Ever since her late mother took her to an aquarium when she was young, Tsukimi Kurashita has been obsessed with jellyfish, comparing their flowing tentacles to a princess’s white dress. Now living with five other unemployed otaku women, 19-year-old Tsukimi spends her days as a social outcast dreaming of becoming an illustrator. However, her life changes forever when one day, a beautiful woman unexpectedly helps her save a jellyfish in a local pet store. From then on, the stranger—confident, fashionable, and the complete opposite of Tsukimi and her roommates—begins to regularly visit the girls’ building. This trendy hipster, though appearing shallow at first, harbors some secrets of her own, starting with the fact that “she” isn’t really a girl at all, but a wealthy male college student named Kuranosuke Koibuchi! – My Anime List
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It’s been a long time since I’ve watched an anime series on a weekly basis, and it does tend to provide a different experience from watching something back-to-back. Luckily this series brought a full plate of tasty elements to provide a lot of staying-power in my mind. Princess Jellyfish was the first series in over five years to bring me to the television (or in this case, computer) on a religious basis week after week. I’m beyond sad to see it go.
Only Fun Things
I love this anime so much. This anime shaped my early teen years and high school, and Kuranosuke was my biggest inspiration to experiment with fashion, which was the biggest thing that brought me out of my shell of social anxiety.
This anime is a gem. I fell in love with it at the first episode and wished I could meet both of the characters for real and hug them. The are so much like me, both of them actually. Their personalities are so different but they go together so well, and they each have such an effect on each other, causing Tsukimi to come out of her shell and be happy, and Kuranosuke is even draw out of his own shell and is able to experience the world a different way. This anime is special to me and I hope other people can see it and feel the same!
This could so easily have been live action. I could see it as one of the more esoteric sitcoms that get shunted away on BBC3, or late night Channel 4, or an indie movie comedy. But, Princess Jellyfish is an anime, although it’s unlike any other anime. In fact it’s the perfect show to get for someone who isn’t an anime fan. It’s funny, it’s heart-warming, and it’s just perfectly pitched. It’s the kind of show that will be watched again and again. The one problem you might have is if they ask for more, as there’s really nothing else out there like it. The only thing wrong with Princess Jellyfish is that they didn’t animate any more of the story, as while this series stops at an appropriate climax in its narrative, there is more story to tell.
I absolutely loved watching Princess Jellyfish, and I know that there will be some point in the future that I watch it just because I need something to lift my mood. I hope there will be a second season, no matter how unlikely that may be.
The Otaku’s Study
Princess Jellyfish turned into another great noitaminA release by Siren Visual and once I could happily suggest checking out if the genre appeals to you. Out of all the Australian anime releases this year…. this has been one of the big surprise hits to me!
Princess Jellyfish really drew me in during its simulcast run and left me smiling week after week. Taking it in as a whole didn’t change my opinion of it much in that regard as it was strong in telling its story both in weekly form and as a whole so revisiting here this way was just simply a delight to watch. There’s a great balance here between the silly stuff and the character driven material that lets it flow well. You smile along with the characters even though it’s really only Tsukimi that gets fully developed with a past. But the others aren’t diminished by that as they work well as a group and their personalities shine through well enough to make them thoroughly enjoyable to watch. Princess Jellyfish is definitely one of those special series and not like many others out there in how it handles itself and what it wants to tell. It works wonderfully and is the kind of show that’s simply great to revisit.
The Online Anime Store
This anime is one of my absolute favorite anime. It tells the tale of a heroine who does not always have everything going her way. It is a truly unique story full of romance/comedy. Also, it is an inspiring story about a young girl who never thought she could become a princess.
Princess Jellyfish latches onto a group of unrepentently geeky women in Tokyo and slathers on a gleefully surreal streak. The end result is a series that’s really sweet, extremely funny, teeming with personality, and is rightly more fascinated with its small army of really strong characters than it is in overly familiar anime tropes. It’s one of the only anime series I’ve come across that passes the Bechdel Test, revolving around strong female characters who aren’t tossed in there to fall in love, aren’t ever exploited for shameless cheesecake, and aren’t told that they have to act a certain way or look like a cover girl to be women. Princess Jellyfish manages to be both cute and feminist, two great tastes that seem like they’d be pretty tough to get to taste great together, and that head-on collision somehow works beautifully here. I fell pretty hard for Princess Jellyfish from its very first episode, and it’s without a doubt one of the most distinctive and unique anime series I’ve ever come across. Very, very Highly Recommended.
Anime UK News
Princess Jellyfish may not be for everyone but it’s a refreshing and very fun experience; even with its flaws, it’s a definite must own from me!
My Anime List
Light-hearted but clearly having its own depth, Kuragehime is definitely worth watching, if only for the character interaction. You won’t be disappointed.
It’s a very cute romantic comedy that will probably appeal to people who suffer from extreme geekiness.
Its weak ending may frustrate, but Princess Jellyfish is otherwise a fun and touching story which meanders enjoyably through its tale of love, life and finding a place in the world.
While Princess Jellyfish doesn’t do anything exceptionally well, its likeable characters and solid animation help to make this into a pretty entertaining anime.
This anime isn’t something I would recommend to a lot of people. If someone loves irritating side characters & prolonged scenes, then, I would tell them to watch this.
The Nihon Review
While Kuragehime may be genuinely charming and without cynicism, it’s difficult to overlook its flaws. What it has in heart, it lacks in polish. Plots are left hanging, characters don’t develop, and ultimately, it fails to provide an honest look at female otaku, turning them into stereotyped caricatures. A cute, sweet little show, Kuragehime falls far below expectations, but as long as one doesn’t think too hard whilst watching, it’s easy to lose yourself in the show’s bubbly, dreamy atmosphere and happy-go-lucky feel. You might even find yourself enjoying it.
To sum this anime up, I feel like it could have used a lot more detail. Yet the story is an interesting one, the characters are well voiced and the animation is perfect.
Even after all the flak I gave this series earlier, I still have to say I like it. For what it is, a goofy, “take your shoes and relax” style soft comedy anime, it’s well done and looks outstanding. This has to be one of the most colorful and imaginative looking shows Iv’e seen since Fooly Cooly. It can be choppy at times, but for the most part, the show is a blast to sit and watch for the animation style alone. The themes and plot can get scrambled and chaotic at times, but that’s the kind of vibe the show of going for. Its a simple story about self conscious people trying to get by, which is something I think we can all relate to at some point in our day to day lives. Take it for what it’s worth.