Monday, May 5, 2014

Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san

Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san (Muromi-san on the Shore or just Muromi-san in english) is a 13-episode (+1 OVA) series that aired in the spring of 2013. It follows Mukojima Takuro, a high school student who likes to fish, as he gets dragged into all sorts of crazy adventures by Muromi, a mermaid he caught on his line.


Takkun (as Muromi calls him) is an average boy and rather unmotivated by all of Muromi's attention and antics, but manages to get involved anyway (mostly against his will) due to the influence of Muromi and her various friends. This ranges from friendly chats to going halfway around the world. Though initially annoyed by this, Muromi eventually grows on Takkun and the two become good friends.

Lots of friends. ^^

This show was crazy. It was short (consisting of half episodes, around 12-14 minutes each), but it managed to pack all the insanity it could into that small span of time. Not helping matters is that, while initially fine, it got pervier and pervier as the series went on. It was alright, but I felt it would have done fine without as many dirty jokes (not removed completely, but reduced). There were also some uniquely Japanese jokes in there, things that you will only really get if you are Japanese or study culture as much as I do (which might be too much). Though hit or miss, the show was still quite funny.

Referencing Black Jack makes this a very Japanese joke.

The art style and animation was very fast, colourful and fluid. It leaves a feeling of being happy and refreshed, much like the ocean it's set in. There is a lot of attention to detail with the characters as well, such as each mermaid having a different shape for the tip of her tail. It made for some exciting visuals to go along with the slapstick, which was nice.

Holy crap, it's a gender-flipped Panty!

I loved the opening of the series, with it being bouncy, fast, and fun. The voice acting was wonderful, each character being expressive and distinct. In another Japan-exclusive joke, however, most of the mermaids speak different dialects of Japanese, such as Muromi and Hii-chan speaking Hakata dialect and Levia speaking Kokura dialect (which, amusingly, is the dialect spoken by Lum in Urusei Yatsura). You can pick up on it if you pay attention, but it's not something easily noticed, unless you actually speak it.

A Japanese joke you don't have to be Japanese to get! : D

Overall, Muromi-san was an enjoyable watch, even if things did get....weird at the end. Because of this, however, I would recommend this only to the 16+ crowd, and to some of the more liberal-minded adults out there. If you're willing to only show about 1/2 to 2/3 of the series, though, you might be able to go younger.

Yeah, it makes THESE sort of jokes...

Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san is available from Vivid Subs, HorribleSubs, FFFansubs, Deadfish Encodes, Rorikon Fansub League (German), Unlimited Fantasy Works (Italian) and Best Fansub Ever (Italian). It was "licensed" by Crunchyroll for streaming.

This was my reaction, too.


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