Saturday, January 1, 2011

Kuragehime: Part 2

Happy New Year!

Episode 1: Sex and the Amars

Main Character: Tsukimi Kurashita, 18

"All girls can be beautiful princesses when they grow up."

We start off with a flashback of Tsukimi and her mom gazing into a large tank full of jellyfish. Her mom promises her that she'll sew a white wedding dress for Tsukimi that looks similar to the jellyfish tentacles/stingers that were floating in front of them. She also added that "all girls can be beautiful princesses when they grow up." This is what I felt the theme of the show would run with. I started thinking about if this was true, how do we define "beautiful"? What are the conditions to obtain this "beauty"?

In a monologue in which we hear her thoughts directed towards a "conversation" with her mom, she apologizes for not turning into a princess, rather, she sees herself as a freak due to unforeseen circumstances.

We're given a hint on what type of beauty Tsukimi defines. Surrounded by people who are dressed up, dolled up, and made up, she refers to outer beauty which makes me think of how naive she still is and perhaps how shallow her way of thinking is.

At first I was deeply hoping that this wouldn't become another "The Wallflower" (Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge). Not only was the premise similar (turn ugly girl into a beautiful swan), but also the characters and their obsessions with certain subjects (Tsukimi - jellyfish; Sunako - morbidity/horror). If that was the case I began to assume that there would be a pretty boy involved.

Pretty is right. At first I thought it was a woman with a deep voice and that this would be a yuri series (it would be certainly more different from The Wallflower).

Enter Kuranosuke Koibuchi, first year college (which I am assuming he's 18-19 yrs. old). Unlike the strong and manly bishounen Kyohei from The Wallflower, Kuranosuke is the complete opposite, enjoying the fun and feel of cross-dressing. So, here is our pretty boy that would be turning Tsukimi into a "Stylish/Hipster" in no time.

Continue to Part 3

Friday, December 31, 2010

Kuragehime (Princess Jellyfish) Part 1

Possibly the best anime I've watched in 2010. Romance, hilarious facial expressions, side-splitting comedy, slice-of-life, and gender bending - what more could you ask for?

Well, for starters, more episodes plz. Running only 11 episodes long, this is possibly the shortest anime series I've watched. Oh, hold on, I recall FLCL being 6 episodes. Oh, and Big O...until CN produced more episodes. Well, you get the idea.

"I'm perfectly normal."

I beg to differ, Kuranosuke-san. I believe that the one closest to being normal one. In fact, each character's quirkiness gives the anime/manga life and depth. Far from being portrayed as typical otaku as in the first episode, we see the passion explained further in detail (but not too much detail) which was just enough to give the feeling of being more than one-dimensional characters.

Continued in Part 2.

Happy New Year!