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Merman in My Tub, Volume 2: 06/14/18

Merman in My Tub, Volume 2

Merman in My Tub, Volume 2 by Itokichi continues with the four panel comic about a merman living in a high school student's bath tub. There are still new characters being introduced, including a cat, and a shark man named Agari.

This volume though seemed to have some pacing issues. The jokes with Agari-senpai are funny, especially his tales of working for Universal Studios Japan (I guess no mechanical sharks named Glenn there). The jealousy of the cat who doesn't want to share Tatsumi with Wakasa (and Wakasa who is convinced the cat will eat him, despite the size difference) is also hilarious.

I will definitely not allow such a thing

There's also a huge effort to put all the other high school tropes into Tatsumi's bathroom: a sports festival, Valentines day, White day. It's hard to pull off when it's essentially two guys, a bath tub, and occasional other visitors.

But there's the weird little sister who brings this uncomfortable incest, threesome vibe to comic. Sure, this isn't the only manga or anime to do it, and in some ways it's as expected as the love triangle in U.S. YA fantasies, but it's still a deterrent for my enjoyment.

Four stars

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