I did one of those FaceBook ‘use the initials of your name to find your whatever’ things, to find the name of my personal anime series. The result: Mermaid Sushi Eternal! Which sounds kinda creepy, and led to the following idea/writing prompt (for an ongoing series / serial):
The safety and sanctity of the world is threatened by the machinations of an evil sea-goddess, who wants to flood the entire world (perhaps by encouraging global warming to return the planet to an earlier utopian time, of mostly ocean, little land, and jungle-hot weather). Her minions are various aquatic and semi-aquatic mythological creatures, mainly mermaids and sirens, who act as secret agents – they insert themselves into world politics to encourage bad decisions and bring about the downfall of humanity.
The problem is that mermaids and sirens are almost unkillable. Like traditional vampires, they can come back from being seemingly dead unless very specific steps are taken. There are obviously a few ways to kill them and keep them dead, but most of those are hard to do or require pilgrimages to mystic mountain shrines. The only relatively easy way is to eat them – thus absorbing their magical ocean power, and preventing it from reanimating them. Thus: mermaid sushi.
Almost every episode ends with the heroes resignedly eating yet more mermaid sushi to save the world. (There are probably consequences to eating the mermaids as well though – maybe with increasing ocean power also comes an increasing capacity for the sea-goddess villain to whisper into your mind directly, and to purify the power and get rid of the villain you have to do specific tasks. Like the mystic pilgrimage to the mountain or desert shrines, which are lost to modern mapping but can be found by those pure of heart and true of purpose.)
Happy new year, everyone 🙂