In recalling the famous story by Hans Chrisitan Andersen,
The little mermaid, came to my mind something curious that I will share below:
Did you know that there have been many animated versions of this story? And that some of them have even been adapted to anime version? well,believe it or not this is the reason to
write this new journal.
The two stories that have captured my attention on this particular story can be understood as follows:
The Little mermaid (Disney versión) :
As you probably already know,
Disney has always been characterized by making own versions of classic stories, and the little mermaid could not be the exception; Ariel, the protagonist of the film, falls
in love with Prince Erik who saves from
drowning. This coincides with the original story to this point,
but wait: while in the classic story the main star dies becoming sea foam (which is very sad), in the Disney version, Ariel gets her goal and ends up
marrying Prince Erik with whom a
daughter would procreate.
So far so good (I think) now the most curious part of the matter: Did you know that there was a Japanese
version of the little mermaid? Well, this anime dates from 1970 and has the same story line of the original story but with several differences:
1. The main character is called Mako (
yes, you heard well, Mako).
2. In the original story the male protagonist is a
prince, but here the young man whom Mako saves from drowning is a young boy named Chinichi (I think so) who is
poorer than me and with whom Mako is in more of an occasion throughout the anime.
3. The witch of the sea, whom Mako sought help to become a human, is nothing more than her
4. The king of the seas is not Poseidon or Triton, but Yujin, King
of the seven seas (
according to him,of course).
5. Unlike the previous princess, Mako has a magic
medallion given to her by her mother and will help her when she needs it. At the end of the anime, Mako will return the medallion to the sea, forever.
6. After a long series of adventures, Mako will finally win the love of Chinichi, with whom he will live happily ever after (or at least that's what I think).
Personally I like the Japanese version more.Although Disney has us more than accustomed to seeing happy endings, the truth is that real life is not like that, although ....
a little fantasy does not hurt anyone.You What do you think?