Beauty is only skin deep, but when everyone is so enthralled with beauty in this day and age it sometime seems like skin deep is all you need. Tsukimi Kurashima is a shy girl who moved to Tokyo to go after her dream of becoming an illustrator. She makes her home at Amamizukan where she is surrounded by similar anti-social residents. They quickly become fast friends and refer to their group as the Sisterhood. They not only fear people (especially attractive people), but also interacting with men. Viewers soon realize there’s a reason for their social awkwardness: they’re all otaku women.
Each weirdly and passionately devote their lives to something a little peculiar. In comes Kuronosuke Koibuchi who is the youngest in a wealthy family. He spends his time cross dressing as women so his father won’t ever involve him in the family business which deals with real estate and politics. When the social adept Kuronosuke met the blundering disheveled Tsukimi, a strange friendship is born. Can Kuronosuke help Tsukimi come out of her shell and realize her own beauty?
Tsukimi’s love is jellyfish. Ever since she was little she has been fascinated by them. Swaying softly in the waters, she has long seen jellyfish as more than goopy creatures with no vertebrae. In fact, to her they are all princesses and their flowing tentacles are actually beautiful dresses. Her love for them began as a child when her mother took her to an aquarium and the first to instill in her this notion of jellyfish princesses. However, as she gets older, Tsukimi didn’t become the envied princess she saw in the jellyfish, but instead remains the one doing the envy. As the story progresses, Kuronosuke eventually convinces her that beauty isn’t something to fear. It instead is something to wield. A tool that is used differently by every woman. The show is women centric with the main male lead dressing up as a woman most of the time. It is a slice-of-life show that appears to cater to women, but nothing is ever overtly girly with rainbows and butterflies or the likes. It’s a story about discovery which anyone can enjoy.
The comedy in this series is as original as the story line. Guy dressing up as a girl just because he feels like it. Then teaches girls how to appreciate their beauty. The comedy arises from the situations and the characters’ personality. Tsukimi’s need to keep Kuronosuke’s true gender identity a secret is always hilarious to watch. Likewise, the other characters’ otaku-ness nature keeps the laughs coming. The only downfall in this series is Tsukimi’s pals continued lack of confidence in themselves. Tsukimi herself didn’t exhibit much growth by the end of the series either. However, the manga series which it is based on is still ongoing so there is a possibility that there will be growth. Unfortunately, there has been little news of a second season for this show so her growth won’t be seen on screen. Thus the way the show ends leave everything in a huge cliff hanger. However, it’s hard to be mad when the journey has been so fun and carefree. This is a show you can watch and not ever feel the palms of your hand sweat, but your heart will be moved. If you are captivated with the first episode, it will be the same way for the rest of the show.