Anime Review: Shinryaku! Ika Musume Episode 1

(Originally published on Livejournal on 10/29/10)

Anime Review in a Minute:
Shinryaku! Ika Musume Episode 1

Anime Review in a Minute: What this is all about. — Watching all the anime shows so you don’t HAVE to!

tl;dr review: Cute squid girl attacks humanity as revenge; Ends up as waitress in beach house instead.

The Skinny: Ika Musume (“Squid Girl”) is enraged at humanity for polluting the oceans, and plots to take over the world in retaliation. But when she makes her grand entrance to announce her intentions at a small cafe on the shore, no one takes her seriously. Without knowing anything at all about the world above the water, she’s completely lost. When she damages the cafe wall with her powerful tentacles (which also serve as her hair), Eiko Aizawa (who runs the cafe) immediately puts her to work to pay for the damages, and before she knows what’s going on, she’s a regular worker at the restaurant. Eiko’s older sister, Chizuru, soon learns that Ika can serve another useful task – expelling tasty squid ink for their special spaghetti dish.

My Thoughts: Leave it to the Japanese to turn anything (and I do mean anything) into something cute. An otherwise slimy sea creature is turned into a cute little blue-haired girl with an attitude, and “Squid Girl” is born. Seriously underestimating what she is trying to do (she only thought there might be a thousand humans to conquer, and even then had not thought through how to actually do it before charging in to action), she proved to be extremely flighty, getting distracted by the smallest little thing. Before she even realizes it, Ika’s serving food and waiting tables, and she doesn’t even know why she’s doing it. Silly kid. It’s all light humor with a cute clueless girl that is fun to watch.

Each season seems to have certain themes. In Spring there was a bunch of sports-related shows; in Summer, a number of horror-related shows. For the Fall season, there is an overwhelming majority of humor shows, apparently Japan wants us to yuk it up this month.

For more info:

Random Curiosity Review: http://randomc.net/2010/10/05/shinryaku-ika-musume-01/
Wikipedia Entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinryaku!_Ika_Musume
Hyperactive opening video sequence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZNcwIkyD2U

The Verdict: – Funny…I don’t remember squids being this cute.

The tally for Fall 2010 season first episodes so far:
Passing Grade: Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru, My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute, The World God Only Knows, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, Psychic Detective Yakumo

Failing grade: MM!, Star Driver, Iron Man, Fortune Arterial, Motto To Love-ru, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, Yumeiro Patissiere Professional

Up Next (not necessarily in this order): To Aru Majutsu no Index 2, Bakuman, Yosuga no Sora, Arakawa Under the Bridge x2, Sora No Otoshimono Forte, Tegami Bachi Reverse, Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls, Otome Yokai Zakuro, Kuragehime

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