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Junko Mizuno's Princess Mermaid Paperback – 1 Jan 2000

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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Viz LLC; 01 edition (1 Jan. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591161177
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591161172
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 1 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 478,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The third and final episode in Junko Mizuno’s ‘fractured fairytale’ trilogy, this time the action switches to a dark underwater setting, where mermaids have their revenge on humans for destroying their home, all done in the best cannibalistic way of course, and you wouldn’t expect no more or less from Mizuno. This tale is slightly darker than the other two stories and they weren’t exactly sugar-coated narratives. This one involves dark hues of blue to create a cold mood and we see blood and pain as one of three beautiful mermaid sisters tries to become a human. The plot is underpinned by a desire for revenge making this last book instantly more sinister than the previous titles ‘cinderalla’ and ‘Hansel and Gretel’. As with the other books the drawings are superb if not better than the earlier titles artwork it seems to be a turning point in Mizuno’s talent for writing and illustrating. All I hope now is that Mizuno feels confident to write and illustrate her own stories rather than reworking classic tales, with this final title she could definitely create her own original and brilliant piece so fingers crossed on that one. As with the other two books, there are extras for the reader this time a short tale called ‘Mina’, a double page spread of some gorgeous artwork and four bonus postcards with scenes from all three ‘fractured fairytales’ books. An excellent way to finish a brilliant trilogy.
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Bought this as a set for my sister. She absolutely loves them and has found them to be very inspiring.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x99b104d4) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9441d390) out of 5 stars Buy a tube of superglue while you're at it. 14 Dec. 2004
By tami - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have bought this book two times over- once for a friend's birthday present, and once for myself because I was so captivated by the story and art. Both of us were very pleased, the plot and characters were perturbingly gorgeous and sexy, plenty smart but darkly charismatic. Julie, Tura, and Ai are all very strong female roles and are distinguished in thier own ways- but are always enthralling. There's no other style quite like Junko Mizunos, where it's so lovely and cutely poisonous you want to greedily take in thier glory as quickly as possible-but also dweel on the cunning little designs she sneaks in whenever she can. Like the skulls on Julie's tail on the cover.

BUT- here's something really big! The craftmashp is HORRIBLE! The other reviewer was right, the page quality is very poor- if the manga had been printed on glossy white sheets, it would have had the appropriate pop. But worse- much worse- is the binding is very insecure. the books is not sown together, but held to the spine with a very ineffective glue. Both me and my friend had our books fall out- her within an hour of reading it,and me a fews day later. We were not being rough with the books at all- in fact, I got mine later and knew that it was fragile, and tried to be extra gentle with it. Futile. Even gluing it back has rather poor results. Be prepared to spend quite a bit of time regularly reaffixing the book to its cover, or have the two be separated.

Otherwise, I can't recommend this book enough. I'm very glad I have it.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9441d3e4) out of 5 stars Cute, bitter, vitriolic, and superb 15 Feb. 2004
By Timothy Perper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Junko Mizuno is one of Japan's most popular modern manga artists and designers, and her style combines kawaii-to-the-max images with vitriolic plots. "Kawaii" means cute in Japanese, like Hello Kitty and Sakura from CLAMP's "Cardcaptor Sakura," but Mizuno's purposes are not to draw eye-candy in the form of pretty, and sometimes quite naked, girls. "Princess Mermaid" is a bitter, ultimately tragic story of three mermaid sisters who dwell not in oceanic peace and harmony, nor even in angsty yearning to be become human. Instead, they - and we - are always aware that up above on the pretty, shining waves are industrial fishing ships that capture mermaids in big nets and sell them as food.--- Mizuno is working in one of the great genres of Japanese art, in which meticulously composed, utterly gorgeous images of stunning beauty are drawn in breathtaking elegance, and are used to portray a world of demons, monsters, revenge, and death. Examples in classical Japanese art include the Hell Scrolls and a variety of wood block prints and sculptures of Lady Oiwa, a beautiful woman murdered by her lover who returns to wreak genuinely horrifying revenge on him. Like earlier wood block print artists, Mizuno too draws on contemporary images and icons -- in her case, psychedelia, four-color illustrations, fairy-tale princesses and princes, mermaids, and charmingly drawn jellyfish -- all inhabiting a world of chaos, mayhem, plague, rape, stupidity, and utter greed, in brief, a world not unlike our own. --- Throughout "Princess Mermaid," the mermaids are images of a peaceful and fruitful world being destroyed. Yet the mermaids fight their enemies, for if they are cute and adorable, they are also ferocious. That they do not all live is perhaps inevitable, but their life-affirming desire simply to exist suffuses "Princess Mermaid" with a grim optimism and a hope that someday the ocean will be free of the industrial fishing ships that capture and kill mermaids. In the meantime, the mermaids try to survive as best they can. --- "Princess Mermaid" is not as darkly funny as Mizuno's over-the-top "Cinderalla" (note spelling) or her film noir take on "Hansel and Gretel." Instead, her mermaids have kinship with San, the forest girl in Hayao Miyazaki's masterpiece "Princess Mononoke," and share San's murderous determination to survive, for example, by avoiding the faceless men who want their scales and eyeballs ("We"ll make a killing!" one diver exclaims, "Mermaids are so rare!"). --- So do not expect pretty naked girl eye-candy from "Princess Mermaid." It is vitriol-dipped satire, drawn with an unforgiving eye that recognizes death underneath all the cuteness. Nor is "Princess Mermaid" for children -- do not buy it thinking you'll get a pretty Japanese version of "The Little Mermaid." That it ain't. "Princess Mermaid" is marvelous, rich, beautiful, and superb. Just know what you're getting before thinking that it's another story of adorable talking hamsters a la Hamtaro.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Marie E. Mazei - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
while this book is darker than her other works, in terms of both artistic style and story, it still manages to live up to the quality of her other works. Mizuno has a distinct style that is diffrent to most other manga, it is both cute and grotesque at the same time. The story of this book is a retelling of the little mermaid, but with a twist. this book is simoly out awsome.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9441dbe8) out of 5 stars Beautiful illustrations and really fun 10 Sept. 2014
By J. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Beautiful illustrations and really fun, unconventional story but unfortunately told in a way that is just a little clunky. I adore Mizuno's detailed, curvy, unique art however so I'd recommend getting this just for the pretty pictures.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9441db94) out of 5 stars Final book in the fairy tale trilogy 16 Oct. 2012
By ChibiNeko - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the final book in Mizuno's fairy tale series and is the darkest of the three. It's somewhat surprising to see the story here, as the other two were so unabashedly positive and upbeat as a whole. This one? It's pretty dark overall and has an ending that is upbeat for some characters and bleak for others. That's a slight spoiler, but I won't elaborate on what happens to whom.

The artwork here is nicely done, but it's slightly more sedate than Cinderella or Hansel and Gretel. I believe this was done on purpose, as the overall story here (vengeance and hatred) is taken more seriously here than in the other two books. Mizuno had a point that she wanted to have come across in this book and more than likely wanted her artwork to mirror this. Of course it's still gorgeous, so fans won't mind a very slight change.

The story both helps and hurts at times. It's a pretty big departure from the tone of the last two books and while I like it, I didn't care for it as much as I wanted to. I'm glad I purchased it from my local comic book store and I'll definitely re-read it, but I prefer the other two books in the trilogy to this one. Still worth purchasing as a trilogy and it's still something that should be on most bookshelves. I just wouldn't recommend it as a place to start with Mizuno's work, as there's better out there.
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