Junko Mizuno's Princess Mermaid Paperback – 1 Jan 2000
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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.
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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