Posted by psgels on 20 December 2010 with categories: Anime Reviews, Shinryaku! Ika Musume

This season was actually quit ea good one for comedies. Eight series really made me laugh over and over, in completely different ways: we have a parody, a series that uses cute humour, one that uses sex and violence jokes, two that depend on the chemistry between eccentric characters and a dialogue heavy one. Squid Girl’s style of humour is entirely focused on its characterization.

The set-up is as follows: we have a Squid turned into a girl who thinks that she’s going to take over the world, who ends up working at a beach cafe. Each episode is divided into three segments, all focusing on a different scenario. Throughout the series, Squid Girl runs into a bunch of nutcases, who all react differently to her and her strange powers.

The show has a fairly large cast of characters, and granted, some of them aren’t as good as the others. The scientists in particular are a downright insult, and the obsessive Sanae is used too much throughout the series and therefore gets repetitive. Yet, The good ones however, more than make up for it. In particular, Squid Girl herself is an absolutely adorable character; her characterization is just fantastic, her antics are always fresh and hilarious. Her unconventional way of looking at the world is more than enough material to fill twelve episodes. Eiko also proved to be a wonderful straight man for her antics.

The result is a series that made me laugh many times. Out of all the comedies this season, it didn’t make me laugh the hardest, but it did make me laugh the most. There are a few segments that don’t work, but they are overshadowed by the good parts, unlike for example Mitsudomoe last season, which did get caught up with its own repetition. And yeah, you can say that it’s a very unambitious series: it’s just there to provide laughs, nothing more. But the thing is, that for a show to make me laugh so consistently with such a well characterized main character… it’s really something that deserves to be watched if you’re in for some light-hearted fun.

Storytelling: 8/10 – Builds up its jokes neatly, and knows how to deliver them.
Characters: 9/10 – Squid Girl is adorable beyond words. There are some bad characters, but they’re overshadowed by the good ones. Just don’t expect character development here.
Production-Values: 8/10 – Very good in the first few episodes, but dulls in after that.
Setting: 8/10 – Down to earth setting despite the silliness, and for a squid girl she has many interesting talents.

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9 Responses

  1. karry says:


    Wow. Its like i havent seen this number ever before. Its not like you grade every single anime on the planet with exactly the same score.

  2. mds says:


    a parody = TWGOK
    a series that uses cute humour = soredemo machi one that uses sex and violence jokes = P&S
    two that depend on the chemistry between eccentric characters = Kuragehime.. and MM?
    a dialogue heavy one = Arakawa….? characterization = Ika Musume

    there’s one more…?

    anyway I agree,this is really the year of comedy there’s Oreimo,Working & maid sama (at least,for me),Mitsudomoe,Hanamaru,B Gata,Yojou han,Sunred,Angel Beats, n’ Gag Manga Biyori..

  3. Solaris says:

    Mds, where was Angel Beat a comedy?

  4. mds says:

    many funny scenes

    the baseball eps,the guitar eps,the exam scene who make me laugh to death (?)

    yeah its a mixture of everything,but i found it’s funny,and it has a comedy director,so…

  5. Bear says:

    This was my favorite of the season. Definitely light hearted fun. I’m not sure I laughed all that much but the damn thing was just so cute and feel-good in a more-than-moe sense. The only show I’m truly sad to see end so far this season. I hope there’s more to come! :)

  6. Se7en says:

    I’m depressed now that i know this awesome anime ended. I want moar!!!, this anime truly deserve to have a second season while they manage to mantain the same style of this show.

    This probably is the best anime of this year.

  7. Firechick says:

    @Se7en: I totally agree! Best anime of the late fall season!…and it’s the only one I ever watched.

  8. gandalf8 says:

    And thus the curtain falls on another great anime show of the fall season. To me, Ika-musume was successful as a good comedy series that provided many laughs and feel good moments, and was one of the shows I looked forward to each week. The following weeks will feel emptier without more doses of Ika-musume’s cute and hilarious antics.

    Although I agreed with psgels views on the rather disappointing execution of the last 2 mini-episodes, but I’m glad that it points to a possible 2nd season with more crazy antics by our lovable squid girl :)

  9. Solaris says:

    I said it elsewhere and will remark it here: This serie was great cause, for one, it made clear how you can do pretty good comedy without the need of stripping girls naked the same as it’s nowadays fashon.

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  • Bam
    (Friday, Nov 27. 2015 02:36 AM)
    @Masky: lots of game designers aspire for realism. Now this can be done for cosmetic purposes like face textures and lighting, practical with physic engines and movement, or contextual like believable character reactions and dialogue. Now some games thrive in being ridiculous and fantastic, but some want to create a realistic setting to further the emotional impact. Nothing wrong with that.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Nov 27. 2015 02:32 AM)
    @ratsgnoF: and happy Thanksgiving to you as well.
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:43 PM)
    Anyway seriously though, I’d say it does actually make sense in context xD Since none of monsters are actually that threatening.
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:42 PM)
    .-. I have no words, mainly because whenever anyone uses word “Realism” in context of video game, I want to say rude words xD
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:40 PM)
    I think he gave it a passing glance and felt it wasn’t his thing, I remember he also felt that he thought the idea of sparing the monsters wasn’t believable or realistic given that he felt if you were realistically placed in that situation yourself, the real thing to do would be to fight back out of fear.
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:37 PM)
    Did he actually play the game though? I mean, did he actually discover it himself or did he just heard the spoilers?
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:35 PM)
    I had a talk with a friend about undertale and he wasn’t a fan, he prefers other types of rpgs, the choice element also made him uncomfortable and that he felt the game was too punishing.
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:34 PM)
    @Kaiser: Puzzle elements, outside of sparing everyone, seem to be mainly just parodying video game puzzles. Like, only place where you actually have to solve actual puzzles is in Hotland, before that pretty much every puzzle is automatically solved, really easy or has some silly twist to it. Like the puzzle you can skip by pressing a switch in tree trunk. Can’t say I’m too fond of puzzles either, but I liked how game was making fun of them
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:32 PM)
    Speaking of awful sense of humor and things that dorks like, just wanted to say that turns out I was right about Jitsu wa watashi wa in that main couple does get together before chapter 100(forgot what exactly, some where in 80-90 range I think). But they are such huge dorks that they do everything ridiculously slowly because they are that embarrassed, so they have had like just one date(in chapter 100). Not that I expect anyone to remember what the heck I’m talking about xD
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:32 PM)
    The battle system grew on me a bit, but I didn’t like the puzzle elements it offered, the actual gameplay looked kind of dull also. Some of the characters were likeable enough, Papyrus, Asogore, the flower guy being my favourite though the plot didn’t really get interesting until the end.

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