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Mermaids (マーメイド Māmeido) are a race of aquatic Yōkai that are normally half-fish in appearance. Ningyo (人魚 Ningyo, lit. Man fish) are what mermaids are called in Japan.

Description

Mermaids are Yōkai that appear as half-human, half-fish. Their appearances varies between individuals, such as being perfectly even or being mostly fish-bodied.

Behavior

History

1985 Anime

1996 Anime

2007 Anime

2018 Anime

Powers and Abilities

Underwater Breathing: As they are water dwelling yōkai, they are able to breathe underwater.

Land Mobility: Despite having the lower body of a fish, several mermaids have been shown to be able to stand upright and even walk.

Water Saw (水ノコギリ mizu nokogiri): Utilized by the mermaid from America in Yuki-Hime-chan and GeGeGe no Kitarō.

List of Mermaids

Name Debut Series
Amabie GeGeGe no Kitarō (2007)
Wakasa Mermaid GeGeGe no Kitarō (2007)
Uoko Hito GeGeGe no Kitarō (2018)
Mermaid Child GeGeGe no Kitarō (Shonen Magazine)

Legends

Merpeople or Merfolk are mythical creatures with the head and upper half of a human and the lower half of a fish. They appear in many folklore around the world, including the Near East, Europe, Africa, and Asia. They are known by many names across the myths and legends about them, in Japan they are known as Ningyo.

Mermaids refer to the females while the males are called Mermen and are often referred to as Gyojin (魚人 Gyojin, lit. Fish Man) in Japan.

Trivia

Mizuki's illustration of Mermaid

  • In a different illustration of the Mermaid, Mizuki noted that is was based on Medieval paintings of whales which he based his design of Bake-Kujira.[1]

References

  1. Shigeru Mizuki's World Phantom Beast Encyclopedia p.134-135

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