Squid Girl anime review

Squid Girl anime review
Squid Girl has come to the land from the depths of the sea to conquer humanity for its pollution of the ocean. Unfortunately she ruins the first house she uses as an invasion base and has to work to pay for repairs. Of course, she can't overcome the Aizawa sisters who manage the house, so who knows whether she can subjugate humankind.

Hey kids, remember Sgt. Frog? Haven't you always wanted to see Sgt. Frog changed into a cute, anthropomorphic squid girl, as well as ditch all the Science Fiction elements of the manga in the process? If you did, then congrats: you just might be the audience for Squid Girl!

Okay okay, I kid. Squid Girl is very little like that series outside of having an outsider adjusting to life to modern-day Japan amongst a cast of humans. Still, I couldn't help but think of that series when I first saw pictures of the main character.

Like Sgt. Frog, though, Squid Girl is mostly carried by the series' namesake. Ika (since that's what everyone calls her in Japanese, I'll address as this for the rest of the review) herself is indeed a funny, interesting character, coming off more as a giant nuisance than a serious invader, kind of like a female, cute squid-girl version of Strong Bad. I like how the series also remembers that she is a squid: spewing ink, glowing in the dark, tentacle hair, her love of shrimp, her fear of bigger sea animals. The series often uses her abilities/fears in funny, amusing ways. And seeing Ika doing simple things like going to school, spending money, or learning to use an umbrella is where the series' best memories come from.

As such, it's a crying shame the rest of the cast don't share Ika's charm. Eiko and Chizuru are as stock as you can get; Eiko is the bratty one easy to anger, while her usually close-eyed older sister Chizuru is descriptively calm until angered. (Which does result in a few brief, funny moments I'll admit.) They're okay characters, but that's all they are. Their little brother, Takeru, fares a little better - his relationship with Squid Girl, who he affectionately addresses as an older sister, is more in line with the cute slice-of-life humor I typically associate the series with. Other characters, such as a blonde American scientist who wants to research Ika, or a shy, pretty girl from a rival beach house, are unnecessary weight added to make the show's cast bigger so they can place them on manga/DVD covers. Worst of all is Sanae Nagatsuki, a girl with an unhealthy obsession for Ika that makes Kaorin of Azumanga Daioh fame look tame. Two words; shrimp costume.

Like I earlier said, Squid Girl is (usually) at its best when it's revolved around Ika herself. Still, I have to admit that even the supporting cast managed to get me to smile, if not laugh, from time to time. For all my problems with the supporting cast, I somewhat enjoyed Squid Girl for being a simple, straightforward slice-of-life comedy. As for the other aspects of this series - the art and animation are good, the characters are cute, and the series can be quite funny from time to time. I also like the setting of a beach, especially because it helps me keep my mind off the cold, cold weather right now as I review this anime on a cold December night.

At the end, I have very mixed opinions on Squid Girl. Part of me loves its simple premise, cute art, and namesake character, while the other finds annoyance (and in some cases disgust) over some of its cast members (especially Eiko and Sanae). A lot of episodes end prematurely, too, mainly due to the episodes divided into three mini-episodes. Still, Squid Girl is a simple, fun series, and I recommend it to those who are looking for something simple, light, and easy to enjoy.

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