English: Princess Jellyfish
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 15, 2010 to Dec 31, 2010
22 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisAmamizukan is an apartment complex where no boys are allowed. Kurashita Tsukimi, a girl who adores jellyfish, lives there happily with her friends who all have nerdy obsessions of their own. Their peaceful lives gradually start to change when a beautiful woman helps Tsukimi out of a pinch.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Kuragehime
Side story: Kuragehime Specials
Other: Kuragehime: Soreike! Amars Tankentai
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Alright, I admit it. I was skeptical at first when I heard of this anime, since I've seen all sorts of gender bender plots. Besides, "Jellyfish Princess"? What kind of title is that?
But don't be deceived by first impressions. True to its roots, this anime is focused at a more mature audience then typical animes; that's why it's the josei genre. It relates to many aspects of "fandoms". Trains, Japanese culture, fashion, politics, and much more. Many of the characters are attractive, not by their looks, but by their personalities, and how their individual fandoms relate to them. This not only gives a charm in the story, but watchers can easily understand and recognize them.
To give focus onto the main characters, Kurashita Tsukimi is the titular Jellyfish Princess. She is obsessed with jellyfish and dream of being an illustrator.She lives with the "Amars" the other 30-something fujoshi, and men are not allowed within the Amamizukan, their apartment. The other "heroine" is Koibuchi Kuranosuke. A son of a politician, he crossdresses in hopes of avoiding politics, and he fatefully meets Tsukimi. Hilarity ensues.
Light-hearted but clearly having its own depth, Kuragehime is definitely worth watching, if only for the character interaction. You won't be disappointed.
Warning: The opening and ending songs are highly addicting. Watch with care. read more
Mix up a sisterhood group with a cross-dressing guy, some jellyfish imagination and with a political/business thought and you get a really hot mess -- Kuragehime.
Imagine a group of NEET sisters in one building and comes rushing down a cross-dressing guy. It sounds comical and I find myself laughing so much. I mean who wouldn't be when the show was really funny. Probably the special thing about Kuragehime is that you don't know when a story plot is going to pop out of nowhere. Sure, the plot line is dense but with this great comedic anime with some light romance and good atmosphere -- I think the dense plot fits this anime perfectly.
Let me tell you now: there are some hidden themes in this anime.
On the bad side, I still don't know why it's just 11 episodes with that "That's it?!" ending.
It's simple and it's pretty much not obvious.
A girl named Tsukimi who has the typical outcast look -- braided hair, with glasses, has freckles and is always in a jumpsuit -- is then in a sister group who calls themselves the NUNZ. Then a cross-dressing guy suddenly comes who then would shake the lives of the sisterhood and Tsukimi's. Without including the apartment complex problem, the anime sounds generic and I wasn't really expecting anything more than a fun show but I was wrong. Behind all the comedy in Kuragehime there is a depth of a hidden theme in it -- family. In Kuragehime there's the family influence of a child's future there's also the family matters with step family members. If you watch Kuragehime, you might laugh about it but that family theme has some serious matters nowadays. There's also the stereotypical self-confidence matter in the anime as I think it'll be obvious by the time you'll watch episode 1. Obviously, there'll be some tang of romance in this anime. I mean come on, who wouldn't expect a romance in this anime?!
I think the most impressive combination in Kuragehime is the influence of the political/business matter in this anime. I mean look, Kuragehime ("Jellyfish Princess") -- sounds really playful, and all the episodes look fun. The political/business matter includes the apartment complex of course. I think people will laugh about it but with some thorough thinking the problem about the apartment complex does happen nowadays. You know, for the improvement of certain aspects -- people would do anything even for playful extents just for business. Some business ethics right there -- I think it's plus points for me.
I am so impressed at how Kuragehime can turn heavy themes into a comedic scene. It's beautiful -- not the ending tho. I need my season 2.
The art was what captivated me before I even watched the anime. It's a beautiful color combination. I could just stare at the color of the cover of the anime in MAL and feel awful about my artistry skills. I did thought some of the NUNZ sisters looked like males -- please don't kill me.
I love the ending song. The opening song looked cute. The songs are nice and it fits right for the anime but it's not that memorable for me. As for the voice acting, it's actually well done.
There is a character development in this 11 episode anime. It's not that many but it's right enough to understand the relationship of each person most especially in the Koibuchi residence. Watching this anime made me think that all of the people in this anime looked like main characters most especially Shuu Koibuchi. For me, Shuu has to be the character I always laughed at. Him doing absolutely what he does best -- trying to be a controlled and composed person -- made me laugh all the time
I laughed all the way and enjoyed it so much. The comedy genre wasn't a joke -- it was damn funny (well for me it was). The awful part for me would be the ending. The anime is "TOO" short. I was seriously in confusion with that ending. I really need my season 2 (I hope there will be one) because that looked like it was rushed. Despite that lackluster ending, I still enjoyed it.
Who would expect something epic in an anime about cross-dressing and jellyfishes? From my uncertain first impression, I had fun with this anime no doubt and plus it has a bunch of influential themes (if you can find it). read more
Main character is an ugly girl that is made better by a superior man. Also, crossdressing.
Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge is like the older, more well developed sibling to Kuragehime. While I think both are equally enjoyable, I felt YNSH had more overall depth to it. There is also more comedy, however Kuragehime really held it's own and I found myself more attached to its characters, whereas I have trouble remembering many of Yamato Nadeshiko's chatacter's names. If you enjoyed one I would highly recommend the other, which, while I see the obvious similarities, I could not say for Paradise Kiss or Ouran Host Club. ...ok, maybe for Ouran... But seriously, watch Yamato Nadeshiko if you haven't yet because it's awesome!
A theme that runs through both of these Anime are females who fear pretty people because they don't feel they are worthy of each other. The girls that live at the establishment are also all otaku. And don't let jellyfish otaku turn you off either.
Both have as a protagonist that considers herself as "ugly" and is an antisocial girl with a weird obsession, and also doesn't like to go out of her house, while the main guy that is an outstanding beauty, starts helping her, while she tries to avoid him.
The main girls also share the fact that they have a "best friend" related somehow to their obsession: Sunako has Hirochi-kun (a skeleton), and Tsukimi has Clara, (a cute jellyfish).
Both are great comedies with hints of romance.
It also stars a girl who thinks she isn't pretty and a boy (or in this case boys) who is admired for his beauty who tries to transform her into a gorgeous girl. They have the same feel about them and they are both really funny.
-Both focus on the tension between people who are fashionable and beautiful, vs. those who are plain and ordinary. Also demonstrate the shallowness of judging people by their exterior, despite the fact that looking beautiful gives you power in society.
-Rich, fashionable main characters try to get the unfashionable ones to dress up and look stylish themselves.
-Our plain and ordinary main characters are (otakus) who are content with who they are and their hobbies. But they are scared to death of fashionable, beautiful people.
-Lots of scary women attack or molest the male characters, or generally make their life difficult because they're good looking.
Main difference is that Yamato has a LOT more comedy, and even has parody.
In both series the main characters have trouble getting a boyfriend because of their apperance and can't stand seeing beutyfull people.
-have strange hobbys
-don't know that they're beautiful
-don't like men
-have somebody who change the Life of the heroine
A light-hearted circus-like genderbender with some substance.
So far, this anime really reminds me of Ouran. They both have really light-hearted, cute, and silly humor, and the romance aspects of them are pretty fluffy but at the same time enjoyable. On top of that, "being pretty" and such are recurring themes in both, though it's taken more seriously in Kuragehime. Ouran was about a group of good-looking guys, helping to get Haruhi out of her shell and not judging people so quickly. But this one is about one good-looking "girl" showing a group of otaku women how to do the same.
The whole atmosphere of the show is very similar and so is the humor. They're both very carefree and easy to rewatch. They also feature a similar kind of romance - starts out as friendship. Also, the main heroines are both very similar, rather quiet and intelligent. Although Haruhi seems more reserved at times.
Both series have the same atmosphere, though the crossdressing and the stories are rather different.
Kuragehime is Ouran in a way.
Kuranosuke is very similar to Tamaki in terms of personality(other than the cross dressing part)
Tsukimi is well Haruhi as she does not really care around things and thinks of Kuranosuke as weird.
as for the storyline both are similar as Ouran deals with things happening in the Host club while Kuragehime is about the happenings of the Amamizukan
They both are romantic comedies with a hilariously funny bunch of characters that will make you smile throughout the series. Oh... And did I mention that they both have cross-dressers as the main characters? Of course I didn't. LOL! Anyway, Kuragehime isn't as random as OHSHC, but gives you all the chuckles you need.
Both light-hearted and hilarious, a bit of a parody (more Ouran that Kuragehime), with interesting characters that have great chemistry! Also, both have underlying substance to the story amidst all the comedy presented in a way that's not cliche and is highly entertaining.
Opening Theme"Koko Dake no Hanashi (ここだけの話)" by Chatmonchy
Ending Theme"Kimi no Kirei ni Kizuite Okure (きみのきれいに気づいておくれ)" by Sambomaster
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