First off let me began by saying – YES, I think The Mermaid Princess’s Guilty Meal will (or should) turn into an anime. I may be wrong, and in all actuality just want this to be an anime, but nonetheless it is worthy.
Under The Sea . . .
Lives a mermaid princess, whom in all respect loves her fish subjects dearly and they rightfully so love her back. One day when talking to her fish friends, she finds out her friend Bonito, a Bonito fish; was some lucky fisherman’s catch of the day. Princess Ela, being the good person that she is, upon hearing Bonito’s demise at the hands of the savage humans; who eat fish, she becomes overwhelmed with sadness. Taking it upon herself she goes to pay her respects to the deceased alone.
Everything went as planned – she went into the eatery, ordered Bonito (they came out with seared bonito) and prayed. Right before walks out, a man tells her if she left her food untouched it will never go to heaven!
Shocked at this newfound fact – that she just so happens to easily accept – that Bonito could potentially not make it into heaven. Our mermaid princess reluctantly takes a bite of the seared bonito. And, IT TASTE SO GOOD! As the flavors of the seared bonito took a hold of her she wipes her plate clean; and in this moment. . . Ela knew this might be a
small monumental problem.
The Deepest and Darkest Parts of the Ocean
For those of you who like dark humor this manga will be right up your alley. There is nothing funnier than seeing our mermaid princess struggle with with her desire to not eat her fish friends. And, every time Ela fails in the next chapter she tries again. AND FAILS! Honestly this is no secret but, what makes this manga funnier than her failing is her passively growing acceptance of her love of Japanese seafood cuisine.
The art work is awesome its cute, sexy, bubbly with hints of darkness. Additionally there are a lot of pop culture references that make the manga even more relatable comedic humor.
The Pop References make you either 1. giggle at your advanced knowledge that you wield with your mind. Or, 2. curious enough to look up something you don’t know. The definitely add to the store line and makes you wonder what next is this chapter/story about to offer us.
Learn Japanese Seafood Recipes
One of my favorite parts of this series is at the ending of every chapter there is the recipe of the food served in that chapter.
This allows the reader to try and experiment at home. If you are anything like me, food is life! Furthermore, trying out new Japanese recipes is anything but boring; and is another hobby within itself. These recipes may not be the most detailed but they are a good starter point for if you want to branch off.
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Feature image from Noda Hiroshi Artist: Wakamatsu Takahiro