Jellyfish Can’t Swim in the Night: OK, This is a Lot of Fun

Article at a glance:

  • Jellyfish Can’t Swim in the Night excels in crafting relatable and intriguing backstories for its characters, enhancing their depth and complexity.
  • The anime shines in portraying engaging character interactions and chemistry, brought to life by a stellar voice cast, adding depth and charm to the narrative.
  • While exhibiting strong character work and production quality, the series has minor pacing issues and room for improvement, promising potential for further development as it progresses.

This season has more Yuri anime than you might imagine at first glance. I thought there was only 1 but there are actually 3, I believe. And all of them are good in their own right. Coincidentally, all of them are related to music and idols and stuff. Whisper Me a Love Song is a straight-up romance, Voice Actor Radio is a little more unorthodox with two tsunderes as the main characters and, Jellyfish Can’t Swim in the Night is more of a band thing like Bocchi was.

Again, the unorthodox structure of the group along with the backstories of the characters are what make Jellyfish Can’t Swim at Night so much fun to watch. The Yuri stuff is very toned down compared to Whisper Me a Love Song but it is there. So welcome back to another mid-season review. You know what we are talking about so let’s just get started!

What do I think of Jellyfish Can’t Swin in the Night So far?

First of all, the backstories in this anime are quite something. Kiui probably has the most relatable backstory but Kano and Mei had quite compelling ones as well. The backstory exposition could’ve been handled more tactfully but it still helps us understand the characters better. And the characters in this anime are pretty good as is so that is a minor complaint. But the best example I can give of this is in episode 4 when Mei reveals what happened when she got into high school. Episode 4 should’ve focused solely on Kano like Episode 3 did for Kiui.

That being said, I am very curious to see how the character arcs for Kano and Mahiru will go. Mahiru already got a bit of character development in episode 1. Her backstory was also really well done. So it’ll be interesting to see if she gets more of a character arc later on. Kano’s character arc is kind of clear after episode 4 as well but again, it will be interesting to see her interactions with her mother in the future. Kiui had the best focus episode so far, that being episode 3 and I hope that future episodes can keep that standard.

The character interactions and their chemistry are the best part of this anime, in my opinion. And the amazing performance from the voice cast truly brings their interaction to life. I also like the decision to use the new songs the group publishes as the ending theme. Doesn’t take time away from the episode while still serving as a nice ending theme. The production and animations of this anime in general are pretty good. It is an original anime by Doga Kobo and it is clear that they are putting a lot of effort into it.

That is all for now!

So while stumbling a bit here and there, Jellyfish Can’t Swim in the Night still delivers a fun experience because of its character work and character interactions. There is a certain charm to all of its characters and the anime treats them well. I’d give it a 7.5/10 for now but it has both time and room for improvement. With that said, I will take my leave here. See ya!

Also, check out my thoughts on Berserk here. I know, kinda random but roll with it, it is a good read, I promise.

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