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Junko Mizuno'S Princess Mermaid Paperback – December 3, 2003
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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful illustrations and really fun, unconventional story but unfortunately told in a way that is just a little clunky. Read morePublished 23 months ago by J. Smith
The Little Mermaid in its original for was always a sad tale of longing, but Princess Mermaid adds a new twist to the end. Read morePublished on January 13, 2014 by Heather Hilburn
The item arrived on time and in good condition so I'm not going to complain about that. The second half of this covers the issues but since they are not related to anything I think... Read morePublished on March 11, 2012 by chacha
I found this comic to be completely mesmerizing. Junko's artwork is dainty, cute, and VERY disturbing. Read morePublished on May 25, 2008 by Caramel Milk Tea
I love Junko Mizuno's work. I have Cinderalla and I have just received my Princess Mermaid issue. Absolutely lovely and cruel story, Mizuno does a revision of classic tales for... Read morePublished on August 12, 2005 by M. L. Manzanares
Junko has done it again! This is a very dark story and one should note that it's completely intended for mature readers. Read morePublished on March 9, 2004 by A. Runnels