Squid Girl Episode #11 (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Monday, December 20, 2010
Release Date: Saturday, December 18, 2010

Never trust an invisible scientist who like to give enema attacks.

What They Say:
I ink that's a doll? / Isn't that fishy? / Squids to match my mountains.

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Creepy doll is creepy. And such is what Eiko has hauled out from her storage as she has a pair of dolls from years ago that are now fetching premium collector prices so she wants to cash in some. The dolls from her childhood, Johnny and Depp, are essentially Chucky-like dolls that creep everyone out, especially Squid Girl. To make it worse, Eiko has decided to keep the one she found in her bedroom but Squid Girl can't help but to feel that it's watching her. It's positively chilling when she turns it around to look away from her, but the frame it with the doll staring into the night sky. And every night, no matter what, the doll keeps turning itself around when Squid Girl wakes up. Her reactions are absolutely priceless when dealing with some of the most basic things that people have that she's not familiar with. That said, the doll is damn creepy.

After a recent story had fun with Cindy and her scientists, I was definitely glad to see her back as she continues to research the alien that she believes Squid Girl is. But she's also latched onto Chizuru who she can't help but view as superhuman and has focused more on her as of late with her research. Research being what we'll call it, though it's more just coming up with bizarre ways of testing Chizuru that invariably cause more problems. Giving one of the scientists an invisibility suit is a terribly bad idea, especially as he goes around giving enema attacks. The group is supposed to be getting some blood samples from her, but they're more amused by their own intelligence than anything else and even as they highlight their graduate accomplishments, they come off continually as really quite incompetent in a lot of ways.

When Squid Girl is taken out of the familiar element of the beach, she feels very out of place since we've gotten used to her at the shop and out on the sands. The gang takes a trip to the mountains for a little fun and hiking but it ends up being a series of forest creatures they end up crossing paths with. They all seem rather attracted to Squid Girl and she has to face them down, though it doesn't always work out well. The image of a bear gnawing on one of her tentacles is hilarious. There's some nice moments in here as well, such as when they get up high and can overlook the city, which is the highest Squid Girl has ever been so she gets to look at the world in a different light and her ocean especially. The simplicity of it all is very cute and endearing.

In Summary:
I have to admit, whenever we get little pop culture nods from other languages and countries about ours, I'm amused by it and curious how it gets dealt with. We spoof ourselves constantly, right from the get go these days, but seeing it through a foreign filter gives it a little tweak. Such is what we get at the start here with the Johnny Depp dolls. It does go back to more traditional Japanese gags, hence the enema scientist, but all in all it's about showing Squid Girl dealing with odd but not bizarre situations. A little paranormal material, some time spent coping with the weird Americans and then a little time communing with nature. The last story has a fun little twist at the end that toys with Squid Girl and those moments continue to make me smile the most. This is more light and simple good natured fun.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.



Mania Grade: B
Audio Rating: NA
Video Rating: NA
Packaging Rating: NA
Menus Rating: NA
Extras Rating: NA
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Region: All Region DVD
Released By: Crunchyroll
Running time: 24
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Disc Resolution: 480i/p
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Squid Girl