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