Change of pace, lunatics. We’ll be taking a break from EUREKA SEVEN and YU YU HAKUSHO for a week or so to catch up with a number of fine, new Funimation titles that have come to my doorstep. Read my thoughts on…
- SENGOKU BASARA: SAMURAI KINGS *** YAMADA'S FIRST TIME *** DRAGONBALL Z KAI
- CHAOS HEAD *** BUBBLEGUM CRISIS: TOKYO 2040 *** HETALIA: AXIS POWERS
- ONE PIECE *** ROSARIO + VAMPIRE *** MY BRIDE IS A MERMAID *** DARKER THAN BLACK
Well, now, it’s a relief to see an anime that, for a change of pace, centers on socially awkward girls whose lives are turned upside down by the arrival of some flashy member of the opposite sex. I hate to keep invoking points of reference from Western entertainment, but seeing as how the show’s intro runs these “nuns” through a bunch of scenarios specifically taken from classic American flicks, it’s more apt than usual to say PRINCESS JELLYFISH makes me think of quirky indy comedies like LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE and THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, et al.
“Quirky’ is an operative descriptor, to be sure, but so is “charming,” as I was definitely intrigued to follow this frumpy little miss in pig tails from the first jellyfish-related monologue. Call me crazy, but I’ll go ahead and guess that the arc of this series will see her new tranny pal getting her to come out of her shell or shed her skin or embody whatever undersea analogy’s most appropriate to describe this particular growth of personality. In the frozen moment of this pilot, of course, I’m helpless to do anything but sympathize with the rut she’s run into for these early years of young adulthood. The particulars are infinite, but surely everybody’s been at a point where they’re stuck in that disenchanting gulf when the cheery hopes of your parents don't seem to apply anymore.
In other words, it’s moving stuff.
But… Princess Jellyfish’s house mate in the green track suit has to be one of the most notably grating supporting characters I’ve ever come across in a sitcom like this. Whoa. Somebody please get her to shut up.
Anyway, here’s another anime that might be worthwhile to show to your typically anime-averse friends that there’s material in the field that’s accessible and easy to relate to mainstream movies they’re more familiar with. A very cute and very appealing starter, right here.
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Watch this episode, "Sex and the Sisterhood" below and decide for yourself.