Princess Jellyfish: A Rare Gem

A few years back, I saw a preview of the manga, Princess Jellyfish and then found the trailer of the series online. Intrigued by it, I took the daring decision to buy the DVD series (well, it is one season after all) without watching the series first. In my case, anime shows are like a rare gem in American television. Although YouTube, Hulu etc. may have episodes of many series, it is common that these series are incomplete; therefore, it is frustrating from time-to-time to find anime shows outside of Adult Swim TV block known as Toonami.

What is pleasant about the series Princess Jellyfish  is a distinctive perspective of the Otaku culture among a group of socially awkward girls. The main character, Tsukimi is 18 years-old and she recently moved to Amamizukan (the building) which only women resides there. Because all the women are social misfits, they have several rules including a notable sign by their door step reading, “No Boys Allowed.”

Until one night, Tsukimi’s tiny circle of female friends enters a bold and stylish young woman named, Kurako. The beautiful Kurako helps Tsukimi and without her permission, Kurako falls asleep in her bedroom. The next morning, the real Kurako emerges and Tsukimi’s life changes into a comedic adventure filled with socially ungraceful moments when Kurako reveals her true identity.

I vastly appreciate the series. It is a pity that only one season exists. The downside of the series is that the viewer is left with an open-ended finale filled with questions or it is up to viewer to decide the destiny of each character. For me, it is entertaining to have closure when a series end; nonetheless, it is difficult to know if an ending will be effective for the audience. Such as, The Big O its second and final season is a perplexing one. Let alone, the ending is simply bizarre. Another example is the final episode of Friends. Although all the characters had a happy ending, the audience felt the sadness of the characters when Monica’s iconic apartment is empty. Perhaps, the Takahiro Omori (director of the series) made a wise decision in the end. Without a doubt, the series is outstandingly amusing.

Find the series on Amazon.com, http://www.funimation.com/shows/princess-jellyfish/home or on Hulu.com

 

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