Princess Jellyfish, vol. 5

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The women of Amars are off on their own doing some soul-searching following the events of the last volume. Chieko and Dofu hang out at Dofu’s studio, Mayaya and Banba are rolling down hills, and Tsukimi has wandered into Shu’s path. Kuranosuke is a bit defeated following Nisha’s lectures, but has recuperated a little bit after seeing that Jiji is interested in handling the Ops side of the brand. Continue reading

Princess Jellyfish, vol. 4

9781632362315_manga-princess-jellyfish-volume-4-primary.jpgBuilding off of the last volume, there were some interesting developments in these chapters! I especially liked the hints of passion, Chihayafuru-style, presented towards the back end.

The volume opens mid-fashion show, and though it’s slow-going due to some mishaps (they spill grape juice on the moon jelly dress..!! drama!), it is a resounding success for their makeshift new brand, as they get some requests for new orders.

The Amars do their best to keep up pace with the influx of orders, but being amateurs, they struggle a lot. This prompts Kuranosuke to seek out a company to contract the sewing and production out to, so they can focus on design work. This introduces a cute pair of Indian expats into the mix, who give Kuranosuke a run for his money. Continue reading

Princess Jellyfish, vol. 3

9781632362308_manga-Princess-Jellyfish-3-primary.jpgKuranosuke’s moneymaking schemes continue in this volume, and in fact, they get taken up a notch.

Tsukimi got a taste of fashion design in the last volume when she helped design a jellyfish dress using some of Kuranosuke’s mother’s effects. Though she makes a stunning piece, the dress isn’t made for a particular purpose.

This changes when Kuranosuke and the Amars crew go to a local play, for which a friend of Kuranosuke’s is part of the crew. Kuranosuke immediately remarks that he couldn’t follow the plot because the costumes were so awful, and he enlists the Amars to design costumes for the production. Whereas the first dress was just made my Tsukimi and Chieko, now, with an order of 24 dresses for the production, all hands have to be on deck. They also enlist the help of a friend of Chieko’s to make sure their seams are proper, since Chieko gave them flack for that the last time. Continue reading

Princess Jellyfish, vol. 2

9781632362292_manga-princess-jellyfish-2-primary.jpgI recently described one of the plot points of this volume to a non-manga-reading friend, and he seemed really weirded out by the synopsis I gave him. It drove home for me how weird this series can be from time to time. Though it’s got a rough exterior at times, it’s still such a treat to read.

Where the first volume ended with the threat of Amamizu-kan’s sale laid bare in front of Amars, this one establishes what appears to be our main plot: that is, now Kuranosuke is pushing the Amars to raise money to buy Amamizu-kan back. Continue reading

Princess Jellyfish, vol. 1

9781632362285_manga-princess-jellyfish-omnibus-volume-1-primaryThis is a series I’ve wanted to read ever since I watched the anime adaptation back in 2013, but it took a while for the manga to get released stateside, didn’t it? It seems the West is still a little uncertain about the commercial viability of josei manga. I certainly hope that this series and others prove successful, because josei is probably my favorite demographic right now.

Princess Jellyfish is about a girl named Tsukimi, who has been obsessed with jellyfish from a young age. Before her mother dies, she tells Tsukimi that all girls grow up to be princesses. Tsukimi, however, feels her growth is stunted, because she winds up working in Tokyo as an illustrator and has absolutely zero confidence in herself. Continue reading