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Princess Jellyfish Episode 7 – Too Dramatic

Like most of Brain’s Base’s previous work, Princess Jellyfish is a show that builds on itself. Individual episodes aren’t as important as the show taken as an aggregate, with the characters and plot seemingly building to a natural climax, with the girls either able to save their home or being forced onto the street, and Kuranosuke, Shuu, and Tsukimi working out their developing relationship issues.

Even as a boy, Kuranosuke wasn’t very boyish

All that is to say that there wasn’t anything particularly remarkable or provocative about this episode. Inari continues her brutal march on the girls’ neighborhood, and Shuu’s heart. Tsukimi tries to work out her feelings after seeing Inari and Shuu together, and Kuranosuke is reluctantly coming to realize that he, too, is attracted to Tsukimi.

Don’t get me wrong: it’s still a good episode. I found Tsukimi experiencing her first broken heart particularly heart-wrenching, although I’ll admit that’s mostly personal bias. And it still lives up to the high standard of humor set by previous episodes: that, unlike most comedy anime, it actually made me laugh. It’s just not the best this show has to offer.

The text in the background says ‘Mayaya Rap’. Yes, she is rapping

What I did find interesting is how the dual natures of two of the characters affect the relationships. Shuu, of course, is infatuated with Tsukimi, but only when she’s been made up by Kuranosuke. And Tsukimi has become reluctant friends with Kuranosuke, but only when he’s dressed as a girl. When the girl clothes come off, she’s just as frightened of him as she is of any other man (more so, because if he’s not dressed as a girl around her, he’s usually semi-nude).

So, we have Tsukimi, who likes Shuu, but thinks he’s sleeping with Inari, even though she just drugged him and tried to convince him she did. Shuu likes Tsukimi, but only when she’s been dressed up by Kuranosuke, who also likes Tsukimi (against his better judgment), but can only get close to her when he’s pretending to be a girl at her apartment for socially maladjusted old maids.

Kuranosuke takes offense to the little boys calling him and Tsukimi lesbians

That’s practically a setup worthy of Shakespeare, and the show plays it up as much as possible. As you can tell from the screen caps, this episode is full of ridiculously over-the-top reactions, as all the different characters and motivations clash, and hilarity ensues.

It feels so effortless, almost like the folks at Brain’s Base are on cruise control. They’ve spent six episodes setting up a cast of colorful characters and giving them a few crazy setups, and now they’re just slowly building up to the grand finale.

Inari takes offense to her assistant calling Kuranosuke hot

I guess you can’t fault them for it, because the show is still completely entertaining. Even this episode, which is probably the weakest so far by virtue of being mainly setup for the next few episodes, still manages to be more entertaining than most of the garbage posing as entertainment this season.

It also has probably my favorite one-liner of the season, delivered by Kuranosuke’s father after Kuranosuke tries (and fails) to blackmail him with the knowledge that Shuu’s problems with women stem from seeing his father fooling around with Kuranosuke’s mother when he was a child. I won’t spoil it for you, but it’s simple and understated, a perfect counterpart to the unfettered ridiculousness that makes up most of the episode.

And Chieko really takes offense to Kuranosuke trying to sell off the dolls she treats like children. There’s a lot of people taking offense this episode

So even in its weakest episode, there’s still something great about Princess Jellyfish. And it’s still just as funny and charming as ever. This is just a well-crafted show, and one you should be watching.

You can watch it here. I’m going to go watch this week’s episode right now

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