Squid Girl's attempts at conquering humanity run into problems such as life guards, birthday parties and puppies. Oh yes, there shall be puppies.
What They Say
When her tentacles cramp, Squid Girl is saved from drowning by the lifeguard Goro. Hearing the lifeguard's job is to protect the sea, Squid Girl feels a sense of comradery. However, in reality his job is different from what Squid Girl, who plans to subdue humanity, imagines. ork), an opportunity for her planned revenge on the (adj) Goro appears before her, but...
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
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.
Squid Girl continues to be pretty light on the calories in the kind of entertainment it is, but it's refreshing to have a show that avoids going seriously over the top or filling it with numerous other squid oriented or sea oriented characters. At least so far since there's still a fair bit to go. As second episodes go, this one does a good job of expanding her world a little bit and showing off the way she interacts with other people. She's not exactly adjusting to life on land but she's having fun and still trying to figure out the right way to enslave us all. As is her squiddly right.
Fun With Translation:
Squid Girl has fairly heavy summary's of what to expect as it details all three stories in it. Usually only the first is carried into the review, but we didn't copy the whole thing like we usually do be-cause the translator had a little trouble parsing some of the text. Which doesn't exactly inspire confidence with the episode itself if it is the same person writing it. For posterity, we're including the original summary for your amusement:
When her tentacles cramp, Squid Girl is saved from drowning by the lifeguard Goro. Hearing the lifeguard's job is to protect the sea, Squid Girl feels a sense of comradery. However, in reality his job is different from what Squid Girl, who plans to subdue humanity, imagines. ork), an opportunity for her planned revenge on the (adj) Goro appears before her, but... [this is the line i'm really having trouble parsing] 2: Squid Girl, having taken interest in some humans celebrating a birthday party, sets her own birthday and demands that they hold a party for her. Chizuru graciously decides to hold the party immediately and begins to prepare with the other members of the Lemon. But when Squid Girl sees this, she...? 3: Eiko's classmate, Sanae, brings her dog Alex to play at the Lemon. Being jealous of how Eiko dotes on Alex, Squid Girl demands the same treatment, (but is unintentionally handled with like an actual dog) by Chizuru. [part in paren i'm not sure is clear enough] Seeing this, Sanae invites Squid Girl to her house. However...
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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