Squid Girl Episode #02 Anime Review

Squid Girl proved to be a charming little simplistic situational comedy in its first episode which had me looking forward to the next since it's the kind of show that really won't, and shouldn't, deviate from what it does as it progresses. While I do expect we might get some serious episodes towards the end of its run (and I hope we don't), it's something you can sort of already see how it might go. That frees you up to enjoy the basic comedy we get here in general and it does work well in this regard.

Squid Girl carries on in its merry form with this episode as she continue to try and make her way in the world. Before she enslaves it, that is. Squid Girl's introduction to how life on land works, just at the beach at least, gets her to learn about life guards (light sabers for her) and she actually comes to some fair respect between her and Goro, the one she meets at this section of beach. It's a cute enough encounter and she plays well with him in the water, but when she ends up having to save a kid from being stranded out to sea, she gets all embarrassed and tries to remind everyone that she's intending to conquer the world for all their trespasses against the sea. It's something that fits with her bit of impotent rage about things and the way she's unable to really advance any of her barely thought out plans.

Squid Girl also has a hard time with human traditions and one of the first ones she gets introduced to is the concept of birthday's and birthday parties. She can only view it as an evil event with all kinds of dark and dangerous arts involved, but she ends up being the one to cover it all in darkness. Squiddie darkness in fact. The shop folk are pretty good in humoring her most of the time but they also soundly put her in her place when necessary, a rather welcome sight considering how many other characters practically get away with murder. Even more fun is the final story in which Eiko's friend comes by the beach with her puppy and upon seeing everyone adore him, Squid Girl insists she be treated the same. Seeing her in a collar is likely to fill a few doujinshi pages I'm sure, but it leads to her getting to see more of normal people and their lives, and homes, which helps her to start grasping thing more as well as revealing an interesting little secret.


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