These are the characters that appear in the Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch
series of anime and manga.
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Voiced by: Asumi Nakata"All these people are doing their best to find true love! I will not let you laugh at it!"
Lucia is the typical shoujo heroine
: ditzy and lovestruck, but with a pure heart and a sense of love for her friends. In the manga, she was raised to believe that she was a normal mermaid civilian, and lived on the surface as a human with her guardians, "sister" Nikora and "pet" Hippo (who is a penguin). In the anime, she's always known that she is the Princess of the North Pacific Ocean, Pink Pearl Voice. Great, right... except for the "pink pearl" bit. The pearl that gives her her power and is directly tied to her life force is gone; she gave it to a little boy to save his life when they were six. She gets it back by the end of the episode from the boy, who turns out to be her classmate and crush Kaito, and realizes that she has to find the other ocean princesses and save the world. She's also expressly forbidden to confess her love or true identity to Kaito, but she's certain that she won't turn to foam if she finds some loophole. Little does she know that nobody turns to foam when they confess anyway...
Tropes associated with Lucia:
- Heart Symbol: Cheesy hearts appear when Lucia performs her "Love Shower Pitch".
- Hometown Hero: She's from the ocean that surrounds Japan, after all.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: Her tail and bra as a mermaid are pink, and her idol outfits are entirely pink as well.
- Rags to Royalty: She's a Sleeping Beauty in the manga and a Snow White in the anime.
Voiced by: Hitomi Terakado"I know how to attract the guys, and I'll ♥ teach ♥ you! ♥"
Hanon is a flirty, carefree, all-around girly-girl that befriends Lucia on her first day of school. She's more serious than she looks, however, and has been watching Lucia for days and confronts her with her true identity at the end of the first chapter. Hanon is actually the Princess of the South Atlantic Ocean, otherwise known as Aquamarine Pearl Voice. With her strength and happy nature, she makes a great first ally for Lucia, even though they're always at each other's throats — in particular, Hanon doesn't approve of Lucia dating Kaito at first, even though she's all over a human man, who, at that, happens to be her own teacher
. Again, though, despite her peppy, fluffy, hypocritical image, Hanon feels tremendous guilt for the fate of her kingdom, which was besieged with her as the only apparent survivor.
Tropes associated with Hanon:
- As You Know: Hanon and Nikora like to go on about the rules of the mermaid world. Lucia usually actually doesn't know this. She's just that dense.
- The Chick "Flirty, carefree, all-around girly-girl" and also The Lancer, since she likes disagreeing with Luchia, and is as battle capable as Rina.
- Quirky Household: Once Hanon moves in, the Shinju-yu/Pearl Piari becomes this instantly.
- Satellite Love Interest: She tends to go for guys who she just thinks are cute. Tarou is one of these, to the point where she actually forgets about him when he leaves.
- Town Girls: The Femme to Lucia's Neither and Rina's Butch.
Rina Touin"It doesn't matter. Your true nature will come out soon enough."
The standoffish transfer student that Lucia decides to befriend on a whim, Rina is idolized by her classmates as "cool" because she spends most of her time brooding and making the occasional sarcastic remark. She, too, is a princess: Green Pearl Voice from the North Atlantic Ocean. Rina acts as an emotional pillar for her friends, but she herself has issues that need to be dealt with. Even more so than Hanon, she carries a measure of guilt about her escape; after being forced to leave their countries behind, Rina and her friend, Princess Noel from the Arctic Ocean, were ambushed by Gackto and only Rina got away. Despite what she thinks of herself for this, she's a strong and loyal friend of her team.
Tropes associated with Rina:
- Fun T-Shirt: Her "It's cool" shirt with the penguin on it.
- Hime Cut: Fits with her status as a miko.
- Non Action Song: "Piece Of Love" from Pure.
- Otaku: In the anime, she's given such an obsession with plasma TVs.
- Town Girls: The Butch to Lucia's Neither and Hanon's Femme.
Voiced by: Ema Kogure"Who said I'm joining you?"
Brash, bitter and initially unkind, Caren, otherwise known as Purple Pearl Voice and the Princess of the Antarctic Ocean, shows up mid-way through the first arc to rescue Lucia and company a few times. That doesn't, as she makes clear, mean that she plans to join them or become their friend. Caren is the fraternal twin sister of Noel, and as such, has a deep personal grudge against Rina for escaping when the other princess did not. She takes it upon herself to rescue her sister alone
, and only when her brazen attempt gets her captured and the heroes rescue her but Noel sacrifices herself again does Caren realize that Rina wasn't selfish at all. She never quite integrates herself into the team for good, leaving more than once after the job's done, but is important enough to be listed here for the second half of the first arc/season.
Tropes associated with Caren:
- Dark Horse Victory: Her introduction in the anime.
- Does Not Like Men: One scanslation had her say this in her introduction. Other translations, including the official one, had her say "I have no interest in little boys", implying that it was the age of her hanger-on that made her dismiss him, not his gender. (That and the fact that she was, at that point, very against having fun when there was work to do, a position she later reverses.)
- Flat Earth Atheist: Early on, she refuses to acknowledge Aqua Regina despite knowing full well that she exists. She's not outright denying it, but she does say that Aqua Regina never did anything for her or Noel.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Caren's VA, Ema Kogure, is the Japanese voice of The Rival Charlotte in the JP dub of H2O: Just Add Water. Bonus points that both shows are about mermaids.
Voiced by: Ryoko Nagata
Princess of the Arctic Ocean who was imprisoned by Kaito before the start of the series. Also the twin sister of Caren.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: She's the quietest, most mature mermaid. Anime filler kind of ruins this characterization by making her go along with Caren's and Coco's zany schemes, though.
Princess of the South Pacific Ocean who suffered the same fate as Noel, but unlike Noel, the audience doesn't get a good look at her until the end of the first season.
Sara"I want you to fill the seas with darkness as soon as possible, my prince."
Sara first appears as a mysterious figure in Gackto's castle, stealing all his attention from the Dark Lovers and making them jealous. The truth is, Sara has been there all along, directing Gackto from behind the scenes. She does what she wants, when she wants, whether it helps or hinders Gackto's plans, and strings him along to agree with it by flirting and pulling rank, the exact same way he treats his Dark Lovers. Sara has had her heart broken in the past, and no longer believes in love, hope and freedom. Her objective now is to take revenge on all the world, but at times, what remains of her heart can get in the way - which Lucia and company will need to exploit if they want to summon Aqua Regina.
Tropes associated with Sara:
- Broken Bird: She's the way she is because she believed her lover abandoned her.
- But Not Too Evil: The lyrics of the Italian version of her song say the exact opposite of what the original said, making her sound like a good guy. But also partially justified by the fact that either due to either laziness or genuine budget issues the Italian dub decided to recycle "Assoluto Amore" for Sara's successor Seira, your mileage may vary on how successful the execution is though.... especially considering Seira's singing voice is the SAME as Sara's!
- Dark Magical Girl: She's twenty-three, but it fits.
- Dark Reprise: "Return to the Sea" reverses this.
- Disproportionate Retribution: She wants to destroy the world simply because she believes that a human she fell in love with abandoned her.
- Evil Costume Switch: Sara was originally an orange Mermaid Princess with more frills and less black.
- Face-Heel Turn: Before the beginning of the anime/manga.
- Fan Nickname: Black Sara.
Seira"Is this the feeling of 'friendship'?"Major first arc spoilers here.
Lucia, following Sara's last instructions, took the orange pearl to the Indian Ocean to create a new Orange Pearl Voice. The little girl, Seira, didn't fully emerge before Michel ambushed them and absorbed most of her life force. Now Seira is trapped as a spirit, much like Aqua Regina had been, inside the pearl, and much of the quest of the second arc focuses on getting back the pieces of her heart.
Tropes associated with Seira:
- Damsel in Distress: One of the main plotlines of the second season is about rescuing her from Michel. They even make it a point to remind us at the beginning of every other episode.
- Kid-Appeal Character: She would logically be a baby, but she looks and acts like an elementary school-aged child. Definite kid appeal here.
- Patronymic: Seira's name takes kanji from Sara, the woman who was the Indian Ocean's princess before her and who is, technically, her mother.
Kaito Doumoto"I only really feel like myself when I'm surfing."
Kaito, Lucia's love interest, is a smug local celebrity due to his incredible surfing ability and a gaggle of fangirls that follows him everywhere. He pays little attention to them, but nobody knows that it's because his heart really belongs to a certain mermaid that saved his life as a child when his parents were killed in a storm. When he sees her again years later, he returns her pearl and begins to search for her, but all the while, he learns that this ditzy girl in his class named Lucia is different from his regular fan club. As Kaito becomes more and more confused, he develops powers that no human should display, making him an easy and interesting target for Lucia's enemies.
Tropes associated with Kaito:
- Facial Markings: Again, the mark in his forehead, although it should be noted that it only appears when needed.
- First Name Basis: With Lucia from the start.
- Loves My Alter Ego: At first he loves Luchia the mermaid, but not Luchia the human, as he thought they were two different people.
- Love Triangle: Lucia-Kaito-Michal.
Voiced by: Daisuke Kirii"I always thought mermaids were something out of a dream."
Tarou is mature, cultured, and beautiful - everything Hanon wants in a man. Too bad he's her music teacher. To his credit, he gently ignores her more overt attempts to get his attention, but even if he weren't her teacher, there's been someone else on his mind for a very long time. A composer and pianist, Tarou is sensitive to music and perceptive to the Masquerade
— early on, when he hears Yuuri's brainwashing music, he knows
there's something wrong. He's clearly human, but he's more informed than the rest of his kind.
Tropes associated with Tarou:
- Distinguishing Mark: He's certain that he recognizes the woman he's been waiting for from her Rapunzel Hair. He's initially wrong (for one, all the mermaids have it, not to mention whichever humans feel like growing it out!), but gets it right later.
- Gentleman and a Scholar: Mature, cultured, musician, etc.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Male example. He's mature, polite, soft-spoken and cultured. Endlessly devoted to his love, yet also knows when it's time to let go.
Voiced by: Chihiro Kusaka"You never know until you try!"
If there's one thing that Nagisa is, it's persistent. Even though Hanon has a thing for older men and is still hung up on her crush on Tarou even after he turns her down, this underclassman won't stop working hard to get her attention, whether it's camping out in the middle of the night for tickets to the fireworks show or buying more drinks than he can consume when she's working at the beach shop. He's an immature dork, that's for sure, but soon Hanon begins to see a brave, unbeatable side of him... now if only he'd stop claiming that he was already her boyfriend.
Tropes associated with Nagisa:
- Badass Normal: He once fought off Lady Bat's hypnotism and punched him out through sheer willpower.
Voiced by: Kiyotaka Furushima"When I look at you, I can't help but believe..."
Hamasaki, who only goes by his last name, is a mysterious, charming biker who catches Rina's eye even if she doesn't want to admit it. Like Tarou, he seems to understand more about the Masquerade
than he lets on, but he won't say for certain whether he knows that Rina and her friends are mermaids.
Tropes associated with Masahiro:
- Demoted to Extra: In the anime, the revelation about his lineage is removed, as is all of his first-arc screentime!
- Half-Human Hybrid: No, he's not this. There's a mermaid somewhere in the woodpile, though. This is never approached in the anime.
- Only One Name:
- Throughout the manga, you never learn his first name, except in the volume notes.
- Averted in the anime.
- Second Love: For Rina, if you are counting her crush on Kaito.
Voiced by: Takahiro Mizushima
Michal's older brother. He works as a maestro. Later revealed to be a member of Panthalassa.
Michal Amagi"I don't care if your heart isn't in it! I want you to be with me!"
When Kaito's memory is stolen by Michel, he's rescued again and taken in by a wealthy girl named Michal who lives with her brother in a mansion. Michal is weak, sickly and lonely, constantly doubting herself and her own worth, and she becomes extremely clingy towards and overprotective of him, not letting him go home or go surfing even though it's what he loves to do. She quickly catches on that Kaito's classmate, Lucia, is his girlfriend, but her loneliness gets the better of her and she becomes determined to steal him away before he can remember.
Tropes associated with Michal:
- Mana: She's having hers stolen by Michel.
Voiced by: Yuki Matsuda
A scientist working in Antartica. He and Caren fall in love with each other.
Gackto"The days of leaving the sea to the devices of humans are over!"What does it look like
? Seriously, though, Gackto (Gaito in the anime) is a self-obsessed pretty-boy prince that somehow manages to wear a fur coat and sit in a hot tub underwater. The main antagonist of the first arc, his aim is to trap the seven princesses in People Jars
, use their pearls to summon the great Aqua Regina, and destroy the world as revenge for his people, whom she sealed underwater millenia ago to punish their king. At least, that's what he says
his motivation is. He may not do much but drink wine, hold roses and order his harem around, but he holds formidable power, and he's out to double it — and Kaito just may be the key to do that.
Tropes associated with Gackto:
- Anti-Villain: It's easy to pity him once you see how devoted he is to Sara and learn of his past.
- Big Bad: Of the first arc.
Dark Lovers (Izuuru, Eriru, Yuuri and Maria)"The Dark Lovers will never die until I've captured Gackto-sama's heart!"
These four strange women were Gackto's childhood companions under the seal, a group of sea creatures that he magically transformed into his own personal harem. Think about that for a minute. They're all completely devoted to him, but he plays with their hearts for his own ends, leaving them frustrated, eager to please, and constantly feuding with each other. When they combine their powers, however, they're a devastating force indeed.Izuuru
was originally a shark, and is the oldest and most overdramatic of the Dark Lovers, though the writer describes her as "the only normal one". Eriru
, formerly a manta ray, is an idiot who twirls around to switch between her "evil" and "normal" personalities. Yuuri
, once a fish, is now a precocious, bratty child. Maria
, an eel, became a cold and gorgeous ice user.
Tropes associated with the Dark Lovers:
- Christmas Cake:
- In the manga attention is frequently drawn to Maria's age.
- In the anime there's an episode where the mermaids tease Maria about her age.
- Dungeon Bypass: Yuuri in episode 10. She and Eriru were lost in a maze cave, she just blasted the wall saying "If it's like this the maze is no problem!"
- Friendly Enemy: Eriru's nice personality. Yuuri, later on, tries her best to resist becoming this or pulling a Heel-Face Turn.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Eriru's evil personality has glowing red eyes.
- Interspecies Romance: Besides their fixation on Gackto, Yuuri eventually falls in love with Hippo.
- Jekyll & Hyde: Eriru's first personality is friendly and harmless. Her second, on the other hand...
- She also has a third personality which isn't very frequently seen. This one is distinctive for having more detailed eyes. In it, she's neither as perky or as evil as the other two; she is instead observant and thoughtful and can make some really insightful comments.
- Lolicon: Yuuri looks and acts about nine. Gackto treats her like the black sheep of the harem because he isn't a lolicon (not that he loves any of them), which almost causes her to Heel-Face Turn out of spite.
Black Beauty Sisters (Mimi and Sheshe)"Are you done yet? Now it's time for our own 'live start'."
Not actually sisters. Probably. We hope. The Black Beauty Sisters are a mercenary couple of anglerfish turned into girls, who take the stage as enemies in both arcs. Unlike the Dark Lovers, who are motivated by love, and the Winged Ones, who are motivated by duty, the Black Beauty Sisters only care about what rewards will come out of working for Gackto and Michel. They're strong enough to pose a major threat to anyone they face — except their bosses, that is.
Tropes associated with the Black Beauty Sisters:
- Fair Cop: In one episode, they dress up like this.
- Hide Your Lesbians: Averted. You never see them kiss, but the way they touch and talk to each other leaves very little doubt as to the nature of their relationship.
- Line-of-Sight Name: Mimi calls herself "Mari" as a human after spotting a pot of marigolds in the window.
- Schoolgirl Lesbians: They're not really in school, but Mimi does masquerade as a human teenager in the anime.
- Seme: Sheshe; taller, more aggressive, and always initiates contact with Mimi.
- Uke: Mimi; smaller and more fragile looking, as well as quieter.
- Villain Song: Both their songs, obviously.
- You Are Worth Hell: They don't care what happens to them so long as they are with each other.
Michel"Just what am I!?"
Michel, the main villain of the second arc, is a cruel, manipulative angel who attacks the weak and blackmails the mermaids to enlist them in his self-declared war against humans. Still, Michel is sympathetic in his own way. He's being used the entire time, given painful "medication" that only makes him weaker and drives him slowly into insanity. In there somewhere is a good person, but as long as he's absorbing people whom Lucia loves, it's hard to tell.
Tropes associated with Michel:
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: He not only induces it but has it himself.
- Life Energy: One of his goals is to steal it from powerful beings to become stronger; this eventually begins to consume him.
- Light Is Not Good: Not really surprising considering he's an angel, though its possible that the original intention was simply to depict him as villainous, since white has traditional connectations with death in Japan.
- Villainous Breakdown: On top of everything that happens to him, the medication is driving him crazy.
Winged Ones (Lady Bat, Lanhua, Alala)"You made the ones you call trash... so what are you?"
Reanimated from the ancient past, these three join the Black Beauty Sisters as enemies who can use music just like the mermaids. They are Michel's servants and do whatever he asks out of respect and duty, but they know a secret that even he doesn't, which Fuku is trying desperately to keep them from telling.Lady Bat
, a crossdressing vampire, uses hypnotic attacks. Lanhua
, a Chinese butterfly-woman, splits into a lot of chibi versions of herself. Alala
, the last to awaken, is an all-too-perky young fairy.
Tropes associated with the Winged Ones:
- The Dragon: Lady Bat is implied to be this to Michel. Both in the anime and in the manga he's the first Winged One to appear and he seems to be the one most loyal to him. In the manga, Michel sends him and him only to capture the mermaids while he kidnaps Michal. In the anime, Michel sends all 3 Winged Ones instead, but it's Lady Bat ordering Lahnua and Alala around.
Fuku-chan"Listen to me, because my words are Michel-sama's words, and Michel-sama's words are the Great One's words."
Fuku-chan is Michal's realistically drawn pet bird, who lives in a cage by her window. Fuku-chan is also Michel's simply drawn bird sidekick with a chibi human head and a halo. Tiny, arrogant and shrewd, he transforms and slips between these identities with no one the wiser, and tends to get slapped, thrown and snarked at by the Black Beauty Sisters and Winged Ones on the grounds of being a small annoying thing. Fuku-chan isn't as harmless as he seems
, though; he talks back to the Great One himself, he administers Michel's medication and keeps secrets from him, and only he knows the truth about Michal.
Tropes associated with Fuku:
Voiced by: Miyako Ito"What are you doing, Lucia-sama!?"
Hippo is the series' talking animal mascot, a fat little penguin in a sailor suit who speaks with a shrill voice and follows Lucia around. He's currently assigned to protect Lucia, but was initially created for another purpose. He thinks of Lucia as a failure princess because of her forbidden love, interest in the surface world and terrible singing voice, but, in fact, he's no better. Though he's obnoxious and shoves the rules into Lucia's face, he learns to relent when he, too, finds out what she means by The Power of Love
Tropes associated with Hippo:
- Humans Are Ugly: Hated his human form until he saw how many girls he attracted.
- Interspecies Romance: With Yuuri.
- Meaningful Name: At first you think it's just because he's fat, but "Hippo" isn't even short for "hippopotamus" at all. In fact, it's for "Hippocampus", as in the legendary winged seahorse.
- Mr. Fanservice: He was naked when he first appeared in his human form and in-universe he ends up becoming a major Chick Magnet.
Voiced by: Eri Saito
A mermaid who poses as Luchia's older sister and is the hotel manager.
Voiced by: Kumi Yamakado
A fairly incompetent and kind of old fortune-teller whose true form is a clam. She mostly functions as a gag character.
- Day in the Limelight: Episode 71 gives most of the information about her. She has a fiance named Somegoro who's a squid and a doctor, and she doesn't know how old she is. To a much lesser extent, episode 20 also counts.
Voiced by: Kumi Yamakado
The goddess of the ocean, mother of all mermaids. She's incapacitated for a good chunk of the first season. She's responsible for giving upgrades for the mermaids.