Princess Jellyfish Manga Volume 1
About Princess Jellyfish Manga Volume 1
Princess Jellyfish volume 1 collects volumes 1-2 in an omnibus format and features story and art by Akiko Higashimura.
Tsukimi Kurashita has a strange fascination with jellyfish. She’s loved them from a young age and has carried that love with her to her new life in the big city of Tokyo. There, she resides in Amamizukan, a safe-haven for girl geeks who regularly gush over a range of things from trains to Japanese dolls.
However, a chance meeting at a pet shop has Tsukimi crossing paths with one of the things that the residents of Amamizukan have been desperately trying to avoid - a beautiful and fashionable woman! But there’s much more to this woman than her trendy clothes! This odd encounter is only the beginning of a new and unexpected path for Tsukimi and her friends.
Ratings & Reviews
FINALLY in print in English!
I'm so glad Kodansha finally decided to print Princess Jellyfish in English! While I normally prefer individual volumes as opposed to omnibuses, this format definitely works for this series. Now let me just say, this is a BIG book compared to most other Kodansha NA imprints. It's over eight inches high and nearly six inches across, and over an inch thick. To say the least, I'm impressed.
The pages are beautifully fleshed out. Nothing appears shrunken or diminished due to trying to fit to the smaller standard size. The art is lovely, Kuranosuke shows up in all his glamorous, crossdressing glory and the amars are wonderfully quirky. The expressions on everyone's faces are very well done; from shock to apprehension to happiness the mangaka's range is fantastic. I truly recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the anime.
Finally! Greatly anticipated series.
by V -
This is a very exciting release. There are not many josei titles in English, plus this is one I really wanted to read, so I will be supporting it in hopes of getting more great stuff like this.
A fun story of fashion and geeks
by Brandy -
Kodansha's omnibus edition of Princess Jellyfish is good quality. Although the book is flimsier than an ordinary single manga volume the paper thickness is OK. The color pages are minimal and feel a bit thin, but are still nice to look at. Fans should be able to enjoy this, but this series tends to not really take itself too seriously so don't expect too much. A lot of jokes here and there, especially during semi-serious situations to "lighten the mood", so yeah it's joke heavy. Shouldn't be too much of a problem if you enjoy these kinds of stories though. Also, most of the jokes are native to Japanese people so you won't really understand them unless you read the translation notes in the back; you'll still get a laugh or so from the atmosphere of it though. Personally, I still enjoy the story to a degree because of the anime, but I don't take it too seriously.
One of the Best, An Absolute Favorite
I must say, I absolutely loved the anime, but like many animes, it was produced faster than the writer could finish the manga, and was seemingly cut off a bit short. Excitingly enough, the manga has finally been serialized in the United States by Kodansha Comics, and it is absolutely amazing!
All of that is just the first volume of Princess Jellyfish, and I must say, it is well worth the read! I am so excited about its American release. While the original Japanese serialization is in 20 volumes, Kodansha has combined two volumes together per book, making the American releases 2-in-1 for a total of 10 volumes to be released. This is one of the most fantastic comedies out there, and I would highly recommend the anime for a taste of these otaku girls, and then follow up with the manga, which by volume 2 is already expanding on the story outside of the anime.
by Lust4lyfe101 -
I've been a fan of Princess Jellyfish ever since watching the anime years ago, and I always hoped the manga would be published in English. And lo and behold, now Kodansha is finally making that dream a reality!
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. 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!
Josei series FTW!
by Anna -
Far as Kodansha's releases go - this one could have been..sturdier? We've been spoiled by heavy hardcover VinlandSaga, so this volume being delicate softcovers feels a bit flimsy
Oh, it is still chock full of gags, color illustrations, omake 'diary' manga and translation notes on very Japan-specific in-jokes & puns!
Major kudos for also taking the time to explain difference between "fujoushi" and "otaku" terms, in their proper context, as part of Translation Notes. Even a careful explanation/use of couple LGBT terms