As a nerd who likes to sample everything that nerdom has to offer, I often compare and contrast things. This leads me to make recommendations based off things people like, hence my article last week recommending the anime NAGI NO ASUKARA to bronies (the self-professed adult fans of the new MY LITTLE PONY show, if you've been living under an internet rock). I most often do this with beer, but I can totally do it with cartoons as well!
So let me tell you, bronies: you are gonna love SQUID GIRL.
The eponymous Squid Girl is on a mission to subjugate all of mankind as punishment for them polluting the ocean. She surfaces on a beach in Japan, but instead of conquering all she sees with her prehensile hair-tentacles she winds up working for a beachfront restaurant. From there on it's slice of life, learning-about-the-human-world sort of stuff with misadventures based off misconceptions.
It's basically a reskin of SGT. FROG featuring a precocious child instead of a hapless alien.
Each episode contains three or four stories, allowing you to get a taste for the show rather quickly. Squid Girl terrorizes, the befriends, then works for the understanding Aizawa siblings at their restaurant, all the while looking adorable and threatening to subjugate all of humanity as soon as she's paid off her debts. It's good-natured, it's fun, and if you think Pinkie Pie is Best Pony you will love Squid Girl.
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