Merman in My Tub Vol. 1

by Itokichi | Graphic Novels |
ISBN: 1626922268 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 1/15/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Sunday, January 15, 2017
I saw this cute manga at Barnes and Noble and had to pick it up. (It looks as if it's a bishounen-sea-creature yaoi, but it turns out to be a four-panel comic series with some flirty bits but, so far, no actual romance. Still very cute!)

The premise: lackadaisical teen Tatsumi stumbles across a hapless young man stuck in a muddy riverbank, and helps him home - only to find that he's rescued a merman. Once installed in Tatsumi's bathtub, Wakasa decides he's quite happy to stay, and enjoys playing with all of Tatsumi's bubble bath and hair products. Despite the fact that Wakasa seems to be extremely vain and selfish, Tatsumi puts up with him, even picking up new scents and colors of bath products for him.

Wakasa has to learn such things as the care and management of a bathtub, including rationing the hot water and being careful about splashing - not that Wakasa cares that much, but Tatsumi gets testy when the water bill appears. Still, Tatsumi seems relatively happy - or at least resigned - to his new roommate. Cue the arrival of a new character, the half-octopus Takasu! (Since Tatsumi's fond of *eating* octopus, this gets... interesting. And since Takasu is fond of giving really, really good eight-armed massages... yes, even more interesting. But not yaoi. No, not at all.)

We find out why Tatsumi's living on his own, and we find out what happens when his little sister comes by for a visit; she's only upset about Wakasu because she thinks he's after her brother, whom she plans to marry herself. (Ahem. She looks to be about 8, which is old enough to be past the "marry my brother" age, but who knows.) Some very funny bickering between her and Wakasu.

By the time the next mer-creature turns up - the whispy Mikuni, a jellyfish-person - we can tell where this is all going. Tatsumi eventually needs to take baths himself, but Wakasu won't leave and the visitors are often hanging around too, so the tub gets fuller and fuller. (It's a good thing that the *next* mer-person is tiny: little Maki is a kind of snail, who turns out to be good at cleaning the slime off the much-abused bathtub!)

And there are other gags - a Halloween sequence, in which all the mer-folk dress up as witches and vampires (?!), and a Christmas sequence, etc. Usually lots of bickering and silliness, but some heartwarming touches are worming their way in here and there.

So, yes, very, very goofy - but I like it! And all the pretty mer-guys don't hurt, even if none of them seem to be romantically inclined {wry grin}.

[There's a TV Tropes page on the series. There's an anime as well, though it doesn't seem to have been dubbed in English yet.]

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Amherst St./101A (see text for details) in Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Released 3 yrs ago (1/18/2017 UTC) at Amherst St./101A (see text for details) in Nashua, New Hampshire USA


I left this book on a stool in the entrance of the Oasis Hot Tub and Sauna shop on Amherst St. at around 2:30, while stopping by Great Harvest (across the street) for some fresh-baked bread. I hope the finder is suitably amused by the mer-folk-in-the-tub story!

[See other recent releases in New Hampshire here.]

*** Released as part of the 2017 Clean Start for the New Year release challenge. ***

*** Released as part of the 2017 TV Series release challenge. ***

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