is the second volume in Rumiko Takahashi's Mermaid Saga
, a gothic horror manga
and later an anime
. With this volume she continues the journey of the immortals Yuta
from Mermaid Forest
, they became this way from eating the fabled mermaid
flesh. The mermaid flesh is a very strong medicine
that sometimes makes a human immortal
, but it can also kill
a human instantly or turn them into a monster
, called a lost soul
The first story in the volume is Dream's End
. An accident
befalls Yuta and Mana, and they fall dead for awhile. In the time that they are unconscious, a lost soul
comes and takes Mana away. But this lost soul
is different, it has retained some of its humanity
. It can still speak and feel like a human. In the mean time, Yuta has been found by a hunter
who had lost his eye to the lost soul, and is on a mission to kill the lost soul...
The second story is Mermaid's Promise
. Yuta returns to a city that he had lived in for a short time, sixty years ago. He visits the grave
of one of his past loves, and Mana, bored, decides to look around and gets into the wrong place at the wrong time. Yuta also runs into a past acquantince quite older than when he had met him. Apparently, Yuta's deceased love is still around.. at least in body..
The third story is the title story, Mermaid's Scar
. Yuta and Mana have arrived in a new town, and met a boy on the train who is going to live with his mother. Yuta and Mana take on some simple jobs in the town, and soon(in a matter of days in the anime, two years in the manga) meet up with the boy again. However, something strange seems to be happening in his house.. his mother is trying to kill him!
The story Mermaid Scar
was also made into an OVA
anime. Unlike Mermaid Forest
, this anime actually follows the story rather accurately, none of this "Let's make it a really bad romantic tragedy" junk. This anime
was seriously creepy, and bloody
.. very good. If you compare the anime with the manga page-by-page, you'll be amazed as to how close it is.
The fourth and last story of the volume is The Ash Princess
. In this story we return to Yuta's long past again. A travelling merchant
goes around selling mermaid flesh. He proves its abilities with his daughter cutting her arm, and her wound healing quickly. The flesh, as discovered by Yuta, is luckily fake.. but the girl is a different matter..
is followed by Mermaid's Gaze