Isago is the wife of the headman of Sakagami Island. She has told her husband of the power of immortality that lies in the flesh of a mermaid and has encouraged him to seek it out. But Isago has a hidden secret of her own.

She is pregnant by her former husband who was murdered by the Sakagami and in order for her child to be born healthy she needs the flesh of a mermaid, because Isago is in fact herself a mermaid.

Isago explains to Rin that there are mermaids who walk on two legs, and those that swim in the sea, and that the ones that walk on land eat the ocean dwelling mermaids for sustenance, especially when they are pregnant. Isago finally manages to get the Mermaid's Flesh she needs and dives into the ocean to deliver her child.

The Meaning Behind the Name

The kanji for Isago means "sand".

Ai Orikasa & Wendee Lee

Ai Orikasa has had a number of major roles in her career including Jakotsu in Inuyasha, Rin Kobayashi in Please Save My Earth, Ryoko in Tenchi Muyo! and Kurama in Yu Yu Hakusho.

Wendee Lee is one of the most famous English anime voice actors. Her roles include Faye Valentine in Cowboy Bebop, Yuri in Dirty Pair, Kei in Akira, Umi Ryuuzaki in Magic Knight Rayearth and Haruhi Suzumiya in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

An Introduction to Mermaid Saga

Cultural References