Shima has always strove to be an excellent obedient child to his parents and to others, but in the process he could never be himself. Because of this he has always felt lonely, even with all the people who say they love him. When the picture of his recently deceased grandfather falls into the ocean, Shima nearly drowns jumping in after it. He is quickly saved by a mysterious man. In a daze Shima confesses his loneliness to the stranger, who then vows to stay by Shima’s side for as long as he needs him. Shima quickly finds out that this stranger is a merman. Shima takes him home, and names him Isaki. Isaki and Shima quickly become friends, but find out that their feelings for each other might go past that of friendship.
It is true that the main characters in the movie are a boy and a merman, and that they fall in love with each other, but that is not everything. This story could be of anyone. But it is of two men in love. The characters felt a lot of pain, just like in real life. This, to me, is the mark of a good movie: it makes you see and feel things that you see and feel in real life, regardless of your gender, sexuality, race, economic status, political beliefs or other traits.
And just like them, their relationship lacks any glitter and glamor. It’s no wonder they never said “I love you”. They never had any words for this emotion. But you can feel it all through the movie. From the boys’ breakdown after their first parting to the moment he embraces the marman in the final scene. In any case, I’m so grateful for this movie I can’t really express it. It’s going to help thousands of gay men come to terms with the impossible, lost loves we had as youngsters and heal from some of the pain and fear that this truly violent and sick society has filled us with. It’s also helping thousands of straight folks “get it” in a new way, not just understanding that gay people are human, but seeing, feeling and dreaming it, through the magic of this near-perfect film.
The movie is a bit short (a little under 30 minutes), but it is able to give as much of a story as a full length picture does. The anime experience is quite good for the genre mixing these things in a unique HD package that is visually amazing and sounds excellent. Dub actors are excellent for their roles and the quality subtitling of the text on screen makes it worthwhile and enjoyable. Ultimately I really did end up loving this feature. Recommended!