Princess Jellyfish Episode #04 Anime Review

It's an interesting time for those in the group as we see there's a potentially larger issue looking in the background, an issue which colors other memories and can add a touch of sadness to it. Kuranosuke discovers that there are plans afoot for a renewal of the area that Tsukimi and the others live in and the property itself is slated for a high rise hotel, should plans go through. He's all set for protests and action, but is surprised by their almost uninterested mood about it. At least until they point out that they're fully aware of it as they read the news too and there are protests already in place and other actions. So what will be, will be.

Hopefully this doesn't become a huge part of the series as something serious like this could detract from the simpler fun and enjoyment of Princess Jellyfish. With Kuranosuke realizing that Tsukimi is a little off because of her mindset, he decides to take her out to the aquarium since it's where she wants to go, so he gets her all dolled up in a kimono and asks his brother Shu for the Benz. Which means he sees her and his infatuation continues to be strong, though he hasn't made the connection between her beautiful exterior and her more drab everyday appearance. Shu's interest in her comes across rather realistically and watching the way he looks at her, at least in her dolled up form, gives hint at the troubles he's going to face but also the ones that Tsukimi will have to face when she realizes how he really feels. It's all very well done and interesting to watch.

At this point though, Tsukimi is far more caught up in her own emotions to be able to handle much else. The time spent in the aquarium has her remembering her mother and the pain of losing her, which conflicts with her desire to not cry and be strong instead for her. It's a difficult time for her and it's surprising to really see Shu getting close to her, to hold her and tell her it's alright. Most shows avoid that, instead looking for other ways to help the suffering person without actually giving them comfort. And for someone like Tsukimi, getting that kind of comfort really does her in even more, though it's not unexpected. The way these characters think and act with each other is very engaging since you can see how the little things mean so much when they normally wouldn't otherwise. Kuranosuke does feel like the odd man/woman out here, but he provides some welcome moments in smoothing out the flow of the episode.

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