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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.

Features the stories Eiyuu (Heroes) Retsuden.
Winner of the Kodansha Award for best shoujo in 2010.
Nominated for Manga Taisho Award 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 (63d ago)
v.13 c.68 by Hachimitsu Scans (66d ago)
v.13 c.67 by Hachimitsu Scans (70d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
13 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

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

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User Rating
Average: 9 / 10.0 (562 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.88 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 20th 2014, 8:50pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Kiss (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

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Monthly Pos #220 increased(+2)
3 Month Pos #202 decreased(-121)
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by arouraleona
April 26th, 2011, 6:06am
One of the best manga I've picked up in recent memory. The story is fresh and exciting as well as ... well important for one. A group of outcast girls who join with an (unknown to all but one of them) crossdressing boy to try and protect their community - or rather their house - from being gobbled up in property development. Some politics but 98% innocence and comedy. There's probably going to be more on the romancey side later on, but right now saving the house is most important (chapter 31). And that's a big deal. There's romantic tension, but this story has it's values in proper order. Hard to bother with love affairs if you don't have a home or your trusted friends around you.

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You know a mark of a good series   
Rating: N/A
by Mierten
April 22nd, 2011, 9:01pm
You know a mark of a good series? You start reading it then wish it had as many volumes as Skip Beat. Why? Because at this point, there are only 7 volumes out and I want there to be more. The story is well done enough that I and other readers will become Amars junkies.
P.S. If having the hunky boyfriend is important to you ... this isn't your series. Wait a few years and then you'll appreciate it.

... Last updated on April 22nd, 2011, 9:02pm
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Unbelievably Terrific   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Molenir
April 17th, 2011, 7:47pm
I love this manga. I'll say it again. I love this manga. There are very few mangas that I think deserve to be rated a 10. This however, is definitely one of them. I originally started reading it because of the anime, but after starting to read it, I found I enjoyed it even more. Now that the scanalators are into manga only material, its just getting better and better. The 2 main characters, the older brother. Even the other otakus, they're all so fun and enjoyable to see. The love and romance of a girl who thinks she is an ugly duckling, who is turned, almost against her will into a beautiful swan.
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I'm Lovin It~   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by badkittygrl4567
April 12th, 2011, 9:31pm
This is an amazing manga. I love how Kuranosuke fell for Tsukimi first! It is hilarious it is cute. I get really happy everytime a new chapter is released! All in all, it deserves my fan girl blushy face

(/>/_/<) <- Fan Girl Blushy Face At Kuragehime

... Last updated on September 26th, 2011, 6:38am
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It'll be interesting...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ZL11
April 10th, 2011, 6:30pm
As it's been said before, the cutest thing about this manga is the purity of the core characters. There are a few characters who are not naive (Kuronosuke and "that woman") but for the most part, it's the purity of Shuu and Tsukimi that keep you reading. Now, why is that? Bluntly, because their responses are adorable. Those adorable responses keep Kuronosuke and "that woman" off balance because they don't react the way they are used to people reacting. It's also attractive, leaving those two in confused bind.

What will keep me going, really, is seeing who gets the girl. I don't care one whit about "that woman," who I just mostly hope she gets her just desserts. I mean, who will get Tsukimi makes this interesting. The man who she fell for pretty much at first sight, or the man who helped her come so far?

Overall, this is a charming shojo that has adult themes, yet somehow maintains a core of innocence. The idea that all girls are princesses stays is a big one, and cross dressing is also a constant. Don't let that ruin your day. The manga has a pedigree and is well worth the read. Although it's shojo, there's a lot of humor and less angst than other shojo (so far at vol 6). It's really cute...
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Very Unique   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by sailorliones
March 12th, 2011, 11:58am
This is actually really interesting. I didn't expect much from the beginning, but it grew on me. The fact that the guy cross dressed was actually a turn off, but I stuck with it, and it's actually a nice and warm manga. It's very genuine and quite realistic. It's entertaining in warm your heart kind of way. I would recommend it as a light read.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by niteangel
March 12th, 2011, 1:47am
WAAA!!! Just finished reading Ch.22 (latest post as of this review). So good! Like nothing I've ever read. The main characters are otakus, which is pretty weird and unconventional and you won't be disappointed. They are so lovable I want to keep reading, maybe because I'm a little strange myself and it's refreshing to see a main character with similar feelings (and drawbacks, sigh). The main protagonist loves jellyfish and it stems from the author's obsession of jellyfish. The author was an otaku back in the day. You know a work of art (literature, manga, whatever) is good when it's based on something personal to the author. The storyline is totally cheesy and cliched, some I've seen millions of times, but somehow I never get tired of these things. Plus, it's so adorable and cute (main character actually) with it's own unique spin. There's quite a bit of fashion in this too. You'd think with a house full of otakus, they'll never be exposed to fashion but the contrast is entertaining (the makeovers are the best part! who doesn't love makeovers?). Plus, the romance is pretty good. I love this. Please, whoever is scantalating, I'm counting on you.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Natsune
January 14th, 2011, 2:52pm
Just now i finish to watch anime and i fascinated by it! Its simply adorable, funny, fresh and serious at the same time! Characters are amazing, each of them very unique, even if almost all of them are females its not some stupid annoying ´harem´! The author brings up a lot of important questions of modern society: obsession with beauty, NEET and otaku, child\parent problems, even the problem of housing and land´s development; fashion line and drawind style remainds me about my dear Paradise Kiss! This anime definitely gonna be one of my favourite! I wish there will be second or even third season! Pretty Please!!!!
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avatar someone else took the words from my mouth.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by BimboSilly
January 8th, 2011, 1:24pm
... Found the joy of watching anime once again....after a 2 year does have some of the shoujoesque nuances, which had put me off shoujo in general but it has one aspect I like a lot
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cross-dressing straight guy
. which is why I picked it up. Its simple with lots of "innocent" characters, but a good read and watch. Anime follows the manga the latter of which is a bit lagged in the english translated bits. but at least cures some of the hunger for more when you are done with the latest chapter release...wish there were more of this type of quirky Joseis..

the anime compresses volume 4,5 and 6 into one episode.most of anime events are ended by chapter 29,volume 5 but a few bits of the anime continue into volume 6. some things are different between the anime and manga...

... Last updated on January 8th, 2011, 2:42pm
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Josei for the maturing Shoujo fan   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by turnip head
December 25th, 2010, 3:30am
It's a great between piece. Humorous, light and quick with a steady background story that keeps the plot moving. The characters are wonderfully human and interesting- one without the other is no good. A pleasure to follow and I intend to buy the lot as soon as I can.
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