Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch
|Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch|
The seven mermaid princesses. Standing, L-R: Coco, Sara, Caren, Noel. Kneeling, L-R: Main characters Hanon, Lucia, and Rina.
(Māmeido Merodī Pichi Pichi Pitchi)
|Genre||Fantasy, Mystery, Magical girl, Music, Comedy-drama, Romance, Tragedy|
|Written by||Michiko Yokote|
|Illustrated by||Pink Hanamori|
|Original run||August 2002 – March 2005|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Yoshitaka Fujimoto|
|Written by||Junki Takegami|
|Studio||We've, Synergy SP, Actas Inc.|
|Original run||April 5, 2003 – March 27, 2004|
|Anime television series|
|Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch Pure|
|Directed by||Yoshitaka Fujimoto|
|Written by||Junki Takegami|
|Studio||Synergy SP, We'Ve, Actas Inc.|
|Original run||April 3, 2004 – December 25, 2004|
Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch (マーメイドメロディーぴちぴちピッチ Māmeido Merodī Pichi Pichi Pitchi ) is a shōjo manga and anime series created by Michiko Yokote, with artwork by Pink Hanamori. The manga was originally published in the monthly shōjo manga anthology Nakayoshi. There are 32 chapters published (including two special stories) and are compiled into seven volumes issued by Kodansha.
A 91-episode anime series was produced by TV Aichi, divided into two seasons, aired in Japan from April 2003 to December 2004. The first season is composed of 52 episodes, while the second, entitled Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch Pure, lasted for 39.
Lucia, the mermaid princess of the North Pacific Ocean, sets out to land to find the boy she saved from a tsunami wave seven years before the beginning of the story, to whom she had entrusted her pink pearl. She eventually finds the boy: a surfer named Kaito Dōmoto. But Kaito does not recognize her in her human form. She cannot tell Kaito who she really is; otherwise, according to mermaid legend, she would turn into seafoam. She tries to convince Kaito into figuring out who she really is (since the legend does not say anything about the other person discovering a mermaid's true identity by himself).
At the same time, Lucia has been told that a group of water demons have invaded the sea world and she must gather six other Mermaid Princesses and their pearls to bring back the legendary goddess, Aqua Regina, to stop them. To fulfill this, she joins forces with Hanon and Rina, the Mermaid Princesses who came up to dry land, use their pearls, turn into singing teen idols, and use their voices as an offensive power.
The original manga, created by Yokote with illustrations by Hanamori, began serializing in the September 2002 issue of Nakayoshi. There are a total of 32 chapters, with final one published on the April 2005 issue of the said magazine (released March 2005). There are a total of seven tankōbon volumes by Kodansha, the first six containing five chapters each and final one having two. They were released between March 20, 2003 and April 30, 2005.
Del Rey Manga acquired the rights to publish the manga for the North American audience. It began releasing the manga on April 2006 under the title Pichi Pichi Pitch: Mermaid Melody. The English translations of the seven volumes were released from April 25, 2006 to October 30, 2007. The seventh volume, aside from the final two chapters, also contains two preview chapters from other manga.
An anime adaptation produced by TV Aichi, We've, and Synergy SP and directed by Yoshitaka Fujimoto aired in Japan in two seasons. The first season, simply named Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch and covers manga chapters 1 to 20, aired between April 5, 2003 and March 27, 2004. They were compiled into 14 DVD volumes. The second season, Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch Pure, which adapts events from chapters 21 to 30, was aired between April 3 to December 25, 2004. Unlike the first season, Pure was compiled into two DVD box sets containing a total of 11 discs.
ADV Films acquired the license to the anime on June 2004 for its North American release, but was eventually dropped due to difficulty in finding backers and securing a TV airing deal. While the acquisition of the license and the production of the English anime predated that of the manga, it is unknown if a release will occur. That is because as of 2009, the anime has been completely dubbed but is being held by TV Aichi.
A total of six theme songs were composed for the anime. The first opening theme, "Taiyō no Rakuen ~Promised Land~" (太陽の楽園 ~Promised Land~, lit. "Paradise of the Sun ~Promised Land~") by Miyuki Kanbe, and the first ending theme "Daiji na Takarabako" (大事な宝箱, lit. "Important Treasure Box") by Asumi Nakata, are used in the first 28 episodes. For 29th to the 52nd episodes, "Rainbow Notes♪" by Kanbe and "Sekai de Ichiban Hayaku Asa ga kuru Basho" (世界で一番早く朝が来る場所, lit. "The Place Where Morning Comes First") by Nakata, Hitomi Terakado, and Mayumi Asano, are the second opening and ending themes respectively. For Pure, the opening theme is "Before the Moment" by Eri Kitamura while "Ai no Ondo °C" (愛の温度℃, lit. "The Temperature of Love°C") by Nakata, Terakado, and Asano is the ending song.
There are also other pieces of music used in the anime, either as battle songs performed by the Mermaid Princesses or their enemies or as insert songs. All songs listed below are compiled in several character singles, soundtrack, and vocal albums (which also include the theme songs listed above):
- Mermaid songs
- "Legend of Mermaid" by Asumi Nakata, Hitomi Terakado, and Mayumi Asano
- "Koi wa Nandarō" (恋はなんだろう, lit. "Just What is Love?") by Asumi Nakata
- "Ever Blue" by Hitomi Terakado
- "Star Jewel" by Mayumi Asano
- "Super Love Songs!" by Asumi Nakata, Hitomi Terakado, and Mayumi Asano
- "Splash Dream" by Asumi Nakata
- "Aurora no Kaze ni Notte" (オーロラの風に乗って, lit. "Riding on the Winds of the Aurora") by Ema Kogure
- "Kizuna" (lit. "Bonds") by Asumi Nakata, Hitomi Terakado, and Mayumi Asano
- "Yume no Sono Saki e" (夢のその先へ, lit. "To the Place After a Dream") by Asumi Nakata, Hitomi Terakado, and Mayumi Asano
- "Return to the Sea" by Kana Ueda
- "Kodou ~Perfect Harmony~" (lit. "Heartbeat ~Perfect Harmony~") primarily by Asumi Nakata, Hitomi Terakado, Mayumi Asano, and Ema Kogure (second version includes Satomi Arai and Ryoko Nagata; third version also includes Kana Ueda)
- "Mother Symphony" by Asumi Nakata, Hitomi Terakado, and Mayumi Asano
- "Mizuiro no Senritsu" (水色の旋律, lit. "Aquamarine Melody") by Hitomi Terakado
- "Piece of Love" by Mayumi Asano
- "Nanatsu no Umi no Monogatari ~Pearls of Mermaid~" (七つの海の物語 ~Pearls of Mermaid~, lit. "The Tale of the Seven Seas ~Pearls of Mermaid~") by Asumi Nakata, Hitomi Terakado, and Mayumi Asano
- "Beautiful Wish" by Eri Kitamura
- "Kibou no Kaneoto ~Love goes on~" (希望の鐘音〜Love goes on〜, lit. "The Sound of Hope ~Love goes on~") primarily by Asumi Nakata, Hitomi Terakado, and Mayumi Asano (second version also includes Ema Kogure, Satomi Arai and Ryoko Nagata; third version also includes Eri Kitamura)
- "Birth Of Love" by Eri Kitamura
- Other songs
- "Kuro no Kyōsōkyoku ~concerto~" (黒の協奏曲 ～concerto～, lit. "Concert of Darkness ~concerto~") by Miki Tsuchiya and Noriko Shitaya
- "Yami no Baroque" (闇のBAROQUE -バロック-, lit. "Dark Baroque") by Miki Tsuchiya and Noriko Shitaya
- "Ankoku no Tsubasa" (暗黒の翼, lit. "Wings of Darkness") by Sanae Kobayashi
- "Hana to Chou no Serenāde" (花と蝶のセレナーデ, lit. "Serenade of the Flowers and Butterflies") by Megumi Kojima
- "Star MeroMero Heart" (Star☆メロメロ Heart, [MeroMero referring to an onomatopoeic sound that represents the feeling of being drunk]) by Masayo Kurata
- "Oh Yeah! Alala" by Masayo Kurata
- "Tsubasa wo Daite" (翼を抱いて, lit. "Embraced in Wings") by Junko Minagawa
- "Ashita ga Mienakute" (明日が見えなくて, lit. "Unable to See Tomorrow") by Ryoko Shintani
Three video games (developed by Konami Computer Entertainment Japan) were released on Nintendo's Game Boy Advance console during the original run of the anime. All the games featured multiplayer capabilities, but required each player to have his or her own copy of the game in order to play.
- Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch (released October 9, 2003) - Inspired by Dance Dance Revolution. This included eight songs from the anime.
- Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch Pichi Pichi Party (released December 18, 2003) - A "virtual board game" similar to the Mario Party series.
- Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch Pichi Pichitto Live Start! (released March 18, 2004) - Similar to the first Mermaid Melody game. This included fourteen songs from the anime, as well as several mini-games. Although this game (along with the first one) is a Konami-developed music video game, it is not considered part of the Bemani series.
Reviews for the English manga have been generally unfavorable. Robert Harris of Mania.com has managed to score all of its volumes Cs and below, even going insofar as to rate its 7th and final volume an F-, making it the only manga series on site to receive such a score. Meanwhile, Anime News Network's Melissa Harper managed to only review the second volume of the manga and commented that while it has good visuals, its story is too childish in some of its elements.
- "Del Rey Manga Acquires Four New Kodansha Titles". Anime News Network. October 6, 2005. Retrieved October 15, 2006.
- "Clan TVE". 2009. Retrieved September 20, 2013.
- Mikhail Koulikov; Christopher Macdonald (June 21, 2005). "Anime Next - A.D. Vision, Inc.". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 24, 2011.
- Harris, Robert (August 25, 2006). "Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch Vol. #01". Mania.com. Retrieved March 17, 2011.
- Harris, Robert (March 7, 2007). "Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch Vol. #02". Mania.com. Retrieved March 17, 2011.
- Harris, Robert (March 14, 2007). "Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch Vol. #03". Mania.com. Retrieved March 17, 2011.
- Harris, Robert (March 21, 2007). "Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch Vol. #04". Mania.com. Retrieved March 17, 2011.
- Harris, Robert (September 9, 2009). "Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch Vol. #05". Mania.com. Retrieved March 17, 2011.
- Harris, Robert (February 16, 2010). "Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch Vol. #06". Mania.com. Retrieved March 17, 2011.
- Harris, Robert (April 23, 2010). "Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch Vol. #07". Mania.com. Retrieved March 17, 2011.
- Harper, Melissa (November 26, 2006). "Pichi Pichi Pitch GN 2 - Review". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 17, 2011.
- Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch: Official website of the anime at TV Tokyo (Japanese)
- Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch (manga) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia
- Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia