While visiting my friends in seminary, my companion needed to do some essential physical fitness and left me alone with his TV and Netflix account. After scrolling through the anime options, I happened upon Princess Jellyfish and said to myself “Well, why not?” The show pleasantly surprised me, and I found myself hooked within the two episodes I watched during that time. The otaku weirdness of the residents of Amamizukan and their inability to deal with “the Stylish” delighted me all the way through.
However, toward the last few episodes, a sense of unease came over me. Then, I realized the cause: Princess Jellyfish leaves a ton of loose ends, refusing to resolve certain issues which would naturally have arisen. That might be the natural result of creating an eleven episode anime of a manga that has been running since 2008, but these kinds of anime which serve as mere advertisements for the manga cannot help but leave the viewer unsatisfied. For example, I would like to have seen how the revelation of Kurako as Kuranosuke would have played out for the other otaku women, my curiosity over what the manga writer who never left her room looked like was never answered, two romantic relationships were rather left hanging, and we remain uncertain whether Tsukimi shall truly break her shell and become a world famous designer. At least one more episode could have provided us with a nice epilogue!
All the same, the show was a pleasure to watch. I thought that Kuranosuke’s cross-dressing might have been off-putting for me. But, it is rather his spoiled rich kid manner which was more offensive than anything else, and he is a normal heterosexual guy. Otherwise, the other characters were mostly likable or at least amusing to watch. While I recommend this anime to everyone, let me remind my dear readers that it opens up too many plotlines and does not give itself enough time or focus to resolve them, which is sure to vex many others.