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.

Suggestions:
GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class
Sexy Commando Gaiden
Hyakko

9 Responses

  1. karry says:

    82,5/100

    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:

    err,

    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
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 01:52 AM)
    Now go ahead and say “but it wasn’t all about the weapons” like the last million times.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 01:51 AM)
    @Vincent: Stop sounding like a broken record man. I said a few times, in much more detail than you, the factors that caused them, one of the chief among them the use of much more advanced weaponry. You agree that it is a factor and then turn around and deny it’s importance.
  • Vincent
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 01:49 AM)
    @Bam That is not an argument so much as it a historical fact. We know their civilization fell to ruin. I don’t get what you’re trying to say here.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 01:45 AM)
    @Vincent: No my argument is one that was repeated throughout the region and is also retrospectively backed up by what happened: the complete defeat of all the native powers.
  • Vincent
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 01:44 AM)
    The Inca Empire was already falling apart by civil war even before the Spanish came. You can’t possibly make the argument that the Spanish weapons did them in.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 01:43 AM)
    A lot of them thought their gods have arrived and greeted the conquistadors with open arms. A mistake they paid dearly for.
  • Vincent
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 01:43 AM)
    @Bam Ha, that was my point. They’re different tribes living with completely different beliefs and geography. You were making an argument by parts.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 01:41 AM)
    Most of them were confused and scared when faced with things they never seen before, just like we would now if a spaceship just warps in; that is just human nature.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 01:40 AM)
    @Vincent: Arguments by parts is a fallacy. There is one guy in ISIS who is fearless, so none of them should be scared of drones dealing death from above. There are more native denominations, tribes and villages then you can count m8.
  • Vincent
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 01:34 AM)
    @Bam Yeah, while you’re at it, tell that to the Huron amd Iroquois and see how much they feared guns and cannons.

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