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"My Bride Is A Mermaid: Part 2" Fresh caught or flounder?

by on December 18, 2010

Nagasumi and Sun’s forbidden love is in murky waters. Sun’s family and friends want them to break up and for her to return home, while Nagasumi has to spend half his time covering up Sun’s secret: she’s a mermaid, and the only reason they’re getting married is so she won’t have to be killed for revealing that fact when she saved him from drowning.

Much of My Bride Is a Mermaid is very episodic, with plots that could apply to any show where someone has a secret they need to keep. There are only a few continuing plots throughout the series, and this set manages to introduce a few, such as a Mermaid Examiner who is making sure all mermaids living in the human world aren’t revealing their secrets to the public. The final episodes have an arc where Nagasumi has to venture to the land of the mermaids to save Sun and their relationship, which ends up being the most serious action the series sees; up until this point, it has been goofy or parodic in nature.

One of the bigger faults of the series is that, for a love story, it never really manages to actually focus on the relationship outside of its superficial nature. Sure, every episode will have something to do with reinforcing their bond or something, but since they’re just high school teenagers in a forced relationship, it’s appropriately tenuous and lighthearted at best. Nagasumi also seems to have his fair share of suitettes to chose from, which is odd, because of his very generic nature. Seriously, Nagasumi could be “Stock Male Character Model G” in this series. The same could be said about Sun, if it weren’t for the fact that she has a tail at times. Most of the characters outside of the main two actually have some defining traits, both internal (desire to be a cop, scared of the outdoors, fears being stuck in the background, etc.) and external (walks around in a spacesuit, has monkey characteristics, etc.). It’s almost a shame that the series has to focus on the generic boy and the “would be generic if she wasn’t the daughter of a crime lord/mermaid” female lead. Oddly, it is notable that this is one of the few times in modern storytelling where it’s not the standard pair of “smart woman/idiot male”. It’s actually “idiot woman/slightly less idiot male”. Much as with Mike and Molly, it’s worth noting for just pointing out the difference from the mainstream, but that doesn’t mean it’s worth watching because of it.

Visually, the show manages to jump from standard anime fare to a thick-lined, cartoonish stuff. This style is entertaining, but isn’t anything groundbreaking. Likewise, much of the voice acting is what’s to be expected. Notably, some of the characters have what could best be classified as a southern accent, since their characters are from a different region and social world than the others. Effectively, it’s like having stereotypical New York Mafia characters in the Mid-West. It’s never overdone, but a little bit of attention as such is a quality factor.

Fans have been vocal about an issue this set has, and while it’s a notable glitch, it in no way is a deciding factor. Reportedly, FUNimation had trouble acquiring the credit-free ending song from the Japanese companies. Therefore, the credits just feature a static screencap. If you’re curious what the original looked like, it’s easily available on YouTube in a credit-free version. Ironically, since the second disc in the set features the “extras” of a textless opening and closing song alongside trailers, this means that one of the extras is literally just a picture with a song. This lack of extras is almost expected from FUNimation, but is none the less disheartening.

My Bride Is a Mermaid doesn’t stand out too much from the pack, but it does have enough entertaining bits to warrant a watch if there’s nothing better on. If you picked up Part One, you might as well check out Part Two, as it only expands on the formula found in the earlier episodes.

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