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.