History[edit | edit source]
While the Black-Cloaked Four are trying to make a monster, a mysterious pink creature watches in on the factory.
A year later, After Masashi and his mom get to the apartment in the new town, Masashi gets a glimpse of the shadow. Later, the unidentified creature eats the chee-kama (cheese-and-fish-cake stick) and leaves out the wrappers Masashi found.
The next day, after Masashi visits the new school, a chee-kama box launches itself towards him. He pins it to the ground and discovers the pink creature inside, who he names Kurage-bo (Jellyfish Boy). They quickly become friends, playing soccer and practicing martial arts at a shrine.
On the first day of school, Masashi brings him in his backpack, sneaking him chee-kama when he gets hungry. To his surprise, everyone in his class has a similar companion, who they call F.R.I.E.N.D.s. Smartphone-like devices allow them to summon and control these creatures, who emerge en masse as soon as their teacher turns around to write equations on the board. A frog-like F.R.I.E.N.D., Yupi, menaces Masashi at the whim of its owner, Tatsuya, but he defeats it in a fierce battle.
After school, Masashi overhears the researcher, his uncle Naoto, warning his mother than the town is dangerous. He tells Masashi a different story - that the laboratory is trying to bring happiness to the world - but asks the boy to let him know if he sees anything unusual. He spots Kurage-bo hiding in Masashi's backpack but says nothing.
While playing with Kurage-bo, Masashi comes upon a group of his classmates holding F.R.I.E.N.D. battles near the shrine. When they discover him, they menace him with their creatures until Kurage-bo intervenes, riding atop Luxor, a furry, human-sized F.R.I.E.N.D. Yupi battles Kurage-bo again, but even with the help of Juran's F.R.I.E.N.D., the rocket-powered Shimon, Masashi's monster still prevails. Luxor's human turns out to be a girl from Masashi's class, Saki. She explains to Masashi that he's the only kid in town with a F.R.I.E.N.D. but no device. She received hers after a meeting of the cult her mother joined, the Earth Salvation Society, from the Black-Cloaked Four. While Luxor is clearly the strongest F.R.I.E.N.D., she despises the fighting her classmates use the creatures for.
After swimming lessons, one group abducts Kurage-bo and stuffs him inside a locker at a junkyard, while Tatsuya attacks Masashi with Yupi.
Later in the Black-Cloaked Four's Factory, Masashi's attacked by a fake Naoto. His cry for help revives Kurage-bo, who rockets to his rescue, tackling the fake Naoto. The fake crashes through the door to the room where the Four were holding the real Naoto. Kurage-bo takes on Ko2 while Naoto battles his copy. Both malevolent F.R.I.E.N.D.s seize the upper hand while the magic circle continues drawing power from Masashi with bolts of lightning. The same monster the Four briefly summoned on Kurage-bo's first night begins to take form again. Koh falls from the scaffolding, but the other boys catch him. He instructs Ko2 to turn her attention to the fake Naoto, who she throws into the monster's jaws. The monster shoots out of the laboratory, then crashes back down onto it, taking on a kaiju-sized physical form: Oval. The Four are delighted, calling him a F.R.I.E.N.D. that will change Japan through destruction. They flee, with one grabbing Masashi's device.
As the rest of the populace flees, Saki's mother reverentially walks towards Oval, believing him to be the answer to the Earth Salvation Society's prayers. Naoto asks Koh to connect his hacked device to the Four's computers to determine Oval's weakness. As the monster crashes down, Saki saves her mother with Luxor, only for it to walk off with her as a metal barrier becomes caught in its teeth. Tatsuya calls one of his classmates, Manato, at school, and convinces him to lead an attack on Oval with all the school's F.R.I.E.N.D.s. With coordinated charges, they irritate Oval enough for him to drop Saki. Held aloft by Kurage-bo, Masashi catches her, and she summons Luxor to break their fall.
Koh completes his analysis: Oval's weak point is the gem on the tip of his snout, the manifestation of all the childrens' negative emotions. Naoto cautions the kids that destroying Oval will likely mean the loss of their F.R.I.E.N.D.s., but they press on. As the rest of the class makes a final push, Kurage-bo flies Masashi to the gem, which he stabs with a metal pole. The cracked gem consumes Oval and the rest of the F.R.I.E.N.D.s, even Kurage-bo, who slips from Masashi's grasp. But as Masashi and Saki weep, Koh uses his device to revive all of the childrens' F.R.I.E.N.D.s including Kurage-bo who rush to embrace them.
Jellyfish Eyes: Part 2[edit | edit source]
Abilities[edit | edit source]
Flight[edit | edit source]
Kurage-bo can fly using many ways like Anti-Gravity, and Power Rockets.
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