Legend says that if the flesh of a mermaid is consumed, the body becomes immortal. However, with the small chance of immortality comes a high chance of being poisoned, morphing and mutating into a monster beyond comprehension. Yuta is a wanderer: one of the few who has eaten the flesh and survived, and lived to tell about it -- for 500 years. By chance, Yuta meets a young woman named Mana who also shares the same fate, and together, they wander the land, searching for a mermaid who can free them from their immortal lives.
The dark and brooding Ayakashi is composed of three horror stories: the narration of a young woman named Oiwa who was abandoned and betrayed by the one she truly loved, leading her to curse all who stood in her way; a story of two star-crossed lovers – a human and a forgotten god – and their struggle to have a future together; and the tale of an evil and malicious demon who is haunting and murdering a family for unknown purposes. Though different in animation style and tone, each story shares a similar theme: the darkness of the human heart.
Mermaid's Forest and Ayakashi are both made up of a dark and grim arc of stories that have a very similar tone and feel. Though there are a great deal of horror series out there, very few capture my attention and truly seem disturbing; Mermaid's Forest and Ayakashi are two of them. If you liked one, check out the other.
Although very different storywise, both series have a tendency to explore the darkness of human feelings and obsessions. This is saying a lot, for a great deal of aspects linked to the above are dealt with in both shows. If you are, like me, a fan of such sinister horror stories where, besides a great deal of suspense, you are sometimes left with a feel of sadness and disgust due to their intensity, I’d recommend you watch both these series!
Both anime have a very dark and creepy feel to them while bring unique stories to the table. Both have a wide range of characters that are sure to make you love or hate them but all in all enjoy the ride. If you liked one check out the other.
For Kouta and Yuka, finding the bloody naked young girl on the beach would change their lives forever, for better or for worse. Unable to speak or function as a normal human being, she is named Nyu by the duo, and taken into their home in an effort to save her. But what neither teenager knows is that this innocent young girl is actually a killing machine -- an experiment gone terribly wrong -- and it is only a matter of time before the murderer in her awakens again...
Both series are about love and trust with "a few" liters of blood. While in Elfen Lied the human race evolves and gains new powers (invisible arms called vectors), in Mermaid Forest humans become immortal by eating flesh of a mermaid. Both series let you think about unfairness, power and humilation.
I recommend you this anime if you also liked the other!
Both are quite violent, but with the high amount of violence comes messages about stereotypes, individuality and conformities.
At Count D's pet shop, you can acquire any form of animal, from an ordinary canary, to more.. "exotic" creatures. Made to sign a contract before purchase, Count D claims no "responsibility for actions incurred" if the purchaser does not follow its instructions completely, as results can be fatal. Patrons of this shop are able to get the rarest of creatures, but often, their purchases are coupled with demons from their past that won't go away easily.
Both Pet Shop of Horrors and Mermaid's Forest are firmly rooted in the horror genre; in each anime, the protagonists meet characters that have long since descended into darkness. For those looking for morbid anime that don't mind material that occasionally borders on cheesy, both should be worth the watch.
The hillsides of feudal Japan are no longer safe; men are being brutally murdered by mysterious, grotesque ninjas that don't seem to die, leaving a wake of terror in their path. In the midst of the chaos, a young girl named Rangiku wanders the land with a ninja named Manajiri, searching for the man who murdered her family and stole their most prized possession: a doll that has the ability to move on its own. With gruesome enemies to conquer and revenge at hand, Rangiku must use her skill of controlling her wooden dolls to destroy everything in their path, or die trying!
If you liked Mermaid Forest for the strange plot and the horror then you would most likely enjoy Puppet Princess as well. Both of these anime rocked, in my book. There is a lot of blood and gore in these anime, but it doesn't over take the story at all. They both have really deep plots that will suck you in, the visuals are just an added bonus!
Yakumo was just a normal boy... until he died in a tragic accident. Now, resurrected by the last of a race of powerful creatures, he has become her Wu, an immortal servant. Together, they must battle against Benares, the all-powerful Wu of the dark lord Shiva. What dark secrets from Pai's past will this battle unearth?
The main characters in both 3x3 Eyes and Mermaid Forest are immortal and very often reminded me of eachother. If you liked the dark, twisted feel of Mermaid Forest, it's a no brainer that you would enjoy 3x3 Eyes. Or if you just like a really good horror story.