Merman Yaoi Round-up

After reading my review of Orenchi no Furo Jijou / Merman in My Tub, Mistress of Yaoi recommended that I try  Wagamama na Ningyo-sama / Selfish Mr. Mermaid.

But, I thought that as long as I was reading that one, I might as well see what other merman yaoi titles were out there. I found quite a few, so I will be giving you a quick and dirty merman yaoi round-up!

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Interestingly, despite having “mermaid” in the title, Baka-Updates doesn’t have this yaoi tagged under the category of ‘mermen.’ I suspect the reason is that the mer-people don’t have tails.

Sacrilege!

However, they do breathe underwater and spend a lot of time in bathtubs in the human world.

In fact, our heroes meet because the merman, just like the one in Orenchi no Furo Jijou / Merman in My Tub, takes up residence in the main character’s tub somewhat forcibly.  Our hero isn’t very convinced by this whole lack of a tail thing, either, but the merman proves himself by crying pearls and making a lot of noise about how delicious humans are to mermen (… which, of course, turns into to a double-entendre!)

This merman, however, is also the heir to the ocean kingdom.  A whole plot develops in which he returns to the sea and fights for his right to rule.

The sex is very much the ‘hidden by camera angle’ variety, which is fine with me, since the hero, though an adult, looks a bit too childish for my personal taste. Normally I’m not terribly fond of this old-fashioned art, but occasionally the mer-prince looked kind of hot to me.

The next one I found also had a ‘prince’ character in it, Wild Fish by Hiiro Reiichi…1.jpg

Our hero, Ayase Kai, “almost drowns in the ocean but is saved by a merman. He thinks it is all a bizare dream, until the merman shows up again at his company…”  Like with the vampire round-up I did a long time ago, the thing I found most interesting in comparing all of these stories, was the variety of world-building elements.  In Wild Fish, we discover there are half-merfolk, and Ayase is one. He finds out by going into ‘heat.’

I’m not terribly fond of the whole “heat” schtick, but the prince is a gentleman….26

…and this is fantasy and I enjoyed how Ayase thwarts the prince’s efforts to penetrate him. So, there is that. In fact, I would say this one, which is short, might be worth the read, just for the ‘clever’ plot twist/surprise ending.

The next up is Koi Uta / Love Song by Kamei Yogorouta, this is a one-shot chapter from a larger anthology about a mermaid who gets tricked by a wicked human into coming ashore.

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In this world, there has to be a kind of ‘Little Mermaid’ trade in order for a mermaid to live on the land. Our hapless hero, Sasa, becomes convinced that he is loved by a human, who has been spying on him in the human/mermaid marketplace. He goes to the mer-apothecary, Sou, and asks for a potion to grant him legs.  Sou explains that if Sasa takes this potion there’s no going back. In fact, it replaces his heart and if the desire of his true love doesn’t ignite the heart flame, it will turn to ash and he will die.

Well, turns out the human really just wanted to eat the flesh of the merman to get immortality (this property of mer-flesh is mentioned in Wagamama na Ningyo-sama / Selfish Mr. Mermaid, too.)

Luckily, Sasa’s true love is near-at-hand.

Next, I read Junketsu Ningyo / Pure Merman by Tsubaki Mikage.

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Which involves this startling detail: merpeople are forced to work on the land because of growing ocean pollution (and maybe overfishing?–since they need the money to buy food.) Our mermaid hero, Sango, works as a salaryman. He’s nervous about this new promotion he got because it means he has to work closely with the president, Minami.

When Minami is frustrated because a deal that needs closing is too far away, Sango agrees to go–not revealing that he intends to get there by ‘sea.’

When Minami arrives he demands to know how such an inhuman act could have been accomplished. Turns out, when asked directly, merfolk can’t lie (or they will turn into sea foam) and, so, Sango confesses (and demonstrates) that he’s a merman. This causes the president to pounce on him and break-up with his girlfriend.

I can’t say this one made a lot of romantic sense to me, but I really kind of enjoyed the constant environmental message (even as Sango heads off to broker the deal, he gets bonked in the head by trash someone threw into the ocean.)

The last one, another single chapter from a bigger work was the first chapter “Midori no Ude” by Rakuda Torino in Bakemono BL.

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Alas, THAT guy is not in it.

Instead, this was a fascinating story about an underwater photographer named Souya who appears to have washed up onto shore and into the arms of kindly, beautiful, Nagi. But, there’s something odd, under the surface, as it were.

There’s zero sex in this story, but this one was by far my favorite because it was a full-on fantasy story, including a surprise ending that I’m tempted to spoil, but I won’t, since it’s such a short read.

Those are the ones that I found in a quick search. Of course, as expected, there seemed to be a ton of Free! doujinshi, which is not something I typically review here.  If you find other mermen stories you love, yaoi or not, that you’d like me to review, just let me know!

 

 

2 thoughts on “Merman Yaoi Round-up

  1. HOLY SHIT, I read Wild Fish when it first came out and, come to think of it, I can’t remember if it had been completed yet at that time! It was that long ago! Thanks for the reminder! Going to find it now.

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