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Princess Jellyfish: The Complete Series (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

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From the director of Durarara!! comes a thoughtful comedy on learning to look below the surface and finding the courage to rock the status quo.

Plain, timid and obsessed with jellyfish, Tsukimi is a far cry from her idea of a princess. Her tepid life as a jobless illustrator comes complete with roommates who harbor diehard hobbies that solidify their status as hopeless social rejects. These wallflowers run a tight nun-like ship, but their no-men-allowed-not-no-one-not-no-how bubble is unwittingly burst after Tsukimi brings home a rescued sea jelly and a beauty queen—who’s actually a guy. When threat of losing their cozy convent inspires this glamour boy to turn the neurotic entourage into a portrait of success, will Tsukimi take her chance to bloom or will she end up a hot mess?

Based on a manga by Akiko Higashimura, the shojo (girls') broadcast series Princess Jellyfish focuses on a dysfunctional group of young women in Tokyo. Tsukimi arrived six months earlier to become an illustrator, but she's so shy--if not agoraphobic--that she's accomplished little. She joins five other women in a broken-down apartment house; they describe themselves as otaku, but they're more like hikikomori (shut-ins). They "turn to stone" when they encounter anyone more successful or attractive, which is almost anyone. Into this frowsy milieu bursts a stunning creature with a figure and a wardrobe Barbie might envy: Keiichiro, the son of a wealthy and powerful politician. Although he's heterosexual, Keiichiro has a penchant for drag. Predictably, he turns diamond-in-the-grunge Tsukimi into a polished jewel. Tsukimi's fascination with jellyfish runs through the series. Her mother once took her to an aquarium and promised to make her a gown inspired by the shimmering tentacles of an exotic jellyfish (a look even Project Runway has yet to explore). Director Takahiro Omori tries to infuse this off-kilter Pygmalion story with some energy, but he too often mistakes frantic action for comedy, and it feels like the characters are grabbing the viewers' lapels and insisting they're being funny. The audience for Princess Jellyfish is clearly teenage girls. (Rated TV 14: brief nudity, cartoon violence, risqué humor, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

(1. Sex and the Sisterhood, 2. Sukiyaki Western Matsusaka, 3. Enchanted, 4. I'll See You in My Aquarium, 5. I Want to Be a Jellyfish, 6. Night of the Living Sisterhood, 7. Jubaku--Spellbound and Stone Broke, 8. Million Dollar Babies, 9. Midnight Pureboy, 10. Days of Love and Lukewarm Water, 11. Jellyfish of Dreams)

Special Features

Princess Jellyfish Heroes (Parts 1-4)

Go, Sisterhood Explorers! (Parts 1-6)

Tsukimi and Jiji’s Octopus Tour

The Princess Jellyfish Field Guide

Episode 1 & 11 commentary

Promotional videos

Textless songs


Product Details

  • Actors: Maxey Whitehead, Josh Grelle, Jamie Marchi, Leah Clark
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Animated, Widescreen, Limited Edition
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: February 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 275 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0069556PO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,956 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By TorridlyBoredShopper VINE VOICE on March 2, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Tsukimi is a shy and timid girl obsessed with jellyfish, living with her friends in an old-style apartment they refer to as the Nunnery. Not only do they have issues with mingling with the outside world, they have a fear of "The Stylish" that turns their resolve to stone. One day Tsukimi finds herself in quite the predicament, seeing two jellies that might harm or even kill one another in a pet store window, mixed in one tank. As she tries to intervene, a Stylish comes to her aid. This intervention turns into a whole lot more than she bargained for.

This is a nice release, tried out an advanced copy and I loved it. not only is the image crisp and the sound superb, but i was a bit surprised by the fact that both languages tracks are done well. Normally, the English is not worth watching but it is done pretty good - as well as dubbing goes anyhow - with this. Also included on the set is the Jellyfish Field guide, some commentary, and a few basics you get with many other sets (you're talking a run time of an hour or so). Depending on where this is obtained, a Clara keychain can also be included in the set.

Princess Jellyfish had so many components in it that made it the perfect show. I do not want to ruin any of the Stylish surprises or the plotline as it develops so I'll try out funny and cute and touching in a lot of places as well. Tsukimi is really likable, growing on you from the go, and her cast of friends are pretty funny. You get to know the people involved, and each is characterized really well. Clara and the way she pops in is humorous but it also takes you to a place in Tsukimi that makes more and more sense as things develop, making you feel for her. I enjoyed that immensely.

A solid 5/5, hoping we see a lot more of this pop in over the next few years. Its too good to stay with one short season.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Kellyannl on March 5, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Tsukimi Kurashita is an eighteen year old young woman living in an old apartment complex with the rest of "The Sisterhood" - a group of female otaku (nerds in the presumably worst sense of the word) with varying obsessive hobbies, Tsukimi's being a love of jellyfish. One day, a beautiful, confident young woman helps her rescue a jellyfish from the uninformed local pet shop and bunks in her room after they return to the apartment complex and see to the jellyfish. In the morning, however, Tsukimi is shocked and dismayed to find that the new pal she just had a sleepover with is actually a trannie.

Little does she know that the young man, Kuranosuke Koibuchi, is about to become the best friend of her life - and the best thing that ever happened to the apartment residents.

The dub ranges from good to excellent. Maxey Whitehead, best known for the stir she made upon taking over the role of Alphonse Elric in the Fullmetal Alchemist franchise once Aaron Dismuke had to bow out after his voice changed, spearheads the cast with likeable vulnerability as Tsukimi. The standout of the supporting cast is a nigh unrecognizable Monica Rial striking comic gold as the manic Records of Three Kingdoms otaku Mayaya. But the real revelation is Josh Grelle as Kuranosuke.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jacob A Bass on February 5, 2013
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One of the best comedy/romance series out there. This is the story of a group of Otoku's who live in an apartment building and all have seprate excentricites. I don't want to give away too much but the story, voice acting, and writing is all very very good. My only complaint is that this is another series that really needs a sequel (badly). While the comedy is great and the charachters are all very likeable, the romance feels unresolved at the end. It is yet another series that gets to a happy stopping point rather than a resolution.

Still, you will like what there is here. If you like Anime then you must see this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David McConico Jr. on March 15, 2014
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It is a very entertaining series which is why I bought it! It's funny and soothing for those complexing days.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Ackley on June 23, 2012
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On paper the story about a geek girl obsessed with jellyfish living with 5 other socially awkward nerd girls in Tokyo and her encounter with a cross-dressing preppy boy sounds like a horrible idea. The good reviews on amazon made me take a chance on this anime and it's one that paid off.

Tsukihime is a nerdy girl obsessed with jellyfish struggling to make it as an illustrator in Tokyo. She lives in an all girl apartment building filled with eccentric nerd women who despise boys and avoid stylish trendy people at all costs. One evening Tsukihime's obsession with jellyfish causes her to meet Kuro, a cross dressing boy. The tale that unfolds as a result of the reluctant friendship involves a love triangle, fighting nasty corporate business and working together.

I expected a corny anime filled with stereotypical stock anime characters (and in some respects the characters are) but I found the anime to work. It was extremely fun to watch and one which merits repeat viewings.

A definite buy!
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Could my 8 year old neice watch this?
I wouldn't have a problem having my niece watch it (though her parents are a little more lenient on what the kids can watch). The main concern would be is if your niece's mother has issues with cross dressing. One of the man guys IS a crossdresser. It's a hobby for him and he loves fashion. There... Read More
Oct 16, 2013 by Candy Fleck |  See all 5 posts
what region is the blu-ray?
I just checked my discs. The Blu-Ray's only list Region A, and the DVD's only list Region 1. Sorry!
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