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  • 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

Squid Girl Episode #04

Squid Girl Episode #04 Anime Review

By Chris Beveridge     October 31, 2010
Release Date: October 30, 2010

Squid Girl
© Crunchyroll

Can there be more than one Squid Girl?

What They Say:
Squid Girl receives 10,000 yen as thanks for finding a wallet lost in the sand. Having no idea about the value of money and with Nagisa accompanying her, she goes to the shopping district. Not knowing what to buy, she jets back and forth. In the end, she buys a ton of her beloved shrimp, but Sanae has been watching the two shop from the shadows...

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Squid Girl's domination of the world continues at a squids pace on land as you'd expect as she's not really getting anywhere. Unfortunately for her plans, there's so many distractions along the way that it's easy for her to forget her original goal. And while she's unhappy with what mankind has done to the seas, she does have to admit that they have lots of very shiny and attractive things up here. When she gets her first paycheck of ten thousand yen, it's like a massive shopping potential bonanza in front of her eyes. Watching her go from shop to shop to figure out what she's looking for is very cute and amusing, especially when she settles on food. And lots of it.

A lot of her time is spent with silly things that amuse only her, which is pretty plain when we see her spending the night in the shop and goofing around with all of the items there. Since she's not invited to a gathering at the house there, watching her rail against it from the beach in the darkness of night was particularly amusing. It adds to her cute rages she has but also points out how impotent she is in a lot of ways, a recurring theme to be sure. What she does accomplish is a beachhead into the house though and that's a significant step for her since she gets to experience more of a normal human life, which again pushes her into liking it more and more. Her plans for conquest continue at a squids pace.

Where her plans do took root though is on another beach where someone has come up with a fake Squid Girl as pure entertainment. Her time spent on the beach has caused quite an attraction since she first came out of the water so another beach restaurant owner has created his own version of her to draw customers. It's not a surprising twist when you think about it but it plays out with great fun as Squid Girl has a hard time separating it from reality and keeps seeing the things the fake one does as a version of herself, such as the head spinning around and so forth. It turns into a twisted little competition that's very amusing as it pits the two owners against each other but also shows Squid Girl some weird versions of herself that freaks her out on a regular basis.

In Summary:
Squid Girl hits all the right notes here again with this episode as it shifts between three stories. Each of them has their own charms and because they don't overstay their welcome, the humor is kept well since it doesn't try to extend it with other gags or drag it out further than it needs to. Squid Girl herself is the real winner here as she's cute and charming even when she's freaking out or scared, something that happens quite a lot in the third story when we get the fake one showing up on the scene. That story in the end is the one that I think steals the episode as a whole with the way it puts Squid Girl on such odd footing and has a fake one with so many variations to it that takes it up a few more notches than we have in previous stories. The show continues to be a lot of fun and leaves me with a big smile every time.

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.

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