Pichi Pichi Pitch
"Mermaid Melody Pitchi Pitchi Pitch" was originally a manga designed by Pink Hanamori and Michiko Yokote that ran in "Nakayosi" from April 2003 - January 2005. However, unlike many series that ran through the 1990s and early 2000s, PPP was revolutionary in that it was a manga that was designed purely to market goods. The anime also premiered in April 2003 and with it, a new product - the E-kara. E-kara is a microphone designed for kareoke...and, it's also the mermaid's weapon of choice for defeating evil. This anime marked a change for the industry; No longer would anime studios seek manga-kas and market their goods. Instead, manufacturers would seek manga artist to create stories featuring their products.
However, regardless of the marketing ploys behind this anime, it does have a rather decent story and lovely artwork. Thirteen year-old Lucia Nanami, a mermaid princess of the North Pacific, rescued a boy, Kaito Domoto, seven years ago and gave him her pink pearl. In order to save her kingdom, she must find the mermaids and their six pearls in order to revive the patron spirit of the seas, Aqua Regina, and save their homes. Lucia takes the guise of a human and begins her life on land. Using the power of her Pink Pearl, Lucia can transform into her idol form or, if splashed by water, a mermaid. Aided by Hanon Hosho, the Princess of the North Atlantic and Rina Touin, the Princess of the South Atlantic, Lucia fights against the evil Gackt and his minions.
I admit that I'm a sucker for 'shoujo' animes, and also being a fan of Disney's "The Little Mermaid", I gravitate to this series in particular. I love the costume designs...and the storyline isn't too bad either.
In case you might be wondering about the title, in Japan, when a fish moves it's mouth, it's described as "pichi pichi". Additionally, a happy person is often described as being "pichi pichi" in Japanese. So, the title is a play on words - A bubbly fish girl who fights evil with her beautiful voice.
I'll be adding more to this section soon.