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 goofy 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. (Especially Hanamori, who had me laughing pretty much every time he appeared.)
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. Princess Jellyfish is clean and consistent all throughout.
I enjoyed this manga intensely from start to finish, and while the Amars probably deserved more backstory outside of bonus chapters, they never wore on me. Although their antics are a bit exaggerated, the whole group 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 flawless, but it's definitely landed a spot in my favorites.
Kuragehime is great for young teen/adolescent girls who feel a bit out of place from the mainstream, but have no less passion for what they love. Kuragehime's main focus is on female friendship and having passion for doing what you love.
The Set-Up: Tsukimi is a member of the 'amars', an all-women's living quarters full of socially-awkward young women. One day, Tsukimi is trying to rescue a jellyfish from poor living conditions in a pet store, and a stylish young woman comes to her rescue. This cool girl turns out to be a fashion-obsessed young boy by the name of Kuranosuke, who is the
rebellious son of a Japanese politician. Most of the series follows Tsukimi and Kuranosuke designing and creating their own fashion line of clothes based off of jellyfish.
Story: 6, This manga is character-driven, rather than story-driven, but its still got some decent plot points along the way.
Art: 8, Higashimura-sensei has a pretty unique drawing style, which I think fits the series perfectly. Its kinda quirky, but really beautiful at the same time. Higashimura-sensei does a great job of rendering different body-types, faces, and even races, so no two characters are the same. However, it seems like she can only draw a limited number of face and body angles, which can get quiet stale.
Character: 9, Nearly everyone in the main cast is passionate about their own, sometimes quite niche, interest. And even if you can't relate to the character's likes on a surface level, you the characters for their passion for doing what they love, especially the main character, Tsukimi.
Enjoyment: 7, though the series does end a bit abruptly, with few lose plot ends left dangling, I found the ride there to be enjoyable nonetheless. You really fall in love with the cast of characters, and the story wasn't really plot-driven in the first place.
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. :)