Ocean-Colored Polari tells the story of how Tzu-Hsuan, a suicidal senior high student, meets Caol, a mermaid. Caol, on land in pursuit of love, turns Tzu-Hsuan’s life upside down.
Unable to cope with the setbacks in her life, Tzu-Hsuan attempts to end her unhappiness with a final leap into the ocean – and to her amazement, is rescued by a mermaid, Caol. Caol has a crush on a boy at Tzu-Hsuan’s school and proposes a deal: if Tzu-Hsuan helps Caol get close to the boy, she will receive a potion that will end her life as painlessly as drifting off to sleep.
Caol’s wooing of the boy goes smoothly, but Tzu-Hsuan’s life just gets worse. At school she quarrels with friends and is bullied. At home, her father has moved out and her mother can barely look after herself and ignores her daughter. Caol gives Tzu-Hsuan someone to talk to and, gradually, she summons up the courage to face her problems. But sooner or later, Caol will have to return to the ocean. Can Tzu-Hsuan face the future alone?
Ocean-Colored Polari’s cute and clean style gives new life to the classic stories of mermaids coming to land. A mature work from a new artist.