Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch (2003)

4.5 Four_Five

Name: Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch
Japanese: マーメイドメロディーぴちぴちピッチ
Genre: Shojo, Magical Girl, Music, Fantasy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Length:: 52 episodes
Director: Yoshitaka Fujimoto
Developers: We’ve, Synergy SP, Actas Inc.
Author: Junki Takegami
Based on a manga written by Michiko Yokote

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When creativity team decides to make an adaptation of Han Christian Anderson’s classic tales of Little Mermaid (1837) by fusing it with a magical girl plot, adding songs, and putting in more characters and drama, here you have Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch, a shojo anime series that is not only dramatically remind us how we enjoy the legends of mermaid, but the show is also kid friendly, cute, fun, and hilarious.

Lucia Nanami is a mermaid princess of the North Pacific Ocean’s undersea palace. Seven years before the event of the series, she sneaked out of her palace and saved a human boy named Kaito Domoto from drowning as a tsunami was hitting the ship he was on. To preserve his life, Lucia sacrificed her precious magical pearl and went back to the sea. Present day, Lucia, now an teenager, must go back to the surface to reclaim her magical pearl, Lucia proceeds to find her first love, knowing that he’s still holding on to her treasure. Meanwhile, a sea demon group called “Marine,” sends in a sea monster to capture mermaid princesses and plague the world with chaos. Lucia reunion with Kaito, and desperately tries to get him to notice she’s the mermaid that saved his life because of a taboo that prevent her from telling him directly, and meanwhile she has to battle with sea monsters with the help of her two princess mermaid friends Hanon Hosho and Rina Toin… using the power of music.

Mermaid Melody plays a very typical Magical Girl shows like Sailor Moon or Pretty Cure. The story progresses like a typical monster of the week show. Characters have a problem; they try to solve it, they run into monster; fight them; solve their problems; repeat. With magical pearls the three main characters (Lucia, Hanon, and Rina) have, they can transform into singing idols and use their music to scare away the four quirky female sea demons whose intimidating levels are only a bit higher than Team Rocket. Minor episodes are fun to watch, and major episodes provide satisfying drama, plot twists, and character developments for typical magical girl anime’s standard.

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Characters of Mermaid Melody are very stereotypical, right down to stock character types: an extremely dizzy and lovestruck protagonist, a cool and handsome love interest, an overactive best friend, an anti-social girl, a cute series mascot, etc. What make Mermaid Melody’s characters better the others? It may be because the great characterization that makes these characters very much lovable and not too annoying. While Lucia is stupid and mope around at times, there are many occasions that she funny and heroic. Her awkwardness from her relation with Kaito is actually engaging. This is because Mermaid Melody plays with the secret identity plot in an interesting way when it’s comes to the “Love my alter-ego” kind of triangle relationship. Human Lucia loves Kaito, but Kaito loves her mermaid form, so Lucia desperately tries to make him realize she is a mermaid on his own since she can’t tells him directly. Kaito is a rather believable love interest. He is smart, playful, and a bit jerkily, but also caring and protective toward his girlfriend. Hanon and Rina are sort of bland in their normal times, but several incidents can make them shines greatly.

While the animation of Mermaid Melody is rather okay, the focus of the show is, of course, singing. As the show’s plot device, The series makes sure the music’s quality is great. The songs are repetitive at first, but they glow varieties as the story progresses and the heroines get their power ups. The only one problem with the voice actress I have is Lucia’s VA, Asumi Nakata, sounds more like a soft spoken boy rather than a girl, nevertheless, her performance in singing is very great, and I got used to her voice quite easily.

Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch is ripe with stereotypes and stock plots, but how to developers put their hearts in the show’s characters and story and how they based these magical girls are based on a classic such as the Little Mermaid make it very notable show with fun characters, engaging romance plot, and in additional, the beautiful songs. If you like Magical Girl genre, you will want to watch this particular series

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