One summer in the town of Setouchi, Michishio Nagasumi finds himself drowning in the ocean and gets saved by a mermaid. After he blacks out, he wakes up again back on the beach with his father standing over him. They return to his grandmother’s home, where Nagasumi tells his family about what happened. His grandmother reveals that there are indeed mermaid legends for this area, and if those legends are true, then they’re in for something big. It is at this moment that a girl suddenly shows up and introduces herself as Seto San. To everyone’s surprise, she asks to be the bride of Nagasumi because she wants him to take responsibility for what happened today. Nagasumi’s parents quickly assume the worst, but their yelling at their son is soon interrupted by the arrival of three yakuza who want to take them to San’s parents. These men push Nagasumi and his parents into the ocean, and when Nagasumi regains consciousness, he finds himself in an underwater yakuza home. The sight of a scary man standing over him causes Nagasumi to close his eyes again, so the yakuza boss tells his underling Masa to give Nagasumi CPR. Having now lost his first kiss to a man, Nagasumi quickly wakes back up.
The yakuza boss then introduces himself as San’s father, Seto Gouzaburou. He personally wants to kill them for having found about their mermaid identities, but San objects. It is San’s mother Ren who came up with the idea for San to marry Nagasumi because there wouldn’t be any problems if they all became relatives. Despite the pressure from his parents, Nagasumi still hesitates, and this gets San’s father mad enough to charge at him. Attempting to run away, Nagasumi gets chased by the entire group of yakuza and even a shark before San saves him and brings up back up to land. It is there that Nagasumi asks San why she saved him, and she explains that she couldn’t abandon someone in trouble. Still, because her actions caused him trouble anyway, she thinks that it’s okay for him to run away by himself. Before Nagasumi can do anything though, San’s father shows up along with all his underlings. Instead of running away, Nagasumi decides to ask San’s father to let him marry her. Her father still violently objects, but in the end, San becomes Nagasumi’s bride.
ED: 「明日への光」 (Ashita e no Hikari) by樋井明日香 (Hinoi Asuka)
Watch the ED! Mirror 1, Mirror 2
The opening song starts off slow and quickly picks up. It’s not a bad song and the opening animation is pretty colorful, but I prefer the slower ending song. The ending animation is just a zoom out of one shot though.
Well, this was a lot crazier than I thought it’d be, even though the story stayed pretty close to the manga. Of course, that makes perfect sense now that I think about it because the director is Kishi Seiji, who also directed Magikano. This has a very noticeable style of humor and use of backgrounds and animation that’s very similar to Magikano. In fact, Seto also has several of the same voice actresses as Magikano, including Haruko Momoi and Nogawa Sakura. Actually, Momoi Haruko voicing San still sounds weird to me. I think I’m too used to her singing instead of her voice acting, though after watching the episode a second time, it didn’t seem so strange.
Overall, there was some good production quality and plenty of humor (Masa-san is great). As for whether or not I’ll continue watching/blogging this show, it all depends on Lucky Star next week. If that turns out to be pretty good, then I probably won’t pick this up, but if it isn’t, then I’ll reconsider.