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Mermaids (人魚 Ningyo, lit. Man fish) are a race of fish-like Yōkai who live in the sea.


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.



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Water 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.

List of Mermaids


Merpeople or Merfolk are mythical creatures with the head 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 as Gyojin (魚人 Gyojin, lit. Fish Man) in Japan.


Mermaid Illustration

Mizuki's illustration of Mermaid

  • In a different illustration of the Mermaid, Mizuki noted that is was based on Medieval paintings of whales.[1]


  1. Shigeru Mizuki『水木しげるの世界幻獣事典』 p.134-135
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