While I was searching for a new anime to watch, I thought that I should watch a really really old anime for a change. An easy to binge-watch anime. I was able to find one in my “SOON TO BE WATCHED” collection. “Ningyo no Mori” or ‘Mermaid Forest’, an old anime that I had forgotten it even existed in my collection. I pretty much forgot how I got a copy of this old one.
So, I watched it, and surprise, surprise, I actually liked it. XD
NINGYO NO MORI (MERMAID FOREST)
Okay. Before I start sharing my thoughts about this series, let me share to you that I really didn’t research ahead of time anything about this series. So I never knew that the creator of the famous and widely known manga/anime Ranma 1/2 & Inuyasha, Rumiko Takahashi, also created this one. Amazing!!! I thought that the similar art style was only a coincidence, but bruh, it was not. I will discuss more on that later on. First, I need to talk about the premise.
The premise made me watch the series. Mermaid? eating flesh? hell yes! It was intriguing and very interesting. Pretty much, the story follows the adventure of Yuta and Mana as they travel to find clues about mermaids, & immortality so that they could be cured. Its pretty simple, and the anime delivered the story well. It was well thought out and well-paced. Some episodes needed a lot of time to flesh out their respective stories so they were given 2 episodes, while some shorter ones were only given 1 episodes. The last story in the anime was indeed a good choice to end the series. It had enough impact to make me eager to know how everything would turn out in the end. The ending turn out to be what I had expected. I’m satisfied.
I did find some weird and absurd plot holes from the series. There were some stories from the anime that made me go “wut?” cuz it didn’t make sense to me at all. I don’t want to spoil it, so I will be very vague. There were some reasonings and explanations to some events and happenings that doesn’t make sense. But, if you not think about it too much and just accept it for what it is, its quite understandable and easy to disregard. Its an anime after all. Logic is always thrown out in the window. Lol.
The main characters were really likeable. Yuta was really cool guy. He was really strong and protects the people he cares about. I did find Mana a bit annoying in the first episode, but she redeemed herself in the later episodes. She was innocent and naive cuz of her upbringing, but she became capable, strong, and be able to stand on her own feet. Though there were times she needed Yuta to save her, she sometimes do the unpredictable and save Yuta instead. Both were really amazing characters.
Now, for the art and animation. Rumiko Takahashi art style had always been familiar to me as I had been exposed to her works all my life. Since young, I had seen both Ranma 1/2 and Inuyasha again and again, to a point I even memorise some episodes. Right now, I am following her newest work, Kyoukai no Rinne. Anyway, back to the anime. Ningyo no mori had Rumiko Takahashi painted all over it. From the face to the shape of the body, its definitely Rumiko Takahashi’s work. I also find this anime a lot darker compared to other Rumiko Takahashi’s works. It’s quite understandable, after all the series tackles a different vibe and had a darker premise. Inuyasha was close, but nah. For the animation, in fairness, the anime was very consistent and it aged well. The anime was released last 2003 and the series definitely looked like an anime from the early 2000’s.
Oh! I also wanted to point out the funny scenes. For a very serious anime, the comedy timing was really good. It wasn’t too much and it fits well with the anime. From the dialogue to the animation, the funny scenes were on point. XD
Overall, the series was a gem. I didn’t expected myself to enjoy this anime. I was expecting to roast this one but nah, it was better than I expected. Definitely worth a try.
That is all.
Thanks for reading.