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Ill-Literacy: Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch

This weeks topic is fairy tales. I picked a manga that is not very well known but excellently displays a fairy tale known world wide. You probably already guessed by the title but Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch is a take on the story of the Little Mermaid.

There are a lot of differences between the two stories so although there is an obvious connection reading this won’t be like a rehash of same old story. In fact this version actually uses the original version as its base. Meaning that the Mermaids could turn into sea foam.

I’ll have to admit that I have not finished this story yet but I do own all seven of the books. At this point I would give this series a 6/10. It is a cute read and I think that it is appropriate for middle schoolers.

The thing that keeps me from giving this series a higher rating is that it feels like a cheesy Japanese manga. One of the main themes is Magical Girl and if you have ever watched the anime “Princess Tutu” (8/10) then I could relate there magical transformations together. If not, then this is what happens: the mermaids go threw two transformations. They start off as mermaids but can be human too, it just seems like they can be human whenever they want, which is convenient for them; for me as the reader, it is kind of like, why? Then when they go into battle they get cute magical girl outfits and awesome singing. Yeah, there really is not a reason for it. It is just part of the magical girl genre.

Recommended for those who are into romantic, magical girl, friendship, comedy or musical genres.

Brought to you from – Natalia!




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