Reviews: School Mermaid
Good Short Story
Only three chapters, but it manages to leave an impact in those three chapters. The characters are okay, they are just there and don't have much development aside from some minor revelations at the end. Despite its shortness, it can really leave a good impression on the reader. It's hinted at what will happen after the series has ended, which can leave a reader horrified, but still in a good way. While the revelations can be a bit easy to see to begin with, it'd be fun to re-read the story once more, just to see the smaller, more subtle hints that were placed early on. Definitely worth one read and it's not too gore-filled, so even the more squeemish readers can read it without feeling too neauseated.
Mildly Disturbing But Awesome Ending
Spurned by another troper's promise of a Paranoia Fuel ending, I've decided to take a look at this manga. It's just three chapters long, anyway, so why not ruin my nervous system even more, I thought. Well, having read those three chapters, I must contradict said other troper: while the beginning of the series is truly disturbing, with two young girls planning to kill someone, then seeing eerie figures in dark rooms, the final chapter is pure, undiluted awesomeness on you-know-who-once-you-read-it's part. No, seriously, a Xanatos Gambit so elegant would to a credit to the most Magnificent Bastard out there. So Yeah, while the promise of disturbing content is fulfilled, to a degree, I cherish this manga for one of the finest examples of an Evil Plan I've seen in a short story. Brilliant. PS: Oh, maybe that has something to do with the fact that This Troper has never been to Japan or attended a school with its own pool. And his school romance was... well, lacking.