Invasion! Squid Girl – Chapter 180
Is anyone else annoyed by characters in comedies with only one real personality trait? All their actions are focused around something, and it can quickly get tiresome seeing them do that same thing over and over again. I actually didn’t mind Sanae at first, but after a while, it became pretty obvious that she only had one joke going for her. Not only has virtually everything she’s done focused around her love for Ika Musume, but if anything, it’s been getting more extreme over time. From everything I’ve read, her only traits unrelated to Ika are her dog Alex and, oddly, the fact that she’s constantly in possession of large sums of money (is her family rich? I’ve seen her wave cash around at least four times now, but they never address it). You almost have to wonder what she was like before she met Ika.
What’s worse is that the other characters have a lot more personality than she does. Take Chizuru, for example. You don’t see her using violence to solve all her problems, do you? She knows business, she has a slight tendency to troll people, she cares about things like her family and her health, and she may or may not have a soldier fetish. We learn more about her in some individual chapters than we know in total about Sanae. Anything else she goes through tends to relate back to Ika Musume in some way. For instance, the time she suffered serious heat stroke, and it turns out she was stalking Ika in the sun too long.
This is why I’m glad this chapter didn’t resort to that. It turned out that Sanae was talented at the above paper sumo…thing, and only Cindy was able to match her in it. Aside from that one gag, it never tried to turn it around and make it be because of her love for Ika or something. It isn’t much, and I highly doubt it’ll be referenced again, but it shows that she has a bit more character than we previously assumed. I’d like to see more chapters like this where we see the other characters trying new things. The series gets a lot of material from Ika trying new stuff, so why not the others?