Covers volumes 1 to 8 of Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura
Chances are you’ve heard heaps and heaps of praise bestowed upon this manga about a jellyfish otaku whose life is changed forever by a crossdresser. That praise is HELLA ACCURATE. Carrie McClain (an editor at Black Nerd Problems) and host Ashley reveal how much they’ve become Princess Jellyfish otaku by fangirling all over the Amars and Kuranosuke, dissecting how Higashimura explores identity politics through the narrative and motifs in the art, and remind you that everybody, EVERYBODY, is an otaku. Yes, even straight-laced, stuffy Shu. He’s a Tsukimi otaku.
- Princess Jellyfish is available from Kodansha USA physically and digitally
- You can watch the 11-episode anime over on Funimation
- Higashimura also did Tokyo Tarareba Girls, which was a digital-first initiative from Kodansha that's now getting a print run. Listen to our episode about it here.
- Tokyopop had a line of comics back in the day called Chix Comics. Groan.
- Are you living the NEET life?
- Kuranosuke does not identify as an okama
- Records of the Three Kingdoms, aka what Mayaya's always going on about
- Princess Jellyfish Nomu is probably insulted to be lumped in with My Hero Academia Nomu. Maybe.
- What is a fujoshi?
- Don't let your party get petrified in Final Fantasy
- Tenryū Arashiyama from Maid-sama, the much more problematic version of Kuranosuke. Listen to our first Maid-sama episode here. The manga is also available from Viz Media.
- Outro song: “Kokodake no Hanashi” by Chatmonchy (the opening of the Princess Jellyfish anime)
- Find Carrie's work on Black Nerd Problems, where she writes lots about comics
- Follow Carrie on Twitter @DivineBlkPearl
- Follow Shojo & Tell on Twitter @shojoandtell
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- Follow Ashley on Twitter @AshMcD00
Comments, questions, constructive criticism, concerns? Want to tell us who your favorite member of the Amars is? Email shojoandtell [at] gmail.com or simply leave a comment on the episode page.