The life of a squiddie invader isn't all sunshine and roses as she has to deal with being sick and understanding the offensive capabilities of an umbrella.
What They Say:
Aren't you a squiddle under the weather? / Ink that a new ability? / Squidn't you bring an umbrella?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Considering she's a creature from under the sea, Squid Girl has done well in her time on the surface by not coming down with anything. It'd be easy to believe she'd be susceptible to things that we aren't, or can largely fend off easily, so when she gets a bit under the weather, she can't quite understand why. It takes her down a few pegs, but it's definitely cute in how she plays it up and tries to come across worse than she actually is. So much so that she insists the only thing that can save her at this point is to eat lots and lots and lots of shrimp. That and a lot of rest will get her back on track, something that Eriko can't quite believe but Squid Girl is acting so childish that you can't help but to give into her a bit. So when Eriko messes with her on it, it's priceless since it just shows how well she's actually feeling.
Where Squid Girl gets interesting is when a couple of the kids tease her about her sandcastle ability and then get a bit more on her about her poor choice of hat. It turns out that it's not actually a hat but rather her fins, though she doesn't use them all that much. In fact, she hasn't used them at all in the show yet and what little she uses them here causes her to cramp them rather easily. Her view of them is quite comical, especially as she insists they'll grow huge someday and she can fly using them, but it's all minor compared to the way she makes little squick squick sounds with them by moving them just a little bit, like some people wiggle their ears.
The third story deals with something that apparently hasn't happened yet in the background with a bit of rain hitting the ocean side town. Squid Girl is intrigued by this strange device called an umbrella which keeps people from getting wet. So she heads out with Eriko to do some errands though she doesn't quite use the thing correctly and even keeps it open indoors since she likes the whole idea behind it. It's this kind of child like naivety that is fun about Squid Girl. She becomes so enraptured by the different kinds of umbrellas there are and the designs but she also views it as a way to be a weapon. She takes it far in her own dream vision of it, but just the way she sees others using it and views them as hostile is precious. Precious!
Squid Girl has hit its rhythm pretty well again here as she deals with a trio of short form stories that works well in showing her nature. From the way she tries to take advantage of not feeling so hot to viewing a simple item as an umbrella as an incredible offensive and defensive weapon works well. She has a lot of skill and talent in these areas which really does amuse and delight. Eriko gets picked on a lot this time around but she handles it all well and plays the role of the straight man just right. Though the show has lost some of its energy and uniqueness over the course of its run, to be expected, it's still a delight to watch and a considerable amount of fun. It's one of those shows that you want to see dubbed just to see how well they can give it a slightly different spin and bring the humor out at the same time. This episode is fun and it makes you smile, two things that definitely makes me very happy with it.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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