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Invasion! Squid Girl episode 1

SHINRYAKU SHINRYAKU SHINRYAKU SHINRYAKU SHINRYAKU SHINRYAKU SHINRYAKU SHINRYAKU SHINRYAKU SHINRYAKU SHINRYAKU SHINRYAKU SHINRYAKU SHINRYAKU IKA MUSUME KYUN!

God that opening song is annoying -_-

Forgive me those of you who have no interest in this sort of thing, but I’m going to talk about the director behind the anime for a second. His name is Tsutomu Mizushima. Now he’s far from the most famous director around today, but I’ve sorta kept tabs on what he’s been making.  He will always hold a certain amount of respect for me since he was the guy who directed Hare+Guu. I wouldn’t go so far as to call myself a fan though because there are limits to what he can accomplish. He’s not exactly very good at scripting nor putting much in the way of intelligence behind the writing in general, as shown when he was put in charge of the script on Kobato. Neither is he necessarily given the best material to work with (Kemeko Deluxe) or much in the way of budget (XXXHolic). However the guy gets comedic timing like no other director around in anime today.

Squid Girl is a very typical sort of show from him. There’s not much in the way of intelligence. There’s heart, certainly, but no cutting edge to the dialogue. It certainly doesn’t have the wit of something like Arakawa. But you find yourself grinning right the ways through the episode regardless because this guy gets comedy. It’s simple things, like Squid Girl changing the tone in her voice from world conqueror to baffled newbie at just the right time, that make this show work. It’s genuinely funny and doesn’t do it in other annoyingly typical anime ways like shouting loud reactions or pulling chibi faces.

There’s really not more to say. As far as finding ways to spend 20 minutes per week go, watching this will certainly put you in a good mood. But neither will it ever extend beyond the quality it did in this episode. I do hope this director one day finally gets a top quality comedy manga to adapt, preferably hiring someone else to work on the scripts (maybe the guy from Princess Lover. That man deserves a medal for making what should of been on the the most terrible anime in existence actually watchable). Squid Girl isn’t it. But eh, not everything is trying to be a world beater. Sometimes they only get as far as the first house on the beach.

De geso~

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16 Comments

  1. Posted October 7, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, this one is kinda forgettable after a day or so but I did enjoy it at some point.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 8, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

      I don’t think it was aiming to be memorable though…

  2. Posted October 7, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    I think I was amused by something in this show, but I watched it last night, and now I can’t remember what it was.

  3. luffyluffy
    Posted October 7, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    Meh, no interest.

  4. Ragnarok
    Posted October 7, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    In my opinion it was quite boring, yet the opening left me in a state of shock WTF!!!
    the only reason I thought this could be watchable was because of the environment thing “30 seconds”
    the rest wasn’t entertaining at at all

    The wishes to destroy humanity and send us a squid girl to kill us al from boredom.

  5. Posted October 7, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    Might have checked it out for Dat Hair alone, but tbh it looks and sounds kinda, well, boring. *Sigh*.

    Clearly I am far too trusting of you and your commenters. Hmm…

  6. Posted October 7, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

    I for one enjoyed it quite a bit. It’s going to be strange to say this, but it elicited the most complex reactions from me of all the premiers. The squid ink scene was a heady combination disgusting, hilarious, pitiful, delicious, and cute.

    If it can deliver at least one big laugh like that per episode, then I’d consider my time well spent. But I’m kind of easy to please.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 8, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

      I’m easy to please when you have comedic timing right. It’s the only part of comedy with universal appeal. It’s why I like to watch different comedies from around the globe. Get the comedic timing right and anything can be funny

  7. Taka
    Posted October 8, 2010 at 12:30 am | Permalink

    Is it weird that I liked the sounds the tentacles made? It sounded like someone crinkling a dry raincoat or something.

    • Posted October 8, 2010 at 1:58 am | Permalink

      To quote a Certain Anonymous Imageboard:

      “It’s marvelous foley, son!”

    • Scamp
      Posted October 8, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

      I loved that too! I wonder how they made that sound effect

  8. fathomlessblue
    Posted October 8, 2010 at 1:52 am | Permalink

    I have similar feeling to you, I didn’t think it was essential viewing but was still pretty funny overall. I much preferred it to ‘Panty/Stocking’ and ‘The world god only knows’ at any rate. So i’m sticking it.

  9. Franny
    Posted October 8, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    SHINRYAKU SHINRYAKU SHINRYAKU SHINRYAKU SHINRYAKU SHINRYAKU SHINRYAKU SHINRYAKU SHINRYAKU SHINRYAKU SHINRYAKU SHINRYAKU SHINRYAKU SHINRYAKU SHINRYAKU IKA MUSUME! KYUN!

    Okay so I like the opening. De gesso.
    But I won’t be watching it, I’m afraid. ;w; Not that it was bad but when it comes to anime series it takes a LOT to hold my attention and this just didn’t. It’s funny, but I don’t think I’ll be following it. ^^

  10. Scamp
    Posted October 8, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    You guys who don’t like this anime have no heart de geso~

  11. Posted October 9, 2010 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    I liked this episode just fine, and it gave me a pretty good-sized laugh at the end when poor Squid Girl was forced to vomit her guts out for the pleasure of the restaurant customers. Kind of a sneaky dark ending lol.

  12. Posted October 12, 2010 at 12:30 am | Permalink

    I thought this was pretty awesome. Not going to be the best anime ever, but it’s going to make my day brighter~

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