This anime was an accidental find–and I don’t regret it one bit.
Princess Jellyfish is about an 18-year-old girl named Tsukimi (sounds like zucchini), who lives in Tokyo, Japan, and has a strong interest in everything about jellyfish. Tsukimi became inspired by them due to her late mother, who showed her the tenticly creatures in an aquarium when Tsukimi was a little girl. Living in an all-female dorm, whom all share the quality of being “otakus”, or nerds, she eventually meets a cross-dresser, where his true gender is only known by Tsukimi.
Out of 5 stars, I’d give this a 4. Read below to find out why.
Princess Jellyfish was a charming find. The main character is shy, awkward, and nerdy like her dormmates. They essentially developed this sisterhood with very silly rules that mainly defined interacting with the world outside of their bubble. They emphasize on the difference between themselves and the outsiders–those who are “fashionable”. Tsukimi feels threatened by the outsiders for a personal reason, as she felt she had to please her late-mother’s wish to become pretty and not a “rotten girl”.
I feel that many, as well as myself, can relate to Tsukimi, wanting to be beautiful like a Princess Jellyfish. When Tsukimi met the crossdresser, her whole world was flipped upside-down–one of the sort-of unspoken rules of the dorm was that she should never befriend a “fashionable” person. Thus, she has to keep him a secret.
This anime is definitely well-written and honestly adorable. The only reason I did not give this a full 5 stars is that it misrepresents what an actual “otaku”, or nerd, is–however, I believe the show was written that way in order to make fun of them, but lightly. Even the beginning theme implements stereotypical nerdy tendencies, like the Star-Wars and James Bond references made. Other than that, I would definitely recommend to watch this.