Best Age Gap Romance Manga

I never knew I would be a fan of age gap romance manga but after reading so many different titles, I began to find some of the stories interesting and the romantic relationships very unique between the main characters. Now I’m a female fan into the Shoujo/Josei manga genres so the following list of manga focus on an older male/younger female relationship because I’m personally not into the older female/younger male one. I’ve read many different age gap manga within this genre and have concluded on the following being the “best” I’ve ever read based on the following criteria: interesting plot, unique relationship between lead characters and emotional impact on the reader. I will be updating this list as I explore new manga that fit within this genre.

*The following descriptions may contain plot spoilers*

1. Meiji Hiiro Kitan

127765

Photo: MyAnimeList

Synopsis: “It’s the middle of the Meiji Era and our heroine, the little Suzu, is sold to the red lights district. However, the rich heir of a dry-goods store Tsugaru buys her freedom for no apparent reason. She is deeply grateful for being saved, but she doesn’t understand why he paid so much money for her and the only explanation he offers is “we have a bond.” She tries to unravel the mystery of his feelings and gradually grows from a little girl to a young woman, always by his side. A gentle and slow-paced love story set in the Meiji Era.” -MyAnimeList

Status: Ongoing

Age Gap: Over 15 years

Why I Like It: When I first discovered this manga I was afraid to read it because of the large age gap between the main characters and from the comments I’ve read, so are other readers. I want you to know that even though there is a large age gap, this manga never came off as pedophilia. I find it interesting because there is a large mystery surrounding the male lead and the reason why he let his family disown him in order to buy the freedom of a young girl who he didn’t even know. You can tell Suzu has a crush on Tsugaru and that Tsugaru cares a lot about her wellbeing. I bet this manga will be one where the male lead will eventually have to stop seeing her as a child and instead as a woman as she begins to mature. I’m excited to see their relationship develop from her childhood to adulthood.

Read it here

2. Hagimari No Niina

142817

Photo: MyAnimeList

Synopsis: “Eleven-year-old Niina is special. This is because she has the memories of her past life as a girl named Chitose still intact. Among these memories is a promise with Chitose’s boyfriend which Niina then decides to try and fulfill. But can she really do it?”-MyAnimeList

Status: Completed

Age Gap: 14 years

Why I Like It: I’m a huge fan of reincarnation manga (I will be doing a blog post on my favorites soon) and wanted to give this one a try. Chitose, who has reincarnated into Niina an eleven year old, has a close relationship with her past love and neighbor, Atsurou. Due to their age difference their relationship is more of a friendship with Niina having one sided feelings for Atsurou. The whole manga, Niina works to prove that she is Chitose and tries to fulfill the promise she made with Atsurou before she died. I love this one because it’s about commitment and love outliving death. In most other age gap mangas the main characters meet one another by chance but in this one the main characters are separated by death only to once again be reunited in the future. There is a continuous theme of love having no bounds since there is a large age gap between Niina and Atsurou as she was born after Chitose died when Atsurou was 14. Such a cute manga, I really recommend!

Read it here

3. Hirunaka No Ryuusei

 63891  233869

Photos: MyAnimeList

Synopsis: “Fifteen-year-old country girl Suzume Yosano has to move to Tokyo to live with her uncle due to her father’s transfer. She bumps into a mysterious man who ends up taking her to her uncle’s place after she gets lost. Turns out, Suzume will be seeing him a lot more often once she starts school because… he’s her homeroom teacher?!” -MyAnimeList

Status: Completed

Age Gap: 9 years

Why I Like It: Okay, I’m not a huge fan of the teacher-student relationships but I have to say out of all the one’s that I’ve read, Hirunaka No Ryuusei is by far the best. It felt so much more natural than other manga in its genre and I felt myself rooting for Suzume and Satsuki the whole time. Plus, he’s got to be the hottest teacher I’ve ever seen so I easily had some motivation to keep reading. What is so different about this manga is there is a secondary male character the same age as the female lead that begins to shake up the relationship between Suzume and Satsuki. I really valued this because in most age gap romances the couple overcomes obstacles but generally finds a happy ending easily. In this manga the secondary male character actually serves a purpose that moves past just making the male lead jealous to push the main characters together like in most Shoujo romance manga. If you’re looking for a manga where the age gap might really be a hinderance for the main characters, I recommend you check this one out.

Read it here

4. Tsubaka Lonely Planet

        164273  282844
Photos: MyAnimeList

Synopsis: “Oono Fumi is a poor second year high school student. Because of her father’s debts, she’s kicked out of her own home and has to rely on her own connections to survive. Thus begins her life as a live-in housekeeper for a reclusive writer…” -MyAnimeList

Status: Ongoing

Age Gap: 8 years

Why I Like It: This manga is written by the same author as Hirunaka No Ryuusei. I have to say she sure can draw some hot sensei characters! She is very talented at making age gap romance that feels completely natural to the reader. This one is more accepting than the romance in Hirunaka No Ryuusei primarily because it’s not a teacher/student relationship but rather a teen/guardian relationship. I think what makes this one so unique is the fact that the male lead is somewhat anti-social and doesn’t have much experience with women or dating in the past. A naive and vulnerable adult male makes for the perfect pair with a young teenager. I also liked that this wasn’t an age gap romance where both characters immediately had feelings for one another, it took multiple chapters for their relationship to grow and for the male lead to get over the things that were holding him back from pursuing her. I’m sure that the main characters in this manga have a rocky road ahead of them due to the fact that they are living together but I’m excited to follow along and see what becomes of them.

Read it here

5. Glass No Kamen

1425

Photo: MyAnimeList

Synopsis: “Kitajima Maya, a 13-year old girl with a talent for acting, was discovered by the reclusive actress Tsukikage. The story follows Maya’s growing up, intense training, overcoming challenges, and evolving into the foremost actress of her generation (she is about 20 so far). Maya’s greatest rival is Himekawa Ayumi, the beautiful daughter of a famous movie couple. They ultimately vied for the most sought-after role – the “Crimson Goddess”. An equally important subplot Maya’s relationship with the handsome and ruthless entertainment mogul Hayami Masumi, who secretly became her number one fan, but misunderstandings and bad-timing obstructed their romance…” -MyAnimeList

Status: Ongoing

Age Gap: 11 years

Why I Like It: So I have to confess that I’ve not read the manga but I have watched the anime so that’s why I included this one on my list. I know the manga goes deeper into Maya and Masumi’s relationship as they get older. Masumi first starts out as a tsundere but over time realizes Maya’s talent and begins to fall in love with her. Embarrassed he’s in love with someone 11 years his junior, he supports her from the shadows and becomes her secret admirer. He’s very protective of Maya and helps her with many issues she has to face in order for her to become successful as an actress. At the end of the anime when she begins to mature into an adult, she realizes she also has feelings for Masumi. I’m excited to see where this romance takes them. I love male characters who inspire the female lead and help them become more successful as an individual and that’s why Masumi got my vote. What I really liked about this one is the romance had been developing for years for each main character instead of them immediately meeting and being attracted to one another, which felt so real to me. Sometimes in real life it takes people a while to come together, especially when there is such a large age gap.

Read it here

6. My Beautiful World

151887

Photo: MyAnimeList

Synopsis: “Every person in this world changes, it could be anything like their desires or personalities. What if behind a person smiles hides a dark malice or depression? How will someone react to it if that person have the ability to see their hidden facade? This is the story of a girl who can see the ever changing form of humanity as she dives into the mysterious realms of the unknown and real life.” -MyAnimeList

Age Gap: At least 8 years

Why I Like It: The plot of this webtoon is absolutely beautiful. It takes two characters who were put into a tragic situation together and when they come across one another again, love blossoms. Throughout most of the webtoon there is a mystery surrounding the male lead character because you wonder why he keeps protecting the female lead and what secrets he’s hiding about the accident that almost killed him. My favorite thing about this webtoon is at the time the male lead met the female lead he was actually in love and engaged to another woman. However due to his accident, she decided to leave him which made him available for the female lead when they met again in the future, kind of like it was fate for them to be together and although tragic, the situation that brought them together was meant to be.

Read it here

7. Ingenuo

6159

Photo: MyAnimeList

Synopsis: “Ding Jiayu dreams of being a photographer. Her idol is none other than Yung Jo. When Yung Jo’s photography company holds an audition to find a new photographer, Jiayu decides to take a chance. The thing is, Yung Jo’s company doesn’t hire women, so Jiayu has no choice but to dress up as man and enter. Yung Jo takes great interest in Jiayu’s talent and makes her his apprentice. It may seem like a dream to work with your idol, but for Jiayu, it’s nothing of the sort. She takes a beating from Yung Jo everyday, and since all the crew members think she is a guy…” -MyAnimeList

Status: Completed

Age Gap: Over 10 years

Why I Like It: When I first started reading this manga, I thought that it was a gender bender about a girl who meets the male lead and falls for him because she goes undercover to work at his company. Boy was I wrong! You find out later on that he knew she was a woman all along and purposefully hired her because he met her in the past and she was a strong force in his decision to pursue photography. This is a really cute manga about two characters who were separated for a period of time and were brought together years later, with the common interest of photography. What I really liked about this one compared to others is that the male lead waited to pursue the female lead until she was of age and still held himself back at times, unsure if he should really pursue her or not. I thought it was interesting he acted like such a tsundere in the beginning especially since he knew who she was and how he felt about her. Their age gap provides many challenges in their professional and personal lives but they face it head on together and grow a strong bond that can’t be easily broken.

Read it here

8. Once Again

114315

Photo: MyAnimeList

Synopsis: “Yuan Ge, a successful manager of an advertising agency, not so great of a husband, recently lost his wife only to let himself smitten on the subway by a young girl half his age…” -MyAnimeList

Status: Completed

Age Gap: Unknown

Why I Like It: I don’t want to spoil this one for you because it’s a really good read and only a couple of chapters. If you read nothing else on this list at least read this! I promise you will enjoy it as much as I did! Yuan feels like a horrible husband because instead of mourning the loss of his distant wife, he becomes infatuated with a young girl he meets on the subway. This manga incorporates guilt and regret intertwined into a plot with an older man falling for a younger girl. It has a psychological element and a plot twist I didn’t see coming at all! Please, please, please invest some of your time into reading this.

Read it here

9. Futari No Table

124823

Photo: MyAnimeList

Synopsis: “Although her mother was sometimes abusive, Wakaba’s best memories are when they are together at home eating a homemade dinner. However, when Wakaba is abandoned by her only parent, she is left in the care of a distant relative – the young Hinata Kazutomo. Initially unhappy with the arrangement, Wakaba gradually begins to enjoy her time with Kazutomo, who is determined to help heal her wounds and get her back on track” -MyAnimeList

Status: Completed

Age Gap: Unknown

Why I Like It: This one is short with only a couple of chapters. What made this one different from other age gap manga was that the male lead actually had a reason to take Wakaba into his home because her mother abused her, which I thought was a little bit more meaningful than some of the other age gap plots. I love that he worked to heal her wounds by creating new positive memories through cooking and eating a homemade dinner together.

Read it here

10. Dengeki Daisy

152369

Photo: MyAnimeList

Synopsis: “Before he died, Kurebayashi Teru’s brother gave her only a cell phone, telling her to contact “Daisy” if she ever needs someone to talk to. Now, even though she lives alone and without relatives, Teru never feels lonely because Daisy is her constant confidant and supporter. In order to pay off a debt, Teru finds herself needing to work for the rude, inconsiderate, and abusive (not to mention quite handsome) school janitor, Kurosaki Tasuku. While her predicament seems on the opposite spectrum of her relationship with Daisy, maybe Teru’s two different worlds are more closely connected than she thought?” -MyAnimeList

Status: Completed

Age Gap: 8 years

Why I Like It: This one is a popular Shoujo romance manga, so when you get a chance check it out. What was different about this manga is that the female lead begins to fall for the man who is supporting her without even realizing it. I like how the male lead lives a double life, similar to Masumi from Glass no Kamen, by secretly supporting the female lead without her knowing he is until later on. What also makes this different is the approach to the age gap relationship. Teru and Tasuku’s relationship starts off as friendship and emotional support which eventually grows deeper over time, causing them to fall for one another in future chapters. It was a different perspective on age gap romance compared to others within the genre that only focus on the lead characters coming together and having immediate romantic feelings for one another. It made it more understanding to the reader why they were together despite the age gap because they grew close together as friends.

Read it here

11. Takane to Hana

152773

Photo: MyAnimeList

Synopsis:When Hana replaces her sister at an omiai (marriage interview) little does she expect to be insulted and called plain and flat-chested by the handsome and older Takane! Furious, she turns the tables on him by accepting the match instead of rejecting him. How will these two ever find love?” -MyAnimeList

Status: Ongoing

Age Gap: About 13 years

Why I Like It: If you want a funny age gap romance, than look no further, Takane to Hana is the perfect choice. What I really enjoyed about this one was the unique plot. Hana meets Takane at a marriage interview and while at first he insults her on her appearance, when he sees her again he ends up falling for her. What made this manga so different from others in the age gap genre is the female lead is a tsundere and pushes Takane away continuously in the beginning. Most female leads in the older male/younger female relationship usually are the one’s to have feelings for and pursue the male first nine times out of ten. It’s funny and worth your time to check out Takane trying to woo Hana chapter after chapter.

Read it here

12. Ne Ne Ne

180662

Photo: MyAnimeList

Synopsis: “In order benefit their families, Koyuki (Age 16) was wed to Shin (Age 37). Despite the large age gap, both are exceedingly inexperienced in the matters of love, so they never quite know how to act around each other. To make matters worse, Shin is forbidden from being physically involved with Koyuki until she turns 20. In this environment, how will they form a proper husband-wife relationship?” -MyAnimeList

Status: Completed

Age Gap: 21 years

Why I Like It: This has to be one of my favorites on the list. It’s currently only 3 chapters, so a quick and easy read if you want to check it out. I heard they are serializing the series so there will be more chapters to come in the future. The interactions between the main characters are both extremely cute and hilarious because you can tell both of them have feelings developing for each other but fail to act upon them because of their large age gap. Koyuki wants to become a real husband and wife so because he can’t physically be involved with her, Shin is always think of ways to not let it happen. I love that the author made Shin a virgin and just as inexperienced in romance as Koyuki, because it makes them the perfect pair and will allow them to grow closer together as they both try to figure it out. The male lead also wears a mask on his face so there is a little mystery behind his appearance which is might add an interesting piece to the plot in future chapters.

Read it here

Best Websites to Read Manga Online

I wanted to share some websites I’ve used when reading manga online. Of course you should try to purchase manga physically or digitally when you can to support the Japanese manga industry. However, there are many manga titles that are translated to English and not sold anywhere because they are not professionally translated and are not as popular as other titles. These types of mangas can be currently found on the websites I’ve listed below. *Please note that some of these websites may contain viruses or inappropriate graphics so click-through to them at your own risk.*

Kissmanga

Kissmanga is my favorite website out of all of the ones I’ve checked out. 9 times out of 10 when I search for a manga I want to read, I can find it on this site. It has a really good selection of manga that isn’t reviewed on MyAnimeList and has a search function that filters based on the genre you’ve chosen, as well as series name, author name and status. This website also has a really good selection of Webtoons. I can almost always find the webtoon I’m looking for on here. Kissmanga does a great job of tagging manga in the different genres it fits in so that you have an easier time discovering new titles. I’m someone who enjoys reading comments made by fellow readers and Kissmanga has a great comments section with high engagement among its readers. It also works to filter out any spoiler comments to prevent readers from ruining it for others who have not yet read the manga. Kissmanga is not mobile friendly so it might be more difficult to read manga from your phone. It’s not impossible because I do it quite often, just a little more time consuming.

MangaHere

MangaHere usually has more chapters updated or has manga not available on Kissmanga. This website shows your reading history (saves the latest manga titles you’ve read), manga spoilers, manga news and manga rankings if you’re the type of person who is interested in researching manga and staying up to date on what’s happening in the industry. This site also has an advanced search function where you can search based on type, series name, author name, artist name and genre. While you can comment on Mangahere, the engagement is a lot lower than on KissManga. Some of the manga available on MangaHere updates at the same time or quicker than on Kissmanga. This site is mobile friendly so you can easily read manga on the go.

Mangareader

Mangareader.net is actually the first website I started reading manga on but moved to other platforms because the quality of the scans were lower and some of the titles weren’t as quickly updated as on other sites. However, sometimes Mangareader.net will have more updated chapters than other websites or have a rare manga not available to read anywhere else. It has a good search function where you can search by title, author, type, status and genre. This website doesn’t have a comment section, so if you prefer to read without one, you might want to give it a try. Mangareader is not mobile friendly but I’ve been able to successfully read it on the go.

Mangakakalot

I’m not as familiar with this one as I am with the others on this list, but I’ve been able to find rare manga I can’t find anywhere else on this site. This site has a section for light novels which is really cool because they are sometimes impossible to find online to read. Mangakakalot has a comments section but doesn’t have as much engagement from readers when compared to other websites. The search function is limited to only searching by the name of the manga and the author, so if you want to use this site you will have to know what you want to read as you are restricted from searching by genre.This website is mobile friendly so you can easily read manga wherever you are.

Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll has a limited selection of manga available on its website. You will find some popular titles as well as some that have recently been turned into an anime or are currently available as an anime on Crunchyroll. If you don’t have a Crunchyroll account I think that you might be limited on the selection of manga available for you to read. If you want to sign up for an account it costs less than $10 a month for unlimited manga and anime. The good thing about reading on Crunchyroll is that you are directly supporting the anime and manga industry. Crunchyroll’s manga format is a little bit harder to read in my opinion compared to other sites. It also doesn’t have a comment section like it does for its anime shows so you won’t be able to engage with other readers. Crunchyroll doesn’t have a mobile friendly website so I wouldn’t recommend reading manga on your phone unless you download the app.

Mangatown

What’s cool about this website is there are recommendation lists created by users if you are wanting to search for a new manga to read and would like some suggestions from other readers. The website’s search function is limited so you aren’t able to search two genres at once although you can search other categories such as status, demographic, type, initial of alphabet and year released. The really negative thing about the search function it’s hard to locate to try to do a quick search for the manga you are looking for. I recommend searching the name in Google with “mangatown” after it to see if it’s available on the site instead of trying to find it in the directory or locating the search function. Mangatown also doesn’t have a comments section to engage in conversation with other readers. This site is mobile friendly so you can easily read manga on your phone, except there is no search function to locate a specific manga so keep that in mind. There is also an app available for iPhone, iPad and Android users to download but since I’ve never used it, I can’t discuss its features.

MangaPark

On the homepage this site shows your reading history so you don’t have to search for the same manga every time you want to read a new chapter. It has a good search function that’s a lot more detailed than other sites and you can search title, author, artist, number of chapters, status, rating, type and release date. It looks like if you sign up for an account you are able to also bookmark manga titles you would like to read at a later date. MangaPark also has a comments section and the discussions are well developed depending on which manga you are reading. The website is not mobile friendly so you would have a hard time navigating it on the go.

Best Prince and Princess Anime

*The following descriptions may include plot spoilers so please read at your own risk*

1. Yona of the Dawn

64225

Photo: MyAnimeList

If you’re looking for a story where the princess is a total badass you need to check out Yona of the Dawn. This anime is about a princess who is betrayed by the man she loves and is forced to escape her home. She begins a journey with 4 young men to fulfill a prophecy in order to reclaim her kingdom. I recommend Yona of the Dawn because it is a rare story where the princess isn’t the damsel in distress. She starts off that way but after many struggles she develops into a strong woman, who isn’t afraid of anything. What’s also interesting is that her main love interest is her childhood friend and bodyguard Son, so this anime also moves past the cliché princess who falls in love with a prince.

2. Saiunkoku Monogatari

957

Photo: MyAnimeList

Shuurei Kou takes an offer to become the new Emperor’s concubine in exchange for 500 pieces of gold.  She doesn’t think anything of it because he has the reputation of liking men, but little does she know he actually likes women. The Emperor quickly falls for Shuurei but she is focused on pursuing her dreams and not on him. If you are looking for an anime where the female lead isn’t easily wooed by the prince in the beginning, you might want to give this one a chance. Shuurei’s character represents the feminist attitude because she wants to contribute to her kingdom as an employee rather than taking the high power woman’s role of the concubine. This story is interesting because the Emperor is constantly bending the rules to give Shuurei the opportunity she wants in order to be accepted by her but she continues to keep her distance from pursuing a romantic relationship with him. Throughout the anime I wondered when she was going to give in and let the Emperor have a chance.

3. Snow White With The Red Hair

75764

Photo: MyAnimeList

If you’re looking for the cliché story where the prince meets ordinary girl and falls in love with her, then Snow White with the Red Hair is perfect for you. Shirayuki is saved by prince Zen from the neighboring country of Clarines and to repay his kindness she decides to become a court herbalist in his country. What I liked the most about this anime was that Shirayuki was focused on her goal and not on pursuing Zen. Their story starts off as more of a friendship and then blossoms into love later on which is a nice change from the love at first sight cliche usually seen in similar stories. I don’t think this one has as much depth as some of the others on the list, but I recommend it when you want a cute story to make you feel happy.

4. Sailor Moon Crystal

60085

Photo:MyAnimeList

After the Moon Kingdom was destroyed, Princess Serenity was reincarnated as Usagi (Sailor Moon) along with her Sailor guardians and her love interest Prince of the Earth Mamo-chan to protect the Legendary Silver Crystal. Unlike other princesses, Usagi is strong and fights all of the battles while Mamo-chan (Tuxedo Mask) is merely there to assist her. Even in the future when they get married and become the Queen and King of Earth and Crystal Tokyo, Usagi is still the one who holds the power in the relationship. If you like to see a princess who doesn’t need the assistance of her prince because she has badass powers to fight on her own, check out Sailor Moon Crystal.

5. Hanasakeru Seishounen

22695

Photo: MyAnimeList

Kajika is the true heir to a royal throne but it has been kept a family secret for years. Her father Harry Burnsworth wants her to begin a game to find her future husband so he can protect her from her family secret. He chooses three candidates for her to get to know and decide who she wants to marry. If you’re looking for an anime where the ordinary female lead has a royal destiny, check out Hanasakeru Seishounen. What is interesting about this anime is the female lead is somewhat of a damsel in distress and the husband candidates who are supposed to act as her prince are ordinary men (except for the one candidate that’s actually a prince). The plot gives an interesting spin on the cliché of a princess finding the prince charming who will come to her rescue.

6. Romeo x Juliet

75159

Photo: MyAnimeList

Romeo is heir to the throne of Neo Verona, the throne that should belong to Juliet. Because of a power struggle for the throne that happened between their families in the past, Romeo and Juliet are fated to never be together. This is the anime version of William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. I really liked this version compared to some of the other one’s I’ve seen and I thought the tragedy was well done. If you love the story of Romeo and Juliet, check out the anime version.

7. The World is Still Beautiful

59259

Photo: MyAnimeList

Livius the king of the Sun Kingdom wants to marry the princess of the Rain Dukedom Nike, because she has the power to create rain with her voice. He is known as cruel and ruthless ruler but when Nike arrives to the Sun Kingdom she discovers he’s just a child hurt by his mother’s passing. If you are looking for an anime where the prince and princess have an arranged marriage that starts out with them being cold to one another and then eventually leads to them falling in love, then you should check out the World is Still Beautiful. The romance in this anime is adorable and you can see their relationship slowly develop after each episode. Many animes have the male lead older than the female lead, so it was a nice change that in this anime the roles were reversed. It made for some funny moments between the lead characters.

 

Scum’s Wish (Kuzu no Honkai) Manga & Anime Review

*This review contains plot spoilers about the ending of Scum’s Wish manga and anime* I have strong opinions on the ending of this manga included in this review so read at your own risk…I would love to discuss your thoughts so please feel free to comment with your opinion.

Screen Shot 2017-06-11 at 1.18.46 AM

This manga is about two high school students, Hanabi and Mugi who share an unrequited love for their teachers, Akane and Narumi. Since they can never be with the person they love they decide to form a pact where they turn to one another for physical and emotional comfort instead. They both have their own emotional issues that challenge them throughout the manga.

I’m sorry but I was really disappointed with the manga and anime. When I first heard about this series, I was excited to see how it was going to turn out. After the first episode I was hooked, hoping they were going to find love together and I wanted more so I decided to read ahead in the manga.

Screen Shot 2017-06-11 at 1.15.51 AM

If you want to check out this, I recommend you read the manga instead of watching the anime because some of the important underlying emotions of the characters were left out of the anime. To be honest if I had just watched the anime and not read the manga I would probably have accepted how it ended, but since I knew the characters on a more intimate level I just couldn’t. You can read the manga here.

Now there really wasn’t anything wrong with the ending of the manga, it made perfect sense with the direction the author was going. However, this manga was a little too realistic for me. I like to read manga and watch anime because of the fact that it’s not realistic and it provides me an escape from reality. In my opinion, the common themes throughout this manga like cheating, using others to satisfy sexual and emotional desires, and unrequited first love happen all the time in the real world and are painful so why would you even create a story around them in the first place unless you wanted to give people hope with a happy ending? To me, it’s pointless to even read something you can experience in real life unless there’s a different outcome. Hoping for this, I decided to keep reading.

Screen Shot 2017-06-11 at 12.51.05 AM

If you haven’t guessed yet Hanabi and Mugi don’t end up together despite sharing mutual feelings. They decided to go their separate ways and find real love with someone else. I would have been okay with this if I would have seen a time skip of them meeting in the future and falling in love for real with each other or with them at least continuing to be friends and be in each other’s lives. I think that would have been a realistic approach because it happens all the time in real life where people meet early on, face some sort of conflict and get pushed away only to reconnect again in the future. I mean there wasn’t even a time skip of them finding love in the future with someone else, so I don’t feel like the ending provides any closure for the reader at all.

Screen Shot 2017-06-11 at 1.01.03 AM

My other big issue is in the character emotions in the manga, not seen in the anime. Throughout the manga you can see Hanabi and Mugi’s love start to develop as they begin to see one another as more than just a replacement. At one point they were going to actually become a real couple after confessing and being rejected by the teachers they were in love with. What is even the point of getting the reader excited by showing them they care for each other only to have them go their separate ways in the end? It would have made sense if they were still using one another but their feelings begin to change and their bond was growing stronger after each chapter. I mean Mugi liked Hanabi so much he didn’t want to ruin her by having sex with her. She was one of the only women in his life he abstained himself from and that doesn’t mean anything to the author?

Screen Shot 2017-06-11 at 12.52.28 AM

I couldn’t believe the psychopath teacher, Akane got a happy ending but the main character didn’t. She should have instead been thrown in prison to rot for having sexual relations with a student. I saw someone comment and say that this is the kind of thing that happens in real life. Um sorry, but I’m really going to have to disagree with that. Psychopaths can never be happy not matter what happens to them and they can never change. They can’t change, especially not for someone they love because they can’t love people in the first place. So I think it’s interesting Akane could suddenly love with Narumi but Hanabi and Mugi’s mutual feelings couldn’t grow and change as well? That’s one of the flaws I’ve found in this supposedly realistic plot.

Then you have Narumi who wants to marry a psychopath who is going to cheat on him one day and create endless misery for him because she enjoys it but he unconditionally loves her anyway? He has some really low expectations for himself then. If I was Hanabi I would have given up on him a long time ago because he’s pathetic. I was so disappointed that there was a large focus on the relationship between the two teachers, the two characters I couldn’t care less about. The last few chapters really focused on their relationship which I personally felt were wasted chapters that should have focused on Hanabi and Mugi. I think I would have felt better about Hanabi and Mugi not being together had the teachers not been together too.

Screen Shot 2017-06-11 at 1.19.39 AM

To end this review on a positive note, I really enjoyed the art of the manga and anime. The characters and physical contact scenes were drawn really well. In the anime, the use of lighting and contrasting between light and dark was amazing. I liked the idea of the plot as well, I only would have executed it differently had I been the author. The anime also had a great opening song, so props to the person who decided on that. It would make my list of favorite opening songs if I had one.

I watched this anime during the season it was released and noticed that it had a relatively high score on MyAnimeList going into the show but when it was over the score dropped quite a bit. Maybe some other viewers were disappointed like I was. If you enjoy good endings, whether they are happy or sad I wouldn’t recommend reading Scum’s Wish.

Best Female Tsundere Anime

Here is the list of my favorite female tsundere characters. I love these awesome characters because to me they represent strong women who don’t need to rely on a man and that’s why at times they struggle to open up to the male characters (similar to how strong women behave in real life).

I’ve searched for tsundere character lists before and the ones I find usually list characters from more popular animes. I wanted to create a list that also includes less popular tsunderes for the die hard fans like myself who are constantly looking to discover new anime with these kinds of characters. I’m sure I left off a couple so if you have a recommendation for me please comment below, it might be because I haven’t yet seen that anime and would love to check it out! I had so much fun putting this list together, I hope you enjoy it 🙂 

*The following character descriptions may contain plot spoilers so read at your own risk*

Emilia Justina-The Devil is a Part-Timer!

Screen Shot 2017-06-04 at 7.36.19 PM

Stuck in modern day Japan with her sworn enemy Satan and his Demon General Alsiel, Hero Emilia Justina makes a promise to defeat him once and for all. However due to unforeseen circumstances and a lack of magical powers, she is forced to become allies with them and soon comes to realize Satan might not be as bad as she thought he was. What I really enjoyed about this anime is it’s a forbidden love story with a tsundere character, which is rare. Usually forbidden romance stories have both characters fighting to be together and in this one you have the tsundere character fighting to keep herself apart from the male lead because she knows they can’t be together. If you want to watch an anime where the female lead can’t seem to hate her enemy, you should check out Emilia Justina in The Devil is a Part-Timer!

Watch it here

 

Misaki Ayuzawa-Kaichou Wa Maid-Sama!

Screen Shot 2017-06-04 at 7.49.06 PM.png

Misaki is the first female student council president of her school and with her strong feminist views, she has gained the reputation of being a boy hater among the students. When Takumi Usi, a popular boy takes interest in Misaki and begins following her around and saving her from dangerous situations, Misaki’s pride is hurt and she decides to start lashing out against Takumi by calling him a stalker and an idiot. No matter what she says, Takumi won’t give up on her. This is an anime full of scenes with the male lead continuously saving the female lead and her getting mad because he did. I really appreciate the author making Takumi the kind of man who wasn’t afraid to pursue a strong woman. If you have a lot of feminine pride, you might enjoy watching Misaki’s character interactions with Takumi in Kaichou Wa Maid-Sama!

Watch it here

 

Mari Tsutsui-Rainbow Days

Screen Shot 2017-06-04 at 8.19.15 PM

The only person Mari Tsutsui likes is her best friend Anna. She becomes furious when her best friend starts hanging out with a boy who likes her, Natsuki Hashiba. The worst part is that boy has a friend named Tomoya who is interested in Mari and won’t leave her alone! Even when she pushes him away he still comes after her. Throughout the anime Mari is constantly trying to run away from him but what happens when she begins to develop feelings for him? I always love a good anime where the popular male character is chasing after the female character who couldn’t care less for him. If you want to watch a sweet high school romance bloom check out Mari Tsutsui in Rainbow Days.

Watch it here

 

Taiga Aisaka-Toradora

Screen Shot 2017-06-04 at 8.22.00 PM

Taiga Aisaka is helping her next door neighbor Ryuuji Takasu get close to his crush and her best friend Minori Kushieda. After the pact they made to help each other get close to their crushes, they begin to spend more time together and Taiga starts to develop feelings for Ryuuji. Since he likes her best friend, Taiga decides to be cold towards Ryuuji so she doesn’t hurt her friend’s feelings but as he builds his own harem over the episodes she lashes out even more as her jealousy increases. This anime is different because the male lead doesn’t realize the female lead has developed feelings for him since she has always been cold toward him. I love that the author threw in the harem because it really leaves you wondering who the male lead will end up with since he doesn’t realize Taiga’s feelings. If you’re looking for an anime with a female lead who has to overcome her tsundere personality so she can confess to the male lead, check out Taiga Aisaka from Toradora.

Watch it here

 

Rena Kariu-ReLife

Screen Shot 2017-06-04 at 8.28.01 PM

Rena Kariu has had feelings for Ohga Kazuomi for years but is cold to him whenever he comes around to in order hide them. Her world and her hidden feelings begin to be shaken up when Arata comes into the picture because he makes it his mission to push Ogha and Rena together. Will she be able to keep her composure with Arata around? What made this anime different is that Rena and Ohga have been friends for years so she uses a tsundere attitude to hide her feelings because she doesn’t know how Ohga feels and is worried he will reject her. The funny part is Ohga doesn’t really understand why Rena is cold toward him. If you’re looking for an anime where the tsundere already has a relationship with the person they are cold toward, check out Rena Kariu in ReLife.

Watch it here

Zakuro-Otome Yokai Zakuro

Screen Shot 2017-06-04 at 8.32.55 PM

Initially attracted to Kei Agemaki when she first meets him, Zakuro later becomes disgusted when she discovers he is afraid of spirits and has a hard time defeating them in battle. Unfortunately she gets partnered with Kei and often times calls him a “Wuss” because he struggles to interact with spirits. When Zakuro is in danger, Kei has to overcome his fear in order to save her. What made this anime different is the female tsundere has a strong reason to be cold toward the male lead, because he is basically insulting her race since she is half spirit and half human. Even in the first couple of episodes he is freaked out by Zakuro who he later falls in love with. It’s an interesting progress to watch because Zakuro’s tsundere personality begins to change when Kei starts to be more accepting of spirits. If you’re looking for an anime that features a tsundere affected by discrimination, check out Zakuro from Otome Yokai Zakuro.

Watch it here

 

Ayano Kannagi-Kaze no Stigma

 

Screen Shot 2017-06-04 at 8.53.43 PM.png

Ayano Kannagi is a skilled En-Jutsushi and the successor of her family with a hot attitude to match her fire skills. She is forced to partner with the cousin she hates, Kazuma Yagami, to find the identity of the killer who murdered the Kannagi family members. As they begin to spend more time together, Ayano develops a crush on Kazuma and gets extremely jealous when he brings other women around. Whenever he tries to pursue Ayano, she pushes him away and acts like she doesn’t care about him. What I liked about this anime is that Kazuma didn’t like Ayano right away either, he had to spend time with her in order to fall for her. I think this anime paints a realistic picture of two people falling in love unlike a lot of the tsundere animes, where one character likes the tsundere almost immediately or within a short period of time. If you like a challenging tsundere romance, check out Ayano Kannagi in Kaze no Stigma.

Watch it here

 

Aki Adagaki-Masamune-kun’s Revenge

Screen Shot 2017-06-04 at 8.59.04 PM

Aki Adagaki has a reputation as “The Cruel Princess” because she rejects boys who confess to her in harsh ways and gives them nasty nicknames. While she puts up a front, behind closed doors she eats an embarrassing amount of servings because of her hypoglycemia. When Masamune discovers her secret she gets angry at him but overtime he starts helping Aki in different ways and little by little he starts to grow on her. What makes this anime unique is that the two main characters have known each other in the past and have crossed paths again because Masamune wants revenge on Aki. It’s also interesting because Aki was a tsundere in the past as well so you wonder what caused her to be that way and keep up her act in the present. 

Watch it here

 

Tsukushi Makino-Boys Over Flowers

Screen Shot 2017-06-04 at 9.10.50 PM

Tsukushi Makino stands up to the F4 for her friends and in return is given a “Declaration of War” by the group’s leader Tsukasa. Due to her bold personality, Tsukasa falls for her. However, when he decides to start to pursuing Tsukushi, she has no interest in dating him because she doesn’t like him as a person and is in love with his best friend Rui. I will be honest and say that while I like Tsukushi as a tsundere at times she drove me crazy. Even though both Tsukushi and Tsukasa are tsunderes, this story focuses more on her having to warm up to Tsukasa. What I really liked about this anime is that Tsukasa had it all going for him, he was rich, powerful, handsome and really cared about Tsukushi so it drove me crazy how long it took her to really notice him and get over the guy who didn’t really like her. I also don’t like in some parts of the story she thought she was better than him. This is one of the only tsundere anime where I’ve seen the female lead get her karma because she was too cold toward the male lead for too long. If you’re looking for an anime with a more realistic female lead character, check out Tsukushi Makino from Boys Over Flowers.

Watch it here

 

Sunako Nakahara-The Wallflower

Screen Shot 2017-06-04 at 9.56.13 PM

Sunako Nakahara has been forced to live with four beautiful young men because her aunt is offering them free rent for the exchange of turning Sunako into a lady. Sunako has had low self esteem ever since her first love told her she was ugly and as a result she decided to hide herself in her room and overtime became interested in weird hobbies. The four boys try to get Sunako to break out of her shell and she continuously fights them back on it. What I liked about this anime is there was a noticeable difference in the female tsundere and strong male lead. She was more of an average girl and he was a popular, handsome guy. He was the extrovert in the relationship, trying to get her to break out of her shell. She needed more encouragement from the strong male lead who she was cold toward, which is very different from many other anime where the tsundere does a self reflection and decides to warm up on their own. If you are looking for a tsundere character with an interesting relationship with the male lead check out Sunako Nakahara in The Wallflower.

Watch it here

 

Erina Nakiri-Food Wars

Screen Shot 2017-06-04 at 9.04.46 PM

Erina Nakiri has the reputation of the “God’s Tongue” because she has the talent of critiquing the taste of culinary dishes. She is the judge for Souma Yukihira’s transfer test and tries to disqualify him from attending the school even though she enjoys the taste of his dish. Throughout the episodes Erina gives Souma a hard time because she doesn’t like that he comes from a common background and that he learned to cook at a diner, but she secretly loves the taste of all of his dishes. She will never admit she likes them, so she puts up a tsundere act to keep anyone from finding out. This anime is different because instead of hiding romantic feelings Erina instead hides the fact she enjoys Souma’s culinary dishes. I think there is supposed to be romance later on between Erina and Souma but it’s interesting the way the author has decided to move them in that direction with more of a focus of food than feelings. If your looking for a change from a tsundere cliche, check out Erina Nakiri in Food Wars.

Watch it here

Best Male Tsundere Anime

If you’ve been reading my blog you know how much I love tsundere characters so I thought I would share some of my favorite ones with you and the reasons why I like them.

I will be releasing a list of my favorite female characters tomorrow so if you like this post, make sure to check it out. I’m also working on putting together a tsundere list for manga because I’ve discovered a lot of interesting characters on my own and I haven’t found many lists offering good recommendations.

I would love to know who your favorite male tsundere characters are, so please feel free to comment below and we can start-up a discussion!

*The following character descriptions may have plot spoilers so read at your own risk*

Teika Ichijouji-Magic-kyun! Renaissance

Screen Shot 2017-04-15 at 11.33.49 AM

Why I love him: Teika Ichijouji is known as “The Prince” of his school because he is very talented at singing. He is often cold to people as he is focused on becoming the best singer in the school, so he can live up to his family’s expectations, and doesn’t have time to spend interacting with others. His dedication to his art is disrupted when Kohana Aigasaki transfers to his school and tries to befriend him even though their families have been rivals for decades. They are forced to be together on the school planning committee and overtime Kohana begins to melt the ice surrounding Teika’s heart by inspiring him with her many talents. What made his character different from other animes, is he not only warms up to the female lead but the rest of the characters too. A lot of times in anime romance, the tsundere character warms up to the lead but stays cold toward the other characters. It was nice to see him become friends with everyone and not only fall for the female lead, it gave the show and his character more substance and meaning in the end. If you’re looking for a tsundere character that drastically changes and becomes friendly with all the characters, check out Teika Ichijouji from Magic-kyun! Renaissance. (Plus, look at that cute smile, how can you resist that??)

Ichinose Tokiya-Uta no Prince-sama!

Screen Shot 2017-04-15 at 11.38.08 AM

Why I love him: Ichinose is struggling to hide behind his famous idol image, Hayato. He is cold to everyone who tries to associate him with it and lies to his classmates telling them he’s the twin brother of Hayato. Working to debut as himself, one of Hayato’s biggest fans, Haruka Nanami gets admitted to his school and begins to interrupt his life. After she discovers his identity, she works to find out the reason behind why he wants to get rid of his idol image. Haruka begins to inspire him with her composing talents and brings out the side in him he was missing all along. It was interesting to see Haruka, who he inspired to love music end up being the one to inspire him. It was a unique relationship between the female lead and tsundere male character that was sort of already developed before they even met. If you want to watch an anime where it feels like fate the female lead met the male tsundere, check out Ichinose Tokiya in Uta no Prince-sama!

Kou Mabuchi-Blue Spring Ride (Ao Haru Ride)

Screen Shot 2017-06-01 at 9.41.49 PM

Why I love him: After moving away for a couple of years, Kou meets his childhood friend Futaba Yoshioka in high school. She immediately tries to reconnect with him but he doesn’t want anything to do with her. He doesn’t like the ways she’s changed and the new friends she hangs out with and isn’t afraid to voice his opinion and let her know. After experiencing emotional trauma, he has closed himself off to the world. Futaba works hard episode after episode to break down his walls and help him work through it because she deeply cares about him. I liked that in this anime he constantly put up a fight against Futaba, to stop her from getting close to him. It was way more of a challenge than most other tsundere characters usually put up. It was also interesting because there aren’t many animes where the main characters separate for a period of time and when they come back together, the male lead is a tsundere (this is really popular in manga if this interests you). Every episode, the viewer is intrigued to find out what caused Kou to become a tsundere personality and hopes Futaba can change him back. If you’re looking for an anime with a fresh tsundere perspective, check out Kou Mabuchi in Blue Spring Ride.

Naoki Irie-Itazura na Kiss

Screen Shot 2017-06-01 at 9.20.44 PM

Why I love him: He is the top student in his school and along with his high IQ comes a cold, unfriendly demeanor. Being forced to live under one roof with Kotoko Aihara, his life is forever changed. While he is still cold toward Kotoko during most of the anime, Itazura na Kiss does a wonderful job of showing their relationship mature from high school into adulthood and as the episodes go on you can truly see he loves Kotoko by the actions he takes, even if he isn’t nice all of the time. I know many viewers consider Naoki an abusive character, and by the actions he takes he would fit the criteria in real life, but I think the author was trying for the perspective of his intelligence affecting his social interactions and making him a little anti-social. This tsundere character was unique in that he was cold throughout the show even after they were married, so it became somewhat of a comedy seeing Kotoko try to win over a man she already has. If you’re looking for a tsundere who falls in love with a girl the complete opposite of him for all the right reasons, check out Naoki Irie in Itazura na Kiss.

Kyouya Sata- Wolf Girl and Black Prince (Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji)

Screen Shot 2017-06-01 at 9.47.07 PM
Why I love him: Due to emotional trauma Kyouya experienced as a child, he doesn’t believe in love without abandonment and therefore is cold to the women who try to pursue him. The interesting part about his character is he has the reputation of being a friendly guy in school, when that can’t be farther from the truth for the people who intimately know him.  I think Kyouya’s character is relatable for viewers within the Millennial generation who have divorced parents and might be afraid to emotionally open up to someone. What made him different from other tsunderes is he had a mental health reason for the way he was, while other male leads are cold to the female lead without a strong reason. If you’re looking for a more realistic tsundere character, check out Kyouya Sata from Wolf Girl and Black Prince.

Tsukasa Domyouji-Boys Over Flowers (Hana Yori Dango)

Screen Shot 2017-06-01 at 9.54.15 PM

Why I love him: Tsukasa, the leader of the F4 gives Makino a “War of Declaration” after she stands up to the popular group to stop them from bullying her friends. In the beginning he is rude to her and doesn’t stop the other students from bullying her, but overtime he starts to develop feelings for Makino after she impresses him be standing up to him in a way no one else had done before. Even after he starts to have feelings for her he keeps up his tsundere front because she considers him her enemy. He slowly starts to take actions to protect Makino and he begins to change his cold attitude when she’s around, but keeps it up the act around others. I love the drastic change in Tsukasa’s personality, making him a memorable character. If you are looking for a character that can go from hot to cold in an instant, check out Tsukasa from Boys Over Flowers.

Len Tsukimori-Kiniro no Corda: Primo Passo

Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 4.26.26 PM

Why I love him: Len Tsukimori is a violin prodigy with an attitude. He doesn’t enjoy playing music because it’s something he’s been programmed to do his whole life. Entering a school competition with Hino Kahoko, a student with no prior violin talent but a passion for the instrument, her love of the violin becomes contagious and Len begins to realize playing music can be fun. I love that the author paired a male tsundere character with technique talent and the female lead with the passion to play, because they both make up for one another’s weakness. I personally think this is one of the best anime with a balanced female/male importance ratio. In many animes, you usually see the female or male lead being more significant than the other because they’re responsible for inspiring the tsundere character to break down their walls. Len and Hino’s relationship felt different because they both had something special to bring to the table and inspired one another in different ways throughout the episodes. If you’re looking for a tsundere male character who is just as important as the female lead, check out Len Tsukimori in Kiniro no Corda: Primo Passo.

Yuri Plisetsky-Yuri!!! on ICE

Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 4.15.15 PM

Why I love him: I love Yuri’s personality and feel like a lot of people with a passion for sports can definitely relate to him. It’s hard when someone who you feel doesn’t work as hard as you do gets noticed by the person you want to notice you. He became more motivated after Yuuri Katsuki started to be coached by Victor, who had originally promised to choreograph for him. After losing to Yuuri Katsuki in a performance, Yuri returns to Russia to better his own skills and defeat his competitor on the ice. If you’re looking for a break from the common romance tsundere, I would recommend checking out Yuri Plisetsky in Yuri!!! on ICE, he’s a pretty cool character with some killer tsundere facial expressions.

Zero Kiryuu-Vampire Knight

Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 4.39.49 PM.png

Why I love him: Zero’s family was attacked and killed by vampires leaving him the only survivor. He hates everything about vampires and is very cold to Yuuki, who has a strong relationship to the vampire who rescued her, Kaname. Working together on the Disciplinary Committee at Cross Academy, Zero and Yuuki create a bond overtime that eventually leads Zero to fall for her. What made this tsundere character different, was that when he finally began to warm up to Yuuki, a series of shocking events happened and he reverted back to being very cold towards her. This is much different from the anime cliché where the tsundere completely warms up to the female lead and they live happily ever after. This is what got me interested in reading the manga because I wanted to know if their relationship could return to the way it was and if Zero could overcome his tsundere personality so they could be together. If you want to change it up and watch a character who reverts back to being a tsundere after strong character development, check out Zero Kiryuu from Vampire Knight.

Ren Tsuruga & Shoutarou Fuwa-Skip Beat

Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 11.19.39 PM Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 11.34.08 PM

Why I love them: I think you can consider both Ren and Sho tsundere characters in Skip Beat. Ren is cold to Kyoko when he first meets her because he’s disappointed that she only entered showbiz to challenge Sho. As he gets to know her, he warms up to her more, until she starts interacting with Sho and his tsundere side surfaces at times due to his jealousy.

Sho brought Kyoko with him to Tokyo to take care of his needs while he focused on building his idol career. When he lets his true intentions be known to his manager with Kyoko overhearing, Kyoko vows she will defeat him in showbiz. After she makes her debut in front of Sho he develops strong feelings for her, and he decides to hide them behind a tsundere mask because he knows Kyoko considers him her enemy. It’s funny to see a love triangle develop which Kyoko is unaware of because of their strong tsundere personalities. I personally like Sho better as a tsundere character because I feel like it makes sense for him to act cold toward her since that’s the way he’s always been and after what he did to her he knows she would never believe he loves her. If you’re looking for an interesting love triangle that never really goes anywhere because of the two male tsundere characters, check out Ren Tsuguru and Sho Fuwa from Skip Beat.

Princess Jellyfish Anime Review

1360767_English_ShowDetailHeaderDesktop_ac4120e4-daad-e611-80c5-0017a4776c06

Photo: Funimation

*This review may contain plot spoilers*

Honestly, I wish that some of these anime descriptions were more true to what the plot is actually about. Is that how you feel? I did a search on MyAnimeList and Google for a good romance in the Josei genre and I kept seeing Princess Jellyfish mentioned. When I went to look at the picture and description I didn’t see a mention of the male character anywhere. Plus, it also looked a little like an underwater fantasy or something, which isn’t what I wanted at all. I know you aren’t supposed to judge a book by it’s cover but when you are searching for a show in a list of hundreds of anime titles, sometimes you have to…

So one day when I was running out of Josei anime options, I decided to do a Google search for Princess Jellyfish in images and found something similar to this:

Screen Shot 2017-04-15 at 12.14.14 PM

At that point I knew I was going to watch it if this beautiful man was in it! So I watched the first episode anticipating his arrival and at the end I find out he’s a crossdresser?!? Now this was getting interesting and I couldn’t wait to watch the next episode. I absolutely love romance stories that have a unique twist and Princess Jellyfish met all of my requirements.

Screen Shot 2017-04-15 at 12.14.35 PM

Art

I really loved the art of this anime. To be honest, I wasn’t so fond of the main character being drawn as a nerd because I like to put myself in the female lead’s shoes, but I get that it’s supposed to drive the plot. In my opinion, I think that the anime/manga would have had the same effect on the viewer even if the author decided to make the character an average girl with unique hobbies (kind of like in The Wallflower). I also think more women like myself would have been better able to relate to the female lead, since I’m assuming women watch anime to escape their own reality and imagine themselves as the character. I really liked that Kuranosuke was attractive and he was the only “pretty” character in the whole anime. He really stood out and represented a light that brightened up the world for the okatu girls making their lives less dull. It made it pretty visually appealing and very different from other animes where majority of the characters are attractive and it’s hard for one to stand out from the rest.

Screen Shot 2017-04-15 at 12.55.47 PM

Characters

Kuranosuke was my favorite character. I thought it was an interesting choice to have the male character be of a powerful and rich family but partake in crossdressing, it was a nice contrast. I liked that he chose to be himself even when he was under pressure from his family to uphold their image. He was definitely the reason I kept watching this show. I loved his crazy ideas, his outgoing personality and how much he cared for the female lead despite her weirdness. Tsukimi wasn’t exactly a favorite of mine or one who would stand out compared to other anime female leads I’ve seen. I just couldn’t relate to her in ways I’m able to with others and I think it’s because she was just too much of a weird combination. The author made her unattractive, had a weird obsession with jellyfish, a little bit anti-social and afraid of attractive people. I’m not saying there aren’t people who could relate to Tsukimi, I just think it’s fewer in number than what it would be if an average character was used instead.

Plot

I want to say props to the author who had a genius idea of turning a straight male character into a crossdresser in a romance anime. Although I really enjoyed this kind of plot, for a Josei anime I thought the romance was really undeveloped especially since it’s directed toward a more mature audience. I kept waiting for their relationship to mature and it started to toward the end but I really feel like there was too much focus on their fashion business and “special” friendship. I was excited to see the obstacles Kuranosuke would have to overcome to prove himself as a man and not the beautiful woman she sees, but it just wasn’t there. To me, the romance needed to be there to make this anime more appealing. I know most romance anime usually only get one season so after watching the anime I liked the story so much I decided to read the manga. Unfortunately, the development of the romance in the manga is just as slow as the anime (maybe even slower). I don’t think there’s even been a kiss between Kuranosuke and Tsukimi and it’s close to 100 chapters in. Maybe this Josei is supposed to have light romance in the plot, but in my opinion it would be much more interesting for Kuranosuke to try to prove himself to the female lead and have the author pull the comedy from the tension created by his attempts.

Screen Shot 2017-04-15 at 12.16.38 PM

However, because of the strong character and unique viewpoint of Kuranosuke, I couldn’t stop myself from watching the next episode. I think that if the author hadn’t made Kuranosuke such a strong and unique personality, I wouldn’t have watched all 11 episodes. He definitely made the show awesome. If you love over the top characters you will definitely like Kuranosuke and you should stop what you’re doing and watch Princess Jellyfish right now!

Please note this review is based off my personal opinion and it’s okay to disagree with me. Leave me a comment and tell me your thoughts on Princess Jellyfish. I would love to start a discussion about this anime!