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Kuragehime follows Tsukimi Kurashita, an 18-year-old who moved from Kagoshima to Tokyo to become an illustrator. Tsukimi is a jellyfish otaku who comes to live in a shared bath and toilet, women-only apartment, Amamizukan. Other tenants include fujoshi, NEETs and others who consider fashion their natural enemy, calling themselves "Amars". One day, Tsukimi meets a fashionable and beautiful girl, Kuranosuke Koibuchi, who saves a jellyfish that is about to die at a pet shop. She later discovers that Kuranosuke is merely cross-dressing in order to evade inheritance of his father's occupation as a politician.

Winner of the Kodansha Award for best shoujo in 2010.


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Associated Names
海月姫 英雄列伝
헤파리 공주
Jellyfish Princess
Jellyfish Princess: The Heroes Series of Biographies
Kurage Hime
Kuragehime: Eiyuu Retsuden
Kuragehime: Heroes Retsuden
Princess Jellyfish

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Latest Release(s)
v.13 c.69 by Hachimitsu Scans (219d ago)
v.13 c.68 by Hachimitsu Scans (223d ago)
v.13 c.67 by Hachimitsu Scans (227d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
14 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol. 1, Chapter 1
Ends at Vol. 5, Chapter 28

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Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (587 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.79 / 10.0
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September 20th 2014, 3:14am PST

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Kiss (Kodansha)

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Best comedy in a long Time!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
August 13th, 2014, 5:05am
This is one of the funniest manga I've read in a long time. There's an extremely unique and diverse cast of characters, and surprisingly author doesn't fall into ethnocentric view of other cultures that less worldly mangaka are prey to. From the onset it is clear the authornis knowledgeable about a great number. of rhings too, which keeps the reading interesting. I see complaints in the comments section about lack of character development - I dont think that is true. If anything the development is more realistic because it is slow and subtle. Have to realise the main characters are NEETS that have been bullied all their lives and the focus is comedy of their struggle to maintain their questionable lifestyle. They are not world conquering sword swinging superhumans with unwavering resolve but fragile girls whom can be bought with promises of Korean BBQ
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Got bored   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by vkoi
July 8th, 2014, 11:19am
As others have said, there is very little character development. I read up to chapter 47, got bored, and quit. It also gets very, very repetitive in the middle with Tsukimi expressing the same fears, and the brothers each expressing their own special brand of self centeredness and entitlement. At first I was excited to see these characters grow, and the situation seems like one that would develop maturity in a person, but the fact that they could stay the same in such a situation does not say good things about any of these characters. Basically I got squicked out by them after awhile.

That said, the art is nice enough to look at and the storyline was engaging for the first couple of volumes. I liked the realistic, slow way that the development of the fashion line was portrayed. Nobody came in and waved a magic wand and there was no transformative moment after which everything was a fairytale success ride, instead the characters worked hard and learned and progressively overcame real challenges. I also liked the unique interests of the characters and how their various viewpoints were portrayed.

However, by the 47th chapter I realized that the only endings I could reasonably anticipate would cast a pall back over the series so there was no point enduring the saggy middle any longer.
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<3 A hilarious breath of fresh air, and a lesson for us all.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by moonmystery
July 2nd, 2014, 12:15am
I love how the author actually shows the steps that the girl takes in order to reach her dreams. This manga is not overshadowed by teenage angst and romance, thank goodness. Instead, there is a perfect mix of love, humor, life, and dreams. Oh, and lovely genderbending!!! smile

This defies so many other stories' faults by rising up as a manga that doesn't focus purely on one aspect. By reading this, we all might learn something about ourselves because this manga is most definitely easy to relate to.

My only complaint would be the lack of character/relationship development. As others have pointed out, much of this is somwhat STATIC... which is not good. I hope the author takes this into consideration in the future chapters. sad

... Last updated on July 2nd, 2014, 12:17am
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Too open an ending, unique characters (Spoilers)   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Half_Jack
April 17th, 2013, 8:05pm
This series really does show promise, however, the characters do not develop throughout the plot as much I had hoped. The art is colorful, the characters are unique and interesting, and the whole idea of focusing on female otakus is very original. Be warned of some spoilers below.

Unfortunately, interesting stories with potential were skipped around with, with none ending properly. This constant skipping around made the series feel empty and the originality novelty. For example,Tsukimi and Shuu have a cute little romance that went nowhere. Their relationship didn't even have to go in a romantic way, but it has to at least end properly. Tsukimi has a crush on Shuu and Shuu with her, and even though Shuu's seems to be very vain, he does seem to care for her. Then he does little to salvage his chances with Tsukimi when Shouko steps in. Almost immediately, Shuu and Tsukimi never interacted ever again which was dissappointing. I do admit though that this example is a bit biased since I support Tsukimi and Shuu together. Maybe it's the fact that Tsukimi and Kuranosuke, the guy she's supposed to fall for, don't have enough "together" moments. The fact that the two are mostly platonic in the end does not help with their romance either. The characters are honestly very unique although they greatly lack development. The genre "romantic comedy" doesn't seem suitable because of the lack of a solid romantic plot. The main romance is not even between the protagonist and a main character. The idea of a romance with Tsukimi and a main character exist, but only an idea (and for most, an expectation). Kuranosuke's father cheated on his wife and there is no explanation for it. Truly respectable for a politcan.

This review is really a lot more critical than I planned, and while I truly enjoyed the series, I am more talented at pointing out flaws. Know that if you decide to look into it, there are many great elements to it such as the comedy, cross-dressing, and characters more people can relate to (Or at least I can relate to them.)

... Last updated on April 17th, 2013, 8:29pm
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Good but long   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by zengoats
January 18th, 2013, 3:32pm
Kuragehime's really adorable. The characters are interesting and pretty original, though they don't really change or develop over the course of the manga. On the one hand, this is realistic because many of the characters are otaku women who've lived a very shut-in lifestyle for a long time (hence, it'd be unrealistic for them to suddenly be super sociable), but on the other hand, it's kind of unsatisfying to see Tsukimi and Kuranosuke stay basically emotionally stagnant. Unfortunately, Kuragehime also suffers from being so long. The plot's okay but the mangaka never commits to it and instead spends a lot of time talking about the ins and outs of the fashion industry. Because this manga is largely character-driven, all of the industry stuff is just really boring and detracts from what makes this manga special (the characters).
Kuragehime's nice, but I don't see myself finishing the series.

... Last updated on January 18th, 2013, 5:23pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by namu76
November 22nd, 2012, 8:28pm
both the theme and the characters. Of course, you can't change someone's personality that easy. So it is understandable when those eccentric characters depicted being uneasy toward the changes they had to face. A change is about a process. So if there are people who yearn for change, people who are afraid of change do exist, too....and those are the amars
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Great original story but static characters   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by sending
November 15th, 2012, 12:19pm
I appreciate Kurage-hime for its original story and interesting characters, but there is a definite lack of development. None of the characters seem to have changed at all throughout the course of the manga, which after 10 volumes is a bit of a problem for me. The plot also seems to have gotten a bit lost. While it started out as a fun story about different kinds of otaku, now it seems to be all about the development of their fashion design company. Which is fine, but seems like a waste of the marvelously original premise.

I also agree with tekiteki on the point that this is a story about privileged people living idle lives. It's a little hard to sympathize with their struggles with social interaction when they seem to have given up completely on even attempting to overcome them. Frankly, I was a little appalled with how most of the amars seemed to treat Kuranosuke as little more than a walking meal ticket. Kuranosuke, on his part, seems to exercise little restraint in spending his father's money freely on anything that suits his fancy and yet gets defensive when his father criticizes him. Additionally, that Shuu seems to get made fun of for his perfectly understandable trauma over witnessing his father's adultery was another story point I found hard to accept. Perhaps this is just my own cultural perspective talking, but making light of another person's traumatic experiences is terrible. Overall, I get the impression that the characters seemed rather shallow at times.

However that is not to say that I don't enjoy this series. It's hilarious and definitely worth a read, if only for the group antics. I will definitely keep reading and hope that the author will continue to develop her characters in future chapters!
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i will be certainly hated   
Rating: 7.8 / 10.0
by tekiteki
November 1st, 2012, 2:46pm
I might add a fly to the ointment here.. This manga is entertaining and catching, but there are some points I don't enjoy in long/ongoing manga series.
First, it's about people who lead a easy life: no job and enough money (from their working parents, I suppose) to enjoy their costly hobbies. I can't see Kuranosuke as a good attractive person, i just see him as a student with a rich, pedigree and very tolerant father, and thanks to that he can live freely and self-confidently, and out of interest play the Good King with some poor ugly girls. It's too easy for him, not very touching. And I can't believe in very childish naivety of Tsukimi. It's sick. She actually has been living alone in a big city with some strange otaku girls and she STILL is petrified by mere hug or kiss or even look of a man. And it's nonsense that she went all mad about Shuu seeing her in a tank top with no bra under it v_v (I remember Tsukushi from Hana Yori Dango who was seen by the boy, she had crush on, while sitting on a toilet with her pants down <- THAT was embarrassing ^-^!) . So, I can't relate myself to main characters.
Second, Kuranosuke, falling for Tsukimi just because she looks cute from time to time - it seems a rather superficial feeling to me. What does he know about her feelings, ideas, world-view? In fact, i don't know it either o_O. And all her thoughts revolve around jellyfish, her mom and boys. And here I must say, there is not much character development.
I was calmly enjoying it till vol.3, but 10 volumes.. ^^; (and it's still ongoing) I'm not sure I'd like to waste my time on it. Not my cup of tea, I suppose...
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Manga and anime is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by tsukimikurashita
July 21st, 2012, 8:25pm
I usually have long comments, but this time im just to lazy to do a long comment so i will tell you what i think of the manga and anime in 2 words. FREAKING AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!x's infinitybiggrin (should make anime longer pleeeaaaaase). The manga is ongoing so far so i want the anime to be ongoing too cause I LOVE THIS MANGA/ANIME! ( i ended up making my comment long *sigh* but its worth it for this manga/anime)(:
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It IS original but...   
Rating: 5.5 / 10.0
by Sphear
July 14th, 2012, 5:27am
So the story, the heroine, the people, everything is pretty original and cool. This manga is probably one of the most unique ones I've ever seen in the shoujo section. But despite all these great ideas and characters, all the cute drawings and jellyfish, this manga seems to lack an interesting plot. Yes, it IS funny and the plot IS original, but the original doesn't necessarily make it entertaining it seems.

I actually thoroughly enjoyed this manga in the beginning (despite my disappointment for the mangakas strange taste for 'bishies'). But as the story progressed I began to forget the purpose of this story and the humour was no longer enough to cover up for ever-dragging story.

I don't know...maybe it's just my taste, but this story was somewhat...not thrilling.
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