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The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society
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J LHLS Archives: March 2008

Friday, March 7, 2008

Selfish Mr. Mermaid
Story by Nabako Kamo
Art by Nabako Kamo
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.

Review by Ginger Mayerson

Once upon a time in modern day Tokyo (I presume), diminutive, repressed, put-upon, timid, nervous, timorous (ah, that's the word I was looking for), clueless, closeted, salaryman, Mr. Kanan came home to find his apartment flooded from the floor above. Screwing up his courage, he goes upstairs to ask if they wouldn't mind, please, y'know? turning the fucking water off? Anyway, it turns out the person or thing that lives upstairs is a merman who lives in his bathtub. Of course the landlord, in a one panel star turn as a plot point, evicts the merman for flooding his and Kanan's apartment, so, logically Mr. Merman or Mermaid as he is referred to in this book (just go with it, if you're still with me, just go with the Mr. Mermaid thing) moves into Kanan's apartment, primarily into Kanan's bathtub. He must have jimmied the lock while Kanan was at work because when Kanan gets home, there's Mr. Mermaid laying in his bathtub. Shortly after Kanan's arrival home, Mr. Mermaid starts shouting orders for food, wine, massages and, eventually, sex. But not just yet, first Mr. Mermaid has to further terrorize Kanan by threatening to eat him. Still with me? Well, okay, then! Ready for more more more? [more]

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 07:45 PM PST [Link]

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