Mermaid Forest Vol. 3: Unquenchable Thirst
Aaron H. Bynum · From fps #6 · January 16, 2006 | Surrounding the legend of mermaids hangs the myth of eternal youth. In the fantasy anime Mermaid Forest, people have theorized for centuries that mermaids hold the key to eternal life. Specifically, one must eat the flesh of a mermaid in order to gain this immortality. Or at least, that's what the myth says. But there's more to the myth than meets the eye: although these ancient seraphs of the sea do in fact exist, not everyone who feasts upon their flesh is granted an everlasting blessing... in fact, the majority of those who eat the flesh of a mermaid are given an eternal curse instead.

Mermaid Forest Vol. 3: Unquenchable Thirst
Directed by Masaharu Okuwaki
Tokyo Movie/Geneon Entertainment, 2005
Originally broadcast in Japan in 2003
75 minutes

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Only one person out of hundreds upon hundreds will be lucky enough to gain eternal youth from eating mermaid. The many others who eat the flesh will still become immortal, but will instead endure the painful transformation into hideous demons, cursed to roam the earth for all eternity as unintelligible beings of the shadows. Mermaid flesh on one hand is glorious cuisine, but on the other, a powerful toxin.

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