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ANIME REVIEW | Mermaid Comedy “Muromi-san” A Wet & Funny Time-Killer

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Posted on August 11, 2013 AT 06:00am

Sometimes we need comedy for the sake of comedy. No real points, no morals or values, and created for the sake of a good laugh. Muromi-san (or Muromi on the Shore) is one such series that falls in this category. Lasting thirteen 12-minute episodes this anime based on the manga by Keiji Najima is the type of show whose sole purpose is to titillate your funny bone, and for the most part it gets the job done.

The comedy follows Muromi, a mermaid who befriends a young angler named Takuro. Muromi looks like a teenager, but in reality is probably as old as the world is. (The same goes for her other sea-friendly pals.) There’s not really much of a plot, per say, rather each episode is just a day in the life of the mermaids. However it’s the complete and utter randomness that happens in each episode that keeps the show entertaining.

As it turns out Muromi and her friends were the cause of many big moments in the world, whether it’s the sinking of ships during important battles, Old Testament course-changers, evolution enhancers, and even the things of Greek and Roman mythology. It’s how nonchalantly Muromi thinks back to these moments that makes the show work way better than it should. Once the other mermaids and mythical creatures like Harpy and Yeti appear to give their day-in-the-life spiel on the series, too, the comedy gets cranked up.

One episode has Muromi dealing with her hatred towards sea mammals, especially dolphins. When her friend Hii-chan tries to convince Muromi to simply give these porpoises a mere pet and a hug, she answers back by breaking their ribs. How the dolphins react to the world of pain they’re receiving is where the punchline gets its major kick. This is but a mere example of the silliness that you’ll come across in Muromi-san.

Of course not every joke doesn’t work. The running gag involving Fuji-san and her giant fun bags gets old before the first one even steps out of the opening gate. We get it. Small-boobed girl is jealous of Tits McGee. How many times do we have to cross this threshold before this dead horse stops getting beaten? Fortunately these failed bits aren’t as frequent as the winners are.

Animation-wise Muromi-san looks really good. While there aren’t many elements of scenery to be found (roughly 3/4 of the show takes place at Takuro’s favorite pier) the characters and sea creatures look nice and colorful. The voice acting is also pretty good, with Yukari Tamura taking on the title role with a good dose of hyperactivity and goofy cuteness. Lastly while the soundtrack itself isn’t quite noteworthy, it should be mentioned that the theme song “Nanatsu no Umi yori Kimi no Umi” by Sumire Uesaka (who also voices the character Sumida-san) will be stuck in your head for days on end.

By the time the sun sets into the ocean (or a couple hours, as it will take that long to watch all the episodes) Muromi-san will fill your laugh meter near its peak. Is it as memorable as, say, My Bride Is A Mermaid (or Seto no Hanayome, as it’s known in Japan)? Not really. That being said Muromi-san is a fair source of anime comedy entertainment for when you need a good cheering up. Let’s hope it’s given a chance at a second season sometime in the near-future, though.

Story: 5.5/10
Animation: 8/10
Voice actors/actresses: 8.5/10
Soundtrack/score: 5.5/10
Final Grade: 7/10

Muromi-san can be viewed on Crunchyroll.

Evan Bourgault is an accomplished music, anime, and video game critic. His passion for discovering new bands, developers and Japanese pop culture began in his college radio days and continues on today. Evan joined the ElectricSistaHood team in 2008 where he is a contributing editor and co-host of one of the network's weekly podcasts. Follow Evan on Twitter at twitter.com/King_Baby_Duck


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