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03rd Mar 2010

Selfish Mr. Mermaid 2

Rating: ♦♦♦♦

I shouldn’t have been as charmed by this release as I was – yet re-interpretation of fairytales has always been one of my downfalls.

This release opens up with a mish-mash of The Little Mermaid fairytale. Haru has always used a giant clam as his sounding board. Every time something’s gone wrong in his little world, he would go and cry to the giant clam and tell it all of his secrets.

The giant clam was listening. After one night of tearful confessions from Haru, the giant clam prayed to be given a form that he could comfort Haru with.

Its wish was granted, and he became a mermaid. The only thing was that he wasn’t given a voice, so, he has no way of comforting Haru, or even letting him know that he is the giant clam that Haru is now going crazy looking for.

You can see where this is going. It’s cheesy. I’ve seen it before, but damn if it doesn’t pull the right strings and leave me with that warm, fuzzy, just petted a basket of puppies feeling.

This release is really a great example of the whole being worth more than the sum of it’s parts. Taken individually, the stories, and the art wouldn’t be enough to make this stand out – but on a whole, this series sticks with you, and is going firmly on the keeper shelf, to be read when I want to just smile, and let happy fluff spill all over me.

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23rd May 2008

Selfish Mr. Mermaid 1

Rating: ♦♦♦

I love fairy tales. I love urban fantasy. I love mermaids. This means that I’m going to like this release enough even though the main character would usually annoy the piss out of me. See, Kanan cries at the drop of a hat. He cries when he’s happy. He cries when he’s sad. He even cries during orgasm after being screwed five ways to Sunday. Simply put, he’s everything I hate in a stereotypical uke character.

One day, after noticing that there’s water gushing into his apartment from the celling, Kanan goes to investigate the source of the flood. It turns out that his upstairs neighbor is a mermaid. A mermaid with a really bad attitude who keeps threatening to eat Kanan if he doesn’t do his bidding.

This is where I began to lose my irritation and just let in the sweetness. Well, and the fact that it’s a fucking mermaid wins me over.

He’s not just any mermaid, though. No, he’s the prince of the sea kingdom, slumming it up with the humans to gain some life experience. Predictably, Mr. Mermaid falls for Kanan’s charms and soon they’re hooked on each other.

It’s very sweet and enjoyable, but I’m not sure if this sweetness is going to be sustainable for more than one or two more volumes before it starts to get cloying. I’m just going to enjoy it for now and see where they’re going to go with this. I’m still just happy that it’s a mermaid.

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