Mermaid Melody: Pichi Pichi Pitch

Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch (マーメイドメロディーぴちぴちピッチ) is a shōjo manga and anime series created by Michiko Yokote, with artwork by Pink Hanamori. A 91-episode anime series was produced by TV Aichi, divided into two seasons, aired in Japan from April 2003 to December 2004. The first season is composed of 52 episodes, while the second, entitled Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch Pure, lasted for 39.

Lucia Nanami, the mermaid princess of the North Pacific Ocean, sets out to land to find the boy she saved from a tsunami wave seven years before the beginning of the story, to whom she fell in love and had entrusted her pink pearl. She eventually finds the boy: a surfer named Kaito Dōmoto. However, Kaito does not recognize Lucia in her human form. She cannot directly tell Kaito who she really is; otherwise, according to mermaid legend, she would turn into bubbles. Lucia tries to convince Kaito into figuring out who she really is (since the legend doesn’t say anything about the other person discovering a mermaid’s true identity by himself).

At the same time, Lucia has been told that a group of water demons have invaded the sea world and she must gather six other Mermaid Princesses and their pearls to bring back the legendary goddess Aqua Regina to stop them. To fulfill this, she joins forces with Hanon and Rina, the Mermaid Princesses who came up to dry land, use their pearls, turn into singing teen idols, and use their voices as an offensive power. After the water demons fail, the Black Beauty Sisters show up to steal the show. The Mermaid Princess believe in themselves and believe they can defeat the Black Beauty Sisters, which they do.

What really makes the show worth watching is the character interactions. Each girl meets certain people on land that help shape who she is in different ways, and some of these interactions result in love, heartache, etc. There are a lot of “fillers” in the show, but I would argue that a lot of these fillers often have something to do with the lives and personalities of the characters, and in that way, I believe Mermaid Melody has some very slice of life qualities. Most of these episodes unrelated to the plot are actually fun to watch, and usually used as a device to set up romantic turmoil between the main character Lucia and her love interest Kaito. Beyond this, every single character in the show (no matter how small the role) is given episodes to develop her character. Even the bad guys have episodes/scenes created to humanize them and make them likable. Since Mermaid Melody is a kids show (targeted at kids between 6-15 I’d say) most of these villains arn’t very threatening and it is overall an incredibly non violent and light hearted show. My one real issue with the series is that the music is recycled every episode. Since the girls sing to defeat their enemies, they often use the same songs over and over again. While these songs are cute and catchy, you get sick of them fast. I’d say the best thing you can do at that point is fast forward when you see the girls ready to go into j-pop mode. It’s really not a big deal.

Opening Theme
#01: “Taiyou no rakuen ~Promised Land~” by Miyuki Kanbe [TV Size] [Full Ver.]
#02: “Rainbow Notes” by Miyuki Kanbe
#03: “Before The Moment” by Eri Kitamura [TV Size] [Full Ver.]
Ending Theme
#01: “Daiji na Takarabako” by Asumi Nakata [TV Size] [Full Ver.]
#02: “Sekai de Ichiban Hayaku Asa ga Kuru Basho” by Asumi Nakata, Hitomi Terakado, and Mayumi Asano
#03: “Ai no Ondo” by Asumi Nakata, Hitomi Terakado, and Mayumi Asano [TV Size] [Full Ver.]

Insert Song:
“Ankoku no Tsubasa” by Sanae Kobayashi
“Ashita ga Mienakute” by Ryoko Shintani
“Aurora no Kaze ni Notte” by Ema Kogure
“Beautiful Wish” by Eri Kitamura
“Birth of Love” by Eri Kitamura
“Ever Blue” by Hitomi Terakado
“Hana to Chou no Serenade” by Megumi Kojima
“Kibou no Kaneoto ~Love goes on~” by Asumi Nakata, Hitomi Terakado, Mayumi Asano, Ema Kogure, Satomi Arai, Ryoko Nagata and Eri Kitamura
“Kizuna” by Asumi Nakata, Hitomi Terakado, and Mayumi Asano
“Kodou ~Perfect Harmony~” by Asumi Nakata, Hitomi Terakado, Mayumi Asano, Ema Kogure, Satomi Arai, Ryoko Nagata and Kana Ueda
“Koi wa Nandarō” by Asumi Nakata
“Kuro no Kyōsōkyoku ~concerto~” by Miki Tsuchiya and Noriko Shitaya
“Legend of Mermaid” by Asumi Nakata, Hitomi Terakado and Mayumi Asano
“Mizuiro no Senritsu” by Hitomi Terakado
“Mother Symphony” by Asumi Nakata, Hitomi Terakado, and Mayumi Asano
“Nanatsu no Umi no Monogatari ~Pearls of Mermaid~” by Asumi Nakata, Hitomi Terakado, and Mayumi Asano
“Piece of Love” by Mayumi Asano
“Return to the Sea” by Kana Ueda
“Splash Dream” by Asumi Nakata
“Star Jewel” by Mayumi Asano
“Star Meromero Heart” by Masayo Kurata
“Super Love Songs!” by Asumi Nakata, Hitomi Terakado, and Mayumi Asano
“Tsubasa wo Daite” by Junko Minagawa
“Yami no Baroque” by Miki Tsuchiya and Noriko Shitaya
“Yume no Sono Saki e” by Asumi Nakata, Hitomi Terakado, and Mayumi Asano

Album & OST
Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch Vocal Collection Jewel BOX 1 [Download]
Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch Vocal Collection Jewel BOX 2 [Download]
Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch Vocal Collection Jewel Pure BOX 1 [Download]
Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch Vocal Collection Jewel Pure BOX 2 [Download]
Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch Original Soundtrack [Download]
Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch Pure Original Soundtrack [Download]

Character Song Single:
Taiyou no Rakuen ~Promised Land~ [Download]
Splash Dream [Download]
Ever Blue [Download]
Star Jewel [Download]
Rainbow Notes♪ [Download]
Before the Moment [Download]
Ai no Ondo [Download]
MOTHER SYMPHONY [Download]
Ankoku no Tsubasa [Download]
Nanatsu no Umi no Monogatari ~Pearls of Mermaid~ [Download]

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