Turning the ugly ducklings into stylish young women continues apace with Kuranosuke involved.
What They Say:
Kuranosuke works his make-up magic to turn the Sisterhood Stylish and then drags them out for a bite to eat. Meanwhile, Inari uses her feminine charms to lure Shu to a bar, but her motives are sinister.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Moving to the halfway mark this this episode, Princess Jellyfish continues to play with some interesting and surprising areas. Kuranosuke's game of dress up with the Sisterhood has gone off very well and he's really changed their appearances significantly while boosting their self confidence to some degree. It's not an easy thing to do for some of them but they're getting better all the time and his continual prattling away about things helps to move them in the right direction. Enough so that he actually gets them all dolled up and outside for a meal at a restaurant. In public. That's significant for these people.
What is even more surprising is the situation that plays out with Inari and Shu. The two have been out together for drinks and she's definitely playing him as time goes on, but she takes it to a whole new level when she drops a drug in his drink which puts him to sleep pretty damn fast. Her carting him up to her place is definitely amusing, but she's playing an interesting game in trying to get pictures of the two of them in bed together. Of course, as is the case in a situation like this with someone like Inari, the lighting is bad and she can't quite get the right picture she wants for it. Seeing her frantically trying to set the mood for the picture, including unbuttoning his shirt, is both creepy and hilarious at the same time. A delicate balance to be sure.
The fallout from both of these events are a lot of fun to watch. Shu's realization of what's going on when he wakes up has him dealing with Inari in a most amusing way, since he's so single minded in his focus in getting out there while she rambles on all romantic. You can envision him with thoughts in his head about Tsukimi that may have him feeling like he's done wrong by her. For Kuranosuke, he has a good time taking the girls out and having fun with them, but they're pretty much at the point where they don't want to be wearing much of those things anymore and are feeling pretty uncomfortable with it all. While they may clean up well, it's not a natural state for them and it's understandable to see them going through such horrors in trying to get back to what they consider normal.
The character interactions in Princess Jellyfish continue to be such a delight. Inari's time with Shu is the most intriguing as you want to get down to her real reasons for doing so and what it all means, and whether there's more to it than what she initially set out to do. When it comes to the Sisterhood, Tsukimi has some nice moments here but a lot of it focuses either on the cute fun of the girls themselves or Kuranosuke's frustration about everything that he's finding back at home with his family, which is made worse by his interactions with the girls. There's a lot to like here but it feels more like a setup episode than a meaty one.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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