Arata’s habit I’ve recently noticed that Arata tends to put his hand on his head when he’s embarassed or when he’s thinking. He did it a few times in the anime. Then, I looked for some evidences in the manga and he did it several times too (contains spoilers up to chapter 157)…
Princess Jellyfish aired in Fall 2010. Exactly five years ago. In the years since then, we’ve had exactly SIX full josei* TV anime series: Chihayafuru (2011 & 2013), Bunny Drop (2011), Kids on the Slope (2012), Natsuyuki Rendezvous (2012), Uta Koi (2012), and Polar Bear Cafe (2012-2013). NOTICE THAT NONE OF THOSE AIRED IN 2014 OR 2015. It has been two years since a josei anime last aired (unless someone can correct me).
But the drought has ended - WE HAVE A NEW ONE COMING THIS WINTER 2016: Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū. Be sure to watch it! Spread the word! If you get an official stream, watch the heck out of it! And on a side note, it looks like it could be really interesting; it’s historical and focuses on drama more than romance. And the original manga won some awards - which is probably the only reason they’re willing to adapt it, tbh. But the point is to support it, even if it’s not 100% perfect, because that raises the chance of more josei anime in future!
*For those who don’t know what josei refers to: it’s non-yaoi manga/anime blatantly targeted to adult women. Of course, anyone can enjoy anything, and there are many similar stories targeted to other demographics, etc., etc. But it’s important to support josei anime - anime that sells itself as just for women. It has a reputation of not being very popular and being harder to sell, and when certain demographics and genres don’t sell as well, they tend to make less of them in the future.
And support josei manga in English too. We don’t get much that isn’t primarily romance/smut.
I was never good at anything. I never had any dreams. But, Arata told me
that if I become the best karuta player in Japan, I would be the best
in the world. If I can be the best in the world at something, I think
it’s worth a shot.