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Mermaid Forest - Unending Nightmare (Vol. 4)
Mermaid Forest - Unending Nightmare
Vol. 4
Actors: Nao Nagasawa, Yuri Amano, KinryŻ Arimoto, Hunter Mackenzie Austin, Vittorio Bestoso
Director: Masaharu Okuwaki
Genres: Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
UR     2006     1hr 40min


     
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Actors: Nao Nagasawa, Yuri Amano, KinryŻ Arimoto, Hunter Mackenzie Austin, Vittorio Bestoso
Director: Masaharu Okuwaki
Creators: Mizuru Sugiura, Terumitsu Okada, Hideki Goto, Enrica Minini, Rumiko Takahashi
Genres: Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
Sub-Genres: Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
Studio: GENEON [PIONEER]
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Animated,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 01/03/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/2006
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

It showed so much promise
Brandon | 02/20/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I wont beat around the bush, the ending of this show sucks, the other episodes were so good that I was left wanting a resolution."
One Huge Stack of "Rumiko" -- Hold the "Syrup"!
Ace-of-Stars | Honolulu, Hawaii | 01/11/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"*
Takahashi Rumiko is best known for her silly & wacky antics type of storytelling ("Urusei Yatsura"; "Ranma Nibun-no-Ichi"; "Inu Yasha"). But 'Rumi-chan' has also touched the "Dark Side," and with surprising effectiveness. This presented itself when her publisher agreed to run a series of manga stories by her which came to be popularly known as the "mermaid saga."

In 1991, the first "OAV" ("Original Animation Video") of one of those stories-- "Ningyo no Mori" ("Mermaid Forest") --was released; this was followed two years later with the release of another OAV of a second Rumiko "mermaid" story -- "Ningyo no Kizu" ("Mermaid's Scar"). Ten years would pass before anything new from Takahashi-san's "mermaid saga" would be presented in animated form.

In July of 2003, Japanese television aired an anthology series called "Takahashi Rumiko Gekijyou" ("Takahashi Rumiko Theater") -- a showcase for a collection of her individual story ideas, which were all independent of one another. Three months later, the first episode of "Takahashi Rumiko Gekijyou: Ningyo no Mori" ("Takahashi Rumiko Theater: Mermaid Forest") was aired -- the program title being modified slightly with the added 'tack-on' at the end to distinguish it specifically as the animated adaptation of her "mermaid saga" and that, unlike the earlier "Gekijyou," this sort of 'second season,' if you will, would be an extended run of a series of interrelated stories. Labeling the entire series "Mermaid Forest," however, is a bit of a misnomer, as the title refers to one specific story of that name, but it's really nothing to nit-pick over.

Because the artwork & animation techniques used here are not nearly as refined, and everything feels too rushed (or to put it another way, because everything feels too "televisiony"), this series does not engage the viewer with quite the same degree of dark depression & gloominess that is experienced in the OAVs. Even so, the stories as presented here are just dreadful enough to make you realize that this ain't no "kiddie-fare!"

As with the previous "Takahashi Gekijyou," this series consists of 13 total episodes, although there are in actuality 8 separate storylines adapted for this series -- including brand new animated adaptations of the OAV stories (ironically, it was one of these-- "Ningyo no Kizu" --that was never aired during the series' televised run).

The 'English dubbed' audio track, though not great, is passable, but the original Japanese audio dialogue track seems to better capture the spirit of the main characters, Yuta and Mana.


[[My only real gripe is that Pioneer/Geneon could not have taken the extra time to simply release this entire series (only 4 discs) as a complete box set.]]"
Liked the series but a little dissapointed.
club_2001 | California | 04/02/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I've got all 4 valoumes and was excited to see this one especially since it had 4 episodes. The the episodes are splited up in 2 parted series. I was actually excited how good the 2 stories were good and intresting, but I mostly liked the last 2 episodes. I liked that there was someone older than Yuta and how it turns out to be the a psychotic little boy wanting just wanting a mom. What i hated and confusing about the ending was that the mom the little boy had ate mermaid flesh and was dying not healing at all. Also, what got me upset is that the boy escaped and it ending at that, and Yuta and Mana still continuing there search on how to be mortal again. I know that that last episode never aired and that this was consider a 2nd season of Rumiko Takahashi's Theatre, but, I think the story could still could have continued.
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