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Squid Girl 2 #1 Review Reviewed by Daniel_Newton on Sept. 27, 2011. Daniel_Newton has written 1 review. His/her last review was for Aren’t We Invading!? / Ink that's a Love Rival!? / Isn’t that a Jellyfish!?. 2 out of 2 users recommend his reviews. 2 out of 2 users found this review helpful.
The invader from the sea is back for more, did you miss her?
The invader from the sea is back for more, did you miss her?

The Good

Squid Girl sure is popular
Squid Girl sure is popular

I really enjoyed the first season of Squid Girl, while it wasn't something I desperately looked forward to each week, each episode had me smiling at Squiddie's antics and cute Squid-speak. It's a feel-good show with a variety of characters and it isn't plot-heavy. Anyone can get into it.

As you would expect, this season picks up right where season one left off and episodes are structured in the same three-part set up as before. While each part doesn't quite feel like a full episode on it's own, it does make it feel as though there's more content packed in each week, which is a nice. This episode definitely serves as something of a reintroduction to the major characters, but at the same time it doesn't feel like you're just watching an old episode from season one.

Did someone say shrimp?
Did someone say shrimp?

Even though this anime is set on a Beach, the series is almost completely void of sexy fan service. Whether you're a fan of that kind of thing or not, in this case it's a good thing as heavy fan service would probably ruin this show. If there were close-ups of bouncing breasts every 30 seconds Squid Girl would likely in my opinion lose the charm that draws so many people in to begin with. On a beach you'll find chicks in bikinis and dudes in shorts, and nobody makes a big deal out of it.

Little Squiddie is still convinced she will succeed in overthrowing mankind--bless her tentacles--and her mouth still waters whenever tasty shrimp is mentioned, which continues to be adorable.

The animation is crisp and consistent, though there isn't much intricate detail going on.

The Bad

Squid Girl is quirky and fun, but not outright hilarious. You'll likely find yourself smiling and chuckling more often than full-on laughing.

Also I suppose the fact that this is more of the same could be seen as a bad thing. I'm personally hoping for a new major character soon, maybe another Squid-person. We've only ever seen Squid Girl so far... what if there was a Squid Boy?

The Verdict

If you loved the first season, then watch this one, just do it now. You'll love this just as much if not more so. Squid Girl is still totally adorable, funny, and a joy to watch. It's hard to not like it.

Daniel Newton is a moderator for Anime Vice and Screened. Follow him on twitter: @Daniel_Newton and @AnimeVicers

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