Mermaid Saga is something I've been longing to read since I first saw reviews for "Mermaid Forest". Now, the reason I had not already purchased it is because I didn't have it in my area, and I didn't feal like ordering from Amazon so, I waited patiently and Viz republished it!!!
Now, I AM VERY familiar with Rumiko Takahashi, but I have NEVER actually read her work, not to say I haven't wanted to, other things have just topped my list lately. But this was one of the things that topped my list, so as soon as I knew it was republished, I bought it. I know enough about Takahashi to know that she normally does humorous things, like "Ramna 1/2" and "Inuyasha". But even though this is quite serious, it is a very intriguing, unique, and engross tale of immortality.
This story follows a man(Yuta) and a young woman(Manna). Both of them have eaten the flesh of a mermaid in there life. Which in this, if you have EXTREME luck, gives you the "gift" of immortality. All others whom don't have the "luck", either 1. turn into a "lost soul"(A hideous monster), or die(personally I'd rather die!!!). There are 3 stories in this one: Part 1 and 2 of "The Mermaid Never Smiles"(Where we first meet Yuta and Manna, and the mermaids/immortality), part 1 & 2 of "The Village of the Fighting Fish"(A story that tales of Yuta's past), and the 1st part of "The Mermaid Forest"(A story following Yuta and Manna after TMNS). All the stories have to do with the same people, but the second story is more of a back story, I think that one is probably my favorite, but all of them are awesome, and make me excited and impatient for the next volume!!!
The art style is your classic Takahashi, but it is beautiful. I have come to appreciate and love her art style with "Mermaid Forest". The translation, especially for Viz, is excellent. Not all of Viz's translations are bad, but they seem to hit or miss a lot. ;P
So, anyways, if you like Rumiko Takahashi, manga, or good stories in general(and don't mind some graphic violence), then you will undoubtedly enjoy this volume of "Mermaid Saga".
God Bless & *enjoy* ~Amy