The fact that Kuranosuke is pinning all his hopes on a jelly fish design dress does not speak well to his connection to reality.
What They Say:
Kuranosuke pulls out all the stops to convince Tsukimi not to give up her jelly fish dress dreams. Pep talks and bribes lead to a seamstress soiree at the Koibuchi mansion, but our heroines are in for a big surprise upon their return home!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the new focus on creating a jellyfish design dress after the success of the little rain warding toys in the previous episode, Princess Jellyfish has an admittedly odd feel to it now. While the show has been rather grounded in reality for the most part, having Kuranosuke focusing on going this route as a way to save the building feels like it's going too far out there, especially considering his background and family relationship where things of business must have been a fairly common topic. Some amount of reality has to have set in for him and to see him acting like this, going to such a strange tangent in order to save the building, doesn't become him.
The majority of this episode is given over to the creation of the dress, with some direction given by Chieko the master seamstress at first and then on with Tsukimi and Kuranosuke working it themselves. There's a lot of strong intent and love displayed here by both of them as they work on the project, but they're just not anywhere near rightly skilled enough to carry it off. There's some frantic energy to be had with parts of it as they work hard, but the majority of it is fairly mellow as the two converse about things without all that much meaning to it all. It's decent enough and certainly a relaxing period overall, but it doesn't show them making all that much progress.
The truly charming moments come from Shu and Inari as she continues to play her game with him. There's a very amusing sequence where they're walking together and he tries to walk down the steps faster to get away from her, but she keeps pace with that wink and grin that comes from a professional woman like her. Which is also why the scenes with her being all loose and relaxed are so much fun as she tries to figure out ways, while fairly inebriated, to get at Shu and take away his virginity. Some of it comes down to the fact that she's still very amused by the whole idea itself and what it could entail in conquering him in that way. The two of them are what saves the episode overall, not that Kuranosuke and Tsukimi's time is bad. It's just not that engaging.
With only one episode left, this is a fairly odd way to bring things to a head but at the same time it feels rather appropriate for Princess Jellyfish. The time spent with Tsukimi and Kuranosuke shows the creative mind going as well as it does in these kinds of pressured situations where experience is pretty much nil. The really good material though continues to come from Shu and Inari, especially as Inari takes her games too far for him and ends up pushing his controlled self over the edge for at least a moment before he decides on a new course of action. The inspiration and coming together of the dress is nicely done when we get down to the big elements, but for the most part it's Shu and Inari that make this episode as much fun as it is.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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