Lucia is the new girl at school. She and her sister run a public bath that’s all the rage. When Lucia meets a terrific-looking surfer boy, there’s just one little problem: Lucia is a mermaid–not just any mermaid, but a princess on an important mission to save the seven seas from an evil force bent on taking control of the marine world. Such a responsibility doesn’t leave much time for romance. But Lucia vows to protect her world and win the heart of handsome Kaito.
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This is an entire series review, but is free of spoilers.
Checking this out at the library was… awkward. Luckily, no one asked any questions, but still-I had a story prepared about how they were for my (imaginary) sister or (nonexistent) daughter. Pretty much the only positive in this series was the artwork, at least for me.
Mermaid Melody is like a watered down, more juvenile Sailor Moon. I say juvenile, but sometimes some of the content was a bit mature, especially the girl’s figures and them in their mermaid forms. I couldn’t really bring myself to care about the characters or the romance.
It was missing the typical shojo humor and I had to drag myself through the volumes, which by the way, I think could have ended at volume three. Lucia and Kaito seemed like such a bad pair to me, Kaito seemed very one-dimensional and I thought their was a bunch of unnecessary drama and cliches surrounding their relationships.
Like how books sometimes mislead lead us with pretty covers, Mermaid Melody misleads us with the artwork. I would consider skipping this one of if you are really interested, check out the anime, which I hear is better.