Chapter Summaries


Ningyo no Kizu
volume 2
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Originally Published in:
Shonen Sunday 1988 Vol. 23
Shonen Sunday 1990 Vol. 45 - 46
Shonen Sunday 1992 Vol. 5 - 6
Published in English as:
Mermaid's Dream Part 1
Mermaid's Promise Part 1 - 4
Mermaid's Scar Part 1 - 4
Mermaid Saga Volumes 2 & 3

Chapter 7: Yume no owari
(Dream's End)
The story begins with Yuta and Mana lying dead in forest. A bandaged Lost Soul stumbles upon them and finds Mana waking up. A man finds Yuta and tells him that Mana was most likely eaten by a monster named "Big Eyes." This monster took the old man's eye forty years ago. Meanwhile Big Eyes is taking care of Mana. He tells her that he ate the flesh of a rotted mermaid corpse many years ago, and he passed out. When he came to, his entire village had been murdered. Soon, Yuta and the old man arrive and begin their assault. Mana tries to protect Big Eyes but he quickly enters his raged state and begins lashing out at everyone. The old man finally is able to score a mortal wound against him and Big Eyes dies, calling Mana's name.

Chapter 8: Yakusoku no ashita (zenpen)
(Mermaid's Promise, Part One)
Yuta returns to a city to visit the grave of a girl he used to know named Nae Kogure. While he's there Mana wanders off and sees a woman being attacked by dogs and men in suits. When she goes to help, the woman gets a rock and smashes one of the men in the head, killing him. Soon, the other men take her and Mana away. An old man tells the mystery woman, who he calls Nae, to please not leave him again, as Mana's dead body is being buried outside. While searching for Mana, Yuta meets Sokichi, a former servant to Nae. They remember how Yuta and Nae were in love, but had to hide it from her fiance Eijiro. They would hide in an area where flowers grew all year long, thanks to Mermaid's Ashes in the soil. This area was called Red Valley. Sokichi tells Yuta about Nae's death, but then tells him that Nae has come back to life and that she hasn't aged a day in sixty years. Mana wakes up and crawls out of the ground in front of the old man, Eijiro. He realizes that she must be an immortal, and orders his men to take off her head. Yuta and Sokichi attempt to break into Eijiro's house to rescue Nae and Mana, but fail and are captured. While they are being held captive, another of Eijiro's men tries to rape Mana before he kills her. Nae walks in and stabs the man to death, saving Mana. The two leave the mansion and go to Red Valley in hopes of finding Yuta.

Chapter 9: Yakusoku no ashita (kohen)
(Mermaid's Promise, Part Two)
One of Eijiro's men tries using a chainsaw on Yuta's neck, but thankfully Yuta escapes. He and Sokichi try to find Nae and Mana, and Sokichi asks why all those years ago, Yuta gave Nae the signal to meet him in Red Valley even though he had no intention of taking her with him. Yuta says he never did that, that someone else must have led Nae to believe he would be in Red Valley that day. Nae and Mana find Eijiro waiting for them in Red Valley and Nae wastes no time in attacking him. Shocked at her actions, Eijiro tells his men to kill Mana and Nae, but Yuta arrives in time to save them. Eijiro explains that it was he that signaled Nae to come to Red Valley because he thought she would never be loyal to Yuta over him. When she arrived, he was so disgusted that he killed her before he realized what he was doing. For years he searched for the Mermaid's Ashes to use on Nae, and finally he found them and brought her back to life. When Yuta and Nae finally embrace, she dies in his arms.

Chapter 10: Ningyo no kizu (zenpen)
(Mermaid's Scar, Part One)
Mana and Yuta meet a little boy on a train. The boy tells them that he's finally getting to meet his mother again after not seeing her for awhile. Years pass, and one day Mana and Yuta see the boy again, looking much the same as he did when they first met. The boy's name is Masato, he and his nanny Yukie are visiting the construction site where Yuta and Mana are working. One of Mana's coworkers tells them of Masato's mother, and how she was supposedly killed in a horrible boating accident, but the next day she came back to life, and soon all her burns had gone away. Yuta and Mana decide to investigate. When they arrive at the house, they find the boy's mother, Misa attacking him with a pair of scissors. Once she's calmed down, Yuta tells her that he is an immortal and that she must be too. Misa begins worrying that her injuries aren't healing as fast as they used to. Yukie gets engaged and tells Misa that she won't be able to work for her much longer. Masato gets very upset at this, and asks her to try some meat he has. When she does, she becomes a Lost Soul. Yuta arrives in time to see Misa being attacked by the Lost Soul. Mana saves Masato and takes him to his "secret hideout". Yuta manages to kill the Lost Soul, but notices Yukie's ring on the floor. He demands an answer from Misa, who tells him that Masato is trying to find a replacement for her. He learns of Masato's immortality while Masato himself learns of Mana's immortal gift. Masato uses a stun gun on Mana and binds her with barbed wire while Yuta begins his search for her.

Chapter 11: Ningyo no kizu (kohen)
(Mermaid's Scar, Part Two)
Masato tells Mana that she is his new replacement mother, but when Mana rejects him he decides to kill Yuta in order to force her to join him. He goes back into the house and begins setting up traps for Yuta. When Yuta arrives, Masato shoots him and then tries to take off his head with piano wire. Yuta finally has him pinned down, but lets his guard down for a second, and in that second Masato rams his fingers through Yuta's eye. Masato then reveals that he's been alive for 800 years. He shoots Yuta again and decides to cut off his head. Mana arrives in time to stop the final blow, but she sustains injuries of her own and passes out. When she wakes up she sees the entire house on fire with her and Yuta trapped inside. Yuta finally wakes up and they manage to escape. Masato steals Misa's car but while he's driving he is hit and apparently killed by a semi-truck.



An Introduction to Mermaid Saga

Cultural Notes