The Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch animated television series
is based on the shōjo manga
of the same name created by Michiko Yokote
. The episodes, produced by the animation studios We've and Synergy SP
, are directed by Yoshitaka Fujimoto, written by Junki Takegami, and features character design by Kazuaki Makida, who based the designs on illustrations by Pink Hanamori
. The story basically follows the main character Lucia Nanami, Mermaid Princess of the North Pacific Ocean
, searches for and woos Kaito Dōmoto, a boy she rescued seven years before, while at the same time, she and Hanon Hōshō and Rina Tōin, Princesses of the South and North Atlantic Ocean
respectively, battle a minion sea monsters using their voices and some magic microphones.ADV Films
acquired the license to the anime on June 2004 for its North American
release, but was eventually dropped due to difficulty in finding backers and securing a TV airing deal. While the acquisition of the license and English localization of anime predated that of the manga, it is unknown if a release will occur. That is because as of 2009, the anime has been completely dubbed but is being held by TV Aichi.
The anime is composed of 91 episodes, divided into two seasons listed below.
The anime also uses six theme songs, as well as several mermaid battle and image songs and tunes sung by other characters. Most of them were compiled into a total of nine singles and four "vocal collection" albums... Read More