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Kuragehime  
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Associated Names
Công Chúa Sứa
Jellyfish Princess
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Princess Jellyfish
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v.17 c.84 (end) by Hachimitsu Scans over 2 years ago
v.17 c.83 by Hachimitsu Scans over 2 years ago
v.17 c.82 by Hachimitsu Scans over 2 years ago
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Status
in Country of Origin
17 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol. 1, Ch. 1
Ends at Vol. 5, Ch. 30 (Chapters 21-30 are heavily abridged to fit in the last episode)

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Year
2008

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Serialized In (magazine)
Kiss (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Kodansha Comics (9 Volumes - Complete)

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Pretty shit. Anime was less awful cuz it wasted my time less  
by Shellshock
May 27th, 2020, 11:01am
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
. This 17 volume series was too long with alot of downhill moments. The series is essentially a fashion, Ugly Duckling and a love triangle story. All 3 which i feel were poorly executed. The series just took too long to deal with anything in the series. This is a 17 volumes series yet it felt 11 volumes too long. Its way too slow to the point that the last chapter... didn;t feel rushed hillariously enough. Despite wrapping up like a buncha plotlines. I enjoyed the comedy when it involved the Vixen and the driver. However the comedy elements involving the main and supporting cast just didn't work. It was golden in the anime but failed in the manga. I liked the idea of becoming fashion designers but it was executed pretty poorly. there was some good moments but there were far too inbetween. Also the MMC's reason for crossdressing takes way too long to be explained. For majority of the series you supposed to believe he's just a horrible person that takes advantage of his father while simultaneously trying to make him mad. I don't think the father is a great person either. But for me the worst person in this series was the MMC he was selfish more majority of the series. The romance was also good fun in the earlier parts but at the end as expected it fell apart. I think the ugly ducking story as well was done poorly. Besides the FMC none of them have legitimate developments. Except maybe the tall chick

I didn't think this was a bad series but it was incredibly mundane. It had few good moments but was barely passable overall. The funniest moments in the manga were the bonus omakes about the author's personal life. so thats not something you should be the case in your comedy manga.

5/10 Rare case the anime being superior

... Last updated on October 17th, 2020, 11:03am
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Does a 180 on its Premise, but a Sweet and Funny Comic Nonetheless  
by darcy3
January 27th, 2020, 7:22am
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
This comic starts out being nerdy girl makeover/ cinderella story comic, but ends up becoming an in-depth look at an experience inside the fashion design industry. (This was due to influences of the author's new romantic partner). It's a fun comic with quirky, original characters.

My only critique (and it's a big one) is that the ending sucks. If you expected any threads to be concluded, prepare to be disappointed. The change of premise really affected the ending because at the beginning the two motivations for the main character was 1) to save her home and 2) to find the man she had been dreaming of. Both of these plots were shoved to the side midway through the comic and the driving force for the characters ended up being to jump-start their own fashion label. The beginning of the comic had so many cute romantic scenes and to have them all end up as nothing was just an unbelievable waste. I feel like part of it was because the author couldn't decide which love interest to have the main character end up with but to leave the romance between either love interest completely unresolved was just disrespectful to the readers.
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Trying to pass off the indecision at the end to female empowerment/modern ideas was just complete and utter bullshit. It's clear the author couldn't bring herself to make a final decision


... Last updated on February 17th, 2020, 2:41am
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Not so great as a romance  
by kitty1826x
January 4th, 2020, 1:21pm
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
To me it feels like the romance went from one of the genres to a sub-genre towards the end of the story. Besides the romance taking a backseat I had other things I didn't like. The story felt like it started dragging on after the first third along with some repetition and delayed conclusions from the characters. The ending felt both rushed and incomplete. Although I did enjoy the one twist, mostly because it was unexpected.
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I love it!  
by theLettuceGarden04
October 21st, 2018, 12:01am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
Also contrary to some other commentors, I disagree with the lack of character development. It's definitely there, yes its subtle and there isn't much, but you can't expect people to change that quickly. There were some girls that definitely changed more drastically than the others, especially the main leads. I do agree they gloss some rather questionable things that happens in the manga that wouldn't fly in real life, but hey- it's manga bro. If don't take it too seriously, then it's fine. Usually I hate endings like this one, but I was actually satisfied with it. The ending was actually pretty good for an open ending. I just love this story, it's funny, unique and the art is awesome. I also love the mangaka's side stores, would love to meet her in real life and become her friend. Ps, was surprised I know all of the Three Kingdom references; it made me enjoy this manga more for sure.
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complicated  
by im_uni
July 26th, 2018, 4:35pm
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
well... this was screaming 'shallow' from the very beginning, so I'm not that surprised that it really turned out to be.
Did I enjoy this? Certainly yes.
Would I recommend it? Probably yes, if you're just looking for a bit of fun, and you like the style and this manga's brand of beauty (I loved it).
But man, so many stereotypes! So many generalizations! "All girls want to be princesses"? Why is that? Who said that? Why won't people treat amars seriously? Why do they have to change how they look to be treated with something at least resembling respect? They ARE strange. But should this strangeness have ANYTHING to do with how officials treat them? To protect their home they do have to change - to become more brave, eloquent, serious. But that's not that kind of story. They do become better in those regards, but mostly it's about physical transformation. Yes, the author tries to find a middle ground here, but I don't think that she's entirely successful. Not to mention, the garbled last chapters do dilute the message a lot - maybe if she had more space (or wanted it, for all I know), she could resolve it better.
Romance - in the end, it just feels pasted on. IMO, the way it was treated until the end, it would have been better if no one said anything about it.
And I agree with the previous comments - some serious issues are glossed over here. One of the amars, who was a bitch to her family, is treated like THEY were bitch to her instead. TBH, when I was reading about her, I was thinking 'go find a job' nonstop.
IDK, it's important to chase your dreams, but hell, earn some money for them yourself. Or at least show your desire to work.
Anyway - it's all cool if you don't treat it seriously. That's all I can say. If you will, it may make you reeeeally irritated.

... Last updated on July 26th, 2018, 4:36pm
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but still recommended  
by sara..
March 31st, 2018, 5:14pm
Rating: 9.3 / 10.0
Mmmm so I read the final chapter when it just been realised and I DID NOT even realize it was the final!!
I was waiting for months like usual for the updates
god what a disappointment after following it for YEARS
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Never expected to be underwhelmed...  
by Divina=^.^=
January 26th, 2018, 1:30pm
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
I first watched the anime, who left me completely in love with the story. I waited patiently till the entire thing was translated and then dove in with a sense of bliss, that I could finally dig into one of my favorites. Boy did I not expect what was coming. Nothing, and I mean *nothing* gets resolved in this manga. How can you have 17 volumes of something and STILL not manage to resolve a single storylineconfused? How can you have 17 volumes and still manage to give off the feeling that this work was axed in the end? The mind boggles.
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Pretty good, but some issues  
by Starkick
December 2nd, 2017, 12:25pm
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
Let me begin by saying I liked this manga. Tsukimi is adorable, and Kuranosuke is my favorite and the NEETS are great, they make me want to live in Amamizukan. All the jellyfish art is just beautiful as well, and the way it translates to the clothes is such an interesting idea. (I would 100% buy basically every dress.)

A quick warning: don't go into this expecting romance! At the beginning, you might easily think 'oh! this is going to be about relationships!' While they are touched on a little, they are definitely not the main focus of this manga, and ultimately we get very little progression or resolution on that front.

There were some things that bothered me, which I will list below.

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At one point, a character drugs, strips, and pretends to have had sex with another character. No one ever confronts the attacker about how wrong that was, nor does she ever regret doing it - and no one tells the victim that he has been wronged either. (Even though everyone is aware that the victim can't remember the event and was incredibly unlikely to have initiated anything.)

Another time, a character is taken against their will by someone with a sexual interest in them - and then forcefully kissed by said abductor. This was even creepier because the abductor did not speak the victim's language, and the victim was taken to another country where she could not speak the language.

Both of those events go on for several chapters, and I was pretty uncomfortable reading them. Neither thing is ever really resolved either - in the first case, the attacker continues to pursue the victim for quite some time before eventually disappearing; in the second the victim is rescued by a friend, who then takes her out to party for a night in the foreign country before eventually flying home. (And then in the last chapter the abductor shows up again with the intent to live with the victim??)

Again, this is shoujo manga, so neither of those things are really unusual - it's just how they are presented and resolved that I take issue with. If the victims in either case had secretly liked and/or grew to have a relationship with their assaulter, that would be typical shoujo and therefore expected - it's fiction, whatever. Or, alternatively, if the victims experienced lasting emotional damage (i.e, being scared of being intimate with others in the future or something) that they then had to deal with and resolve themselves, that would be fine too. NEITHER of those things happening (the situation while it's happening to the character is scary, but post-situation it's treated as not being important at all) throws me off.


Tl;dr: There's some pretty dark, depressing stuff in here that isn't really presented as being dark or depressing, and also is not resolved. The clothes are cute though, and I liked most of the characters - and it ended on a happy note with a nice message that actually had me tearing up a bit, so that was great. I'd say read it, but be prepared to be confused/irritated about how some things are handled smile

... Last updated on December 2nd, 2017, 12:27pm
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Fun and entertaining and great... but...  
by enaikelt
November 2nd, 2014, 11:24pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
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.  
by Disperse
September 28th, 2014, 8:25pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
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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