4.411 out of 5 from 250 votes
Tsukimi is an otaku and jellyfish enthusiast whose only means of coping with the world is to reject it: she and her friends live in a house they declare a man-free zone, generally avoid 'stylish people', and spend their days blissfully bonding over geeky rituals. As misfortune would have it, their convenient existence is about to be turned on its head by the arrival of Kuranosuke, a seemingly beautiful young woman who is actually a beautiful young man. While he may be strange even by their standards, Kuranosuke embodies everything Tsukimi secretly dreams of being - a princess as ethereal as a floating jellyfish - and promises the kind of mind-boggling adventures only possible when geek meets chic!
Though Kuragehime is much more frivolous than Baka and Gogh, both are about a group of young adults on the fringe of society trying to carve out their own niche. Both have quirky characters, a nice blend of comedy and drama, "gender-bending", and aspirations to start a clothing line.
Thirty-four-year-old Sanzawa isn't a typical Japanese woman. She's unmarried even at her age, and is a frog otaku, collecting all types of frogs. She likes her job, but has few friends and believes more than anything that she'd be happier with a man to love. However, Sanzawa's ideas of happiness are put to the test when she buys a Fukugaeru, a frog spirit that calls upon good fortune...
The plot of these two manga are vastly different, but both are about otaku women, who are obsessed with one specific thing, be it jellyfish, ancient chinese literature, or frogs. They feel cut off from normal society, and don't have the best luck with dating, or befriending other women.
Sixteen-year-old Mikako Kouda has two loves in her life: fashion, and her childhood friend Tsutomu Yamaguchi. Though she dreams of creating her own clothing brand someday, Mikako's true desires lie with Tsutomu - but there's a problem: he's dating the voluptuous and highly-sought-after "Body-Ko!" The two longtime companions seem to have feelings for each other, but school, other relationships and additional obstacles continue to stand in their way. Will Mikako and Tsutomu ever be together?
Kuragehime and Gokinjo Monogatari each center around a cast of very colorful characters, that are either super-artsy or total nerds. Both have a silly sort of humor interspersed with love triangles, mild angst-ing, and a love of fashion.
If you like either Harem Lodge or Kuragehime, you will like the other! Both are set in supposedly single-sex boarding houses, both are full of social outcasts and both have cross dressing. Even the feel and humour are similar, with enjoyable romance. Both are an excellent read.