About a week or so ago, I watched the OVA for Invasion! Squid Girl. It was a fun little episode, though also somewhat saddening because unlike Seitokai Yakuindomo, we aren’t repeatedly getting new episodes added. It had a similar feel to the second season, and a big part of that is because I was able to read the original manga chapters beforehand. You could argue that doing this takes away from the humour, but I disagree mainly because it’s common for the anime to play things differently and use the medium to its advantage. This is why my favourite parts are usually when the characters start hamming it up (“Games are my life!” was nowhere near as awesome when I first read it). There is still a serious issue when viewing the anime this way, though. While it does like to add funny scenes wherever it can, there are also times when it very clearly takes away from the chapters. Read the rest of this entry
I keep referring to the series as Squid Girl and the character as Ika Musume. Is that weird?
I’m a little more nervous about this video than usual, both because it’s my first review made with Audacity and because I’m discussing a gag series. It’s difficult to come up with much to say about something like this, but I think I manage it fairly well all things considered. I really liked how well some of the pictures fit together in particular.
I think it goes without saying that most comedy manga, if not most media in general, have a romantic element put in. Maybe it’s for the added ratings, maybe it’s the size of the cast or any other reason. Since I read comedies like Hayate and Yandere Kanojo which have a big focus on romance, the scenes in Squid Girl that focus on it seem small by comparison. But having small romantic subtext is far from having none at all, and I’ve noticed a surprising number of different pairs in this series. Read the rest of this entry
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. Read the rest of this entry
(Note: for the sake of convenience, the show will be referred to as Invasion! Squid Girl and the character will be referred to as Ika Musume)
With the second season of Invasion! Squid Girl coming out in the Fall, I thought I would share some thoughts I had. See, after finishing the first season, I immediately tracked down the original manga and read what I could find online. It had some good moments, as well as some…not as good ones (“Ika gets a travelling bag.” WTF?). Recently, I looked through the chapters I managed to find and found those which I felt most needed to be in the second season. So here’s an early look of sorts at what could be waiting for us next season with the Top 10 Invasion! Squid Girl Chapters That Need To be Animated. Read the rest of this entry