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... but it turns out "she" is really a "he."
Related AnimeAdaptation: Kuragehime
Side story: Kuragehime Specials
Other: Kuragehime: Soreike! Amars Tankentai
Characters & Voice Actors
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
When looking into this anime, it’s like looking into an anime version of a fairy tale, which sort of involves a princess or a princess-like character and also a fairy godmother-like character, but unlike a fairy tale (or at least, any fairy tale that’s been infected by Disney sooner or later), this one is going to be sugarcoated, especially when dealing with the stages of being awkward around different people and the way you act around them.
Amamizu-kan, an old boarding house in Tokyo, is the home of The Sisterhood – a group of otaku women of various stripes who shun The Stylish and men in general. Tsukimi, a jellyfish fanatic, is the latest addition to their ranks. One evening a strange Stylish woman helps her out and she brings the Stylish home with her...only to discover that “she” is a “he.” Despite her pleas, Kuranosuke, the disenchanted cross-dressing son of a prominent political family, sticks around, finding himself more and more fascinated by The Sisterhood in general and Tsukimi in specific. When unscrupulous developers begin to eye Amamizu-kan's location, Kuranosuke realizes that there is more at stake than just a building, and sets out to galvanize its residents to save their way of life.
The story is the whole “coming out of your shell” type of story when a person who has a different outlook on life wants to help them not only with experiencing life outside their comfort zone, considering that they are going to need it since their home is on the verge of being wrecked. As for the romance aspect, I did sort of sense that the main characters Tsukimi & Kuranosuke would have their relationship to grow but to me, it was never towards the “lovey-dovey” type of relationship but more like a “close friends” relationship and I thought it was great that they stuck it to that. As for the side story with Kuranosuke’s brother, it didn’t went anywhere at all with him having a crush on Tsukimi, only to ended early with the one character Inari, who’s the one that’s after Amamizu-kun and the very textbook definition of the word “cold bitch”, gets involved plus, his brother Shu isn’t that interesting of a character or even that memorable unlike Kuranosuke himself, who was one of my favorites in the show for being the motivator of Tsukimi and the other women in the sisterhood.
As for Tsukimi, she is portrayed as a sweet but very awkward and often an easily weirded-out character with his unique interests in jellyfish and drawing them ever since she saw them with her late mother. The other tenants in the building also have their unique personality about them with the acting landlady Chieko collecting traditional Japanese clothes and dolls, Banba is into trains, Jiji into older men and Mayaya is a fan of Three Kingdoms and unfortunately out of all of them, Mayaya is the most annoying character on this show, mainly because while she’s very animated, all she does is act like a neurotic fangirl and not the kind that would be fun to hang out, but the kind that rages about everything and everybody so much, you want to pop an synapse after just to calm down.
The animation for this gets a little rough around some of the character movements and designs. Brains Base, the guys that brought you Baccano! & Durarara!! , has made some good animation in their past works and for this, it’s more like when Durarara began to show its budget problems during the second half but then again, this is an 11-episode anime, so I shouldn’t expect much of a grandiose amount of animation, but it is typical of Brains Base’s style of animation and it was good to say the least. The music is very appealing to most of the show with its comical style to some of the scenes to the light dramatic moments in there. Plus, the opening and ending themes are quite addictive to listen to, especially the opening sequence where it parodies or pay homage to most movie franchises like Star Wars, James Bond, The Seven Kingdoms, Singin’ in the Rain, Mary Poppins, etc.
For the FUNimation dub, this was one of those dubs that didn’t sound so usual. Usually, I yawn at FUNimation dubs, not that they’re bad (they make good dubs) but they’re not that special to begin with. I did liked Maxey Whitehead’s performance as very sweet and genuine although it is strange hearing her as a lead female character since most of her roles have been androgynous sounding boys. Josh Grelle did convince me that Kuranosuke was an actual girl at first and even though I find Mayaya to be annoying, Monica Rial plays the role and her voice much differently than she used to, it sounded more lower than her standard of voicing characters.
FINAL VERDICT: The show is actually worth watching around the first chance you get. Some of the humor can be charming and unique up to an extent although I hate that it ended on a lousy cliffhanger, which mean it’s one of those “read the manga” endings. It’s something you would either want to rent or own the DVD to.
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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