of mermaids flesh. Read morePublished on September 17, 2005 by Ronnie Clay