When Inari makes her play, it doesn’t exactly go her way.
What They Say:
An ill-fated attempt to design a jellyfish dress is derailed when Tsukimi and Kuranosuke witness Inari's shocking announcement that she and Shu have slept together!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
If there is something that has definitely surprised and amused me with this show as it progressed, it's that Inari is such a wonderful character. She's conniving and quirky, beautiful and silly. Her attempts at gaining position in all the business that's going on has her falsely sleeping with Shu to get evidence from which she can be all coldhearted, but then she can be a giggly teenage girl the next moment. Few shows capture how women can be sometimes when it comes to anime, as they're usually so focused on the archetype, but Inari seems to be much more human in this regard and her role makes her unpredictable and fun.
The game she's playing does actually blow up in her face, which isn't a surprise. Her attempts at getting closer to Shu's father through him isn't exactly a bad one with the mindset she has, and she's backed it up with enough proof for most people. So when his father comes out to meet her, he goes right for it by asking if they've done it, to which she naturally says yes. But with Kuranosuke and Tsukimi there, his brother knows the truth that Shu is actually still a virgin. Which punches a huge hole through her story and sets her to a bad place with his father. Though that happens, the focus is more on Tsukimi's reaction to it all. She's definitely been smitten by him and even with Kuranosuke reassuring her, the whole thing has definitely gotten into her head in a big way.
The episode focuses on the two main things fairly well, though it goes into amusing areas to do it. Shu's father has a curiously strange discussion about the whole thing with the Prime Minister where you get to feel how power works, but it then goes wonky when Shu shows up and they're both visualized as being in schoolgirl uniforms because Shu's such a pretty boy. Similarly, Tsukimi spends a lot of time 'talking' with Clara about things as she ends up pretty darn drunk, even on easy stuff like sweet sake, because of how everything has affected her. It's silly, funny but also terribly sweet as everyone does their best to help her in their own way.
Princess Jellyfish has a cute episode this time around by actually delivering on a few things. It has Shu setting up the meeting with his father for Inari, though that doesn't go as she plans. It has Tsukimi learning about what's happened, though not hearing the truth about it completely because she's in such a state of shock. And it has some really cute moments as we deal with Shu's virginity and the way Tsukimi is having such serious drunken conversations with Clara. Though it doesn't seem like it progresses a whole lot, these are events that needed to happen and will help shape where the show will go next. It's still a lot of fun and utterly charming in a way that many shows are not. All the characters are thoroughly enjoyable and it continues to be the small moments that shine the brightest.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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