Once there lived a girl in Tokyo. She didn’t deal well with crowds. Or people. Or expectations…
But she understood jellyfish.
One fateful night this pitiful girl happens to meet a benevolent, powerful, and glamorous princess. The princess-in-disguise brings both boon and bane—ultimately changing the trajectory of the girl’s life.
We still don’t know yet if this encounter was for better or for worse…
Ever since marathoning with friends the single existing season of Jellyfish Princess (Kuragehime) on Netflix during New Years 2014 the show has held a special place in my heart. While the narrative thread is prematurely cut off in the anime, the Jellyfish Princess manga has continued on significantly farther. Since then I’ve found that while the series has earned some extreme fondness among my shoujo-influence indie artist and comics friends, the manga that started it all hasn’t had an official domestic release yet.
But publisher Kodansha announced at Anime Expo 2015 just this weekend that they would finally bring over the Princess Jellyfish manga in English, to much rejoicing! I was really happy seeing the outpouring of supportive tweets about Kodansha finally bringing over the title. I was literally tearing up myself when I heard the news. Jellyfish Princess had always been one of those titles sorely missing from my bookshelf, one that I would love to recommend and loan to friends who don’t read much manga in the first place. Thankfully Kodansha finally decided to take a chance on a longer (15 volumes and counting) josei title, and will be printing them in convenient 2-in-1 bindings.
Artist Akiko Higashimura’s post-volume autobiographical update comics are some of my favorite things, revolving around her sudden obsession with K-Pop idols, stalking Japanese Olympic stars as a teen, and initially raising her son as a single mom. She is seriously one of my heroes.
At Anime Expo it was also announced that Crunchyroll Manga would be making the first four volumes of Jellyfish Princess available on their site as soon as July 15th! That’s absolutely amazing! Crunchyroll Manga is fully accessible to anyone who has a Crunchyroll premium membership.
You can also watch the first two episodes of the 11-episode Jellyfish Princess anime on YouTube or Hulu, or get the DVDs for a very reasonable price. The opening sequence is something to behold. Can you identify all the pop-culture references?