Ashita no Anime

Anime of Tomorrow

Shinryaku!? Ika Musume Ep. 1

Initial impression – more good stuff

Autumn 2011 (12 episodes) (title literal translation – Invade!? Squid Girl) (Alternate title – Squid Girl 2) (more info)

Squid Girl 2 is shaping up to be just more of Squid Girl 1, which would normally be the way to start off a negative review.  However, if you’ll take a look at my review of the first season, it was one of my favorite anime from last year.  Additionally, Squid Girl follows a formula of about three unique story arcs every episode and each has some nicely creative jokes, conflicts all followed by a nice resolution.  It’s a very tidy way of composing a series of events in the life of a cute, non-moe character that doesn’t really need much development—especially when the anime’s premise can be summed up as, “An anthropomorphic squid has come from the sea to invade the land, but she keeps getting distracted by humorous asides.”  Is there really any reason to complicate such a fun and quirky setting with a long story?  If your characters aren’t going to grow very much beyond their purpose-built roles, then this is the way to present it.  That being said, the stories each need to continue to be original and interesting to keep the show fresh.  But if season 1 is anything to go on, I’m confident we’re all in for another fun squid-vasion.


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