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Kuragehime


Alt Names: alt くらげひめalt Princess Jellyfishalt 海月姫
Author: HIGASHIMURA Akiko
Artist: HIGASHIMURA Akiko
Genres: Award Winning Award WinningComedy ComedyDrama DramaGender Bender Gender BenderJosei JoseiRomance RomanceSlice of Life Slice of Life
Type: Manga (Japanese)
Status: Ongoing
Description: Kurashita Tsukimi is an 18 year old 'kurage otaku' (jellyfish fanatic). She lives in Tokyo in an all-female apartment complex full of various types of otaku. They fear and despise beautiful, fashionable people while existing happily in their no-man, no make-up world.
That all changes when a 'hipster' saves the life of a jellyfish and intrudes upon Tsukimi's isolated existence. Things are made even more complicated when it turns out that the beautiful woman is actually a man in drag.
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This is one of my first josei, as I'm used to reading shoujo.


Josei to me is not as linear overall, which can be more frustrating at times. But this definitely have shojo elements, especially the main mc, and how she's so inexperienced with love and real life. Also she's like 18/19, she's just out of high school and not in college OTL.

I read the first 25 chapters or so, and loved the first 15 better.

Later it's pretty darn annoying, tsukimi's characterization and all. I blame it on the mangaka, because it feels too drama-ish for the quirky slapstick-in-your-face humor of the manga.

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nvm, form Hachimitsu Scans blogspot

And so, we now come to the end of Kuragehime volume 16 with a bonus prequel chapter about Kuranosuke, and a two page afterword. But there is also some unfortunate news. Kuragehime has been on hiatus in Kiss since chapter 81 was published back in January, so we're now all caught up with the series. What this means is that we don't really know when v17 will come out now. If Kuragehime restarts in July and continues with the bimonthly schedule it's been doing, v17 may not come out until as late as May of next year, and at any rate, we don't really expect it to come out until next year anyway. It's a shame, since v17 is likely to be the last volume, going by the announcement last September that the series was close to ending, so the wait is going to be all the more frustrating. But we will finish this series no matter what.

has this been dropped?

Waiting for a new update T_T

I have aged a year since the last update.

I hope the new chapters are posted soon.

Shuu obviously never really understood Tsukimi. If she ever got married to him, he would try to make her into some fantasy yamato nadeshiko, a politician wife. Even if he really loves her, her hobbies, her wishes, he doesn't understand them. They are alien to him. He's the type to attempt to change people into something else "for their own good", instead of allowing them to grow and make their own decisions. He helps her, but doesn't allow her to grow.

 

Kuranosuke is the one who always pulls back Tsukimi on her feet and supports her. I totally ship them.

"Get a head start on the beer"? I like where your head is at, Higashimura!

Rasterize Rasterize!
 
Now I need to go back through the volume and look for art changes.

Might not be much. Near as I can make out, tones and stuff was always a pretty mechanical process based on applying these mass-produced sheets that were all identical. Computerizing that probably just makes 'em easier to apply without botch-ups.

Rasterize Rasterize!

 

Now I need to go back through the volume and look for art changes.

I'll be over here pining for the next volume to get released (and then scanslated.)

 

THANK YOU Hachimitsu scans!

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Wonderful chapter, as ever. The start of Kuranosuke's crossdressing is fabulous, as expected.

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Ayy poor big bro, he's just a puppy person and he loves tsukimi, flaws and all. But then again, so does Kuranosuke, and Kuranosuke is the one I want Tsukimi to choose in the end. Its a hard choice to make but the landshark lady can be with big bro, it okay

Yaaasssss...Tsukimi read mah letter~ *jk*

if course you're not :D

 

and the lil bro was just like "haha whatever what a silly ring yo my bro crazy" i mean.. no jealousy..

That is jealousy.

thats not tsukimi,
 
thats from the author's another manga that runs in the same magazine.

I suspected so... But she definitely looks a lot like Tsukimi and I hope she gets a haircut like this, she'd looked so good!

aww the brother got rejected :( he even went down on his knees lol.  poor kid

 

frangipiani, on 01 Jun 2016 - 07:49, said:
The part where you said Kuranosuke had no reaction ("no jealousy.. no anger.... nothing..."),  it's quite clear that he's in shock.

 

i don't think that "quite clear" at all. Because I obviously didn't see it that way. I think it's a matter of perspective.

short-haired tsukimi is !!!

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thats not tsukimi,

 

thats from the author's another manga that runs in the same magazine.

short-haired tsukimi is !!!

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I don't think that's it. Remember in earlier chapters, Kuranosuke realized his feelings for Tsukimi way before the brother but he didn't recognize it as such? Then later, when he realized it but also realized that Tsukimi was in mutual love with his brother, he decided to step aside because it was mutual? Later on, he also decided to just be a business partner so that he could always have that with her (because he also thinks that his brother would be a better partner for her). He also tried to support his brother in some ways so as to improve the couple's relationship. He even went so far to save Tsukimi. The part where you said Kuranosuke had no reaction ("no jealousy.. no anger.... nothing..."),  it's quite clear that he's in shock. He's speechless. He thought he could support their relationship but when it came to that point, it felt wrong (partly because of the timing, partly because of his feelings).

 

Frankly, I like Kuranosuke's brother as a character. However, both Tsukimi and him are poor when it comes to interpersonal matters. They were infatuated with each other <conjecture start> because they are both lonely people who want to have a relationship but can't because of their inferiority complexes <conjecture end>. It can still be a good marriage (if they do marry, that is) but as of present, their relationship is doomed.

 

For me, I would want Kuranosuke for Tsukimi because they inspire the most growth in themselves. Their relationship would not be two people licking their wounds; it would be two people growing together and becoming (psychologically) healthier people. That's only my opinion though.

 

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its that time of year for new updates and to read this series again 

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dude hit a lady. don't marry him, kill him

It really looks like I'm the only one rooting for the big brother...

if course you're not :D 

 

and the lil bro was just like "haha whatever what a silly ring yo my bro crazy" i mean.. no jealousy.. no anger.... nothing... and he's never shown any of that. He's just a good friend and business partner. 

 

it really pulled my heartstrings when he was like "please don't leave me alone" and "please don't leave without telling me" and "I'll take care of you" like awwww his heart's in the right place, he just doesn't understand that she's got this business venture going on. And that's okay.

It really looks like I'm the only one rooting for the big brother...

No man, I agree with you, but think it's too soon.

Kuranosuke always felt more BFFish to me, than a true love interest.

I can't really see Tsukimi getting married to Shuu-san right now (and possibly not ever, lol). It's very sweet how certain he is about her, but I don't feel like he actually understands her. They still can't really communicate effectively, and I always get the sense that they're operating on completely different wavelengths. I mean, Shuu-san is in his 30s, marriage as an actual option is real to him. Tsukimi is only 19(?) and she's only just starting to believe in herself and dream bigger without Kuranosuke having to urge her along. I doubt she understands what getting married to Shuu would even entail. She's so young! She has so much to learn and experience! I don't think she would be happy or comfortable with being a politician's wife, especially not at this point in her life.


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