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SQUID GIRL #1 -- Watch & Learn

Behold the herald of the sea's vengeance!

I'm so relieved that this never got tricky.
I'm so relieved that this never got tricky.

I wonder if the “squid speak” gag gets old quicker in the dub? Nothing smurfier than fake euphemisms, right?

Certainly, it’s a good and funny gag to have the herald of the undersea vengeance’s mission get almost immediately co-opted by a beach side crab shack. Having her vomit ink that’s actually be a tasty dressing probably deserved a bigger chuckle from me, but I was honestly too grossed out by it. The way her locks of hair behave like tentacles alternately made me think of a rejected DARKSTALKERS fighter or some demented riff on THE LITTLE MERMAID.

Really, I’m a bit at a loss of what to comment on, here. I threw up my hands a long time ago about trying to figure out whether a show’s shonen, shojo, seinen or josei, but this definitely felt like something intended for the kiddies. To that end, it’s certainly something I’d enjoy watching with my nieces on a Saturday morning if that’s what they were already watching. It’s light, breezy, entertaining and, above of all, likeable… and I honestly felt about as weird watching it by myself as I would tubing on my hometown park’s sledding hill alone. No, it’s not gross, but having a young’in around to justify your presence certainly makes it more comfortable.

Along the same lines, I feel a little weird analyzing this to any degree deeper than saying it was an enjoyable 22 minutes. How about we just leave it at that?

Watch this episode, "Who’s Up A Squid-Vasion?” here and decide for yourself.

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of HYBRID BASTARDS! & UNIMAGINABLE. Order them on Amazon here & here. Follow him on Twitter: @tompinchuk

Lurkeroon Nov. 5, 2011 at 6:21 a.m.

I have never watched Squid Girl, but based on the description it seems analogous to Sgt. Frog, except there isn't an army of squid girls and it doesn't seem as humorous for adults.

Synapticon Nov. 5, 2011 at 7:33 a.m.

I enjoyed it a lot, but I may just be weird that way. Also, I think I'm correct in saying this is a seinen show. Squid Girl is pretty much a huge grab at moe characteristics, and the amount of cultural references in the manga make me think it is too.

YotaruVegetaon Nov. 5, 2011 at 7:41 a.m.

I've watched the whole first season and am on S2. I'm glad there's a show that's about girls that's not also a fanservice fest. There is one character who has an obsession that kids wont really understand, but I forgive that little bit of creepiness.

The show is fun, and I don't mind the squid puns. That's probably because I don't speak Japanese, so I can kinda ignore it.

rubberluffyon Nov. 5, 2011 at 8:50 a.m.

I like this show. Funny, cute and pretty easy to watch.

And if its any help Tom, the manga is serialized in a shonen magazine. But it also doesn't seem to fit in with some of the other series I recognized that have been in the same magazine. Demographic labeling can be pretty strange.

ShadowKnight508 moderator on Nov. 5, 2011 at 11:24 a.m.

I found this show enjoyable to watch, mainly for the humor or random moments that occurred in each episode. I have not watched the second series/season yet, but it is on my to-watch list for the Thanksgiving break.

NakAttackon Nov. 5, 2011 at 12:41 p.m.

Couldn't help myself.

SuperWristBandson Nov. 5, 2011 at 12:57 p.m.

I find the show fun to watch and having subtitles that ignore the puns seems to help a lot. I also never really felt like it was a show only for kids, it doesn't have over the top fanservice and I respect that a lot.

Daniel_Newton moderator on Nov. 5, 2011 at 1:18 p.m.

It's amazing to see an anime taking place on a beach while being pretty much completely void of fan service, and frankly, it's a breath of fresh air (not that I'm against fan service, but there are shows that just don't need it). Squid Girl is a great series accessible to all ages.

Oh and Tom, you shouldn't be so concerned about who an anime (or really any kind of entertainment medium) is aimed at. If you enjoy it then watch it, you certainly shouldn't care what anyone else thinks.

The new My Little Pony cartoon is a prime example, it's massively popular with an audience it was never really intended for. Not that you can really group Squid Girl together with My Little Pony, but you get the point.

metalsnakezeroon Nov. 5, 2011 at 4:37 p.m.

Its not the greatest but its a nice comedy and holds up well. I just feel that it is best to watch it in the summer to make the setting feel better to the audience.

Moonshadow101on Nov. 5, 2011 at 4:37 p.m.

Watched the first season a while back. I found it really delightful, honestly. Probably because I was coming off of a string of grimdark shows, and the brand of ridiculousness hit me the right way. And maybe I'm just a bad person, but I enjoyed the inane squid puns.

And seriously, worrying about whether or not you're in something's target demo is stupid. You might as well throw out your television and computer, buy a big chair and sit next to a fireplace reading thick books while smoking a pipe, because if you're going to worry about whether or not you're properly conforming to whatever ridiculous image of "adulthood" other people are trying to throw at you, you should stick with the classic.

Bigheart711on Nov. 5, 2011 at 4:42 p.m.

Heard good things about this series and will check it out soon!

AURON570on Nov. 5, 2011 at 4:53 p.m.

It's a great show, and I agree it is really easy to watch. Anyone interested can read my positive review of the series, here. I also wrote a few relevant blog posts when I watched it last year, you can find them in the squid girl forums. I wouldn't recommend doing this series as a watch&learn though. I hope you do watch the rest of the series though on your own time, some of its comedy skits are rather well done, and ultimately the focus of the anime is family (i.e. how Ika-chan slowly becomes accustomed to life on land and gets to know everyone). It's a rather endearing series and I'd recommend it to just about anyone.

PenguinDuston Nov. 5, 2011 at 5:16 p.m.

It was a humorous show. You worry too much about whether or not it's okay to enjoy a series, and I'm not even talking about questionable material. No one's demanding you wear a red letter "A" because you've seen some Anime. Anyway, I liked Shinryaku! Ika Musume (aka Squid Girl) and eagerly await the completion of season 2 so I can check it out. She's a fun character. What more do you need to justify watching it?

Superevil225on Nov. 5, 2011 at 6:36 p.m.
@NakAttack said:

Couldn't help myself.

^^ This. XD
I've heard so much about this, but I'm just not interested. I mean I can't judge it, but I'm not going to watch it. It just isn't all too interesting for me.
Makoto_Mizuhara_Sakamotoon Nov. 5, 2011 at 9:06 p.m.

@Superevil225 said:

@NakAttack said:

Couldn't help myself.

^^ This. XD I've heard so much about this, but I'm just not interested. I mean I can't judge it, but I'm not going to watch it. It just isn't all too interesting for me.

Once more. This sounds as bad (or good) if someone in their more adult years watched by themselves as with the same situation, but with the anime A Little Snow Fairy Sugar. And yes- I have sat through all of that by myself when I was about 16 or 17 years of age. O_O

sickVisionz moderator on Nov. 6, 2011 at 4:27 a.m.

Funny series.

zaldaron Nov. 6, 2011 at 5:54 p.m.

Yea not a show for me....I would want the enviormental stuff to be much stronger. The ink should have tasted great but been poisonous

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