Review written by Dominic
I already told this story in my review of the last box set, but just in case you need a refresher here we go. Nagasumi Michisio is a normal everyday middle school kid who is saved by a mermaid while drowning in the Seto Inland Sea. To save his life and Sun’s he agrees to marry her thus starting his new life back at home with his “bride”. For the rest of the synopsis refer to my earlier review.
This set is my personal favorite out of the two and rightly so, as the majority of the characters have been introduced and fleshed out in the last set. Right from the get-go the comedy hits hard and fast. The first episode of the set has to do with Nagasumi realizing that the merfolk have an extreme fear of cats, including kittens. Nagasumi uses this to frighten everyone who would normally give him trouble, especially Sun’s father, the worst of these offenders. What follows is a hilarious set of events which had me laughing for a long while.
Only one more character of interest is added to this set by the name of Akeno Shiranui. She is a samurai mermaid who helps conduct the “mermaid exam” which is used to confirm if a mermaid/merman is doing their part of being concealed to the human race. Akeno is more of a quiet character, but her involvement in the series is part of an actual ongoing “plot” between a shadowy character to break up Sun and Nagasumi. Like I said before it’s a “plot” because it’s very subtle and in the background which leaves the series to have more fun and comedic moments. Of course this will all wrap in the last two episodes which might have to be the best ones of the series by far, at least animation quality wise.
Now onto the box set part of this review: What we get here is pretty much a little of the same that we got along with the last set. We get the normal 2 disc box with the thin disc covers that Funimation seems to like to give out nowadays. I’m not complaining because it’s nice and doesn’t take up a whole lot of space on my bookcase. The only issue I do have with this set is that on the Special Features side of things there really isn’t any to speak of: only the normal trailers that we’re used to seeing and the textless songs. As we’re on the subject of the songs, the second ending (which is my fav) got completely botched up. Instead of the normal moving that should be going on, we’re instead treated to a single frame that slowly pans out with the music playing. When Funimation was asked about this, they stated that there was an error with the file they received from the Japanese studio. Lame.
As much as I would have liked to see a little more in the features department, I can’t complain because this series has come out very quickly unlike other series (FMA, DBZ Kai). All in all, I’m glad I bought this series and would completely recommend it to others.
Pros: What we had last time and more!!
Cons: Low on the Special Features, ending song credits