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Princess Jellyfish 1 Paperback – March 22, 2016
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One of Japan's most popular authors of manga for women, Akiko Higashimura has created more than a dozen series, including Kakukaku Shikajika and Mama's A Temparist. After its adaptation into a popular anime and live-action film, Princess Jellyfish is her first work to be released in English, making her one of the Japanese manga world's best-kept secrets.
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The volume itself is a 2-in-1 omnibus, clocking in at close to 400 pages, which makes it a great deal for the price. In addition to page count, the volume is also slightly larger than regular-sized manga (see my comparison photo with a volume of Sailor Moon). The design is cute and eye-catching, and there are several color pages inside as well. The paper quality is about the same as regular manga, and the translation is well-done. There are also a few pages of translation notes at the end, which are very helpful (I always appreciate it when publishers take the time to add such notes). Overall, a fantastic product!
As for the story, I have always loved Princess Jellyfish for its clever humor and relatable characters (I personally can relate quite well to a bunch of nerdy girls with little to no social skills!) The humor is probably my favorite of any manga I've ever read. If you're unsure about whether you'd like the manga, I suggest watching an episode or two of the anime--if you like that, then you'll definitely love the manga.
For those on the fence about buying this volume, I would recommend that you please do! Kodansha has licensed the first 12 volumes of the manga (to be published in 6 omnibus volumes), and they have stated that they will decide whether or not to publish the rest of the volumes after that based on sales figures. So if you don't support the series now, we might not get all the volumes! Show Princess Jellyfish the love it deserves!
For those unfamiliar with the story of Princess Jellyfish, the manga tells the story of a jellyfish otaku (or hardcore fan/nerd) who lives in Tokyo in an all-women's apartment building populated entirely by other otaku, who call themselves "amars" or nuns. Their motto is "a life without need for men." All of this changes when a fashionable stranger, Kuranosuke, arrives, and their beloved apartment building is slated for demolition in a community redevelopment project. The clothes-loving Kuranosuke suggests that the amars create a fashion line to make enough money to save their building, but the world of fashion is more complicated than they could imagine.
I was a little disappointed in the print quality, it's a bit more mass-market paperback than softcover, with a shiny cover that scratches easily and paper a little cheaper than most josei and seinen I have purchased before (shonen and shoujo manga seem more likely to get this kind of printing). After just one read through it no longer looked new. Since it is a two-volume omnibus, affordability seems to be the key factor rather than quality. It does have eight color pages, which was a nice touch--four at the beginning of the first volume and four at the beginning of the second.
This translation keeps many Japanese terms and honorifics untranslated, which I like, but others may not. The translators use of "fujoshi" seemed a little off until I read the translation notes at the end, though.These notes should assist anyone unfamiliar with many of the terms used.
As for the series itself, it is phenomenal. A great, quirky, slice-of-llife. It is interesting for me as I can relate to both the nerdy Tsukimi and the fashionable Kuranosuke. It is a funny and sweet series that I highly recommend!