Squid Girls attempts at acquiring new servants leads her to one of the more amusing experimentation labs I've seen in some time.
What They Say:
Focus your tentacles on her! / Feeling inkuisitive? / A squiddle work never killed anyone.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the show having introduced Nagisa a few episodes ago, she hasn't been used all too much outside of a couple of times. She returns for this episode as well where she spends some time with Squid Girl and her 'foster family' in order to figure out what's really going on. While Eiko and the others are pretty much realizing how little of a threat Squid Girl is, Nagisa sees her as a real problem and is worried for everyone. So much so that she even spends the night there to see what she does, which is pretty amusing as she's basically a teenager in how she acts. The whole thing sets Nagisa and Squid Girl against each other even more, making the time between them even more fun even if Nagisa can't quite seem to grasp why. Nagisa hasn't been the best character in the series but her role as observer here has some mild enjoyment.
I find myself feeling similar about Takeru and his interactions with Squid Girl. Whereas Goro the lifeguard is more familiar with her and the two of them trade things back and forth a bit, Takeru is dealing with that whole servant angle and does whatever he can to please Squid Girl. She's doing her best to build up her servants and even manages to get Cindy to join in, though it's all for scientific research since she wants to understand what she really is. The whole lab experience is a lot of fun, but I really wanted to see Cindy follow through and lick Squid Girl's feet like she told her to do. The whole alien angle is a bit of fun and the show takes it to an extreme direction, at least in the confines of this laid back show, with the research facility that they set up. It's amusing and you want to see them get more involved.
Squid Girls competitive nature certainly is interesting even when it's something she doesn't like doing. The girls end up hiring Ayumi to help out at their restaurant in an effort to ease her shyness and get her away from her father for a bit. She brings in a bit of a new crowd to the place since she has something that Squid Girl doesn't have. Namely, breasts. Squid Girl doesn't take too kindly to this as she starts to learn of it and it happens as things go odd as she finds herself being traded with the competition for a bit in order to prove a point. She's cute as she tries to do her best in the way she has at the main shop, but her efforts here are not appreciated as the owner just wants her to stand outside looking pretty. Not that it seems to work since there's a whole different crowd here. This story plays out rather slowly and seemingly without a point, but it has a lot of very cute moments for her as she tries to shine in her own way, sometimes literally.
Squid Girl has a decent episode here and it continues to do very well with its humor in that it's not hugely slapstick or all about the big laughs. The quiet laughs work just as well here and it has a number of scenes that make you grin big and enjoy the situations she ends up in. The stories aren't anything too big to write home about this time, though they have their charms, and it gets the job done. It just lacks that little something extra to make it really special though. Part of it is the familiarity with the show and characters at this point and the way it's not going to make a whole lot of progress simply because of what it wants to do. It's definitely enjoyable but it needs an extra spark to make it shine just a bit more.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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