Towa Kannagi

As a sickly young girl Towa was fed the blood of a mermaid by her sister Sawa. Towa recovered from her illness but developed a deformed arm, resembling that of a Lost Soul's. Towa also stopped aging on the outside, but her internal organs all remained the same, aging naturally. When their father learned of what Sawa had done to her sister, he forced Towa to live in a cell underneath their house and to never come out. Many years passed and Sawa had a life of her own, getting married and having a child, while Towa lived alone completely cut off from the world except for her fiance, Dr. Shinna.

Towa's deformed arm caused her great pain, and so she would have Dr. Shinna amputate the arms of dead girls so that she could reattach a healthy arm. Dr. Shinna always begged Towa to let him take her away from the life she was leading, but she would always kindly refuse.

Soon, Towa's plan goes into action and it is revealed that she is searching for the mermaid buried on her property in order to inflict the same suffering on Sawa that she has had to undergo all these years. Once the mermaid is found though, Sawa dies of a heartattack, leaving Towa with nothing to show for her life except her unfulfilled revenge. With that, Towa joins her sister in death.

The Meaning Behind the Name

Towa is made up of two kanji meaning "ascend" and "harmony". Kannagi's three kanji mean "souless tree".

Mika Doi, Sumi Shimamoto & Erica Shaffer

Mika Doi provided the voice of Towa in the original OVA. She is perhaps best known as Misa Hayase in Super Dimensional Fortress Macross, but her other roles include Naoko Akagi in Neon Genesis Evangelion Kaori Sakiyama in Air Master and Kaede Domyoji in Hana Yori Dango.

Sumi Shimamoto has had a ton of Takahashi related roles, including Kyoko Otonashi in Maison Ikkoku, Ten's Mother and Rara in Urusei Yatsura, Sue in Maris the Supergal and of course Nausicca in Nausicca of the Valley of the Wind.

Erica Shaffer is best known as a successful commercial actress. Some of her anime credits include Kanna and Mrs. Shiratori in Rumiko Takahashi Anthology, Lily in Spirit of Wonder, and Kaoru Satsuki in Amazing Nurse Nanako.

An Introduction to Mermaid Saga

Cultural References