Mermaid Forest (TV)

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Alternative title:
A Saga da Sereia (Portuguese)
La Foresta delle Sirene (Italian)
La Saga de la Sirena (Spanish)
La Selva de Sirenas (Spanish)
Ningyo no Mori (Japanese)
Rumic Theater: Mermaid Forest
Takahashi Rumiko Gekijou: Ningyo no Mori (Japanese)
人魚之森 (Chinese (Taiwan))
高橋留美子劇場 人魚の森 (Japanese)
Genres: adventure, drama, horror
Objectionable content: Intense
Plot Summary: According to an ancient legend, mermaid's flesh can grant immortality if eaten. 500 years ago, Yuta unknowingly ate a piece of mermaid's flesh. For centuries, he travels across Japan, hoping to find a mermaid, thinking she may be able to make him a normal human again. When he finally finds one, he discovers that she and her companions have been raising a girl to be their food so they can eat her and take on her youthful looks. That is how mermaids stay young. Yuta kills the mermaids and rescues her, but she has already eaten some of the mermaid's flesh. Although he had to kill the mermaids, Yuta isn't too disappointed. Yuta's once lonely existence is now over, as he has found a companion in Mana. And Mana, who had been trapped in a small hut her whole life, finds delight in even the simplest of things. Together, Yuta and Mana attempt to seek out more mermaids, trying to become normal humans again.
User Ratings: 471 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 24 votes (sub:16, dub:6, raw:1, others:1
1 Spanish subtitled
 Excellent: 49 votes (sub:30, dub:16, raw:1, others:2
1 French subtitled
1 German dubbed
 Very good: 121 votes (sub:70, dub:42, raw:3, others:6
5 Spanish subtitled
1 Dutch subtitled
 Good: 144 votes (sub:101, dub:39, ?:1, others:3
2 Spanish subtitled
1 Dutch subtitled
 Decent: 68 votes (sub:49, dub:17, raw:1, others:1
1 Spanish subtitled
 So-so: 31 votes (sub:23, dub:5, raw:1, others:2
1 German dubbed
1 Spanish subtitled
 Not really good: 12 votes (sub:8, dub:3, others:1
1 Tagalog dubbed
 Weak: 14 votes (sub:12, ?:1, dub:1)
 Bad: 5 votes (sub:4, dub:1)
 Awful: 2 votes (sub:2)
 Worst ever: 1 vote (sub:1)
Seen in part or in whole by 1008 users, rank: #1067 (of 6148)
Median rating: Good
Arithmetic mean: 7.053 (Good), std. dev.: 1.6624, rank: #2198 (of 6138)
Weighted mean: 6.988 (Good), rank: #2322 (of 6138) (seen all: 7.14 / seen some: 6.40 / won't finish: 4.22)
Bayesian estimate: 7.003 (Good), rank: #2024 (of 4617)
Running time: 22 minutes per episode
Number of episodes: 13
Episode titles: We have 13
Vintage: 2003-10-04 to 2003-12-20
Release dates: We have 1
Opening Theme:
"Like an angel" by Chiaki Ishikawa
Ending Theme:
"Mizu tamari (Water Puddle)" by kayoko
"Mizu tamari" by kayoko
Links: We have 1
Episodes twelve and thirteen were not broadcast, but rather were released along with the rest of the series when it came to DVD.
Mermaid Forest DVD 3 (Dec 1, 2005)
Mermaid Forest DVD 2 (Oct 14, 2005)
Mermaid Forest DVD 1 (Aug 18, 2005)
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DVD (Region 1)
    Mermaid Forest - Box Set (DVD) 2006-08-08
    Mermaid Forest - Quest for Death (DVD 1) 2005-07-05 (from $3.99)
    Mermaid Forest - Quest for Death + Artbox (DVD 1) 2005-07-05 (from $31.48)
    Mermaid Forest - Bitter Flesh (DVD 2) 2005-09-20 (from $3.99)
    Mermaid Forest - Unquenchable Thirst (DVD 3) 2005-11-15
    Mermaid Forest - Unending Nightmare (DVD 4) 2006-01-03

Japanese staff
Japanese companies
Director: Masaharu Okuwaki
Episode Director: Susumu Murakami (ep 10)
Original creator: Rumiko Takahashi
Character Design: Masaki Sato
Sound Director: Yasuo Uragami
Director of Photography: Mizuru Sugiura 

Color Coordination: Naoko Kodama
Editing: Terumitsu Okada
Series Story Editor: Yunichi Miyashita 
Theme Song Arrangement:
Michiaki Kato (OP)
Shinsuke Komiyama (ED)
Theme Song Composition:
Chiaki Ishikawa (OP)
Kayoko (ED)
Shinsuke Komiyama (ED)
Theme Song Lyrics:
Chiaki Ishikawa (OP)
Kayoko (ED)
Theme Song Performance:
Chiaki Ishikawa (OP)
Kayoko (ED)
Japanese cast
Kouichi Yamadera as Yuuta
Minami Takayama as Mana

Ai Orikasa as Isago
Daisuke Gouri as Oomanako [Big Eyes]
Hisako Kyouda as Sawa
Kazuko Sugiyama as Natsume
Masako Katsuki as mother(eps 8-9)
Roko Takizawa as Baba
Sumi Shimamoto as Towa
Toshiko Fujita as Nanao
Yukari Honma as Ayu
Yuri Amano as Nae

Asako Dodo as Sayori
Chieko Honda as Yukie
Eisuke Yoda as Dr. Shiina
Haruna Ikezawa as Sawa(young)
Hisao Egawa as fisherman
Junko Hori as village elder
Kinryuu Arimoto as Rin's father
Kôichi Kitamura as Natsume's pa
Kouzou Mito as Shiina
Kyouko Tonguu as Soukichi(60 years ago)
Machiko Toyoshima as Toukichi
Makiko Ohmoto as Masato
Masashi Hirose as leader of Sakagami pirates
Megumi Urawa as jochuu(ep 5)
Minoru Inaba as Soukichi
Rei Sakuma as Masato's mother
Seiko Tomoe as grandmother(eps 8-9)
Seizo Katou as monk(ep 7)
Tamio Ohki as Eijiro
Tomie Kataoka as Oba-chan
Yasunori Matsumoto as
Eijiro(60 years ago)
Yuuji Takada as man(eps 8-9)
Yuzuru Fujimoto as hunter(ep 6)
English cast
English staff
Translation: Rika Kolka
Executive producer: Hideki 'Henry' Goto
ADR Script Editing: Charlie Sullivan
Recording engineer: Marc Rizzo
Voice Direction: Charlie Sullivan
Justin Gross as Yuta(eps 1-3)
Karen Thomson as Mana
Liam O'Brien as Yuta(eps 4-13)

Amy Kincaid as Ayu
Erica Shaffer as Towa(eps 4-5)
Lulu Chiang as Rin
Wendee Lee as Isago

Alfred Thor as Dr. Shiina(eps 4-5)
Barbara Goodson as
Old Woman
Bill Conway as
Bonze(ep 6)
Court Noble(ep 7)
Carrie Savage as Mitsue
Chris Kent as
Nanao(Old; eps 8-9)
Christopher R. Sabat as
Construction Worker(ep 12)
Deformed One(ep 12)
Man A(eps 10-11)
Person on Bike(ep 13)
Deem Bristow as Flower Shop Owner
Doug Stone as Toba Islander
Elise Baughman as
Oba-chan(ep 8)
Wife(ep 7)
Erika Weinstein as Masato
Georgette Reilly as Housewife
Gina Grad as Misa(eps 12-13)
Howard Clarendon as Sakagami Islander
Hunter MacKenzie Austin as
Clerk(ep 11)
Yukie(eps 12-13)
Ivan Buckley as Newscaster
J.C. Miller as Sakagami Islander
J.D. Stone as Kota
Jay Klein as Sailor
Jennifer Chu as Bunkhouse Lady(eps 12-13)
Jody Jaress as Old Woman
Karen Thompson as Mana
Kevin Hatcher as Minoru
Kirsty Pape as
Housewife(ep 13)
Nae(eps 10-11)
Person on Bike(ep 13)
Sokichi(Young; ep 10)
Kyle Hebert as Big Eyes
Lance J. Holt as Sakagami Islander
Liam O'Brien as Toba Islander
Louise Chamis as
Old Woman
Lulu Chiang as Fisherman's Wife(ep 1)
Megan Hollingshead as
Fuwa's Neighbour
Housewife 2
Ruriko Tonegawa
Michael McConnohie as Rin's Father
Michelle Ruff as Mother(eps 8-9)
Monica Rial as Natsume
Patrick Seitz as Toba Islander
Qyen Regal as Female High School Student
Rachel Hirschfeld as Hizuki Fuwa
Russell Thor as Kohakura
Sally Dana as Mrs. Kakei
Sam Regal as
Sparky Roberts as Leader of Sakagami Island
Stephen Martello as Doctor
Talis Axelrod as Fisherman
Tiffany Hsieh as Child
Travis Willingham as
Man in Black Suit(ep 10)
William Frederick as Toba Islander
Yuri Lowenthal as Man(ep 7)
English companies
ADR Production: New Generation Pictures
DVD Authoring: Blink Digital
Recording Studio: The Post Office, LLC
French staff
French companies
Distributor: Kaze
French cast
Spanish staff
Spanish cast
Sandra Ruiz (Spain dub)
Verónica Blanco (Spain dub)
Alberto Escobal García as Yuta(Spain dub)
Mónica Erdozia as Mana(Spain dub)

Alazne Erdozia as Sawa(Spain dub; old; eps 4-5)
Ana Begoña Eguileor as Sayuri(Spain dub; eps 2-3)
Eba Ojanguren as Masato(Spain dub; eps 12-13)
Estívaliz Lizárraga as Towa Kannagi(Spain dub; eps 4-5)
Jaione Insausti as Rin(Spain dub; eps 2-3)
Maribel Legarreta as Misa(Spain dub; eps 12-13)
Nuria Marín Picó as Nanao(Spain dub; eps 8-9)

Spanish companies
Distributor: Jonu Media (Spain)
Dubbing Studio: K2000 (Bilbao, Spain)
Translation: DARUMA (Spain)
Italian staff
Italian cast
Dubbing Director: Raffaele Farina
Script: Enrica Minini
Luigi Rosa as Yuta
Tina Venturi as Mana

Grazia Migneco as Sawa (old)

Cristiana Rossi as Sawa (young)
Vittorio Bestoso as Dottore
Italian companies
Distributor: Polygram Video
Translation: TEXT
German staff
German cast
Julia Kaufmann as Mana

Andreas Rybiczka as Nanao(jung)
Axel Lutter as Jäger
Diana Borgwardt as Masato
Gadah al Akel as Towa
Gisela Fritsch as Baba
Hans-Werner Bussinger as Soukichi
Hasso Zorn as Eijiro
Heide Domanowski as Mutter
Helmut Gauss as Mönch
Horst Lampe as Großauge
Jannick Beek as Nanao(Sohn)
Julien Haggege as Eijiro(vor 60 Jahren)
Karl Schulz as Anführer der Sakagami-Piraten
Luise Lunow as Großmutter
Magdalena Turba as Natsume
Marianne Lutz as Sawa
Marina Krogull as Isago
Nikolas Böll as Rins Vater
Peter Gröger as Natsumes Vater
Rüdiger Evers as Shiina
Sabine Arnold as Mutter
Uwe Büschken as Nanao(erwachsen)
German companies
Distributor: Red Planet/Alive AG
Dutch staff
Dutch companies
Distributor: Kaze Animation S.A.
Dutch cast
Tagalog staff
Tagalog cast
Pinky Rebucas as Mana

Sherwin Revestir as

Pinky Rebucas as Yukie
Sherwin Revestir as
Masato's mother
mother(eps 8-9)
Tagalog companies
Broadcaster: Hero
Chinese (Taiwan) staff
Chinese (Taiwan) companies
Chinese (Taiwan) cast
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