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.
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.
Warning: spoilers ahead and could be kind of clunky to read.
Rarely do I find a shoujo manga so enjoyable and without any annoyance. Why? Well it's for the simplicity and how the humor is shown.
Normally, the mangas we find for shoujo manga are pretty predictable. Girl meets guy, they fall in love through some events and the girl is pretty dumb-- always unconscious of her feelings.
This one could be the same in some ways, but you can't really blame the girl this time! Tsukimi, she's a big time otaku of jellyfish and she lives with other otakus of other things. The only kind of
otaku I knew before I came across this manga was just anime otakus. If you're interested in knowing what other kinds there are, I highly encourage you to check this manga out as I did learn some things from it. Slowly but surely all kinds of love is developing in this manga. It isn't the oh-my-gosh-I-just-met-you-let's-get-together. They are all super cute; there is denial and it's not for unjustified reasons. Who would expect a guy who's gorgeous, has the money and done it with many girls to fall for a girl into jelly-fishes? Who would expect a younger girl to be into old men and NOT for the money? Who would expect a woman who always uses men to fall for such a pure boy and thirty years at that who hasn't touched a woman before? Okay, two out of three I somewhat expected, but it's the way that the author approached this that made me enjoy it so much. Again, read this manga to find out!
At first I expected this to be a predictable cross-dressing manga too. But no, I was wrong, thankfully. The reason why Kuranosuke dresses as a girl is revealed if you read the manga. Oh and no he isn't dressed as a girl all the time which I see in most cross-dressing mangas. He dresses frequently as a boy and even dares to reveal it to people where most go "oh no! no one can find out about my identity!"
The communication with the characters is where most of the humor is conveyed. From blushes to old men appearing as school girls and asking their nephew or sons if they've gone to third base bluntly puts me into giant fits of laughter (okay... exaggeration). Still, I like it and the characters are growing more and more onto me and I'm sure it'll do the same for you too. Everyone that is introduced in this manga, you will find at least one trait that you like about them.
Overall, the art is amazing and the story isn't the most intriguing, however, I'm sure if you're into shoujo you won't help but like this manga. Also, I'm not surprised Kuragehime got an award. So get to it.... check this manga out!
This is one of the more unique manga I have read. And also it's so funny!
It's about Tsukimi, a female otaku (they also refer to themselves as fujuoshi), who initially came to Japan to be a illustrator but now she just lives in Amamizukan with other female otakus, spending her time drawing jellyfish and also sometimes helping the mangaka also living in the building draw stuff. All the other occupants of the building are delightfully weird and really cute, like Mayaya who always holds her hands in a kungfu pose and Banba who has an afro and Jiji who loves old
Anyway Tsukimi's life is turned upside down when Kuranosuke, the very pretty straight boy who loves to crossdress (and KNOWS he is good at it), shows up as a beautiful and fashionable girl that helps her save a jellyfish one day. But he's actually a GUY! I actually love Kuranosuke, he's such a fun character. He's definitely a playboy, likes to toy around with girls, and he knows he's handsome but he also knows he's pretty, hence he crossdresses. He also wants to avoid getting pulled into his political family. But despite being this gorgeous person who has it all, Kuranosuke, for a reason he can't understand, starts to fall for Tsukimi!! Watching him try and snap himself out of his trance is just too funny hahahahahaha. Also, all the side characters are so interesting, especially the Kuranosuke's brother and the other inhabitants of Amamizukan.
Really cute and interesting so far, plus the art is gorgeous! All of Kuranosuke's outfits have been AWESOME so far.