Book Review: Mermaid Saga Vol 2 by Rumiko Takahashi

Title: Mermaid Saga Vol 2

Author: Rumiko Takahashi

Series: Mermaid Saga #2

Page Count: 360

Publish Date: February 16, 2021

Publisher: Viz Media

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Synopsis:

They say that if one consumes mermaid flesh, one can attain immortality. Unfortunately, the more likely result includes becoming horribly deformed or turning into a vicious monster! Even if one were to gain eternal life, however, is such an anomaly a lucky blessing or a terrible curse?

Immortals Yuta and Mana continue to come across people who are dealing with the consequences of having eaten mermaid flesh. Some are scarred, in excruciating pain or just trying to survive, but they all lead mysterious lives filled with unspeakable horror. Is one’s humanity doomed to be lost in exchange for immortality?

Mermaid Saga Vol 2

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My Review:

After enjoying Mermaid Saga Vol 1, I was eager to finish the series, curious to see how it could be wrapped up so quickly. I wasn’t sure if the story could truly be done in only 2 volumes.

Mana and Yuta have this funny habit of encountering others who have consumed mermaid flesh and while that’s not unreasonable, I do feel it’s starting to get repetitive since that’s the bulk of the story now.

Of course, each person they encounter like this has different stories of how and why they ate mermaid flesh. Some did so deliberately, while others were fed it unknowingly and how that affects them varies greatly.

Of all the encounters these two have in this volume, the most interesting one was regarding the old woman and the “doll”. I felt this one was the most unique of them all and the events truly pushed Mana and Yuta to find a solution.

Mana has come a long way since she left her sheltered village life but it’s clear she still has much to learn about the world and how things work. I’m sure that, as an immortal, she has plenty of time to get the hang of things and will likely become better at adapting to life as time progresses.

Yuta feels the same as the first volume, but his desire to help Mana and others affected by the mermaid curse is strong. Now, if only he could make it a day without being viciously attacked by others, then these two may get a peaceful life.

While this story does seem to end somewhat abruptly, I do feel it’s best that the series ends at 2 volumes. Honestly, if it kept going it would get boring very quickly unless the formula of the story changed.

Even so, I did enjoy reading this story as it varies quite a bit from Takahashi’s other works. It is fairly quick to read and with a good chunk of action mixed in, it was a good book.

I hope you enjoyed my review of Mermaid Saga Vol 2. Have you read this book?

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