Princess Jellyfish

Princess Jellyfish (2014)

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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 the read morethreat 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?

  • Native title:

    海月姫
  • Also Known as:

    Kuragehime; Jellyfish Princess; くらげひめ;

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honesu
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Jul 24, 2015
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
Princess Jellyfish...I felt like the anime wasn't really my style and I never did give it a try. I'm also not the biggest fan of live-action films since they always seem less magical (?) than the other adaptations. So, with that in mind, I have to say that I seriously regret not watching this sooner. It exceeded my expectations!

The storyline is simple but fresh. The movie was fun, it addressed some read more serious issues, and it was somewhat lacking in the romance department. Exactly what you'd except from a Japanese movie...and that's not a bad thing. What really made this movie great were the characters, none of them were forgettable! This is mostly thanks to the actors who were just amazing. Both of the leads knew what they were doing, they were both new to me but Suda Masaki has plenty of projects under his belt ( he has like three movies coming up next year! wow ) and Nounen Rena is also quite talented ( Amachan anyone? ).

This is a feel-good movie, funny and light-hearted...and I honestly don't have any complaints about it. I'd definetly recommend this to anyone who wants a break from melodrama, anyone who likes fashion, and anyone looking for a good weekend movie.

PS. The soundtrack was so great!
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biniBningPunkista
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Nov 16, 2015
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Watching this movie was like opening a plastic wrap with a bunch of gummy bears. It was sweet, colorful and full of fun.

The movie may seem nonsensical or rather another "Make Over" concept at first, but gradually, the fun starts when the cross dressing male lead Koibuchi Kuranosuke gets more involved with the female lead Kurashita Tsukimi and her housemates. I think that's where the story line actually picks up. Kuragehime read more may not have a great romance aspect into it, but it does give hints as to whom the character's heart actually belongs to. The portrayal of an Otaku in this film is also quite a bit over rated to my taste but then there's Kuranosuke who by the way is trying to hide the fact that he is a male cross dressing as a female so as not to be hated by Tuskimi's housemates who thinks he is a girl... so that actually became a redeemer factor for me. The story revolves around this simple story line made complicated by the characters themselves. Though there may be additional conflict inserts along the plot line, it didn't give much impact to the over all feel of the film.

Acting wise, I really enjoyed the fact that the main lead is comfortable wearing female clothes and actually looks good in it. Compared to other cross dressed actors I've seen, Suda Masaki nailed his role, he never once looked like he was a trying-hard-wannabe-cross-dresser. It was fun watching him punch the air in excitement, dress up Mitzuki in pretty clothes and walk like a model while speaking in a male voice. The way he acted spelled FUN all over the place. Then there's our female lead, Mitzuki. Nounen Rena who portrayed this character (with her glasses on) looked so much like Aoi Miyazaki from the Movie - Tada Kimi Wo Aishiteru. Sorry, I had to insert that because I really found the resemblance quite astounding! Aside from that detail, I found myself liking her character. It wasn't as strong as the male lead, but it was cute enough to compliment Masaki along the way.

As for the other supporting actresses, I found each characters lovable: Banba (afro girl), Mayaya (Bangs Girl), Chieko (Doll Girl) and Jiji (Old Man lover girl). The person who caught my attention though was the afro girl. I really find her fetish for trains a bit odd, but her other skills like photography, having a keen eye, attention to details... those things made her really interesting. Oh! Her BIG Afro wig was a big plus too. Aside from these girls, I will have to insert Kuranosuke's brother - Shu Koibuchi and his ever faithful driver Yoshio Hanamori (played by my favorite Mokomichi Hayami-san!!!). Their tandem in this movie is funny, despite the over-acting in their part, I still find the slapstick comedy funny.

Music wise, I find it endearing and catchy, it also made me check out the band which was SEKAI NO OWARI. Ironically upon listening to their music they have the same feel as the American Band: Owl City, and when I did my research they already had a show together! That piece of information was really awesome. Another trivia about SEKAI NO OWARI, they are also the same band who sang the OST for Attack on Titans (but it's such a shame the movie wasn't up to my expections).

Over all, this will be worth your time if your mood is into a feel-good-funny movie with bits and pieces about Otakus, Gender Bender and Fashion.
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    zombiehero Jul 18, 2017

    I have to say Suda Masaki was really well chosen for Kuranosuke!

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    Sutera116 May 8, 2017

    this movie is unexpectedly so funny!!!

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    Trouble-chan Apr 19, 2017 - edited
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    TokkiLily Mar 8, 2017

    I thought it was meh tbh

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    PEACEFUL Dec 5, 2016

    apparently, most people wouldn't agree, but this was very disappointing
    too many details about it were good to call it "average", it's only that the amount of "all wrong" was too much to get anywhere near "good"
    it's a movie you don't have to see if you have any other options and aren't an obsessive film geek/creator or a diligent stalker of someone from the cast... I guess

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    Nik Nov 12, 2016

    My only regret is not watching this earlier, I thoroughly enjoyed it ^_^

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    Eeshie Oct 9, 2016

    2 hours of fluff. I really enjoyed it =)

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    veronicaruiz Oct 8, 2016

    Not as great as the anime but it was alright. I really liked Suda Masaki's role!

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    Marooya Jul 16, 2016

    I loved the anime better, this one doesn't do it justice.

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    Nana8 May 17, 2016

    I really enjoyed this one <3 was really cute haha

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    Lotta-love May 12, 2016

    Suda Masaki is truly impressive in this role !

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    nikonim Apr 13, 2016

    I LOVED IT!!!! Tsukimi has the cutest smile and Kuranosuke is so pretty! Just like in the anime!!!

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    Koteuni Mar 10, 2016
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    clumsy_me Jan 14, 2016

    I really love the manga and anime so I was already freaking out when I heard that they're making live action. It's really good omg I love ittttt

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    Sora Jan 1, 2016

    This really did the anime justice! I havent seen a japanese movie in a long time and this has made me want to watch more.

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  • Country:

    Japan
  • Type:

    Movie
  • Release Date:

    Dec 27, 2014
  • Duration:

    2 hr. 6 min.

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