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 
Themes: folklore , immortal , mermaids 
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: 483 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 24 votes (sub:16, dub:6, raw:1, others:1
1 Spanish subtitled
 Excellent: 50 votes (sub:31, dub:16, raw:1, others:2
1 French subtitled
1 German dubbed
 Very good: 122 votes (sub:72, dub:41, raw:3, others:6
5 Spanish subtitled
1 Dutch subtitled
 Good: 147 votes (sub:104, dub:39, ?:1, others:3
2 Spanish subtitled
1 Dutch subtitled
 Decent: 73 votes (sub:50, dub:21, raw:1, others:1
1 Spanish subtitled
 So-so: 32 votes (sub:24, 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: 6 votes (sub:4, dub:2)
 Awful: 2 votes (sub:2)
 Worst ever: 1 vote (sub:1)
Seen in part or in whole by 1023 users, rank: #1100 (of 6495)
Median rating: Good
Arithmetic mean: 7.033 (Good), std. dev.: 1.6665, rank: #2337 (of 6494)
Weighted mean: 6.974 (Good), rank: #2473 (of 6494) (seen all: 7.13 / seen some: 6.40 / won't finish: 4.05)
Bayesian estimate: 6.987 (Good), rank: #2197 (of 4947)
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
    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) 
Backgrounds: Studio Easter 
TV Osaka 
TV Tokyo 
Design Works: Studio Boomerang 
In-between Check: Studio Boomerang (6 episodes
eps 1, 4-6, 10-11
Key Animation:
ARP (ep 4) 
Nakamura Production (ep 4) 
Planet (ep 4) 
Snow Light Staff (ep 8) 
Studio 4°C (ep 1) 
Studio Gimlet (ep 8) 
Music Production: Avex, Inc. 
Big Bang 
Rare Trick 
Japanese cast
Kouichi Yamadera as Yuuta 
Minami Takayama as Mana 

Ai Orikasa as Isago 
Daisuke Gouri as Oomanako [Big Eyes] 
Hisako Kyouda as Sawa 
Houko Kuwashima as Rin 
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 
Online Editor:
Chris LadeGaard 
Steve Korechoff 
Recording engineer: Marc Rizzo 
Sound Mixing:
Roger Potenza 
Sergio Gonzalez 
Maki Ueda 
Saori Tauchi 
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) 
Pa (Young) 
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) 
Jennifer Sekiguchi as Emiri 
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
Eijiro (Young) 
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 
Licensed by: Geneon Entertainment Inc. 
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) 

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

Anna Maria Tulli as Towa 
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 
Sebastian Schulz as Yuta 

Andreas Rybiczka as Nanao (jung) 
Axel Lutter as Jäger 
Diana Borgwardt as Masato 
Gadah al Akel as Towa 
Gisela Fritsch as Baba 
Giuliana Jakobeit as Yuki 
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 
Rubina Kuraoka as Rin 
Rüdiger Evers as Shiina 
Sabine Arnold as Mutter 
Uwe Büschken as Nanao (erwachsen) 
German companies
Distributor: Red Planet/Alive AG 
Dubbing: brandt Film Berlin 
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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