Am I Ugly? Princess Jellyfish Anime Review

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“Am I ugly?” If you ever try to type those words into a search bar, they are usually the first ones that pop up. In today’s society, there’s an undeniable amount of pressure to look and act a certain way. I’m not even talking about Hollywood or celebrities. While yes, they have the pressure, I’m talking more about us everyday folks.

I am ugly. And no, that’s not to hear protests of the opposite. I mean that in today’s idea of beauty I have always been rated a 7 on my best day. That’s with the right outfit and my hair done and my makeup perfect. On my normal everyday face, I’m a 3. Why the numbers? Because that’s what I’ve been told my whole life.

I’m a huge anime nerd(I mean, why else would I run an anime blog?) and would rather stay home reading and watch anime than go outside and socialize. That’s why, after watching a new anime that a friend suggested, I KNEW I needed to do a review on it.

Now, this anime, Princess Jellyfish, has been out a while already and even been on Netflix. When I just looked at the cover art, I thought it was just going to be weird and not actually that good show.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

This anime broke my heart, made me cry, and gave me more feels than I could have ever imagined. Any girl(or guy for that matter) will be able to relate the characters. The best part is that the main character doesn’t change who she is. She stays true to herself while learning who she really is.

If you haven’t already heard of Princess Jellyfish, let me give you a brief synopsis…

Ever since her late mother took her to an aquarium when she was young, Tsukimi Kurashita has been obsessed with jellyfish, comparing their flowing tentacles to a princess’s white dress. Now living with five other unemployed otaku women, 19-year-old Tsukimi spends her days as a social outcast dreaming of becoming an illustrator.

However, her life changes forever when one day, a beautiful woman unexpectedly helps her save a jellyfish in a local pet store. From then on, the stranger—confident, fashionable, and the complete opposite of Tsukimi and her roommates—begins to regularly visit the girls’ building. This trendy hipster, though appearing shallow at first, harbors some secrets of her own, starting with the fact that “she” isn’t really a girl at all, but a wealthy male college student named Kuranosuke Koibuchi!

Seeing how popular this anime was(it’s ranked #300 on MAL), I couldn’t wait to see how this anime turned out. It’s definitely a slice of life anime, and much like Ouran High School Host Club, it does leave off on a cliff-hanger. Luckily, we have the manga which I quickly devoured. I needed a better ending besides what I could find from reading fanfiction for it.

One thing that struck me the most, was how the characters were all otaku’s and not your typically drawn anime style characters. And the main male character(while cross-dressing and still looked great no matter what he wore), started to fall for our main female character. Despite that, the show didn’t focus on it as much since they decided to go the route of literal slice-of-life and not delve as deep as they could into it.

Were the Girls Ugly? 

We had a friend over recently and they made a comment about how he and my ex-husband(we’re separated now) never dated girls based on physical appearance. I didn’t say anything, but the comment crushed me.  There had been snide comments from others close to me that they would never have to work as hard as me to be beautiful.

Was my worth based more on my physical appearance than my personality?

People would avoid eye contact with me, refuse to be seen with me….was I truly that unwanted? Was I really that ugly? I knew how these girls felt, since I too, was just your average everyday otaku. My social anxiety prevents me from being able to socialize that a “normal” human being and I turn to stone when being asked certain questions. I can fangirl with the best of them, especially when it comes down to things about anime or Harry Potter.

It has been years for me to come to terms with this. I was never going to be a 10 or even an 8. Someone quoted that even when I lost weight, it wouldn’t help because I had an ugly face. Was that really my only value of character? The length of my hair and makeup on my face? Was I unable to be loved because of my face? My first love and boyfriend would ask to see my stomach to see if I was losing or gaining weight. This escalated my eating disorder to even worse proportions and food became my enemy.

One part that struck me especially in Princess Jellyfish, was when Tsukimi was wearing the lace jellyfish dress, it shows two different views. How Kuranosuke sees her and how she sees herself. It’s almost two totally different people.  True, he was seeing the version of her that he created, but he wasn’t wrong. She was still herself.

Conclusion?

Every girl, and guy, can be beautiful because they already are. We all have a certain style and something to bring to the table.

The show is actually worth watching around the first chance you get. Some of the humor can be charming and unique up to an extent although I hate that it ended on a lousy cliffhanger, which means it’s one of those “read the manga” endings.

There is so much love in my life despite my physical appearance. Beauty isn’t a definition of character. I won’t ever be a model or be showered with compliments all the time. Instead, I’ve been blessed with real and true friends that can see past my imperfections. My friends(the real ones) love my flaws and sees me as someone worthy to be loved.

And that’s what really matters.

Until next time my lovelies. As always,

Keep Smiling! 

35 Comments

  1. Esse D

    October 17, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    I love this post. Everybody has asked this question at some point. The standards of beauty are astronomical and somehow it’s always okay for women to be judged based on looks. Thanks for sharing this amazing read.

    1. gloriaharvley648@yahoo.com

      November 21, 2017 at 8:26 pm

      You’re so welcome! I’m grateful you enjoyed this! I hate how we’re judged on looks but I don’t think it’ll change much in this dynasty.

  2. Gillian Kent

    October 18, 2017 at 3:26 am

    My brother had me convinced I was ugly. I worked hard to be good at school and a terrific athlete because it was a way to be validated. I went to Uni and the guys were falling over themselves to date me. It was nice for a few days but I realized that they only saw the outside me and not the Amazon within. In a way, my brother did me a favor.

    1. gloriaharvley648@yahoo.com

      November 21, 2017 at 8:27 pm

      Looks fade over time. You could be on the cover of every magazine and people will fawn all over you, but true friends love you at your worst! I know the pressure though. My ex would check my stomach to make sure I was losing weight and not gaining it and I couldn’t be seen with him unless I had my makeup on.

  3. Joscelyn

    October 18, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    I think most of us would agree that we’ve had this same question at least one point in our lives. Its unfortunate that society places such value on the outward appearance when it’s the inside that truly matters. There are some beautiful people that are so ugly on the inside, their good looks can’t even make them decent people.

    1. gloriaharvley648@yahoo.com

      November 21, 2017 at 8:28 pm

      You can’t beautiful with an ugly heart, that’s for sure.

  4. Daneisha Smith

    October 18, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Wow this is very heartbreaking. It’s heartbreaking because it’s so true. Most of our lives, we will be just based on our outer appearance and not the our brains. Even if a woman becomes the president, you better believe that her appearance will be the topic of conversation half the time. I hate that our society is this way.

    http://www.offficiallychic.com

    1. gloriaharvley648@yahoo.com

      November 21, 2017 at 8:29 pm

      Yes! It frustrates me to no end! She’ll be judged for the length of her skirt, how her hair is styled if she’s wearing makeup…not how she’s ruling. It’s so sad.

  5. Danielle

    October 19, 2017 at 6:06 am

    This was beautifully written. It is my sincere hope that within my lifetime, our society shifts its perceptions and where it places its importance.

  6. Leah Sullivan

    October 19, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Such an honest and relatable post. Everyone has definitely asked this question in their lifetime but it is not what we look like that defies us! Awesome honesty girl!

  7. Christina | From Under a Palm Tree

    October 20, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    My first reaction reading was I can’t believe people would be so horrible but unfortunately, I can totally believe it and it sucks.

    But I think you’re more than right about what matters is on the inside. Honestly, I find that something with an ugly personality makes them an ugly person no matter their physical appearance, And vice-versa – if someone has a great personality they instantly become more attractive. Unfortunately, there will always be awful people in the world that judge based solely on appearance but those people are probably pretty ugly on the inside.

  8. Jody

    October 20, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    I can remember as a kid being bullied about my looks and those comments have carried into my adult life as well. I now know as an adult that what is on the outside is what is important and I strive to be as authentic as I can.

  9. Cori @ Sweet Coralice

    October 20, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Ugh, ppl can be so mean in today’s society. It used to be bad when I was younger but nowadays, they don’t even TRY to hide it. I developed a thicker skin and thankfully, I’ve passed that on to my kids 💕

  10. Aarika

    October 20, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    This is such a beautifully raw and inspiring post. Thank you for being you!!! And keep on being fabulous. Cheers!

  11. Samantha

    October 20, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    What an inspiring post! Thank you for being so raw!

  12. Gaby

    October 27, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    This is a really inspiring post – thanks for sharing your own experiences. There are a lot of societal pressures these days (particularly on young people) and it’s important to remember what really defines you.

  13. Brittani

    October 27, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    Wow! I’m so happy for you being vocal about something so intimate and vulnerable. I hope other people are touched to reach out and discuss their issues to grow. Never should you have to compare yourself to others in order to be validated. I’m glad that you at least have a circle of loving people to remind you that.

  14. Debra Marie Francis

    October 27, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    Love this post. You are inspiring. I think u look beautiful even without make up both inside and outside. I think u could b a model up there with the best of them. Whatever losers called u ugly r poopyheads. I love u girly. Thank u for ur amazing blog. I needed these reads today! ❤💚💜💙💛

  15. Nita

    October 30, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    It is so true that what is inside us is so much more important, but we are so good at convincing ourselves that what is on the outside matters so much more. The media doesn’t make it easy either, with self esteem being such a fragile state, it only takes a word or a look for it to shatter us. Thanks for speaking up about this, we need more love and we need to spread it like wildfire!

  16. Jeanne

    October 30, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    This is such an honest and inspiring post. Most people, eve the most attractive, struggle with self-image. I think it’s part of being human. It’s a great idea to confront those issues and try to change them within ourselves.

  17. Cait Weingartner

    October 31, 2017 at 9:21 am

    I really enjoyed reading this honest, thought provoking post. We grow up looking at images of what society tells us are ideal standards of beauty. It takes a lot of reprogramming to be truly comfortable in our own skin.

  18. Ladylebz

    November 1, 2017 at 8:11 am

    I totally get what you mean. But I realized that this whole beauty thing was based on most patriarchal standards of what a “beautiful woman” is. Here in South Africa, it used to be a light-skinned curvy woman, then it became a dark-skinned, but “not too dark” curvy woman, until it became just a curvy woman. Beauty is you feeling happy and good about yourself. Screw what everyone else thinks. 🙂

  19. Shelby @Fitasamamabear

    November 5, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Great post! It’s silly we ask this because the standards of “beauty” are/should be different for everyone! We’re all unique and we should be focusing on that perk instead 😉

  20. Krissy

    November 9, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    It’s always what matters on the inside and physical beauty is a different definition for everyone. I agree that the pressure for women is insane and something that needs to change. Focusing on those who love us in our lives is what’s truly important.
    Krissy | https://www.thoughtfullyunraveled.com

  21. Ashley Bass

    November 9, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    I love this post. Beauty standards are always changing and are so depressing sometimes. I love how you put it into perspective.

  22. Sincerely Ophelia

    November 10, 2017 at 5:37 am

    I love your acronym for UGLY. It’s inspiring. Thanks so much for the sharing and allowing me to think more about the word and topic.

  23. Ashley @ GrowingSpangs

    November 10, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Although obviously neither appearance or depression discriminate, women tend to be more affected than other groups. I really love your UGLY acronym, it should be passed around to high schools.

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  28. Stephanie

    July 1, 2019 at 5:49 am

    Dear Gloria,
    Based on your picture, I’d say you are actually beautiful in the physical sense even if you weren’t wearing makeup or hair color or were 10 pounds overweight. Having lived in various countries including in South -East Asia and the Caribbean, I’d say beauty standards in Europe and the US are too damn high, and in fact favor plastic surgery creations like Kim K than refreshing natural beauty. People who shame you for your appearance are probably insecure about some other aspect where you’re better than them like being more intelligent or having a more wholesome/deep personality. It was really saddening to read that people in your life actually encouraged your eating disorder and made you suffer. I hope you stick to the company of good and kind people, and ignore the shallow jerks.

    Cheers,
    A fellow Otaku girl

    1. gloriaharvley648@yahoo.com

      July 6, 2019 at 3:38 am

      The beauty standards here really are too high. Thankfully, I do have people in my life that see more than the conventional looks of what’s in right now. Thank you for your comment.

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