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The Ningyo is a web-based Live-Action show by Miguel Ortega and Tran Ma.
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Set in the 1900s, the show follows Christopher Marlowe, a college professor who's obsession with finding the Ningyo has all but killed his credibility in the scientific community. After pretending to turn over his piece of a map he's certain will lead him to it, Christopher finds he's been sent a note that contains the skull of a Melusine. The note leads him to a mysterious person living in an underground mansion with a large collection of live cryptids. The man offers Christopher the chance to go find the Ningyo and regain his credibility.

The show was funded by Kickstarter on July 24th, 2013, and posted on November 28th, 2017. The show can be watched here.


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The Ningyo contains examples of:

  • Bioluminescence Is Cool: The Ningyo in Christopher's Imagine Spot has blue glowing spots all along its body and fins.
  • The Cassandra: Nobody believes Christopher's claims that The Ningyo exists.
  • Collector of the Strange: The person who summoned Christopher has a large collection of cryptids in his home.
  • Great White Hunter: Christopher Marlowe is a former one. He gave it up after killing an Okapi.
  • How We Got Here: The show begins with Christopher entering a dark cavern, picking up a lantern, and getting attacked by a rattlesnake, before it cuts back to why he's there.
  • Imagine Spot: Christopher has one about him finding The Ningyo. Then he starts to train a harpoon gun on it, but can't bring himself to fire. It leads him to reject the offer to go hunting the Ningyo.
  • MacGuffin: Christopher's piece of the map to The Ningyo.
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  • Seldom-Seen Species: The video has an okapi as part of Christopher Marlowe's backstory.


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