Shinryaku! Ika Musume (Season 1)

Hey minna,
I’m back fresh off a marathon of Shinryaku! Ika Musume, season 1, which originally premiered in October 2010, and has a second season set to start airing September 26.  Shinryaku! has a rather simple premise, a squid girl named Ika Musume vows to conquer humanity as revenge for its pollution of the ocean. Her first task is to make the Lemon beach house, owned by the Aizawa sisters, her base of operations. However, when she accidentally breaks a hole in their wall, she is forced to work as a waitress to pay off the damages.  Whatever excuse you need, Ika-chan now waits tables at the Lemon beach house.

While her whole “conquering humanity” plan never really…goes anywhere, she does invade humanity’s hearts.  Ika-chan becomes a very much loved member of the family in the Aizawa household, as well becoming a local friend to everyone (though sometimes she remembers that she needs to be feared as an invader, not loved as a friend….she normally quickly forgets this).

But, while heartwarming, this series is first and foremost a comedy series, which it does really well. If you like random hilarity and a cast with a mixture of normal, strange, and the seemingly normal, then you’ll quickly become addicted.  From Ika, the squid girl, Chizuru, the ninja chef, and MIT grads who can’t even distinguish a squid girl from an alien to Sanae, obsessed with Ika, and Nagisa, maybe the only (mostly) normal character in the series.

While you may not agree with Ika-chan’s plan to overthrow humanity, you can’t  say that you wouldn’t at least consider watching her try, (after all, it would probably be very funny).   Shinryaku! Ika Musume stays funny right up to very end, even with a partially serious ending where Ika-chan almost loses her squiddly abilities, she still manages to come through in the end and rediscover her-squiddly-self, saving Eiko from the MIT grad’s accidental whirlpool by re-growing her tentacles just in the squiddly nick of time.  Good squiddly thing too, I much prefer her squiddly-speak over her proper speech any day, gesu. :3

Season 2 is set to air September 26 (2 days from posting), and I’m convinced this will be one of the series I’ll be anxious to get home and watch, who doesn’t like a good laugh at the end of a long day? I’ll also be following it up each week (as much as you can “follow” a comedy series, anyway) and if you haven’t seen season 1, I highly recommend that you get started while their’s still time.  You won’t regret it, be sure to catch the extras too, Chibi Ika-chan is very cute to watch.

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Until next time,
– BeldenOtaku

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