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Kuragehime  
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Description
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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Manga

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Associated Names
海月姫
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.14 c.74-74.5 by Hachimitsu Scans (80d ago)
v.14 c.72-73 by Hachimitsu Scans (83d ago)
v.14 c.70-71 by Hachimitsu Scans (86d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
14 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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

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3 topics, 17 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (596 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.79 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 4th 2014, 6:23pm PST

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Year
2008

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Serialized In (magazine)
Kiss (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Monthly Pos #252 increased(+5)
3 Month Pos #236 decreased(-98)
6 Month Pos #162 increased(+14)

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Fun and entertaining and great... but...   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by enaikelt
November 2nd, 2014, 11:24pm
I finished all the chapters currently out and enjoyed them, but I rather agree with some of the other commenters about the negative parts. All in all, I felt that Kuragehime was a story that has some serious issues if you actually sit down and think about it, but manages to gloss over them because it's amusing, well-drawn, and has really quirky interesting characters.

For instance, a lot of what's being played for laughs is actually kind of terrible - like Kuranosuke spending huge amounts of his family's money, not going to school, and throwing his family's reputation under the bus on a whim. Tsukimi has a strange amount of men after her considering how much she doesn't care. Mayaya is an awful friend who whines constantly, throws tantrums, does really nothing productive unless forced or bribed, and worst of all, casually throws away her friends for her own comfort. All the older politicians are perverts. Virginity is apparently like a disease, and the reactions of some of the characters toward men are just... what?

Also, for a story about otaku NEET women, Kuragehime is, shall we say, less than empowering. There's a lot of story about rescuing Tsukime, without considering that perhaps Tsukime should be making something of herself. There's also a rather heavy layer of shallowness (mostly regarding looks and particularly at the beginning) that is hard to describe and mostly played for laughs. Perhaps the best female character introduced up to this point has been the Indian sister of the clothing manufacturer, who is unfortunately just a side character.

Basically, Kuragehime is a story that makes you laugh by playing to preexisting prejudices on women who dress well, women who don't, corrupt politicians, etc. It does it very well, and it's memorable and funny and interesting and even occasionally sad and touching, but if you really think about the some of the issues it's using as a premise you can get a little squicked out.

... Last updated on November 2nd, 2014, 11:34pm
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From so-so to great.   
Rating: N/A
by Disperse
September 28th, 2014, 8:25pm
In the beginning, I was very skeptical of this manga and had problems continuing. This is because I had no interest in fashion, and I didn't like how the manga seemed to look down on women who were not good looking nor took care of their looks. It felt very superficial.

However, as it went on the manga got better and better. The story became less about "you NEETs are ugly af and need to become beautiful to survive in society", and more about a bunch of women who did nothing productive with their lives, who started to work together towards a dream of creating a fashion line. Of course, many of the amars were very lazy and were difficult to motivate (mainly Mayaya and Banba) but some were more earnest, such as Cheiko.

Tsukimi, who in the beginning could only feel sorry for herself, started to polish her own talent in designing and worked hard under the guidance of Kuranosuke. Someone like me who had zero interest in fashion started to get invested in their journey as a fashion line, and now this is one of my favorite shoujos (well, technically josei) due to its unique plot. The relationship between Kuranosuke and his mother was very touching at times as well.

I want to do a quick run down of the two main characters.

Kuranosuke is a very unique male lead in romance, being both a crossdresser who also sometimes dresses as a fashionable male. He dresses as a female, but his natural personality is rather masculine, although he has a "feminine" interest in fashion. I grew to like him more and more. Being an unwanted love child between his playboy politician father and his foreign mother who was a singer, he acts out by crossdressing and living a free spirited life. He has a fiery personality and instantly DOES something when he wants to accomplish things. His pushy outgoing personality is the driving force that changes the passive lives of the amars, and mostly Tsukimi. He's always there to make them work when they slack off, and go out to advertise their brand when they rather stay inside.

Tsukimi is... basically an extremely shy and withdrawn "otaku" who is obsessed with jellyfish. I feel her personality has developed as the story has went on. From when she was basically resistant to doing almost anything in the beginning, to being caught up in the shenanigans of all the rich and "stylish" people she had to constantly be around after a while. Over time I think she has been willing to do more, whether it be helping with the brand or spending all night making designs. While she still has a meek personality, I grew to like her more than I did in the beginning. She still has a long way to go regarding development, but overall she's still pretty entertaining.

This manga is certainly unique, and I recommend people sticking with it until the fashion line part begins, and the real story starts. I can't say everyone will like it, but it has a lot of humor that also amplified my enjoyment.
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Best comedy in a long Time!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by APOKOLYPES
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

... Last updated on November 28th, 2014, 11:39am
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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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interesting   
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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