Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch is your standard little girl merchandise commercial anime. You have some mermaid princesses (obviously you need princesses) who can also walk around on land and stuff so that they can meet wholesome boys and (gasp!) kiss them. Also, there some evil mermaids and the good mermaids and evil mermaids fight each other by singing.
The “little girl merchandise commercial anime” part should tip you off that this anime exists entirely to sell soundtracks. Really, just soundtracks. I lost track of how many different songs there are in these 52 episodes. Wikipedia lists 17. There’s just one eensy weensy teenie weenie problem: unlike in a show like say, Full Moon o Sagashite, they didn’t cast any actual singers as the mermaids. Nope, they just cast a bunch of 14 year old gravure idols.
So suffice to say, the singing is AWFUL. The entire time, I felt just like all the evil mermaids: OH GAWD MY FREAKING EARS AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH ::dies::. The video above is pretty bad, but what’s even worse is the fact that pretty frequently, there are times when Lucia is singing to herself as she walks down the street or does chores. Those instances aren’t cleaned up and processed like in the above video and are, for lack of a better term, her talking out of tune.
Obviously, I started skipping all the singing. Each episode would have an entire three minute song’s worth of stock footage (and occasionally, multiple times during each episode) combined with the stock transformation scenes, cutting each episode down to about 14 to 15 minutes or so of “content”. The lowest that I counted was one episode with only 12 minutes of non-stock footage. That’s why I was able to finish this show in about 3 days.
But hey, there was kissing every 10 or so episodes KYAAAAAAAAAAH!
Would I watch it even if I weren’t forced? Good lord no.