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Mermaid Forest domestic anime

Ningyo no Mori Japanese anime


Mermaid Forest
(Ningyo no Mori)

  • Domestic versions: available on VHS and laser disc
    • Subtitled version: USM-1044
    • English-dubbed version: USM-1453
    • Running time: 50 minutes
    • Produced by U.S. Manga Corps, 1992
    • Executive producer: John O'Donnell
    • Subtitling: Studio NEMO
    • Translation: William Flanagan and Pamela Ferdie
    • English rewrite: Jay Parks
    • Lyrics rewrite: David Mayhew
  • Japanese versions: available on VHS and laser disc
    • VHS: VIVF-10044
    • Released by Victor Entertainment
  • Soundtrack

  • Voice cast

      JapaneseEnglish
      YutaKouichi Yamadera
      ManaMinami Takayama
      TowaMika Doi
      Sawa

      Doctor Shiina

      Young Towa

      Young Sawa

      Police officer

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    Mermaid's Scar domestic anime

    Ningyo no Kizu Japanese anime


    Mermaid's Scar

    (Ningyo no Kizu)

  • Soundtrack
  • Voice cast

      JapaneseEnglish
      YutaKouichi YamaderaJason Gray-Stanford
      ManaMinami TakayamaLalainia Lindbjerg
      Masato
      Christopher Turner
      YukieKikuko InoueWillow Johnson
      Misa
      Janyse Jaud
      Laborer

      Laborer's
      wife

      Teryl Rothery
      Narrator
      Kathleen Barr

  • Domestic versions: available on VHS and laser disc
    • Running time: 50 minutes; English dubbed
    • Produced by Viz Video
    • Producer: Seiji Horibuchi
    • Translation: Toshifumi Yoshida
    • English screenplay and lyrics: Trish Ledoux
    • English dubbing and post production: Ocean Studios
  • Japanese versions: available on VHS and laser disc
    • VHS: VIVF-10105
    • Released by Victor Entertainment
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    Mermaid saga TV series DVD vol. 1

    Mermaid saga TV series, limited-edition box set

    Mermaid Forest U.S. limited-edition box set


    Mermaid saga TV series
    "Ningyo no Mori"
    (Mermaid Forest)

    The 11-episode TV series took all of the previously printed Mermaid saga stories (except for "Mermaid's Gaze") and made them into anime. The series was released over 4 DVDs (also available as 5 VHS videos). The last DVD includes two unbroadcast episodes of "Ningyo no Kizu" (Mermaid's Scar).

  • Domestic versions: available on DVD from Geneon. All include original Japanese dialogue, English subtitles, and production art gallery (rather bad quality).
    • Mermaid Forest vol. 1: Quest for Death
      • Limited-edition boxed set and single DVD available
      • 3 episodes:
        1. Mermaid Does Not Smile
        2. Village of the Fighting Fish (Part I)
        3. Village of the Fighting Fish (Part II)
      • Running time: 75 minutes
    • Mermaid Forest vol. 2: Bitter Flesh
      • 3 episodes:
        1. Mermaid Forest (Part I)
        2. Mermaid Forest (Part II)
        3. The End of the Dream
      • Running time: 75 minutes
    • Mermaid Forest vol. 3: Unquenchable Thirst
      • 3 episodes:
        1. Bone Pricess
        2. The Last Face (Part I)
        3. The Last Face (Part II)
      • Running time: 75 minutes
    • Mermaid Forest vol. 4: Unending Nightmare
      • 4 episodes:
        1. Promised Tomorrow (Part I)
        2. Promised Tomorrow (Part II)
        3. Mermaid's Scar (Part I)
        4. Mermaid's Scar (Part II)
      • Running time: 100 minutes
  • Japanese DVD versions
    • All released by to•max/Shogakukan Video
    • Original TV broadcasts by TV Tokyo
    • Ningyo no Mori limited-edition DVD box set (PCBE-60039)
      • Complete 4-DVD set
      • Full-color booklet with all the color plates for the original manga series
      • Each volume includes a postcard that has a picture of the DVD's cover
    • Ningyo no Mori vol. 1: PCBE-50800 (includes postcard)
    • Ningyo no Mori vol. 2: PCBE-50801 (includes postcard)
    • Ningyo no Mori vol. 3: PCBE-50802 (includes postcard)
    • Ningyo no Mori vol. 4: PCBE-50803 (includes postcard)
  • Japanese VHS versions: All released by to•max/Shogakukan Video
    • Vol. 1: PCVE-72214
    • Vol. 2: PCVE-72215
    • Vol. 3: PCVE-72216
    • Vol. 4: PCVE-72217
    • Vol. 5: PCVE-72218
  • Soundtrack
  • Voice casts (many characters not yet listed)

    Episode 1: Mermaid Does Not Smile; Ningyo wa Warawanai


      JapaneseEnglish
      YutaKouichi YamaderaJustin Gross
      ManaMinami TakayamaKaren Thomson
      NannyRoko TakizawaLouise Chamis
      EldersJunko HoriLouise Chamis
      AyuYukari HonmaAmy Kincaid
      Old womanHiroko EmoriBarbara Goodson
      Old womanMegumi UrawaLouise Chamis
      Old womanChisato NakajimaJody Jaress
      FishermanHisao EgawaT. Axelrod
      FishermanYasunori MatsumotoSam Regal

    Episodes 2 and 3: Village of the Fighting Fish; Tougyo no Sato


      JapaneseEnglish
      YutaKouichi YamaderaJustin Gross
      ManaMinami TakayamaKaren Thomson
      RinNoriko KuwashimaLulu Chiang
      Rin's fatherKinryuu Arimoto (ep. 2)
      Tetsutaka Arimoto (ep. 3)
      Michael McConnohie
      ToukichiMachiko ToyoshimaBarbara Goodson
      SayoriAsako DodoHunter Mackenzie Austin
      IsagoAi OrikasaWendee Lee
      Sakagami pirate leaderMasashi HiroseSparky Roberts
      Sakagami islanderJunichi SugawaraLance J. Holt
      Sakagami islanderHisao EgawaJ.C. Miller
      Sakagami islanderYasuhiko KawatsuHoward Clarendon
      Toba islanderKatsumi ToriumiPatrick Seitz
      Toba islanderShigeru ShibuyaWilliam Frederick (ep. 2)
      Sam Regal (ep. 3)
      Toba islanderKozo Mito (ep. 3 only)Doug Stone (ep. 3 only)
      SailorYasunori MatsumotoSam Regal (ep. 2)
      Liam O'Brien (ep. 3)
      SailorKozo Mito (ep. 2 only)Jay Klein (ep. 2)
      ChildSachi MatsumotoTiffany Hsieh

    Episodes 4 and 5: Mermaid Forest; Ningyo no Mori


      JapaneseEnglish
      YutaKouichi Yamadera
      ManaMinami Takayama
      TowaSumi Shimamoto
      SawaHisako Kyouda
      Doctor ShiinaEisuke Yoda
      Young Towa

      Young SawaHaruna Ikezawa
      Police officer

    Episode 6: The End of the Dream; Yume no Owari


      JapaneseEnglish
      YutaKouichi Yamadera
      ManaMinami Takayama
      Big EyesDaisuke Gouri
      HunterYuzuru Fujimoto

    Episode 7: Bone Princess; Sharihime


      JapaneseEnglish
      YutaKouichi Yamadera
      ManaMinami Takayama
      NatsumeKazuko Sugiyama
      Natsume's fatherKouichi Kitamura
      MonkSeizou Kato

    Episodes 8 and 9: The Last Face; Saigo no Kao


      JapaneseEnglish
      YutaKouichi Yamadera
      ManaMinami Takayama
      NanaoToshiko Fujita
      MotherMasako Katsuki
      GrandmotherSeiko Tomoe
      ManYuuji Takada

    Episodes 10 and 11: Promised Tomorrow; Yakusoku no Ashita


      JapaneseEnglish
      YutaKouichi Yamadera
      ManaMinami Takayama
      NaeYuri Amano
      Young SoukichiKyouko Tonguu
      Old SoukichiMinoru Inaba
      Young EijiroYasunori Matsumoto
      Old EijiroTamio Ohki

    Episodes 12 and 13: Mermaid's Scar; Ningyo no Kizu


      JapaneseEnglish
      YutaKouichi Yamadera
      ManaMinami Takayama
      Masato

      YukieKikuko Inoue
      Misa

      Laborer

      Laborer's
      wife


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    Mermaid saga bootleg DVDs

    Mermaid saga bootleg DVDs

    Mermaid saga bootleg DVDs

    Mermaid saga bootleg DVDs


    Various bootleg DVDs

    There are several bootleg versions of the original Mermaid OVAs available, usually packaging both Mermaid Scar and Mermaid Forest in either a boxed or double-DVD set. Pictured at left are three of the ones I've found. From top, they are from the following Hong Kong companies:

    • Indian International Inc.: boxed set, DVD-00701-A (Forest) and DVD-00702-A (Scar). This set also comes with bootleg versions of the rare CD soundtracks to both anime; because of that, I recommend getting this set. I normally don't approve of bootlegs, but I'm inclined to look on these a little more favorably because there are no official DVD releases of the Mermaid OVAs.
    • Manga International Inc.: double-DVD set, DVD-298-E
    • Video Animation: boxed set, DVD-84901-E (Forest) and DVD-84902-E (Scar)
    • Boxed DVD set of the TV series. Unknown manufacturer.
    There are also bootlegs of the TV series starting to come out, often in 3-DVD sets.

    The main way you can tell a DVD is a bootleg is the inclusion of Chinese subtitles; all four of the sets mentioned above have them. Region 1 (North America) and Region 2 (Japan, Europe) DVDs, for the most part, do not include Chinese subtitles. Also note the companies' logos in the bottom left corner of the second two DVD sets.

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