The story centers around Tsukimi Kurashita, a huge fan of jellyfish (kurage, a wordplay on the "kura/mi" and "tsuki/ge" in her name) and a girl who moves to Tokyo to become an illustrator. She moves into "Amamizukan," an apartment complex that is full of fujoshi (diehard female otaku) with a no-men-allowed rule. However, one day, Tsukimi invites a stylishly fashionable woman to stay at her room at Amamizukan—only to discover that the guest is not who "she" seems to be.
Kuragehime won the Kodansha Manga Award in the shoujo demographic category in 2010. It was adapted into a live-action film in Japan on December 27, 2014.
The series has been published in English as Princess Jellyfish by Kodansha Comics USA in 2-in-1 omnibuses since March 22, 2016. Crunchyroll is publishing manga digitally and released the first four volumes of the manga on July 15, 2015.
This manga started out beautifully. The plot? Amazing. The characters? Funny and soooo unique. I was hooked in the beginning. This was one of those mangas that just kept you reading to see what happens next.
It was a long run, but alas, in the end the mangaka seemed to have given up on the story in its final chapters.
I feel like there was SO much more room for story development, as well as for the development of our characters and their relationships.
The manga was shot to a new level of interesting in the second half of the manga. Things became intense. The
story was really going somewhere... and then it was abandoned. I cannot put into words how much the ending was rushed. An entire conclusion to a story that was more than 80 chapters long, was squeezed into a mere 2 chapters and it pissed me the hell off. The logic of the story and characters was thrown right into the trash.
This was a really good manga, but the story and the characters deserved better. The ending sank my love for this manga halfway to the bottom.
Princess Jellyfish is a wonderful manga. I went in with no idea what to expect really, having not even read the tagline summary but merely a screencap of a funny panel, and absolutely fell in love with its fun, extremely silly cast of characters. It wonderfully balanced a plot that got way more intense than I ever expected (and gave me a lot of anxiety while reading...) with a group of friends that had me laughing nonstop almost entirely from just their personal interactions.
There's a review on here that insisted that the author lost interest in her work near the end, but aside from a
conflict wrapping up a little too neatly, I felt like Higashimura's love for her work shone brightly through both the entire story and through her very consistent bonus chapters in each volume as well.
The art is really impressive (and cute!), and perfectly silly when it needs to be. I never once got the sense that she was taking cheap shortcuts.
I enjoyed the ride from start to finish, and while a few characters deserved perhaps a little more backstory, they never wore on me. The Amars all felt pretty true to a bunch of shut-ins that just want to pursue their interests and don't care to share details of their lives, honestly. (speaking as one of those people)
I wouldn't call it perfect, but I was quickly hooked and it ended precisely how I hoped it would, and that's a 10 to me.
The peaceful life of a group called the "Amars" (nun) suddenly gets disturbed by a stylish person! Wow. There's already so much contrast in that one sentence alone you know that the story is going to be good. :D
Kuragehime was first introduced to me in its anime form; I got really interested in the anime so I decided to check out the manga afterwards. For me who was also obsessed with various things like boy bands, games, movies, TV shows, and novels I can relate to the characters feelings. I wasn't an eccentric fangirl like the main characters but the emotional
experience are basically the same.
I'm honestly enjoying this manga a lot more than I expected. The anatomy of the characters bodies aren't as detailed as I would like but it's different and I got use to it after a while. The main characters emotional struggles of understanding their feelings is relatable in a very humorous way. I only read up to Chapter 24, but the story now seems to be progressing a lot more than the anime did and I can't say anything anymore because that might just spoil it. ;p
If you've ever been obsessed (could be extremely obsessed, moderate or mild) of anything or anyone in your life you just might enjoy reading this manga. :)
Don't bother with the half finished anime- start your love for the Jellyfish Princess where it all began. This manga is fantastic, and is one of the few I salivate a little when I see an update. This is soon to be a classic in the Josei genre and is rightfully so. With it's wonderful characters, humor, art, and beautiful story, this needs to be a read next.
Story: For those who have seen the anime and want to know what happens next, read on. This takes place much later than the anime, and gets better with every turn. The story isn't so outlandish that it
could never happen. In fact, I want it to happen. I wish I had a beautiful transformation like Tsukimi. But- I don't have to. Inner beauty and all that jazz.
Art: It's okay. I'm not a fan of all the tones, but the art is pleasant and there are some scenes that are downright breathtaking.
Character: Tsukimi is me. There are so many times where I have had to put the book down to think 'me too'. She is so much like every girl, it's scary. Although there is a bit of transformation (physically) in the story, she still stays rooted to who she is. Also- can I be frank and say the love between her and Shuu is the cutest thing I have yet to read?
Overall- There is a reason this has won so many awards. There is a reason it is one of the highest rated Josei's out there. Find out for yourself. Read this one.