Mana is Yuta's traveling companion. By immortal standards she is young, probably in her 30s, but she was fed the flesh of a mermaid when she was 15. Mana was held captive at Cape Nosuri by mermaids who raised her. She was kept indoors most of her life, and her feet were bound so she was never able to walk. A mermaid named Ayu was sacrificed and fed to her. Mana survived eating the flesh, a truly rare feat and gained immortality.

Mana is very cold, almost to the point of ruthlessness. She grew up being waited on hand and foot, so she also shows tendencies of being spoiled, although life on the road with Yuta has curbed that somewhat. Her main goal in life seems to be to stay with Yuta. Since their meeting she follows him everywhere and becomes very threatening if they get separated.

Mana's fierce loyalty toward Yuta is shown when Masato murdered him and is in the process of chopping his head off. Mana runs in and throws her body over Yuta, taking the axe in her back. Mana says that without Yuta she would have no purpose in life, and would dedicate herself to killing Masato, an immortal trapped forever as a child.

The Meaning Behind the Name

Mana is made up of two kanji. The first being for "truth" and the second for "fish". Mana is also defined as "a dynamic supernatural power dwelling in and flowing from certain individuals, spirits, or things and capable of producing great good or evil".

Minami Takayama, Lalainia Lindbjerg & Karen Thomson

Minami Takayama is the voice of the money-grubbing middle sister, Nabiki Tendo in Ranma . She's voiced quite a few famous characters such as Conan Edogawa in Detective Conan, Kiki in Kiki's Delivery Service and Dilando Albatau in The Vision of Escaflowne.

Lalainia Lindbjerg, who plays Mana in the Mermaid Scar OVA has quite a few credits to her name including Natsume in Ranma , Hari in Inuyasha: Affections Touching Across Time, Bulma in Dragon Ball Z and Alice Sakaguchi in Please Save My Earth.

Karen Thomson plays Mana in the TV series, who's other roles include Shinobu Nagumo in Patlabor: The Movie and it's sequel, as well as Seri Takekami in Fafner, Sayaka Kanazaki in Boys Be... and Ritsuko Hirooka in Rumiko Takahashi Anthology.

An Introduction to Mermaid Saga

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