Nothing spells fashion hit like a jellyfish styled dress!
What They Say:
The Sisterhood scrambles for a solution to keep their all-girl pad intact. Kuranosuke comes up with an outrageous plan to use Tsukimi's jellyfish dress to take the fashion world by storm - and it might just be crazy enough to work!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Kuranosuke's idea of coming up with a jellyfish themed dress with Tsukimi and having her figuring out exactly what it needed to be taken to the next level was positively cute to watch. What's scary is just how much Tsukimi is getting into it now as Kuranosuke has essentially created a monster. A monster that's now tearing through the dresses he has, including, (amusingly enough) dresses that his mother has bought for him, which sends him into a bit of a spin since they have some sentimental value to him. Tsukimi has a couple of modes she goes into now, with her normal self, her beautiful woman mode and now her very determined mode where she's completely ignoring Kuranosuke as she uses him as the model for the dress designs she's working on.
Not surprisingly, a good part of this episode deals with the issue around the complex itself, including a comical mix-up at the start that leaves the ladies thinking the entire place has been slated for demolition and they have little hope of even getting their stuff out. While it is resolved quickly, it doesn't change the larger problem which has Tsukimi becoming very concerned about what's going to happen to the place and to their lives. It's cute that Tsukimi is still very focused on making the dolls in an effort to get the funds to buy the place, but Kuranosuke's making his pitch that it's really the dresses that will do it. It makes sense, but trying to get these bargain basement dressing ladies to understand about brand names and the kind of money specialty dresses can bring in is very difficult.
With just eleven episodes for this series that's still ongoing in manga form, I can't say I expected any kind of real resolution here. What makes this episode work is the way it lets the characters grown and change, especially within just a small number of episodes overall. Tsukimi's growth from the start of the series to here, especially where Kuranosuke puts her out on stage after the fashion show she puts herself into with the jellyfish dress is just another sigh of the dazzling brilliance of life for this young woman. The flashback to her mother is spot on as she realizes there are so many different beautiful and alluring things in the world. The parallels to her discovery of jellyfish makes perfect sense and sets the tone for opening a new chapter in her life, much as that aquarium visit did when she was young. And that makes this the perfect way to bring this show to a close here.
Princess Jellyfish really hit all the right notes throughout its run. It's the kind of very charming show with great characters, even if they do veer a little too much into the over the top territory at times, that makes you want to see where their lives will go next. Focusing on a group of women with very few men overall, and the men that are in it being a bit different than the norm by a large stretch, gave us something that breaks away from the everyday that we see in so many shows. I thoroughly enjoyed the story about Tsukimi and Kuranosuke with the jellyfish, the fashion and the apartment complex problems, but what really won me over was the story of Shu and Inari. I do find Shu to be a great character and I truly want to see him get together with Tsukimi, but everything involving him and Inari simply made me laugh much more than anything else. The two of them are a winning combination and helped to make this series much more enjoyable than it already was. There are few shows each season I walk away from and hope for more of, or have any real desire to read the manga for, but Princess Jellyfish is definitely one of them.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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